208. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality for an update on the development of terms of reference for the inquiry into Garda misconduct allegations made by a person (details supplied). [12958/16]


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The matter to which the Deputy refers was considered by the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) set up by the Government to review complaints of Garda misconduct which had been made to the Taoiseach and myself. Counsel on the panel of the IRM recommended that an inquiry be set up to consider this complaint.
I accepted counsel's recommendation and decided to establish an inquiry under section 42 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. Officials in my Department are currently in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General with regard to matters concerning the establishment of this and a number of other section 42 inquiries. These matters include the setting of appropriate terms of reference for each inquiry.