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220. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to whom instances of female genital mutilation should be reported; if there is a mechanism for doing so anonymously; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13393/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can advise the Deputy that information in relation to any suspected criminal acts, including those referred to, should be reported immediately to An Garda Síochána. It is also open anyone wishing to report a crime to the Garda confidential line (Tel: 1800 666 111), or to Crimestoppers (Tel: 1800 25 00 25) both of which provide a ready means of communicating information to the Gardaí anonymously. As the Deputy will be aware, child protection concerns may be reported to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.