Thursday, 2 April 2015
Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions
Garda Complaints Procedures
I would prefer not to comment on individual cases. There are very wide criteria for referrals to the review mechanism. There has been no filter except where cases clearly fall outside the criteria. We have been very open to referring the cases that the Deputies have referred to us, and the vast majority have been referred to the review mechanism. If a case has not been referred, it has been for a very good reason. I will examine the case to which the Deputy refers to see precisely what happened.
I am sure the recommendations of the review mechanism will be tough for some complainants to accept, but as this process has progressed I have been advised that counsel has identified a number of overarching and cross-cutting themes. It is very important for us to study these cases - more than 300 of them - and find the common issues that emerge in order to identify what further action we should take.