Written answers

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Garda Investigations

9:00 pm

Photo of Terence FlanaganTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 83: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 42, 51 and 56 of 10 December 2009, the developments that have occurred as a consequence of the Garda assistant commissioner, northern region, being appointed to examine the file concerning the original investigation which took place into the murder and suspected rape of a person (details supplied); if it has been established that obstacles were placed in the way of the original investigation which inhibited its completion and a prosecution taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42922/10]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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Question 151: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the developments, if any, that have occurred since the answer given by him to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 42, 51 and 56 of 10 December 2009 as a consequence of the Garda assistant commissioner, northern region being appointed to examine the file concerning the original investigation which took place into the matter and suspected rape of a person (details supplied) in 1970; if he will state if it has been established that obstacles were placed in the way of the original investigation which inhibited its completion and a prosecution taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43085/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 151 together.

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the investigation into the death of the person referred to by the Deputy was the subject of an intensive review in 2004. I am further informed that in December, 2009, the Garda Commissioner appointed the Assistant Commissioner, Northern Region to examine the investigation file again. This review has been completed, and the Review Team has found no evidence to support the view that the original investigation was inhibited or impeded in any way. A comprehensive meeting was held with members of the person's family in September, 2010, during which their concerns surrounding the investigation were addressed. An Garda Síochána is maintaining liaison with the person's family.

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