Written answers

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Department of Justice and Equality

Garda Investigations

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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38. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she or her Department is concerned about the recent reports - weekend of 25 September - of allegations of sex abuse in Waterford being known well before arrests were made; if her Department will examine the complaints; if she will discuss the complaints with the Garda Commissioner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29752/16]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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I can assure the Deputy that I am very mindful of the serious impact of sexual crimes on victims and their families, particularly where young persons are involved and I am aware of the recent reports to which he refers.

As I have previously advised the Deputy, I have recently received correspondence expressing concerns in relation to the case referred to and have, in the first instance, sought the views of the Garda Commissioner on the issues raised. Subsequent to this, I have in recent days received further detailed correspondence on behalf of one of the victims in relation to these matters and I have also forwarded this to the Commissioner and asked that it be fully considered. On receipt of a report from the Commissioner I expect to be in a position to consider this matter further.

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