Written answers

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Department of Justice and Equality

Crime Data

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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656. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the date by which she expects to receive the completed study on familicide and domestic homicide reviews; and if she will publish the report immediately thereafter. [36312/20]

Photo of Helen McEnteeHelen McEntee (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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The introduction of legislation to provide for Domestic Homicide Reviews is an important commitment in the Programme for Government.  An independent study commissioned by my Department into familicide and domestic homicide reviews is looking at international best practice in the conduct of domestic homicide reviews with a view to making recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction. The study will be a key facet in delivering on this commitment.

Ms Maura Butler, who is a solicitor and has been a member of the Study’s Advisory Group since its establishment, agreed to take responsibility for leading completion of the study, following the sad and untimely death of Norah Gibbons, who was previously responsible. I met recently with Ms Butler to receive an update in relation to this work but I would stress the importance of recognising that the Advisory Group and their work is independent, and my Department is not involved in the work of the study nor is it a member of the Advisory Group.

I have asked Ms Butler to update me again on progress made later this month and I expect to receive the report from the Group before the end of the year. I look forward to examining the report in detail and I will consider any recommendations made as a priority.

In parallel to this study, An Garda Síochána is currently conducting a review of the investigation of certain homicides, which includes a number of domestic homicides, and is developing policies and procedures to inform the overall policing approach to domestic homicides.

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