Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Health
345. To ask the Minister for Health if dossiers similar to that exposed in a programme (details supplied) have been compiled and held by his Department or its agents including the State Claims Agency on any other person or groups of persons involved in legal actions against his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17863/21]
I take the allegations made in recent media reports extremely seriously. A team has been set up to establish the facts in respect of specific allegations made in the RTÉ Prime Time programme on 25th March 2021. The Department has engaged with the Data Protection Commissioner.
The allegations which were the subject of the RTÉ Prime Time programme on March 25th were brought to the Department's attention last year. The Department took the matters raised very seriously and commissioned an independent, expert review by an external Senior Counsel. This review was completed in November 2020. Subject to clarification of legal matters, I intend to publish this review at the earliest possible opportunity.