Written Answers. - Sexual Offences.

Joe Costello

Question:

225 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a trial due to take place in 2002 was prejudiced by Garda delay and mishandling of the case; if he will conduct an inquiry into the Garda handling of the case; if he will issue guidelines of best practice to the Garda authorities on the conduct of investigations into cases of child sexual abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21969/02]

I regret that it has not been possible in the time available to prepare a comprehensive reply to the Deputy's question. I will forward my final reply to the Deputy as soon as the required information comes to hand.