Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (722, 723)

Finian McGrath

Question:

844 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will investigate allegations of serious corruption regarding a case (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1161/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that the complainant, despite being afforded every reasonable opportunity, has declined to make a formal statement of complaint to the Garda Síochána and, in the absence thereof, the investigation of his allegations, which are directed at many organs of the State, cannot be advanced.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

845 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Question No. 242 of 19 November 2003, if he has satisfied himself that an ongoing Garda inquiry is based on legitimate grounds and initiated by the gardaí and not by another party (details supplied). [1162/04]

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As I have previously informed the Deputy, it has been the practice of successive Ministers for Justice, Equality and Law Reform not to comment on individual Garda investigations except in the most exceptional circumstances.