Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (59)

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

51 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the measures he intends to being forward to deal with the activities of criminal gangs in regard to his address to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights on 9 December 2003; when he expects the legislation will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2433/04]

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

In my address of 9 December 2003 to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights I outlined the measures I will bring forward to enhance the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences with particular reference to the activities of criminal gangs. This address is available on the website of the Houses of the Oireachtas atwww.irlgov.ie/oireachtas but I am happy to make a copy available to the Deputy if he so wishes.

I intend to provide for those measures which require legislative provision in the Criminal Justice Bill, which I expect to publish during the current session.