Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (61)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

54 Mr. Howlin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress which has been made to date in the review of the witness protection programme; if he is considering additional measures to support witnesses who may be giving evidence in court cases involving serious charges, but who may not wish to enter the protection programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2434/04]

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

The Garda authorities say that the review of the procedures of the witness security programme, which includes examination of measures to support witnesses in court cases who may not wish to enter the programme, is ongoing. When received, the recommendations of the review process will be given full consideration.