Thursday, 29 January 2004

Questions (72)

Joan Burton

Question:

65 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a statement on the recent annual report of the Garda Complaints Board. [2429/04]

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

The report of the Garda Síochána Complaints Board for the year 2002 was published last December 2003 having been laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.

In welcoming the publication of the report, I observed that in previous reports the board had pointed up what it considered to be the shortcomings of the legislation under which it operates, and noted that in its 2002 report the board acknowledged the Government's intention to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

I will shortly publish a Garda Síochána Bill, one of the principal aims of which will be the establishment of a Garda ombudsman body to deal with complaints made against members of the Garda Síochána under a new mechanism which will address the concerns expressed by the board.

Question No. 66 answered with QuestionNo. 33.