Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (165)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

164 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the steps he has taken to address the issue of IRA or criminal punishment shootings, having particular regard to obvious information at his disposal; if he has issued instructions to combat this menace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6505/04]

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

There has been no recent reported incident in this jurisdiction of the kind referred to by the Deputy. Any such incident would be fully investigated by the Garda Síochána.

The Deputy will be aware of reports of such vicious and cruel incidents occurring in Northern Ireland. I have clearly outlined my views on the matter. Such incidents are discussed,inter alia, at regular meetings involving myself, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.