Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (20, 21)

Joe Costello

Question:

17 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he intends to establish an inquiry into events surrounding the murder of two persons (details supplied) and subsequent Garda investigation as sought by relatives of one of the murdered people; if he consulted with the Attorney General, the gardaí, the relatives of the murdered persons and their legal representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6212/04]

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Tony Gregory

Question:

151 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has considered the requests for an inquiry into the Grangegorman murders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6442/04]

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

I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 151 together.

As I have previously outlined to the House, a letter from the legal representatives of the sister of one of the murder victims was received in my office on 11 February. The letter asks that there be a full independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murders and grounds this request on the protection afforded by the European Convention on Human Rights. I am presently in the process of consulting with the Garda authorities and the Office of the Attorney General in order to assist me in my consideration of the request. I expect to be in a position to respond to the solicitor's letter in the near future.