Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (38)

John Bruton

Question:

35 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will initiate an inquiry into the murder by the IRA of a person (details supplied) in view of a newspaper report which suggested that the Garda did not give adequate advice on their personal protection to this person in view of the risks involved in the valuable and patriotic services this person was providing to the State, and which also suggested that the British authorities knew this person was to be murdered by the IRA but took no steps to warn the Garda or protect them in any other way. [6166/04]

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

I am assured by the Garda authorities that a full investigation took place into the murder in 1991 of the person in question, responsibility for which was claimed by the Provisional IRA. Although no person has to date been charged in connection with this murder, the investigation remains open. I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is not Garda policy to comment upon any aspect of operational security matters. I have no proposals in regard to the holding of a further inquiry into this case.