Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (97)

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

95 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the investigation which has been held into the murder of a person (details supplied) on 27 January 2004; if the Garda investigation has been completed; if a file has been sent to the DPP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6219/04]

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

The person referred to by the Deputy was found in his cell in the B wing of Mountjoy prison at approximately 12:07 p.m. He was attended to by medical orderlies before being removed to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:45 p.m.

I am informed that the internal investigation being carried out by the Governor of Mountjoy Prison is at an advanced stage and it is expected that he will report his findings to me in due course.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there is an ongoing Garda investigation into the murder of the person concerned and that an investigation file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in due course.

Question No. 96 answered with QuestionNo. 57.