Thursday, 27 February 2014

Questions (219)

Micheál Martin

Question:

219. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the terms and timeframe of his internal review into the way his Department handled the reports by a whistleblower (details supplied); the timeframe for the review; if only internal staff will be used to conduct the review; the resources that will be available; the powers of the review team; if similar reviews have been conducted in the past; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10295/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

An internal review of the correspondence referred to in the question has been conducted at senior management level in my Department. The results of this review, which did not require the use of powers and which has been finalised, enabled me to address many of the issues raised in the debate on this matter in this House yesterday.

As the Deputy is aware, following a decision by Government, Mr Seán Guerin, Senior Counsel, has been requested to undertake an assessment of issues and allegations since 2008 raised by the whistleblower concerned. Mr Guerin has been asked to report his findings before the Easter recess, or as soon as may be thereafter, and to make recommendations. The report will be published immediately and I am on record as stating that, if Mr Guerin recommends a Commission of Inquiry, one will be established.