Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (643, 644, 645, 682, 683, 684)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

643. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the Garda investigation of a former National Asset Management Agency employee (details supplied) against whom NAMA made a referral pursuant to section 202 of the NAMA Act 2009 to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in September 2012. [22850/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

644. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the Garda investigation of the unnamed former National Asset Management Agency employee, against whom NAMA made a referral to Garda, pursuant to section 202 of the NAMA Act, in February 2013. [22851/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

645. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the Garda investigation of the two unnamed National Asset Management Agency borrowers, against whom NAMA had made complaints pursuant to section 7 of the NAMA Act 2009, and which were alluded to by NAMA at its appearance before the Committee of Public Accounts on 18 December 2013; if she will confirm when the complaints were originally referred by NAMA to the Garda. [22852/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

682. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there is a designated member of An Garda Síochána who is dealing with all complaints made by, and against, the National Asset Management Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22853/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

683. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of complaints that are currently being dealt with by An Garda Síochána involving the National Asset Management Agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22854/14]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

684. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if her Department has been asked to provide additional resources to An Garda Síochána to assist with complaints involving the National Asset Management Agency; if she is satisfied that the Garda has sufficient resources to deal with existing NAMA related investigations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22855/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 643 to 645, inclusive, and 682 to 684, inclusive, together.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are currently investigations relating to 16 complaints in total involving the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). I am further informed that a Detective Inspector from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI) has been designated as Senior Investigation Officer in relation to all complaints made by, and against, NAMA.

The Deputy will appreciate that, as investigations into these matters are ongoing, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage. The Garda Commissioner is responsible for the allocation of Garda resources, including to Garda national units, such as the GBFI. I am advised that Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. I have not received a request for additional resources in the context of these particular investigations.