Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (678)

Finian McGrath


678. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an assault case in respect of a person (details supplied). [22654/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy has been advised in reply to his previous questions, following an investigation of the incident referred to, a person was arrested, charged with assault and convicted following a plea of guilty. The court ordered compensation to be paid to the injured party, and I am advised this was done. As the Deputy is aware, the courts are, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in the exercise of their judicial functions, and it is not open to me to comment on or intervene in any way in the conduct of, or decision in, any individual court case.

The documentation held in my Department contains correspondence received about the case over several years. Where appropriate this correspondence has been referred to the Garda authorities and the position in relation to the case has been set out in replies issued from my Department. My Department does not have any recent correspondence or complaint from the person referred to and I am advised that local Garda management is not aware of any new information in relation to the investigation. Should such a complaint or correspondence be received by my Department, I will take whatever action might be appropriate.