The Penal Policy Review Group was tasked with carrying out a strategic review of penal policy. The Review Group's Report, which I published in September 2014, made a number of recommendations about sentencing. Adopting an approach similar to the Law Reform Commission in its Report on Mandatory Sentences published in June, 2013, the Review Group recommended that no further mandatory sentences or presumptive minimum sentences be introduced and existing provisions should be reviewed. At the time of publication of the Review Group Report I pointed out that it was my preference to maintain the minimum mandatory life sentence for murder as was also recommended by the Law Reform Commission. The issues relating to mandatory sentences and presumptive minimum sentences is being kept under review.