Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Questions (118)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

118. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has directed An Garda Síochána or if it has already decided to undertake a review of cases not progressed in relation to adult offenders in view of the report into the failures of An Garda Síochána to progress juvenile cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3411/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As I stated last week, the failure to properly manage cases involving youth crime is very concerning. I welcome the fact that the Garda Commissioner has acted to tackle these problems urgently and take all appropriate action.

As the Commissioner outlined in his engagement with the Policing Authority last week, a number of steps have already been taken within An Garda Síochána and actions are in train to prevent a recurrence of these failures. The Policing Authority will continue to play an active role in monitoring the situation.

I am aware that members of the Policing Authority asked the Commissioner if similar failures might apply in relation to adult crime cases. I understand that this issue will form part of further examination by the Policing Authority and officials in my Department have already been in contact with the Authority in that regard.