Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (28)

Clare Daly


28. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that 31 boys have been charged for criminal damage at a campus (details supplied) in 14 separate incidents in a two-year period between 2016 and 2018; and her views on this high number. [22240/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Deputy will be aware that under Irish Law, criminal investigations can only be carried out by An Garda Síochána who then submit a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).  The DPP, who operates independently, then decides whether or not someone should be prosecuted and for what crime.  While Oberstown has procedures in place for notification of incidents to my Department, I am advised by Oberstown that it does not have access to the details of any follow up charges that relate to an incident.