Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Questions (89)

Clare Daly


89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 218 of 2 April 2019, when the information will issue (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22934/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have again requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the information sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of this report.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 218 of 2 April and No. 89 of 29 May 2019 where the Deputy sought the number of prosecutions to date on an annual basis under section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 regarding jurors or witness intimidation.
As the Deputy will be aware, the decision as to whether or not a prosecution should be taken, and for what offence, is solely a matter for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and I have no role in this regard.
Notwithstanding the above, and to be of assistance to the Deputy, I requested the information from the Garda authorities.
The report is now at hand and I am advised by the Garda authorities that the information being sought is not recorded separately on the PULSE system. This being the case, and as PULSE is not configured to disaggregate information of this nature, the figures sought by the Deputy would require a manual trawl through PULSE records, which would require a disproportionate expenditure of Garda time and resources to collate the information requested by the Deputy.