Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (152)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

152. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps which have been taken following the issues outlined in January 2019 in the Garda interim report of the Commissioner on youth crime cases from 2010 to 2017; the steps taken to address the shortcomings highlighted in the Garda youth diversion programme in the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25751/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner has given detailed information in relation to this matter when it was examined publicly by the Policing Authority and by the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality.

As I have previously confirmed, the publication of information in relation to the more detailed aspects of the Garda Review will be a matter for the Commissioner and the Policing Authority. My Department will continue to keep in close touch with the Commissioner and the Policing Authority as matters develop.

The Deputy will appreciate due to the sensitivity of some aspects of the report it may take time to implement the steps set out in the report.

The Garda Authorities have also advised that any decision relating to the commencement of disciplinary proceedings is a matter for the relevant Local Divisional Officer. I am informed that all relevant matters have been referred to the respective Divisional Officers to consider, in accordance with the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007.

In addition, the Policing Authority continues to follow up with an ongoing examination of these specific youth justice-related matters to monitor the effectiveness of the remedial actions which the Commissioner has set in train.