Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (99, 100, 106, 107, 108)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

99. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if it is standard practice for the State Claims Agency to delay paying costs associated with the cases relating to discovery orders until personal injuries claims are settled (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40116/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

100. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the costs incurred to date arising from a case (details supplied) involving the State Claims Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40118/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

106. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to delays in paying costs associated with a case (details supplied) in which the State Claims Agency and a person are party to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40114/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

107. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is still in the process of contesting aspects of a case against the State by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40117/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

108. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the progress made to date regarding the disclosure of a range of documents to a person (details supplied) in the Air Corps regarding exposure on dates during the 1990s to dangerous chemicals; the reason for the delay in providing the documentation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40135/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 99, 100 and 106 to 108, inclusive, together.

The Deputy will be aware that the State Claims Agency manages personal injury claims on behalf of the Minister for Defence.

Given my responsibilities and the fact that the Minister for Defence is a Defendant in these claims, you will appreciate it would be inappropriate for me to make any comment in relation to these cases, either generally or individually, whilst such litigation is ongoing.