Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (143)

Jim O'Callaghan


143. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the basis upon which a person (details supplied) was granted temporary release from prison in circumstances in which the person had only served six years of a life sentence for murder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40647/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can assure the Deputy that I had regard to the expert advice of the Parole Board, the Irish Prison Service and my own officials in making a decision in this very sensitive and difficult case - as I do in all such cases.

Reducing the risk that offending behaviour will recur is the key priority and the approaches taken in this jurisdiction are evidence-based and represent best international practice.

I will write to the Deputy directly with further information on this matter.