Thursday, 22 October 2020

Questions (88)

Paul Kehoe

Question:

88. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 171 of 1 October 2020, if a response will issue to the number of redress of wrongs for which a decision is outstanding; the date of submission of each; when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32144/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

While it was not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy at the time within the given timeframe, I am now in a position to do so.  

I am advised by the Military Authorities that as of 20 October, there are currently 22 Redress of Wrongs (ROW) cases active within the Defence Forces as the table below illustrates:

 Location of Total Active ROWs within the Defence Forces  

 

 2 Brigade (2 BDE)

 Air Corps (AC)

 Defence Forces Headquarters (DFHQ)

1

 Naval Service (NS)

2

 Defence Forces Training Centre (DFTC)

6

 Total

22

The following tables provide a breakdown of the status of the 22 active cases listed above within each of their current locations.

Of the 22 cases currently active, I understand that 4 reside with the Chief of Staff (COS).

The military authorities have additionally advised that the internal Redress of Wrongs (ROW) process continues to be a dynamic one, in that a complaint submitted, can be investigated and a decision is made at Brigade (BDE)/Formation (Fmn) level. However, the internal process also provides that the complainant can re-enter the process subsequent to this first decision and may request for the complaint to be forwarded to the next higher authority for consideration.

2 BDE

 

 

Date of Complaint   

Current Location of ROW   

Current Status

06/11/2019

BDE

ROW was submitted overseas in Nov 2019 and not communicated to 2 Bde until Jul 2020. Ruling currently being prepared.

01/07/2020

BDE

This complex case requires further investigation involving retired members of the DF and the   Investigating Officer (IO) requested an extension

14/08/2020

BDE

Ruling currently being prepared.

14/08/2020

BDE

Ruling currently being prepared.

20/08/2020

BDE

Further clarification sought from Investigating Officer (IO) before ruling is prepared for General Officer   Commanding (GOC).  

01/09/2020

BDE

GOC actioning resolution prior to ruling. Ruling currently being prepared.

08/09/2020

BDE

Further clarification sought from IO before ruling is prepared for GOC.  

15/09/2020

BDE

IO currently investigating

Air Corps

 

 

Date of Complaint   

Current Location of ROW   

Current Status  

23/09/2020

Bde/Formation

Military Investigating Officer (MIO) investigation ongoing

06/10/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO investigation ongoing

07/10/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO investigation ongoing

25/09/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO investigation ongoing

01/01/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO investigation ongoing

Defence Forces Head  Quarters

 

 

Date of Complaint   

Current Location of ROW   

Current Status  

12/03/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO Investigation ongoing

Naval Service

 

 

Date of Complaint   

Current Location of ROW   

Current Status  

21/05/2020

With Chief of Staff (COS)

File sent to COS 25/8/20

16/06/2020

Bde/Formation

MIO investigation ongoing

Defence Forces Training Centre

Date of

Complaint

Current Location of ROW

Current Status

17-Jul-20

BDE

Referred to COS 11 Aug 20

03-Sep-20

BDE

MIO investigation Ongoing

10-Aug-20

BDE

MIO investigation Ongoing

31-Jul-20

BDE

MIO investigation Ongoing

17-Jul-20

COS

Currently under consideration by

COS

09-Jun-20

COS

Final Submissions by Complainant due 26 Oct 2020

A complaint made under the ROW system that cannot be resolved internally may then be sent to the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces (ODF) for independent investigation.