Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (144)

John McGuinness


144. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Taoiseach the number of tribunals, inquiries or investigations currently being undertaken by his Department; the number that are in the process of being set up; the number in which the terms of reference are not complete or not agreed; and the cost of all to date. [38049/20]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

The two Commissions of Investigation for which I am the specified Minister under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 are the IBRC Commission of Investigation, for which Judge Brian Cregan is the Sole Member and the NAMA Commission of Investigation, for which Judge John Cooke is the Sole Member. Both Commissions are fully independent in their investigations.

Excluding third party legal costs incurred but not yet paid, from the date of its establishment in 2015 to end October 2020, the IBRC Commission has spent a total of €8,687,379, while the NAMA Commission, which was established in 2017 has spent a total of €2,911,477.

The Deputy will also wish to note that the Moriarty Tribunal was established in 1997 and published its final report in March 2011. Following publication of that Report, a reduced legal and administrative staff remains in place.

The Tribunal continues with wind down and deconstruction and it is expected that all matters concerning remaining costs applications will be concluded by early next year.

Total expenditure to end of October 2020 for the Moriarty Tribunal is €65.5m.