Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (715)

John McGuinness


715. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice the number of tribunals, inquiries or investigations being undertaken currently by her 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; the cost of all to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38045/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The following table provides the information requested by the Deputy with regard to the tribunals, enquiries or investigations being undertaken currently by my Department, and the cost of each to-date.

As the Deputy will appreciate, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on work ongoing by my Department in respect of a matter where a tribunal, enquiry or investigation has not been formally commenced.

Name of tribunal, public investigation, commission of Investigation in process

Cost to-date (includes legal fees and costs, and administrative overheads)

Disclosures Tribunal (Tribunal of Inquiry into protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters following Resolutionspassed by Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann on 16 February 2017).


An inquiry under Section 42 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) into the conduct and adequacy of the investigations conducted by the Garda Síochána into the death of Mr. Shane Tuohey in February 2002 in Clara, County Offaly.


An inquiry under section 42 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) into Garda Síochána investigations into the accusations of financial irregularity made in 1999 against Mr. Frank Mulcahy, formerly of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME).


Scoping exercise in relation to the investigation of the death of Shane O'Farrell.


Shared General Administration Costs in connection with S. 42 Inquiries (includes 3 Inquiries which are complete and 2 ongoing) and O’Farrell Scoping Exercise


Commission of Inquiry Bill Kenneally Allegations. This is an ongoing Commission with agreed terms of reference.


Section 42 Inquiry Patrick Nugent (an inquiry under Section 42 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 was carried out by former Judge Patrick Clyne into the Garda Síochána investigation following the death of Mr Patrick Nugent in 1984)


Note: Judge Clyne completed his inquiry on 31st October 2020. My Department received Judge Clyne’s report on 3rd November 2020 and it has recently been brought to my attention for consideration.