Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (645)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

645. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if the operational guidelines for forensic traffic investigators have been updated since 2007; if a review and urgent update of these guidelines will be carried out; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7034/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána including all operational matters. I, as Minister, have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that Garda Forensic Collision Investigators provide expert analysis of collision scenes to determine the root cause of collisions.

I am further informed that the An Garda Síochána Roads Policing Manual, which issued in 2014, provided updated guidelines in respect of Forensic Collision Investigations. An update of the 2014 Manual is currently under way.

I am assured that An Garda Síochána continually review the operational effectiveness of units and processes and this is similarly the case with Forensic Collision Investigators where technology and practices are evolving.