Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (665)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

665. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice the extent to which repeat offenders are being granted bail including those who are members of organised criminal gangs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7156/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy may be aware, the decision to grant bail in a particular case is a matter for the presiding Judge, who is independent in the exercise of his or her judicial functions.

There is also a Constitutional presumption in favour of the grant of bail as, under Irish Law, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The specific information is not yet maintained in such a way as to provide the response sought by the Deputy and my general position remains as outlined in my response to the Deputy in Parliamentary Question 361 of 10 December 2020.