Written Answers. - Sexual Harassment.

Alan Shatter

Ceist:

441 Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the arrangements in place within the Garda Síochána for addressing any allegation of sexual harassment made by a member of the Garda Síochána; if it is proposed to revise existing arrangements; and his views on the adequacy thereof. [27684/01]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is their policy to ensure that all members, including civilian staff, are free to perform their duties without the threat of sexual harassment. I am further informed that all complaints are treated seriously with due regard for the sensitivity of the complainant. Due regard must also be had for the rights of the member complained of, bearing in mind that a complaint amounts to no more than an allegation unless the facts have been satisfactorily established by the investigation. All complaints, reports and correspondence in relation to sexual harassment are treated with the utmost confidentiality and will not be available to any person who does not have direct responsibility for dealing with such complaints. I am further informed that the policy is being reviewed.

Question No. 442 answered with Question No. 121.

Question No. 443 answered with Question No. 86.

Question No. 444 answered with Question No. 138.

Question No. 445 answered with Question No. 128.