Written Answers. - Victims Commission.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

132 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress made to date regarding implementation of the recommendations of the Victims Commission; if, in particular, he will outline the progress made regarding those recommendations which would apply to the survivors and relatives of those who died in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; when he expects to submit the promised implementation plan to Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27660/01]

The Deputy will be aware from previous replies to parliamentary questions on this matter that work has already commenced on implementing a number of the recommendations in the report of the Victims Commission. The remaining recommendations cover a wide range of areas which fall within the competence of a number of Departments and agencies, including my Department. Work, based on consultations with other Departments and agencies, is continuing on developing an implementation plan in respect of those remaining recommendations. I expect to be in a position to submit proposals to Government in the near future.

As regards recommendations applying to the survivors and relatives of those who died in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, the work of the independent commission of inquiry into the 1974 bombings, the sole member of which is Mr. Justice Barron, is now well advanced. In addition, the Government recently approved the provision of assistance of up to £162,000, 205,698, in the current year to the Justice for the Forgotten Group of victims and relatives of victims of the bombings in respect of a family support centre, with provision for continued assistance in 2002.