Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Ceisteanna (88)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

138 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the case of a missing person (details supplied), the discussion he has had with the Garda Síochána Commissioner regarding the case and the perceived inaction on the case to date; the slow response to the family’s call for assistance in searching various locations in and around the Blanchardstown area of County Dublin to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14080/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the matter referred to by the Deputy was reported to An Garda Síochána on 25 February, 2010 and continues to be under investigation. Significant resources from within the Garda Division concerned and from national support units, including the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Operational Support Unit (including the Garda Dog Unit, the Garda Water Unit and the Garda Air Support Unit), the Missing Persons Bureau and the Garda Technical Bureau, and the Forensic Science Laboratory, in addition to Interpol, are being utilised to progress this investigation.

Every effort is being made to resolve the case, with every lead and item of information provided being the subject of a thorough investigation. A family liaison officer has been appointed and is liaising with family members and keeping them apprised of progress in the investigation. The family of the person concerned has expressed satisfaction with the efforts being made by An Garda Síochána.