Thursday, 8 March 2018

Ceisteanna (225)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

225. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the report by a person (details supplied) regarding an inquiry pursuant to section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 will be published; if so, when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11655/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

In June 2015 my predecessor initiated an inquiry in accordance with Section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. The decision arose following public concern after the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Galvin. Sergeant Galvin had been the subject of a GSOC investigation into Garda interaction with a member of the public who died after a road traffic incident on 1 January 2015. The inquiry was conducted by Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Supreme Court.

Mr Justice Clarke's report was received in my Department on 4 May 2016. A number of legal issues arose in relation to publication of the full report, including possible prejudice to pending criminal proceedings. However, my predecessor thought it prudent in the public interest to publish Part 1 of the report at that time, with the intention to publish the full report once these impediments to full publication had been removed.

I am now satisfied that the full report can be published, subject to some minor redactions, and I have arranged for the legal representatives of Sergeant Galvin's family, GSOC and An Garda Síochána, to be informed accordingly.

The Report will be published on my Department's website shortly and copies of the Report will be provided in advance of publication to Sergeant Galvin's family.