Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (54)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

54. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met or plans to meet with the whistleblower that produced the protected disclosure outlining the deaths of 56 members of the Defence Forces. [10203/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I appointed an independent third party to review allegations made in a number of protected disclosures relating to health and safety issues in the Air Corps which were received in late 2015 and early 2016.

I sent the report of the independent third party to those who had made disclosures for their views.  I have also received further correspondence from one of the individuals, setting out concerns in relation to a series of deaths.  I have previously met with this individual to listen to his concerns.  I am considering the next steps in the process having received the views of those who made disclosures and in the context of ongoing litigation. 

Given that context, I have requested further legal advice in relation to the matter.  Once I have received that legal advice and am in a position to decide on the next steps in the process, I would be open to meeting the individual at that point.