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101. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which resources continue to be made available for the pursuit of cold cases, including those of missing persons whose whereabouts have never been confirmed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40779/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, the provision and allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of identified operational demands. In this regard I am informed that the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) continues to review serious cases that remain unsolved and continues to identify evidence and witnesses to assist in the development of these cases.
At the conclusion of each review by the SCRT, a substantive report is provided to the Senior Investigating Officer who considers the opportunities for further investigation. Any recommendation of organisational effect is disseminated within the Garda organisation to improve the overall investigative capability of An Garda Síochána.
The Deputy will appreciate that all Garda activities, including the investigation of unsolved cases, will benefit from the ongoing investments in policing resources and the accelerated programme of Garda recruitment which are now underscored by commitments in the Programme for Government. Question No. 102 answered with Question No. 98.