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4. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who was killed in 2011 in a hit-and-run incident; if her attention has been further drawn to the family's concern that if the guilty party had been properly dealt with before the fatal incident, the person would not have been killed, and that the family allege there is evidence of failure, cover up and corruption at the level of the Garda, the courts, her Department and the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP; if she will call for a public inquiry into the circumstances of the person's death and its aftermath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40592/16]

Answer

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: The Taoiseach and I recently met the family of the person referred to in the Deputy's question. We had a very long meeting with the family who have obviously been through a very traumatic time. The Taoiseach assured the family that when the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, GSOC, investigation is completed, the question of what further action can be taken will be considered. As a result of that meeting and following certain issues being raised by the family, the Attorney General requested the Law Reform Commission to examine how more information might be provided to the families of victims concerning prosecutorial decisions.
The tragic case was considered under the independent review mechanism, IRM. The recommendation made by the IRM in this particular case was that I should take no further action. The IRM was not established to act as a commission of inquiry or investigation nor was it designed to make findings. There is a GSOC inquiry under way. As soon as that inquiry is completed, I will consider what further action to take.