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72. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will investigate the possibility of instilling in local Peace Commissioners the authority to verify RFA 2 forms for the application for inclusion in the supplement to the register of electors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40563/16]

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Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Peace Commissioners are appointed under section 88 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924. The Office of Peace Commissioner is an honorary appointment and Peace Commissioners receive no remuneration or compensation by way of fees or expenses for their services. At present the powers and duties of a Peace Commissioner are primarily the taking of statutory declarations; witnessing signatures on documents; signing certificates and orders under various Acts and signing search warrants for An Garda Síochána.
While I have no plans to amend the legislation in the immediate future, the current legislation will be kept under review.