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472. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons prosecuted under section 2 of the Prohibition of Incitement To Hatred Act 1989; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12942/19]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information sought by the Deputy is not available within my Department.
As the Deputy will be aware, under Irish law, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) operates independently of me and my Department, and decides whether or not someone should be prosecuted for a crime, following a Garda investigation.