567. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a domestic homicide review multi-agency working group was established by An Garda Síochána in 2018. [13940/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been advised previously by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána that An Garda Síochána are looking at policies and procedures to inform domestic homicide reviews. It is envisaged that these reviews will examine the sufficiency of Garda policies in this area, their interactions with other external agencies and with the individuals and family concerned. In relation to the establishment of a multi-agency working group, I have sought a report from the Garda Commissioner and will respond to the Deputy when I receive a response.
The Deputy may be aware that I recently confirmed that I am commissioning a study of familicide cases to guide how best to support families in the most caring and effective way in the aftermath of such tragedies. This study will be carried out with a particular remit to establish if there is a need for any special protocols, legislative or other necessary changes for cases of this nature. It is also the intention to consider the experience of domestic homicide reviews in other jurisdictions in the study with a view to making recommendations in relation to their application in this jurisdiction.