Statement from Minister Flanagan on incident in Family Court at Smithfield


20 December 2018


The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, has noted with great concern the incident that took place in the Family Court at Smithfield earlier today.


The Minister said: “While thankful that nobody involved was injured, I am nonetheless conscious of the impact on the Judge, Court personnel and all others who were in the Court at the time.  The security of the Courts and the safety of all who use the Courts is a matter of the highest priority for me.  The Courts play a fundamental role in our justice system and must always be able to operate without hindrance.


I commend the Gardaí for their swift actions in response to the incident that unfolded.  The matter is now the subject of a Garda investigation.”