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Ref: 4/500/1/238
Mr. James Bannon T.D.
Dail Eireann
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Our Ref: 4/500/1/238

Dear James,

I refer to your representations on behalf of the above named, in connection with a complaint relating to the conduct of a member or members of the Garda Siochana.

I have established a mechanism, following a Government decision, for the independent review by councel of certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or inadequacies in the investigation of certain allegations, which have been made to myself or to the Taoiseach, with a view to determining to what extent and in what manner further action may be required in each case. The review of each case consists of an examination of the papers in the complaint by a councel from the panel. Councel will make a recommendation to me on what action, if any, might be appropriate.

I wish to advise that this complaint has been included amongst those being reviewed under the mechanism and that a notification to that effect has been issued to the complainant. In relation to the complainant's request for a meeting, I regret that in these circumstances, pending a recommendation from the Councel it would not be appropriate for me to meet with him. Once councel has reviewed the case and I have considered councel's recommendations, the complainant will be advised accordingly.

Yours sincerely,

Frances Fitzgerald, T.D.
Minister for Justice and Equality

19 December 2014