What is truth?

18  November 2015

Dear Mr Clarke,

I  am  directed  by  the  Minister  for  Justice  and  Equality, Ms Frances
Fitzgerald,  T.D.,  to refer to your correspondence dated 7 September 2015.
The delay in replying is regretted.

In  May  2013, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) made a report
to  the  then  Minister for Justice and Equality under Section 80(5) of the
Garda  Síochána  Act  2005  following its investigation into allegations of
collusion between an individual and members of An Garda Síochána.

In  its  letter accompanying the report GSOC stated that a file relating to
its  public  interest  investigation  was  sent  to  the Director of Public
Prosecutions  (DPP) pursuant to Section 102(2) of the 2005 Act. The section
provides  that  GSOC  shall send a copy of a designated officer’s report to
the DPP where the report contains matters that may constitute an offence by
a member of An Garda Síochána.

Having  considered  the  file the DPP advised that the file did not warrant
prosecution  of  any  individual.  Thereafter  GSOC  considered and decided
against  launching  any  investigation  of  matters  which  may  constitute
indiscipline.

The   Minister   has  no  role  in  the  initiation  of  prosecutions  and,
accordingly,  you  will appreciate that it would not be appropriate for the
Minister to comment further or to intervene in the DPP’s decision.

Neither  has the Minister a role in the investigation of complaints against
members of An Garda Síochána.

It  is  the  responsibility  of  GSOC to receive complaints from the public
concerning  members  of  An Garda Síochána. GSOC is entirely independent in
the performance of its functions.

It  is  open  to anybody who has a complaint about the manner in which they
have been dealt with by An Garda Síochána to bring that complaint to GSOC.

I trust that this clarifies the matter.

Yours sincerely,

____________________
Chris Quattrociocchi
Private Secretary to the
Minister for Justice and Equality

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