Dáil Éireann - Volume 558 - 27 November, 2002

Written Answers. - Parole Board.

  61. Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the arrangements he has made to have the report from the Parole Board on a person (details supplied), whom he previously represented in court, considered by another member of the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23724/02]

  Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): The person referred to by the Deputy is serving a life sentence for murder since January 1983. His case was considered by the Interim Parole Board in July 2002. The board's recommendation in the case was subsequently received in my office on 13 August 2002.

  As acknowledged by the Deputy in his question, I have publicly expressed my wish to refer the Interim Parole Board's recommendation in the case to another member of Government for consideration, arising from the fact that I had previous dealings in the matter. I have received the advice of the Attorney General on the practical arrangements to effect this and I hope to make a [515]decision on the most appropriate arrangements in the near future following consultation with my Ministerial colleagues.