Written Answers. - Anonymous Letters.

Thursday, 22 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 1

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  124.  Mr. D. Ahern  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications  Information on Michael Lowry  Zoom on Michael Lowry   the standard procedures operated when his office or the office of the Minister(s) of State at his Department receives an anonymous letter; and if he has satisfied himself with the procedures that currently operate. [4095/96]

Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications (Mr. Lowry): Information on Michael Lowry  Zoom on Michael Lowry  Upon receipt of an anonymous letter, its contents are examined and, where relevant, issues are raised. It is normal practice to examine each one on its merits and to decide on what course of action to pursue, after consideration of all the available relevant information. There can be no general rule as to how to deal with anonymous letters and each individual case is judged on its own merits.

  125.  Mr. D. Ahern  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett   the standard procedures operated when his office or the office of the Minister(s) of State at his Department receives an anonymous letter; and if he has satisfied himself with the procedures that currently operate. [4096/96]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Barrett): Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Very few anonymous letters are received by my office or by the office of the Minister of State at my Department. All such letters are referred to a senior official of the Department for examination. Further action, if any, in relation to a particular letter would depend on its nature and content.

  126.  Mr. D. Ahern  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   asked the Minister for the Marine  Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett   the standard procedures operated when his office or the office of the Minister(s) of State at his Department receives an anonymous letter; and if he has satisfied himself with the procedures that currently operate. [4097/96]

Minister for the Marine (Mr. Barrett): Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Very few anonymous letters are [193] received by my office or by the office of Minister of State at my Department. All such letters are referred to a senior official of the Department for examination. Further action, if any, in relation to a particular letter would depend on its nature and content.


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