Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues.

Thursday, 29 January 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 578 No. 6

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  38.  Ms McManus  Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the action which has been taken to implement the recommendations of the Nally report regarding the keeping of better records of North-South contacts and exchanges in intelligence matters and a written code of instructions and guidelines on intelligence-gathering and agent-handling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2466/04]

  50.  Ms McManus  Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   the consideration he has given to the Nally report since his Dáil statement of 16 December 2003; if he has plans to meet the relatives of the victims of the Omagh bombing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2465/04]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I propose to take Questions Nos. 38 and 50 together.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that they have taken appropriate action in line with the recommendations in the Nally report. In my statement of 16 December 2003 I set out the findings of the report and outlined the constraints as to what I could say on the matter. The matters in question are kept under review.

In the past there have been a number of contacts on behalf of the State with the relatives and I expect further contacts will take place.


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