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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 461.  Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan Information on Maureen O'Sullivan Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if in the event of the former residents of the Magdalen laundries making a complaint to An Garda Síochána, if he will clarify the matter of the statute of limitations and if the State will cover the costs for those ladies many of whom are existing on limited means. [16530/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter In meetings with the women concerned and associated groups, it has been stressed that there is no statute of limitations in this jurisdiction for serious criminal offences and that if they have been the victim of an offence, they should report the matter to the Gardaí for criminal investigation. There are no monetary costs to a victim as such associated with a Garda criminal investigation and prosecution.

Questions Nos. 462 and 463 answered with Question No. 460.

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