Minister Fitzgerald grants short extension to O’Higgins Commission of Investigation

13 January 2016

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, has extended the reporting date for the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation by three months to end April 2016 following a request from the Commission. 

This Commission of Investigation was established to investigate and report on certain matters relative to the Cavan/Monaghan Division of the Garda Síochána and has Mr Justice Kevin O'Higgins as Sole Member. The Commission commenced its work on 10 February 2015 and was set an indicative period of one year within which to report. 

The Commission submitted an Interim Report on 14 December 2015 requesting the Minister to exercise her powers under section 6(6) of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 to provide a three month extension for the Commission to report.  The Commission is now proposing to report by 29 April 2016. The Minister has granted the extension.

A copy of the Commission’s Interim Report is available on the Department’s website via the following link


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