Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 813 No. 1
Unrevised

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Written Answers Nos. 1061-1080

Property Ownership

 1061. Deputy Gerry Adams Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if family members or members of the public are entitled to view deeds of transfer held by the Property Registration Authority of Ireland under rule 188(8) of the Land Registration Rules 1972 or any other rules; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37326/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter Access to Land Registry instruments held by the Property Registration Authority is governed by Rule 159 of the Land Registration Rules 2012 (S.I. No. 483 of 2012), which replaced Rule 188 of the Land Registration Rules 1972. The Rule provides that the registered owner of property and any person authorised by such owner, or by an order of the court or by the provisions of the Land Registration Rules, but no other person, may inspect a document filed in the Registry on a dealing or transaction with the property of the owner. Accordingly, there is no automatic right of access to deeds of transfer by family members of the owner of the property or by members of the public.

Garda Operations

 1062. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the way citizens may correct a false or inaccurate Pulse record. [37357/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter As the Deputy will be aware, the management of the PULSE system is an operational matter which is undertaken by the Garda Commissioner.

In that context I have been informed by the Garda authorities that when a person wishes to query the accuracy of a PULSE record the procedure is that the individual submits the relevant details in writing to the Garda Criminal Records Office. In such instances, if it is established that the record is correct then the person is so advised. However, if it is established that the record is either partially or fully incorrect the Garda Criminal Records Office ensures that any necessary amendments are made to PULSE and the person is advised accordingly.

International Agreements

 1063. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the implications of the Cape Town Convention, specifically the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on matters specific to aircraft equipment and the effectiveness of leasing disputes within the High Court of Ireland; if he will outine who has jurisdiction in this regard; if railway rolling stock or space assets also come under the jurisdiction of the High Court as part of the Cape Town Treaty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37358/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The High Court has jurisdiction to hear and determine applications under the Cape Town Convention. The procedure for these cases is prescribed in Order 81A of the Rules of the Superior Courts SI 38/2008. As the Deputy will appreciate the courts are, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in the exercise of their judicial functions. The conduct of any court case is a matter entirely for the presiding judge. It is not open to me to comment in any way on the role or effectiveness of the Court in exercising these functions.

Garda Stations Refurbishment

 1064. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if particular Garda stations (details supplied) in County Wicklow are fully wheelchair accessible for members of the force, staff and the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37409/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The programme of refurbishment of Garda stations is based on accommodation priorities which are established by An Garda Síochána. The programme is advanced in close co-operation with the Office of Public Works, which has responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. Funding for such works is met from the Vote of the Office of Public Works.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that disability access improvement works have recently been carried out at both Avoca and Carnew Garda Stations. I am further advised that the Office of Public Works has a programme in place to provide disabled access to public buildings, including Garda stations, and this programme will be further pursued in the context of An Garda Síochána's identified accommodation requirements and in the light of available resources within the Vote for the Office of Public Works.

Court Procedures

 1065. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will outline the purpose of Statutory Instrument 302 of 2013, Circuit Court Rules (Taking of Evidence for EU Courts) 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37421/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The purpose of the rules concerned is set out in the Explanatory Memorandum to the rules, viz. to "amend the Circuit Court Rules by the insertion of a new Order 23A to regulate the procedure for the taking of evidence by County Registrars pursuant to the European Communities (Evidence in Civil or Commercial Matters) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 126 of 2013)". Those Regulations transferred from District Court judges to county registrars the power to take evidence at the request of courts of EU Member States under Regulation (EC) No. 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters.

Question No. 1066 answered with Question No. 982.

Prison Investigations

 1067. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of investigations initiated by the Irish Prison Service under their policy document on anti harassment, sexual harassment and bullying policy; the number cases an external investigator has been appointed to carry out investigations; if funding is available in the prison service to complete all of these investigations; the number that have been completed since this policy was announced; the number that are still under investigation; the number that have been suspended and what is the timescale for a completion of those investigations that have not yet been finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37440/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I can advise the Deputy that the information requested is not readily available. The information is being collated by the IPS and I will forward the reply to the Deputy as soon as it is to hand.

Rights of Way Registration

 1068. Deputy Michael McCarthy Information on Michael McCarthy Zoom on Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the average waiting time for the Property Registration Authority to register a right of way over lands from the date of a valid application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37451/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter Rights of way can be created either through grant by deed between the owner of the subject land and the owner of the land intended to benefit from the right, or alternatively a right of way can be shown to have been acquired by prescription. Prescription is the acquisition of such rights by the user as of right over a substantial period of time.

Amendments made to the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 by the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 provide for a scheme of registration of easements and profits á prendre acquired by prescription to be made directly to the Property Registration Authority under Section 49(A) of the Registration of Title Act 1964. It should be noted that these are complex applications that require a full case to be made out by the applicant for the right to be registered in his/her favour. Certain proofs are required and notices must be served on all interested parties. It must be established in each case, prior to the application being approved for registration, that the right does lie in prescription and is not a right being exercised by express consent or is not a public right, customary right or right of necessity. The Property Registration Authority must be satisfied that the claim is not disputed. In view of these complexities and the necessity to consider each case on its own individual merits, I am advised by the Property Registration Authority that it is not possible to give an average processing time for such applications.

Pension Provisions

 1069. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if an application for a Garda special pension has been presented to him for his own determination, and if not, the reason it has not been presented to him; the reasons this application for a Garda special pension was initially refused in respect of a person ( details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37464/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The former Garda in this case retired on medical grounds on 9 July, 2001 and was awarded a Garda Ill-health pension which currently amounts to €29,829.51 annually. Under Article 10(2) of the Garda Síochána Pension Orders 1925, a Garda Special pension is payable to a member who was discharged on ill-health grounds due to an injury received while on duty. The former Garda’s application for a special pension was refused as the medical evidence did not establish a sufficient connection between an event in the workplace and the illness that resulted in his medical discharge from An Garda Síochána.

His application for a special pension was examined under the Department's Internal Disputes Resolution (IDR) procedure for the Garda Síochána Pension Scheme and was considered by the then Minister for Justice and Equality on 01 July 2008. The Minister decided that the former Garda did not qualify for a Garda special pension. The former Garda then submitted a complaint to the Pensions Ombudsman. On 26 May, 2010 the Pensions Ombudsman made a final determination on the matter, in accordance with Section 139 of the Pensions Act, 1990 as amended by Section 5 of the Pensions (Amendment) Act, 2002. The Ombudsman determined that all the medical evidence and opinions received from medical experts should be made available to the Minister to enable him to make a decision on the ex-member’s application for a Garda special pension. The Minister considered the application again on 19 July, 2010 and reconfirmed his decision not to grant a Garda Special pension.

Departmental Advertising Expenditure

 1070. Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the total cost of all media advertising to his Department for each of the past five years; the efforts his Department is making to ensure that local media both print and radio are being supported as well as national media by his Department's budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37482/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department does not, as a matter of policy, incur advertising expenditure of this nature. However, expenditure does arise from time to time on public information notices such as, for example relevant campaigns related to raising awareness on human trafficking, the dangers of fireworks, illegal drug dealing or the bringing into force of new legislation and other statutory notices. By their nature such notices are placed with local and national media sources.

The total cost of all media advertising for each of the past five years are as follows:-

Year Cost
January to August 20139,012
201265,448
201188,189
2010161,970
2009179,206

Ministerial Appointments

 1071. Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will provide a list of all bodies, boards or committees under the remit of his Department to which ministerial appointments are made; the statutory provision providing for the making of such appointments in each case; the annual allowances or other payments made to the chairperson; the annual allowance or other payment made to an ordinary member; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37497/13]

 1072. Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will provide a list of the boards, bodies or committees under the remit of his Department where there is currently a vacancy to be filled by ministerial appointment; if so, if the vacancy relates to the chairperson or an ordinary member or members, specifying the number of vacancies in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37512/13]

 1073. Deputy Kevin Humphreys Information on Kevin Humphreys Zoom on Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will provide a list of the bodies, boards or committees under the remit of his Department where there is anticipated to be a vacancy within the next six months to be filled by ministerial appointment; if so, if the anticipated vacancy relates to the chairperson or an ordinary member or members, specifying the number of anticipated vacancies in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37527/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 1071 to 1073, inclusive, together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that the information regarding Ministerial appointments to State Boards/Bodies/Committees under the remit of this Department is set out below. The Deputy may wish to know that I have provided details of the fees payable to each board member irrespective of whether the board member has waived their entitlement or is a civil/public servant.

  Bodies, Boards and Committees under the remit of this Department to which Ministerial Appointments are made

EntityStatutory ProvisionChairperson’s Allowance

(€)
Other Payments to Chairperson

(€)
Ordinary Member’s Allowance

(€)
Other Payments to Ordinary Members

(€)
Trust or Company Service Provider Authorisation (Appeal Tribunal)Section 101(1) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010Upon determination of an appeal the member shall be paid 546 (exclusive of VAT) for services rendered.N/AN/AN/A
Property Registration Authority Section 7 of the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 200620,520N/A11,970 per memberN/A
Registration of Deeds and Title Rules CommitteeSections 48,72 and 74 of the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006No fees payableN/ANo fees payableN/A
Property Services Regulatory Authority Property Services Regulation Act 20118,978N/A5,985 per memberN/A
Classification of Films Appeal BoardSection 3 of the Censorship of Films Act 1923NilN/ANo fees payable N/A
Assistant Classifiers Section 2 of the Censorship of Films (Amendment) Act 1992NilN/A167 for each day they provide service to IFCO. N/A
*Personal Insolvency Practitioners Complaints

Panel
Section 177 and Schedule 3 of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012NilN/A150 per sittingN/A
Courts Service BoardSection 11(1) Courts Service Act 1998NilN/A11,970N/A
Judicial Appointments Advisory BoardSection 13(2) Court and Court Officers Act 1995NilN/ANilN/A
Criminal Injuries Compensation TribunalNon Statutory2,062Tribunal Meetings 272Single Member Decisions, Scheme 161Single Member Decisions, Prison Officer Scheme 236Appeal Hearing Sittings 361
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Tribunal Meetings 272Single Member Decisions, Scheme 161Single Member Decisions, Prison Officer Scheme 236Appeal Hearing Sittings 361
Private Security Authority (PSA)Section 7 of the Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended).11,970
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7,695
-
Office of the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for IrelandSection 8 of the Charities Act, 1961.NilN/ANil
-
**The Equality AuthorityEmployment Equality Acts 1998-201111,970N/A7,695N/A
Garda Síochána Audit CommitteeGarda Síochána Act 20058,550 per annum
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5,130 per annum
-
Refugee Appeals TribunalSection 2 of the Second Schedule to the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended)Appointment is a fixed term contract and is based on the salary of a Principal Officer in the Civil Service.N/A Fees payable per appeal case completed.


Fee per case ranges from 137 - 476.
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Committee to Monitor the Effectiveness of the Garda Diversion ProgrammeSection 44(1) of the Children Act, 2001 as amendedNilN/A5,985N/A
Legal Aid BoardCivil Legal Aid Act, 199511,970N/A7,695N/A
National Disability AuthorityNational Disability Authority Act 1999 (as amended by the Disability Act 2005)8, 978
-
5,985
-
National Disability Strategy Implementation Group (NDSIG)Non StatutoryN/A
-
N/A
-
Ministerial Council on IntegrationNon StatutoryNilN/ANil
Mental Health (Criminal Law)

Review Board
Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 200675,000N/A250 per case reviewedN/A
Parole BoardNon Statutory11,970150 per diem payment for each prison visit, to a maximum of 12,600 p.a. 7,695150 per diem payment for each prison visit, to a maximum of 12,600 p.a.
Appeal Tribunal under Part 3 of the Prisons Act 2007Prisons Act 2007N/AN/A 546 per caseN/A
Prison Visiting CommitteesPrisons (Visiting Committees) Act, 1925143 per visit30 vouched travel expenses143 per visit30 vouched travel expenses
Commission for the Support of Victims of CrimeNon Statutory8,978N/A5,978N/A
National Traveller Monitoring and Advisory CommitteeNon Statutory8,978 N/ANilN/A


            Number of Anticipated Vacancies to be filled by Ministerial Appointment up to and including 31 March 2014
          EntityNumber of Anticipated Chairperson VacanciesNumber of Anticipated Ordinary Member Vacancies
          Property Registration Authority Nil5
          Garda Síochána Audit Committee14
          Parole Board N/A3
          Appeal Tribunal under Part 3 of the Prisons Act 2007N/A4
          Midlands Visiting Committee N/A1
          Mountjoy Visiting CommitteeN/A2
          Wheatfield Visiting CommitteeN/A1
          Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime01
          National Disability Authority112
          Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal16

Departmental Bodies

 1074. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will outline the role and current work of the National Crime Council; its total funding allocation for each year since 2007 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37546/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The National Crime Council ceased to operate in October 2008 following on a Government decision to rationalise State Agencies in the context of Budget 2009.

In relation to the financial information requested, the expenditure incurred by my Department for the years referred to was €544,000 in 2007 and €576,000 in 2008.

Asylum Applications

 1075. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter when a decision will be made on an application for subsidiary protection in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37580/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The person concerned is a failed asylum applicant. Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 27th February, 2009, that the then Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making written representations to the then Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against her. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for subsidiary protection in accordance with the provisions of the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The person concerned initiated judicial review proceedings in the High Court, challenging the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in her case. Her judicial review leave application was refused by the High Court on 11th April, 2013 meaning that the earlier decisions of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and the then Minister stood.

The person concerned has submitted an application for subsidiary protection. However, this application could not be determined while the judicial review proceedings were in place. When consideration of the subsidiary protection application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome.

In the event that the application for subsidiary protection is refused, the position in the State of the person concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. All representations submitted will be considered before a final decision is made. Once a decision has been made, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Commission of Inquiry

 1076. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will hold a commission of inquiry into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy. [37582/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Deputy will be aware that this case was examined by the Garda Síochána Serious Crime Review team, who forwarded a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions. No directions to prosecute were made. I have now received a detailed report from the Garda Commissioner on the investigation, which I will study carefully in the context of considering any further steps which might be appropriate in relation to this matter.

Prison Staff

 1077. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will review the decision to discontinue paying towards the security bill of a home of a former prison officer (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37597/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The payments referred to in the Deputy's question were discontinued in mid 2012 following a review of expenditure by the Director of Finance of the Irish Prison Service.

In circumstances where the officer (details supplied) was awarded a substantial compensation payment by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal, in the current economic climate it is considered inappropriate to continue to contribute towards the cost of his security and electricity bills.

Garda Investigations

 1078. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter if he will provide an update concerning a serious matter for the Dublin Bay north residents (details supplied) [37600/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I have requested the information from the Garda authorities and will communicate with the Deputy as soon as the information is to hand.

Visa Applications

 1079. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the rights and responsibilities an individual from the Ukraine, a non EU country, has here when they have been approved for a Stamp 4 for five years and where they are dependant on the member of family who is an EU citizen legal here for many years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37603/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to by the Deputy was granted permission to remain in the State for a period of five years up to 31 December, 2017. This permission is based on being the dependant family member of an EU citizen who is resident in the State and in exercise of EU Treaty rights in accordance with the provisions of S.I. No. 656 of 2006 European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 as amended (the "Regulations") and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States (the "Directive").

Under the Regulations the rights of those EU citizens and their non-EEA family members are the same as those of Irish citizens in terms of the right to travel in or to or from the State; to seek and enter employment; to carry on any business, trade or profession; to access education and training and to receive medical care and services.

However it should be noted that persons to whom the Regulations apply shall not be entitled to receive assistance under the Social Welfare Acts for 3 months following entry into the State or for such period exceeding 3 months where the person is continuing to seek employment and has a genuine chance of being engaged. In addition, persons who are granted a five year residence card (and not permanent residence) in the State shall not be entitled to receive maintenance grants for students (including those undertaking vocational training).

Persons to whom these Regulations apply may be asked to present evidence of their right of residence in the State in order to exercise any entitlement under the Regulations.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the Parliamentary Questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Anti-Social Behaviour

 1080. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the position regarding anti-social activity in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 9. [37639/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I am informed by the Garda authorities that the area in question is within the Clontarf Garda Sub-District. I have communicated the concerns referred to the Garda authorities and any incidents of public disorder or anti-social behaviour which are reported to the Gardaí will be fully investigted.

I understand that a Community Garda assigned to the area attends local Neighbourhood Watch meetings and any issues raised are attended to. The area is regularly patrolled by uniform and plain clothes patrols including mobile and mountain bike units.

Local Garda management closely monitors patrols, and other operational strategies in place, in conjunction with crime trends and policing needs of the community in the area to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public. The situation will be kept under review and paramount consideration given to the needs of residents.


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