Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


International Terrorism

Was asked: the extent to which discussions continue to take place at European Union level, with a view to assuring a high degree of preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack; if the Defence Forces conti...More Button

There is considerable concern across Europe following terrorist events in Paris and Brussels earlier this year. The events show that all States must remain vigilant and attentive to the risks pose...More Button

The issue is a matter of ongoing concern to me and my ministerial colleagues across the European Union and will be on the agenda for the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council on the 15th and ...More Button

Ireland, like any other democratic country with similar values, is not immune to a threat from international terrorism. While an attack on Ireland is possible it is not assessed as likely and th...More Button

The Government is committed to ensuring that the necessary legislation is in place to address terrorist threats. The recently enacted Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) Act 2015 w...More Button

While primary responsibility for the maintenance of law and order, including the protection of the internal security of the State, rests with An Garda Síochána, one of the roles assigned to the D...More Button

Immigration Status

Was asked: the reason the LÉ Eithne is depositing refugees that it finds in the Mediterranean, in Malta and in Italy; if it is the case, under the Refugee Convention of 1951, that once the refugees are on the...More Button

Following a Government decision, the LÉ Eithne was deployed to the Mediterranean on 16 May 2015 to engage in humanitarian search and rescue operations at sea as part of Ireland's overall contributi...More Button

It has been agreed with the Italian Government that the LÉ Eithne will conduct search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean in accordance with relevant international law on rescue at sea und...More Button

The Deputy might wish to note that section 8 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) provides that any person who arrives at the frontiers of the State or any person who at any time is in the State ...More Button

With regard to the granting of refugee status, the Deputy might also note that the processing of asylum applications in Ireland takes place within a well defined national and international legal ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that as a further part of its response to the crisis, the Government has agreed in principle to resettle an additional 300 vulnerable people as its contribution to helpin...More Button

Was asked: the current and-or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 who is eight years living here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a letter granting permission to remain for a period of four months issued to the person referred to by...More Button

Was asked: the progress, to date, in determining an application for residency, on the grounds of family dependency on an Irish national, in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she...More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy first entered the State on 20 April 2005 and first registe...More Button

The person concerned made an application to my Department, on 10 April 2015, for a change of status in the State. Applications are dealt with in chronological order and my Department will be in ...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpos...More Button

Was asked: to set out the progress to date in determining an application for stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department, that the person referred to by the Deputy currently has an application pending for residency in the...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establ...More Button

Deportation Orders

Was asked: the progress, to date, in determining an application pursuant to section 3(11) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she wil...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order made on 3rd May 2012.

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Was asked: to set down the current residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order made on 5 August 2014. This Deportation Ord...More Button

The effect of a Deportation Order is that the person concerned must leave the state and remain thereafter outside the State. The enforcement of Deportation Orders is an operational matter for th...More Button

However, if new information or circumstances have come to light which has a direct bearing on this case and which have arisen since the original decision to deport was made, there remains the opt...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establ...More Button

Was asked: to outline the progress to date in the determination of an application pursuant to section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996, as amended, in the ca...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, as the person concerned had no valid basis to remain in the State, they were, by letter dated 29th Apr...More Button

The position in the State of the person concerned will now 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 199...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establ...More Button

Was asked: to set out the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order that was signed on 5 November 2013 and the ...More Button

The person concerned has ongoing Judicial Review proceedings seeking to quash the Deportation Order made against the applicant. As the foregoing matters are sub judice, I am precluded from comme...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establishe...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service only lists seven deportations on 11 March 2015, when the remaining 118 persons were deported and what method...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the INIS website is currently being updated and is expected to be re-launched later this year.More Button

However, in any event, details of all deportations are not individually listed on the INIS website given that, in general, removals are carried out using scheduled commercial flights, which usual...More Button

In enforcing the law in respect of deportations, Ireland is no different to other countries who also remove individuals who have no lawful right to remain within their territory. Ireland, like o...More Button

Immigration Policy

Was asked: if she will report on changes to be made in the Garda National Immigration Bureau, to end long queues outside its office on Burgh Quay in Dublin 2; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps she is taking to remedy the long queues and delays at the Garda National Immigration Bureau offices for both Bureau cards and multi-entry visas, that begin as early as 4:00 am; and if she...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 527 and 531 together.

  The Public Office situated at Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 provides services to non-national persons to obtain permission to rema...More Button

Was asked: if she will address an issue (details supplied) regarding visa policy; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department, that the Dublin Visa Office responded with a comprehensive reply to a query submitted to the 'Oireachtas Ma...More Button

It is open to a visa-required national to make a visa application for any purpose; the onus resting with the applicant to satisfy the visa officer as to why the visa should be granted. All infor...More Button

Where the stated purpose of the application is to marry in Ireland, it is advisable to provide evidence of that intention in the form of an acknowledgement from the Registrar. The applicant must...More Button

As with all applications for short stay visas, the applicant must show that they have sufficiently strong family, social or economic ties to a place of residence in a country other than Ireland t...More Button

Where the stated purpose of the application is to join family in Ireland, the comprehensive statement of national immigration policy on the area of family reunification contained in the Policy Do...More Button

The financial consideration for the Join Family visa where the sponsor is an Irish Citizen states that an Irish Citizen must not have been totally or predominantly reliant on benefits from the Ir...More Button

Declared and verified savings by the sponsor or the applicant may be taken into account in assessing cases. It is not proposed that the Family Reunification determinations should be purely finan...More Button

Guidelines on the visa application process can be found on the INIS website (www.inis.gov.ie). It should be borne in mind, however, that the information contained on the website is intended to a...More Button

Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This servic...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the position regarding the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014; when the Bill will be enacted; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her plans to publish the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 before the summer recess; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 528 and 556 together.

  On 27 November, I published the General Scheme of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill. The Bill will provide for new...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 508 of 26 May 2015, if the reformed and consolidated Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2014 will contain a definition of the offence of domestic violence; and...More Button

It is my intention to seek Government approval for the publication of the general scheme of a consolidated and reformed domestic violence Bill shortly. When it is published it will be referred to ...More Button

The issue of defining an offence of domestic violence has been the subject of detailed and careful consideration in my Department. It has also been the subject of recommendations by a number of ...More Button

Was asked: if she will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the Mediation Bill 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Mediation Bill will introduce an obligation on solicitors and barristers to advise any person wishing to commence legal proceedings to consider mediation as a means of resolving a dispute befor...More Button

Legal Aid

Was asked: the qualifying criteria for persons availing of free legal aid; if she has considered putting a limit on the number of times persons can avail of same for repeat criminal offences.More Button

The Criminal Justice (Legal Aid) Act 1962 provides that free legal aid may be granted in certain circumstances for the defence of persons of insufficient means in criminal proceedings. Under the 1...More Button

  Question No. 531 answered with Question No. 527.More Button

Garda Vetting Applications

Was asked: when a decision on an urgent Garda vetting application will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow.More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that a vetting application in respect of the person referred to was received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit on 28 May 2015. Once completed the application...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 28 April 2015 the reason for the delay in issuing a Garda clearance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a state...More Button

I have sought the information from the Garda authorities and I will communicate with the Deputy as soon as it is to hand.More Button

Was asked: if she will investigate a Garda vetting case (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a vetting application in respect of the person referred to was received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit on 1 May 2015. However, the application was in...More Button

The completed application was re-submitted to the Vetting Unit on 4 June, 2015. The application is currently being processed and will be returned to the Authorised Signatory in the registered org...More Button

Was asked: her views on the Health Information and Quality Authority report on the provision of child welfare services for children in direct provision centres; the steps she will take following the report; a...More Button

The recently published Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report on the provision of child welfare services for children in direct provision centres is not an examination of the direct...More Button

Anti-Social Behaviour

Was asked: her plans to set up a task force to deal with anti-social behaviour in housing estates; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the policing response to anti-social behaviour is a matter for the Garda authorities in the first instance. In this regard, An Garda Síochána continues to implement...More Button

A range of strong legislative provisions are available to an An Garda Síochána to combat anti-social behaviour, including provisions under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acts, the Criminal D...More Button

An Garda Síochána places great emphasis on the importance of the partnership between local Gardaí and the community and the Garda National Model of Community Policing plays a key part in respondi...More Button

Insofar as the question of establishing additional task forces or other structures are concerned, I would point the Deputy to the existing structures, both formal and informal, for local cooperat...More Button

Garda Equipment

Was asked: if she will provide funding for the purchase of extra mountain bikes for An Garda Síochána; when the force last received new mountain bikes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of policing resources, including Garda transport, are an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operation...More Button

In that context I am informed by the Garda authorities that based upon operational priorities it is currently not envisaged that additional Garda mountain bikes will be purchased this year. Moun...More Button

I am further advised that the allocation of resources at both Divisional and District level, including the deployment of Garda mountain bikes, is subject to ongoing analysis and review.More Button

Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Was asked: her plans to have a Garda youth diversion project for an area (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

My Department has responsibility for the Community Programmes Unit of the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) which manages the Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) network nationwide. More Button

I was pleased to announce, on the 15th May last, the allocation of the first tranche of Dormant Accounts Action Plan funding which includes funding to expand and enhance the GYDP service. Grants...More Button

Significant additional support has been allocated to the Garda Youth Diversion Programme in the Garda Dublin Metropolitan Region Northern Division including the establishment of 3 new GYDPs and t...More Button

Community Programmes, IYJS are currently working with the National Garda Youth Diversion Office and local Garda Management in structuring these new supports to include access to these services to...More Button

Same-sex Marriage

Was asked: following the passing of the marriage equality referendum, if she will confirm the earliest date by which same-sex couples will have civil marriage available to them; and if a same-sex couple is re...More Button

Subject to the Constitution, I am prioritising the publication of the Marriage Bill 2015 with a view to its enactment before the summer recess and early commencement. My aim, if possible, is that ...More Button

Civil partnerships will not be automatically converted into civil marriages, because it is a change in status and cannot be imposed without the full, free and informed consent of the parties. Ci...More Button

Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge

Déantar socrú le halt 11 d'Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003, maidir le comhlachtaí poiblí d'ullmhú scéime reachtúla ina sonraítear, inter alia, na seirbhísí a sholáthróidh siad trí mheán n...More Button

Domestic Violence Policy

Was asked: the policy of An Garda Síochána in relation to domestic violence; the specific training provided to gardaí to assist them in responding to incidents of domestic violence; if they advise all parties...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the detailed information in relation to An Garda Síochána Policy on Domestic Violence Intervention is published on the Garda Website (www.gard...More Button

Garda Oversight

Was asked: her plans to introduce a criminal justice inspectorate similar to that in place in the North of Ireland, as recommended by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality.More Button

Inspection of criminal justice functions is currently undertaken by a number of agencies. The Garda Síochána Inspectorate and the Inspector of Prisons have a significant role as independent bodies...More Button

The Oireachtas Committee's recommendation was made in the context of the Committee’s Report on the Review of An Garda Síochána Act 2005. The possible establishment of a criminal justice inspect...More Button

Travel Documents

Was asked: if a travel document will issue to facilitate a humanitarian visit to a person's mother in their country in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department advise me that in exceptional cases an application for an Irish temporary travel document may be considered in respect of qu...More Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: to outline the current residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare who has been living and working here consistently for eight years; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the first named person arrived in the State on 04 November 2005 as a visitor. If it is the case that t...More Button

It would seem that this person failed to meet the requirements of Section 9 of the Act of 2004 which sets out the obligations of non nationals in respect of registration and in particular to the ...More Button

A person who is found to be in breach of the requirements of the Immigration Act 2004 may have committed an offence. A person found guilty of such an offence is liable under section 13 of the Ac...More Button

I have been advised that there is no record of the second named person and that if this person is currently in the State they are also residing illegally in the State.More Button

The first and second named persons should now present themselves to their local Garda Station.More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establ...More Button

Was asked: to set out the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare and his family who arrived here in 2006; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person in question arrived in the State on 12/05/2006 as a visitor. If it is the case that the ind...More Button

It would seem that this person failed to meet the requirements of Section 9 of the Act of 2004 which sets out the obligations of non nationals in respect of registration and in particular to the ...More Button

A person who is found to be in breach of the requirements of the Immigration Act 2004 may have committed an offence. A person found guilty of such an offence is liable under section 13 of the Ac...More Button

The person in question should now present himself to his local Garda Station.More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically establ...More Button

Was asked: if permission to remain under the Irish graduate programme will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy entered the State as a student on 30 July 2007 and registe...More Button

On 23 February 2015, this person applied for an extension of student conditions. This application is currently under review and there will be no unnecessary delay in the processing of this appli...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpos...More Button

Was asked: the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to the Reply given to his recent Parliamentary Question No. 104 of Thursday, 28th May 2015. The status of the person concerned is set out in that reply.

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Was asked: the progress made, to date, in determining an application for right to residency based on parentage of an Irish citizen child in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned has applied for a right of residency in the State, accompanied by a right to work,...More Button

Was asked: the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that while the Deputy states that person in question has resided in the State for ten years, our records sho...More Button

Was asked: if she will review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to is the subject of a Deportation Order and therefore has no entitlement to reside...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: if stamp 4 will be extended to cater for an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Naturalisation Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the parents of the person concerned were granted permission to remain in the State in 2001 under the arrangement...More Button

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 pu...More Button

Was asked: the current position in respect of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received from the person referred to by the...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: to set out the progress to date in the determination of an application for a visa in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to by the Deputy has been approved, the applicant has been informe...More Button

Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This servic...More Button

Was asked: if she will prioritise the joint family visa application in respect of a child (details supplied) in Dublin 15 as the child is due to start school in September 2015.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the visa application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Beijing Visa Office on 30 April 2015...More Button

Queries in relation to general immigration matters may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This servic...More Button

Was asked: the reasons some 3,003 persons were refused entry into the country; the nationalities of those refused entry; if she will provide a breakdown of the number refused entry at each port of entry; and ...More Button

The figure provided to the Deputy of 3,003 persons refused entry into the country in reply to Dáil Question No. 476 of 26 May 2015 is for a 13 month period from April 2014 to April 2015 inclusive.More Button

In the time available it has not been possible to obtain all the information requested by the Deputy from the Garda authorities. I will write to the Deputy in due course on the matters raised. I ...More Button

For the Deputy's information, I would draw his attention to the fact that since 2011, my Department issues a press statement in early January each year which is available on the Departments websi...More Button

Equality Legislation

Was asked: if she will repeal section 37.1 of the Equality Act 2004.More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations

Was asked: if she has considered the Constitutional Convention's report on blasphemy; if she will legislate for the recommendation rather than deal with it by referendum; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

The offence of blasphemy is contained in Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution, which provides that 'The publication or utterance of blasphemous ... material is an offence which shall be punisha...More Button

  Question No. 556 answered with Question No. 528.More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: if she will consider tightening the law in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently preparing for Committee Stage of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 which sets out a new legal framework for facilitating and supporting decision-making by...More Button

The Bill will provide greater options to address the decision-making needs of a range of vulnerable adults such as persons with Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual disability or mental illness and ...More Button

The Bill provides a capacity test which will be used by the court and by healthcare professionals to determine whether or not a person has capacity. Where a person is suffering from Alzheimer's ...More Button

Where the court has appointed a decision-making representative or where an enduring power of attorney has been registered, it will no longer be possible for the person with Alzheimer's disease to...More Button

The Bill does not give any intervener the right to become involved in the making of a person’s will and the normal avenues available to those who wish to contest a will remain open.More Button

Decision-making representatives, attorneys and co-decision-makers will all be answerable to the Office of the Public Guardian.More Button

Committee Stage is scheduled for 17 June and it is my expectation that the Bill will be enacted this year.More Button

Legal Services Regulation

Was asked: when the legal services authority will be in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 completed its passage through the Dáil on 22 April. It completed Second Stage in the Seanad on 12 May 2015. Preparations for the establishment of the new an...More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: to set out her views on a matter regarding anti-social behaviour in a town (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution unde...More Button

I have however been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Kerry Garda Division on 30 April 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 287 of wh...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the first intake since 2009 of 100 new recruits entered training at the Garda College, Templemore, on 15 September 2014. As part of Budget 2015, a further intake of...More Button

An Garda Síochána are statutorily obligated to ensure that the peace is preserved and public order maintained, as well as protecting life and property and vindicating the human rights of every in...More Button

Local Garda management is aware of complaints of anti social behaviour, which is predominantly caused by youths and children who congregate in the area and a high visibility Garda presence is pro...More Button

All members of An Garda Síochána proactively target public disorder and anti-social behaviour and all such incidents, detected by members on patrol or reported to An Garda Síochána are dealt with...More Button

Was asked: to outline her plans to allocate additional gardaí from the selection of qualified Garda recruits to Tralee town in County Kerry in view of the reasons submitted in correspondence (details supplied).More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution unde...More Button

I have however been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of Kerry Garda Division on 30 April 2015, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 287 of wh...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the first intake since 2009 of 100 new recruits entered training at the Garda College, Templemore, on 15 September 2014. As part of Budget 2015, a further intake of...More Button

An Garda Síochána are statutorily obligated to ensure that the peace is preserved and public order maintained, as well as protecting life and property and vindicating the human rights of every in...More Button

Local Garda management is aware of complaints of anti social behaviour, which is predominantly caused by youths and children who congregate in the area and a high visibility Garda presence is pro...More Button

All members of An Garda Síochána proactively target public disorder and anti-social behaviour and all such incidents, detected by members on patrol or reported to An Garda Síochána are dealt with...More Button

Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Was asked: if she will provide details, in tabular form, of State funding to Women's Aid for the past ten years, including in 2015 to date.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is contained in the following table insofar as it relates to my Department. During this time funding has been, in the main, provided by Cosc, the National Offi...More Button

Prisoner Rehabilitation Programmes

Was asked: if the prison system has engaged or assisted in recent times in any research programmes in the areas of treating challenging behaviour, self destruction, violent behaviour or mental health; and if ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that it supports the delivery of two intensive therapeutic programmes (Building Better Lives Programmes) which target serious violent and sexual offending. ...More Button

Debt Collection

Was asked: to outline her plans to introduce legislation to deal with debt collection; if such legislation will apply to all debts; when she anticipates that such legislation will be operative; and if she wil...More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 153 on 26 May 2015 which was as follows:

"Responsibility for the licensing of the financial activity of debt collect...More Button

Domestic Violence Refuges Provision

Was asked: to set out the total funding provided for each of the years 2009 to 2014, inclusive, and for 2015 to date by her Department to a refuge (details supplied) in Dublin 17.More Button

The organisation in question was granted €3,000 in funding in 2009 by my Department through Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence. The funding ...More Button

However, the Deputy may be aware that core funding for women's refuges is provided through Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, which is the responsibility of my colleague, the Minister for Childr...More Button

Garda Strength

Was asked: if she will confirm the strength of the Cork city Garda traffic corps as at 1 June 2013, 31 December 2013, 1 June 2014, 31 December 2014 and 1 June 2015.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution un...More Button

Garda Misconduct Allegations

Was asked: to set out her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the justice system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The particular case to which the correspondence refers is amongst those being considered under the mechanism established for the independent review of certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or in...More Button

I also understand that the person concerned has recently commenced a civil action against the State in respect of issues raised in the complaint. The Deputy will appreciate that in these circumst...More Button

Was asked: if she will issue a report on the findings of the review mechanism into the tragic death of a person (details supplied) in 2008; and the proposed action that will be taken in this case in view of t...More Button

The particular case to which the Deputy's question refers is amongst those being considered under the mechanism established for the independent review of certain allegations of Garda misconduct, or...More Button

While the review of all the cases referred to the panel is not yet completed, my Department has received the recommendations of counsel in a significant number of cases. I will consider the reco...More Button

Having received the first batch of submissions on those cases which were completed, I was anxious not only to set out the recommendation of counsel and my decision on it, but to outline as far as...More Button

I believe it is better to take that time now so as to provide complete reassurance on the probity and independence of this entire process, from start to finish.More Button

Was asked: if the closed-circuit television footage available relating to the alleged assault and death of a person (details supplied) in 2002 at Portlaoise Garda station will be made available to the family'...More Button

The examination of any evidence in the context of a criminal investigation is an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner. I have no function in this regar...More Button

Court Accommodation Provision

Was asked: to set down the date for the commencement of the new courthouse in Letterkenny, County Donegal; her views on whether the car parking provision for the new courthouse is adequate; and the plans in p...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Cour...More Button

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the construction of a new courthouse in Letterkenny is one of seven courthouse construction and renovation proje...More Button

I am informed that the design for the new courthouse includes on-site secure parking which will resolve some of the parking issues experienced at the existing courthouse which is not regarded as ...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

Was asked: if she proposes to appoint a High Court judge to preside over an inquiry into a recent death (details supplied) as requested by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors; and if she will ma...More Button

Was asked: to set out her views on an incident involving the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (details supplied); her views on whether the commission acted appropriately in this case; if she has sought an ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 572 and 585 together.

  First and foremost, let me again express my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Garda Sg...More Button

Prisoner Health

Was asked: if she will provide figures for the health care budget allocated to the prison service as a whole in each of the years 2012 to 2014, inclusive; the health care budget allocated to Mountjoy Prison a...More Button

I have been advised by the Irish Prison Service that its healthcare budget was €7.3million in 2012, €8.3million in 2013, and €7.5million in 2014. The daily average number of persons in custody in ...More Button

The Irish Prison Service has also confirmed that the healthcare budget is not allocated separately to the individual prison institutions, and it expends the overall healthcare budget in its deliv...More Button

Garda Forms

Was asked: if she will provide an update on the procedures for Form 104 reporting by gardaí to the Central Statistics Office, particularly the manner in which the procedures apply to the recording of suicide ...More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the issues referred to by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy directly when the report is to hand.More Button

Deaths in Prison

Was asked: to set out the cause of death determination process in use to record causes of death in prisons; the process involved in recording and conveying cause of death statistics from the prison service to...More Button

The Irish Prison Service has advised that all deaths in custody are the subject of an internal investigation by the Prison Governor, a Garda investigation, and a Coroners inquest. In addition, all...More Button

The Irish Prison Service has confirmed that the circumstances of each death in custody is subject to an internal investigation conducted by the Governor in charge of the institution concerned. T...More Button

The Irish Prison Service has also advised me that it does not convey cause of death statistics to the Central Statistics Office.More Button

Was asked: to detail the number of deaths by suicide in Irish prisons in each of the years 2012 to 2014, inclusive; the number of deaths by suicide of released former prisoners on temporary release or remissi...More Button

The Irish Prison Service has advised that there were two confirmed deaths by suicide in its institutions during 2012, and two confirmed deaths by suicide in 2013.

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Criminal Law

Was asked: to outline her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the heads of the criminal law (sexual offences) (amendment) Bill 2014 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 27 November, I published the General Scheme of a Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill which includes two new offences of purchasing, in the context of prostitution, sexual services.More Button

The first is a general offence of purchasing sexual services which carries a penalty of a fine of up to €500 for a first offence and fines of up to €1000 for a second or subsequent offence. The ...More Button

As an additional means of combating the exploitation which is associated with prostitution, these offences will target the demand side of prostitution. However, there is already legislative prov...More Button

I would also like to advise the Deputy of existing laws in the area of prostitution. Under section 6 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993, it is an offence to solicit in a street or pu...More Button

The Bill is priority legislation and is currently being drafted. It is my intention to publish the Bill in the current parliamentary session.More Button

Was asked: if she will provide an update on the status of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2014; if she will expedite the matter before the summer recess, and in light of the recent enactme...More Button

On 27 November, I published the General Scheme of a Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill which includes two new offences of purchasing, in the context of prostitution, sexual services.

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Legislative Measures

Was asked: to outline her views regarding the issue of a person who is concerned with section 4 of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, which relates to non-therapeutic sterilisation; the purpos...More Button

The purpose of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 is to support a person to exercise autonomy in terms of decision-making to the greatest extent possible and to put safeguards in pla...More Button

Crime Levels

Was asked: if she will provide figures in respect of crime rates in the Stepaside area of Dublin south by type of crime for the periods March 2011 to March 2013 and March 2013 to March 2015; the number of arr...More Button

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has estab...More Button

Garda Operations

Was asked: if she is aware that a number of protesters were held against their will, unable to exit a small enclosure sealed by An Garda Síochána, during the unveiling of the statue in Ballymote, County Sligo...More Button

I am aware of protests at the event to which the Deputy refers in his question. While supporting fully the right of individuals to protest, I am sure the House will agree that any protest must tak...More Button

The Garda Authorities make every effort to facilitate lawful protests and demonstrations while seeking also to provide a safe environment for participants and taking into account the rights of al...More Button

Road Traffic Offences

Was asked: further to her reply of 27 May 2015 to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 25 March 2015, with the breakdown on cases before each District Court for road traffic offences where the outcome included d...More Button

The court poor box is a non-statutory system used mostly by the District Courts to impose a financial charge on a defendant to be used for a charitable purpose, usually instead of imposing a crimin...More Button

Penalty Points System Offences

Was asked: further to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 257 of 6 May 2015, which was in follow up to Parliamentary Question No. 399 of 21 April 2015, the total figures for drivers who were convicted of ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4...More Button

Crime Data

Was asked: the number of persons arrested and charged with theft of a vehicle in Dublin in each of the years 2012 to 2014 and in 2015 to date; the number of successful convictions obtained in each of these ye...More Button

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has estab...More Button

Garda Recruitment

Was asked: when she expects the two posts of Deputy Garda Commissioner to be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An open competition to fill the two vacancies at Deputy Commissioner level was held by the Public Appointments Service. An application for an interlocutory injunction in relation to that competitio...More Button

Subsidiary Protection Applications

Was asked: if she will confirm the current residency status of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the subsidiary protection application made by the person concerned was refused on 8th May, 2015.
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Family Law Cases

Was asked: the current status of plans for legal and constitutional change to facilitate a restructuring of the family court system; if it is still intended to introduce a restructured family court system; if...More Button

The position is that the Programme for Government contains a commitment to establish a dedicated Family Court in order to improve levels of judicial expertise and training in family law matters and...More Button

My Department is currently finalising proposals for future legislation based on submissions which have been received and consultations with interested parties. I intend to bring my proposals to e...More Button

Asylum Applications

Was asked: the progress, to date, in the determining an application, by reference to provisions of section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), in ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as ...More Button

Commissions of Investigation

Was asked: the number of commissions of investigation established under the aegis of her Department, in tabular form, since the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 came into effect; and if she will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the number of commissions of investigation under the aegis of her Department which have yet to complete and publish their reports; if she will provide a time frame for same; and if she will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the number of commissions of investigation established under the aegis of her Department during the term of the current Dáil Éireann; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 599 to 601, inclusive, together.

  Five Commissions of Investigation have been established under the aegis of my Department since the Commissions...More Button