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Flanagan, Charles

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 3: Intangible Assets

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I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. His intervention and consequent deliberation was the first spark in budget evening. I congratulate him on that.More Button

Mr. Seamus Coffey's report stated the increase in corporation tax receipts can be expected to be sustainable up to and including 2020. However, to ensure some smoothing of the corporation tax reve...More Button

The 80% cap will affect the timing of the relief in the form of capital allowances and related interest expenses for intangible assets. It will not affect the overall quantum of such relief. Th...More Button

Notwithstanding that this is a timing issue, it is estimated the introduction of the 80% cap will raise an additional €150 million in 2018. To ensure fairness and that matters are clarified, it ...More Button

I commend the resolution to the House.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Intangible Assets (Continued)

Essentially, two issues have been raised by the four speakers. First, on the manner in which the cost of approximately €150 million was arrived at, I never confirmed that the figure was €150 milli...More Button

The second issue concerns the capital allowance in the first instance. I acknowledge that there are difficulties in assessing the potential for changes, given the nature of the companies involved,...More Button

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett has referred to these measures as loopholes, but I do not accept that. Neither do I accept what Deputy Pearse Doherty has said about cosy arrangements and sweetheart ...More Button

It is important that we proceed with this resolution. It is also important to reflect on the fact that, prior to the introduction of the scheme, the tax system provided for an allowance of a lim...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 4: General

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  Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 11.25 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.More Button

Paternity Leave

Was asked: his views on allowing paternity leave to be taken within the first year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Parental Leave

Was asked: his plans to amend the parental leave legislation to extend the age limit in order to allow parental leave be taken up to the age that a child finishes their primary education; and if he will make ...More Button

Court Accommodation Refurbishment

Was asked: when essential remedial work is to commence on Ballinamore courthouse, County Leitrim, which is in a dilapidated condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be 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...More Button

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that work was due to be undertaken earlier this year on the roof of Ballinamo...More Button

Garda Complaints Procedures

Was asked: if he will report on the follow-up that is being planned further to the meeting with persons (details supplied) regarding the tragic death of their son. More Button

As I have previously explained to the Deputy, this tragic case was considered under the Independent Review Mechanism, IRM, and the recommendation was that no further action should be taken. Counse...More Button

GSOC is an independent body tasked with the investigation of complaints against members of the Garda Síochána. That independence is crucial to confidence in the process of investigating such com...More Button

I am aware that GSOC met with members of the family in question recently and my understanding is they were given a full update on the current position with regard to the investigation of their co...More Button

In the circumstances, I can only say that I await the outcome of the GSOC investigation. When that outcome is known, the question of whether, and if so, what further action can be taken, will be...More Button

Property Services Regulatory Authority

Was asked: his plans to amend legislation, secondary or primary, to tighten up regulation of companies which offer foreign property investment opportunities to ordinary investors in view of numerous instances...More Button

The Property Services Regulatory Authority, PSRA, was established on 3 April 2012 pursuant to the provisions of the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011. The PSRA is mandated to control, superv...More Button

The provision of property services by a licensed PSP or a relevant person (as provided for under Section 82 of the 2011 Act, i.e. property service providers from other EU countries), includes the...More Button

Section 65 of the 2011 Act provides for the PSRA to investigate complaints made against licensed PSPs. Following an investigation where a licensed PSP is found to be negligent in retaining a boo...More Button

I am advised by the Authority that this is not an issue which has been brought to its attention to date. Accordingly, there are no specific plans at this time for legislative change to the prope...More Button

Garda Stations

Was asked: if he will publish the terms of reference for the interim reports and final report regarding the reopening of six Garda stations on a pilot basis; the length of time the stations will be reopened a...More Button

The report to which the Deputy refers was published on 30 September 2017, along with a letter from the Tánaiste and then Minister for Justice and Equality to the Garda Commissioner. I understand t...More Button

Was asked: the location of all non-operational Garda stations in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of Garda resources in the State and, as Minister, I have no role in relation to these matters.

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Was asked: his plans to provide a Garda station in Glencolumbkille (details supplied); his further plans to locate a Garda station in another community-owned building within the village of Glencolumbkille; an...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána.  More Button

Gleann Cholm Cille was among a number of stations closed around the country in recent years because of the emphasis on ensuring front-line Gardaí could be managed and deployed with greater mobili...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Government's focus is on increasing Garda numbers and ensuring that Gardaí are appropriately resourced to protect and serve the community.  In this context, amon...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in publishing the interim report on the reopening of Garda stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I published the interim report concerned on 30 September 2017.

  While in the normal course it would be appropriate and usual to await the completi...More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the number of gardaí stationed at Clondalkin, Lucan, Ronanstown and Rathcoole; the comparable figures for each of the years 2012 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a ...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the reason An Garda Síochána is advertising internally for one sergeant and two gardaí for the penalty point office; if the policy of placing gardaí on policing duty and away from administration ha...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including...More Button

As part of its Five Year Reform and High-level Workforce Plan for An Garda Síochána, the Government has agreed an overall vision for a Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 to include 15,00...More Button

The 20% target will be achieved through a twin-track approach of, firstly, a “civilian by default” policy to be adopted in relation to the filling of all new posts other than operational policing...More Button

Funding for the recruitment of up to 500 civilians was provided in Budget 2017 to facilitate the Commissioner in addressing capacity and critical skills gaps across the organisation including in ...More Button

I have requested a report from the Commissioner in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy and I will revert to him when it is to hand. .More Button

The deferred reply under Standing Order 42A was forwarded to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: his plans for restoring Garda numbers in the Glencolumbkille and Carrick Garda districts, which currently stand at one when previously four gardaí were stationed in those areas; and if he will make...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of community gardaí in each Garda division, in tabular form.More Button

I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy on receipt of same.

  The deferred reply under Standing Order ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to increase Garda numbers in the Cavan and Monaghan division in view of the reduction in Garda personnel since 2010; if the particular policing needs of this division due to a long land b...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

I have been informed that the number of Gardaí assigned to the Cavan/Monaghan Division on 31 August 2017, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 323 with 12 Garda Reserves a...More Button

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and ...More Button

This plan is progressing apace. This year, funding has been provided for the recruitment of 800 Garda recruits and up to 500 civilians to support the wide ranging reform plan in train in An Gard...More Button

I am further informed by the Commissioner, that since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, close to 1,400 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been ass...More Button

This focus on investment in personnel is critical. The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the strength of An Garda Síochána. We are now rebuildi...More Button

In so far as the allocation of newly attested Gardaí is concerned, this is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. I am assured by the Commissioner that the needs of all Garda Divisions are fully c...More Button

Was asked: the number of community gardaí in each district in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy on receipt of same.

  The deferred reply under Standing Order ...More Button

Immigrant Investor Programme Administration

Was asked: if a project (details supplied) was referred to the immigrant investor programme committee; if so, the reason it was not successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that enquiries were made to officials in the Immigrant Investor Programme Unit in relation to the project re...More Button

Was asked: the due diligence that is carried out on companies submitting projects to the immigrant investor programme; if an assessment was made of a company (details supplied) that has submitted projects; if...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that the purpose of the immigrant investor programme is to incentivise investment in Ireland by high-net-worth non-...More Button

All projects being proposed for consideration as applicable projects are, however, required to submit a detailed business plan with all relevant supporting documentation and where the agent is a ...More Button

Was asked: the representations made by members of the Government for projects submitted under the immigrant investor programme in each of the past three years; if he will release the representations; and if h...More Button

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that no representations by members of the Government in support of projects submitted under the Immigrant In...More Button

Refugee Status Applications

Was asked: if the Government will give consideration to granting refugee status to persons fleeing the ongoing persecution within Venezuela; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that Ireland is a signatory to the United Nations 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. As such, Ireland is bound by international law ...More Button

In the International Protection Act 2015, a refugee is defined as, "a person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or...More Button

Applications for International Protection in Ireland are processed by the International Protection Office, IPO. The Chief International Protection Officer and the International Protection Office...More Button

All applicants for international protection, including those made by Venezuelan nationals in Ireland, are carefully interviewed and their cases are individually assessed by trained caseworkers. ...More Button

Garda Reserve

Was asked: the progress which has been made in recruiting Garda reserves in view of the fact that funding has been provided to recruit 300 Garda reserves in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made in recruiting Garda recruits in view of the fact that funding has been provided to recruit 800 Garda recruits in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 and 204 together.More Button

This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and ...More Button

Taking account of projected retirements, reaching a strength of 15,000 by 2021 will require some 2,400 new Garda members to be recruited on a phased basis over the next three years in addition to...More Button

The workforce plan is progressing apace. I am informed by the Commissioner that, since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, close to 1,400 recruits have attested as members of A...More Button

I am pleased to announce today that I have secured sufficient funding to provide for the recruitment of another 800 new Garda recruits in 2018, which will ensure that the planned Garda strength o...More Button

In relation to the Garda Reserve, which has significant potential to be a visible presence on the ground, engaging with local communities funding has been provided for the recruitment of 300 new ...More Button

Was asked: the percentage of Garda reserves completing a minimum of 208 annual hours per annum duty obligations; the number of times on average reserves are requested to assist policing in district; the annua...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct rol...More Button

The Garda Reserve was established in accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to enhance the links between An Garda Síochána and local communities and consists of voluntary unpaid members, dra...More Button

I am informed by the Commissioner that in regard to the deployment of Garda personnel including Reserves, a distribution model is used which takes into account all relevant factors including popu...More Button

I am further informed that the information requested by the Deputy regarding Reserves assisting policing in a district and being allocated a duty in the duty register is not readily available in ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, service in the Garda Reserve is voluntary and unpaid. However, an allowance is payable to Reserve members, who complete a minimum of 208 hours duty annually as a con...More Button

I am advised that during 2016, 303 Garda Reserves claimed the allowance, which is equivalent to 44% of the Reserve strength of 695 as of 31 December 2016. The cost of the Reserve in 2016 was €34...More Button

The "Programme for a Partnership Government" includes a commitment to double the Garda Reserve to act in a supportive role undertaking local patrols and crime reduction measures. In line with th...More Button

In conjunction with the major expansion of the Reserve, over the next number of years we must ensure that it is used to optimum effect to support effective policing. To inform future decisions a...More Button

Probation and Welfare Service

Was asked: the position regarding the modernisation of the probate system, having previously stated that a report with recommendations for the modernisation of same was due by mid-2017, to be presented to the...More Button

The Probate Office is an office of the High Court and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service...More Button

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that backlogs in the probate system are a cause for concern and that if an is...More Button

The main reason for requests to expedite the issue of a grant in a deceased person's estate is to facilitate the sale of property, and where requests for such expedites arise, the grant issues pr...More Button

The Courts Service has advised that the review of the probate system is ongoing, and that it is anticipated that a report will be completed before the end of 2017 for presentation to the senior m...More Button

Prisoner Transfers

Was asked: the status of the prisoner transfer scheme following the Supreme Court judgment in the Rafferty et. al. v. Governor of Portlaoise case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On 12 July, 2016, the Supreme Court dismissed the State's appeal in the case known as, "O'Farrell, McDonald, Rafferty v. The Governor of Portlaoise Prison". The case concerns an a...More Button

Commencement of Legislation

Was asked: when a commencement order will be signed to commence the operation of Part 12 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under Part 12 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, there is to be a new Advisory Committee on the Grant of Patents of Precedence that will be established by the Legal Services Regulatory Auth...More Button

The Advisory Committee, which can also recommend the revocation of a Patent of Precedence, will be chaired by the Chief Justice and will also comprise the President of the High Court; the Attorne...More Button

The establishment of the Advisory Committee on the Grant of Patents of Precedence is both a key reform and a key component of the managed and phased roll-out of its legislative functions by the L...More Button

Courts Service Administration

Was asked: if steps can be taken to alleviate the pressure on District Courts that are hearing contested family law matters late into the evening; if plans are in place to improve the determination of family ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functi...More Button

Courts Service Remit

Was asked: if he has engaged with the Courts Service regarding affording greater involvement to wards of courts and their families with the wards of courts funds and the funds of minors; and if he will make a...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the High Court has jurisdiction in wards of court matters and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its fu...More Button

In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that when a person is taken into wardship, the President of the High Court appoints a ...More Button

The Investment Committee reviews the investment strategies with the assistance of its investment advisors to ensure the protection and suitable investment of funds of wards, minors and others lod...More Button

The Courts Service has also informed me that the committee of the ward is involved with the Office of Wards of Court on an ongoing basis in establishing the expenditure needs of a ward. A case o...More Button

The Courts Service has advised that detailed statements providing comprehensive financial information are issued to committees on request and a process of issuing high-level financial statements ...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the legislation governing persons who are wards of court dates back to 1871. It has been recognised for some time that reforms were needed to update the law in this a...More Button

New administrative processes and support measures, including the setting up of the Decision Support Service within the Mental Health Commission (a body under the Department of Health), must be pu...More Button

Garda Vetting

Was asked: the number of compliance officers employed by the national vetting unit; when they were appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 provides for a range of offences and sanctions for non-compliance with the Act. In addition, the Act provides for the as...More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that at present all compliance issues are dealt with by the Disputes and Compliance Section of the Bureau. To date, the office has received notification of...More Button

The National Vetting Bureau has adopted best practice in relation to the management of compliance through a three-tiered approach of support, self-assessment, and investigation and compliance. More Button

Pending the deadline for retrospective vetting of 31 December 2017, the focus of the Bureau at present is on providing information to organisations as to their requirements to be vetted and suppo...More Button

The Bureau is currently finalising a self-assessment compliance template for completion by all organisations.  This approach was outlined and discussed with organisations at seminars in the secon...More Button

Following this bedding-in period, the Bureau will appoint compliance officers, in line with human resource management policy and a schedule of planned audits for organisations will be undertaken ...More Button

Departmental Reviews

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 172 of 16 September 2016, the progress to date on the Murray review of the law on surveillance of journalists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 3 October 2017, I published the report of Mr. Justice John L. Murray’s Review of the Law on Retention of and Access to Communications Data. The report is available on my Department's website. ...More Button

Ministerial Responsibilities

Was asked: if there were changes in the powers delegated to the Ministers of State in his Department relative to the situation in place prior to 14 June 2017; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a...More Button

In accordance with the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1977, the Government may delegate, by way of an Order, to a Minister of State any of the powers and duties of the relevant Mi...More Button

As you will appreciate, the Department of Justice and Equality has a broad remit, and I welcome the support provided by various colleagues who have been assigned to my Department as Ministers of ...More Button

Earlier this year, Mr. David Stanton, T.D., was reappointed Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration. In...More Button

Statutory Instrument 351 differs from the prior Delegation of Functions Order, S.I. No 422 of 2016, by the addition in the Schedule of the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016 ( No. 11 of 2016). More Button

Mr. Finian McGrath, T.D., also remains Minister of State attending Government and Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice & Equality and Health with special responsibil...More Button

Mr. Pat Breen, T.D., was appointed Minister of State at the then-named Department of Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Employment and Social Protection, the Department of the Taoiseach...More Button

Alcohol Sales Legislation

Was asked: further to recent legislation passed which provides for craft brewers licenced to sell their products to brewery visitors between certain times, if the licence is a saleable asset; if it is transfe...More Button

The position is that the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 is a Private Members' Bill tabled by Deputy Alan Kelly. The Bill completed Second Stage in the Dáil on 26 July a...More Button

I intend to table a series of amendments to the Bill at Committee Stage. As already indicated during Second Stage discussions, the general purpose of these amendments will be to ensure that the ...More Button

Prison Service

Was asked: his views on whether the process by which the Prison Service is offering six-month contracts to retired former personnel under 60 years of age is cost-effective or counterproductive to the process ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the Irish Prison Service's recruitment of retired Prison Officers on short-term contracts is a short-term measure pending the sufficient recruitment of permanent Prison...More Button

Data Protection Commissioner

Was asked: the funding arrangements for the office of the Data Protection Commissioner with regard to the Commissioner's plans to increase staff and resources at a location in Dublin; the timeframe to increas...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Government has publicly committed to continuing to provide the resources necessary for the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, ODPC, to perform its globall...More Button

This commitment was reflected in the ODPC's very significantly increased budget provision of €7.256 million for 2017, up almost 60% on its allocation of €4.748 million for 2016 and four times its...More Button

The combined staff number for the ODPC's Dublin and Portarlington offices currently stands at 70 and is expected to reach 90 by the end of 2017. It is anticipated that staffing numbers will incr...More Button

Departmental Schemes

Was asked: if an application under a scheme (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to supporting investment in CCTV systems and, in this context, a new community-based CCTV grant-aid Scheme was launc...More Button

Lobbying Data

Was asked: the number of occasions on which he has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons he has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the ba...More Button

Since taking up office as Minister for Justice and Equality, I have been lobbied by organisations registered on the Register of Lobbyists under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 in respect of the...More Button

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is in the Programme for a Partnership Government and its enactment is a priority for Government. .More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: the position regarding a stamp 4 application in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 mentioned by the Deputy arrived in the State on 11 September 2006, and that their most recen...More Button

Was asked: if the application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) who has been awaiting a decision for 18 years can be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referre...More Button

Was asked: if he will grant naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation in respect of the perso...More Button

Was asked: if he will grant naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that there is no record of a current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referre...More Button

Probate Applications

Was asked: the number of cases of probate sales in the system; the expected waiting time; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Probate Office is an office of the High Court and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service...More Button

Garda Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to each division in each of the past ten years for the purposes of establishing or supporting text alert, community alert or neighbourhood watch schemes, in tabular ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for Government underlines the need for close engagement between An Garda Síochána and local communities. This is an essential feature of the strong commu...More Button

Garda Strength

Was asked: the number of Gardaí over each of the past ten years, by rank and division, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct rol...More Button

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Garda Strength by Division and Rank 2013

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Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Investigations

Was asked: his views on the fact that the GSOC investigation into the death of a person (details supplied) has been ongoing for five years with no outcome for the bereaved family; and if he will make a statem...More Button

First of all, I want to remind the Deputy that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is an independent body tasked with the investigation of complaints against members of the Garda Síochána. Tha...More Button

Immigration Policy

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to remove the ban on the right to work of asylum seekers in view of the recent Supreme Court ruling; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 16(3)(b) of the International Protection Act 2015 provides that applicants for international protection shall not seek, enter or be in employment or engage for gain in any business, trade o...More Button

Irish Prison Service

Was asked: the work or strategic planning that is under way to develop a non-custodial approach for women offenders in view of the proven success of such models in reducing recidivism. More Button

There are a number of initiatives that have been taken in the area of female offenders who comprise a relatively small group within the criminal justice system in Ireland. More Button

The Report of the Penal Policy Review Group published in September 2014 proposed alternatives to custodial sentences as the first choice of sanction. Chapter 6 of the Report is dedicated to the...More Button

Further, the Probation Service and Irish Prison Service Joint Strategic Women's Plan puts in place a structure for these two agencies to work more effectively with this vulnerable group in societ...More Button

The Abigail Women's Centre run by DePaul Ireland (Tus Nua) was opened in a north Dublin suburb, in December 2014. This is a Probation Service funded project working with women leaving prison or ...More Button

In the afore-mentioned Joint Strategic Women's Plan, the Irish Prison Service gave a commitment to explore the development of an open centre for women assessed as low risk of re-offending. This ...More Button

Prison Service Strategies

Was asked: his strategy to develop an open prison for women as an alternative to overcrowding in the Dóchas centre and Limerick women's prison.More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that in the joint Probation Service/Irish Prison Service Women's Strategy 2014-2016, An Effective Response to Women Who Offend, published in 2014, the Irish Prison Servi...More Button

This commitment was acknowledged in the Report on the Strategic Review of Penal Policy, which also recommended a greater focus on step-down facilities, supported accommodation, the use of more co...More Button

A joint Irish Prison Service/Probation Service Working Group was then established to consider an open centre for women. The Working Group recommended that, rather than developing an open centre,...More Button

In this regard, approval was given to the Heads of the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service to proceed to scope the possibilities for the development of a step-down unit in Dublin. This pr...More Button

A new development for females in Limerick, which work will commence on in early 2018, will when completed provide 42 rooms with eight independent living areas. This stand-alone facility with all...More Button

Deportation Orders

Was asked: if a deportation order in the case of persons (details supplied) can be set aside; if their case can be urgently reviewed and considered with a view to stamp 4 status.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that the persons concerned are the subject of Deportation Orders signed on 15 September 2017. These Orders...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

Immigration Status

Was asked: if temporary residency status can be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied); if the person's case can be examined on humanitarian grounds, in view of the fact the person is receiving sp...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

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 all other applicable legislation...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 a new application for residency status has been received from a person (details supplied); and if he 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 applied for residence permission and a right to work based on the person's parenta...More Button

I am further advised that the person concerned submitted a new application to INIS on 28 April 2017. However, this application was returned to the person concerned, as the application form and s...More Button

If the person mentioned by the Deputy wishes to apply for permission to reside in the State on the basis of the person's parentage of an Irish citizen child, then it remains open to re-submit a f...More Button

I am further advised by INIS that a separate application for residency in accordance with the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015 was submitted by the person concerne...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 estab...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the decision to grant stamp 0 status in the case of a person (details supplied); if stamp 0 status can be replaced by stamp 4 in the circumstances in view of the fact the person's...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that the person in question, was offered permission to remain in the State on 14 August 2017 on stamp "0" for one y...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 estab...More Button

Was asked: the status of the determination of residency in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that the situation remains as set out in my reply to the Deputy's Parliamentary Question 17334/17 of 6 Apri...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 estab...More Button

Deportation Orders Re-examination

Was asked: if the deportation order made seven years ago in the case of a person (details supplied) can be reviewed in view of the time elapsed since the making of the order; and if he will make a statement o...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 3 February 2010. More Button

Representations were received from the person's legal representative, pursuant to Section 3 (11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to revoke the Deportation Order. All relevant aspects o...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 estab...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that 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, ...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: if he will review the application for a visa in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that the person in question made an application for Family Reunification in respect of the individual conce...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 established specif...More Button

Was asked: if urgent consideration can be given to the granting of a visa in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, of my Department that it is open to any visa required national to apply for a visa for any purpose. No such application has ...More Button

Youth Justice Strategy

Was asked: the steps being taken to develop a distinct criminal justice strategy for young adults aged 18 to 24 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the Programme for Government supports the expansion of Garda Youth Diversion Programmes for young people. This follows on from a recommendation of the Penal Policy Revi...More Button

The Review Group recognised that implementing the recommendation would require significant consultation with relevant agencies, including An Garda Síochána, as well as consideration of the resour...More Button

I am advised that there is ongoing engagement between the Irish Youth Justice Service and An Garda Síochána, with a view to scoping out the detailed implications of introducing an extended Divers...More Button

In addition, I can advise the Deputy that a Group, established by the former Garda Commissioner, is undertaking a comprehensive review of the existing Youth Diversion Programme. The outcome of t...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that I will keep progress in this area under review but, clearly, there is a range of issues that require very careful consideration in this regard..More Button

Sentencing Policy

Was asked: the position regarding requiring the Judiciary to take account of a young person's age and maturity as a mitigating factor in determining a penalty.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, judges are independent in the matter of sentencing, as in other matters concerning the exercise of judicial functions, subject only to the Constitution and the law. More Button

In regard to sentencing, the approach of the Oireachtas has generally been to specify in law a maximum penalty for an offence, so that a court, having considered all the circumstances of a case, ...More Button

The decision reached in any court case is a matter entirely for the presiding judge and if a person is not satisfied with the decision the judge makes, it is possible to appeal any decision of th...More Button