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Shatter, Alan

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Proposed Legislation

Was asked: when he intends to repeal of the 1871 Lunacy Regulations Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Legal Services Regulation

Was asked: if he will outline the measures to date, throughout the past 18 months, by the State to reduce costs in the legal practitioner sector of our economy in response to our economic difficulties; and if...More Button

The Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, which completed Second Stage in the Dáil on 23 February and is due to commence Committee Stage early in the new year, gives legislative expression to the co...More Button

Domestic Violence Incidence

Was asked: the concerted action he intends to take in view of the fact that figures show that the number of women receiving support from domestic violence charities has more than doubled in the past five year...More Button

Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, an Executive Office in my Department, has been working on a 'whole of Government' approach to tackling do...More Button

Prisoner Rehabilitation Programmes

Was asked: the number of teachers, scheduled classes, work training programmes that have been curtailed and or cancelled in each prison and the comparable numbers for six and 12 months ago; the impact of the ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Irish Prison Service, in common with the Public Service in general, has been affected by the moratorium on recruitment. In addition, the savings required of the Ir...More Button

The reduction in staff numbers is being brought about through a joint staff/management in-depth review of all tasks in the Irish Prison Service, that will examine all aspects of prison work, incl...More Button

The Deputy will also be aware that I launched the Irish Prison Service Three Year Strategic Plan 2012 - 2015 in April of this year. The development of prisoner programmes forms a central part of...More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the total number of Gardaí deployed to each Garda division and sub-division on an annual basis over the past ten years to date; the areas in which the greatest degree of fluctuation in numbers has ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength at the end of 2002 - 2007, 2008, 2009 - 2011 and as of 31 October 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, w...More Button

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CORK NORTH More Button

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D.M.R. EAST BLACKROCK...More Button

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KERRY CAHERCIVE...More Button

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LIMERICK ASKEATONMore Button

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Was asked: the total number of Gardaí currently being deployed to deal with serious crime with particular reference to organised criminal gang activity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no direct function in the matter....More Button

Garda Retirements

Was asked: the total number of Gardaí who have retired or resigned in each of the past five years and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of Gardaí who have departed the Force in the years 2007-2011 and up to 30 November 2012 is as set out in the table.

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Garda Resources

Was asked: arising from the new rosters, the number of shifts to cover a 24 hour period; the duration of each shift; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that arising from the new rosters which commenced 30 April 2012, there are three shifts to cover a 24 hour period. These shifts have a duration of 1...More Button

Recidivism Rate

Was asked: the extent to which recidivism is being studied or monitored with a view to identification of a means to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The recently published recidivism report produced by the Probation Service was a joint project conducted in conjunction with the Central Statistics Office. This study, the first of its kind in Ire...More Button

I believe the value of the work that has been done to produce this report is that it provides a clearer overview of community sanctions outcomes which will better inform the work of the Probation...More Button

Prison Accommodation Provision

Was asked: the steps in hand to address the issue of the shortage of prison accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 4 December, 2012 there were 4,275 prisoners in custody against a bed capacity of 4,395 which represents an occupancy level of 97%. The average number of prisoners in custody in Ireland has rise...More Button

I published the Irish Prison Service 3 Year Strategic Plan in April this year. The Strategy also include a 40 month capital plan to provide in-cell sanitation in all cells and radically improve p...More Button

The Programme for Government outlines the commitment of this Government to finding alternatives to custody as a means of reducing overcrowding. In conjunction with the Probation Service, the Iri...More Button

Garda Strength

Was asked: the number of gardaí by gender at all ranks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have however been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána broken down by rank and gender on 31 October, 2012, the latest date for which figures are rea...More Button

Garda Stations Closures

Was asked: if arising from the closure of Garda stations at various locations throughout the country, his attention has been drawn to the difficulty for gardaí to respond to requests for assistance in the mor...More Button

The Policing Plan for 2013, which I am laying before the House today, outlines the Commissioner's proposal for the continued re-organisation and consolidation of the Garda station and District netw...More Button

Was asked: if he is satisfied that no Garda stations in County Kildare will close in view of the threat of organised crime arising from close proximity to the capital city; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The Policing Plan for 2013, which I am laying before the House today, outlines the Commissioner's proposal for the continued re-organisation and consolidation of the Garda station and District netw...More Button

Witness Intimidation

Was asked: the measures he will take to address the ongoing issue of witness or jury intimidation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The intimidation of a witness or juror is an offence under Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999, which specifies the offence as harming, threatening or menacing or in any other way intimidat...More Button

Since 1997 the Garda Síochána has operated a Witness Security Programme in response to attempts by criminal and other groups to prevent the normal functioning of the criminal justice system, incl...More Button

The Garda Síochána rigorously enforces the provisions in the law relating to witness intimidation and protection. In circumstances where the Senior Investigation Officer in a case has identified...More Button

Section 16 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 allows a Court to admit in certain specified circumstances previous witness statements where a witness recants or refuses to testify at trial. This pro...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Issues

Was asked: the number of instances in which viable explosive devices have been found in each of the past five years to date; if the number of instances represent a particular threat; and if he will make a sta...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of viable improvised explosive devices (I.E.D.) found over the last five years is as set out in the table below.

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Prisoner Transfers

Was asked: the total number of prisoners serving sentences for serious crimes that have been transferred to lower level security prisons or have received compassionate day or longer period of release, supervi...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that it is not possible for the Irish Prison Service to provide a detailed response to his question within the timeframe available. I will however revert to him in due ...More Button

Crime Levels

Was asked: the extent to which he continues to monitor the number of incidents wherein further serious crimes continue to be committed by prisoners while on bail and in some cases while on bail for a second o...More Button

Was asked: the steps normally taken to prevent a person on bail for a serious offence from absconding from this jurisdiction; if such procedure is followed on all occasions; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 81 together.More Button

While figures available from the Central Statistics Office show some reduction in recent years in the number of recorded crimes where the suspected offenders were on bail, I share the public conc...More Button

A decision to grant bail in a particular case is a matter for the court, which is, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in the exercise of its judicial functions. There is a ...More Button

A court in granting bail may impose certain conditions designed to help avoid the person absconding such as surrender of passports and a requirement to report at a Garda station. I believe that ...More Button

Child Protection

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding emergency services for children.More Button

I understand that the Deputy has tabled an identical question to my colleague the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. I am informed by the Garda authorities that, in accordance with Section 7...More Button

Rape and sexual assault are serious offences which can have a traumatic effect on the victim. It is critically important that victims of such crimes continue to be supported and encouraged to co...More Button

I am advised that a strategic committee has been established within an An Garda Síochána, chaired at Assistant Commissioner level, to liaise with the HSE's National Director of Children and Famil...More Button

I am also assured that members of An Garda Síochána and HSE personnel have undergone joint and intensive training in the specialised skills necessary for interviewing children. The Garda College...More Button

Tribunals of Inquiry Reports

Was asked: if he will disclose any ongoing or planned investigations as a result of the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, the Moriarty tribunal; and if he will make...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the examination of the Report of Moriarty Tribunal, referred to the Garda Commissioner to identify what, if any, criminal offences have been disclosed wh...More Button


 

 

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