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Shatter, Alan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Garda Policing Plans

Was asked: his plans for the closure of Garda stations in 2013; his plans for Garda recruitment; his plans for the total number of Gardaí in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The policing plan for 2013, which I laid before the House last week, outlines the Garda Commissioner's proposals for the continued reorganisation and consolidation of the Garda station and district...More Button

The Deputy should not try to engage in name-calling or use political bombast in order to cover up the reality that when in government, his party signed up to the agreement with the troika-----More Button

-----and to reducing the numbers within the Garda Síochána to 13,000 by the end of 2013. In addition, his party did not have the courage and commitment to reform the Garda station infrastructure a...More Button

In so far as the Deputy is alleging that there will be any diminution of Garda services, I must inform him that this has not been the case in the context of the closures that have occurred to date....More Button

Unlike my predecessor, I have made resources available. This year, for example, I spent €4 million on the purchase of 213 new vehicles in order to upgrade the Garda fleet. Some €5 million has b...More Button

It was perfectly appropriate and correct that the announcements to which the Deputy refers were made on budget day, the day on which the Estimates relating to the Department of Justice and Equali...More Button

Garda Policing Plans (Continued)

On that day we were having regard to the resources available in each Department under the terms of the Estimates and how the Department of Justice and Equality - which will have €62 million less in...More Button

We are now having a debate on the matter. I am sorry if the Deputy is so agitated and excited that he thinks it is cowardly of me to answer his questions-----More Button

I think the wider community has far greater insight than the Deputy. The wider community understands a number of facts. People understand that we have an agreement with the troika on which we are...More Button

I do not interrupt the Deputy. Perhaps he would do me the-----More Button

The Deputy seems to believe it adds to the credibility of what he says if he just shouts across the floor. I ask the Deputy to do me the courtesy of allowing me to respond to him. The facts are q...More Button

-----and available to work in crime protection and crime detection. We have recognised a reality which the Deputy has failed to recognise, which is, that a single garda sitting for three or four h...More Button

Penalty Point System

Was asked: if he will provide an update on any internal inquiry currently being conducted following reports from a garda whistle blower (detail supplied) that a number of persons had penalty points written of...More Button

The allegations referred to by the Deputy are not that some people have had penalty points written off, but that in a number of cases members of the Garda Síochána have inappropriately cancelled fi...More Button

It is of the utmost importance that the integrity of the fixed charge system is preserved. When the Deputy said this must stop, I presume it is not his view that where there are appropriate circum...More Button

Was asked: the progress made in his Department's investigation into the writing off of penalty points on certain persons' records; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has received information regarding the write off of a number of motoring offences for a person (details supplied).More Button

Was asked: his plans to alter the method in which motoring offences are followed up by the Gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the date on which he received information regarding the write off of substantial numbers of motoring offences by some Gardaí.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58, 68, 96 and 104 together. More Button

The allegations referred to by the Deputies are not that some people have had penalty points written off, but that in a number of cases members of the Garda Síochána have inappropriately cancelle...More Button

Fixed charge notices are an alternative to prosecution and give a motorist the opportunity to acknowledge the offence, pay the fixed charge and, where the offence is a penalty points offence, inc...More Button

Penalty Point System (Continued)

From the interim report I received, I have noted that some of the cancellations of fixed-charge notices relate to ordinary individuals who are not VIPs or other such individuals. At least one pers...More Button

I take allegations of this nature with the utmost seriousness, as does the Garda Commissioner, who has appointed an assistant commissioner to conduct an investigation and report on the allegation...More Button

In so far as there is any suggestion that the Garda is not doing its job properly in regard to speeding, fixed-charge notices and the road traffic legislation, Members should note the interesting...More Button

The individual who has made complaints in this area has made a calculation of the alleged total number of fixed-charge notices cancelled. The calculation, as furnished in the allegation I saw, gav...More Button

There should be transparency. The public must be reassured that the fixed-charge notice system applies without fear or favour to everybody in the State, regardless of who he is, the position he ...More Button

I said to the Deputy that I will publish the outcome of the investigation that is under way.More Button

With regard to the cancellation of fixed charge notices, it appears from media reports of recent days and comments made in Dáil Éireann that there is an assumption that any termination of a fixed c...More Button

As I said earlier, there are circumstances where a fixed charge notice may be cancelled in accordance with Garda procedures drawn up in the light of legislative exemptions and prosecutorial guide...More Button

Garda superintendents, district officers, inspectors or acting district officers have discretion to authorise cancellation in appropriate circumstances of fixed charge notices. These can include...More Button

I can confirm that these allegations were forwarded to my Department by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in September and, subsequently, by the Department of the Taoiseach, also in ...More Button

I never cease to be amazed at people who are consumed by conspiracy theories.More Button

I say to the Deputies yet again, very clearly, that the allegations they are referring to were made to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Department of the Taoiseach in Septembe...More Button

I wonder how she knows that because there are quite clearly a broad range of circumstances in which tickets can be properly cancelled and I have already given detail of those. I say to both Deputi...More Button

The numbers involved seem to grow every time Deputy Wallace says something.More Button

The letter that I have seen, with certain allegations in it, is the letter that has been furnished to the Garda Commissioner. All of the allegations contained in that letter, I am advised, are bei...More Button

Prison Visiting Committees Expenditure

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the disparities between the Inspector of Prisons' report on St. Patrick's Institution, Dublin and the Visiting Committee Report of 2010; the location at which it ...More Button

The Deputy will know that for many years I expressed concerns about St. Patrick's Institution and believed it was an inappropriate facility for children. I was instrumental in ensuring that the pr...More Button

I published the St. Patrick's visiting committee report for 2010 on 18 November 2011. As stated in its report for that year, the committee had met monthly and carried out some 48 random unannoun...More Button

The inspector's report, which I published last October, raised serious issues and major concerns, including weak management, the behaviour of some prison staff, the culture in the prison, the ina...More Button

Prison Visiting Committees Expenditure (Continued)

An action plan is now in place implementing all of the inspector's recommendations, with more than 80% of the recommendations having been implemented to date.

  I have yet to pub...More Button

It is my intention to introduce legislation, which is also referenced in the programme for Government, under which the visiting committee reports will be submitted directly to the Inspector of Pris...More Button

A review group is currently reviewing prison policy issues. As the Deputy will be aware, the construction of a new wing of the Midlands Prison is being completed and there are plans to build a n...More Button

We have made enormous strides in the past 18 months in this area. It is very much a work in progress. Issues have been neglected for many years and they cannot all be addressed in 18 to 20 mont...More Button

New arrangements have already been established with regard to a complaints system. On the question of meeting former prisoners, in the preparation of his report on St. Patrick's Institution, the I...More Button

Gangland Killings

Was asked: the steps being taken to address the increase in gangland crime and murders over the past number of months; if his attention has been drawn to a recent United States Congressional Research Service ...More Button

I remain in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious crime and I can assure the House that the Garda authorities will continue to bear down heavily on the activities...More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to tackle the increase in gangland murders over the past number of months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I share the widespread outrage at the type of criminality to which the Deputy refers. The brutal nature of these crimes is a stark reminder to us of the mentality of those involved in organised cr...More Button

I am in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious crime and the Gardaí will continue to bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crime. Th...More Button

We shouldn't underestimate the difficulties the Gardaí face in trying to prevent gangland killings and related crimes and in bringing the perpetrators to justice. These crimes are carefully plan...More Button

It would be wrong to characterise this as a budgetary matter. There has been gangland violence for some time in Ireland, and the number of murders was in fact higher when Garda numbers were high...More Button

There is already very strong anti-gangland legislation in place. As Minister I will continue to pursue important improvements to our overall legislative architecture. In this regard, the legisl...More Button

Finally I have made it clear to the Garda Commissioner that if he feels there are other measures which might be taken in this area I will look at that very positively.More Button

Gangland Killings (Continued)

The Deputy, sadly, is addicted to soundbite politics.More Button

If the Deputy had listened-----More Button

I have been asked questions, but I cannot respond if the gentlemen feels the need to keep on shouting at me.More Button

If the Deputy wants an answer to his questions, perhaps he might do me the courtesy of staying quiet while I am replying.More Button

If the Deputy was listening to my reply, he would have noticed that in the context of the success of An Garda Síochána, whereas there were drugs seized in 2011 to a value of €65 million, in the fir...More Button

The Deputy referred to recent events. However, as he knows, I am constrained in the House in saying anything about these events because of pending criminal prosecutions as a result of successful...More Button

We have similar numbers in the Garda Síochána to the numbers in 2007. Is the Deputy suggesting the Garda was not up to the job in that year? We have more members of An Garda Síochána today than w...More Button

When I entered government, the Defence Forces had been-----More Button

The Deputy is at it again. He cannot resist.More Button

The Deputy cannot resist.More Button

I know the truth is irritating, but the Deputy might let me finish.More Button

I know the Deputy is upset when I tell the truth, but he might let me finish.More Button

When I entered government and had the privilege of being appointed Minister for Justice and Equality and Defence, I discovered in the defence area that the way funding had been allocated by the Dep...More Button

In the context of An Garda Síochána, the previous Government tied us to a position where we would be honour bound to reduce expenditure-----More Button

-----and a commitment was given that by the end of 2013 numbers in An Garda Síochána would reduce to 13,000. If the Deputy wants to be in denial, it does not matter how loud he shouts at me. Thes...More Button

Defence Forces Deployment

Was asked: if he will second Irish army soldiers at corporal and sergeant level to act as assistance to the Garda Síochána unarmed for a period of two years following three months training and that they would...More Button

The delivery of a policing service is the statutory responsibility of the Garda Síochána and I have full confidence in its capacity to deliver that service efficiently and effectively. Where neces...More Button

Defence Forces Deployment (Continued)

I put it to the Deputy that the members of the Defence Forces have specific training and capabilities and it is important that they use those capabilities in appropriate circumstances. Members of ...More Button

I return to what I said to Deputy Niall Collins. There are 13,450 members in An Garda Síochána currently. On top of this, there are in excess of 1,000 members in the Garda Reserve. Some 2,000 ...More Button

I caution the Deputy about talking about fear and terror. Let us get back to the discussion of the closure of Garda stations. Some 94% of the stations that have closed were open for no more than ...More Button

I realise the Deputy's question is well meant but the Defence Forces, composed of the Army, the Naval Service and the Air Corps, perform distinct and specific functions entirely different from th...More Button

The concluding comment I wish to make and which is appropriate on this subject because it is not acknowledged enough is that I am conscious as Minister in both of these Departments of the extraor...More Button

Equality Issues

Was asked: his plans to reassure those with potential equality claims that their cases will continue to be processed in an effective way by the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and by the Workpl...More Button

I can provide absolute assurance to persons with potential discrimination claims under employment equality legislation and equal status legislation that they will, on the merger of the Equality Tri...More Button

Was asked: the reason the decision was made prior to the budget 2012 to scrap the budget for equality proofing; the ramifications, if any, the lack of funding for equality had in 2012; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the impact budget 2013 will have on the process of equality proofing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 and 339 together.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to the funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) available to the Equality Authority in respect of an Equality Mainstreaming project led by a dedicated Unit in t...More Button

The Government has maintained the existing level of Exchequer grant-in-aid funding for the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission in the provision made in Budget 2013 for the new Iris...More Button

Equality Issues (Continued)

Before turning to the specific question raised by the Deputy, I wish to make a number of points which are important. The functions of the new Irish human rights and equality commission will involv...More Button

In the context of the workplace relations service, the Deputy will also be aware that this provision and the establishment of the service come within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for J...More Button

Traveller Community Issues

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to recognise Traveller ethnicity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have no immediate plans to introduce such legislation, although, as I have indicated in the past, serious consideration is being given to the issue. I am aware of the long-standing wish of many ...More Button

The purpose of the conference to which I referred was to allow for a wide exchange of views. I understand two speakers from the Traveller community spoke in favour of Travellers being identified a...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

No one walked out.More Button

One would think Deputy Martin was not in the previous Government.More Button

The Deputy has learned nothing from being in Government.More Button

If the Deputy had showed compassion 15 or 20 years ago, it would have made a big difference.More Button

The Deputy is good at giving it, but he will not respond to it.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

It was done in the same way on the advice of the then Attorney General.More Button

Road Traffic Offences

I must object. This is outrageous. The Deputy is deliberately trying to force the recording of names, contrary to the rules of this House, into the record, to the detriment of individuals who can...More Button

The Deputy knows it is. It is outrageous.More Button

I want to put on the record that the behaviour of the Deputies is outrageous. There is a pretence at wanting a public inquiry, but in fact what the Deputies want is a hanging. They want to make a...More Button

All of the issues raised by the three Deputies relate to the same topic which was discussed earlier this afternoon on Question Time. I am conscious of this issue and of its importance. There is...More Button

The allegations referred to by the Deputies are not that some people have had penalty points written off, but that in a number of cases members of the Garda Síochána have inappropriately cancelle...More Button

Fixed-charge notices are an alternative to prosecution and give a motorist the opportunity to acknowledge the offence, pay the fixed charge and, where the offence is a penalty point offence, incu...More Button

Road Traffic Offences (Continued)

It seems not only that the Deputies want to impugn the entirety of the Garda Síochána, but also that they now have the Garda Commissioner in their aim.More Button

I emphasise that the allegations that are the subject of this Topical Issue came to the notice of my Department in September and to my personal notice in early October. As far as I know and have...More Button

Following the introduction of fixed charges, the Garda established a policy and procedures on the termination or cancellation of fixed-charge notices. They were set out in 2005 in the third edit...More Button

The cancellation policy also seeks to reflect the guidelines of the Director of Public Prosecutions for prosecutors and the Garda declaration of professional values and ethical standards, both of w...More Button

I reiterate what I said during Question Time. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly in the context of this matter. I am simply not prejudging the allegations that have been made, which is...More Button

That is the way the allegation is framed. The Deputies know that. It is the story they are trying to put out. If there has been wrongdoing and fixed charges have been improperly set aside, of co...More Button

I understand from the Garda Commissioner that 1,460,726 fixed-charge notices were issued in the three and a half years between 1 January 2009 and 30 June 2012. The documentation forwarded to the...More Button

If they believe it is not fairly dealt with, they are under no obligation to pay the fixed charge. The alternative is that the Garda can issue a summons and the matter can be properly dealt with i...More Button

Courts Service Issues

Was asked: his plans to address delays in the Courts Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Courts Service that the primary objective in the current economic climate is to maintain the delivery of front line court sittings and, in this context, over the past few years...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that last year, following consultation with the Chief Justice, I established a cross agency Working Group to identify and implement efficiency measures with a specific foc...More Button

The Presidents of the various courts are determined to achieve improvements in waiting times and they are working with the Courts Service to target judicial resources at the areas with longest wa...More Button

Waiting times in the High Court have generally reduced considerably. While the waiting time for asylum and pre-leave applications is high, the allocation of more judges and, particularly, more r...More Button

The Supreme Court, however, continues to experience lengthy waiting times of up to 40 months at present. Although considerable efforts are being made to manage this, the issue of capacity in the...More Button

Finally, in the context of new work for the courts as a result of the Personal Insolvency Bill, I am introducing amendments to allow for a small new cadre of specialist judges to facilitate the s...More Button

Joint Policing Committees Remit

Was asked: his plans for the future of joint policing committees; his view on broadening their remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The functions and powers of Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) are set out in the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for a Committee in each local authority area. The Act provides that JPCs ope...More Button

The Programme for Government makes a commitment to build on existing community policing partnerships and forums to enhance trust between local communities and their Gardaí. In the spirit of that...More Button

I look forward to the outcome of this consultation process and in that context I certainly welcome the Deputy's views on the role and functioning of the JPCs. It is important to bear in mind, ho...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the date on which a new Mental Capacity Bill will be published.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the status of the Mental Capacity Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 321 together.More Button

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce a Bill that is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Bill is at an advanced stage of draft...More Button

The Bill proposes replacement of the Wards of Court system with a modern statutory framework to support persons with impaired decision-making ability. The Wards of Court system is regarded as uns...More Button

The main proposals under development in the Bill are to provide a legal framework to support persons with impaired decision-making capacity to better manage their personal welfare, property and f...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce comprehensive family law reforms that will provide for children being parented by lesbian or gay couples.More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to amend the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 to address any anomalies or omissions, including those r...More Button

Was asked: the way in which he will address the decision in the European Court of Justice MM case in the intervening period before the publication of a new Immigration Bill.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that in this case M.M. instituted judicial review proceedings in respect of a negative decision on his application for subsidiary p...More Button

Was asked: the date on which he will introduce a Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) Bill; and if he will insert a provision allowing for this money to be ring-fenced and put back into communities worst affe...More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to strengthen the powers of the Criminal Assets Bureau in relation to the forfeiture of the proceeds of crime.More Button

An Expert Group, established under the auspices of my Department, is currently engaged in a comprehensive review of the Proceeds of Crime legislation with a view to identifying possible improveme...More Button

When the work of the Expert Group concludes it is my intention to bring forward proposals in due course for inclusion in the Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) Bill.More Button

At this time it is not possible to provide the Deputy with a particular date for when the proposed Bill will be published.More Button

With regard to the suggestion that provision be made in the Bill to allow for the ring fencing of monies recovered by the Criminal Assets Bureau to assist communities worst affected by drugs and ...More Button

It is currently the case that all monies collected by the Bureau are returned to the Exchequer in accordance with the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Acts 1996 and 2005. Such funds are paid ...More Button

While it has been accepted that there may be some symbolic value in the suggestion it is considered problematic for a number of reasons.More Button

Aside from the general concern that arises with regard to the constraint that such policies can place on the Government in terms of its overall expenditure policy, the suggestion also raises a nu...More Button

A revenue source such as the monies collected by the Bureau, which are variable and uncertain in nature, would not facilitate proper planning for any community projects. There is also the problem...More Button

Furthermore, in the current economic climate the Exchequer could not sustain a loss of revenue without making compensatory adjustments. If the monies collected by the Bureau were to be diverted t...More Button

In the circumstances, I do not currently have any proposals to insert the type of provision suggested by the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if there is provision being made under the Mental Capacity Bill to take account of the nomination form as per section 21 of the 1997 Credit Union Act.More Button

The Bill, which is being finalised with a view to publication early in the New Year, will include extensive provisions with respect to the management of the financial affairs of a person whose deci...More Button

Was asked: the date on which legislation will be introduced to allow charities to make their financial accounts information public; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Charities Act 2009 was enacted with the objective of strengthening the regulation of charitable organisations and increasing their transparency and accountability in order to maintain and enhan...More Button

There is, at present, a range of regulatory oversight measures that can apply to charities. Many charities are already subject to scrutiny by various State Bodies. The Revenue Commissioners have ...More Button

  Question No. 321 answered with Question No. 61.More Button

Was asked: if he will outlaw the payment for sex to help combat the exploitation of women and sex trafficking (details supplied).More Button

In June of this year, I published a discussion document on the future direction of legislation on prostitution. The purpose of the discussion document is to facilitate a public consultation proces...More Button

Garda Investigations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 8 of 20 June 2012, the position regarding the Garda review of the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy at Clara, County Offaly, in July 1985; if he will accede to the re...More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the examination referred to by the Deputy is ongoing. The Commissioner has assured me that each and every line of inquiry is being or will be pursued. U...More Button

In any case where criminal behaviour is suspected it is only through a Garda investigation, and where evidence of criminal wrongdoing is available, through the submission of a file by the Gardaí ...More Button

Was asked: if he will have the case of the murder of Garda Richard Fallon on 3 April 1970 independently reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Let me firstly say that I want to, again, express my deepest sympathy to the family of Garda Fallon. His murder was a dreadful tragedy and can only be described as a heinous crime carried out by ru...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, this case is currently being examined by An Garda Síochána’s Serious Crime Review Team. I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is anticipated that the assess...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 200 of 20 October 2011 and 515 of 19 June 2012, if he will now respond in view of the fact that the civil proceedings have been dealt with; and if he will mak...More Button

I expect to be in a position to write directly to the Deputy in the coming days, enclosing the relevant information.More Button

Was asked: if he will update Dáil Éireann on the protocol that is in place for an Garda Síochána in circumstances where its members are dealing with situations of sudden death, homicide, suicide and deaths in...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the protocol for An Garda Síochána for dealing with situations of sudden death or deaths of unknown causes is set out in the Coroners Act 1962. It is Ga...More Button

European Court of Human Rights Rulings

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the decision in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in MM v United Kingdom, ruled that the indefinite retention and disclosure of minor criminal records i...More Button

My Department is aware of the decision of 13 November 2012 in the European Court of Human Rights in regard to the case of MM V United Kingdom. The decision relates to a caution issued in Northern...More Button

The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill will provide a clear legislative framework for disclosure. There is provision for the disclosure of information of a person’s c...More Button

Crime Prevention

Was asked: his plans to emphasise and resource diversion measures to help at-risk persons make better choices and stop or avoid offending behaviour.More Button

I must presume that the Deputy’s question is about the Diversion Programme which relates to youth crime. The Diversion Programme operates in accordance with Part 4 of the Children Act 2001, as ame...More Button

The work of the Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers under the Diversion Programme is supported by the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) through the funding and oversight of 100 Garda Youth Diversion...More Button

The programme has shown to be successful in diverting young offenders away from crime by offering guidance and support to the young people and their families. I am committed to continuing the Di...More Button

An Annual Report of the Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the Diversion Programme is published each year which gives details of the resources deployed by the Commissioner in rel...More Button

Court Accommodation Provision

Was asked: his plans for the closures of court buildings across the country; the total number of buildings closed by location since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Courts Service Act 1998 provides that management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions, which includ...More Button

The Service has advised that the identification of venues as part of the review process does not conclusively mean that the identified venues will close. I am informed that no decision will be t...More Button

The Courts Service has informed me that decisions to close a particular venue are generally taken due to its poor condition, some of which present a health and safety risk which would cost a grea...More Button

Was asked: if he has had any update from the Court Service regarding Kells District Court, County Meath and the plans for the future of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy may 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 function...More Button

In this context the Courts Service has established a general framework within which such venues are being assessed taking into account a range of criteria such as caseload, proximity to an altern...More Button

Prison Visiting Regulations

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that international research demonstrates that strong family relationships are key to the successful reintegration of prisoners on release; and his plans ...More Button

The Irish Prison Service endeavours to help prisoners, where possible and appropriate, to maintain relationships with their families. Every effort is made to ensure that prisoners are located as cl...More Button

Section 35 of the 2005 Prison Rules sets out the provisions regarding prisoners contact with the outside community including through ordinary visits. Under these rules a sentenced prisoner is en...More Button

The Deputy may be aware the Irish Prison Service has recently introduced new Guidelines on the Imposition of Disciplinary Sanctions in Accordance with the Prison Rules 2007 to provide uniformity...More Button

  Question No. 68 answered with Question No. 58.More Button

Probation and Welfare Service

Was asked: his plans to adequately resource the Probation Service into the future to effectively administer the community return scheme and the increased volume of Community Service Orders following the enact...More Button

The Probation Service has restructured the delivery of community service nationally under the governance of a dedicated Community Service Unit. Besides the 9 dedicated administrative and probation...More Button

Road Safety Authority Campaigns

Was asked: if there will be an enhanced road safety campaign on the roads over the Christmas period; if this will include increased Garda checkpoints; if resources have been allocated to An Garda Siochána to ...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána launched their Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign yesterday. As part of this campaign, significant Garda resour...More Button

Garda Stations Closures

Was asked: his plans for the closure of Garda stations across the country in 2013; the location of the closures; the estimated savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the procedures to be put in place in advance of any proposed closure of a rural Garda station; the specific provisions to be adopted to improve the Garda presence in a rural community following the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 71 and 333 together.More Button

The Commissioner's Policing Plan for 2013, which I laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 5th December 2012, sets out details of the closure of 100 Garda stations throughout the country, th...More Button

While it is difficult to estimate precise savings arising from the closures, as these will vary from station to station, there will be some savings on utilities, maintenance and cost avoidance. ...More Button

The intention will be that at all times optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public. The revised structures will continue to support the c...More Button

Was asked: following the announcement of the closure of a number of Garda stations around the country, the extent to which it is anticipated that new rostering or other measures is likely to manifest itself i...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects the new rostering arrangement for an Garda Síochána to manifest itself in the form of the availability of extra Gardai on patrol particularly in the wake of reduced n...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 344 and 345 together.More Button

The Commissioner's Policing Plan for 2013, which I laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 5th December 2012, sets out details of the closure of 100 Garda stations throughout the country, th...More Button

These changes to the delivery of policing services provide for effectiveness and efficiencies through a programme of restructuring and reconfiguration of service delivery methods. They are support...More Button

The new Garda roster is designed to better match the availability of Gardaí with policing demands at national and local level, while also safeguarding the welfare of members. This and other refor...More Button

Garda Compensation

Was asked: his plans for the future of the Garda compensation fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I presume this Deputy is referring to the proposals for a revised Garda compensation scheme for deaths or injuries which are maliciously inflicted upon a member of the Garda Síochána while on duty ...More Button

Under the current Garda compensation scheme awards are made by the High Court. The reliance on an adversarial approach to determine awards is costly and applicants can wait several years before t...More Button

Primary legislation is necessary to revise the current Garda compensation scheme. The Government Legislation Programme provides for the publication of the relevant Bill in early 2013.More Button

Spent Convictions Legislation

Was asked: his plans to address the issue of spent convictions which was dealt with in the Law Reform Commission report in or around 2007 which would allow the slate to be cleaned in relation to certain offen...More Button

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 was published on 2 May 2012 and passed Second Stage in the Seanad on 13 June 2012.More Button

The Bill, which builds on the recommendations in the Law Reform Commission Report on Spent Convictions (LRC 84-2007) provides for the non-disclosure of certain convictions in certain circumstance...More Button

The enactment of the Bill will bring Ireland into line with the vast majority of EU Member States. It will allow those convicted of relatively minor offences to move on with their lives and leav...More Button

I hope that it will be possible to enact the Bill in the early part of 2013.More Button

Youth Services Provision

Was asked: the date on which the new national youth justice strategy will be published. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that on the 1st October 2012, the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy noted the report of the National Youth Justice Oversight Group on the implementation...More Button

Garda Strength

Was asked: if he will ensure that the number of members in An Garda Síochána does not drop below 13,000 in view of the recent comments of the Garda Commissioner in this regard; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The personnel strength of An Garda Síochána on 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 13,459. There are also approximately 1,000 Garda Reservists and 2,000 c...More Button

The previous Government committed to reducing Garda strength to 13,000 as part of their undertaking to the Troika to reduce public service numbers, and introduced a moratorium on recruitment unde...More Button

I want to see Garda strength maintained at the highest level consistent with the availability of resources. I will remain in dialogue with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Ref...More Button

Was asked: the total strength of an Garda Síochána in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána on 31 December 2002 - 2011 and on 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily ava...More Button

Was asked: the total strength of An Garda Síochána, male and female, all ranks at present, the number of posts if any to be filled or waiting to be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that as of the 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, there were 13,459 Gardaí, 993 Reserve Gardaí and 2,028 civi...More Button

Child Protection Issues

Was asked: if he will outline the measures in place to ensure the safety and welfare of children in direct provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are currently 4,839 persons seeking international protection residing in 35 Direct Provision accommodation centres across 17 counties under contract to the Reception & Integration Agency ...More Button

Rights of People with Disabilities

Was asked: his plans to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is the Government's intention to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure that all necessary legislative...More Button

The ongoing implementation of our National Disability Strategy in many respects comprehends many of the provisions of the Convention. In addition, the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Conventi...More Button

One of the key requirements in this regard is the enactment of capacity legislation. The Programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce a Mental Capacity Bill that is in line with th...More Button

Judicial Appointments

Was asked: if he will introduce an open and transparent appointment and removal criteria and process for the judiciary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce an independent Judicial Appointments Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 97 together.

  The Deputy will be aware that, under the Irish Constitution, judges are appointed by the President on the advice of the Gov...More Button

Child Detention Centres

Was asked: the number of prisoners under 18 years of age who remain in St. Patrick’s Institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can advise the Deputy that on 7th December, 2012 there were 30 seventeen year old prisoners in custody in St Patrick's Institution, 11 of which were held on remand.More Button

As you will be aware the Government committed, in the Programme for Government, to remove 16 and 17 year old offenders completely from the adult prison system. In this context, the practice of s...More Button

In addition, the feasibility of accommodating some categories of the 17 year old age group in the child detention schools before that date is being actively examined. Arrangements are also being ...More Button

Third Level Fees

Was asked: the position regarding the doubling of registration fees for non-EEA nationals to €300; the basis for giving five days' notice to non-EEA nationals of the increase; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Section 9 of the Immigration Act, 2004 provides that a register of non-nationals who have permission to be in the State (in general for a period of 3 months or longer) shall be established and main...More Button

Section 19 of the Immigration Act, 2004 (as amended), provides that a non-national is required to pay a fee to the registration officer for the issue of a registration certificate. This fee is se...More Button

The introduction of the registration fee in May, 2006 resulted from a policy decision that the fee income was required for the ongoing development of immigration services (both in the Irish Natur...More Button

I am very conscious of the need to maintain and develop good service levels to customers. In this regard the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department is undertaking a ...More Button

Furthermore, INIS as part of its reform of in-country aspects of immigration services, is developing a range of measures including on line application and appointment systems for certain services...More Button

Other projects being progressed are proposals for the civilianisation of certain port of entry functions at Dublin Airport. For this purpose, a trial is underway at Dublin airport to test the fea...More Button

The fee increase itself will be used to defray some of the costs of providing and developing these services to migrants.More Button

While there is no specific requirement to do so, advance notice of the fee increase was placed on the INIS website and displayed in the Public Office in Burgh Quay. It is an unavoidable consequen...More Button

For the sake of completeness, I should point out that in recognition of the circumstances of certain categories of person, there are specific exemptions from paying the registration fee set out i...More Button

Asylum Seeker Accommodation

Was asked: his plans to address the concerns set out in the recent Irish Refugee Council report on conditions in State-funded accommodation for those seeking asylum.More Button

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) Report, which was launched in September, summarises many of the criticisms which have been made of the Direct Provision system since its inception over 12 years ago,...More Button

Was asked: if he has met with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs regarding the issue of separated children seeking asylum who are removed from Health Service Executive care at the age of 18 years at...More Button

Asylum seekers deemed to be unaccompanied minors by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) under Section 8 of the Refugee Act, 1996, are referred to the HSE which has responsibi...More Button

Prisoner Releases

Was asked: his plans to place on a statutory footing, clear and transparent criteria for release of prisoners through remission, temporary release and parole, as well as provision of the disclosure of reasons...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a single piece of legislation dealing with the matters of remission, temporary release and parole law; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 100 together.

  The power bestowed on the Minister for Justice and Equality to grant remission and temporary release is clearly set out in...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Issues

Was asked: the number of personnel in the Gardaí that are assigned to combating white collar crime; the number of forensic accountants in the force; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána on 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 13,459. There are a...More Button

The term ‘White Collar Crime’ is not used in the gathering of statistics in this jurisdiction but is a generic term used to describe crime which is financially motivated, non-violent crime commit...More Button

The Criminal Assets Bureau, which has 35 personnel assigned to it, has also been active in targeting the proceeds of deception, fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption and other types of ...More Button

Was asked: if any consultation process occurred between his Department and the British Government prior to the announcement of the G8 summit in Enniskillen in relation to the requirement for extra security fo...More Button

Let me say at the outset that the decision to host the G8 Summit in Enniskillen next year is a matter entirely for the host Government to make and would not involve prior consultation with my Depar...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider introducing a free flow traffic management programme under the auspices of the Garda Traffic Corps; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the main N4 and N7 motorways...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the general movement of traffic is dependant on traffic volume, road design and traffic signals. An Garda Síochána works in close partnership with the r...More Button

While one of the primary responsibilities of the Garda Traffic Corps is traffic management, all Garda resources respond to and deal with traffic management issues including response to minor and ...More Button

I am also informed by the Garda authorities that the M4 and M7 motorways are within the Eastern Region and are patrolled on a daily basis by Divisional Traffic Units based in the Kildare, Meath, ...More Button

Property Transfers

Was asked: if he has had any further discussion with the Law Society regarding changes recommended by the Conveyancing Task Force on property transfers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Conveyancing Conflicts of Interest Regulation, to which the Deputy refers, was adopted by the Council of the Law Society on 7 September 2012, following the recommendations of the "Conveyancing ...More Button

The Deputy will wish to be aware that, under the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, which is due to commence Committee Stage in the new year, the regulatory regime of the legal professions is s...More Button

Garda Transport Provision

Was asked: the number of new Garda cars which will be deployed as part of his recent announcement; the locations at which said cars will be deployed; if he has determined the allocation of new cars based on n...More Button

The deployment of Garda vehicles is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the context of his identified operational requirements. I have no role in this area and, accordingly, I am not in a posit...More Button

However, I understand from the Garda authorities that, as a result of the recent investment of €3 million in the Garda fleet, arrangements are currently being made for the delivery of the 170 new...More Button

I am conscious of the need to maintain, to the greatest extent possible, the operational effectiveness of An Garda Síochána. It is for that reason that a further €5 million is being made availabl...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to disability groups and organisations over each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At the outset I would like to draw the distinction between funding from my Department for Disability Organisations which took the form, during this period of time, of once-off grants for innovative...More Button

Garda Equipment

Was asked: his plans for increasing the numbers of patrol cars for an Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I recently announced a substantial investment in Garda transport, with funding of approximately €3 million being made available for the purchase of new vehicles. In t...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which modern technology and upgraded transport continues to be made available to An Garda Síochána throughout the country with particular reference to the need to focus on areas suffe...More Button

The provision and deployment of Garda resources, including modern technologies and transport, are matters for the Garda Commissioner in the light of his identified policing needs. In this context ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Gardaí are bearing down very hard on criminal gangs. Week in week out, An Garda Síochána is making arrests and bringing persons before the courts, with substanti...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that in recent years considerable progress has been made within the Force in the deployment of modern technological support in the fight against organised c...More Button

With regard to transport, the Deputy will be aware that a recent investment of €3 million in the Garda fleet has resulted in an order for 170 new vehicles being placed this year. These vehicles a...More Button

This level of expenditure, at a time of severe budgetary constraint, represents a very significant investment in Garda transport. I have no doubt that the additional funding, in conjunction with...More Button

Courts Staff

Was asked: in view of the resignation of convicted District Court judge (details supplied), a judge found guilty of attempting to deceive an elderly client, if he will outline the salary that the judge was in...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is responsible for the pay and pensions of the judiciary. The salary payable to a District Court Judge appoi...More Button

Prison Accommodation

Was asked: his plans to increase the number of child-friendly visiting areas in prisons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can advise the Deputy that many prisons including Limerick, Wheatfield, Dóchas, St. Patrick's Institution, the Training Unit, Loughan House and Shelton Abbey have designated areas to facilitate f...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that countries such as France have made use of collective pardons to tackle overcrowding in prisons, rather than having recourse to the time-consuming ea...More Button

The Inspector of Prisons recognised that in certain areas prisons will not be able to comply with all of his recommendations in the short term. As long as there is overcrowding and limitations on ...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Irish Prison Service must accept all prisoners committed by the Courts into its custody and does not have the option of refusing committals. There has been a c...More Button

It can be difficult to make direct and accurate comparisons with the penal systems in other countries, but it is worth noting that the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics published l...More Button

I have no proposals along the lines suggested by the Deputy, but a strategic review of penal policy is underway and I will consider all of the options that emerge from that review.More Button

Deportation Orders Data

Was asked: the average length of time it takes to provide decisions on applications for leave to remain; his plans to ensure that these applications are resolved in a speedy manner; and if he will make a stat...More Button

 In the interests of clarity, what is referred to as 'an application for leave to remain' refers to the submission of written representations to the Minister for Justice and Equality against t...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the deportation order in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply below to Parliamentary Question Number 54977/12 of 6th December, 2012. The situation is unchanged since then.

  ''Following a comprehensive and ...More Button

Court Orders

Was asked: when he proposes to provide for the commencement of the section 15 the Fines Act 2000 dealing with the payment of fines by instalments; his plans to deduct fines by instalments from State payments ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Government recently approved the drafting of the Fines (Amendment) Bill 2012, the Scheme of which is available on my Department's website (www.justice.ie). The Sch...More Button

  Question No. 96 answered with Question No. 58.More Button

  Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 80.More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the extent to which he continues to monitor the deployment of Garda numbers at various stations throughout the country with a view to ensuring a strong and visible deterrent to all forms of crime b...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

Crime Levels

Was asked: the extent to which the number of crimes committed by prisoners while on bail continues to monitored by his Department; the number of such incidence recorded in each of the past five years to date;...More Button

I share the public concern about the extent to which offences continue to be committed by persons on bail.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the criminal law takes a serious view of offences committed by persons on bail. Section 11 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 provides that any sentence of imprisonmen...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

Prior to the Sixteenth Amendment of the Constitution, bail could be refused essentially only on the grounds that a person would be likely to abscond or interfere with witnesses. The Bail Act 1997...More Button

In addition, section 6 of that Act, as amended by section 9 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007, provides that every bail recognisance is subject to the condition that the accused person shall not c...More Button

I believe that bail law must be continually reviewed to ensure that all possible avenues are taken to protect the public against the commission of crime, particularly serious crime, by persons on...More Button

Accordingly, my Department has been engaged in work to consolidate and update bail law with a view to presenting a clear, accessible and modern statement of the law. In the context of that modern...More Button

I will bring proposals to Government on the matter in the near future.More Button

In relation to the statistics requested by the Deputy. the Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the...More Button

Domestic Violence Incidence

Was asked: the date on which he will introduce a consolidated Bill on domestic violence.More Button

The Programme for Government commitment - to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation, in ...More Button

  Question No. 104 answered with Question No. 58.More Button

Court Procedures

Was asked: his plans to amend in camera rules for court hearings in family law cases; and the timeline in which he intends to complete same. More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to reform and modernise aspects of family law. In this regard on 31 October 2012 the Government approved my proposals for the preparation and enac...More Button

Human Rights Issues

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 29 (1930) and Article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights requires forced labour to ...More Button

Article 4 of the ECHR provides that no one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour. International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 29 of 1930 defines forced labour as "...More Button

Property Management Company Issues

Was asked: if he will clarify under existing legislation the precise circumstances under which a management company may be formed in multi-unit developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position is that section 3 of the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011, which came into effect on 1 April 2011, provides that a residential unit in a new multi-unit development, i.e. a development i...More Button

Under the 2011 Act, an OMC is a company established under the Companies Acts for the purpose of becoming the owner of the common areas of a multi-unit development and for managing and maintaining...More Button

While section 3 of the 2011 Act does not apply to multi-unit developments in which residential units had been sold prior to 1 April 2011, the factual position is that the most of these developmen...More Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a permanent residence card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to his earlier Parliamentary Question No. 188 of 15 November, 2012, which relates to the same person. The position in relation to the application referred to by the ...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 progress made to date and the expected position in the determination of eligibility for residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The person concerned applied for asylum on 28th January, 2008. Her asylum application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on...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

Asylum Applications

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of two persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will review this case; if he will outline the possible avenues of appeal available in this case;...More Button

Following a comprehensive and thorough examination of their asylum applications in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), and Section 5 of the Refugee...More Button

Property Services Regulation

Was asked: the contact details of the Property Service Appeals Board; and the procedure that must be adopted to make an appeal.More Button

The Property Services Appeal Board may be contacted via the Secretary to the Property Services Appeal Board, c/o Dept. of Justice & Equality, 51 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 or by email at propert...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: if he will provide the number of persons that have applied for, and the number of persons that have received a visa under the visa investment scheme programme, the start-up visa scheme, and any vis...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions 52766/12, 52767/12, 52768/12 and 52769/12 and include the relevant extract from these replies below for the Deputy's information.

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Was asked: the nature and extent of additional documentation required and still outstanding in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions numbered 627 of 11th January 2012, 1261 of 18th September, 2012 and 198 of 29th November, 2012.

  I am advised...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 29 November 2012, if the recent fee increase also applies to updates of residency status; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The recent fee increase to which the Deputy refers is in respect of the issue of a registration certificate (card) to a non-national by his or her registration officer. A non-national who is subjec...More Button

Citizenship Applications

Was asked: if an application for naturalisation will be expedited in respect of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the applications for a certificate of naturalisation were received from the persons referred to by the Deputy in Decembe...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

Legal Aid Application Numbers

Was asked: if legal aid will be provided to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 and if he will expedite that matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that I have no function or responsibility in relation to the matter raised. Under the terms of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995, as passed by the Oireachtas, the Legal Aid ...More Button

However, I am informed that the Legal Aid Board provides a priority service in cases where it considers that an immediate, or near immediate, service was needed. These include cases of domestic v...More Button

Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: the reason for the delay in having Garda vetting clearance issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a vetting application on behalf of the person concerned was received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit on 20 November 2012. The application is currently ...More Button

Prison Building Programme

Was asked: if he will provide an update on a prison (details supplied).More Button

The construction of new prison facilities at Thornton Hall is now not possible in the short to medium term due to economic constraints. However, the recently published Irish Prison Service 3-Year ...More Button

The Prison Service is continuing with a refurbishment and in-cell sanitation project in Mountjoy Prison. The Refurbishment of the C and B wings have been completed resulting in 317 cells in the p...More Button

The new facility in Cork will be built on a site immediately adjacent to the existing prison and will house 275 prisoners and have a maximum capacity of 310 prisoners. Planning and design are a...More Button

  Question No. 333 answered with Question No. 71.More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

My Department is committed to achieving a focused and integrated approach to external service delivery of non-core processes with the objective of reducing cost and focusing staff on priority areas...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

The external delivery of some public services is an element of the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan dated November 2011. All proposed new services across the Public Service will be tested f...More Button

Private Security Authority Remit

Was asked: if he will consider revising Private Security Authority licence fee costs for access control and CCTV in view of the financial pressure this is putting on sole trader electricians and small busines...More Button

The Private Security Authority, an independent agency under the remit of my Department, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry in the ...More Button

My Department and the Authority are in consultation, at present, about the licence fees charged by the Authority,having regard to a number of issues, including concerns which have been expressed ...More Button

Garda Training

Was asked: the number of members of an Garda Síochána that took part in the intoxilyser training course on 6 December 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

 I am informed by the Garda authorities that 18 members took part in Evidential Breath Testing Training over two days on 6-7 December 2012.More Button

Garda Retirements

Was asked: the anticipated number of retirements from an Garda Síochána in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Members of An Garda Síochána may retire on a voluntary basis once they have reached 50 years of age and have accrued 30 years service. Members must retire on compulsory age grounds on reaching the...More Button

Prisoner Numbers

Was asked: the steps that are being taken in the Prison Service to segregate first time offenders from repeat offenders and provide rehabilitative training with a view to preventing recidivism; and if he will...More Button

Was asked: the number of first time offenders committed to prison in each of the past five years and to date in 2012; the extent if any to which such prisoners were able to access segregation from repeat offe...More Button

Was asked: the number of repeat offenders serving sentence in each of the past five years to date who have accessed education or rehabilitative training within the first year of their current sentence; and if...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 348 to 350, inclusive, together.

  On committal, all prisoners are interviewed by the Governor and based on the information available, a decision...More Button

Human Trafficking

Was asked: the number of instances of trafficking in women or children reported or identified in each of the past five years and to date in 2012; the extent to which punitive and preventative action has been ...More Button

As the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 came into effect on 7 June 2008, there are no recorded figures of human trafficking prior to that date. Between 7 June and 31 December 2008, 36 all...More Button

Missing Persons Data

Was asked: the total number of persons, male and female, adults, adolescents and children reported missing and still without trace in each of the past ten years and to date in 2012; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: the total number of persons, male and female, adults, adolescents and children listed as missing for more than ten years and still without trace; the extent to which such cases continue to come und...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 352 and 353 together.

  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table illustrates the total number of persons, including childr...More Button

Crime Data

Was asked: the trends if any emerging in respect of violent crimes in respect of death and or serious injury that continue to be monitored by his Department; the likely action to be taken to address such issu...More Button

I am in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious and violent crime and the Gardaí respond robustly to those who engage in such offences. While incidents of serious ...More Button

Notwithstanding the positive messages from the latest crime figures, it remains imperative that we confront and disrupt violent criminals and the Gardaí have the full support of the Government in...More Button

Air Ambulance Service Provision

Was asked: the number of missions to date undertaken by the air ambulance at Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A twelve-month pilot Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service was established by agreement between my Department and the Department of Health for Air Corps support to the Health Service Executiv...More Button

The service commenced on 4 June 2012 and it is operated by the Air Corps out of Custume Barracks, Athlone. Since its inception there have been 101 EAS call-outs undertaken by the Air Corps. A f...More Button

Overseas Missions

Was asked: if he will report on the participation of members of the Defence Forces in the UN Mission to Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Six members of the Permanent Defence Force are deployed in Syria as part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO). The Defence Forces have participated in UNTSO since 19...More Button