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Shatter, Alan

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Insolvency Service of Ireland Administration

Was asked: if there are plans to increase the household monthly expenditure allowance for persons who enter an insolvency arrangement with the Insolvency Service of Ireland (details supplied); and if he will ...More Button

One of the functions of the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) under the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 is to prepare and issue guidelines as to what constitutes a reasonable standard of living and ...More Button

Initial guidelines were published as part of the ISI information campaign in April 2013 and an update guide issued in June 2013 which reflected adjustments for inflation (up until March 2013). Th...More Button

It should be borne in mind that the guidelines set a base level for a reasonable standard of living and reasonable living expenses. Where either a Debt Settlement Arrangement or a Personal Insolv...More Button

The ISI is required under the provisions of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 to update the guidelines at least once a year so the next iteration of the guidelines would be due to be issued in Jun...More Button

Was asked: about the delays in appointing personal insolvency practitioners (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is the statutory body with responsibility for the authorisation of individuals to carry on practice as a personal insolvency practitioner (PIP). The process ...More Button

I am advised by the ISI that there are currently 76 PIPs authorised and that a number of applications for authorisation are under review. A number of individuals have been notified that the ISI i...More Button

Was asked: the reason there is no service level agreement between the Insolvency Service of Ireland and personal insolvency practitioners; his plans to implement a service level agreement; and if he will make...More Button

In accordance with the provisions of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) has a regulatory function in relation to the authorisation and supervision of personal...More Button

Insolvency Service of Ireland Funding

Was asked: if he will confirm the budget for the Insolvency Service of Ireland for the next three years; the number of staff that will be employed in the Insolvency Service of Ireland for the next three years...More Button

The specific budget for the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) for 2014 will be published as part of the upcoming Revised Estimate Volume.

  It is not possible to provide budget...More Button

Insolvency Service of Ireland Application Numbers

Was asked: if he will provide estimates for 2014 and 2015 of the number of persons that will have entered into personal insolvency arrangements with the Insolvency Service of Ireland; and if he will make a st...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases that have been handled by the Insolvency Service of Ireland since September 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 492 and 493 together.More Button

The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is currently processing a number of applications and has stated that, in the interest of confidentiality it will not be providing details or breakdowns of ...More Button

Currently it is not possible to provide the Deputy with estimates of the number of persons that will have entered into personal insolvency arrangements for the years 2014 and 2015. During the cou...More Button

I understand that there is a good level of activity and cases are at different stages of progress through the ISI's system. The first Protective Certificate was granted by Monaghan Circuit Court ...More Button

It is expected that the number of applications will increase over time but as these are real time applications, it is not possible, nor would it be helpful, to speculate on projected numbers of a...More Button

In the interim, the ISI has added a statistics page to its website (www.isi.gov.ie) which provides details of key information such as the number of approved practitioners, information requests to...More Button

Insolvency Service of Ireland Staff

Was asked: the salaries of each member of staff at the Insolvency Service of Ireland (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The salary details sought by the Deputy in respect of the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) are set out in the table.

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Data Protection

Was asked: if a company (details supplied) involved in a recent data security breach, involving the credit card details of two companies (details supplied), is a regulated entity of the Central Bank of Irelan...More Button

Was asked: if third party companies that hold credit card details on behalf of other companies are regulated entities under the Central Bank of Ireland; the legal requirements governing any company that wishe...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 497 and 498 together.More Button

I have been informed by the Central Bank that third party companies holding credit card details on behalf of other companies are not regulated by the Central Bank and that it has no role, therefo...More Button

I am informed by the Data Protection Commissioner that his Office was notified of the data security breach referred to by the Deputy in accordance with this Code of Practice. In light of the ser...More Button

Search and Rescue Service

Was asked: if he will provide direction for a safety procedure (details supplied) to be enforced; if this procedure has been enforced in any other region or in respect of any other community organisation; if ...More Button

This question is a repeat of the Deputy's question no. 317 of the 12 November 2013. As I stated in my reply to that question I have requested further information from the Garda authorities in rela...More Button

Mortgage Arrears Issues

Was asked: the new arrangements that are planned to facilitate faster repossession by financial institutions of commercial properties and buy-to-let homes where the mortgage holder has fallen into significant...More Button

The rules of court governing repossession proceedings in the High Court (Order 38 of the Rules of the Superior Courts) and the Circuit Court (Order 5B of the Circuit Court Rules (Procedure in Certa...More Button

As regards the Central Bank's Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears, the position is that it applies to the principal private residence of the borrower. Commercial properties come within the terms...More Button

Court Accommodation Refurbishment

Was asked: the current status of the development of Waterford city courthouse; when works are due to start; the proposed timeframe for the completion of works; when the new court house will be operational; an...More Button

In July 2012 the Government announced an investment package which includes seven courthouse projects, including Waterford. As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 19...More Button

I am informed that the Office of Public Works has recently completed a design for the extension and refurbishment of Waterford Courthouse. The development will include 6 courtrooms, replacing th...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: when he will introduce an appeals system for refusals in naturalisation cases; and the reasons such a process does not exist at present in view of the financial outlay by applicants for citizenship. More Button

The granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and th...More Button

There is no provision under the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended for appeal of a decision to refuse an application. However, the appropriate remedy for an applicant, whose a...More Button

Was asked: the eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; 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 a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received from the person referred to b...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but als...More Button

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

Was asked: the reason his Department has requested proof of evidence for the past three months to be provided again when it had previously been provided to the citizenship unit in respect of a person (details...More Button

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

Was asked: if he will provide an update on an application made for citizenship by a person (details suppllied) in Dublin 4; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

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Crime Data

Was asked: the number of tiger kidnappings that occurred per annum from 2005 to 2012, inclusive, and to date in 2013. More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the number of tiger kidnapping incidents involving staff of companies signed up to the Tiger Kidnapping Protocols which have occurred between 2005 and to...More Button

Was asked: the amount of alcohol seized by An Garda Síochána from persons in a public place in the years 2011 and 2012; the monetary value of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that in 2011, 486 incidents were recorded where alcohol was seized by An Garda Síochána. In 2012, 354 incidents were recorded. The estimated monetary value ...More Button

Was asked: the number of hit and run incidents that have occurred here from 2005 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought by the Deputy is not readily available. Due to the manner in which collision statistics are recorded, it would require a dispropo...More Button

Was asked: the number of drink driving incidents that occurred here per annum from 2005 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy relating to the number of recorded offences in respect of incidents of driving in charge of a vehicle while over the legal al...More Button

Was asked: the number of drug or other substance abuse driving incidents that occurred here per annum from 2005 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy relating to the number of recorded offences in respect of incidents of driving in charge of a vehicle while under the influen...More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Was asked: the way recommendations and entitlements regarding health care needs of the survivors of the Magdalen laundries will be met, particularly for those who live outside the jurisdiction. More Button

Legislation is required in order to implement Judge Quirke's recommendation with regard to the provision of medical services to the women who were admitted to and worked in the relevant institution...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of applications to the Magdalen laundries scheme following Justice Quirke's report and recommendations by country of residence. More Button

The following table sets out the breakdown of applications to the restorative justice ex-gratia scheme as recommended by Mr. Justice Quirke.

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Visa Applications

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a visa to visit family here; the next step available for them to take; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a visa to visit family here; the next step available for them to take; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a visa to visit family here; the next step available for them to take; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a visa to visit family here; the next step available for them to take; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 506 to 509, inclusive, together.

  The visa applications referred to by the Deputy were received in the Visa Office, Abu Dhabi on 22 September 20...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding visa applications in respect to relatives of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; when a decision will be made on the applications; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The visa applications referred to by the Deputy were received in the Visa Office, Abuja on 11 June 2012. A decision has been made in these cases and the people concerned will be notified shortly.More Button

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

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

The visa application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Visa Office, Abuja, on 29 August 2013.

   Following full consideration, the Visa Officer decided to refuse...More Button

Prison Staff

Was asked: if, in the context of a recent internal competition within the Irish Prison Service for promotions to work training officers, his attention has been drawn to an information memo of 23 August 2013 c...More Button

I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that the Service recently held a competition to fill vacancies in the Work Training Officer grade. On conclusion of the short listi...More Button

Road Safety

Was asked: if he will allocate a speed van to an accident black spot (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The deployment of speed cameras is an operational matter for the Garda authorities, and is based on the identification of sections of road which have a history of collisions where speed was a contr...More Button

Subsidiary Protection Applications

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

The person concerned is a failed asylum applicant. Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), t...More Button

The person concerned submitted an application for subsidiary protection and in this regard I recently signed into law an S.I. to introduce new procedures for the processing of subsidiary protecti...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

Military Aircraft Landings

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 727 of 5 November 2013, in the context of his statement that US military aircraft passing through Shannon have sovereign immunity, the other states that have b...More Button

I am advised that the sovereign immunity accorded to certain aircraft arises under international law and accordingly the matter of granting this to specific States, as set out...More Button

Garda Vetting Applications

Was asked: the reason an Irish dance group (details supplied) in County Leitrim has been waiting since 2011 for Garda vetting clearance; and when this group may expect to hear from the vetting unit in Tippera...More Button

The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) provides Garda Vetting disclosures to organisations registered with it for that purpose. There are currently in the region of 20,000 such organisations and th...More Button

Was asked: if he will simplify vetting for community volunteers, that is, one vetting procedure should suffice for volunteers carrying out different roles; if he will put in place a set time period and simpli...More Button

Vetting procedures in this country are in place to protect children and vulnerable adults. As such they demand rigorous procedures to ensure their integrity and to maintain the highest level of co...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the date on which he proposes to implement the Coroners Bill 2007; when he will bring the matter of payment of coroners' fees and expenses under the remit of his Department; his views on whether lo...More Button

The Coroners Bill 2007 is before the Seanad having been restored to the Order Paper on my initiative. The Bill is in the course of being reviewed with a view, among other matters, to making it as ...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that a number of early reform measures in regard to the coroners service have been taken. The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 included amendment...More Button

Judicial Appointments

Was asked: the number of judges that have been appointed to handle personal insolvency cases; the work they are involved in on a day to day basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Six Specialist Judges of the Circuit Court were appointed in July in accordance with Part Six of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 which provided for the amendment of the Courts Acts to create a cad...More Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: the procedure to be followed to renew a Garda National Immigration Bureau card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned was granted temporary permission to remain in the State on 8 November, 2005 for an initial two year period, under the revised arrangements applicable to the non-EEA national pa...More Button

Was asked: the options available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who wishes to renew their Stamp 4 status but is unable to afford the associated fee; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State on 5 October, 2005 under the revised arrangements for the non-EEA parents of children born in Ireland prior to 1 January, 2005, kn...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

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

Garda Deployment

Was asked: when the vacant position of juvenile liaison officer will be filled in County Kerry; 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 personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, the various Garda national units and of cour...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the strength of the Kerry Division on the 30 September 2013, the latest date for which figures are readily available was 298 Garda members, 35 ...More Button

Was asked: the numbers of gardaí available in each region who have been trained to conduct specialist child interviews as part of the joint protocol with the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a st...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of cou...More Button

Was asked: the total number of staff in the Garda bureau of fraud investigation unit in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013 broken down in tabular form by the following units, fraud assessment unit and...More Button

I have requested the detailed information sought by the Deputy from the Garda Commissioner and as soon as it is to hand I will pass it on to the Deputy.More Button

Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the options open to a person (details supplied) to apply for Irish citizenship; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned, having been born outside of Ireland to parents who were born outside Ireland but whose grandparent was born in Ireland, may apply for Foreign Births Registration. The applicat...More Button

Land Transfers

Was asked: if an application to transfer land will be expedited in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny.More Button

I can inform the Deputy that under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established as and from 4 November 2006. The PRA replaces the Registr...More Button

Garda Recruitment

Was asked: when Garda recruitment will commence; and when is it expected that the first students will be entering the Garda College in Templemore.More Button

I recently announced that a recruitment competition for An Garda Síochána is to commence shortly and it is expected that the first batch of new recruits will enter the Garda college in mid-2014. More Button

There are a number of procedural issues that need to be finalised prior to the formal commencement of that competition and these are expected to conclude in the coming weeks. A further announcem...More Button

Immigration Policy

Was asked: if he will consider introducing new medium to long-term visas for non-EU persons of independent means who wish to spend their retirement here, taking into account the contribution that such persons...More Button

I have no plans to create a new immigration programme specifically for retirees of independent means. It is already open to any person to make application for residence in the State and for that a...More Button

This sort of migration is far from straightforward and involves potential significant financial risks to the State. For example, while the requirement to have full medical insurance is a sine qua...More Button

There are also other avenues available to self sufficient retirees. The Immigrant Investor Programme offers a range of qualifying investment options and an enhanced immigration status (Stamp 4)...More Button

Was asked: if an earned regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants currently living in Ireland, for example, based on a points system, will be included in the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill. More Button

Was asked: if he will bring forward a regularisation scheme for undocumented migrants here similar to the undocumented workers scheme bridging visa that was in place from October to December 2009; if there ar...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 536 and 537 together.More Button

I have no plans to introduce any form of earned regularisation scheme, based on a points system or otherwise, in the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, nor do I intend to do so on an ad...More Button

I understand that the programme introduced in 2009 related to a very specific subset of the overall population of illegally present foreign nationals, namely those who had previously held an empl...More Button

Broad regularisation programmes are problematic. They could give rise to unpredictable and potentially very costly impacts across the full range of public and social services. At EU Level, the ...More Button

Clearly, all illegal migration cases are not the same and must be dealt with on a case by case basis taking account of their individual circumstances. At one end of the scale are those where th...More Button

Sometimes case by case consideration will result in a positive outcome for the applicant. However, in other cases this may result in a decision by the Irish authorities, subject to the oversigh...More Button

Finally, I should point out that in relation to the estimate given by the Deputy of some 30,000 undocumented migrants in Ireland, and while I have seen the same figure quoted myself, I am unaware...More Button

Departmental Legal Costs

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 327 of 12 of November 2013, the reason his Department’s computer records relating to legal fees do not allow his Department to disaggregate the expenditure bet...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that in my previous reply I was referring to my Department's Financial Management System (FMS). My Department's FMS disaggregates information in a manner appropriate t...More Button

As was pointed out in my earlier reply, in the majority of cases legal advice is provided for my Department by the Office of the Attorney General and/or the Office of the Chief State Solicitor an...More Button

Such information would only provide a partial reflection of the senior counsel costs arising for my Department but as I have already indicated it is not possible to provide a more comprehensive p...More Button

Garda Investigations

Was asked: the reason, in view of allegations that have arisen from a television programme (details supplied), no investigation or lines of inquiry have taken place by the relevant authorities. More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate I have no role in the investigation of criminal matters, which are a matter for An Garda Síochána, who have previously indicated that they have no record of any compla...More Button

Was asked: if an investigation was ever carried out into the allegations outlined in a book (details supplied); if not, his plans to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am not aware of any such investigation and I do not consider that, as Minister for Justice and Equality, I have any function in relation to the investigation of anonymous claims of the kind refer...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a cold case investigation (details supplied); if he will provide the details including location, circumstances and items of evidence that were missing in the case of the pers...More Button

The Deputy may wish to be aware that I met with the family of Chief Officer Brian Stack on 3 May this year and attended a memorial service in Portlaoise Prison where a bust in Chief Officer Stack's...More Button

Garda Retirements

Was asked: the number of gardaí who have applied under each early retirement scheme introduced in the past five years by location and grade; the number of gardaí who have voluntarily retired by location and g...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of members who have retired under the Cost Neutral Early Retirement (CNER) scheme, broken down by rank, on 31 December 2009 to 2012 an...More Button

Garda Transport Data

Was asked: if he will provide detailed up to date information on the current Garda vehicle fleet, including the manufacturer, model and current distribution of vehicles by district and division; the number of...More Button

The provision and allocation of Garda resources, including transport, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. In turn, the deployment of Garda vehicles is kept under on-going review by the Garda a...More Button

Ground Rents Payments

Was asked: the steps he will take to address the issue of ground rents; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position is that section 2 of the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) Act 1978 introduced a prohibition on the creation of new leases reserving ground rents on dwellings. As regards existing gro...More Button

Court Records

Was asked: his plans to make audio recordings of court proceedings available to the public in an accessible manner in view of the fact that substantial investment took place in all courthouses to make this po...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that it is private companies which operate the stenographer system in the courts; and the remedies that are open to citizens when the accuracy of a transcript is disputed. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 538 and 539 together.

  As the Deputy will be aware the courts are, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in the exercise of ...More Button

Cash for Gold Trade

Was asked: if he has considered introducing legislation to regulate the cash for gold outlets in view of the increase in burglaries and the amount of gold being stolen and sold on; and if he will make a state...More Button

I published a report in June, 2012 on the criminal justice aspects of the cash for gold trade. The Report prepared by my Department is available on www.justice.ie. I requested the Joint Oir...More Button

Court Orders

Was asked: if, under section 24(5)(g) of the Multi-Unit Development Act 2011, an order amending the covenants contained in an agreement, including a lease between the developer, owners' management company and...More Button

I have been advised by the Courts Service that the information sought by the Deputy in respect of court orders under section 24 of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 is not available since court ...More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: the steps being taken to tackle cybercrime here; if a strategy has been developed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that significant steps are being taken to tackle cybercrime.More Button

Among the Bills promised in the Government Legislation Programme is the Criminal Justice (Cybercrime) Bill. The Bill was originally intended to enable ratification of the Council of Europe Conv...More Button

The Directive has recently been formally adopted and a review of the Bill is being carried out in my Department to assess what further provisions, if any, may be necessary to ensure that the Bill...More Button

An Garda Síochána have also undertaken a number of initiatives which have sought to strengthen the law enforcement response to cybercrime. The strategy of An Garda Síochána in this regard focuses...More Button

The Computer Crime Investigation Unit (CCIU) of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation is the primary Garda unit responsible for investigating computer crime in Ireland. More Button

While the investigation of certain aspects of computer crime is undertaken directly by the CCIU, the Unit also provides expert assistance to Senior Investigating Officers and Investigation Teams ...More Button

Members of the CCIU also provide warnings to the public in relation to various types of Cyber Crime, including Computer viruses, Denial-of-service attacks, Malware (malicious code), Fraud and ide...More Button

In addition, a member of the CCIU is on full time secondment with CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). The role of CERT, which was established under the auspices of the Department of Communic...More Button

I can also inform the Deputy that members of the CCIU continue to be trained in the techniques necessary to counter cybercrime, in partnership with the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation at Univ...More Button

Finally, the Deputy might also be interested to note that cybercrime and organised crime were considered during the public consultation on the forthcoming White Paper on crime and that these subj...More Button

Computer Crime Investigation Unit

Was asked: the number of gardaí tasked with co-operating with the European Cybercrime Centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí who have taken part in Europol's European cybercrime training and education group per annum from 2005 to date in 2013. More Button

Was asked: the cybercrime training courses for gardaí that have been developed at the Garda training college in Templemore, County Tipperary.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 548 to 550, inclusive, together.

  I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the Computer Crime Investigation Unit is part of the Garda...More Button

Overseas Missions

Was asked: if the Defence Forces deployment with the EU Training Mission in Somalia is to continue in 2014 and beyond; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the way deployment to the Somalia EU Training Mission for Irish Defence Forces is determined; the level of interdepartmental consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on such de...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 553 and 558 together.More Button

EUTM Somalia, which was launched on 7 April 2010, aims to strengthen the Somali National Government as a functioning government and to empower the institutions to serve the Somali citizens, by pr...More Button

Following Government approval, five (5) Defence Forces personnel were deployed in April 2010 to the EU-led Training Mission, EUTM Somalia, providing a training team and certain staff posts. Irela...More Button

On 22 January 2013, the European Council adopted a decision extending the mandate of EUTM Somalia until March 2015. The new EUTM Somalia mandate involves a significant change of focus of the miss...More Button

Ireland currently has eight (8) personnel serving with the mission including the Mission Commander. The recent reduction in the number of Defence Forces personnel deployed to EUTM Somalia from e...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: if Lifford Army Barracks and Rockhill Army Barracks in County Donegal were sold to Donegal County Council on a bundled basis at the request of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

As I have stated in the House previously agreement was reached some time ago for the sale of both Lifford and Rockhill to Donegal County Council. My Department has been pressing the Council for co...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the disposal of lands in his ownership at Lahinch, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following a re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Force Lahinch Camp closed in March of this year. The property is surplus to my Department’s requirements and in accordance with normal procedure ...More Button

Civil Defence Training

Was asked: if any grants are available from his Department in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dublin Civil Defence has over 650 active volunteer members. It also has a large fleet of vehicles including ambulances and fire tenders. There are two Road Safety Authority approved driving instruc...More Button

Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the names and qualifications of all those appointed by him to serve on his Department of Defence working group on Lariam; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department has secured expert advice on the development of an anti-malaria policy; the names and qualifications of those providing such advice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 557 and 561 together.More Button

The Working Group on Malaria Chemoprophylaxis in the Defence Forces was convened in the context of current and potential litigation. The group comprises of representatives of the Defence Forces, ...More Button

I can confirm that the Group investigated all the various allegations surrounding the use of Lariam and obtained advice from leading medical experts. These experts concur with the practices follo...More Button

  Question No. 558 answered with Question No. 553.More Button

Defence Forces Deployment

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form the total number of Defence Forces personnel deployed to the Golan Heights since March of 2011; if he will breakdown the figures by each six month deployment duri...More Button

A total of one hundred and twenty-six (126) members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently deployed to the Golan Heights in Syria. Full details of all personnel deployed to the Golan Heights ...More Button

Defence Forces Recruitment

Was asked: if he expects recruitment for the armed forces to recommence; the date on which this might happen; the application process involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2013, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,188 comprising 7,379 Army, 78...More Button

  Question No. 561 answered with Question No. 557.More Button


 

 

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