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Calleary, Dara

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Priority Questions - Garda Strength

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the final number of eligible garda who have indicated they will be retiring by end February 2012; the options reviewed by the Garda Commissioners in relation to potentially closing garda stations; ...More Button

The promotions announced by the Minister this morning are the subject of a later question. Could he confirm that a so-called transition team has been established in the Department of Justice and E...More Button

Reference was made to the announced closure of 39 stations. The Minister indicated in January that a further range of stations would be closed during 2012. Will it be the 2013 budget before the M...More Button

On cost savings, which the Minister cited previously as one of the reasons we need to close Garda stations, he corresponded with me to say that the running costs for individual Garda stations are n...More Button

On the opposition of Deputies to the closure of Garda stations——-More Button

——there is a wonderful resource on justice called alanshatter.ie which is particularly good pre-March 2011. I direct the Minister to the comments he made about the reduction of ...More Button

I would appreciate the information in response to the questions.More Button

I would appreciate——More Button

Is a transition team in place in the Department?More Button

Priority Questions - Asylum Support Services

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to create an independent complaint mechanism for asylum seekers reception centres at the Reception and Integration Agency; if he intends to extend the powers of the Ombudsman to cover the...More Button

The phrase “internal complaints systems” was used and reflects the difficulty that it will be an internal process, regardless of whether the central manager or the Reception and Integration Agency ...More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Expenditure

The Minister obviously made a big impression at the meeting because the chief executive officer resigned after it. She has stated it was her personal view that the Government had shown scant regar...More Button

It is how the Minister is choosing to use it.More Button

The Minister makes the choices.More Button

Other Questions - Garda Promotions

I welcome the fact that the Minister eventually got around to getting Cabinet approval for that and that he has got agreement to fill the consequential vacancies down the line. What is the timefra...More Button

To return to a previous question, is there a transition team in place in the Department of Justice and Equality? If so, who is on it, and when was it established to manage all these retirements an...More Button

There is no transition team in place.More Button

Bring back the Leas-Cheann Comhairle.More Button

The Minister was shamed into it by the Commissioner.More Button

They had to come in and beg.More Button

They were supposed to come forward in January.More Button

No thanks to the Minister.More Button

For the record of the House, it should be noted that the Garda Commissioner was forced to come to the Committee of Public Accounts meeting last Thursday to ask for these vacancies to be filled.More Button

There is no good news about being embarrassed into it.More Button

Is there a transition team in place in the Department of Justice and Equality——More Button

——such as that announced by the Taoiseach?More Button

I took lessons from the Minister.More Button

Other Questions - Legislative Programme

I compliment the Minister on the initiative of placing the heads of Bills before committees which will make the legislative process a lot easier. Would he consider also giving the Bill to the Join...More Button

Other Questions - Organised Crime

The Minister previously indicated his intention to discuss with his European colleagues an extension of the Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB, model on a European basis. Can he update the House on how t...More Button

Other Questions - Garda Stations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will outline on a [265]county basis the number and name of each additional Garda station that will close or will have its opening hours restricted during 2012, 201...More Button

Does the Minister take independent advice apart from that given by the Garda Commissioner when he recommends station closures? Does he take advice from people in his party who are local representa...More Button

The Minister does not get it. He does not understand this is not just a security issue. He is living in Dublin. Any Dublin Deputy will not understand that more than security is at stake. In a v...More Button

Extra information is available with which the Minister should be provided by the Commissioner independently. I accept that the Minister does not wish to involve himself in a management decision. ...More Button

Leaders’ Questions

The Minister, Deputy Rabbitte, drove a few himself.More Button

I did not see the Taoiseach there on Sunday.More Button

The Minister of State was not there either.More Button

International Agreements: Motion

We will support the motion. Our participation in the visa waiver programme is another testament to the strong links between Ireland the US. These links are economic, cultural and social and exten...More Button

I do not doubt that our citizens have nothing to fear from our participation in this programme. On Committee Stage, we raised issues with the Minister in respect of spent convictions and so on. H...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

Fianna Fáil will support this motion. While serving as Minister for Defence, both Deputy O’Dea and former Deputy Killeen invested much of their time in this initiative. I am sure Mem...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans for the hiring of seasonal outdoor staff in County Mayo; when these positions will be filled; and if vacant positions will be publicly advertised. More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the total number of Garda stations here as at 31 December 2011; the number of these stations that have an e-mail address; his views that every Garda station should have a unique email connection; a...More Button

Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his response to the view of the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Constable of the PSNI, that the threat of dissident republican activity was severe; the steps he is taking to tackle this issue; and...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when a citizenship application will be completed in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Louth. More Button

Written Answers - Harbours and Piers

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when an application for funding for a new slipway (details supplied) in County Mayo will be processed. More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason for the delay in processing medical card applications in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Donegal; and the steps being taken to reduce the waiting times. More Button