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Collins, Niall

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Garda Strength

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: her views on the fact that the number of gardaí has fallen below 13,000; the optimum level of membership of An Garda Síochána in order to police the country effectively; the further recruitment pla...More Button

I have tabled this question to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality about further recruitment to An Garda Síochána, given that recruitment has recommenced. The number of gardaí in the force h...More Button

I am trying to establish what is the official number the Government wants to achieve for the strength of the force. Is it 13,000, 13,500 or somewhere in between? Is it the figure of 12,799? One ...More Button

In order for Garda management to conduct manpower planning and comply with the annual policing plan, it is critically important for it to know with certainty what is the total number of gardaí. Un...More Button

Gambling Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: her plans to adequately regulate gaming and casinos venues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The gambling control Bill proposed by the Minister's predecessor seems to have dropped away in priority and significance. In the hearings of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and ...More Button

The figures brought to my attention and that of the Minister are staggering. It is estimated that there are up to 19,000 unlicensed gaming machines in the State at any one point in time and that t...More Button

The Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013 being progressed by the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, will not address the issue I am raising. I want to get a sense from the Minister when the gam...More Button

Drugs in Prisons

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the action she has taken to implement the recommendations of the strategic review of penal policy; the way she will address the drugs crisis in our prisons; her views that the current justice syste...More Button

In light of the strategic review of penal policy, will the Minister outline how she intends to address the crisis of drug use and addiction in both our prisons and the wider community?More Button

Does the Minister envisage a timeline regarding the implementation of measures to drastically reduce the availability of drugs to those in our prison system? Members of the public often, and quite...More Button

The Minister stated that the Irish Prison Service is going to introduce measures. Is she in a position to provide a more definitive timeline in respect of what will be rolled out and when? Will s...More Button

International Terrorism

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if she will provide an update on the threat posed to the State by acts of terrorism; the action she has taken to address this threat; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Will the Minister provide an update on the threat posed to the State by acts of terrorism, be they domestic or international in nature, particularly in light of the activities of the so-called Real...More Button

International Terrorism (Continued)

Will the Minister comment on her statement that she could never rule out the possibility of an attack but that it is not likely at present because her colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs an...More Button

Legislative Measures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the way she will address defamation of persons which occurs online; her views on amending the law to allow for defamation cases online to be dealt with in a more-cost effective and timely manner; a...More Button

On many occasions, we have discussed the issue of cybercrime and cyberbullying in this House. It is an issue about which we all share a huge concern because of some of the consequences of it, in p...More Button

There are two dimensions to online defamation. There is the overt dimension where somebody who engages in online defamation is readily identifiable and then there is the covert dimension where som...More Button

Legislative Measures (Continued)

I accept that she met the Internet service providers. That was a welcome move, but they need to be in a position to act faster to acknowledge their role as a stakeholder in the act of defamation. ...More Button

Leaders' Questions

The entire country was shocked at the escape from Tallaght hospital this week of a high profile dangerous criminal while attending a medical appointment. People were particularly struck by the vic...More Button

What was of most concern to the public was that the person in question was a high profile prisoner who had previously escaped from a UK prison. We now know from reports that the Irish Prison Ser...More Button

Since the incident in question happened, a Garda investigation has been ongoing and the Irish Prison Service is also conducting an investigation. Bearing in mind the past record of the individua...More Button

What about the issue of resources?More Button

I find the Minister's response amazing. He has said there is no evidence that there was an issue with Garda resources. Why then were previous requests made by the Irish Prison Service for armed e...More Button

Despite all of the Minister's political rhetoric, it was the Government that continued the moratorium on recruitment throughout 2011 to 2014, inclusive. At the same time, it continued to recruit...More Button

The Minister's comments on his concern for the welfare of front-line emergency workers ring hollow. One need only look at how the Government has acted in that regard.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

My party offered legislation which would protect front-line workers, namely, the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill of 2012, which was introduced by my colleague, Deputy Dara Calleary.More Button

That Bill sought to place a minimum mandatory extra tariff on anybody who committed an assault on a nurse, garda, prison officer or fire fighter. These are people who work day in, day out, to prot...More Button

The Government's track record proves it. It is a fact that its actions have not lived up to its concerns about the welfare as expressed here today. I ask the Government to follow through on its c...More Button

I was referring to the actions of his Government.More Button

At the same time, the Minister has said there is no evidence-----More Button

This is not a court of law.More Button

Order of Business

There is very little business on the Order Paper for today. The Minister has noted that some of the business scheduled for today was completed yesterday, but it is prudent to have other work for P...More Button

In the spirit of our earlier discussion, when can we expect legislation to be published to establish the independent Garda authority? In regard to emergency workers, legislation is being prepare...More Button

Assaults on Elderly Persons Bill 2015: First Stage

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The Bill seeks to penalise further those who engage in vicious crimes against elderly persons in our community. Day after day our newspapers unfortunately contain at least one if not multiple stor...More Button

The purpose of the Bill is to send out a message that if a person is caught carrying out a violent act against a person who is aged 65 years or over that person will be severely punished. Elderl...More Button

The Bill will apply to assaults causing serious harm to elderly persons, a threat to kill or cause serious harm to an elderly person, and an injury to an elderly person caused by the piercing of ...More Button

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."More Button

Garda Misconduct Allegations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when she foresees the independent review mechanism completing its work; her views on establishing a commission of investigation into serious cases which raise fundamental questions regarding the ma...More Button

Domestic Violence Policy

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when the Istanbul Convention will be ratified and implemented here; the action that will be taken to address domestic violence further; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Divisional Headquarters

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: where the new Garda Síochána headquarters for the south-eastern region will be located; the rationale behind the selection of this location; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button