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O'Brien, Jonathan

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3

Priority Questions - Northern Ireland Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his proposals to work with his northern counterpart to increase all-Ireland justice and crime initiatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is clear from the Minister’s response that there is good co-operation between the North and the South. Long may this continue. Regarding how the strategies for co-operation are set out, ...More Button

On legislation the Department is drafting, I am aware that an impact analysis is made in terms of financial requirements and so on. In the case of personal insolvency, I understand the proposed le...More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Expenditure

On funding, we all know what has happened and it is regrettable that the chief executive officer felt it necessary to resign over this issue. The one aspect we could examine is multi-year funding ...More Button

I appreciate that.More Button

In fairness, the question had to do with the provision of multi-annual funding.More Button

Other Questions - Garda Promotions

The Minister said the Commissioner was aware these appointments were going to be before the Cabinet today. When did he become aware that the appointments were to be made?More Button

Other Questions - Legislative Programme

I thank the Minister. The reason I have tabled this question is that we are considering the whistleblower legislation and I thought this Bill was essential to complement it. It would not make sen...More Button

Other Questions - Organised Crime

Has the Garda Commissioner asked for any resources that we have been unable to provide due to the economic circumstances?More Button

Other Questions - Prisoner Releases

The review will be available in April — possibly — and the penal policy group will be examining this. Does the Minister not agree that electronic tagging has its limitations? It might...More Button

Order of Business

As far as I am aware, we will not be proceeding with the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010, which is currently on Committee Stage, and the Government is planning to publish a new immi...More Button

Immigration.More Button

International Agreements: Motion

In principle, we are not opposed to the sharing of information or enhanced co-operation in combating serious crime. However, it is important that the rights of the individual be respected and uphe...More Button

Article 7 relates to national contact points. In Ireland, the Garda will be the contact point. Who will be the contact point in the US? Will it be the CIA or Homeland Security? We do not know w...More Button

The list of data to be shared is long and includes surnames, aliases, the spelling of names, current and former nationalities and dates and places of birth. We will be handing over a great deal of...More Button

For all of these reasons, we will not support the motion. It goes far beyond sharing information for the purpose of combating serious crime. We cannot support it.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on the recent Law Reform Commission report on mandatory sentencing; his plans to amend the policy of mandatory sentencing for certain offences; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Written Answers - White Papers

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the increases in supports, both in staffing and resources, he will give to the Probation Service to enable it to work with more offenders in the context of his initiatives which attempt to reduce p...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the statutory basis which allows Garda escorts for transporting commercial explosives on a non-public duty basis; the body that bears the cost of Garda involvement in such activities; and if he wil...More Button

Written Answers - Firearms Licences

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of firearms licences held throughout the State; if he will provide a geographic breakdown of the locations at which these licences are held; the quantity of firearms held by each individ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to address recent Garda behaviour in the issuing of gun licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Crime Statistics

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of legally held firearms that have been reported stolen during each of the past five years; the number of these stolen forearms that were recovered; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Army Barracks

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will clarify the future of Custume Barracks in Athlone, County Westmeath, as the headquarters for the 4th Western Brigade; and if he will publish the recommendations made by the Chief of Staf...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: when the decision to close Clancy Barracks, Dublin, was approved by him; when the offer for sale by public tender was issued; the number of bids received; when the preferred tender was accepted; wh...More Button