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Fitzgerald, Frances

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


EU Council Decisions on Measures in the Area of International Protection: Motions

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EU Council Decisions on Measures in the Area of International Protection: Motions (Continued)

Ireland has always lived up to its international humanitarian obligations as is evidenced by our resettlement programmes which has seen almost 500 people resettled here since 2009, our sending of n...More Button

By opting-in to these decisions we will not only provide a safe haven for families and children who are forced to leave their homes due to war and conflict but also show solidarity with other EU ...More Button

I thank Deputies for their support. I note the unanimous support for the decisions the Government has taken in respect of the Irish refugee protection programme. I also thank Deputies for their p...More Button

There were some thoughtful contributions on the range of issues that arise when one considers this humanitarian crisis and how it must be addressed. I refer Members to the European action progra...More Button

Clearly, the conflict situation and the threat posed by ISIS, for example, are very real. I welcome the solidarity in Europe in response to that threat. Solidarity is necessary at world level t...More Button

To return to the practical decisions regarding the refugees who will arrive here, we have set up the task force and there are a number of sub-committees dealing with the different areas that requ...More Button

We want the accommodation to be of the highest standard possible and we want the centres to be orientation centres for the Syrians. We will involve the Syrians who are already here, who have for...More Button

However, we are proceeding with the plans. Obviously, there will be a budget, and the budgets that are required will be part of the budgetary discussions. I accept the point that it is not a qu...More Button

I again thank the Deputies for their support for the motion.More Button

I move:More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I am not going to go into that. We have all seen the different reports, such as the Nyberg report. Politicians were not going to be involved in the detailed line decisions on NAMA. When NAMA wa...More Button

I have listed to Members in this House who are former developers. I have great sympathy for some of the misfortunes that befell them. I have heard them say, with great passion, that at the heig...More Button

What we are getting is a terrible regret on the part of developers that they did not get to buy their loans by the back door and a wish that the bubble values, which they want to keep in front of...More Button

I include myself in that and I am sure the Deputy is probably included as well. Small businesses have also availed of them from time to time. However, certain things went wrong for a small number...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that Nos. 14 to 20, inclusive, shall be decided without debate, and shall be moved together and decided by one Question which shall be...More Button

I am quite sure that were the Deputy to bring this matter to the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts, Deputy McGuinness, it should be possible, given the urgency the Deputy attaches to the...More Button

Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015: Order for Second Stage

I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."More Button

Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015: Second Stage

I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

  I am pleased to present the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015 to this House. The Bill, on which I...More Button

Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015: Second Stage (Continued)

This new investment will mean that we have a new computer-aided dispatch system to ensure more responsive and co-ordinated deployment of gardaí in the community and to improve Garda response times....More Button

As we know, the trends in criminal activity vary all of the time. Another example is mobile technology to give gardaí secure mobile access to critical information when and where they need it whi...More Button

In addition to the ongoing construction of three new divisional headquarters in Kevin Street in Dublin, Galway city and Wexford town, I also announced on Tuesday that €18 million is being provide...More Button

Of course, the fight against burglaries and crime generally will be aided greatly by the Government's decision to recruit new gardaí. In September 2014, the Government re-opened the Garda Colleg...More Button

The gardaí continue to pursue a range of measures to support elderly and more vulnerable people in the community working closely with Community Alert and other schemes and groups. Deputy Stanton...More Button

I am aware of the concerns that have been expressed regarding the risk that "cash for gold" and other outlets which purchase second-hand jewellery and precious metal from the public could be used...More Button

I wish to comment on the reform of bail. Deputies will also be aware that I published the general scheme of a new bail Bill in July. This new Bill will seek to improve the operation of the bail...More Button

I will now outline the provisions of the Bill, dealing first with bail in burglary cases. Section 1 seeks to ensure that prolific burglars can be refused bail in appropriate cases. At the outse...More Button

We also deal with consecutive sentences for burglary. Section 2 deals with that and will insert a new section 54A into the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001. The new section ...More Button

Subsection (1) of the new section 54A will apply where an adult:More Button

Garda Station Refurbishment

Was asked: her plans are to refurbish the Garda Síochána station in Howth, County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as I have this information to hand.More Button

Was asked: her plans are to refurbish the Garda Síochána station in Coolock, Dublin 5; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as I have this information to hand.More Button

Data Protection

Was asked: if it is the policy of the Data Protection Commissioner to inform complainants, when issuing draft reports of determinations to them, that the determination is indeed a draft and that the complaina...More Button

UN Conventions Ratification

Was asked: the Government's plans in respect of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her plans to introduce legislation to enable the ratification of the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence; and if she will make a st...More Button

It is my intention is to seek Government approval for Ireland to sign the Istanbul Convention in the coming weeks.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Convention has a very broad scope across a number of policy areas with potential policy and legislative implications. The provisions of the Convention and the le...More Button

Current Irish legislation already implements many articles contained in the Convention. The EU Victims Directive which sets out minimum standards across the European Union on the rights, support ...More Button

A general scheme of a Domestic Violence Bill was published by my Department on 24th July, 2015. This legislation will enhance the legislative measures available within the civil law system to sup...More Button

In addition, other legislative reform will implement elements of the Istanbul Convention. These include the recently published Sexual Offences Bill, the Court of Appeal Act, 2015 and the Children...More Button

Sentencing Policy

Was asked: the criteria under which persons are granted enhanced remission; the number of persons who have applied for enhanced remission in 2015; the number granted; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who have applied for enhanced remission in each of the years 2007 to 2014; the number granted in these years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 122 and 123 together.

  As the Deputy is aware the principles governing the awarding of enhanced remission are contained under Rule 59 of the Pri...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: what assistance can be given to a person (details supplied) who is currently living in Syria with his family, who has tried to apply for a visa to Ireland, and who is being persecuted for his Chris...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in my Department that no record of a visa application can be found based on the details supplied by the Deputy. If the Deput...More Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: if she will facilitate upgrade of a Stamp 2 to a Stamp 4 for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned has been granted permission to remain in the State, on immigration Stamp 3 conditi...More Button

The decision to grant such status was arrived at following the detailed consideration of the case of the person concerned, as well as the cases of all family members involved, under Section 3 of ...More Button

It will be open to the person concerned to apply for the renewal of that permission in advance of its expiry date. However, I am advised that the INIS would be prepared to review the case of the ...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

Was asked: the progress to date in determining eligibility for residency and possible naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6, given that all documentation requested has been pro...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no record of an application for a right of residency in the State, accompanied by the right to...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which progress has been made in regularising residency for a person (details supplied) in County Galway, who has been in this jurisdiction for several years, who has worked both with ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that correspondence is due to issue to the person mentioned in the coming days.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 to date regarding an application for regularisation of residency by a person (details supplied) in County Galway, who is anxious to obtain stamp 4 status, who has worked in this jurisd...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that documentation requested was received by INIS and acknowledged in August 2015. I understand that applic...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

Was asked: the progress, if any, in determining residency status for a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who is the sibling of an Irish citizen; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) in my Department that no record of an application for a right of residency in the State can be found based on the details sup...More Button

It is open to this individual to lodge an application for a right of residency in the State, as the dependant of an Irish national.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

Was asked: the status regarding the residency of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who committed an offence resulting in imprisonment, but who has subsequently completed a third level education; a...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as ...More Button

The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 199...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

Was asked: if she will consider upgrading residency status to stamp 4 for work and education purposes for a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the first named person concerned has permission to remain in the State until 4th November, 2015 on immi...More Button

The decision to grant such status was arrived at following the detailed consideration of the cases of the persons concerned under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). These decisi...More Button

It will be open to the persons concerned to apply for the renewal of their permission in advance of its expiry date. However, I am advised that the INIS would be prepared to review the case of t...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

Was asked: the position in updating the regularisation of residency status-qualification under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 to 2008 for a person (details supplied) in C...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application, by the person concerned, for residence under the Free Movement provisions is currently...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

Irish Prison Service

Was asked: if the practice of recording calls between prisoners and their solicitors, which the Irish Prison Service first informed the Minister of in April 2014, has ceased, or if it continues to happen.More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that it was never the practice of the Irish Prison Service to deliberately record calls between prisoners and their solicitors.More Button

The inadvertent recording of a small number of phone calls between prisoners and their solicitors which came to light in April 2014 was the result of solicitors contacts being placed on phone lin...More Button

All necessary steps have been taken to avoid a repeat of this situation reoccurring. This includes facilitating prisoners in listing more than one solicitor on the phone system. In addition wher...More Button

In the event of a prisoner placing a contact for their legal representative on a non designated solicitor line a voice message will prompt both the persons making and receiving the call that it i...More Button

Was asked: how much the Irish Prison Service has paid to date in 2015 for maintenance and support, and software assurance for, the NICE recording system, given that a 24-month contract for such maintenance an...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that there has been a spend of €58,906 including VAT to date, for maintenance, support and software assurance of the system. The tender commenced in Novemb...More Button

Liquor Licensing Laws

Was asked: her views regarding the excise licence required to retail alcohol remotely into the country; the controls in place to ensure the accountability of remote retailers for their products; and if she wi...More Button

The position is that the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011 do not address alcohol sales into the State from another jurisdiction. My Department has been informed by the Revenue Commissioners that alcohol...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if she will support and facilitate the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre in conducting a second sexual abuse and violence in Ireland study. More Button

My Department has received a formal proposal from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for a second Sexual Assault and Violence in Ireland (SAVI) research project. I subsequently met with the Dublin Rape ...More Button

I wrote to the relevant Ministers on this matter. Upon receipt of all responses, options will be considered.More Button

Was asked: if a facility (details supplied) in County Kerry will be considered for State accommodation provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Reception and Integration Agency recently concluded a call for expressions of interest from persons interested in providing accommodation and ancillary services for persons seeking asylum in th...More Button

The responses are being assessed at the moment taking into account a number of matters including the ongoing demands for these services, the specific location of the facilities on offer, the type...More Button

Garda Training

Was asked: to provide the maximum number of trainee gardaí that the Garda Síochána Training College in Templemore can accommodate in a calendar year.More Button

Was asked: the maximum number of trainee gardaí the Garda Síochána Training College in Templemore can accommodate in 2016.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 133 together.

  I have sought the information requested from the Garda Commissioner and I will write directly to the Deputy on receipt of...More Button

Student Visas Reform

Was asked: if she will examine the reform of the international education sector and student immigration system government policy statement of May 2015 which states that the interim list of eligible programmes...More Button

As with any new process, the arrangements for the Interim List of Eligible Programmes (ILEP) is taking some time to bed down and there have been some gaps in the information provided in the majorit...More Button

Until the ILEP is published, the current Internationalisation Register will continue to apply in respect of English Language Programmes. As a result, the planned reduction (from 12 to 8 months) i...More Button

Garda Equipment

Was asked: if she will examine the number of dedicated Garda Síochána public order vans allocated to each Garda Síochána district in 2015 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as I have this information to hand.More Button

Was asked: her plans to provide funding for the purchase of unmarked vehicles for the Garda Síochána dog unit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources. More Button

In that context I am informed by the Commissioner that there are currently twelve vehicles allocated to the Unit, including three new vehicles allocated in 2014. As it is the policy of An Garda S...More Button

Garda Station Closures

Was asked: if she will examine the current updated position regarding the use of the former Garda Síochána station in Whitehall in Dublin 9; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as I have this information to hand.More Button

Closed-Circuit Television Systems Provision

Was asked: if she will examine the Garda Síochána districts and divisional headquarters that do not have closed-circuit television cameras installed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as I have this information to hand. More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the number of gardaí currently stationed in Garda Síochána stations in Clondalkin, Lucan, and Ronanstown in County Dublin; and if she 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. Garda management keep this distribution und...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that, as of the 31 July 2015 the latest date for which figures are readily available, 681 members of An Garda Síochána are assigned to the Dublin Me...More Button

This Government is committed to the ongoing recruitment of trainee Gardaí, and to this end the first intake since 2009 of new recruits commenced training at the Garda College, Templemore, in Sept...More Button

Criminal Prosecutions Data

Was asked: the number of persons who were charged with being a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army or assisting that organisation for the years 2012 to 2014 and to date in 2015; and if she will ma...More Button

It is an offence to be a member of an unlawful organisation as provided for by section 21 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. It is also an offence to knowingly render assistance to an unl...More Button

Deportation Orders

Was asked: the position regarding a possible revocation of a deportation order in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the above named person along with two of her family members are the subject of Deportation Orders signe...More Button

Was asked: the residency status of a person (details supplied) in County Cork who, along with the person's family, has been in this jurisdiction for the past seven years; whether any progress has been made re...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy is the subject of a Deportation Order and is therefore not entitle...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

Refugee Status Applications

Was asked: the extent to which any progress can be reported regarding a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as ...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: whether the current residency status of a person (details supplied) qualifies that person for naturalisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person re...More Button

It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship A...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

Garda Vetting Applications

Was asked: whether Garda Síochána vetting of an application for employment (details supplied) has been completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that records at the Garda Central Vetting Unit indicate that no Garda Vetting application has been received from the registered organisation concerned in resp...More Button

Deportation Orders Re-examination

Was asked: if the decision to deport a person (details supplied) in County Laois will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order made on 15 July 2011.More Button

Representations were received from the person's legal representative, to request the Minister to use her discretion, pursuant to Section 3 (11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to revoke...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