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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It is important to reassure people that the work which is under way to develop a national trauma policy is about getting the best outcomes for a particular small category of patients who sustain tr...More Button

I will respond to the broader points made by the Deputy. Attendances in our health service have increased by 6%. For example, the number of elective procedures done this year has increased by 1...More Button

The Government is responding to the high demand that exists by investing further and making sure we have the appropriate services around the country. The hospital groups have been given responsi...More Button

The Deputy is a former Minister for Health and knows that we must examine how trauma patients can best be dealt with. That is what the study is about. It is important not to raise unnecessary anx...More Button

That is what we are talking about; that is what the Deputy raised. He then proceeded to talk about the possible closure of other departments, which is not on the agenda, as I have repeatedly said....More Button

The first point I have to repeat is that there is no completed report at this point. The Minister has not received a report, so the Deputy is operating on the basis of a report in regard to the co...More Button

We do not have a national policy in regard to trauma and the management of patients who suffer in this way. This is about giving excellent care to people who find themselves in these circumstances...More Button

The implementation of the hospital groups provides an opportunity for hospitals to work together to develop an optimal configuration of trauma services. There is no need for people going past th...More Button

-----unless by statements in here that raise anxiety unnecessarily.More Button

The work is ongoing and it will be received. I would also put on the record of the House that the current fragmented arrangements for dealing with trauma in hospitals in Ireland have long been a p...More Button

There is no draft report that is at present available to the Department. What I can give the Deputy a reassurance about, of course, is that once the report is available the Minister will make it a...More Button

The purpose of this report is to ensure we do the best for patients who suffer traumatic injuries and make sure they go to the right place, where they will get the best health care. It is not ab...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Resumed)

Reviews of all section 38 providers are being conducted by external consultants. These are under way by the Department of Health at present. The purpose of these reviews is to establish the stand...More Button

The HSE provides funding in return for services to 40 agencies under section 38 and to a much wider group under the other section the Deputy raised, which is section 39.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

On the Deputy's first question about compliance, I am informed that the annual compliance statements have been signed by the agencies. The Department is providing another layer to examine, with ex...More Button

I thought the Deputy was going to break into song during his introduction.More Button

Report Stage of the Water Services (Amendment) Bill is scheduled in the House later this evening. As the Deputy knows, it proposes to suspend domestic water charges from 1 July to 31 March next ye...More Button

A special Oireachtas committee will examine the findings and recommendations, which will take approximately three months. The Oireachtas will consider it and vote on the recommendations. The pr...More Button

The commission is an expert body that has been brought together to consider the evidence, receive submissions and examine the legal framework nationally and internationally, which we need to do. T...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

This is an issue for the Business Committee.More Button

It was discussed at the Business Committee. Legislation has to go through in regard to selecting the citizens who will be part of the assembly. It follows the methodology for the selection of cit...More Button

If the Ceann Comhairle is saying the Business Committee can meet to discuss this and if there is time available in the Dáil for further discussion where other legislation takes less time, I am sure...More Button

The Business Committee decides, yes.More Button

Absolutely.More Button

As the Deputy knows, the Department has placed a high priority on supporting local authorities in returning vacant units to productive use. Between 2014 and 2015, some 5,000 units were made availa...More Button

The last heads on that legislation were agreed in November. Pre-legislative scrutiny will take place in the autumn.More Button

Another part of that legislation is being used successfully to defend cases.More Button

There have been some cases, but very few. Only in a tiny proportion has anyone got the benefit of the judgment, as another part of the legislation is being used successfully in court to defend cas...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, there is a funding challenge at third level that needs to be addressed. We now have the very comprehensive report produced under the chairmanship of Mr. Peter Cassells. It...More Button

As the Deputy knows, approximately 12,000 staff left the health service during the very difficult economic period we experienced. Some 6,000 staff have now been recruited back into the service. S...More Button

I agree with the Deputy's points on mediation. A family mediation Bill is being worked on and I certainly hope we will be in a position to have it proceed to pre-legislative scrutiny stage in the ...More Button

I note the Deputy's concern about the project. There is to be a mid-term review of the capital programme next year. In the meantime, I will ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to li...More Button

That is an operational matter for the Garda Commissioner who is considering the issue. Some weeks ago, the Cabinet discussed some of the criteria that could apply following the commitment given in...More Button

I understand the Bill in question is being discussed on Second Stage and it will probably be the autumn before the debate resumes.More Button

Legal advice on the Bill in question is being considered. I do not have an exact timeframe for the legislation as it will depend on the analysis of the legal advice. It will not be taken in this ...More Button

I confirm that we stand by the commitments made in the Fresh Start agreement. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, will shortly meet his counterpart in the North...More Button

The details of the case outlined by the Deputy are extraordinary. It is certainly outside normal hospital practice to telephone a family and ask them to take a 98 year old woman home from hospital...More Button

Regulation of Charities: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank the Members for raising this important issue. I am deeply concerned by the recent revelations about Console and other charitable organisations. The public must have confidence that the mo...More Button

The Irish people are charitable by nature and they expect that the charity sector will conduct its business in an honest and professional manner. Trust, integrity and ethics are important words....More Button

The establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority was a personal priority when I became Minister for Justice and Equality. I established the regulator as an independent agency shortly afte...More Button

The regulator has a wide range of functions under the terms of the Act which are being introduced on a phased basis, and I want to illustrate the tasks which have had to be undertaken by the regula...More Button

The initial priority was on the development of the register, and Deputy Catherine Murphy has outlined the numbers that are on the register of charities. There are 8,000 charities registered. Th...More Button

In total, the regulator is engaged with the numbers I have mentioned. In addition, in the period since the regulator has been established, 300 complaints have been made to it against 132 differe...More Button

I have been working to ensure that the authority has the necessary staff and financial resources to achieve all its goals, but Part 4 is important as well. I signed the statutory instrument nece...More Button

I want to outline some of the actions which the regulator took once it became aware of the situation at Console. Criminal allegations are outside its remit. However, on 30 June, shortly after i...More Button

I do not have time to go into the requirements under sections 38 and 39 but my colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, will do so. I also want to make a quick point about the legal req...More Button

The motion also calls for the establishment of an anti-corruption agency. I want to make a number of points in that regard. The law in the area of corruption has been significantly strengthened...More Button

The motion suggests the establishment of a single anti-corruption agency. I appreciate that the Deputies are motivated by a concern to enhance the way in which a broad range of wrongdoing is addr...More Button

I appreciate the concerns expressed by Deputy Michael Collins and others in their amendment regarding small, locally-based charities and I can accept that amendment. However, like the Deputies w...More Button

I cannot emphasise enough that there is a responsibility on many different bodies, on charities themselves and on those who see wrongdoing to report it. If any member of the public or any organi...More Button

I will conclude by sending out a very clear message. The proceeds of people's goodwill, the money they donate to charity for the benefit of those less fortunate than themselves, is not, should not...More Button

Not glibly.More Button

Family Reunification Policy

Was asked: the action she and her EU counterparts are taking to ensure unaccompanied minors, who are universally acknowledged to have a right to reunification, receive due process and do not remain separated ...More Button

The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a cons...More Button

A team of officials from my Department, including the Director of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme, travelled to Greece last month to meet with Irish embassy officials and relevant Greek au...More Button

I recently chaired a meeting of the high level Task Force established to oversee the implementation of the IRPP during which an approach to taking unaccompanied minors (most likely from Greece) w...More Button

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has statutory responsibility for the care of unaccompanied minors in the State. As part of its multi-disciplinary assessment of the needs of separated childre...More Button

I continue to work proactively with my colleagues in Europe to ensure that Ireland and the European Union responds comprehensively to all aspects of the ongoing migration and refugee crisis. I s...More Button

Disability Act Employment Targets

Was asked: her views on whether Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005 is working in practice; the way in which persons with a disability may apply for positions within the public service; and if she will make a s...More Button

Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005 sets a statutory 3% target for employment in the Public Sector. The National Disability Authority (NDA) reports each year on progress made towards the target. The...More Button

Legal Aid

Was asked: her plans to either introduce a system of legal aid for small limited liability companies or to legislate to allow companies to represent themselves before the courts given that the system as curre...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that section 5(1) of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 states that the principal function of the Legal Aid Board is, inter alia, to provide legal aid and advice in ci...More Button

Closed-Circuit Television Systems

Was asked: the date of completion for the review instigated by her, in conjunction with the Garda Síochána authorities on the effectiveness of the community closed-circuit television scheme; and if she will m...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to providing investment in CCTV systems at key locations along the road network and in urban centres. More Button

I am very conscious of the value that communities, especially rural communities, place on CCTV as a means of deterring crime and assisting in the detection of offenders. With this in mind, I ins...More Button

While acknowledging its role as part of wider crime prevention strategies, the Garda evaluation also notes that community based CCTV systems have been of significant assistance in both the preven...More Button

I am currently developing proposals to give effect to the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment to provide investment in CCTV systems and the Garda evaluation is informing the develop...More Button

The Deputy may also be aware that my colleague, the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, made an announcement in September 2015 in relation the provision of CCTV in rural are...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: when the visa application of a person (details supplied) will be processed and the person advised of the outcome; 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 application referred to by the Deputy was received by the Visa Office in Dublin on 09/09/2015. Eac...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 specifi...More Button

In addition, applicants may themselves e-mail queries directly to the INIS Visa Office (visamail@justice.ie).More Button

Consultancy Contracts Data

Was asked: the names of consultants engaged by her Department in each year since 2011 to 2016, to date; the details of the work they performed; and the cost to her Department for this work.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated and verified in the Department. The information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is to hand.More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: the amount of pre-financing by programme her Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the EU Commission; t...More Button

Generally, such advances automatically occur in respect of a portion of funding when a proposal has been accepted for funding by the EU Commission. Under the current round of EU funding, my Depart...More Button

Departmental Agencies Board Appointments

Was asked: the number of positions on the boards of bodies and agencies under the aegis of her Department; the number of vacant positions; when each vacancy occurred; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the information sought regarding the number of positions and vacancies on the Boards and Agencies under the remit of my Department is set out in the following table...More Button

Prison Visiting Committees Appointments

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application by a person (details supplied) for the prison visiting committee at Midlands Prison.More Button

I can advise the Deputy that Visiting Committee members are appointed for a period of three years by the Minister for Justice and Equality under the Prisons (Visiting Committees) Act 1925 and Priso...More Button

Each Visiting Committee comprises no more than six members, and only suitable people with appropriate qualifications and a genuine interest in prison issues are appointed. As the Deputy will app...More Button

All expressions of interest in appointment to a Prison Visiting Committee are kept on file for consideration when the Tánaiste is next making appointments.More Button

Rights of People with Disabilities

Was asked: when the role of the new National Disability Authority will be reviewed as outlined in the programme for Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Programme for Partnership Government contains a commitment to review the role of the National Disability Authority. This is a good opportunity to review the role and functions of the National ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, we are in the process of finalising a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy and I believe that it is appropriate that the review be undertaken in the context of ...More Button

Was asked: if the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be ratified by the end of 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 21 October 2015, the previous Government published a roadmap to Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which outlines the considerable...More Button

Considerable progress has already been made to overcome barriers to Ireland’s ratification. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed into law on 30 December 2015 and is a comp...More Button

Work is also underway on drawing up an Equality/Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to progress miscellaneous legislative amendments necessary to proceed to ratification. It is intended t...More Button

Irish Sign Language

Was asked: her plans, if any, to formally recognise Irish Sign Language; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2013 the National Disability Authority facilitated consultations with the Deaf Community in Ireland at my Department's request in relation to actions that could make improvements in the lives of...More Button

Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: her proposals to provide additional resources to the Garda vetting unit in view of the delays that occur in the processing of applications which causes problems for persons taking up new employment...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that there is no question of a generalised delay in the processing of applications for persons who require Garda vetting. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that th...More Button

Was asked: the waiting times for receiving Garda vetting; the reason a person who has received Garda vetting in 2016 and changes employment cannot use previous clearance; her plans to improve delays or change...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that there is no question of a generalised delay in the processing of applications for persons who require Garda vetting. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that th...More Button

Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the circumstances under which a foreign-born national residing in Northern Ireland may apply for Irish citizenship; the way in which this differs to the circumstances under which a foreign-born nat...More Button

The entitlement to Irish citizenship, as well as the conditions pertaining to a grant of Irish citizenship through naturalisation, are governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citize...More Button

Garda Strength

Was asked: the number of whole-time equivalent members of An Garda Síochána assigned to the Waterford city and county divisions for each of the years 2007 to 2016 to date, in tabular form; and if she will mak...More Button

The Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and Districts. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources ...More Button

Was asked: the number of appointed detectives in each Garda Síochána division at the present time and for the same date in each of the years 2011 to 2015, in tabular form.More Button

The Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and Districts. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources ...More Button

Was asked: the number of community gardaí in each Garda Síochána division at the present time and for the same date in each of the years 2011 to 2015, in tabular form.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and Districts. Garda management keeps th...More Button

Garda Stations

Was asked: the number and location of Garda stations in Waterford city and county; the number which have opened and closed since 2007 and their locations, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

I have requested the required information from the Garda authorities in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy and will revert to him as soon as I have it to hand.More Button

Garda Operations

Was asked: her views regarding whether a 15-month wait for the return of a computer taken for examination by the gardaí in connection with the possible commission of a crime is normal or acceptable; and if no...More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that investigations into the case referred to are ongoing and it would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to make any more detailed comment on the case. The ...More Button

Was asked: her views regarding Garda involvement in the shooting dead of a number of cattle on a farm in County Monaghan on 5 July 2016 as part of a debt recovery exercise.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Defence Forces carried out the humane cull of five animals on a farm in Co. Monaghan. It is not correct, as has been alleged, that the cattle were treated inhumanely or...More Button

While there is a long history to this particular case, I can inform the Deputy that following failed efforts to round up the five animals and, with a significant concern about public safety, on 4...More Button

The Garda Commissioner is directly responsible for Garda operational matters, including the direction and control of Garda members. I have no direct role in relation to these matters. I am info...More Button

Charities Regulation

Was asked: her views on whether it is appropriate that law firms use registered charitable trusts to act as shareholders for large numbers of its special purpose vehicle clients; if she had ever raised this i...More Button

I am advised by the Regulator that this issue has been brought to the Regulator's attention. While it is primarily a matter for the Revenue Commissioners, I understand that the Regulator is prepar...More Button

Was asked: the legal options available to the charities regulator to put in place interim arrangements to the board of a charity following a complaint being highlighted; if arrangements are being reviewed; an...More Button

The Charities Regulatory Authority ('Charities Regulator') has the power to appoint additional charitable trustees under Section 43 of the Charities Act 1961 as amended by Section 14 of the 1973 Ch...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that I recently signed the Commencement Order to bring Part 4 of the Charities Act 2009 into effect from 5 September 2016. When Part 4 of the Act comes fully into effect...More Button

Was asked: if she is aware of current delays in the Charities Regulatory Authority in providing applicant groups with a draft or model constitution which is in turn delaying their applications for charitable ...More Button

The Charities Regulatory Authority ('Charities Regulator') published a model constitution for companies limited by guarantee on 26 May 2016.

  The Regulator is currently at an ...More Button

Travel Documents

Was asked: the history of the status of a person (details supplied) since they first entered the country almost 16 years ago; and if their passport and personal papers will be returned to them from Cloverhill...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned entered the State on 21 January 2001. The person concerned had permission in the ...More Button

I am also advised by the Irish Prison Service that they have no record of a passport in respect of the person concerned being submitted to Cloverhill Prison.More Button

Migrant Integration

Was asked: the amount of money Ireland has received from the European Commission towards integration projects since the start of the refugee crisis; and the projects this money was spent on including the amou...More Button

Was asked: the amount of money Ireland has received from the European Commission towards integration projects since the start of the refugee crisis; the amount of that money Ireland has drawn down; if any all...More Button

Garda Investigations

Was asked: if all accusations or allegations of any political interference relating to a case (details supplied) have been or will be thoroughly investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if all the participants in a recently broadcast documentary (details supplied) were interviewed by the gardaí who are conducting an ongoing investigation of the case; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Was asked: if she or her Departmental officials are aware of a documentary (details supplied) and the allegations made therein; if any investigations or extra resources will be put into the ongoing investigat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 161 to 163, inclusive, together.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that management of particular Garda investigations, including the allocation of resources, and the identification of lines of inquiry, are matters in the first instance...More Button

Was asked: the number of complaints recorded by An Garda Síochána of attempts to blackmail businesses as a result of the business' computer system being hacked, including situations where the businesses' comp...More Button

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of the official recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a ...More Button

To be of assistance I have asked the Garda authorities to provide any relevant information which might be of assistance in relation to matters referred to in the Deputy's question. I will contact...More Button

Common Travel Area

Was asked: if there will be immediate implications on the common travel area between Ireland and the United Kingdom following on from Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no immediate implications for the Common Travel Area (CTA) arising from the UK referendum result. People can still travel as normal between Ireland and the UK, including Northern Ireland.More Button

The Common Travel Area has been in existence since 1922. It is an important feature of the close relationship between Ireland and the UK with long-established benefits for trade and tourism betw...More Button

It is an arrangement that is valued on both islands. It is a priority of the Irish Government to maintain the Common Travel Area and this will be reflected in the negotiations with the United Ki...More Button

Garda Communications

Was asked: the number of emergency 999 calls received for Coolock and Raheny garda stations per month from 1 January 2015 to 1 July 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Communications Centre in the Dublin Metropolitan Region is responsible for the management of all emergency calls received to the emergency line-999 w...More Button

Crime Data

Was asked: the number of licensees who have been prosecuted and or convicted of an offence under section 4 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of the official recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a ...More Button

Prisoner Rehabilitation Programmes

Was asked: why the services of the training and employment officers of the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders, IASIO, are only available to persons who are stable on methadone or free o...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the service works in collaboration with a range of key statutory and community services to facilitate the effective and safe transition of prisoners fr...More Button

The Irish Prison Service works with the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders (IASIO) to provide two prison based operational services, the 'Gate' Service and the 'Resettlemen...More Button

The TEO and the referred client work together to identify an improved pathway in life away from a life of offending. This includes working to identify and remove any barriers that stand in the w...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that access to the IASIO’s Linkage and Gate services does not depend on methadone stability or the absence of drug and alcohol abuse issues, rather it dep...More Button

The IASIO TEOs endeavour to help every person referred to their service to achieve as much as their capacity to engage at that point in their life allows. The IASIO TEOs are part of a wider mult...More Button

Prison Drug Treatment Services

Was asked: why a person (details supplied) has been waiting for eight months on remand in a prison (details supplied) to find out if he is entitled to drug treatment.More Button

I have been advised by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) that the objective of healthcare within the IPS is to provide prisoners with access to the same quality and range of health services as availab...More Button

Any person on committal to prison providing a history of illicit substance misuse and testing positive for opioids is offered a medically assisted symptomatic detoxification for operational reaso...More Button

Persons in custody presenting with addiction issues have access to specialist addiction services, and are actively encouraged to engage with those services.More Button

I can advise the deputy that the IPS have confirmed that the person referred to is receiving appropriate medical treatment in the Midlands Prison.More Button

Garda Station Closures

Was asked: if she will reverse the decision to close the Garda station in Templemore, County Tipperary at night time as it is placing the residents of Templemore and the surrounding areas at a greater risk of...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that decisions in relation to Garda station opening hours are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.More Button

I have however, been advised by the Garda authorities that Templemore Garda Station operates on a 24-hour basis and is not closed at night time. More Button

Local Garda management keeps under continuous review the allocation of all resources, including mobile units in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in pla...More Button

Refugee Data

Was asked: the number of refugees who have been accepted here in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Legislative Measures

Was asked: her plans to bring forward equality legislation in regard to the abolition of the mandatory retirement age (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In my capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality, I have responsibility for equality legislation, which provides for retirement ages in line with the relevant EU Directive provision that differe...More Button

I have no ministerial responsibility for retirement age issues generally either in the public sector (where mandatory retirement ages are a feature of public sector employment law) or the private...More Button

The Deputy will be interested to know that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is leading a cross-Departmental working group on Fuller Working Lives which is examining the full range ...More Button

Civil Legal Aid

Was asked: if she is aware of a reply received by a person from the European Commission on 30 November 2015; if she will confirm that Ireland has no national regime on legal aid for companies and companies ca...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that section 5(1) of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 states that the principle function of the Legal Aid Board is, inter alia, to provide legal aid and advice in civil cases to...More Button

Coroners Service

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 5 July 2016, to address the question of the statutory age limit of the deputy coroners referred to as per the original parliamentary question (details su...More Button

The Coroner for the coronial district of Limerick South East, will be retiring on December 29, 2016, in accordance with Section 11 of the Coroners Act, 1962. As stated in my reply to Parliamentary...More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the exact legal relationship that exists with respect to members of An Garda Síochána assisting in the execution of receivership or repossession orders; if he deems it appropriate that gardaí are i...More Button

As the Deputies are aware, I have no role in relation to executing court orders. The courts are, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in the exercise of their judicial function...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the cost of agency and or locum staff hired by her Department for each of the years 2011 to 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to advice the Deputy that my Department and the Agencies under its remit use the services of the State's independent recruitment office, the Public Appointments Service, to the maximum exten...More Button

Departmental Websites

Was asked: if her Department's website is accessible to persons with a disability; if the accessibility of this website is regularly reviewed, to take account of new and emerging technologies; and if she will...More Button

The design of my Department's website is accessible, having been reviewed by the National Disability Authority, which is the advisory authority in this regard. My Department will continue to engage...More Button