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Flanagan, Charles

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Questions on Promised Legislation

I am aware of the report by the influential Council of Europe body to which Deputy Howlin refers. The report will be submitted for assessment to the Government tomorrow, as is normal in these circ...More Button

I thank Deputy Kenny for raising this important issue. I have not yet seen the report but I have requested an early copy. Having heard some reports of the report, I believe that some aspects are ...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

I do not have any knowledge of the matter raised. I would be happy to hear from the Deputy if he has any specific issues. I remind him, however, that the courts are independent of these Houses. More Button

Garda Commissioner Appointment

I want to acknowledge the hurt, loss and sense of suffering on the part of all victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and on the island of Ireland over the years. I also want to acknowledge ...More Button

As a well-respected Belfast-based newspaper stated during the week, Mr. Drew Harris is not an outsider, he is a policeman, he is an Ulsterman and he is an Irishman. He has defended the instituti...More Button

As I have said, this is the first occasion the independent Policing Authority has exercised its function in regard to the filling of this important position.More Button

Garda Commissioner Appointment (Continued)

All those who put themselves forward were subject to robust scrutiny by an independent expert interview board which determined that Mr. Harris was the best person for the office. lt is only right...More Button

I am sure the Deputy will agree that dealing with the legacy of the Troubles on the island is a complex and sensitive task, one to which there are no easy solutions. In my previous role as Minis...More Button

On the issue of unresolved and Troubles-related criminal investigations in this jurisdiction, the Garda authorities will fully pursue any new evidence or information that comes to light, with a v...More Button

My Government colleagues and I look forward to working with Mr. Harris as he takes up this exciting, not to say challenging role, in which we wish him every success.More Button

Neither I nor the Government will delay the appointment of Mr. Drew Harris. The appointment of a new Garda Commissioner is always significant, but it is particularly so with the appointment of Mr....More Button

As we approach the centenary of the establishment of An Garda Síochána, the organisation is on the cusp of significant change. The expert Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is in th...More Button

I offer my condolences to all those involved, especially those affected by the brutal massacre to which the Deputy referred. I will not comment, however, on any court decision in Northern Irelan...More Button

I look forward to working with the incoming Commissioner. Our shared objective is ensuring the security of the State and the safety of the public. I am sure the Deputy and all other Members of th...More Button

Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Order for Report Stage

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

Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Report Stage (Continued)

On a point of order, a Cheann Comhairle, could I ask what amendments are under discussion?More Button

No. Thank you for the clarification, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

Emergency Accommodation Data

Was asked: the records that are kept of families that have had to seek emergency housing provision in Garda stations throughout the country in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The question of housing and provision of emergency housing is not within my remit as Minister for Justice and Equality.

  My Department does not have a role in this matter and re...More Button

Gambling Legislation

Was asked: his plans to introduce leglislation to enable problem gamblers to voluntarily self-exclude from locations in which gambling takes place as exists in other jurisdictions (details supplied); and if h...More Button

Tribunals of Inquiry Recommendations

Was asked: if all recommendations of the Moriarty tribunal have been implemented; the recommendations that are outstanding; and when they will be implemented.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Moriarty Tribunal made a number of recommendations which related to the responsibilities of different Government Departments. Insofar as my Department is concerned...More Button

The new Act provides a single, consolidated modern piece of legislation which is more comprehensive and more accessible.  As well as being a consolidation, the Act is also responding to recommend...More Button

I am also advised by An Garda Síochána that two separate investigations have been conducted by the Criminal Assets Bureau in relation to the Moriarty Tribunal as follows:More Button

1. Investigation by Criminal Assets Bureau following referral of the final report of the Moriarty Tribunal by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to the Commissioner of ...More Button

In March 2011, the Commissioner tasked the Criminal Assets Bureau with examining the report with a view to identifying any criminal offences that may require investigation by An Garda Síochána. ...More Button

2. Investigation by Criminal Assets Bureau in relation to alleged obstruction of the Moriarty Tribunal:More Button

In July 2013 the Chairman of the Moriarty Tribunal made a complaint to the Garda Commissioner concerning alleged obstruction of the Tribunal. This matter was fully investigated by the Criminal A...More Button

While I do of course appreciate public concern about these matters, the consideration of criminal investigations is clearly a matter for the Garda authorities, and the DPP to decide upon, indepen...More Button

Garda Data

Was asked: the number of gardaí based in County Louth by location; the number, rank and status of each station; if additional gardaí have been requested to man individual stations; the number requested; if re...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel and Garda station opening hours, among the various Garda Divisi...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the number of times his Department has engaged polling companies and-or Irish market researchers to conduct research on its behalf in each of the past two years; the names of such companies; the co...More Button

In respect of the Deputy’s question the following table outlines the number of occasions my Department has engaged polling companies and or Irish market researchers to conduct research on its behal...More Button

Crime Data

Was asked: the number of prosecutions in each of the past three years for driving without tax and insurance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of this report.More Button

Garda Investigations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 109 of 25 April 2018, the status of the information requested; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that as part of the Garda Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016 -2021, the Garda Commissioner provided for the review and restructuring of the Computer Crim...More Button