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Flanagan, Charles

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018: Order for Second Stage

Tairgim: "Go dtógfar an Dara Céim anois."

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

Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018: Second Stage

Tairgim: "Go léifear an Bille an Dara hUair anois."More Button

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

I apologise to the House, to the Ceann Comhairle and Deputy O'Callaghan. I did not realise that matters were running as they were.More Button

I am always pleased to come to the House to advance new legislative proposals, many of which have the capacity to impact, often in a most significant way, on the lives of those who live in our co...More Button

Before proceeding further, I express my gratitude to the House for agreeing to deal with this Bill in the first week of its return. It was inevitable that some discussion of the Bill would have ...More Button

The Bill I introduce this evening is the Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018. This is a somewhat lengthy ...More Button

Section 2 is a standard citation provision, citing both the name of the amendment and the name of the Bill.More Button

Thirty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal of offence of publication or utterance of blasphemous matter) Bill 2018: Second Stage (Continued)

One of the problems in addressing this topic is that in a modern society it is very hard to reach a common understanding on the precise meaning which attaches to the concept of blasphemy. A simple...More Button

Through the Ceann Comhairle, I thank the Deputies for their contributions and co-operation in facilitating the passage of the Bill. I acknowledge the broad welcome they have given to the proposal ...More Button

The background to the proposal has already been explained. It has been emphasised that, if the offence of blasphemy is to be removed from the Statute Book, a constitutional amendment is an essen...More Button

The provision identifies Ireland, however incorrect and misleading that might be, as a country that does not value freedom of expression and one that gives constitutional protection to a concept ...More Button

Deputies Boyd Barrett and Coppinger spoke about the need to amend the Constitution so as to remove religious references and religious-based oaths of office. This is a much broader question than ...More Button

Deputies Sherlock and Boyd Barrett queried the retention of the references to seditious or indecent matter. I agree that this language rings somewhat oddly to our modern ears. However, unlike t...More Button

I acknowledge a point that was adverted to by Deputy O'Callaghan. The removal of blasphemy from our Constitution, should that proposal be approved by the people, is not in any way to be construe...More Button

I acknowledge the support of Deputy Mattie McGrath, which allows me to say how heartened I am that no Deputy has spoken in favour of retaining the offence of blasphemy in our Constitution. I als...More Button

Statement for Information of Voters: Motion

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Coroners Service

Was asked: the reason there is no separate county coroner for County Westmeath but instead the coroner who covers County Offaly must also carry out the County Westmeath role; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

On the retirement of the Coroner for County Westmeath in June 2018, the duties of Coroner for County Westmeath were assigned to the acting Coroner for County Offaly. Previously, the coroners for O...More Button

Both local authorities are in agreement with the new arrangement.More Button

The position whereby one Coroner has responsibility for two coronial districts in different local authority areas is not an unusual one. A similar situation pertains in both Cavan/Monaghan and S...More Button

Closed-Circuit Television Systems

Was asked: the number of applicants to the community CCTV grant aid scheme since it launched; the number of such applicants that have been approved for funding; the number of approved applicants that have rec...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to supporting investment in CCTV systems. In pursuance of this commitment, a grant-aid scheme was launched by my De...More Button

Court Accommodation Refurbishment

Was asked: the status of an action (details supplied) under the Action Plan for Rural Development; the timeline for completion of remaining courthouses in which works are planned; and if he will make a statem...More Button

In 2012, the construction or extension/refurbishment of seven courthouses under the Courts Public Private Partnership Bundle was included as part of the €2.25 billion Government’s Infrastructure St...More Button

During 2017 and 2018 work progressed on all seven sites. Drogheda Courthouse was completed in June 2017, followed by Letterkenny Courthouse in November 2017, Wexford Courthouse in December 2017, ...More Button

This project has delivered significantly improved facilities for court users in each location. As well as increasing the number of courtrooms at each location, new facilities including vulnerabl...More Button

In terms of scale, the Courts Public Private Partnership Bundle project is the largest capital building project ever undertaken by the Courts Service, delivering a total of 31 courtrooms and 36,0...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: when he will bring forward legislation to prohibit the use of scramblers, quad bikes and other off-road mechanical vehicles in parks and amenity areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he will bring forward legislation to enable An Garda Síochána to seize scramblers, quad bikes and other off-road mechanical vehicles from those using them on roads and in parks and amenity are...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 304 together.More Button

I have emphasised my concerns on the Dáil record on several occasions in relation to the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes and the serious threat that these vehicles can pose to local communiti...More Button

My Department has consulted with a considerable number of Government Departments and public bodies over the past number of months to identify a number of relevant pieces of legislation, which hav...More Button

My officials are engaged in further consultations with local authorities and local community groups in the context of the positive engagement fostered by local authorities with local communities,...More Button

An important element of this issue is the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes by minors. The supply of mechanically propelled vehicles to persons under 16 and 17 (depending on the vehicle) const...More Button

I remain committed to actively supporting any positive actions that can be pursued to counteract the serious public safety issues associated with the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes.More Button

Ministerial Advisers Data

Was asked: the political advisers being used by senior and junior Ministers in his Department since the commencement of this Government; the commencement dates of the employment of each; and the cessation dat...More Button

Ms. Sarah Kavanagh and Ms. Caroline Murphy are appointed as Special Advisors in my Department. Ms. Kavanagh was appointed on 15 June 2017, following my appointment as Minister for Justice and Equa...More Button

Having regard to the significant legislative programme that I am responsible for, Mr. Robert Bourke BL was appointed to the position of Legal Advisor in my Department on 05 March 2018. More Button

There are no Special Advisors appointed to Minister of State in my Department, Mr. David Stanton T.D.More Button

During the period of office in the current Government of the former Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, the following Special Advisors were engaged: Ms. Marion ...More Button

Mr. Pat Breen T.D. is the Minister for State for Data Protection at my Department and the Department of the Taoiseach. He is also Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Innovation...More Button

Mr. Finian McGrath T.D. is the Minister of State with my Department with special responsibility for Disability issues. He is also Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and So...More Button

The staffing arrangements in respect of both Minister of State Breen and Minister of State McGrath are the responsibility of their respective parent Departments.More Button

Road Safety Data

Was asked: the number of fatal accidents, serious injuries and minor injuries recorded at locations (details supplied) prior to May 2016 and from May 2016 to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make...More Button

I am informed by An Garda Síochána that the Garda website contains comprehensive statistics in relation to the road safety camera network, including information in relation to active, new and remov...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: if and when stamp 4 will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no record of a request from the person concerned for permission to reside in the State on Stam...More Button

I am, however, further advised that INIS wrote to the person concerned on 21 August 2018 in relation to a decision to grant permission to reside in the State under Stamp 3 conditions for one year...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 specifically established...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); if they can appeal the recent decision under the aegis of the International Protection Act 2015; and if he wil...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, if an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications and the ...More Button

Was asked: if all documentation has been received in regard to an application for stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...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 the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed in view of the fact that the person was previously awarded stamp 4 and is making every effort in good faith to comply with requirements; ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that permission to reside in the State, under Stamp 1 conditions, was granted by INIS until 21 September 201...More Button

I am further informed that INIS has no record of correspondence from the person concerned in relation to a request for extension of the permission to reside. It is, however, open to the person c...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 specifically established...More Button

Was asked: the residency status of a person (details supplied); and if he 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

Following consideration of these representations, it was decided, as an exceptional measure, to grant permission to remain in the State based on the applicant’s original stated identity, and this...More Button

Given that the applicant's immigration history in his true identity was effective from Monday 18 June 2018, the rights of residency accumulated between 10 December 2013 and 18 June 2018 will not ...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 current and expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it wrote to the person concerned on 21 May 2018 seeking further information and documentary evidence in...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 specifically established...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of an application for status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 requested permission to reside in the State on 14 May 2018. More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that applications are dealt with in chronological order. In that regard, I am informed that INIS wrote to the person concerned 10 September 2018 seeking further inform...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 specifically established...More Button

Was asked: when various entitlements will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no record of a request for permission to reside in the State from the person concerned.
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Was asked: if stamp 4 will be restored in the interim until his Department has had the opportunity to complete a review of the case of a person (details supplied) or to allow for the processing of a work perm...More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied on 12 October 2010 for a residence card as a family member of an E...More Button

This application was refused on 19 April 2011 as the person concerned failed to submit the documentation requested of them. The applicant sought a review of that decision and, on 16 August 2011,...More Button

On 06 September 2016, the person concerned submitted an application to retain their residence card on an individual and personal basis. However, they were advised on 15 July 2017 that their appl...More Button

The person concerned requested a review of that decision on 16 August 2017, this application is currently under consideration. The applicant was provided with temporary permission to remain in t...More Button

INIS will correspond with the person concerned should further documentation, information, or clarification be required. Applications are dealt with in strict chronological order, and a decision ...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 and when stamp 4 will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by th...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but al...More Button

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. While most straightforward cases are now processed within six months, the n...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 the determination of an application for residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); when the application is expected to be finalised; and if he will make a ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application by the person concerned is among a number of cases under consideration by INIS which we...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 the determination of an application for residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...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 extent to which progress is anticipated in the processing of the case for long-term residency in the case of persons (details supplied); if they will be offered a work permit as a first step; 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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...More Button

The position in relation to the immigration status of Long Term Residency is that, at the date of application, a person applying for such status must have been legally resident in the State for o...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 estab...More Button

Deportation Orders

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of an application pursuant to section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a state...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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...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 the decision to deport will be reconsidered in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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

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 all other applicable legislation...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 reason a deportation order was issued to a person (details supplied); if this case will be investigated with a view to allowing the person in question to reunite with her family for a number of...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned does not have a deportation order made in respect of her.More Button

The person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State on 28/09/2015 on a Stamp 4 for one year, which has been renewed, until 28/09/2019. 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 a proposal to deport will be set aside in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he 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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...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 extent to which progress has taken place in the case of a person (details supplied); if the matter will be expedited with a view to meeting their concerns and request for stamp 4; and if he wil...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 16th December, 2010. While that Ord...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 a deportation order in the case of a person (details supplied) will be deferred; and if he 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 11 March 2005.More Button

The person concerned was deported from the State on 12 September 2018. The effect of the deportation order is that person concerned must remain outside the State.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

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy, continue...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but al...More Button

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. While most straightforward cases are now processed within six months, the n...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 an application for naturalisation by a person (details supplied) has been received; the date the person applied; and the approximate time it will take to process this application.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by th...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but al...More Button

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. While most straightforward cases are now processed within six months, the n...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 an application for naturalisation by a person (details supplied) has been received; the date the person applied; and the approximate time it will take to process the application.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by th...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but al...More Button

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. While most straightforward cases are now processed within six months, the n...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 the determination of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received from the person referred to by the...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: the correct procedure to be followed to permit the child of a person (details supplied) to come here to stay and help care for the child's parent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a visitor’s visa will be arranged in the first instance to facilitate a person's (details supplied) child's visit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 260 and 327 together.

  I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a 'visit' visa application ...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the waiting times for join spouse visas; the measures he will put in place to reduce processing times; and if he 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 current processing time for 'Join Family' visa applications by the Visa Office in Dublin is a littl...More Button

The Policy Document on Family Reunification published in December 2013 contains a stated business target that visa applications to join Irish citizens should be dealt with within six months of re...More Button

While the Visa Office endeavours to have applications of this nature processed as quickly as possible, processing times for visas can vary based on a number of factors such as the number of appli...More Button

The central concern, as with all visa services worldwide, in deciding on visa applications is to strike an appropriate balance between protecting the country's vital national interests by maintai...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons waiting on a decision on visa applications; the implications of the Luximon Supreme Court judgment; and the impact this will have on those waiting on decisions.More Button

Officials of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department are currently finalising a response to the Judgement referred to by the Deputy. It is difficult to accurately ...More Button

I expect to be announcing details of the response in the next few weeks.More Button

Immigration Status

Was asked: the status of the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 16th December, 2010. While that Ord...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 the determination of a case, following submission of representations under section 3 of Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) for consideration in the case of persons (details s...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

Was asked: the current and expected position in regard to extended residency or stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 27 May 2009 and therefore has no ent...More Button

Representations were received on behalf of the person concerned requesting that the deportation order be revoked, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amend...More Button

The Deputy might wish to note that the decision to ensue from the consideration of this request will be to have the existing deportation order ‘affirmed’ or ‘revoked’. Once such a decision has b...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: when stamp 4 or extended residency will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 made an application for permission to reside in the State based on marriage to an ...More Button

I am further informed that the person concerned made a subsequent application for permission to reside on 27 October 2017. I understand that INIS wrote to the person concerned on 14 September 20...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 estab...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to extended residency or stamp 4 in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he 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

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicab...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 current and expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for residency, accompanied by a right to work, was received on 23 February 2018 from the...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that applications are dealt with in chronological order. I understand that the application is under consideration and INIS will be in contact with the person concerned...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

Question No. 327 answered with Question No. 260.More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in the determination of an application for permission to remain on the basis of parentage of an Irish citizen child in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will m...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned made an application for a right to residency accompanied by a right to work based ...More Button

I am also advised that INIS wrote to the person concerned on 25 July 2018 seeking further information and clarification, however, INIS has no record of a response. I am informed that INIS will c...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 reason stamp 4 has not been renewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State as an exceptional measure on...More Button

This permission is subject to a number of conditions including that the person concerned does not become a burden on the State and must be in a position to show evidence of employment or self-suf...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 current and expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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

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 all other applicable legislation...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that 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 w...More Button

Was asked: if a review of eligibility for residency status can be undertaken in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the information provided by the Deputy is not sufficient to establish the correct identity 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: if and when stamp 4 will be renewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he 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 was granted permission to remain in the State, on a stamp 4 basis, on 01 August, 2...More Button

Was asked: the current and expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, if an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications and the ...More Button

Garda Retirements

Was asked: the number of gardaí who retired in each of the years 2009 to 2017.More Button

I have set out in the table for the Deputy's information the number of departures from An Garda Síochána in the years 2010 to 2017 as supplied by the Commissioner. These figures include those who ...More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: the number of gardaí based in each Garda station in County Donegal in each of the years 2002 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of dedicated community gardaí based in each Garda district in County Donegal in each of the years 2002 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí attached to a drugs unit in each Garda district in County Donegal in each of the years 2002 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of Garda personnel working in the National Economic Crime Bureau; the number of personnel specifically dedicated to tackling insurance fraud; 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 information sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of this report.More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí assigned to the roads policing unit in each Garda division in each of the years from 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí stationed in Clondalkin, Ronanstown, Lucan and Rathcoole Garda stations, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no ...More Button

Was asked: the number of community Garda sergeant positions vacant across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the distribution of personnel is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Commissioner that Gard...More Button

Garda Transport Data

Was asked: the number of Garda vehicles based in each Garda station in County Donegal in each of the years 2002 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that there has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for inv...More Button

Was asked: the number of new marked and unmarked Garda cars and vans allocated to the Garda dog unit in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of vehicles withdrawn from the dog unit during the same perio...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that there has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for inv...More Button

Garda Station Refurbishment

Was asked: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding Carndonagh Garda station.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Wor...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that in 2008 a potential site for the development of a new Garda Station in the location referred to by the Deputy had been identified by the OPW. However,...More Button

Regarding the current position, I have been advised by the Garda authorities that a Health and Safety assessment has been carried out on the station in question by the Regional Safety Advisor and...More Button

Was asked: the timeline for the works at Fitzgibbon Street Garda station, Dublin 1; and the possible opening date.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that there has in recent years been very significant investment in improving the condition of the Garda estate. Over €60 of million exchequer funding underpins the Garda B...More Button

This programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has the res...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the OPW has advised that the refurbishment works at Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station will be carried out in two phases. More Button

The Garda and OPW authorities confirm that the first phase, consisting of enabling works, is commencing this month, September 2018. It is expected that these enabling works will be completed in ...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that, in light of the many factors involved, it is not possible at this point to give a final completion date for the works at Fitzgibbon Street station.More Button

Was asked: if funding for the replacement of the entrance to the public office of a Garda station (details supplied) with automatic doors for increased accessibility will be provided; and if he will make a st...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public W...More Button

I requested information in relation to the Garda station referred to by the Deputy from the Garda authorities. I have been informed by the Garda authorities that they will consult with the OPW i...More Button

Garda Overtime

Was asked: if reports that overtime has been cancelled for gardaí serving in Garda districts in County Donegal are correct. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and as such is responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources at his disposal, in...More Button

Under the governance and oversight arrangements in place between my Department and An Garda Síochána, the evolution of expenditure is kept under constant review and I have already discussed the f...More Button

Concerning overtime in particular, I understand from the Garda authorities that a comprehensive review of Garda overtime commenced this month. I further understand that it is intended for the re...More Button

My Department will, of course, continue to engage with Garda management on the issue over the remainder of the year.More Button

Visa Data

Was asked: the number of EU treaty rights visa applications received, granted and refused, respectively, by country in each of the past five years in tabular form; and if he 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 following tables set out the position in relation to the ten highest number of applications receive...More Button

Road Traffic Offences Data

Was asked: the number and types of road traffic offences recorded in Cork city in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018.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

Was asked: the number of fixed-penalty notices issued for speeding in the Dublin Port tunnel in each of the past three years; 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

A deferred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Passport Controls

Was asked: the basis on which it has been determined that the renewed passport submitted by a person (details supplied) was a false passport; if this has been verified by the Angolan authorities; and if he wi...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned presented a new passport on 5 April 2018 at the Burgh Quay Registration Office. 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

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the capital allocation committed to within his Department for 2019 under the National Development Plan 2018-2027; and the projects for which the funding is allocated.More Button

The capital allocation committed for the Justice Votes Group for 2019, as published in the recent National Development Plan, is as follows:

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Community Development Initiatives

Was asked: the status of the community courts initiative.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my Department led a Working Group of Justice Sector officials to consider options for moving forward on the proposal to establish a Community Court. Building on the recomme...More Button

My Department wishes to build on this work and continues to examine a number of possibilities, including the creation of a conditional cautioning system of which there are a number of models, whi...More Button

Crime Data

Was asked: the number of arrests, charges and cautions under the new offences of purchasing sexual services from February 2017 to date (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have requested the information sought from the Garda authorities and I will revert to the Deputy in due course as soon as the information is to hand.More Button

A deferred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Insurance Fraud

Was asked: the cost of commencing a specific unit within the National Economic Crime Bureau for tackling insurance fraud; if he has received the costed proposal from an organisation (details supplied); the es...More Button

I am advised that An Garda Síochána has undertaken preliminary scoping work in relation to a recommendation of the Cost of Insurance Working Group that a specific unit within the National Economic ...More Button

Road Traffic Accidents Data

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 280 of 23 January 2018 and 292 of 15 May 2018, the number of persons who have been killed in road traffic collisions involving a learner driver who was drivin...More Button

I am advised by An Garda Síochána that the following tables set out the numbers of persons who have been killed or seriously injured, respectively, in road traffic collisions involving a learner dr...More Button

Garda Vetting Applications

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing a Garda vetting security clearance application by a person (details supplied); the expected timeline for this application; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The person to whom the Deputy refers in his question is seeking employment in the Irish Prison Service. Given the nature of the functions of the Irish Prison Service, checks secondary to and in ad...More Button

I am advised that the vetting process in respect of the individual referred to by the Deputy was completed on 10 September 2018 and returned to the Irish Prison Service. The person concerned is ...More Button

Prison Accommodation Standards

Was asked: the number of prisoners sleeping on the floor in all prisons during the months of April, May, June and July 2018.More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that it has not been possible in the timeframe available to collate the information sought, as this entails a manual check of the individual records for each month. I w...More Button

Was asked: if refurbishments have been completed in D division in Mountjoy Prison.More Button

I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that the refurbishment of the D Wing Mountjoy Prison was completed in 2015. The completion of the refurbishment work represented the final ...More Button

Prisoner Data

Was asked: the most recent available figures for prisoners on protection in each prison; and the daily average for 2017.More Button

The statistics concerning prisoners on restricted regimes are collated by the Irish Prison Service Statistics Unit.

  The quarterly reports are available on the website of the Ir...More Button

Was asked: the number of prisoners in jail continuously for a period of more than 25 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that there are 24 prisoners who are currently in custody who sentence start date was more than 25 years ago. Of these individuals 3 prisoner...More Button

Prison Accommodation Provision

Was asked: when the Inspector of Prisons will be in a position to update bed capacity for Mountjoy, Cloverhill, Wheatfield and Cork prisons.More Button

The Inspector of Prisons was established on a statutory basis under Part 5 of the Prisons Act, 2007.

  A new Inspector of Prisons, Ms Patricia Gilheaney, was appointed in May th...More Button

Prisoner Discipline

Was asked: if the Irish Prison Service is committed to introducing measures to reduce the number of prisoners held on restricted regimes and ensure that, as a minimum standard, all receive three hours per day...More Button

The Irish Prison Service is committed to reducing the number of prisoners held on restricted regimes and ensuring that each prisoner on restricted regime receives as much out-of-cell time as possib...More Button

Court Procedures

Was asked: when the €2,000 threshold for claims in the small claims court was set; and his plans to increase this threshold.More Button

S.I. No. 519 of 2009, District Court (Small Claims) Rules 2009, sets out the upper ceiling of €2,000 for small claims and came into operation on 11 January 2010. The monetary limit for small claim...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that Regulation (EU) 2015/2421 of the European Parliament and of the Council provides that a claim with a value not exceeding €5,000 can be made under the European Small C...More Button

Garda Vetting

Was asked: the location in England to which the Garda vetting for a person (details supplied) was sent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position in respect of this case was set out in my response to the Deputy's Question No. 482 of 7 September 2018 and has not changed. The vetting application in the case to which the Deputy re...More Button

In respect of recruitment to An Garda Síochána, checks secondary to vetting are required to be carried out and these can take some time to be completed. I have been assured by the Garda Authoriti...More Button

Was asked: his plans to review the Garda vetting system; his views on concerns outlined by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the primary purpose of the employment vetting carried out by the Garda National Vetting Bureau is to seek to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults. Vettin...More Button

Vetting checks are conducted by the Vetting Bureau for each new application received to ensure that the most recent data available is taken into account. This is because once there has been any s...More Button

Furthermore, the Data Protection Acts require that any sensitive personal data which employers use in regard to their employees must be current, accurate and up-to-date. Importantly, the general ...More Button

I am pleased to advise the Deputy that at present, 80% of overall vetting applications are being processed by the National Vetting Bureau in five working days. This efficiency has been achieved b...More Button

That said, the Deputy will wish to be aware that the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-2016 provides at section 12 for certain circumstances where organisations c...More Button

Garda Operations

Was asked: the specific actions he and An Garda Síochána are taking to deal with public order offences, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in many of Dublin's suburbs; his plans to introduce Garda publ...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the allocation of all Garda resources, including personnel, is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his management team and I have no direct role in this re...More Button

Working with communities to tackle public disorder and reduce anti-social behaviour remains a key priority for An Garda Síochána. This approach includes a strong focus on quality of life issues a...More Button

Anti-social behaviour has no place in a civilised society. For its part, the Government remains committed to ensuring that An Garda Síochána have all the necessary resources to tackle all forms o...More Button

While An Garda Síochána will continue to tackle these problems head-on, they cannot eradicate the problem of anti-social behaviour alone. Specifically in relation to young offenders, it is also u...More Button

Clearly, Garda visibility is very important and this Government remains committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen commu...More Button

Was asked: if a report on the involvement of members of An Garda Síochána in an incident (details supplied) will be sought; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to the protest that took place on North Frederick Street on 11 September 2018. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the removal of individuals from property is not conducted by An Garda Síochána. In this instance I am advised by the Garda authorities that a removal was conducted o...More Button

The law and procedures governing the execution of Court Orders are contained in the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts and the Rules of Court made thereunder and any dispute in relation to the enfo...More Button

Operational issues are a matter for An Garda Síochána and I am informed that the role of the Gardaí who were in attendance at the scene that evening was to uphold the law in facilitating the High...More Button

While I understand the discomfort at seeing Gardaí working with their faces covered – and the Garda Commissioner has made a statement on this issue - we must be conscious also of the difficulties...More Button

I know that everyone in this House will agree that the right to protest is a fundamental one in any democracy, and one which must be protected and facilitated. However, we must not lose sight of...More Button

The Garda Commissioner has made a statement in relation to the protest and I understand he has requested a report from the Assistant Commissioner, Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR), to see what le...More Button

Was asked: the procedures in place for An Garda Síochána to assist private security during evictions; if private security must display identification; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on the matters raised by the Deputy and I will contact him directly when the report is to hand.More Button

Garda Expenditure

Was asked: the expenditure that has been incurred on Garda overtime in 2018 to the end of August; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and as such is responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources at his disposal, in...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the total expenditure on Garda overtime to the end of August 2018 was €84.7 million.More Button

Under the governance and oversight arrangements in place between my Department and An Garda Síochána, the evolution of expenditure is kept under constant review and I have already discussed the f...More Button

Garda Training

Was asked: the estimated cost of training 50 extra forensic collision investigators in An Garda Síochána in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including the training of specialist ...More Button

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A

  I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 303 for answer on 18 September 2018 in which the Deputy requeste...More Button

Question No. 304 answered with Question No. 250.More Button

Legislative Reviews

Was asked: his plans to address the defamation laws; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Defamation Act 2009 codified and reformed Irish Defamation law. Section 5 of the 2009 Act requires my Department to undertake a review of the operation of the Act an...More Button

The parameters of the review were published on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality as well as a call for submissions for a public consultation on the operation of the Defamation...More Button

Amongst other matters, the review will address whether any changes should be made to the level or type of damages which may be awarded in defamation cases, or to the factors to be taken into acco...More Button

My officials have completed extensive work on the review, which includes a comparative examination of the law of defamation in other jurisdictions, including in relation to assessment of damages ...More Button

The review will culminate in a report to that will be submitted to me and that will include a range of options for reform of the 2009 Act. My officials have informed me that it is expected that t...More Button

Sex Offenders Notification Requirements

Was asked: the number of persons on the sex offenders register as of 1 January in each year since 2002; the number of notifications made by persons on the sex offenders register to An Garda Síochána of their ...More Button

Was asked: the number of successful applications under section 11 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 for sex offenders to be removed from the sex offenders register; the number of persons who have been convicted o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 309 and 310 together.

  I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on the information sought by the Deputy and I will contact him direc...More Button

Victim Support Services

Was asked: if people who are the victims of sexual assault have a right to self-refer to a sexual assault treatment unit even if they are not in a position to make an allegation against the perpetrator at tha...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the operation of the Sexual Assault Treatment Units (SATU) comes under the remit of the HSE.More Button

In this regard, I am advised that the HSE has interagency national guidelines in place for the referral and forensic clinical examination to facilitate all aspects of a responsive and coordinated...More Button

Under these guidelines I understand that there are a number of options available for victims of sexual assault regarding their attendance at a SATU. More Button

One of the options for such victims include the option for them to attend the SATU to avail of a health check and receive appropriate medical and psychological care, but without reporting the inc...More Button

The role played by all the relevant parties, including An Garda Síochána, is set out in the interagency guidelines, the application of which, the Deputy will appreciate, is an operational matter ...More Button

Under the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act, 2017, An Garda Síochána must give a range of specific information to victims of crime when they are first in contact with An Garda Síochána and ...More Button

I have sought assurance from the Garda authorities that this process is being adhered to in relation to all victims of sexual offences and I will contact the Deputy directly when the report is to...More Button

Garda Reform

Was asked: if he will request the Garda Commissioner to bring forward a new Garda diversity strategy and implementation plan, in view of the fact that the previous one expired in 2012; and if he will make a s...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the production of a Garda Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is one of the actions contained within An Garda Síochána’s 2018 Policing Plan. I am informed that work is cur...More Button

I have requested further information in relation to the Strategy from the Garda Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy on receipt of same.More Button

A deferred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Garda Recruitment

Was asked: his recruitment plans for An Garda Síochána and the Garda Reserve over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, this Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide r...More Button

Taking account of projected retirements, Garda numbers are expected to reach 14,000 by the end of this year and 15,000 during 2021. This will require the recruitment of some 800 Gardaí in 2019 a...More Button

Insofar as the Garda Reserve is concerned, the Commissioner is preparing a new Reserve Strategy which will address issues around the recruitment of Garda Reserves and how they are to be deployed....More Button

Of course, as the Deputy will also be aware, the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is publishing its Report today. The Report addresses all aspects of policing in Ireland, includin...More Button

Direct Provision Data

Was asked: the breakdown of residents in direct provision centres; the number of adult males and females, respectively; the number of child males and females, respectively; and the number of bedrooms for each...More Button

Asylum Applications

Was asked: the current and expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, if an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications and the ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the determination of eligibility for long-term residency or stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, if an application for asylum or subsidiary protection has been made in the State, for confidentiality reasons it is not the practice to comment on such applications and the ...More Button

Garda Data

Was asked: the statistics An Garda Síochána hold that were obtained from the red light running cameras in Dublin city at the junction of Benburb Street and Blackhall Place; the number of days and the dates on...More Button

I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics requested by the Deputy and I will forward these statistics directly to the Deputy on receipt of a Garda report. Insof...More Button

Garda Equipment

Was asked: his plans for the installation of further red light running cameras in Dublin city.More Button

I hope the Deputy will appreciate that, insofar as the Deputy's question relates to operational matters for An Garda Síochána, these are matters for the Garda Commissioner, in which I have no role ...More Button

However, the Deputy will recall from my response to her Question Number 264 of 26 June 2018, that I am advised by An Garda Síochána that responsibility for the matters raised in the Deputy's ques...More Button

The Deputy will also recall from my earlier response that I was advised at that time by An Garda Síochána that it was not aware of current plans by any local authority to introduce such devices a...More Button

Student Visas Administration

Was asked: if a series of matters (details supplied) relating to an Argentinian person staying here longer than 90 days will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As set out in the visa section of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website, Argentinian nationals do not require a visa to enter Ireland as a tourist for up to 90 days. The ...More Button

Garda Resources

Was asked: the number of Garda mountain bikes allocated to each Garda station in the Dublin region in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda resources across the various Garda divisions are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of hi...More Button

Was asked: if funding for the replacement of aircraft in the Garda air support unit will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, there has been unprecedented investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years, in support of the Government’s commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence...More Button

€1.65 billion has been allocated to the Garda Vote for 2018. This is an increase of approximately 2% over the allocation for 2017.More Button

In terms of capital investment, €342 million, including €217 million in additional funding under the Capital Plan 2016-2021, is being invested in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 to...More Button

The Capital Plan 2016-2021 also provides €46 million for investment in the Garda Fleet to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet. This is additional to t...More Button

Significant investment is also being made in addressing deficiencies in the Garda estate. The Garda Síochána Building and Refurbishment Programme 2016-2021 is an ambitious 5-year programme, base...More Button

I understand that the Garda Air Support Unit was established in September 1997 with the delivery of a Pilatus Britten-Norman BN 2T-4S Defender 4000 fixed wing aircraft and a Eurocopter AS355N Ece...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the question of prioritising the upgrading or replacement of these craft is in the first instance for the Commissioner, in the context of the above investment and h...More Button

Garda Transport Provision

Was asked: if funding will be provided to purchase replacement Garda prison trucks; the number of Garda prison trucks withdrawn in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There has been very significant investment in Garda resources across the State in recent years. The Government's Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to...More Button

Anti-Social Behaviour

Was asked: if An Garda Síochána will take a zero tolerance approach as requested by local residents to anti-social behaviour at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on the matters referred to by the Deputy and I will contact him directly when the report is to hand. More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, the allocation of all Garda resources, including personnel, is solely a matter for the Garda Commissioner and his management team and I have no direct role in this ...More Button

Working with communities to tackle public disorder and reduce anti-social behaviour remains a key priority for An Garda Síochána. This approach includes a strong focus on quality of life issues ...More Button

Anti-social behaviour has no place in a civilised society. For its part, the Government remains committed to ensuring that An Garda Síochána have all the necessary resources to tackle all forms ...More Button

While An Garda Síochána will continue to tackle these problems head-on, they cannot eradicate the problem of anti-social behaviour alone. Specifically in relation to young offenders, it is also ...More Button

Clearly, Garda visibility is very important and this Government remains committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen commu...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button


 

 

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