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Flanagan, Charles

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

A number of Bills have been enacted, and the fifth EU directive in respect of money laundering is currently advancing through the House. The Deputies will be aware from previous debates on this is...More Button

Student Visas Data

Was asked: the progress regarding the new non-EEA students scheme in view of the precarious position of a number of applicants who are eligible for the scheme and are awaiting a decision in order to complete ...More Button

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the Special Scheme for Students closed to new applications on 20 January, 2019.  The scheme applies to ...More Button

INIS received approximately 3,100 applications comprising former students and their family members under the Special Scheme for Students.  To date, INIS has made a decision in approximately 800 c...More Button

INIS has already taken a number of measures to address this cohort of complex cases including the introduction of an on-line application facility for the Scheme to make it as streamlined as possi...More Button

Care Orders

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of childcare orders by type and District Court division.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, ...More Button

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that overall figures in relation to childcare orders per category granted by ...More Button

The Courts Service has advised that a breakdown of overall figures in relation to childcare orders is recorded by Court Office.  However, they advise that it is not possible to provide this break...More Button

The Courts Service has also informed me that statistics in relation to childcare orders for 2018 are currently being compiled and will be published in the Courts Service Annual Report 2018. More Button

Garda Deployment

Was asked: if a permanent Garda sergeant is stationed in Strokestown Garda station, County Roscommon; 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

The Deputy will be aware that Strokestown Garda Station forms part of the Castlerea District. The Garda strength of the Castlerea District on 28 February 2019, the most recent date for which figu...More Button

When appropriate, the work of local Gardaí is supported by a number of Garda national units such as the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Armed Support Units, the Garda National Econ...More Button

Since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014, almost 2,600 recruits have attested as members and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, 18 of whom have been assigned to...More Button

The Government has increased the budget for An Garda Síochána to €1.76 billion for 2019, which includes provision for the recruitment of up to 800 Gardaí this year.  The Commissioner has informed...More Button

I believe that the injection of this large number of experienced officers into the field, along with the new recruits, will be really beneficial in terms of protecting communities. This and on-go...More Button

Appointments to State Boards Data

Was asked: the number and percentage of women on each State board under the remit of his Department on 8 March 2016 and 8 March 2019, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table outlines the number and percentage of women on each State Board under the aegis of my Department.  In circumstances where information in relation to the specified dates was not ...More Button

Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

Was asked: his plans to ensure the compliance of public bodies with obligations under the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015 to 2024; the sanctions available to address non-co...More Button

EU Regulations

Was asked: his views on the island of Ireland having two different time zones following the position of the European Union not to have seasonal time changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following an EU wide consultation last year, the EU Commission published a proposal to abolish the twice-yearly clock change. Under the current version of the proposal, the practice of a twice-yea...More Button

Discussions with Member States on the proposal are on-going via the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council. Ireland is one of a large number of Member States which has said that ...More Button

In this regard, and as the Deputy will be aware, my Department ran a public consultation process on the proposal to end seasonal clock changes. A report on the consultation exercise is being pre...More Button

Ireland's position at all times has been that any measure which resulted in differing time zones between Ireland and the UK would present particular challenges for the island of Ireland. The po...More Button

Garda Training

Was asked: the number of gardaí in Dublin who have completed the competency based driving levels 4 and 5 in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As you will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for managing the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including the training of its members and civilian staff an...More Button

I am informed by the Commissioner that there is a five level suite of competency based driving (CBD) courses, with each level specifically catering for the required knowledge base, skill set and ...More Button

This 5 level suite covers the initial assessment at CBD 1 to advanced driving which includes the highest level of knowledge of road craft and all competency areas necessary to drive high powered ...More Button

With respect to the specific information requested I have been informed that no Gardaí in Dublin have completed the Competency Based Driving Levels 4 and 5 in the years 2017, 2018 and to date in ...More Button

Irish Prison Service

Was asked: the education budget for the Irish Prison Service in 2017, 2018 and 2019; the amount of the budget that was spent in 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that educational services are available at all prisons, provided in partnership with the Education and Training Boards and a range of other ...More Button

Public Sector Staff Data

Was asked: if the public service is meeting its obligation to employ a certain percentage of persons in receipt of a disability payment; and the statistics for same for 2017 and 2018.More Button

International Conventions

Was asked: when Ireland will ratify the optional protocol to the Convention against Torture.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, Ireland has signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) but has yet to ratify this instrument.More Button

This protocol is in addition to the Convention which Ireland has already signed and ratified.  The Protocol is preventative in nature and provides for the establishment of National Preventive Mec...More Button

Though my Department has been tasked with progressing legislation so that this Protocol can be ratified, this instrument impacts on a number of sectors.  My Department has therefore consulted a n...More Button

On foot of these consultations, a draft scheme is being prepared which I intend to circulate to stakeholders for their comments as soon as possible before it is finalised for submission to Govern...More Button

Residency Permits

Was asked: the residency status of a person (details supplied); if the person can be considered for naturalisation; 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 an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by...More Button

It is open to any individual to lodge an application for a certificate of naturalisation if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationali...More Button

Full details of the eligibility criteria and extensive guidelines are available on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie More Button

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 also at European Union level and ...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-or 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 this person was granted a declaration of refugee status in 2002. I am further advised that this person ...More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for th...More Button

Was asked: the current and-or 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 would appear the person's presence in the State may be unlawful as their most recent permission to r...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that, under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Act, 2004, a non-national may not be in the State other than within the terms of a permission from the Minister f...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-or 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 there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation on behalf of the person referr...More Button

It is open to any individual to lodge an application for a certificate of naturalisation if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationali...More Button

Full details of the eligibility criteria and extensive guidelines are available on the INIS website at www.inis.gov.ie.More Button

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 also at European Union level and ...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-or 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

Naturalisation Applications

Was asked: the procedure to be followed to facilitate naturalisation and 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 it would appear the person's presence in the State may be unlawful as they do not have a permission to ...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that, under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Act, 2004, a non-national may not be in the State other than within the terms of a permission from the Minister f...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-or 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 there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation on behalf of the person referr...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is governed by the provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended.  All applications...More Button

Section 15 of the Act provides that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation if satisfied that certain statutory conditions are fulfi...More Button

- be of full age, or a minor born in the State,More Button

- be of good character,More Button

- have had a period of one year's continuous residency in the State immediately before the date of application and, during the eight years immediately preceding that period, have had a further to...More Button

- intend in good faith to continue to reside in the State after naturalisation,More Button

- have, before a judge of the District Court in open court, in a citizenship ceremony or in such manner as the Minister, for special reasons, allows -More Button

(i) made a declaration, in the prescribed manner, of fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State, andMore Button

(ii) undertaken to faithfully observe the laws of the State and to respect its democratic values.More Button

Section 15A provides that, notwithstanding the above, where the application is based on being the spouse or civil partner of an Irish citizen the requirements include that the couple are married ...More Button

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

Detailed information on Irish citizenship and naturalisation, along with the relevant application forms and guidance notes, is available on the INIS website at ww.inis.gov.ie. More Button

Queries in relation to the status of individual cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for th...More Button

Visa Applications

Was asked: when a visa 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 visa application referred to will be examined shortly, and a decision will issue directly to the ap...More Button

Asylum Applications

Was asked: the status of an application for refugee status and asylum 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

Immigration Status

Was asked: the current and-or 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 the person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State, on a stamp 4 basis, for one year on...More Button

I am also advised that INIS wrote to the person concerned seeking further information on 27 March, 2019 and the application will be given further consideration in light of a response from the ind...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