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McDowell, Michael

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 Nbr. 6


Written Answers. - Prison Facilities.

The Prison Service provides work training schemes within a number of prisons in a workshop environment. These workshops provide inmates with the opportunity to acquire skills that will assist them ...More Button

Each prison also operates a tuck-shop which sells confectionery and other small items to prisoners. It is not possible to supply the turnover figures for these tuck-shops or to give a more detailed...More Button

Written Answers. - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the measures he intends to introduce following the brutal murder of a person (details supplied) in Limerick to protect night club security employees against drug pushers and other criminal elements...More Button

While I share the concerns expressed by the Deputy about this atrocious crime, he will appreciate that it would be inappropriate of me to comment other than to confirm that it is being actively inv...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Visiting Committees.

Was asked: his views on whether the moneys spent on the administration of the Prisons (Visiting Committees) Act, 1925, could be more usefully expended within the penal system; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 394 of 10 December 2002, the amount of expenses paid to members of prison visiting committees for 2000, 2001 and to date in 2002; if he will provide this infor...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 214 and 221 together.More Button

As I previously explained to the Deputy, a visiting committee is appointed to each prison under the Prisons (Visiting Committees) Act, 1925, and Prisons (Visiting Committees) Order, 1925. I am sati...More Button

The function of visiting committees is to visit at frequent intervals the prison to which they are appointed and hear any complaints which may be made to them by any prisoner. They report to me any...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if he will investigate and clarify the case of a person (details supplied).More Button

In the course of his correspondence with my Department in recent years, the person in question has made allegations about a number of firms of solicitors and a bank in relation to their dealings wi...More Button

Where the allegations made relate to civil matters, I am sure you will appreciate that as the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform I have no function and it would not be appropriate for me...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: his plans for the next three years for the Garda Síochána; the number of new recruits who will be going through Templemore Garda Training College for each of the three years; and if h...More Button

In April of this year the Government agreed to increase the approved strength of the Garda Síochána by 200 to 12,200. As the current actual strength of the force has not yet reached t...More Button

It is not possible to give an accurate estimation of the number of trainees that will pass through Templemore for the years 2003 to 2005 at this stage. The Deputy may be assured that I will be pres...More Button

Was asked: the increases which were made in the numbers of gardaí in local drug task force areas, as set down in the national drugs strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The allocation of specific resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner having regard to various policing demands which include those arising from the problem of drug misuse. I understand that,...More Button

Question No. 232 answered with Question No. 230.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: the State properties, both lands and buildings, in the ownership of his Department; the present use of same in each case; and if it is available for disposal.More Button

The following table shows a list of properties in the ownership of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the present use of same. Other than Castleview House, Manorhamilton and Sha...More Button

I apologise to the Deputy for the accidental omission of Castleview House in the reply to his question of 3 December 2002. The property is a residential house which had been offered for sale by pub...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: the number of Garda barracks in Cavan-Monaghan which are on call 24 hours per day and seven days per week; the names of such Garda barracks; the distance between each such centre; if he has satisfi...More Button

Written Answers. - Arms Trials.

Was asked: the validity of information given by him to Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann on 6 July 2002 in relation to the Arms Trials of 1970; and if he will finally address this issue and...More Button

The report given by my predecessor to the Oireachtas about this matter in July 2001 was based on the fullest information then available. I understand that further papers have since come to light an...More Button

Written Answers. - Passport Applications.

Was asked: the level of investment made by 29 persons (details supplied) to obtain citizenship under the passports for investment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It has not been the practice to identify separately persons naturalised under the provisions of the investment-based scheme from other persons naturalised. Furthermore, it has never been the practi...More Button

In the context of the recent controversy concerning the appropriateness of the appointment of Ray Burke as a Minister in the last Government, the Taoiseach asked me to examine the file relating to ...More Button

I reported to the Dáil on the outcome of my examination in my response to Parliamentary Question No. 5 on 17 October 2002. However, I do not intend to depart from long standing practice in o...More Button

Question No. 221 answered with Question No. 214.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the procedures for the inclusion of new offences and new local authority by-laws on the Garda pulse system; the number of such offences or by-laws that have not yet been included; the reason for th...More Button

I regret that it has not been possible in the time available to obtain the information requested from the Garda authorities. I will contact the Deputy again when the data are to hand.More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Firearms.

Was asked: the number of illegally held firearms which were seized in each of the Garda divisions, for each of the past three years; and his proposals to curtail the widespread availability of firearms in rec...More Button

Details concerning firearms seized by the Garda are published in the Garda Síochána annual reports. However, I am informed by the Garda authorities that a break down of these statisti...More Button

As regards the issue of the availability of firearms, the Deputy will be aware that the holding of a firearm is strictly governed by the provisions of the Firearms Acts, 1925 to 2000. The Garda S&i...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Age Cards.

Was asked: the take-up of the Garda age card in each of the Garda divisions; and the steps he proposes to take to improve this situation.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is currently being compiled and will be forwarded shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Fireworks Regulation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to widespread public concern regarding the availability of fireworks and the public health danger which these pose; and the steps which he intends to take to deal wi...More Button

As I have stated in response to recent parliamentary questions, explosives legislation is currently under review in my Department. The review will extend to the law and policy on the regulation and...More Button

Written Answers. - Disability Bill.

Was asked: the progress which has been made on the Disability Bill over the past 12 months; the changes which were to come into effect on 1 January 2003 under the original Disability Bill; and if he will make...More Button

The Disability Bill, 2001, was published on 21 December 2001. Following concerns expressed by interest groups, the Government agreed to further consultations on future proposals for disability legi...More Button

The consultation team is examining proposals from disability groups and is meeting with other relevant stakeholders, including the disability legislation consultation group, ICTU, IBEC, the communi...More Button

In June 2002, a commitment was given in An Agreed Programme for Government to complete consultations on the Disability Bill and bring the amended Bill through the Oireachtas with provisions for rig...More Button

Disability Bill, 2001 – provisions intended to come into effect on 1 January 2003More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the funding provided by the equal opportunities child care programme during 2002 on a county by county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, under the national development plan, the equal opportunities child care programme 2000-06 will provide almost €437 million for the development of the child care service...More Button

South and East RegionMore Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: the current position in relation to a land registry application for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this is an application for a Land Commission vesting order which was lodged on 22 June 1994 – schedule 92444 refers. Land Commission schedule app...More Button

I am further informed that queries were issued to the lands division of the Department of Agriculture and Food on 29 July 1998 and that the application cannot proceed until these queries have been ...More Button

Written Answers. - Northern Ireland Issues.

Was asked: when it is expected that the joint committee of the two Human Rights Commissions, North and South, which was envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement, will be established; and if he will make a state...More Button

As I indicated in my reply to Question No. 248 on 27 June 2002, a joint committee of representatives of the two Human Rights Commissions, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement, has been esta...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Courts.

Was asked: if the drug court will be extended into local drugs task force areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he supports the view that the pilot drug court service be extended; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together.More Button

A drug court planning committee was established in early 1999 to develop an integrated cross service strategic plan involving court supervised treatment programmes as an alternative to custodial se...More Button

The pilot drug court programme, which was confined to Dublin's north inner city, was launched by the Courts Service in the Dublin District Court on 9 January 2001 for a period of 18 months. The fir...More Button

The pilot programme was evaluated by expert consultants who have reported to the Courts Service Board on the operation of the pilot scheme. The board has recently forwarded the report and its recom...More Button