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Owen, Nora

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 Nbr. 5


Written Answers. - Opinion Polls.

Was asked: the number of opinion polls commissioned by her since December 1994; the purpose of each poll; and the overall cost of the polls carried out to date by her Department.More Button

There were no opinion polls commissioned by my Department since December 1994.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant of Passports.

Was asked: the plans, if any, the Government has to amend the legislation in relation to the granting of passports associated with investments by foreign nationals; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

In line with the commitment in the programme for Government, the Government has decided that the investment-based naturalisation scheme will be put on a statutory basis. Pending the enactment of a...More Button

Written Answers. - Violence Against Women.

Was asked: her views on whether violence against women should be compiled separately under the Garda crime statistics; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that information in relation to domestic violence is published in the Garda Commissioner's annual report on crime, copies of which are available in the Oireac...More Button

Written Answers. - Sex Offender.

Was asked: her views on whether all convicted sex offenders should receive counselling and rehabilitation prior to discharge from detention; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All offenders convicted of sex offences have access to a wide range of rehabilitative services, including counselling, while imprisoned. All such offenders are, in addition, invited to apply for a...More Button

Written Answers. - Redeployment of Gardaí.

Was asked: the number of gardaí who were sent to patrol the Border during the BSE scare from Garda stations in Crumlin Village, Sundrive Road, Kevin Street, Kilmainham, Rathmines and Terenure; the numb...More Button

Was asked: whether Garda BSE checkpoints are to be taken from the Border area and redeployed in the Dublin area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 188 together.More Button

The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of Garda resources and personnel to different areas. They have expressed concern, and I share that concern, about supplying the ki...More Button

The Garda authorities have informed me that all members temporarily transferred to divisions currently involved in the BSE operation will return to their respective stations on termination of duty...More Button

Following a recent review of the BSE operation, the Garda authorities inform me that these members are being withdrawn and as of 15 October 1996 there will be no gardaí from DMA divisions di...More Button

The allocation of Garda personnel is continually reviewed and the Garda authorities state that the number of gardaí who will be allocated to specific stations in the future will be considere...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Resources.

Was asked: her response to a request (details supplied) from St. Michael's Parish Community Centre for adequate Garda resources to combat a growing drug problem in Dublin 8; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

I have been in contact with the Garda authorities who are aware of complaints in relation to this particular area. I understand that seizures of illegal drugs have taken place in this area and tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Prisoners' Hospital Admission.

Was asked: when a prisoner (details supplied) who is in urgent need of medical treatment will be admitted to hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The prisoner referred to by the Deputy was admitted to hospital on 1 October 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Inquiry into Sex Abuse Case.

Was asked: whether proceedings have issued against the State arising out of allegations that the probation service had failed to report complaints of sexual abuse of a child in a State institution; if so, whe...More Button

Was asked: the terms of reference of an informal inquiry which she has established into allegations against the probation service which was referred to in an Adjournment debate on 26 September 1996; and if sh...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180 and 182 together.More Button

I appointed a judge, retired, to carry out an independent, informal examination into allegations which, according to media reports, had been made by a sex abuse victim in the course of a criminal t...More Button

As indicated in the reply to the Adjourment debate on 26 September, to which Deputy O'Donnell refers, I have asked the judge to examine allegations made by the victim about a probation officer's al...More Button

I believe that the correct course, once these allegations were made, was to have the matter independently examined without delay and I have no doubt that the Deputy will agree with me on this.More Button

The judge's examination is ongoing and I will take any necessary action following consideration of the report.More Button

I have been informed by the Chief State Solicitor's Office that civil proceedings are being issued against the State and others in relation to this case.More Button

Written Answers. - Personal Injury Claims.

Was asked: the number of cases which are pending against the State claiming damages for personal injuries by persons who allege they were mistreated while in State care; the number of institutions, if any, in...More Button

The number of cases pending against the State in respect of persons claiming damages for personal injuries received following alleged mistreatment while in Garda custody is 66.More Button

The number of cases pending against the State in respect of prisoners claiming damages for personal injuries received following alleged mistreatment while in prison custody is 26. The number of in...More Button

Written Answers. - Application for Naturalisation.

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an application for naturalisation by persons (details supplied) whose parents are Irish citizens; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have recently reached a decision on the applications of the persons referred to and I am in the process of conveying that decision to the applicants. I will write to the Deputy on the matter sho...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if she will expedite the issue of a copy file plan for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that the matter is very urgent.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that it is expected that this copy folio and file plan map will be issued in approximately two weeks.More Button

Was asked: if she will have arrangements made to expedite a registration title for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that the delay in causing great hardship.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this dealing refers to an application for Transfer of Part which was finally lodged in order on 11 July 1996. I am further informed that it is expecte...More Button

Was asked: if she will have arrangements made to expedite a registration title for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that the delay is causing great hardship.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this dealing refers to an application under section 49, that is, acquisition of title by virtue of long possession, of the Registration of Title Act, 1...More Button

I am also informed that queries were issued to the lodging solicitor on 26 September 1996 to which replies are awaited. The matter cannot proceed until the queries raised are satisfactorily discha...More Button

Written Answers. - Dáta Clárú Talúna.

Deir Cláraitheoir na dTeideal liom go dtagraíonn an déileál seo le iarratas ar Iompú Teideal a lóisteáladh 7 Aibreán 1993. Tuigim gur c&aacu...More Button

Deirtear liom freisin gur seoladh roinnt cheisteanna chuig aturnae an t-iarrathóra agus go bhfuilid ag feitheamh ar freagra leis an gceann is déanaí, a seoladh 27 Meán F...More Button

Bíodh sin mar atá, is féidir liom a dheimhniú, go bhfuil brú á chur ag Chlárlann na Talún ar an gcás.More Button

Written Answers. - Reply to Correspondence.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to a letter dated 21 June 1996 from a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; if so, when she will reply to such correspondence; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the matter referred to by the Deputy is the subject of a complaint to the Garda Síochána Complaints Board. I understand that to date the bo...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that in the circumstances I cannot comment on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Purchase of Site.

Was asked: if her Department will approve the purchase of the old cattle breeding station in Castledermot, County Kildare, with a view to moving the Garda station to this site; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

The Office of Public Works has been requested to examine this building and to report as to its suitability for use as a Garda station.More Button

Written Answers. - Execution of Bench Warrant.

Was asked: if the bench warrant for the arrest of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 12 has been executed in view of her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 491 of 25 September 1996; if not, the reason ther...More Button

I have been in contact with the Garda authorities and they tell me that the warrant for the arrest of the person concerned has not yet been executed. They assure me that the matter is receiving ap...More Button

Written Answers. - Enforcement of Court Orders.

Was asked: whether she will introduce legislation to make illegal action of the kind displayed by the acting Sheriff in executing the Order of the Supreme Court at An Grianán farm, Burt, County Donegal...More Button

The law in relation to the execution of court orders is contained in the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts, 1926 to 1940.More Button

I am satisfied that this legislation provides sheriffs with the necessary powers, rights and authorities, subject to the appropriate duties and obligations, for the enforcement of court orders and ...More Button

I would also refer the Deputy to my reply to a Parliamentary Question No. 479 on this matter from Deputy Michael P. Kitt on 25 September 1996.More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Application.

Was asked: if she will review the decision to refuse a person (details supplied) in Morocco a holiday visa to visit his brother's family in Dublin.More Button

I have had this visa application re-examined and I am pleased to inform the Deputy that I have decided to grant a visa in this case.More Button

Written Answers. - Deployment of Garda.

Was asked: if consideration will be given to increasing the presence of Garda foot patrols on the main streets in Dublin.More Button

The deployment of An Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda authorities. I have been informed by them that the deployment of Garda personnel in the Dublin Metropolitan Ar...More Button

An extensive review of the deployment of personnel in the DMA was recently undertaken with a view to making a greater number of Garda personnel available for operational “on street” duties. I am a...More Button