O'Malley, Desmond J.

Thursday, 16 November 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 263 No. 10

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Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Drug Abuse.

In 1972, up to 10th November, three persons were convicted of unlawfully supplying drugs. One defendant was given the benefit of the Probation of Offenders Act, one was given a three months' suspende...More Button

There are several.More Button

As regards the years 1967 to 1970, I would refer the Deputy to the reply given by me to a similar question on 29th April, 1971 (No. 40). In 1971, three persons were convicted for unlawfully supplying ...More Button

They are there already. What we refer to as the drug squad are those who are stationed in Dublin, but there are approximately 30 trained men in the provinces as well.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Deserted Wives.

I would refer the Deputy to the statement I made in reply to a question on this matter on 2nd December, 1971. The EEC Convention on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgements—...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Contraceptives Legislation.

The matter is under consideration by the Government.More Button

The Government are considering whether or not to bring in amending legislation.More Button

I have told the House that the matter is under consideration.More Button

I could not say at the moment. A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, could I leave Question No. 116 until later as I have mislaid the file?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Stations.

The Office of Public Works have been asked to erect a new Garda station at Corofin. The Commissioner considers that the present strength of the station party is adequate for the needs of the area.More Button

I am of course aware that many Garda stations are in need of replacement or improvement and, as indicated in the House earlier this year, I approved the use of system-built station units with a view t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Border Security.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 119 and 120 together. I am aware of reports of UDA claims that they were responsible for a number of recent cross-Border op...More Button

I dealt with that in the last paragraph of my reply when I said I could not disclose the nature and extent of security measures.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Pay and Conditions.

The total number of members brought within the scope of the Social Welfare Acts as a result of section 15 of the Social Welfare Act, 1972, is 1,417. The number of members who are outside the scope of ...More Button

The matter has been put before the Minister for Social Welfare who is the person responsible for making a decision concerning it. I have recommended that it be agreed.More Button

Under existing arrangements, approximately 40 per cent of the force is paid weekly. The design of a computerised system for the issue of weekly pay is under way and the system is expected to be in ope...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Síochána Applicant.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply which issued from my office on 17th October to representations which he made on behalf of the person in question. The reply stated that “it is the function of th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Síochána Strength.

The strength of the Garda Síochána on 1st January, 1972 was 6,695; on 31st October, 1972, it was 7,229.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - “On the Spot” Fines.

No decision has yet been taken on this matter.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that there is a strongly-worded reservation by one of the members with regard to a substantial part of the recommendations. Several other Departments are involved in the vari...More Button

I have received the views of some Departments to date but, as yet, I have not received others.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Prisoner's Access to Solicitor.

The refusal was personal to that solicitor and accordingly does not apply to others. If the Deputy assures me that he has the consent of the solicitor in question to seek information about the matter...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Mountjoy Prison Reconstruction.

I would refer the Deputy to my answer to similar questions on 13th July last. Since then full sanitary and washing facilities have been restored. Sixty-five per cent of the damaged cells have now be...More Button

The completion date for the unit is October, 1973. The work was started early in October, 1972.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Crime Rate.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 to 130, inclusive, together.More Button

I have no information on the rate of detection but there has been a very marked drop in the rate of increase in crime.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Prison Releases and Recommittals.

The numbers of sentenced persons who were released from prison having served their sentences in each of the last three years were as follows: 1969, 1,699; 1970, 1,898; 1971, 2,402; total 5,999. The o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Age of Criminal Responsibility.

No decision has yet been taken by the Government as to the raising of the age of criminal responsibility. I should like to take this opportunity to emphasise that what is involved here is not, as some...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Dublin Bomb Incidents.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 133 to 137, inclusive, together. The recent incidents in Dublin to which reference is made in the questions are under inves...More Button

So far as I am aware there has been only one conviction in respect of these. Unfortunately, as the House will appreciate, activities of this nature are very difficult to pin down. In the one convict...More Button

I would say that 95 per cent, possibly more, are from cranks of one kind or another, usually disaffected persons who have some grudge against the person or organisation to whom the call is made.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Bomb and Incendiary Device Incidents.

In the period in question a total of 77 explosions and fires were caused by bombs or incendiary devices and the total number of reports made to the Garda and investigated by them in respect of bombs a...More Button

I would regard the causing of a bomb to explode in circumstances in which it causes damage as criminal, no matter what the alleged context was. So, in that sense I could not give any indication of ho...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Bank Duty.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 139 and 140 together. There is a general onus on banks, as indeed on all commercial firms, to take reasonable precautions to ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Dublin Armed Robberies.

I have seen reports of the statement referred to in the question. The number of armed robberies committed in Dublin in the three month period ending on 10th November was 21. As I have previously info...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Proscribed Organisations.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply that I gave to a question on this subject on 11th November, 1971. The action that is taken in regard to unlawful organisations is a matter for the Garda Síochána....More Button

I am afraid these difficulties still exist but notwithstanding them I would be very hopeful that a Bill would be introduced in the House before the end of the present month.More Button

There are a number of interpretations that might be put on that suggestion. Perhaps I will not take them up.More Button

There are difficulties in various fields of the law. Not the least are the difficulties in the laws of evidence.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Lorries Inspection.

The information, to the extent that it is available, would have to be specially compiled from records kept at local level and I do not consider that its value would justify the expenditure of Garda ti...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Abortion Agencies.

The investigation of crime is a matter for the Garda Síochána. If such an agency as is referred to were known to exist, the Garda would seek the directions of the law officers as to whether any breac...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Garda Traffic Corps.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 and 146 together. The corps, which will concentrate on enforcement of traffic laws and accidents prevention, will consist...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Wandering Horses.

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 48 of 14th March. On that occasion I indicated what was being done by the Garda in the matter and I explained that the problem in Dublin north-wes...More Button

The Garda throughout the country bring a very large number of prosecutions in respect of these offences. Any amendment of the law on it would be a matter in the first instance for the Minister for Lo...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Rent Restrictions Acts.

I have received the document in question, which contains proposals with far-reaching implications for changes in the Rent Restrictions Acts. Beyond saying that the document will, of course, be studie...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Tenant Purchase Legislation.

The answer is “no”, at least as regards legislation of the kind that the Deputy apparently has in mind. Certain lessees and tenants have, of course, the right to purchase the fee simple of their prop...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - New York Speech.

I have had a copy of the speech placed in the Library. The answer to the second part of the question is “no” and the third part does not therefore arise.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Public House Licences.

I have received no such recommendation. I presume the Deputy is referring to observations and recommendations relating to the licensed trade made in the eleventh monthly report to the Minister for In...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Land Registry Records.

What the Deputy is referring to was not a fire but a planned destruction of some old legal documents in the Land Registry, which took place in March, 1970. This was a single operation which has not b...More Button

I have already given that assurance.More Button

I have assured the House that the Public Record Office will be consulted. The nature of the documents is such, particularly in relation to this period, that in fact no worthwhile social history will ...More Button

The Public Record Office is staffed by qualified historians and archivists.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Ministerial Visits Abroad.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to circulate with the Official Report a statement giving the information re-requested in so far as it relates to official visits. Following is the...More Button

I am afraid it was folded into one of the other files. I am now not sure which one it was, but I have the reply.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Adopion Laws.

As I indicated in Seanad Éireann on the 29th June last during the debate on the Second Reading of a Private Member's Adoption Bill, I am having a Bill prepared to amend the Adoption Acts, which will, ...More Button

At the moment discussions are going on with the board and I have an appointment to meet one of the major societies in the next week or two. I shall have to see some of the other societies after that ...More Button

I made a very lengthy speech in the Seanad on 29th June setting out many considerations in extenso and I had lengthy memoranda from several of the societies giving their observations on what I said an...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Employment of Consultants.

No such firms were employed by my Department over the past five years.More Button


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