Owen, Nora

Wednesday, 15 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 4

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Murder Statistics.

Was asked: the number of murders committed in 1995 and to date in 1996; the number of arrests made in each case; the number charged in each case; the number convicted or acquitted in each case; the plans, if any...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there were 43 murders, including two cases of murder of persons aged under one year, in 1995. Twenty-nine persons were charged in respect of 24 of these mu...More Button

As I said, the Garda authorities are satisfied that the maximum resources are deployed in the solving of all murder cases. They have informed me they have adequate resources to investigate all murder...More Button

I quoted from the Garda Commissioner's statement, not from the GRA conference. The Deputy also chose a selective piece from that conference. I quoted from the Garda Commissioner's statement because ...More Button

The laws relating to firearms are set down as to how people can get legalised weapons. Many weapons are held illegally in the State. I have not given any consideration to a weapons amnesty. If the...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee Report.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to publish the 1995 Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee report; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the steps, if any, she intends to take to rectify the shortcomings identified in the most recent Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee report; the plans, if any, she has to publish the report; and if she...More Button

Was asked: if she will publish the most recent report of the Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she will ensure that the recent Mountjoy Visiting Committee report will be made public; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the issues of concern that have been brought to her attention regarding Mountjoy Prison; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 18, 66, 150 and 151 together.More Button

I accept that the members of the visiting committee are a responsible group. I also accept that I have responsibilities. I have to balance my dual responsibilities under the 1925 Act of making the r...More Button

That is nonsense. Obviously Deputy O'Donoghue does not listen.More Button

I have already said in my reply that the report is the property of the visiting committee. May be other Ministers before me tampered with the reports and their contents but I do not. The report is th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Failure of Extradition Case.

Was asked: the circumstances surrounding the recent failed attempt to extradite a person (details supplied) to Britain; whether responsibility for the failed proceedings lay with the Irish or British Authorities...More Button

Was asked: the person/jurisdiction who had responsibility for the documentation in the recent extradition proceedings taken against a person (details supplied).More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 137 together. Deputies will appreciate that I must be careful in what I say in responding to this question as the person in respect of whom the application was ...More Button

It is a month since this happened and I am not satisfied that I cannot outline what happened in this case. The Garda have not yet outlined to me what happened. I asked the very questions Deputy O'Do...More Button

The Deputy knows full well I am not responsible for the transfer of questions. The question was passed to me and I am answering it today.More Button

Deputy O'Donnell referred to a question on 17 April. I can say no more than that I do not know the answer to the question the Deputy is asking.More Button

I do not know the answer because the Garda do not know the answer or, if it does, it has not given it to me. Its reply to me is that the Garda authorities have been unable to conclude their discussi...More Button

The Taoiseach gave a commitment that I would answer questions on this matter and that is what I am doing now — I do not have the full answers but I am answering the questions. If the Deputy is trying...More Button

Deputies can continue to criticise me but it takes time to find out various aspects of what happened.More Button

A month? Mrs. Owen: I am not giving this as an excuse but in fairness to all concerned the Deputy should know that applications of this kind, this one in particular, arrive at short notice and involve...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Arms Decommissioning Legislation.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has in relation to the preparation of legislation to provide for the decommissioning of arms held by paramilitaries.More Button

Was asked: the discussions, if any, she has had with the British Government regarding proposed legislation to deal with the verifications of decommissioned arms.More Button

Was asked: the legislation, if any, being drafted by the Office of the Attorney General to deal with the verification of possible arms decommissioning by paramilitary organisations in the future.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 136 and 138 together.More Button

The legislative proposals are being prepared on the basis of, and will be consistent with, the terms of the recommendations in the Mitchell report. The international body recommended that armaments m...More Button

No indications of that sort emanated from the Government. The Taoiseach clarified that a number of times in the Dáil. He indicated that legislation on matters of this kind inevitably raises very comp...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Child Sex Offenders.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce a register in respect of individuals convicted of child sex abuse.More Button

Deputy O'Donoghue should have been there.More Button

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

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to raise the age of criminal responsibility.More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Places.

Was asked: the total number of prison places that will be created in 1996 in view of the additional allocation of £3.7 million.More Button

Was asked: the measures, if any, she intends to take to address the issue of the need for additional detention places; the consideration, if any, she has given for such additional places to be located in the Dub...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 149 together. The position in relation to the provision of additional prison places is as I announced at the end of January last. I am proceeding with planning...More Button

Written Answers. - Surveillance Scheme.

Was asked: the evaluation, if any, she has made of the pilot surveillance scheme in Temple Bar, Dublin; and if she will approve a similar scheme for Finglas Village, Dublin 11 that was prepared by gardaí and loc...More Button

I have recently received a copy of the Garda evaluation report on the pilot CCTV scheme which has been operating in the Temple Bar area of Dublin since 26 October 1995. The report is a detailed revie...More Button

Written Answers. - Courts Commission Report.

Was asked: when she expects to receive the report of the Courts Commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

When I appointed the working group on a Courts Commission its terms of reference allowed for interim reports. I did not expect that its work would be completed by the publishing of one single report....More Button

Written Answers. - Scheme of Performance Development and Review.

Was asked: her views on the performance, development and review within the Garda Síochána.More Button

One of the aims of the Garda Síochána Corporate Strategy Policy Document is to achieve excellence in the Force through the development of effective quality management. The scheme of performance devel...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Building Programme.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to renovate certain Garda stations around the country where conditions are appalling.More Button

One of my priorities as Minister for Justice is to ensure that adequate and suitable accommodation is provided for the Garda Síochána throughout the country. A very considerable investment has been ma...More Button

Was asked: the reason there is no need for a drug free unit at Cork Prison.More Button

The drug-free unit which commenced operation at the training unit recently is, in itself, a radical development which will need evaluation over time to properly assess its effectiveness. Early indica...More Button

Written Answers. - Corporate Strategy Policy Document.

Was asked: her views on the Garda Commissioner's report on the five year corporate strategy policy document.More Button

I received the Garda Commissioner's most recent report on the Corporate Strategy Policy Document 1993-1997 in February this year.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Statistics.

Was asked: the number of gardaí in the Garda Force on 9 May 1996; and the comparative number as at 1 January 1994, 1 January 1995 and 1 January 1996.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought, as at 31 December for each of the years 1993, 1994 and 1995 and 10 May 1996, is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Law on Bail.

Was asked: when a referendum on bail will be held.More Button

Was asked: the considerations, if any, that have been given to possible changes in the law on bail; the progress, if any, that has been made in respect of this matter; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 29 together. I have concluded my examination of the Law Reform Commission report on the law of bail and I am at present consulting with my colleagues in Governm...More Button

Written Answers. - Maximum Prison Sentences.

Was asked: whether she intends to introduce a minimum sentence of imprisonment for persons convicted of violent assaults on women and children.More Button

While I share the Deputy's concern about crimes of violence against women and children, I have no plans at present to bring forward legislative proposals for minimum sentences of imprisonment in relat...More Button

Written Answers. - Police Authority.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce a police authority.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce a police authority.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 87 together. I have no plans to introduce a police authority.More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Passports.

Was asked: the number of Irish passports granted to foreign nationals on the basis of their investing significant sums of money in specific projects in Ireland in each of the past five years; the number of Irish...More Button

Details of investment-based naturalisation applications in the period prior to 1992 are not available as no arrangements were in place at that time which would distinguish these type applications from...More Button

Written Answers. - Compulsory Land Registration.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to extend the process of compulsory land registration.More Button

I have no plans at present to extend the process of compulsory land registration. I am aware that, because of the buoyancy of the property market at present, the Land Registry is experiencing a huge i...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Manning Levels.

Was asked: the Garda personnel levels in the Dublin Metropolitan Area in 1995; the comparative figure for 1985; if she has satisfied herself with the personnel levels in this area; whether the personnel levels a...More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to his Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 21 February 1996 which gives the details the Deputy requires.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Restructuring.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has for the restructuring of the Garda Síochána, with particular reference to appointing professional people from outside the Garda Force to middle and higher ranks, in order to...More Button

Was asked: whether she will make resources available with a view to improving professional advice within the Garda Síochána.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 43 together In recent years the Garda Síochána has employed, on a contract basis, civilian staff with outside experience and expertise in a number of areas. Th...More Button

Written Answers. - National Fraud Bureau.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to enhance the resources and staff of the National Fraud Bureau.More Button

On 11 April 1995 the Government approved the establishment of a new Garda National Bureau of Fraud Investigation as recommended by the report of the Government Advisory Committee on Fraud. The burea...More Button

Written Answers. - Croatian Visa Applications.

Was asked: if she will ensure that the requirements for Croatian nationals to apply for visas to gain entry into Ireland will be discontinued.More Button

I do not propose to remove the visa requirement for Croatian nationals at this time.More Button

Written Answers. - Guilty But Insane Plea.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to implement the recommendations of the Henchy Committee regarding the verdict of guilty but insane.More Button

Was asked: the number of accused persons who successfully pleaded that they were guilty but insane to indictable criminal offences since 1 January 1938; the nature of the offence in each case; the period of dete...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to amend the McNaughten Rules in relation to the plea of guilty but insane.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to give legislative definition to the case of Doyle v. Wicklow County Council, 1973.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to amend the Criminal Lunatics Act, 1800, the Lunacy (Ireland) Act, 1821, the Lunatic Asylums (Ireland) Act, 1845, the Lunatic Asylums (Ireland) Act, 1875, the Trial of Luna...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 46, 67, 70 and 78 together. Work has been going on for some time now in my Department on the preparation of legislation to amend the law on criminal insanity. Th...More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Drogheda (Louth) Circuit Court.

Was asked: whether she intends to authorise the opening of a new Circuit Court in Drogheda, County Louth.More Button

My Department is currently considering the various options available for providing court facilities in Drogheda. Under the terms of section 10 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1947 the fixing of venues w...More Button

Written Answers. - Custodial Sentences.

Was asked: the total number of persons given custodial sentences in 1995; the total number given such sentences following a conviction for drug-related offences; the proportion of offenders who received treatmen...More Button

Approximately 6,400 were committed on sentence in 1995. A survey carried out in mid-1995 indicated that approximately 5 per cent of offenders in custody at that time were serving sentences for “drug o...More Button

Written Answers. - Criminal Gangs.

Was asked: the number of criminal gangs headed by so-called drugs barons supplying heroin in the Dublin area; the number involved as distributors, pushers and so on in each of the criminal networks concerned; th...More Button

It is not the practice for the Minister for Justice to make statements to the House about the progress of Garda investigations either in individual cases or particular categories of cases except in si...More Button

Written Answers. - Cash Escorts.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce regulations to govern the carriage of large sums of money by security firms.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce a compulsory licensing system for security firms; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 38 and 155 together. Following the robbery at the Brink's-Allied depot in January 1995, gardaí evaluated the escourt duty role they provide and various changes were in...More Button

Written Answers. - Tackling Crime.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the statement issued by a national executive member (details supplied) of the AGSI at their national conference in Donegal in relation to crime lords claiming dole t...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to establish a special task force comprising members of the Revenue Commissioners and the Garda Síochána with a view to tackling drug trafficking.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39 and 80 together. As the Deputies will be aware, the Government approved a series of measures on 19 July 1995 to improve law enforcement in relation to the drugs pro...More Button

Written Answers. - Appeals Against Lenient Sentences.

Was asked: the number of cases where the State has appealed the leniency of a sentence since the introduction of the relevant legislation; the outcome of each appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I understand from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that the director has caused notice of appeal against unduly lenient sentences to be lodged in three cases. In one case, the appeal...More Button

Written Answers. - Russian Army Deserters.

Was asked: if her Department was contacted by the two men who claimed to be Russian army deserters; if so, when; the amount paid by her Department in respect of their travel arrangements to Great Britain; whethe...More Button

It is not the practice to comment publicly on individual applications for refugee status having regard to the fact that applications by their nature are made in confidence, with an expectation by appl...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to recruit additional gardaí; and if so, when.More Button

The current Garda recruitment competition covers the period 1994 to 1997. I expect to submit my proposals for Garda recruitment in the ensuing three to four year period to Government later this year.More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Drugs.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to prevent the sale of illegal drugs on licensed premises.More Button

Last year I obtained Government approval for a series of organisational, financial, operational and legislative measures to deal with the drug problem. A number of those measures have been implemented...More Button

Written Answers. - Organised Crime.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce measures with a view to tackling contract killings and gangland murders.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to tackle organised crime.More Button

Was asked: the steps, if any, she intends to take with a view to tackling organised crime.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45, 55 and 85 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Appeals Against Severity of Sentences.

Was asked: the number of cases in each of the past three years in which defendants have appealed against the severity of their sentence; the number of such appeals that were successful; the role of the State in ...More Button

The number of appeals lodged in the legal year ending 31 July 1993, 31 July 1994 and 31 July 1995 against District Court orders is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to amend the licensing laws with regard to the sale of intoxicating liquor.More Button

I have no plans at present to amend the liquor licensing laws.More Button

Written Answers. - Mountjoy Jail Overcrowding.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to alleviate the overcrowding in Mountjoy Jail; the current prison population in the jail; its population capacity; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mountjoy prison currently has a capacity of 556 male and 40 female prisoners. It constantly operates at maximum capacity and this is exceeded from time to time. The prisoner population there has gon...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Promotion.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to set out definitive guidelines in relation to promotion within the ranks of the Garda Síochána.More Button

Promotion within An Garda Síochána is governed by the provisions of the Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations, 1987, as amended by the Garda Síochána (Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations, 1990 and 199...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigation Procedures.

Was asked: the procedures in place within her Department to investigate and review the handling of any particular Garda investigation where it is deemed appropriate; the reviews, if any, that are ongoing; and if...More Button

Criminal investigations are operational matters and, as such, are the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner. Accordingly, the review of the handling of any particular investigation is a matter for ...More Button

Written Answers. - Investigation of Serious Crime.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to allow a designated section of the Garda Síochána to work unspecified and self-discretionary hours in pursuit of serious offenders.More Button

The allocation of Garda personnel and resources is a matter for the Garda authorities. They have informed me that in the investigation of serious crime, they allocate the necessary resources for prop...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Training.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to reform Garda training.More Button

The Garda Training Centre, based in Templemore, provides for a continuum of education training from student Garda stage up to the development of officers at the highest level, and is divided into fiv...More Button

Written Answers. - Prisoner Parole.

Was asked: whether she has recently imposed a complete blanket on parole for republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison, County Laois; and if so, the reason therefor.More Button

There is no blanket ban on parole for republican prisoners in Portlaoise prison. The full restoration of the parole arrangements which existed immediately prior to the resumption of violence on 9 Feb...More Button

Written Answers. - Security for Escorts.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to improve security in respect of the carriage of prisoners and large sums of money.More Button

Was asked: the implications, if any, of the recent assisted escape of a prisoner en route to a court appearance from Portlaoise prison, County Laois; the circumstances and security arrangements surrounding this ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 160 together. I have received preliminary reports from the Governor of Portlaoise Prison and the Garda Síochána concerning the escape of the prisoner referred t...More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin-Monaghan Bombings.

Was asked: her most recent response to the requests by the relatives of the Dublin-Monaghan bombing victims in view of undertakings given by her in October 1995 arising out of the RTE "Prime Time" broadcast of M...More Button

Was asked: asked the Minister for Justice the steps, if any, she has taken in recent times in relation to investigating and publishing the circumstances of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974; and wh...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 133 together. On foot of the undertakings referred to in Question No. 58, I informed the relatives of the victims — as well as Deputy Harney and other Members ...More Button

Written Answers. - Data on Prisoners.

Was asked: the number of juvenile offenders currently serving sentences in the State; the proportion of the total prison population that these offenders comprise; the number of such offenders that are drug abuse...More Button

On 15 April 1996 there were 60 juvenile offenders — under 17 years of age — in custody. This comprised approximately 3 per cent of the total number in custody on the above date. Records are not main...More Button

Written Answers. - Fine Petitions.

Was asked: the progress, if any, she has made in relation to the fine petition process.More Button

New procedures which I believe may be necessary as a result of the High Court judgment on petitions are the subject of ongoing examination and I am not yet in a position to make an announcement on the...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Related Offences.

Was asked: whether she intends to introduce an offence of drug-dealing for substantial monetary gain with a minimum sentence of imprisonment.More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Bill is at present before the Select Committee on Legislation and Security and that his colleague, Deputy O'Donoghue, has put down...More Button

Written Answers. - Use of Offensive Weapons.

Was asked: the further consideration, if any, she has given to the crime of assault with blood-filled syringes by drug addicts and others in view of her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 6 on 11 May 1995; if s...More Button

I am aware of and understand the concerns expressed by delegates to last months AGSI conference about the use of syringes as offensive weapons. However, as I indicated in some detail in my reply to t...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Registry Computerisation.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to computerise the Land Registry.More Button

A considerable investment is being made in computerisation and information technology in the Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds. Development work is also being undertaken in relation to digital ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: her views on the deployment of 18 senior gardaí to observe five people laying a wreath on the grave of a republican who died from natural causes some years ago considering the many demands being made ...More Button

The detailed deployment of Garda manpower is a matter for the Garda authorities. They inform me that it is not possible, on the basis of the information supplied, to identify the occasion referred in...More Button

Written Answers. - Domestic Violence.

Was asked: whether she intends to introduce guidelines with a view to dealing with domestic violence.More Button

The Garda authorities have been endeavouring since the establishment in March 1993 of the domestic violence and sexual assault investigation unit at DMA Headquarters in Harcourt Square, Dublin 2 to de...More Button

Written Answers. - Electronic Tagging of Offenders.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce electronic tagging of habitual criminal offenders.More Button

I am glad to have the opportunity of outlining my plans in this regard. I am committed to the development of community sanctions and measures, together with planned and programmed release of offencer...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Projects.

Was asked: when the prisons at Castlerea and Mountjoy will be fully operational.More Button

Was asked: the anticipated completion date of proposed prisons at Castlerea and Mountjoy.More Button

Was asked: the current position regarding the Castlerea prison project, County Roscommon; the original completion date in respect of this project; the current likely timescale for completion of this project; and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69, 77 and 148 together. As I announced earlier this year, the development of the Castlerea prison project will take place in phases. The first phase was the completi...More Button

Written Answers. - Common Travel Area.

Was asked: whether the continuance of the common travel area has been raised in discussion with her by the British Prime Minister.More Button

The arrangements in place to enable persons to travel between this State and the United Kingdom — the common travel area — without being subject to immigration controls in either country have not been...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa and Naturalisation Applications.

Was asked: the number of visa and naturalisation applications received by her Department in 1995; the number of applications granted; the proposals, if any, she has for bringing forward the proposed legislative ...More Button

A total of 295 applications for naturalisation were received in my Department in 1995 and 355 certificates of naturalisation were issued in 1995 — this higher figure is accounted for by the fact that ...More Button

Written Answers. - Operation Shannon.

Was asked: the reason for the ending of Operation Shannon; the number of gardaí involved in that operation; the duration and effect of the operation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am not in a position to provide the Deputy with the detailed information he has requested in relation to the number of gardaí involved in Operation Shannon on the grounds of security and crime preve...More Button

Written Answers. - Murder Statistics.

Was asked: the total number of murders recorded during the first four months of 1995; the comparative figure for the same period in 1996; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the information requested is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Goldenbridge Orphanage Abuse Allegations.

Was asked: the status of the investigation into allegations of abuse of children in Goldenbridge arising initially out of the broadcast of the "Dear Daughter" programme; whether there is an investigation into th...More Button

It is not the practice for the Minister for Justice to make statements to the House about the progress of individual Garda investigations except in singular instances where the circumstances of an inv...More Button

Written Answers. - Martin Report.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to implement the recommendations of the 1990 Martin Report relating to the treatment of persons in custody.More Button

The Martin committee report made two main recommendations. The first, concerning procedures for reviewing the cases of alleged miscarriages of justice, was dealt with in the Criminal Procedure Act, 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Services for Prisoners.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made in the negotiations with the Irish Medical Organisation in relation to medical services provided for prisoners in Mountjoy Jail; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

I would point out that while negotiations are ongoing between my Department and the Irish Medical Organisation they are not exclusively in respect of medical services being provided to prisoners at Mo...More Button

Written Answers. - Burglar Alarm Call-Outs.

Was asked: the number of call-outs to burglar alarms in each of the last three years; the number of false or accidental alarm calls; the estimated amount of Garda hours wasted in responding to such false alarms;...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Tackling Crime.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to tackle the increase of up to 14 per cent in crime in parts of Dublin city.More Button

I do not know the basis of the Deputy's claim that crime is up by 14 per cent in parts of Dublin. This may or may not be the case but I do know that official Garda statistics for 1996 so far suggest ...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Gardaí.

Was asked: the number of community gardaí in the State; the plans, if any, she has to increase the number of community gardaí in line with requests from the public and neighbourhood watch groups; and if she will...More Button

The allocation of Garda personnel is the responsibility of the Garda authorities. They have informed me that there are 246 members of the Force who are deployed full-time on community policing duties ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Pursuit of Stolen Vehicles.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to change the regulations governing the pursuit by members of the Garda Síochána of stolen or suspicious vehicles.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a special committee examined pursuit techniques over a two-year period and, following this, a circular in the matter was issued in December 1994. The posit...More Button

Written Answers. - Crime Against Tourists.

Was asked: the measures, if any, she has taken to ensure that the level of attacks against tourists is reduced in 1996.More Button

The issue of crime against tourists is one which receives the highest priority from my Department and the Garda authorities. Close co-operation is maintained with Bord Fáilte to ensure that crimes of...More Button

Written Answers. - Crime Prevention Measures.

Was asked: the priority, if any, that has been given to combating the serious and vicious escalating crime rate in Dublin in view of the fact that it is having a detrimental effect on the economy; and if she wil...More Button

Was asked: her views on the concern of the general public at the rising crime levels, particularly vicious crime; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 147 together. Garda statistics for 1996 so far suggest that crime is decreasing as compared to the corresponding period last year. This reduction in crime app...More Button

Written Answers. - Mountjoy Prison Fire.

Was asked: the circumstances surrounding a recent fire in Mountjoy Prison; the person(s), if any, who was responsible; and the medical condition of the person(s) concerned at the time of the fire; and if she wil...More Button

The fire at the health care unit in Mountjoy on 18 December 1995 was started deliberately by a prisoner who, by so doing, put the lives of staff and other prisoners at risk. As a result of the fire 1...More Button

Written Answers. - Transfer of Prisoners.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made regarding the transfer of prisoners from Britain to Ireland; the concerns, if any, the British Home Office has in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

A total of 89 Irish prisoners in British prisons have applied for or expressed an interest in transferring to Ireland under the provisions of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act, 1995. A total of 2...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Retirement Age.

Was asked: her views on whether it would be beneficial to extend the Garda retirement age from 57 to 60 years; if so, the matters, if any, preventing her from approving such an extension; and if she will make a ...More Button

Was asked: the consideration, if any, she has given to extending the Garda retirement age; her views on the benefits arising from such a retirement age extension; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together. I understand that the representative associations for each of the ranks of the Garda Síochána up to chief superintendent at present have claims b...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Vehicles.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the difficulties that some Garda stations experience when they require a replacement motor vehicle; the number of vehicles allocated to each Garda station in the are...More Button

The allocation of Garda resources is the responsibility of the Garda authorities. They have informed me that, contrary to what the Deputy states in his question, Garda stations are not experiencing d...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Problem.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made by the multi-disciplinary approach and other actions to address the escalating problems associated with drug misuse; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

The Government recognises that the drugs problem is multi-faceted, requiring a response from a number of Departments and agencies. In this regard, the Deputy will be aware that last year the Governme...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Places.

Was asked: the progress, if any, made on the study being undertaken to determine the effect on the demand for prison places if there was a change in the bail laws; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Any indication of the effect on demand for prison places if there were to be changes in the bail laws would, of course, depend on the precise nature of these changes and, accordingly, would have to aw...More Button

Written Answers. - Assaults on Bus Drivers.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made by the working group to examine incidents of assaults, robberies, larcenies and damage to Dublin Bus drivers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The working group established by me in November 1995 to consider the problem of assaults on bus drivers and other related matters has concluded its work and completed a report. It contains a number o...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Places.

Was asked: the total number of prison places not in use; the current position regarding female accommodation for prisoners in Mountjoy Prison; whether the top landing is in use; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

The position is that all usable prison places are currently occupied. There are 43 female prisoners currently in custody in Mountjoy prison. They are accommodated on two floors of D-Wing, St. Patri...More Button

Written Answers. - Land Registration.

Was asked: when registration for adverse possession will be dealt with by the Land Registry in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this dealing refers to an application under section 49, i.e. acquisition of title by virtue of long possession of the Registration of Title Act, 1964, whi...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Garda Stations.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to examine the possibility of re-opening rural Garda stations in view of the increase in attacks on the elderly in rural areas.More Button

Contrary to public perception, no Garda stations have been closed as a result of the community policing scheme for rural areas. The main aim of the scheme is to forge closer links between the Garda a...More Button

Written Answers. - Under-Age Late Night Drinking.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to address under-age late night drinking; and the proposals, if any, she has to review late night extensions.More Button

Section 35 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1988, makes it an offence for a licensee to allow any person under 18 years of age, with an exception for employees, on any part of his or her licensed premi...More Button

Written Answers. - Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the operation of neighbourhood watch schemes; and whether these schemes make a worthwhile contribution towards limiting crime in our community.More Button

Neighbourhood watch schemes provide an extremely effective and valuable vehicle for community involvement in crime prevention. While it is difficult to quantify, the Garda believe that such schemes p...More Button

Written Answers. - Task Forces.

Was asked: the number of task forces which have been established in her Department since January 1994; the purpose of, the personnel attached and the resources made available to each task force; the status of ea...More Button

There were no task forces, as such, established in my Department since 1994. However, in order to clarify matters I am providing the following material in relation to working groups, committees etc. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Criminal Activities Involving Minors.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to reports of criminal activities involving minors, including prostitution, which it is alleged are being organised by persons in Dublin city; the Garda investigations,...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that they have no evidence to suggest that persons in Dublin are organising minors for the purposes of prostitution or other criminal activities. Any such infor...More Button

Written Answers. - Parole Applications.

Was asked: the current number of applications for parole from non aligned republican socialist prisoners in Portlaoise Prison, County Laois; the criteria applied for the granting of parole; and the outcome of th...More Button

The full restoration of the parole arrangements which existed immediately prior to the resumption of violence on 9 February last is something which will fall to be considered in the event of the cessa...More Button


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