O'Donoghue, John

Tuesday, 23 June 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 492 No. 7

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Adjournment Debate. - Attacks on Women.

I am sure I speak for all sides when I say I am appalled by the vicious murder of a woman in Dublin yesterday. It was a despicable act. I understand from the Garda authorities that they are at the p...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to ensure that the registration of land (details supplied) in County Westmeath by the Land Commission will take place without further delay; and if he will make a state...More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that the dealing referred to by the Deputy is an application for registration on foot of a Land Commission Schedule. Queries in this case were issued to the L...More Button

Written Answers. - Court of Criminal Appeal.

Was asked: whether he is considering proposals to abolish the Court of Criminal Appeal; if so, the reason in this regard; the representations, if any, he has received in relation to the decision; and when he wil...More Button

The Courts and Court Officers Act, 1995, contains a provision at section 4 for the vesting of the powers of the Court of Criminal Appeal in the Supreme Court. The making of a commencement order in re...More Button

Written Answers. - Court Proceedings.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, there are to introduce recordings for the purpose of appeals in all criminal cases; and, if so, when this will be introduced.More Button

I assume that the Deputy in referring to replacing or supplementing the existing criminal courts stenography system with sound and/or visual recordings. The law which governs the existing system is c...More Button

Written Answers. - Court Appeals.

Was asked: the proportion of defendants sentenced to imprisonment by either the Circuit Court, the Central Criminal Court or the Special Criminal Court who appeal against their sentence; and the outcome of those...More Button

Was asked: the proportion of those convicted following a plea of not guilty in the Circuit Court or the Central Criminal Court who appeal against convictions; the outcome of those appeals; and the number of case...More Button

Was asked: the proportion of defendants found guilty by a jury who appeal against conviction; and the outcome of those appeals.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 291, 292 and 295 together. Court statistics are not compiled in such a way as to show the proportions of convicted defendants who appealed their convictions or sentenc...More Button

Was asked: whether it is proposed to enact legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure that those who appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal against sentenc...More Button

The matter the subject of the Deputy's question was raised by the Committee on Court Practice and Procedure in its 22nd Interim Report on Prosecution Appeals, 1993. This is one of a number of aspects ...More Button

Was asked: the number of appeals against leniency of sentence brought to the Court of Criminal Appeal by the DDP; and the outcome of these appeals.More Button

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

Was asked: the number of applications made to the Court of Criminal Appeal or the Supreme Court under the Criminal Procedure Act, 1993, to reconsider a conviction or sentence on the basis of new evidence; and th...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is as follows: Court of Criminal AppealMore Button

Written Answers. - Petitions to Minister

Was asked: the number of petitions made to him under the Criminal Procedure Act, 1993; and the outcome in this regard.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not readily available at this time. I will write to the Deputy with this information as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Court Appeals.

Was asked: the number of persons convicted in the District Court in 1996 who appealed to the Circuit Court; and the proportion of cases where the conviction was reversed or where the original sentence was reduce...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases since 1990 where the sentence of a person appealing against a conviction in the District Court was increased by the Circuit Court; and the proposals, if any, there are to alter the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together. During the year ending 31 July 1996, appeals were lodged in the Circuit Court by 5,765 convicted persons in respect of 15,418 convictions. Court ...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Committals.

Was asked: the proportion of committals to prison on conviction which follow upon convictions in the District Court or upon appeal from that Court to the Circuit Court.More Button

In 1990 approximately 86 per cent of committals to prison on conviction were from the District Court. A comparable figure for committals on appeal from the Circuit Court is not available. Figures fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Petitions to Minister.

Was asked: the position in relation to the petition recently opened on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

No petition has been opened on behalf of the person referred to by the Deputy. I wrote to the Deputy some time ago when I acknowledged receipt of an application to open a petition for the person conc...More Button

Written Answers. - Parking Regulations.

Was asked: if he will request a report from the Garda authorities regarding parking restrictions at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 7 in view of the fact it was stated by a resident that there are no cle...More Button

I have no power to remit or mitigate an on the spot fine, a matter which is reserved exclusively to the Garda Commissioner. However, I understand that the Garda authorities are investigating the part...More Button

Written Answers. - Pathology Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that due to the lack of a pathologist at Naas General Hospital, County Kildare, the Kildare County Coroner has major difficulties carrying out his duties; i...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware the responsibility for providing a pathology service to County Kildare lies with the Minister for Health and Children. I understand that it is proposed to hold discussions ...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Medical Service.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork who is serving a sentence in Fort Mitchell, Spike Island, was called for surgery in St. Mary's Orthopaedic Hospital, Cork, but, on the eve of the ...More Button

I am aware of the person to whom the Deputy refers but it is long standing practice not to comment in detail on the case of an individual prisoner and I do not propose to make an exception to that pra...More Button

Written Answers. - Government Programme.

Was asked: the specific commitments, if any, set out in An Action Programme for the Millennium which have been implemented in full; the commitments, if any, implemented in part; the commitments, if any, initiate...More Button

The position in relation to the progress by my Department in implementing the commitments outlined in the Government's An Action Programme for the Millennium for which my Department has responsibility...More Button

Written Answers. - Sex Offenders.

Was asked: the number of sex offenders held in the Curragh Prison, County Kildare; and the therapeutic services provided for sex offenders in the prison.More Button

Was asked: the number of places on the sex offender programme in Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7.More Button

Was asked: the number of sex offenders participating in the sex offender programme in Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7.More Button

Was asked: the number of sex offenders in Arbour Hill Prison who have applied for the treatment programme for each year that data is available; the numbers treated under the programme for each year that data is ...More Button

Was asked: the number of sex offenders held in Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7, who are awaiting treatment.More Button

Was asked: the inducements or advice, if any, given to sex offenders to seek treatment while they are held in prison.More Button

Was asked: the data available regarding recidivism of sex offenders in Ireland.More Button

Was asked: the rates of recidivism for sex offenders who have completed the treatment programme; the rates of recidivism for those sex offenders who have not participated in a treatment programme; and if he will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312 and 313 together. There are ten places on the Arbour Hill group treatment programme which takes ten to eleven months to complete. I ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will have investigations made into a letter of complaint submitted to his Department by a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if a meeting can be arranged between Department officials an...More Button

I understand that the Deputy has also tabled a question to my colleague, the Minister for Finance, in relation to issues referred to in the letter in question.More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the situation regarding the provision of psychological services in all prisons; the proposals, if any, he has to extend this service; and the number of psychologists employed in the prison service.More Button

A psychological service is available to inmates in our prisons and places of detention. There are seven psychologists employed by my Department's clinical psychological service, who deal with the pri...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Land Registry will grant possessory title to a squatter on a freehold property but will not grant possessory title to a squatter on a leasehold pro...More Button

The issue raised by the Deputy's question is being examined by the Law Reform Commission in the context of its examination of land law and conveyancing law.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if arrangements will be made to ensure that community gardaí pay particular attention to St. Bricin's Park Senior Citizen Complex, Dublin 7, and visit the residents there on a regular basis.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that St. Bricin's Park is regularly patrolled by the community gardaí and by the Garda mobile units which are attached to the Bridewell Garda Station. Re...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if he will have an investigation made into the treatment of a person (details supplied) by members of the Garda Síochána; if a number of gardaí from Sundrive Road station, Crumlin, Dublin 12, searched...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that this matter is currently before the courts and is therefore sub judice. In the circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the m...More Button

Written Answers. - Racism in Garda Síochána.

Was asked: the concerns, if any, he has or which were expressed to him from within the force on the prevalence of racism in the Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am not aware of any evidence to support a view that racism is prevalent within the Garda Síochána. The Garda authorities are committed to ensuring that members of the Garda Síochána receive trainin...More Button

Written Answers. - Weighbridge Facilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to difficulties experienced by gardaí in Dublin in policing a three ton limit for heavy goods vehicles in residential areas in view of the requirement, in the event of ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that, apart from the weighbridge situated in Alexandra Road, Irishtown in the Dublin Port Authority area, the following weighbridges are available and authorised...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if it is possible to expedite the registration of an estate (details supplied) in County Galway.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this dealing refers to an application for first registration. Queries were issued to the lodging solicitor on 12 February 1998 and replies are awaited. ...More Button


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