O'Donoghue, John

Tuesday, 13 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 543 No. 5

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Priority Questions. - Public Inquiries.

Was asked: when he authorised the exhumation of the body of a person (details supplied); if he will consider the establishment of a tribunal of inquiry under the Tribunal of Inquiries Act, 1921, to consider alle...More Button

Was asked: if the recent post-mortem conducted on the exhumed body of a person (details supplied) confirmed that the injuries from which this person died were consistent with a traffic accident; if he will publi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 81 together. As the Deputies will be aware, section 47 of the Coroners Act, 1962, provides that where a coroner is informed by a member of the Garda Síochána, n...More Button

As I already outlined, I have been advised by the Attorney General that it would not be prudent for me to become involved in a public inquiry at this time in relation to the events in Donegal because ...More Button

This was prior to any report by Assistant Garda Commissioner Carthy. It was before any of the major controversy in relation to this matter arose. However, once a request to put the exhumation order on...More Button

It would have been inappropriate for the Department to continue with the exhumation order at that point because it could have put in peril whatever investigations the Garda was undertaking. These inve...More Button

I wish to make it clear that I will answer any questions the Deputies wish me to answer.More Button

Priority Questions. - Prisoner Releases.

Was asked: the number of times each of the prisoners sentenced to imprisonment for the unlawful killing of a garda (details supplied) have benefited from temporary release; the number of days of release in each ...More Button

Of the four persons convicted of the unlawful killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, three have been granted a single period of temporary release since their committal to prison custody. These tempo...More Button

The details sought by Deputy Shatter on the temporary releases are as follows: Prisoner Kevin Walsh was granted three overnights to visit his sick father in November of this year; Pearse McAuley was g...More Button

The prisoners concerned are not allowed to send out for Chinese food or any other type of food.More Button

I am not aware that any prisoner was allowed to send out for a take-away dinner.More Button

Every effort is made to provide notice to the widow and her family. The Department notifies the Garda of these releases and they, in turn, notify Mrs. McCabe and her family. I take this opportunity to...More Button

My understanding is that she and her family would have been informed the day prior to the release.More Button

Priority Questions. - Road Safety.

Was asked: his views on whether the four fixed speed cameras currently in use by the Garda Síochána and being moved between 20 sites in the Louth-Meath Garda division and in north County Dublin are adequate to c...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a pilot programme using four fixed speed cameras, operating between 20 camera sites in the Louth-Meath and Dublin metropolitan regions, was introduced in 20...More Button

As I indicated earlier, this is a pilot study which is currently being evaluated. In the meantime, resources are being made available to the Garda to purchase relevant equipment to detect speeding off...More Button

The national strategy on road safety, 1998-2002 has as its objective the reduction of the number of road fatalities by 20% over the period of the plan and is on course towards achieving this. I accept...More Button

Priority Questions. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the Garda Commissioner to re-establish the Garda murder squad; and, if not, his plans to have such discussions with the commissioner.More Button

As the House will appreciate, the deployment of Garda resources and the investigative methods used in murder cases are matters for the Garda Commissioner. I have been informed by the commissioner that...More Button

The situation regarding missing persons is that Operation Trace was set up by the Garda Síochána to see if there were similarities in relation to the disappearances of certain women and to see if a pa...More Button

I have dealt with Deputy Enright's queries regarding the murder squad. Operation Trace was established by the Garda Commissioner in 1998 and is headed by an Assistant Garda Commissioner. It has devote...More Button

Other Questions. - Identity Cards.

Was asked: if he is considering proposals for the introduction of an identity card for all non-nationals from outside the European Economic Area who are legally resident here; the way in which the proposed card ...More Button

It has long been the case that, subject to limited exceptions, every non-European Economic Area national present in the State for more than three months is required to register with the Garda Síochána...More Button

Under Article 15 of the Aliens Order, 1946 every non-national is required to produce on demand, unless he gives a satisfactory explanation of the circumstances which prevent him from so doing, evidenc...More Button

Any person in the State who, for example, obtains a work permit would also require permission from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and this would practically be automatic. A work pe...More Button

Other Questions. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if charges have been brought against members of the Garda Síochána as a consequence of an investigation (details supplied); if charges have been brought against other persons; if it is anticipated tha...More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made regarding the investigation into allegations that members of the Garda may have improperly accepted gifts and hospitality from a company supplying tyres to the Garda; ...More Button

Was asked: if charges have been brought against a member or members of the Garda Síochána as a consequence of the investigations into contacts with a company (details supplied); if charges have been brought agai...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 86, 143 and 443 together.More Button

The background to this matter is by now well known. However, for ease of reference I will again set out the facts. A newspaper article – published on Sunday 11 February 2001 – alleged that members of...More Button

The Comptroller and Auditor General has completed his value for money examination of the purchasing of tyres by the Garda Síochána and as soon as I receive that report I will lay it before both House...More Button

The Secretary General's investigation is continuing, that is the investigation by the internal audit unit of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Certain queries that may be of a crimin...More Button

The Garda Síochána discipline regulations of 1989 and the Garda code actually set out the position regarding acceptance of gifts. Garda authorities are in the process of drawing together the relevant ...More Button

The investigation is being carried out by the internal audit unit in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and it will report to the Secretary General in due course. I cannot give timesca...More Button

Other Questions. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns expressed by the Equality Authority at the finding that the Garda is exempt from the Equal Status Act, 2000; the steps he plans to take to address the c...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the comments of the Equality Authority on the case of Donovan v Donnellan on which the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations issued a preliminary decisi...More Button

I have doubts about extending the Equal Status Act to cover the controlling functions of the State. If this argument were accepted, actions taken by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judicia...More Button

Written Answers. - Libel Law Reform.

Was asked: his plans for reform of the libel laws; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Legislative proposals to amend the civil law of defamation and recast it within a more satisfactory legislative framework are being advanced as part of the Government's legislative programme and my De...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Racism Programme.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the launch of the Government's Anti-Racism Programme on 24 October, 2001.More Button

The national anti-racism awareness programme developed from a proposal I made to Government which advocated a strategic approach where public awareness would be an important component, but not the onl...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Terrorism Measures.

Was asked: if he has concluded his consideration of the constitutional implications of the proposed anti-terrorism measures agreed at the Council of Ministers meeting on 20 September 2001; the proposed legislati...More Button

There are a wide variety of measures embraced by the conclusions of the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 20 September concerning the fight against terrorism. A number of these will require legislat...More Button

Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing.

Was asked: when he expects to bring forward legislation to implement the recommendations of the commission on liquor licensing relating to off-licences; the progress which has been made by the high-level inter-d...More Button

In line with its terms of reference, the commission on liquor licensing presented an interim report on off-licensing to me in April last. The interim report contains a set of recommendations relating ...More Button

Written Answers. - Exhumation Inquiry.

Was asked: if he has received a report from the Garda authorities regarding the exhumation of a body of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have not received a report on the result of the post mortem which followed the exhumation. It is not established practice that the results of a post mortem would be forwarded to my Department; rathe...More Button

Written Answers. - Mountain Bike Patrols.

Was asked: if he will report on the success or otherwise to date, of the Garda mountain bike patrols established in various areas; and his plans to establish future patrols of this nature.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that mountain bicycle units were established on a pilot basis, i...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Safety Offences.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to comments made by the Chairman of the National Safety Council that Garda enforcement capability regarding road safety offences, and particularly regarding drink drivi...More Button

Road traffic legislation, including the law on driving under the influence of an intoxicant, comes within the remit of my colleague, the Minister for the Environment and Local Government. Enforcement ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Disciplinary Proceedings.

Was asked: the arrangements in place within an Garda Síochána for addressing allegations of sexual harassment made by a member of the Garda Síochána; if it is proposed to revise existing arrangements; and his vi...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is their policy to ensure that all members, including civilian staff, are free to perform their duties without the threat of sexual harassment.More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: his views on the feedback he has received from the Garda National Immigration Bureau on bogus asylum seekers endeavouring to enter while heavily pregnant; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The Garda national immigration bureau was established in May 2000 and is responsible for all Garda matters pertaining to immigration on a national basis. Members of an Garda Síochána acting in their c...More Button

Written Answers. - Operation Trace.

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the Garda Commissioner regarding the progress to date of Operation Trace; if new evidence has arisen regarding the search for the bodies of the missing persons; and the ...More Button

Operation Trace was established by the Garda commissioner for the specific purpose of establishing whether any common denominator linked any of the cases of six women who went missing in Leinster betw...More Button

Written Answers. - Law Reform.

Was asked: his views on the report of the Law Reform Committee of the Law Society on changes in the law on marriage nullity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Family law is kept under continual review in my Department and the report to which the Deputy refers, which only became available in October, is being considered in that context.More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Dealing.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that adequate resources are deployed to combat the drugs problem with particular reference to the activities of drug dealers; if all the provisions of the Amsterdam Treaty ...More Button

The deployment of Garda resources is a matter for the Garda commissioner. I am satisfied that the Garda commissioner keeps all aspects of Garda operations under review in the light of ongoing developm...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Policing.

Was asked: if he will carry out a review of the rural policing scheme.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that they are at present conducting a review of the rural polici...More Button

Written Answers. - Passports for Investment Scheme.

Was asked: the reason the report of the review group established following the abolition of the scheme of investment based naturalisation to examine the arrangements for granting business permits to individuals ...More Button

The review group on investment based naturalisation was established to review the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act to see how it might facilitate investment and, if in the course of that review, ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Emergency Plan.

Was asked: if there are arrangements in place to ensure the protection of the Government and members of Dáil Éireann in the event of a national emergency; and if no such arrangements are in place, when he antici...More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the current heightened security awareness applies to the Government and members of the Oireachtas and that relevant security measures have recently been re-e...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: his plans to construct a new Garda Station at Dunmanway County Cork; and if finance will be provided for same in the Department of Justice 2002 Estimates.More Button

It is proposed to refurbish the existing Garda station at Dunmanway and I am informed by the Office of Public Works that they expect to complete this project in 2002. Finance is not provided in the Ga...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Places.

Was asked: the number of prison places here; the number commissioned and in use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are currently a total of 3,372 places in the prison system. A certain small proportion of accommodation is unavailable at present due to ongoing and pending refurbishment and improvement works a...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the steps being taken by the Garda to deal with the continuing threat posed by the organisation known as the Real IRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Garda Síochána are tasked with ensuring the security of the State against the activities of subversive groups. They accomplish this duty through intelligence-driven targeted operations against suc...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the position regarding the Garda investigation into the Omagh bombing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The investigation by the Garda Síochána into the Omagh bombing is continuing. The Deputy will be aware from previous parliamentary questions on this matter that one person has been charged in connecti...More Button

Was asked: if he has received the report commissioned by the Garda Commissioner into the death of a person (details supplied); if it is intended to publish the report; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I have been informed by Garda authorities that the investigation into this case is still under way and, when it has been completed, a file will be submitted to the DPP for his directions. As the Deput...More Button

Was asked: the status of the inquiry established following discussions between the Minister and Opposition spokespersons relating to events in County Donegal; if these inquiries have been finalised; if the findi...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that on 29 June 2000 the commissioner directed that a fact finding investigation be carried out concerning information passed to me by Deputies Higgins and Howli...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the number of applications for asylum received since the beginning of 2001; the number of applications pro cessed in that period; the decisions made; the number of deportation orders made in that peri...More Button

Under the Refugee Act, 1996, as amended, the office of the refugee applications commissioner is responsible for considering applications for a declaration as a refugee at first instance and the refuge...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Reports.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the findings of a report conducted for the women's health unit of the Eastern Regional Health Authority which found that many asylum seekers having babies here live ...More Button

The report to which the Deputy refers is an unpublished report which I understand to be in draft form conducted for the women's health unit of the Northern Area Health Board on behalf of the three ar...More Button

Written Answers. - Courts Service.

Was asked: if he has received a request from the Courts Service to change the law relating to the in-camera rule for family law cases, to allow the limited reporting of such cases as recommended by the sixth rep...More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that a sub-committee of the Courts Service Board has been established to review the current procedure and manner in which family law is dealt with by the courts and to make...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Inspectorate.

Was asked: the main features of his proposal for the establishment of a Garda inspectorate; when the required legislation will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The main features of the Garda inspectorate are set out in the measures I have published for the establishment of the inspectorate. I would refer the Deputy to these measures which were laid before th...More Button

Written Answers. - Coroner Service.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the implementation of the review of the coroner service; when the rules committee recommended by the review will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The report of the working group on the review of the coroner service was published in December 2000 following a Government decision to approve the preparation of new legislation by my Department. Part...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Staff.

Was asked: the total amount paid in overtime payments to staff of the prison service during 2000; the greatest amount paid to an individual; the average payment made to staff; the steps being taken to control ov...More Button

As I indicated in my written reply to the same question on 3 October 2001, tabled in the name of Deputy Penrose, the total figure for overtime expenditure in 2000 was £38,683,977. The largest overtime...More Button

Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the disabilities Bill; if the heads of the Bill have been agreed; if he will consider publishing the proposed heads of the Bill to allow discussion on its final content; and...More Button

A commitment has been made in the Government's legislative programme to publish a disabilities Bill. Work on the legislation is on-going in my Department, based on agreed heads of Bill, and is now at ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if, in view of the growing concern regarding the level of traffic accidents and road deaths, he will consider the establishment of a dedicated traffic corps within the Garda; and if he will make a sta...More Button

I note the Deputy's concern regarding the unacceptable level of road deaths and traffic accidents. The inter-agency high level group on road safety is currently engaged in implementing the Government'...More Button

Written Answers. - Prisoner Releases.

Was asked: if the Government have agreed to release the killers of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The position in relation to any early release for these prisoners has been stated on numerous occasions by both myself and the Taoiseach. I would like to assure the House that this has not changed and...More Button

Written Answers. - Northern Ireland Issues.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that arms or explosives decommissioned in this jurisdiction in accordance with the Decommissioning Act, 1997, do not pos...More Button

The regulations on decommissioning, made under the Decommissioning Act, 1997, provide for the putting in place by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning of conditions in relation ...More Button

Written Answers. - Courts Service.

Was asked: if he has provided the necessary resources to the Courts Services to facilitate ongoing needs and demands of the service, including the provision of extra courthouses and refurbishment where necessary...More Button

Was asked: if he has received indications from the Courts Service outlining the need for resources to address the issue of backlogs in the courts including the family law services; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: if he has received an indication from the Courts Service requesting specific funding for the provision or replacement of courthouses throughout the country; the adequacy or otherwise of the funds prov...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 119, 467 and 468 together. Our courts system has recently undergone the most comprehensive and radical reform of court administration since the foundation of the Sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Employment of People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to claims made in a speech reported in the media on 26 October 2001 that this State had one the worst records in the EU when it comes to employing people with disabilit...More Button

This Government is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the areas of training and employment and has taken a strategic approach to policy development involving bot...More Button

Written Answers. - Foreign Divorces.

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to reform the law relating to the recognition of foreign divorces.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to reform the law relating to the recognition of foreign divorces.More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to reform the law relating to the recognition of foreign divorces.More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 121, 142 and 442 together. I understand that the decision in the case of MEC v. JAC, to which the Deputies refer in the details supplied with their questions, has be...More Button

Written Answers. - National Plan for Women.

Was asked: the main provisions of the National Plan for Women 2001-2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the Draft National Plan for Women 2001-2005 which was launched by the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Deputy Wallace, on 16 October 200...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the survey carried out by the National Children's Nurseries Association which showed that parents in Dublin paid up to three times as much for child care as those in...More Button

I am aware that the National Children's Nurseries Association (NCNA) carried out a survey with its members last summer. However a copy of the final report has not been presented to my Department. Upon...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Terrorism Measures.

Was asked: his views on, and the actions he is taking pursuant to, the conclusions of the European Council of 21 September 2001.More Button

Was asked: if it is intended to put forward proposals at the European Council Summit in Laeken in December 2001 to strengthen EU powers in the fight against international terrorism; and if the Government will pr...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 124 and 146 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: his views on the recent address to the Marketing Institute of Ireland by the Garda Commissioner in which he questioned the need for the current level of Garda stations; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I have not seen a copy of the Garda Commissioner's address referred to by the Deputy and cannot comment on its details.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the progress being made to resolve the dispute regarding who will have overall charge of the Garda air support operations.More Button

The Garda air support unit which became operational in September 1997 has provided cover for a diverse range of Garda operations, including traffic monitoring at major events and emergency incident re...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if asylum seekers here were given papers allowing them to travel to Britain for abortions; the number of cases in which such papers were issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under section 9(4)(f2>a) of the Refugee Act, 1996, asylum seekers are prohibited from leaving the State without consent. The Department's legal advice is that the 1951 Geneva Convention obliges it to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the position regarding the Garda air support unit; if the unit is operational at night time; and the plans in this regard to provide air support to the Garda Síochána when required on a 24 hour, seven...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Garda air support unit; if it is operational at night time; and the plans there are to provide air support to the Garda Síochána when required on a 24 hour, seven day a week...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 128 and 445 together. The Garda air support unit currently operates an immediate response capability between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with an on-call res...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Racism Measures.

Was asked: the progress which has been made regarding the review of the Prohibition on Incitement to Racial, Religious and Non-National Hatred Act, 1989; the steps he has taken to address the growing number of r...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I announced a review some time ago of the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act, 1989, which prohibits both actions intended to stir up hatred and actions likely to stir up ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the progress which has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Garda youth policy to deal with violent incidents involving young people, especially when alcohol is involved; and if he wil...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda Commissioner and his senior officers have assessed the implications to the organisation of the document, Garda Youth Policy: Advisory Group Report...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: his views regarding the call made by the Irish Refugee Council, with the support of the ICTU, IBEC, the INOU and others, that asylum seekers should be granted the right to work once they have spent si...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 67 and 180 of 12 April 2001, Nos. 61 and 152 of 7 February 2001 and No. 88 of 15 November 2000 which dealt with the issue of the entitl...More Button

Written Answers. - Victims Commission.

Was asked: the progress made to date regarding implementation of the recommendations of the Victims Commission; if, in particular, he will outline the progress made regarding those recommendations which would ap...More Button

The Deputy will be aware from previous replies to parliamentary questions on this matter that work has already commenced on implementing a number of the recommendations in the report of the Victims Co...More Button

Written Answers. - Prisons Service.

Was asked: the main features of the four-year strategy document for the prison service; when more modern prison rules will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I assume the document referred to in the question is the Prison Service Strategy Statement 2001-2003, which was published recently. The statement is the first strategy statement to be published by the...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the investigation which has been held by the Garda into allegations of unauthorised night flights by three helicopters in the greater Dublin area on the night of 25 August 2001, which are reported to ...More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that they understand that the Irish Aviation Authority is carrying out an investi gation into an unauthorised flight in respect of one helicopter on the night of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: his plans to construct a new Garda station at Schull, County Cork; if finance will be provided for same in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Estimates for 2002; and the plans he has t...More Button

It is proposed to construct a new area headquarters on the existing Garda station site at Schull and I am informed by the Office Of Public Works that the necessary procedures are currently under way i...More Button

Written Answers. - Arms Confiscation.

Was asked: if the small arms confiscated from individuals under a temporary custody order in August 1972 will be returned; the location of these weapons; the number of weapons involved; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Records compiled in 1972 indicate that 849 pistols and 700 revolvers were surrendered to the Garda Síochána in accordance with the provisions of the Firearms (Temporary Custody) Order, 1972. Some of t...More Button

Written Answers. - Offences against the State Acts.

Was asked: when he expects to receive the final report of the Committee to Review the Offences against the State (Amendment) Act, 1998; if it is intended to implement the recommendations of the interim report re...More Button

I understand that the Committee to Review the Offences against the State Acts, 1939 to 1998, expects to submit its final report shortly. The interim report of the committee deals with the Special Crim...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will provide details of his proposed electronic fingerprinting system for asylum seekers; and when such system will be put in place.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the proposed electronic fingerprinting system for asylum seekers; and when this system will be put in place.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 444 together. Section 9A(1) of the Refugee Act provides for the fingerprinting of asylum applicants over the age of 14. The purpose of fingerprinting is twofol...More Button

Written Answers. - Rights of People with Disabilities.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the call made by a person (details supplied) for the Government to urgently ratify UN rules on the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities; the pl...More Button

The UN standard rules on the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities were adopted without a vote on 20 December 1993, at the 85th plenary meeting, of the 48th session of the United...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Garda Boards.

Was asked: if he has given consideration to the establishment of local Garda boards within each Garda division comprising senior members of the Garda, members of the Judiciary and legal profession and also elect...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda Síochána is at present actively involved in a new partnership involving local communities called the Community Policing Forum. This model was deci...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Promotions.

Was asked: the level at which promotional appointments within the gardaí are made by the Garda authorities; the appointments which are made at Government level; his views on whether the system is satisfactory; h...More Button

The Garda Síochána (Promotion) Regulations, 1987, (S.I. No. 39 of 1987) and the Garda Síochána (Promotion) (Amendment) Regulations, 1993, (S.I. No. 27 of 1993) govern the promotion to all ranks up to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if he has received an indication from the Garda recently as to when they expect investigations into alleged Garda misconduct in County Donegal are likely to be concluded; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the investigation conducted by Assistant Commissioner Carty has been concluded and a file submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions. To date, five pe...More Button

Written Answers. - Paramilitary Threats.

Was asked: if statistics have been compiled by the Garda of persons who may have been forced to leave this country under threat of death or injury by paramilitary organisations; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

The statistics requested by the Deputy are not currently available. The Garda Síochána is, however, continuing to review the extent of the available information, and I will let the Deputy have any det...More Button

Written Answers. - International Terrorism.

Was asked: if it is intended to put forward proposals at the European Council Summit in Laeken in December 2001 to strengthen EU powers in the fight against international terrorism; and if the Government will pr...More Button

Work is continuing within the European Union on taking forward the plan of action and other conclusions adopted by the Justice and Home Affairs Council at its meeting on 20 September and by the Europe...More Button

Written Answers. - Parental Rights.

Was asked: if he has received representations from the Unmarried Fathers of Ireland group on recognition and the establishment of increased rights for such fathers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I recently received correspondence from this group and I will respond to it shortly. I agree with the points made by the group on the desirability of children having contact with both parents. Of cour...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the progress which has been made with regard to the computerisation of Garda records in order that the promised penalty point system for road offenders can be introduced; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The requirements of the Garda Síochána in relation to the introduction of penalty points for certain road traffic offences are being taken into account in the development of new Garda computer facilit...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the adequacy and effectiveness of the existing arrangements for the inspection of road haulage vehicles to ensure their compliance with the relevant provisions of the ...More Button

Was asked: the measures which are taken by the Garda Síochána to prevent vehicle operators who transport clay, rubble and other materials for gain in the construction and other industries from carrying other loa...More Button

Was asked: if, in the interests of ensuring road safety and general compliance with the law and good practice in the haulage industry, he plans to increase the manpower resources available to the Garda transport...More Button

Was asked: the number of prosecutions brought and the number of convictions obtained in each of the past five years for breaches of the law relating to speed limits and vehicle gross weights in the construction,...More Button

Was asked: his plans to instruct the Garda Síochána to tackle widespread breaches of the law relating to speed limits and vehicle gross weights in the construction, forestry and other industries; and if he will ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 423 and 454 to 457, inclusive, together. Legislation in the area of road haulage and general traffic matters is a matter for the Department of Public Enterprise and th...More Button

Written Answers. - Drugs in Prisons.

Was asked: the level of illegal drugs consumed by prisoners while in custody; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is extremely difficult to quantify the level of illegal drugs consumed by prisoners while in custody, particularly given the secretive nature of illicit drug taking. An exploratory study on drug us...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: his views on the recommendations of the review group of all fatal and serious accidents which took place in the Dublin metropolitan region in 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the review referred to by the Deputy was an internal Garda review of its traffic operations for Garda management and, as such, its results would not be comm...More Button

Written Answers. - Law Society.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself in all respects with the performance of the Law Society as a self-appointed, self-regulating professional representative body; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the regulation of the solicitors profession on a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the appointment of an independent body or ombudsman to investigate complaints against members of the solicitors profession; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 426 to 428, inclusive, together. The solicitors profession is regulated on a statutory basis. The OECD report on regulatory reform in Ireland, which was launched by th...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if it is the policy of his Department's reception and integration agency, other agencies under the aegis of his Department or local agencies to provide preferential treatment for housing allocation, f...More Button

Was asked: if it is the policy of his Department's reception and integration agency, other agencies under the aegis of his Department or local agencies (details supplied) to provide preferential treatment in the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 429 and 430 together. Asylum seekers are not provided with free or subsidised mobile phones or motor vehicles and there are no plans to introduce concessions of this n...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if he will investigate a case in which gardaí were supplied with the name, address and date of birth of a person (details supplied) by another person whom they were arresting; the procedures in place ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the procedure in relation to the verification of an arrested person's identity is conducted in various ways. With regard to the matter referred to by the De...More Button

Written Answers. - Refugee Status.

Was asked: when, further to Parliamentary Question No. 503 of 12 June 2001 regarding persons (details supplied), the deliberations mentioned in the reply will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the reply I gave to Parliamentary Question No. 503 of 12 June 2001. The position outlined in that reply remains the same. Deliberations are still ongoing in this case and my Depa...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: if he will examine the establishment of a new Garda station in Walkinstown, Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources, that there are no plans to provide a new Garda station at Walkinstown, Dublin 12. More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: when a file plan (details supplied) in County Limerick will be issued by the Land Registry Office to the legal representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this application for a certified copy filed plan was completed and issued on 6 November 2001.More Button

Written Answers. - Ground Rents Abolition.

Was asked: the progress in drafting a Bill to end the ground rent system; and his plans to enact this legislation before March 2002.More Button

The Government's current legislation programme makes provision for a Bill to abolish ground rents. The content of such a proposal is under examination by my Department in consultation with the Attorne...More Button

Written Answers. - Accommodation for Asylum Seekers.

Was asked: if a practice exists where individual and special certificates are required from insurance brokers in cases where houses are being let to asylum seekers and refugees; and, if so, the reason for such p...More Button

The reception and integration agency is responsible, inter alia, for meeting the accommodation needs of asylum seekers under the system of direct provision which was introduced in April 2000. Under th...More Button

Was asked: if, further to Question No. 443 of 16 October 2001, he will arrange accommodation for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if the facts of the case will be established with the local ga...More Button

As I indicated in my reply to Question No. 443 of 16 October 2001, in accordance with long-standing policy I do not propose to comment in detail on an individual case. I am advised by the reception an...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: his views on the medical coverage relating to a case (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the report has caused great distress to the family of the person concerned and...More Button

I can fully appreciate the distress that can be caused when stories of this kind are carried by the media. I am sure that the Deputy will understand that I do not wish to say anything that may prejud...More Button

Written Answers. - Company Services.

Was asked: if his Department has retained the services of a person or company (details supplied) since June 1997; if so, the nature of those services; the duration and the fees involved; if this person or compan...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that my Department has not engaged the services of any company associated with the person mentioned.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of residents in the Santry, Dublin 9 area regarding the fact that responsibility for policing their area is shared between two Garda stations (details s...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that it is proposed to build a new Garda station in the area, on...More Button

Written Answers. - Sexual Harassment.

Was asked: the arrangements in place within the Garda Síochána for addressing any allegation of sexual harassment made by a member of the Garda Síochána; if it is proposed to revise existing arrangements; and hi...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is their policy to ensure that all members, including civilian staff, are free to perform their duties without the threat of sexual harassment. I am furt...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Accidents.

Was asked: the number of people killed in road accidents while driving a vehicle in each of the years from 1997 to 2001; the number of those whose blood alcohol level was over the legal limit; and if he will mak...More Button

My Department does not maintain detailed statistics in relation to road accidents. Details on all road accidents are supplied by the National Roads Authority who publish an annual report, Road Acciden...More Button

Written Answers. - Hallowe'en Celebrations.

Was asked: if he will consult the Garda Commissioner concerning public fears in connection with Hallowe'en celebrations.More Button

I am assured by the Garda authorities that the gardaí are fully aware of the concerns associated with Hallowe'en celebrations and that divisional and district officers formulate and put into effect ap...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 5 of 12 April 2001, he has received a report from the Garda on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Priority Question No. 5 of 12 April 2001 concerning the case referred to by the Deputy. As I outlined in my reply the circumstances surrounding the disposal of the ve...More Button

Written Answers. - Northern Ireland Issues.

Was asked: if he will give an update on the situation regarding decommissioning in Northern Ireland.More Button

On 23 October the IRA stated that it had implemented the scheme previously agreed with the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning. Subsequently the commission issued a report confirmi...More Button

Written Answers. - National Emergency Plan.

Was asked: the role he will play in co-ordinating efforts in the activation of major accident or disaster plans; the extent to which overall responsibility in these matters rests with his Department; his plans t...More Button

Major emergency planning is based on a Government framework for a co-ordinated response of the front line agencies, local authorities including the fire service, the Garda Síochána, health services an...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Complaints Board.

Was asked: the way in which appointments to the new Garda complaints board are to be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The measures I have published for the establishment of a new Garda inspectorate provide that it will deal with complaints by the public against members of the Garda Síochána. In that context the measu...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is no follow-up system for the non-payment of speeding fines arising from fixed camera or Gatso speed tickets; if his attention has further been ...More Button

The collection of fines, including those for speeding offences, was the subject of a report on the value for money examination by the Comptroller and Auditor General of December 2000, which was presen...More Button

Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Was asked: if the holder of a publican's licence who sold that licence would be entitled to purchase another licence and resume trading from the premises.More Button

Section 18 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 2000 makes general provision for the granting of licences, subject to compliance with certain conditions, in respect of premises to which a full licence was ...More Button

Written Answers. - Access Orders.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 650 of 6 November, he will outline the way in which his Department is considering the legislation; the proposed timetable to implement the amendment to the la...More Button

My Department is considering how legislation relating to access orders is operating and will complete this work as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Prisoner Transfers.

Was asked: if he will transfer a person (details supplied) in County Cork to a prison in the midlands.More Button

I have no objections to this offender transferring to a midlands prison and his name will be placed on a waiting list. Priority is being given to transfers from Mountjoy Prison to allow for refurbish...More Button

Written Answers. - Citizenship Law.

Was asked: his plans to reform nationality laws and bring them in line with those of other EU countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to review nationality legislation regarding automatic citizenship for persons born in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 and 461 together. I presume the Deputy's questions relate to section 6 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended by the Irish Nationality and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: when registration of title will be completed following the transfer of property (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this case is currently being expedited and notice of completion will issue to Limerick County Council as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if the Licensing (Combating of Drugs Abuse) Act, 1997 will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Legislation for which I have responsibility is kept under continuing review in my Department and that includes the Licensing (Combating Drug Abuse) Act, 1997. At present, I have no plans to amend that...More Button

Written Answers. - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Was asked: the action he has taken in response to recommendations two and five of section B of the Commission on Liquor Licensing interim report on off-licensing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The recommendations in question relate to under age drinking and, in particular, to the operation of the age card scheme provided for in the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1988 (Age Card) Regulations, 1999....More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: when the Land Registry Office will complete an application by a person (details supplied) in County Cork for first registration.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this application for first registration was completed on 9 November. More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that adequate Garda strength is deployed to the various stations in north Kildare to combat crime with particular reference to the drugs problem; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that local Garda management is satisfied that the current person...More Button

Written Answers. - Crime Statistics.

Was asked: the number of violent crimes ending in death reported in the 12 months to date and each of the four preceding corresponding 12 month periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I regret that I have been informed by the Garda authorities that it has not been possible in the time available to obtain the statistics in the format requested by the Deputy. I will contact him as so...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Fleet.

Was asked: if adequate Garda patrol cars are available to the various sectors within the force; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since I took office there has been significant investment in the Garda fleet which has expanded in size to a total of approximately 2,000 operational vehicles. These vehicles are assigned to Garda div...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Communications System.

Was asked: when the necessary resources will be made available to extend PULSE to all Garda stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 151 and 967 of 3 October in which I dealt with the matters raised in this question.More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the number of asylum seekers who have been deported in each of the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed that the total number of asylum seekers deported over the past 12 months amounted to 295 with the monthly breakdown as set out on the following list. In addition, 17 persons left the Sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí deployed to the various stations in County Kildare; if the population of the county suggests a need for an increase in personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that the current personnel strength of all ranks as at 1 Novembe...More Button

Written Answers. - Juvenile Detention Centres.

Was asked: if he has consulted his relevant ministerial colleagues with a view to the urgent provision of a juvenile detention centre with particular reference to recent juvenile crime; and if he will make a sta...More Button

As is provided for under the terms of the Children Act, 2001, I will provide separate detention facilities for 16 to 17 year old boys and girls who are committed to custody by the courts either on rem...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: his views, further to Parliamentary Question No. 409 of 23 October, on whether Garda stations in north Kildare require an increase in personnel to provide parity in terms of ratio to population; and i...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that local Garda management is satisfied that the current person...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider increasing Garda strength at Leixlip, Celbridge and Maynooth, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of personnel and resources to individual areas, that Celbridge and Maynooth Garda stations are in the Naas distr...More Button

Written Answers. - Divorce Applications.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the number of cases in respect of which divorce has been granted or refused since the intro duction of the relevant legislation; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

I am aware of the position regarding the granting and refusal of divorce since the introduction of the relevant legislation. In this regard, I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 131 of 5 Oct...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the regulations governing premises for housing refugees and asylum seekers; and the frequency with which inspections take place.More Button

The Reception and Integration Agency, RIA, is responsible, inter alia, for meeting the accommodation needs of asylum seekers under the system of dispersal and direct provision which was introduced in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the issuing of a map to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this application for a certified copy filed plan was lodged on 31 August 2001 and completed on 9 November 2001.More Button

Was asked: if he will instruct the Land Registry Office to issue a land registry map for a folio (details supplied) in County Sligo.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this application refers to a request for a certified copy filed plan which was lodged on 13 September 2001 and was completed on 9 November 2001.More Button


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