McDowell, Michael

Tuesday, 14 October 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 572 No. 3

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Crime Levels.

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter and I agree with much that he said. It is true that Finglas is a community which has made huge strides in this area and it is well served by Deputy Carey. Ma...More Button

Written Answers. - Republican Movement.

Was asked: if he will arrange for the release of Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform reports on the Republican movement in the 1940s, 50s and 60s that are held by the National Archives but not made av...More Button

The National Archives does not hold records relating to IRA activities in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. These are held by my Department. Decisions as regards the release or otherwise of such records are...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Racism Measures.

Was asked: the mechanisms which currently exist here to track hate crime; the number of hate crimes against travellers and prosecutions for same recorded per county each year for the past five years; the number ...More Button

Racially motivated incidents are independently recorded by the Garda Síochána and the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, NCCRI. Neither body publishes statistics in the fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Crime Levels.

Was asked: if there has been an increase in vandalism to cars in the Ballybough area of Dublin 3; the type and extent of this vandalism; if the Garda has established the source; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Was asked: the number of reports of vandalism to cars at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 3; if arrests have been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 and 449 together. I am informed by the Garda authorities that two incidents relating to damage to cars have been recorded in the specific location referred to by t...More Button

Written Answers. - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: if Ireland has the highest rate of juvenile incarceration within the EU; and the rates of incarceration for juveniles here and elsewhere in Europe.More Button

For the purpose of this question a juvenile is assumed to be a person aged under 18 years of age. The Council of Europe “Annual Penal Statistics Survey 2002 (SPACE I)” indicates that the percentage of...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Transport.

Was asked: his plans to review the guidelines for the use of State cars by Ministers in view of the high costs to the Exchequer of providing this facility; and if such guidelines will include rules restricting t...More Button

State cars are placed at the disposal of the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, 13 Government Ministers, the President, the Chief Whip, the Ceann Comhairle, the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecut...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the progress made on the appeal made by persons (details supplied); when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The family concerned applied for asylum in the State on 28 July 2000. The mother was informed on 24 May 2002 that the Refugee Applications Commissioner was recommending that she be refused refugee sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Racism Measures.

Was asked: his proposals in regard to the concerns of Pavee Point Travellers Centre regarding the Government report for the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (details supplie...More Button

The UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination defines “racial discrimination” as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or n...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Transport.

Was asked: the cost to the State of providing transport expenses to each individual Minister of State since the formation of the Government.More Button

The total cost to date, excluding salaries of civilian drivers, of providing transport for the Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Deputy O'Dea, is approximately €...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of drivers who have been penalised for driving through a red light in the past five years; and the number of accidents which have been caused by driving through a red light in the past five...More Button

I have set out below the number of cases in which the Garda has initiated proceedings against motorists in respect of traffic light offences and the number of successful prosecutions for these offence...More Button

Written Answers. - Judicial Retirements.

Was asked: the names of the judges who are due to retire or have indicated their intention to resign within the next 12 months; the names of the members of the Judiciary who have tendered their resignation in th...More Button

I am advised that only one judge, a judge of the Supreme Court, is due to retire within the next 12 months on reaching the maximum retirement age. While in the past six months a number of judges have ...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Was asked: if his Department has calculated the cost of addressing the inadequate pension of members of the Garda Síochána who retired before 1 January 1993; if so, the estimated cost; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if he will take action to address the inadequate pension of members of the Garda Síochána who retired before 1 January 1993; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 457 and 458 together. I do not agree that an annual pension of €17,950, the current annual basic pension of a retired member of Garda rank with full service, could be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Residency Permits.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 387 of 24 June 2003, when a decision will be made on the application in question.More Button

As I outlined in my responses to the Deputy's Parliamentary Questions Nos. 575 of 25 March 2003 and 387 of 24 June 2003, the person in question made an application for permission to remain in the Stat...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 317 of 3 July 2003, the number of such applications pending a decision; the number of persons in his Department working on these applications on 8 October 2003; a...More Button

There were 258 applications of the type referred to by the Deputy in Parliamentary Question No. 317 of 3 July 2003 on hands as at 30 September 2003. The number of persons in my Department allocated to...More Button

Written Answers. - Drug Seizures.

Was asked: the number of drug seizures in County Tipperary since 1 January 2000 and to date in 2003; and the number of prosecutions which followed in each case.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that there have been 958 drug seizures in County Tipperary since 1 January 2000 to date and the number of prosecutions that followed was 504.More Button

Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the plans he has to amend the Parental Leave Act 1998 to allow for the leave to be taken up to a child reaching the age of eight years, rather than five years, following a recent recommendation.More Button

Work is ongoing in my Department on the heads of a Bill to implement the agreed recommendations of the report of the working group on the Parental Leave Act 1998. Subsequent to the publication of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if his Department has received an appeal in respect of the non-granting of visas for persons (details supplied) who were granted work permits; if same will be processed quickly; and if he will make a ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the visas for the persons concerned were approved on appeal on 7 October 2003.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount his Department spent in 2002 on information technology software licences; the proportion of this budget which was spent on the products of a company (details supplied); if his Department us...More Button

My Department spent €359,932 on information technology software licences during 2002. The products of the company specified accounted for 55% of this expenditure. This represents a significant rise on...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if the transfer of land in the Land Registry Office will be expedited for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this is an application under section 49, acquisition of title by virtue of long possession, of the Registration of Titles Act 1964 which was lodged on 9 ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 866 of 8 October 2001, if he will again intervene with the Land Registry Office in regard to the application made by a person (details supplied); if it will be pr...More Button

I am informed by the Registrar of Titles that this is an application for a deed of exchange which was lodged on 21 October, 2000. dealing No. D2000SM008387Y refers. I am further informed that this app...More Button

Written Answers. - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the number of persons who have sought or have been granted residency here based on having an Irish-born child; and the total number of Irish children, born to non-national parents in recent years, who...More Button

My Department does not have details of the number of Irish children born to non-national parents. With regard to non-nationals who applied to my Department for residency on the basis of parentage of a...More Button

Was asked: the details of the procedure for assessing an application for residency based on having an Irish-born child; the number of public servants involved in this work; the estimated time it takes to process...More Button

Following the decision of the Supreme Court on 23 January 2003 in the cases of L and O, which held that no automatic residency rights obtain in respect of non-national parents of Irish-born children, ...More Button

Written Answers. - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the number of cases of deportation of non-nationals per month over the past two years; and the number of public servants or members of the Garda Síochána involved in this work.More Button

It should first be explained that the making of a deportation order is the responsibility of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform while the effecting of such orders is the responsibility ...More Button

Written Answers. - Explosives Legislation.

Was asked: the reason he did not address the issues raised in Parliamentary Question No. 481 of 7 October 2003; if he has made progress in reviewing the law on fireworks and explosives; and his plans to come to ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, under the Explosives Act 1875 my Department has responsibility for the importation, transportation and storage of explosives, including fireworks. Consequently to import firewo...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will consider examining a specific scheme whereby relatives of people who have been granted permanent residence here as a result of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia could be granted visitor...More Button

There is no general policy operated by my Department whereby relatives of persons who are legally resident in this jurisdiction are routinely denied visitors' visas – every visa application is conside...More Button

Written Answers. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the reason the Refugee Application Commissioner has postponed interviews with all the approximately 70 Kurds and Iraqi citizens who have applications before the commissioner.More Button

The Refugee Applications Commissioner made a decision earlier this year to suspend processing of applications for asylum from Iraqi nationals as the rapidly evolving situation in that country had made...More Button

Written Answers. - Residency Permits.

Was asked: if the proceedings of the cases of persons (details supplied) will be expedited.More Button

There is nothing intrinsic to either case which would warrant an expedited determination of the applications to reside in the State by reference to the general population of similar type applications.More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the steps required by the gardaí and the DPP to re-open the case of a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, I have no role in the investigation or prosecution of cases. This is a long standing principle of our system of justice. The role of the gardaí is to investigate alleged...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if a further detailed response will be issued with regard to a query (details supplied) on anti-social activities in Fairview Park, Dublin 3; and if this matter will be dealt with urgently.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that a complaint was made to the local gardaí to the effect that youths were harassing a group of females who were football training in Fairview Park. Gardaí in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Prisoner Releases.

Was asked: the rules and regulations governing compassionate release of prisoners for short periods of time (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Criminal Justice Act 1960, allows the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to make rules providing for the temporary release, subject to such conditions as may be imposed in each particul...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if a complaint was received from Wicklow Urban Council, Wicklow town, requesting that members of the Travelling community be removed from parking illegally at a location (details supplied); the action...More Button

I have had inquiries made with the Garda authorities and I am informed that the Garda has not received any complaints from Wicklow Urban District Council in respect of a Traveller encampment at the fi...More Button

Written Answers. - European Council Meetings.

Was asked: the meetings, formal and informal, of European Union Councils relevant to his position or portfolio held since June 1997; the number of such meetings personally attended by him; the details of the per...More Button

The relevant councils are the Justice and Home Affairs Council and the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council when dealing with issues which are the responsibility of my Depart...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

My Department is responsible for six directives which are awaiting transposition, details of which are listed in the table below. Of these six directives, three are expected to be implemented prior to...More Button

Written Answers. - Equality Legislation.

Was asked: the Government's plans for reviewing the equality legislation.More Button

A review of the discriminatory grounds covered by the Employment Equality Act 1998 was carried out in 2001 in accordance with section 6(4) of the Act. In the course of the review, it was argued that t...More Button

Written Answers. - Anti-Racism Measures.

Was asked: if the Government's first preparation report on the UN Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination argued that racial discrimination here does not include discrimination again...More Button

The UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination defines “racial discrimination” as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, colour, descent, or n...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Disciplinary Proceedings.

Was asked: the total numbers of gardaí who have been discharged as a result of having been charged with a criminal offence; and the numbers for each type of offence for the past ten years.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that no gardaí have been discharged as a result of having been charged ...More Button

Was asked: the total numbers of gardaí who have been discharged as a result of a conviction of a criminal offence; and the numbers for each type of offence each year for the past ten years.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that due to time constraints, only details in respect of the last eight...More Button

Was asked: the total number of serving gardaí who have been convicted of a criminal offence; and the numbers for each type of offence.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought is not readily available in the format requested and could only be obtained by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of...More Button

Was asked: the total number of serving gardaí who have been charged with a criminal offence; and the numbers for each type of offence.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the information sought is not readily available in the format requested and could only be obtained by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: the Government's position on a proposed EU directive that would have given recognition throughout member states to same sex partners who are registered in other EU countries; his views on opposition t...More Button

Political agreement on a Council common position on the proposed directive on free movement of EU citizens and their family members was reached at the Competitiveness Council Meeting on 22 September. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if the further information submitted by persons (details supplied) in County Carlow will enable his Department to expedite both applications; and if the applications will be granted in view of the fac...More Button

The persons concerned have recently submitted a number of documents in respect of their applications for permission to remain in the State. Each application will be carefully considered on its own mer...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if correspondence from a child care community service (details supplied) will be urgently responded to; if he will take steps to ensure that the facility does not close; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, I have responsibility for the equal opportunities child care programme 2000-2006 which makes grant assistance available under a range of measures to develop child care service...More Button


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