McDowell, Michael

Thursday, 16 October 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 572 No. 5

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Adjournment Debate. - Residency Status.

Was asked: if parents of Irish born children who can prove their residency here before the Supreme Court decision of 23 January and whose children were born before that date will be permitted to reside here; whe...More Button

Following the decision of the Supreme Court in the cases of L and O, the separate procedure which then existed to enable persons to apply to reside in the State on the sole basis of parentage of an Ir...More Button

Was asked: the criteria which will apply when considering cases of parents of Irish born children, where those children were born prior to the Supreme Court decision of 23 January; the length of time he expects ...More Button

Following the decision of the Supreme Court on 23 January 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, the ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Temporary Release of Prisoners.

Was asked: if the imprisonment of anti-bin tax protesters in Dublin necessitated the release of other prisoners due to overcrowding.More Button

The imprisonment of the persons mentioned by the Deputy for contempt of court has not altered the prevailing pattern of temporary releases in any of the prisons in which they are held. The prisons in ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Speeding Fines.

Was asked: if there is a breakdown of the number of speeding fines, and convictions annually, as between the 30 mph limit, 40 mph and otherwise; and the relevant breakdown for the past three years.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that statistics for on the spot fine notices issued in respect of speeding offences do not distinguish between the various zones in which speeding offences occur...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if the Government has decided to contribute gardaí to EUPOL; the legal basis on which such a decision would be made; the numbers of gardaí that would be sent; the locations they would be seconded from...More Button

The Government has approved, in principle, the deployment of not less than three and not more than six members of the Garda Síochána on an international police peace-keeping mission in the Former Yugo...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he has considered the potential cost savings to the State, as well as the potential for generating tax revenues to the Exchequer, of allowing asylum seekers to work pending determination of their r...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Parliamentary Question No. 501 of 1 July and Question No. 302 of 12 February. They clearly set out the rationale behind the policy of not allowing asylum applicant...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent report finding that Ireland has the lowest rate of conviction for rape in the EU; the measures his Department will take to redress this problem; and if he...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 92 of 15 October.More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if he will report on the results of the investigation into the attempt by three members of the Garda Síochána to import illegal weapons, including CS gas, stun guns, pepper spray, and telescopic baton...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the matters referred to by the Deputy are currently the subject of an investigation by a senior officer in accordance with the Garda Síochána (Discip...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Crime Levels.

Was asked: his views on a complaint (details supplied) in relation to anti-social activities in Fairview Park, Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the role of the Garda in the wider society.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Question No. 475 of 14 October 2003, and Question No. 1238 of 30 September 2003 which dealt in some detail with the issues relating to Fairview Park. The mission of...More Button

Was asked: his plans to combat unlawful killings in the Finglas area; if he intends to provide more gardaí, more patrol cars and more foot patrols; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he intends to respond to recent killings in the Finglas area; if so, the way in which; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 158 and 160 together. I refer the Deputy to my speech in the House on the Adjournment on these matters on Tuesday, 14 October 2003.More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the need for extra policing in the Ballymun, Finglas, Glasnevin and Whitehall areas; if his attention has further been drawn to the need to respond positively to suc...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources including personnel, that local Garda management is satisfied that the resources currently i...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Prison Service.

Was asked: the position in relation to the future of a prison (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I am aware of speculation in the media and elsewhere about the possible closure of Fort Mitchell place of detention and, indeed, other prisons and places of detention as part of measures to control pr...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the high crime areas in Dublin city in which nightly foot and mobile patrols are available; 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 resources, that 24-hour foot and mobile patrols are carried out by Garda personnel working the regular three-...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Residency Permits.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 265 of 2 October 2003, if he will consider the plight of the children in Brazzaville who cannot join their parents here and who live in fear in their present loca...More Button

As I informed the Deputy in my response to Question No. 265 of 2 October 2003, the parents' permission to reside in the State is based solely on parentage of an Irish born child. Following the decisio...More Button

Was asked: the number of citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo currently residing here; the classes of status that are held; and the grouping of assessment procedures in which they are involved.More Button

The number of legally resident nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo who registered with the Garda in 2002 was 669. This figure excludes persons who have been in the State less than three mont...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Stations.

Was asked: his views on whether Garda station facilities in Ballincollig, County Cork, are deemed adequate for a staff of 25 gardaí and clerical assistants that have to share a common toilet; and if it is envisa...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that they consider a new station to be required in Ballincollig. In that connection, as a first step in the process, the Office of Public Works needs to secure a...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of child care and nursery grants allocated by his Department that are single year or multiannual funding.More Button

Was asked: the average allocation of child care and nursery grants given by his Department in 2003 to date.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 167 together. The equal opportunities childcare programme 2000-06 has been established to support the development of quality, affordable and accessible childca...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Prison Service.

Was asked: if he will as a matter of urgency investigate the case of a person (details supplied) incarcerated in Castlerea Prison, who is being kept in an isolation cell; and if he will communicate with the pris...More Button

The director general of the Irish Prison Service has informed me that the person referred to by the Deputy was seen in recent times by the prison psychiatrist and staff from the Central Mental Hospita...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the status of the residency application of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who is married to an Irish citizen; and if a determination can be expected soon in this case.More Button

The person in question made an application in March 2003 for permission to remain in the State based on marriage to an Irish national. Applications of this type are currently taking approximately ten ...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Benchmarking Awards.

Was asked: if all of the action plans due under benchmarking have been approved and published by the verification groups; and the details of the various action plans due and their date of publication.More Button

My Department's action plan under the Sustaining Progress social partnership agreement 2003-05 has been agreed by the Civil Service performance verification group and published on the Department of Fi...More Button


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