McDowell, Michael

Tuesday, 23 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 593 No. 1

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Written Answers - Human Rights Issues.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that non-nationals who were granted permission to remain here on the basis of their having Irish citizen children are facing discrimination by employers who...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that non-nationals who were granted permission to remain here on the basis of their having Irish citizen children are facing discrimination in accessing ren...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that non-nationals who were granted permission to remain here on the basis of their having Irish citizen children are facing discrimination by landlords and...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 359, 360 and 383 together. The Employment Equality Acts 1998 to 2004 prohibit discrimination in the context of employment on nine grounds and the Equal Status Acts 200...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: the position regarding compulsory drugs testing of prisoners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As envisaged in the programme for Government, the introduction of mandatory drug testing will be central to supporting future policy on drug supply and demand reduction in prisons. Already prisoners a...More Button

Written Answers - Sentencing Policy.

Was asked: the progress made to date on legislation laying down uniform guidelines and principles in relation to the punishment of offenders; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The traditional approach to sentencing is for the Oireachtas to lay down the maximum penalty and for a court having considered all the circumstances of the case to impose an appropriate penalty up to ...More Button

Written Answers - Judicial Conduct.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in fulfilling the promise made in the programme for Government regarding legislation for judicial conduct; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the details of the general scheme of the proposed legislation for judicial conduct; if the heads of the Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the anticipated date of publication of the legislation for judicial conduct; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 363 to 365, inclusive, together. The programme for Government promised legislation to provide effective remedies for complaints about judicial misbehaviour. The prepar...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: how much money was made available to the Judicial Studies Institute in each of the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The sums of money made available to the Judicial Studies Institute in each of the past four years are as follows:.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: if he intends to downgrade the status of the Garda headquarters in Monaghan town; if not, if Monaghan station will be upgraded in view of the failure to decentralise any worthwhile project to Monaghan...More Button

There are no plans to alter the status of Monaghan Garda station. The Government has approved my proposal to increase the strength of the Garda Síochána to 14,000 members on a phased basis, in line wi...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Transfers.

Was asked: further to Question No. 290 of 12 October 2004, his views on the fact that the person has been moved to a prison in the north of England; and the position regarding efforts to transfer this person to ...More Button

As I recently informed the Deputy, my Department has received the High Court warrant which allows for the transfer of this individual into this country and the continued enforcement of his prison sent...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the progress being made in developing a co-ordinated framework on drug policy within each Garda district; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that, since March 2004, the Garda structures for delivering local drugs strategies have been enhanced by the establishment of a specific co-ordinating framework ...More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in establishing community policing fora; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Two community policing fora have been established in the context of the national drugs strategy. These are operating on a pilot basis under the aegis of the north inner city and Finglas — Cabra local ...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs in Prison.

Was asked: when he expects work on the prison drugs policy to be completed; when the policy will be put in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Preparation of a drugs policy for the Irish Prison Service is at an advanced stage and I expect to publish it early next year. The new policy will facilitate consistent regulation and operational stru...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when he expects the drug offenders Bill to be published and brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The purpose of the drug offenders Bill as set out in the Government legislative programme, is to provide for the registration of convicted drug dealers with the gardaí and to provide for stiffer penal...More Button

Was asked: his views on the increase in drugs and alcohol abuse in the north-east region; the strategies that are in place to deal with it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is the lead Department in tackling the problem of drug abuse as it co-ordinates the implementation of the National Drug Strategy across the fou...More Button

Was asked: if he has formulated proposals to address this increasing problem of driving under the influence of drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road traffic legislation is the responsibility of the Minister for Transport. The influence of drugs on driving behaviour is an issue of increasing concern. However, identification of the presence of ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the application for Irish citizenship by a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by officials in the citizenship section of my Department that the processing of the application for naturalisation from the person concerned has now been completed and that it is ...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Was asked: the reason the application by a person (details supplied) for refugee status was rejected.More Button

It is not the practice to comment in detail on individual asylum applications. Applications are processed in accordance with the provisions of the Refugee Act 1996, as amended and in particular having...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the details of his response to the advice given by the UNHCR regarding the treatment of Iraqi asylum seekers, including those who have been rejected.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, processing of asylum applications in Ireland is carried out within an independent statutory framework as set out in the Refugee Act 1996, as amended. This Act provides for...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Disciplinary Proceedings.

Was asked: if he intends to publish the internal Garda review into the events at the reclaim the streets manifestation in Dublin city centre on 6 May 2002.More Button

The circumstances surrounding the events of the demonstration in Dublin on 6 May 2002 were investigated by the Garda Síochána and as a result of that investigation, a file containing certain recommend...More Button

Written Answers - Alcohol Promotions.

Was asked: if the new provision planning drink promotions at concessionary prices is in force; if publicans are entitled to designate a certain night of the week on which drink will be available cheaper on their...More Button

The position is that section 20 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 prohibits the supply of intoxicating liquor at a reduced price during a limited period on any day. It is intended to discourage prac...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will provide a substantive response to correspondence he has twice received from this Deputy in the matter of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

I expect that the Deputy will by now have received my recent response to him on the matter he has raised.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 293 of 12 October 2004, if he is unable to give the population of gardaí in sub-districts and the way in which he can thus ensure that Garda resources are allocat...More Button

Population statistics do not correlate to Garda sub-district boundaries. Following each census of population the Central Statistics Office, on completing its analysis, supplies the Garda Síochána with...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will furnish a reply to correspondence as outlined in the reply to Question No. 1072 of 29 September 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I intend to furnish a reply to the correspondence in question in the near future.More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Title.

Was asked: if the Land Registry Office will expedite any applications pending on a folio for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when this matter will be finalised.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 Title Act 1964, which was lodged on 4 A...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: when a Garda station (details supplied) in County Mayo will be officially opened; and if the new station has the PULSE computer system.More Button

I have no plans, at this time, to officially open the Garda station at the location referred to by the Deputy, which has been completed and is occupied. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the...More Button

Written Answers - Communications Masts.

Was asked: further to Question No. 235 of 16 November 2004, if such a survey will be carried in view of the fact that it is standard annual practise in many other countries; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that, they do not intend to carry out a survey of the electromagnetic field strength of the mast at the station referred to by the Deputy. In my reply to the Dep...More Button

Written Answers - Closed Circuit Television Systems.

Was asked: when the recommendations of the expert committee on the installation of closed circuit television cameras in an area (details supplied) in Dublin city will be published; the number of gardaí who are e...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that local Garda management is aware of the current problems in the Montpelier Hill — Arbour Hill — Benburb Street area. The Montpelier Hill area and surrounding...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if a holiday visa for a person (details supplied) will be approved.More Button

The visa in question was approved by my Department on 18 November 2004.More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of prosecutions for non-tax or insurance; and the number of vehicles confiscated.More Button

The number of prosecutions for non-tax or insurance in which proceedings commenced in 2003 is as follows: Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2003, the number of vehicles seized under the provision...More Button

Was asked: the number of vehicles, that is, cars and motorcycles in Garda stations (details supplied).More Button

The number of vehicles in the Garda stations referred to by the Deputy is as follows:More Button

Written Answers - Probation and Welfare Service.

Was asked: if he will report on the Donaghmede probation office, including the number of staff engaged on duties and the number of offenders dealt with weekly; and if he will meet with the Donaghmede residents a...More Button

The probation office in Donaghmede opened to its clients at the end of March 2004. Since then it has seen an average of 58 clients every month. The offices accommodate two teams of 12 probation and we...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: if there are plans to refurbish Coolock Garda station.More Button

All Garda accommodation is kept under review by the Garda authorities. Although there are no plans at present to refurbish Coolock Garda station, the Garda housing officer is due to visit the station ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: when it is planned to replace gardaí on clerical duties with civilian staff.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Question No. 428 of 17 November 2004. In 2001 the Government approved an extensive programme of civilianisation to be introduced on a phased basis over a number of...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí in the drug squad unit in the Dublin north-east area (details supplied).More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities, which are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, that the personnel strength of the drug squad unit in the Dublin north-east area as at 22 Novemb...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that motor tax is computerised, there are plans to release gardaí from duties of checking tax discs to enable them to carry out more essential duties.More Button

The enforcement of motor tax offences is the responsibility of the Garda Síochána. The checking of vehicles for motor tax is not a stand alone function of the Garda Síochána but is carried out whilse ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: the number of Garda recruits who can be accommodated in Templemore training centre on an annual basis; and if there are plans to extend the training centre.More Button

The Garda college currently has a capacity to induct a maximum of 640 trainees per annum. Accommodation is provided for trainees at the Garda college and externally by the operation of the student liv...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: with regard to the decision to sell his headquarters at St. Stephen’s Green, the number of staff to be relocated; the number of staff who have relocated to date; the alternative offices and premises t...More Button

Some 305 staff relocated from my Department’s headquarters at 72-76 St. Stephen’s Green in late 2003 to alternative accommodation at 94 St. Stephen’s Green, Block C, Ardilaun House on St. Stephen’s Gr...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if he has an estimate for the amount of time spent by the Garda Síochána in the past year in responding to false alarms from automatic domestic alarms (details supplied); his views on whether this is ...More Button

The Garda authorities are not in a position to quantify the amount of time spent answering false alarms. The Garda authorities have conducted a review of policy on this matter and I am advised that th...More Button

Written Answers - Film Censorship.

Was asked: his views on correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Office of Film Censor was created by the Censorship of Films Act 1923. The film censor is appointed to undertake the functions provided for in this and subsequent legislation, including the Video ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if a migrant worker who has been made illegal for a period of time through no fault of their own may apply that time to their five years residency requirement for naturalisation.More Button

As the Deputy has not provided details of a particular case, I will set out the general position. The acquisition of Irish citizenship through the naturalisation process is a privilege, rather than a ...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the number of Irish citizen children removed with their non-national parents during the mass deportation of 16 November 2004; the countries to which they were sent; if there was a similar mass deporta...More Button

A total of 71 persons were returned to Romania and Moldova on a chartered aircraft on the night of 16 November 2004 in an operation carried out by the Garda national immigration bureau. Some 47 adults...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Síochána Band.

Was asked: the current strength of the Garda Síochána band; the total cost of running same; the number of overtime hours involved in 2003 in running the band; if the gardaí assigned to the band have other polici...More Button

It has not been possible to compile the detailed information requested by the Deputy in the time available for answering parliamentary questions. The information is being compiled and I will forward i...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment.

Was asked: if he will report on the guidelines for deployment of less lethal weapons authorised for use by the emergency response unit; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Minister for Defence h...More Button

On 19 November 2002, the Government noted my proposal to authorise the introduction of three “less than lethal” devices for use by the Garda emergency response unit when it is necessary to avoid the u...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the number of naturalisation applications made since 1997 in total and by category; the number and percentage of such applications granted in total and by category; the number of such applications pen...More Button

Some 15,015 applications for naturalisation were received from 1997 until the end of October 2004, of which 10,603 were received after 1 January 2002. Certificates were issued in 6,422 cases, or 42.77...More Button

Written Answers - Prisons Inspectorate.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in publishing the annual report for 2003 of the prisons inspectorate; when it is likely to be published; and if and when he will take the necessary steps to establish the pris...More Button

Under his terms of reference, the Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention is required to submit a written report on his activities to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform each year. ...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Complaints Procedures.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to any other cases either past or pending apart from that of a person (details supplied) by former prisoners against the State due to the use of solitary confinement as...More Button

The Irish Prison Service does not use solitary confinement, although there is provision in the prison rules for the use of close confinement. I am not aware of any such other claims by former prisoner...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Prison Service.

Was asked: the reason overtime payments are made on the same basis to prison officers at a prison which has no inmates as to prison officers at a prison which has inmates; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Was asked: if it is less costly for the State to engage serving prison officers or a private security firm to maintain a presence at unoccupied prisons; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the amount paid in overtime to prison officers serving at Fort Mitchell Prison and the Curragh Prison since their closure, up to 18 November 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 407 to 409, inclusive, together. I refer the Deputy to the answers provided to Questions Nos. 228 and 299 of 16 November 2004, which are relevant to the matter in hand...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: the reason a response has not issued pursuant to an undertaking given in response to Question No. 239 of 22 June 2004; if he will respond to it forthwith; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The compilation of the information requested by the Deputy took longer than originally anticipated. The delay in dealing with this matter is regretted. The information is as follows:More Button


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