McDowell, Michael

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 600 No. 2

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Leaders’ Questions.

Let us have a tribunal.More Button

Cancer Screening Programme: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Question again put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Adjournment Debate - Garda Stations.

I am grateful to Deputy Deenihan for raising this matter and affording me the opportunity to explain the latest position regarding Castleisland Garda station. There was an arson attack on Castleisland...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Garda Investigations.

As I have already put on the record of this House, the murder in 1991 of Mr. Eddie Fullerton, who was then a Sinn Féin councillor on Donegal County Council, was a most dreadful and heinous crime. I us...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Tribunals of Inquiry.

The position with regard to legal costs for the family in question has been raised on many occasions in this House. Before dealing with the costs issue, it might be helpful if I outline for the House ...More Button

On the question of legal representation for the family, I would have expected that the family would be reassured by the prompt manner in which Mr. Justice Morris addressed the issue of costs arising o...More Button

——and to guarantee their costs even if they choose not to co-operate with the tribunal or abide by its orders. That would be wholly wrong and I will not do it. It is a matter of profound regret to me ...More Button

It would be wrong for me to say that I would make an exception in respect of other people who had counsel and solicitors working for them whose counsel withdrew for some reason that I still cannot und...More Button

——from that tribunal and the fact that lawyers for some reason or another were not willing to act for the McBreartys when other lawyers were willing to act for other people in similar circumstances wi...More Button

I will not interfere arbitrarily in this tribunal’s affairs in a manner which would undermine its authority to get at the truth because the truth is what everybody in this House wants to see establish...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: the procedures involved for non-nationals working here on work permits in applying for citizenship.More Button

It is open to any non-national to apply for a certificate of naturalisation if he or she satisfies the statutory criteria set out in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. A gener...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will review the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

This case came under the terms of the Dublin II regulations, formerly the Dublin Convention. The regulation is intended to prevent the phenomenon of “asylum shopping” across Europe and sets out criter...More Button

Written Answers - Coroners Service.

Was asked: if he will make urgent changes to the Coroners Act in view of the case of a person (details supplied); his views on whether the Act is adequate to deal with the proper evaluation of the situation; his...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Question No. 81 answered along with Questions Nos. 96, 137 and 743 of yesterday’s date.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Transport.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in replacing the desperately needed Garda marked car for a location (details supplied) in County Wexford; and the action being taken to provide an immediate replacement; and i...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the vehicle in question, a 1.6 Ford Focus marked patrol car, was crashed on 28 November 2004. Due to the damage sustained, the vehicle was written-of...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number and location of community gardaí in the Louth and Meath areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, which are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the number and location of all community gardaí attached to Gar...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if he will expedite an application for post-nuptial citizenship in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and the reason for the delay in dealing with this application.More Button

A declaration of acceptance of Irish citizenship as post nuptial citizenship was received in the citizenship section of my Department on 13 October 2004 from the person referred to in the Deputy’s que...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: when an application by the spouse of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will be processed and a decision communicated to the person concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The visa application referred to by the Deputy was received by my Department on 8 March 2005. In the interests of fairness, all visa applications are dealt with strictly in date received order unless ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí stationed in the Drogheda area; the number stationed each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there are plans to provide extra community gardaí for the town of Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 and 229 together. I have been informed by the Garda authorities, which are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the pers...More Button

Written Answers - Coroners Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is no obligation on a coroner to hear the views of the next of kin of a deceased person before reaching a decision on whether to hold an inquest;...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Questions Nos. 81, 96, 137 and 743 of 12 April 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the number of deportation orders granted in each of the past ten years; the number of these which have been fulfilled; the reason for the failure to fulfil and implement the remainder; the status and ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the reply I gave to Questions Nos. 100 and 712 on Tuesday, 12 April 2005. The following table contains details of the numbers of deportation orders made and effected since the co...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Was asked: if, in the interests of fairness, he will reconsider his decision retroactively to apply the three-year residency requirement for refugees applying for Irish citizenship to those whose applications we...More Button

There has been no change in policy regarding the determination of applications for naturalisation from persons who have applied for or been granted a declaration under the provisions of section 17 of ...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the number of applications for leave to remain here on the basis of humanitarian and compassionate grounds which he has reviewed since assuming office, by country; the number he has approved and the n...More Button

Leave to remain, outside that granted on the grounds of parentage of an Irish born child or marriage to an Irish or EU national, is considered in the context of deciding whether to deport a non-nation...More Button

Written Answers - Sentencing Policy.

Was asked: his views on the need for more consistent sentencing in sexual assault cases and training for the judges who hear them.More Button

The traditional approach to sentencing is for the Oireachtas to lay down by law the maximum penalty appropriate to a particular offence and for the courts, having considered all the circumstances of a...More Button


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