McDowell, Michael

Tuesday, 11 October 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 607 No. 59

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Railway Safety Bill 2001: Report Stage (Resumed).

Question put: “That Fourth Stage be now adjourned.”
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Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when an application for residency and naturalisation will be processed for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person in question made an application for residency in the State as the spouse of an EU citizen exercising EU treaty rights in Ireland in May 2005. In order for an application of this nature to b...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the steps which will be taken to ensure that the incidents of anti-social behaviour including the burning of a wheelchair accessible minibus which have been occurring regularly in an area (details sup...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the incident to which the Deputy refers was responded to by members of the Garda Síochána on community policing duties in the area at the time. I am further...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the delay in granting a holiday visa to a person (details supplied).More Button

I am informed that the visa application to which the Deputy refers is in fact reference number 1761186. Application number 1761186 was received on 25 August and was approved less than four weeks later...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Releases.

Was asked: if all prisoners covered by the Good Friday Agreement have now been released; if not, the reason any such prisoner has not been released; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All prisoners specified as “qualifying prisoners” in accordance with section 3(2) of the Criminal Justice (Release of Prisoners) Act 1998 have had their cases forwarded to the Release of Prisoners Com...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the role of the Garda in regard to the prosecution of persons perpetrating cruelty against animals; the reason gardaí on duty at the Ballinasloe horse fair failed to take action when their attention w...More Button

I am informed that the Garda Síochána investigate all allegations of persons perpetrating cruelty against animals and prosecutions are taken against such persons, where evidence is obtained. I am furt...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Discharges.

Was asked: if he will carry out an investigation as to the way a person (details supplied) was discharged from the Garda Síochána on the grounds of infirmity of mind due to the fact that they were never examined...More Button

The matters raised by the Deputy are the subject of a High Court civil action which has not been discontinued. In the circumstances it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Numbers.

Was asked: the number of convicted prisoners here at present; the breakdown of these by nationality; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table. The data contained therein relates to those serving prison sentences on 4 October 2005. The number of non-EU nationals totals 86 and ha...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: if he has received an application for capital grant towards a child care group (details supplied) in County Cavan; and if so, when a decision will be made on same; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

The child care directorate of my Department has no record of an application for capital grant assistance in the name of the group in question. Should an application be received from the group, it will...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an application by a person (details supplied) in County Louth for permission to remain here; the reason the decision is taking so long; and if he will make a sta...More Button

The person concerned, a Nigerian national, arrived in the State on 21 May 1997 and applied for asylum. His claim for refugee status was considered under the process then applicable and was refused by ...More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Title.

Was asked: when a dealing number (details supplied) will be completed; if his attention has been drawn to the urgency of this dealing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that I have requested the Land Registry to contact him directly concerning the current position of the application in question. I understand that, in circumstances where th...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will arrange a further appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny, whose cousin was refused a visa to visit them; the reason they were refused in view of the fact that ...More Button

An extensive set of criteria applies when assessing any visa application. These criteria, to a large extent, depend on the context in which the application is made, the personal circumstances of the a...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if applicants are waiting between eight and 18 months for post-nuptial citizenship applications to be processed; the actual processing time; the reason for such a long delay; the provision which is ma...More Button

Section 8 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, provides that a non-national who is married to an Irish citizen, who is Irish other than by naturalisation, post-nuptial citize...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of convictions that arose per county in 2004 as a result of the 12,307 detections for driving while intoxicated; the number of cases still pending; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I regret that it has not been possible in the time available to compile the statistics requested by the Deputy. I will of course contact the Deputy again when the figures are to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Extradition Orders.

Was asked: the reason an application for the extradition of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow was not made in order that the trial could be held here where the murder occurred; and if he will make a ...More Button

The system which was in operation at the time for extradition between Ireland and the UK was based on Part 3 of the Extradition Act 1965. In accordance with the provisions of Part 3 it was a matter fo...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the situation regarding the appeal of a holiday visa for a person (details supplied).More Button

The visa application to which the Deputy refers was refused on 9 August. In this case, the visa officer was unable to conclude that the applicants had demonstrated sufficient evidence of their obligat...More Button

Written Answers - Legalisation of Fireworks.

Was asked: his views on the need to legalise and regularise the use of fireworks in order to ensure a safer use of these devices than is currently in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Explosives Act 1875 provides for the control of the importation, manufacture, storage and sale of fireworks and, under the Act, any person wishing to import fireworks into the State must first obt...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: if he will take steps to develop and adopt a national strategy on violence against women that would provide a framework for monitoring and evaluating the progress of measures combating violence agains...More Button

Was asked: if he will replace the national steering committee on violence against women with a statutory independent body with responsibility for monitoring and progressing the implementation of measures combati...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 351 and 352 together. As the Deputy will be aware, the national steering committee on violence against women, or NSC, which is chaired by a Minister of State in my Dep...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí stationed at Aughrim, County Wicklow; if he will consider allocating a patrol car to the gardaí based there in view of the large area that they have to cover; and if he will make ...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength of Aughrim Garda station on 6 October 2005...More Button

Written Answers - Closed Circuit Television Systems.

Was asked: when he will provide funding for the installation of closed-circuit television cameras for Clonmel; the time scale for the installation; when the work will commence; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Clonmel is one of 17 locations nationwide to be selected to receive a Garda CCTV system. This programme of installing CCTV systems is being implemented on a phased basis as follows: phase 1 — Bray, Du...More Button

Written Answers - Commissions of Investigation.

Was asked: his views on the terms of reference of the Rossiter inquiry; if the inquiry will be established under recent public inquiry legislation rather that the out-of-date Dublin Police Act 1924 in order that...More Button

I am satisfied that the terms of reference of the inquiry which I have appointed Mr. Hugh Hartnett SC to hold into the arrest, detention and treatment of Brian Rossiter and the investigation of his de...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 439 of 4 October 2005, if a decision to refuse the visa was reached on 24 August 2005; the reason that decision did not appear on his Department’s visa decisions...More Button

The application in question was received by my Department on 24 August. The decision was reached on 26 September 2005. I assure the Deputy that my Department notifies applicants of decisions as soon a...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if a capital grant and staffing grant will be sanctioned to a group (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the community-based group in question submitted an application for capital grant assistance to my Department in February 2005. The application was forwarded immediately to ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will review the decision to refuse a visa application for persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the case of all non-EEA workers seeking to be joined by their family members, they must be in a position to support the family members in question without the need for those family members to have ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the status of an application for refugee status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is not the practice to comment in detail on individual asylum applications. As the Deputy will be aware, applications for refugee status in the State are determined by an independent process compri...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of gardaí serving in the Limerick division for each year since 1997 and to date in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength, covering all ranks, of the Limerick divis...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the number of unaccompanied minors who sought asylum on an annual basis during the period 2000 to 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The number of unaccompanied minors who sought asylum on an annual basis during the period 2000 to 2005 is as follows: Office of the Refugee Applications CommissionerMore Button

Written Answers - Probation and Welfare Service.

Was asked: if he will establish the reason a commitment made by the probation and welfare section of his Department that it would provide financial assistance in the sum of €150,000 to the YAP-Horizons project i...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that my Department, through the Probation and Welfare Service, has provided current funding to the Ballymun youth action project since 1989. Current funding of €66,700 was adva...More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Title.

Was asked: when a dealing with the Land Registry since 2002 will be completed for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that I have requested the Land Registry to contact him directly concerning the current position of the application in question.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaíserving in each of the Garda stations in the Waterford constituency for each year since 1997 to date in 2005; the population served by each Garda station in 1997 and 2005; and if h...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the personnel strength of each Garda station in the Waterford-Kil...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when the original documents will be returned to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Applications from the couple concerned for leave to remain in Ireland under the revised scheme announced by me on 15 January 2005 for the non-national parents of Irish-born children born before 1 Janu...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding visa applications for persons (details supplied); the reason they were refused visas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The visa applications in question were received in my Department on 15 August 2005. An extensive set of criteria is applied when assessing any visa application. Those criteria, to a large extent, depe...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when an application for citizenship for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 will be processed in view of the circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The person concerned lodged a declaration of accepting Irish citizenship as post-nuptial citizenship with my Department on 5 May 2005. The average time for the finalisation of the examination of such ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: if there are plans to increase the retirement age for members of the Garda Síochána from 57 to 60 years in view of the current shortage of gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I currently have no plans to increase the retirement age for members of the Garda Síochána who were recruited to the force prior to 1 April 2004. The changes in the retirement age for members of the G...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a proposed research project into the causes of death among the Garda Síochána; if funding will be provided for the amount of €25,000 requested on the basis that a si...More Button

I am aware of a research project proposal of the type described by the Deputy. I understand that the proposers of the project have been in consultation with Garda management on the matter. I have aske...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of a DNA databank regarding the investigation and detection of serious crime; when the final report of the Law Reform Commission will be available; and when th...More Button

It is my intention to draw up proposals for the establishment of a DNA databank which would, having regard to constitutional requirements and the requirements of the European Convention on Human Right...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Aid Service.

Was asked: the staffing and administration costs of the head office of the Legal Aid Board in Caherciveen, County Kerry; and the number of staff and the grades involved.More Button

Was asked: the additional costs related to having the headquarters of the Legal Aid Board based in Caherciveen, County Kerry regarding the Legal Aid Board; and the additional travel and related costs arising the...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 371 and 373 together. The number of staff posts at the offices of the Legal Aid Board in Caherciveen is 44, including three dual location posts. The breakdown of the g...More Button

Was asked: when the 2004 annual report for the Legal Aid Board will be available; and his views on whether such reports will be available within three months of the ending of the accounting year.More Button

Section 9(1) of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 provides that the Legal Aid Board shall make, not later than 30 September each year, a report to the Minister of its activities during the preceding year. ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 460 of 4 October 2005 in regard to illegal fireworks, his views on the number of members of the force which will be involved in Operation Tombola; and the additio...More Button

Each year leading up to Hallowe’en, special efforts are made to combat the illegal importation of fireworks. This year an intelligence-led operation called Operation Tombola, which aims to prevent and...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the action he proposes to taken in regard to an EU Commission proposal for a directive on common standards and procedures in member states for returning illegally staying third country nationals; and ...More Button

I presume the Deputy refers to the recent proposal from the European Commission for a directive on common standards and procedures in member states for returning third country nationals staying illega...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: when he will respond to the request from the current officer board of Victim Support for grant assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The disbursement of funding to victims of crime is now a matter for the commission for the support of victims of crime. The commission is an independent body established in March 2005 with a remit to ...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the capital funding he proposes for County Waterford in 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the equal opportunities child care programme provides capital and current funding to child care providers to develop services which support parents in employment, education or ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the way in which he proposes to tackle the importation and sale of illegal fireworks; if there is a public record of illegal fireworks seizures by the Garda and subsequent arrests; and if he will make...More Button

The Explosives Act 1875 provides for the control of the importation, manufacture, storage and sale of fireworks. Last February, I published a document on fireworks policy and initiated a process of co...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the number of cases of violence against women reported in Clondalkin and Lucan Garda stations for the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I regret that it has not been possible in the time available to obtain the information requested by the Deputy. I will be in contact with him when it becomes available.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an application for persons (details supplied) in County Dublin to remain.More Button

Applications from the couple concerned for leave to remain, under the revised scheme announced by me on 15 January 2005 for the non-national parents of Irish born children born before 1 January 2005, ...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services.

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to child care facilities in Clondalkin for the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 under the equal opportunities child care programme.More Button

Was asked: the number of child care places made available on account of funding from his Department for child care facilities during the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 in Palmerstown under the equa...More Button

Was asked: the number of child care places made available on account of funding from his Department for child care facilities during the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 in Lucan under the equal oppo...More Button

Was asked: the number of child care places made available on account of funding from his Department for child care facilities during the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 in Clondalkin under the equal...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to child care facilities in Rathcoole for the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 under the equal opportunities child care programme.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to child care facilities in Palmerstown for the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 under the equal opportunities child care programme.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding allocated to child care facilities in Lucan for the period 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 under the equal opportunities child care programme.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 381 to 387, inclusive, together. In 2004, my Department published a comprehensive review of progress under the Equal Opportunities Child Care Programme 2000 — 2006, EO...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the crime statistics across all headings for the years 1997 to 2004 for Bray, Greystones, Wicklow, Arklow and Blessington as this information was not supplied in the reply to Parliamentary Question No...More Button

The information requested was supplied in response to Question No. 366 of 29 June 2005. In regard to crime figures, the Deputy is aware that on becoming Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: the progress that has been made regarding the introduction of a nationwide network of private speed cameras following the Cabinet’s approval of the scheme over the summer; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Legislation is being drafted by my colleague, the Minister for Transport, which will enable the engagement of the private sector in the provision and operation of speed cameras. The Garda Síochána, as...More Button


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