McDowell, Michael

Thursday, 8 June 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 621 No. 9

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Priority Questions - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: if all the non-Irish, non-British nationals who were released from prison since the coming into effect of the Immigration Act 1999 were considered for deportation; if not, the reason; the number of su...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the replies I gave to Questions Nos. 84 to 88, inclusive, of 10 May 2006, 190 of 4 May 2006 and 470 of 3 May 2006. There is no provision in Irish law for the automatic deportatio...More Button

It is not the same issue, but a radically different one, because in Britain the judiciary apparently has power to order the deportation of persons it sends to prison. We do not have that system and wh...More Button

If the Deputy wants information, there are 113 non-EU national prisoners serving sentences in Ireland, from 38 different countries.More Button

The point is the Deputy implies by his question that all those who serve a sentence and are released should be considered for deportation.More Button

There is no point in doing a Steve Silvermint in the House. The simple fact is that if, for example, the mother——More Button

I am answering the questions, but the Deputy is throwing ridiculous shapes. It is an absurdity, for example, to suggest that the non-national mother of Irish children attending school here who is up o...More Button

The Deputy’s question implies that every non-national released from prison should be considered for deportation. I regard that as xenophobic nonsense. The Deputy should be more careful about what he s...More Button

I was told to move on to the next question.More Button

Priority Questions - Departmental Communication.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to improve communications between his Department and the offices of the Attorney General and Chief State Solicitor, particularly in regard to legal cases that may have imp...More Button

There is no doubt that recent events have highlighted communications issues between the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the offices of the Attorney General, the Director of Public P...More Button

Does the Deputy refer to my officials when he says “his officials”?More Button

The Deputy asked whether a Cabinet sub-committee deals with legislative and constitutional matters. There is no such sub-committee. I was also asked about the Department of Justice, Equality and Law R...More Button

——or some provision of immigration law. In cases of that kind, the assistant secretary with relevant responsibility, or the principal officer under that assistant secretary, is charged with bringing t...More Button

An inquiry into that matter is ongoing. I do not know the answer to the questions. When a mixed question of criminal law and constitutional law arose when I was Attorney General, it was normal for the...More Button

It is discussed by the two law officers — the Director of Public Prosecutions, or a senior member of his staff, and the Attorney General, or a senior member of his staff. That is the normal rule.More Button

The point is that the Attorney General did not know. After he had nominated counsel to deal with the case in the first instance, the Attorney General had no further involvement in the case. The Office...More Button

It is based on immense good will. The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Office of the Attorney General have never had a closer working relationship than they currently enjoy.More Button

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No. In response to the first question, the correspondence in question was directed to the then Secretary General, but without the name of the Department. That is the common way. If one was addressing ...More Button

I refer to the correspondence that was sent from the Office of the Chief State Solicitor to the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform in 2002. It was not dealt with by the Secretary General o...More Button

A note was taken of that by both parties to the telephone call in question. The note is still available.More Button

Priority Questions - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if he will immediately increase Garda numbers in south Tipperary, particularly community and drug unit gardaí in view of the increased crime levels in the area, the increased levels of drug-related cr...More Button

Deputy Healy will appreciate that policing operations and the deployment of Garda resources are matters for the Garda authorities. It is the responsibility of Garda management to allocate personnel to...More Button

I welcome the Deputy’s acknowledgment that the number of gardaí has increased in the Tipperary division. I reiterate my earlier statement, namely, that the number of gardaí has, during the lifetime of...More Button

It is 11%.More Button

It must be borne in mind——More Button

——that this compares with an 18% increase of the strength of the force nationally. In addition, groups such as the national drugs unit, the Garda National Immigration Bureau and other national units t...More Button

I will inform those organisations, as I have informed the Deputy, that from today, Clonmel will receive an additional four gardaí, Thurles and Nenagh will receive an additional three gardaí each, Temp...More Button

Priority Questions - Probation and Welfare Service.

Was asked: the measures he intends to put in place to deal with sexual offenders who breach post-release conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Part 5 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001 introduced a scheme under which the courts could order persons convicted of sexual offences to undergo a period of post-release supervision by a probation and welf...More Button

The proposals will give a court power to suspend or partially suspend sentences, subject to certain conditions. This will not reduce custodial sentences but it will permit the courts to leave major fu...More Button

The newly appointed head of the probation and welfare service, Mr. Michael Donnellan, is implementing a complete reformation of the probation and welfare service to refocus its efforts in a manner whi...More Button

I would like to strengthen the service in any way I can. Its new head, Michael Donellan, has a clear vision of where it is going and I have given him an assurance that I will support him in implementi...More Button

Priority Questions - Crime Levels.

Was asked: his views on the figures contained in the recent Garda report for 2005 which shows a further increase in the number of headline offences; his further views on whether taken together with the provision...More Button

I consistently emphasise that care must be taken in interpreting statistics, especially when considering short-term fluctuations and extrapolating trends over short periods. I emphasised this when the...More Button

I agree with the Deputy that firearms homicides are a major concern. I also agree it is difficult for the Garda to detect them not because of the firearms used but because the great majority of such h...More Button

Witnesses are unwilling to co-operate in many cases with the Garda in the detection and prosecution of these offences. I have provided immense resources for the force and I informed the Garda Commissi...More Button

I would love to dilate on the subject of honest knowledge or honest belief as a defence but I do not have time. If a person is found in possession of cocaine worth €3 million, his or her knowledge is ...More Button

The sentencing provision rather than the crime is important in this regard. It must be established whether a person is in possession of drugs. The value and consequences of these drugs are different m...More Button

Other Questions - Human Rights Issues.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent report from the Human Rights Commission on the rights of de facto couples, which warned that Ireland could be in breach of international human rights conv...More Button

At the invitation of the Human Rights Commission, I participated in the launch of a research report commissioned on the rights of de facto couples on 12 May 2006. There is no obligation in internation...More Button

The Ancient Order of Hibernians has apologised to me for the incident but is not convinced that the perpetrators were in good standing as members of the organisation. The Human Rights Commission repor...More Button

The group is chaired by the chairperson of the Legal Aid Board and former Deputy, Ann Colley, and is composed of a high-powered group of people including representatives from the gay and lesbian commu...More Button

I am not ruling out any options but the Taoiseach has indicated that the group chaired by Ann Colley should operate within the parameters of the Constitution as it stands because an early change to ac...More Button

I do not agree with the general point made by the Deputy that there must be an equivalence in respect of the arrangements made on both sides of the Border. I do not accept that we must do everything t...More Button

Other Questions - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: when the committee on video evidence was established; when it reported to his Department; the action which has been taken based on the report’s recommendations; when he intends to implement section 16...More Button

One of the consequences of the judgment of the Supreme Court that section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935 is unconstitutional is an increase in the evidential requirements on the prosecuti...More Button

I will regard it as a matter of extreme urgency and when I receive the first report from the HSE next week I will ensure I have a final report as soon as possible from it. In the meantime I will look ...More Button

I do not know. Last week I had little time for reflection, as the Deputies will understand, but something has occurred to me on a growing basis. An age category of 15 and 16 year old children was prov...More Button

The change in the law that was forced on us has not been a step forward.More Button

It was. We had stern rules — the Law Reform Commission report of 1990 called them harsh but I call them stern — that any adult interfering with a young person at an age or in a category prohibited by ...More Button

I accept the Deputy’s criticisms but I regard the matter as one of great urgency to bring the matter to a conclusion. The 1992 Act made the introduction of this material contingent on the availability...More Button

I hope so.More Button

Other Questions - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the number of occasions since June 2002 on which aircraft have been chartered to facilitate the deportation of persons from this country; the cost involved in such charters; the number of persons depo...More Button

Since January 2002, 23 charter flights have been engaged for the purposes of removing persons illegally residing in the State. Some 723 persons were removed in this way at a total cost of €3,150,073. ...More Button

——deportations. There is a new EU initiative on sharing the costs of flights and co-operation in organising such flights. The figures are often disappointing to the GNIB and one of the problems is tha...More Button

It is strange that people were deported without their being recorded. Perhaps they came to Ireland at the age of 16 and left at 19——More Button

I would not use the term “numbing”, but I find it strange. I ask the Deputy not to be numbed by this information.More Button

I agree the information should be available but I note from the information in the table that no clarification has been added. Deputy Howlin asked how to decide between a commercial and a charter flig...More Button

It is in case he or she becomes disruptive on the plane. One immigration officer had his arm broken by a person resisting deportation. Disruptive passengers may necessitate flights to be grounded and ...More Button

Any person in danger of violence etc. in the host country is entitled to resist deportation on refoulement grounds. If somebody is brought from Dublin to Lagos, for example, by airplane, arrangements ...More Button

My experience is that 16 year olds and 17 year olds who come in from a number of these states, and one state in particular, have crossed half the world to get here. Very frequently the account given s...More Button

Other Questions - Independent Inquiries.

Was asked: the status of the inquiry into the death of a person (details supplied) while in Garda custody in Clonmel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The independent statutory inquiry process established by me pursuant to section 12 of the Dublin Police Act 1924, as applied and amended, has been under way for some time following the appointment of ...More Button

I am aware of some press coverage of the kind the Deputy referred to, and some of it has not been completely fair. As I understand it, the particular incident coming before the District Court occurred...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Health Services.

I am taking this matter on behalf of the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children. Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive has responsibility to manage and deliver, or arrange to ...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Mental Health Services.

I thank Deputy Wall for raising the issue and I assure him I will bring his remarks to the attention of the Tánaiste. The management and delivery of services at Clonree House is primarily a matter for...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Graffiti Offences.

I am standing in for my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Roche, but I agree with every word the Deputy stated. Our response to graffiti has not been ad...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Sentences.

Was asked: his views on providing the resources necessary for the compilation of a database of information on criminal sentences in the Four Courts and online; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Courts Service Act 1998, the Courts Service — which is responsible for the day to day management of the courts — is independent in the performance of its functions. I am responsible for ensu...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training.

Was asked: the number of meetings that have taken place of the inter-Departmental working group to recommend an appropriate approach to Irish language training for recruits to An Garda Síochána; if this group ha...More Button

The inter-departmental group which is examining Irish language training for Garda recruits has met formally on two occasions. However, its members have also been in continuing informal contact on the ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if adequate numbers of Gardaí are available to combat the drugs problem with particular reference to the areas throughout the country that are currently most seriously subjected to the activities of d...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that policing operations and the deployment of Garda resources are matters for the Garda authorities. It is the responsibility of Garda management to allocate personnel to a...More Button

Written Answers - Missing Persons.

Was asked: if his Department is in a position to review an application for funding from an organisation (details supplied) wishing to establish a missing persons helpline; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

In March 2005, I established a new Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime to devise an appropriate support framework for victims of crime into the future and to disburse funding for victim sup...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the reason the average timescale for a certificate of naturalisation in the citizenship section takes in excess of two years without exception; his views on whether this is unreasonable in the case of...More Button

On 9 May 2006, my Government colleague, Mr. Batt O’Keeffe, T.D. Minister for State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government responded on my behalf to an Adjournment matter by the Depu...More Button

Written Answers - State Pathologist’s Office.

Was asked: his proposals for reform of the Chief State Pathologist’s Office; if it is intended to introduce a new system whereby homicide cases would be handled by two pathologists; the discussions he has had wi...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, I have already signalled the fact that I am exploring a number of possibilities aimed at further enhancing the services provided by the State Pathologist’s Office. This exe...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent warning from the Chief Justice over the introduction of hastily prepared legislation; his views on the warning from the Chief Justice; if he intends to ta...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that I share the view expressed by the Chief Justice in April last that hastily-prepared legislation can sometimes lead to difficulties, among them the fact adverted to by the ...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Protection Measures.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that there is sufficient legal protection in place to defend homeowners and occupiers from intruders; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, sections 18 and 20 of the Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997 make statutory provision in relation to the justifiable use of force in order to protect a person or pr...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: if he has received a recommendation from the Garda Commissioner that the full time strength of the Gardaí should be increased to 15,000; if he intends to act on the Commissioner’s recommendation; and ...More Button

In August 2005, I received a submission from the Garda Commissioner on the resourcing requirements of An Garda Síochána. The submission was based on the Commissioner’s analysis of the policing challen...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the progress with regard to the greater use of civilians in An Garda Síochána in order to release more members for front line policing duties; the number of posts occupied by Gardaí in 2001 that are o...More Button

In my reply to Priority Question No. 4 on 27 April 2006, I provided a comprehensive update on the significant progress being made in relation to civilianisation. I am pleased to inform the Deputy, tha...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: if, in view of the recent controversy surrounding the adjudged unconstitutional nature of provisions of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1935 he will instigate a full review of all current legislation...More Button

Was asked: if he will implement a system that would ensure that both his Department and the Attorney General’s Office are fully briefed on potentially unconstitutional legislation on regular basis; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: if he has intentions or plans to conduct an analysis of the communications structure between his Department and that of the Attorney General and the Director of Public Prosecutions to identify the rea...More Button

Was asked: the mechanism he proposes to introduce to prevent a recurrence of the recent legal and constitutional crisis which allowed the release of prisoners serving time for serious offences; and if he will ma...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 22, 37 and 48 together. There is no doubt that recent events have highlighted communications issues between my Department and the Offices of the Attorney General a...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the persons in his Department who had access to the Fine Gael draft Bill entitled Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2006, which was sent to his Department from the Bills Office of the Houses of the Oireac...More Button

I understand that on 24 May 2006, the Chief Whip's office received two separate draft private Members Bills by e-mail from the Bills Office with the request that they forward same to my Department. On...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Policy.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the comments contained in Amnesty International’s Report 2006, warning that further flashpoints similar to the recent hunger strike by Afghani men will continue to o...More Button

I have noted the very brief comments on asylum seekers contained in the section on Ireland in Amnesty International’s 2006 Report. I am strongly of the view that the State has a comprehensive asylum s...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Rights.

Was asked: his intentions to resolve the anomaly whereby the spouses and partners of non-Irish EU citizens have more residency rights here than the spouses and partners of Irish citizens.More Button

EU Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States was transposed into Irish law on 28 April 200...More Button

Written Answers - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: if he has plans to increase the number of juvenile liaison officers in view of the proven success in dealing with juvenile offenders and the increasing burden that is likely to be placed on them follo...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that as at 31 March, 2006 there were 95 Juvenile Liaison Officers (JLO...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Education Service.

Was asked: the education programmes being offered to prisoners in the prison system; the programmes recently terminated; the reason for the termination of these programmes; the programmes being prepared for roll...More Button

Education units offering a substantial and varied curriculum are in full operation in all prisons and places of detention, with the exception of Cloverhill Remand Prison where the education unit is no...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour.

Was asked: the action he intends to take to deal with vandalism and anti-social behaviour which is causing problems in many communities with families harassed and property vandalised; and if he will make a state...More Button

I share the concerns expressed about anti-social behaviour and its effects on people. In many such incidents, vulnerable people, often the elderly, are subjected to serious nuisance and forms of haras...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the progress made with regard to the Garda investigation into the major money laundering operation uncovered in early 2005; if a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions; if he has pl...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that an investigation file has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in this matter and that a response is awaited. I am further informed th...More Button

Written Answers - State Airports.

Was asked: the number of US planes whose cargo is not clearly identified that have been searched by the Irish security forces; the reason searches have not occurred in all instances; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I understand that, pursuant to Article 29 of the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, all aircraft, if engaged in international air navigation and carrying cargo, must carry a mani...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: his proposals to reform the law relating to the protection of personal privacy; if the heads of a Bill have been approved by the Government; if so, if he will publish same; when he expects to bring a ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the details of my reply to Question No. 15 of 27 April 2006. I have nothing further to add to that reply other than to indicate that I expect the Privacy Bill to be published wit...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the list of ten worst Garda stations drawn up by the Garda Representative Associations; his views on whether it is acceptable that members of the force should have t...More Button

Was asked: the details of the progress being made to refurbish Garda stations around the country in need of improvement and modernisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 34 together. The Deputies can be assured that there is an enormous work programme in place to progress the refurbishment or replacement of specific Garda statio...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to improve rural policing; the policy measures he intends to introduce; 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 (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána is set to...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Seizures.

Was asked: the number of seizures of cocaine; the volume of cocaine seized; the estimated value of the cocaine seized in respect of each of the past five years; if additional measures are planned to combat the s...More Button

One of the Government’s key policing priorities for 2006 is to continue to target organised crime, including drug trafficking. Efforts under the National Drugs Strategy to tackle cocaine use in partic...More Button

Written Answers - Civil Partnerships.

Was asked: his views on whether same sex couples are less likely than opposite sex couples to want to commit to the array of rights and duties consequent on marriage; if so, the evidence by which he has arrived ...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 392 to 394 of 23 May 2006. My view is that many same-sex couples may not want to commit to an institution which imposes on them all the rights and duti...More Button

Written Answers - Immigration Procedures.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the suggestion made in a recent document produced by Chambers Ireland that the term non-national should be replaced by foreign national or some similar term in all d...More Button

I am aware of the Chambers Ireland Study on Immigration Procedures which was published on 25 May 2006 and the recommendations made therein. The question of the most appropriate terminology for classif...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Ombudsman Commission.

Was asked: the progress made with regard to the establishment of the Garda Ombudsman Commission; the number of staff recruited to date; when he expects that the Commission will be in a position to begin dealing ...More Button

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commissioners were appointed by the President on the 10th February 2006, following nomination by the Government and recommendations by both Houses of the Oireachtas. The C...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Prison Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent comments by the Inspector of Prisons, in which they described the prison service as a failure; his plans to deal with the problems in the prison service i...More Button

I do not accept that the Prison Service as a whole is a failure. Over 3,000 people are provided with safe, secure and humane custody on a daily basis. I agree that there are aspects of the service whi...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Ombudsman Commission.

Was asked: his views on whether there is a need for the 26 County Ombudsman Commission to be operational and fully resourced immediately rather than January 2007 as currently proposed in order that there can be ...More Button

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commissioners were appointed by the President on the 10th February 2006, following nomination by the Government and recommendations by both Houses of the Oireachtas. Given...More Button

Written Answers - Victim Support Services.

Was asked: further to the decision of the Supreme Court on 30 May 2006 to order the release of a man who had been serving a sentence for statutory rape, the contacts his Department or the Garda have had with the...More Button

The Deputy may be aware that I had a meeting with the family of the victim in the case to which the Deputy refers. The discussions conducted at that meeting were held in private at the request of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if Operation Anvil, announced by him on 17 May 2005 remains in operation; the number of weapons seized to date; the number of arrests made; the number of charges preferred, arising to date from the Op...More Button

Operation Anvil commenced in the Dublin Metropolitan Region on 17 May, 2005. It is an intelligence led policing initiative, the focus of which is the targeting of active criminals and their associates...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: when the term of office of the Inspector of Prisons expires; if it is intended to reappoint the person; if he has plans to abolish the post of Inspector of Prisons; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The current Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention, Mr. Justice Dermot Kinlen, was appointed to the post on a non-statutory basis with effect from 24 April, 2002. His appointment was for a perio...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the numbers of Afghani nationals who have been deported in the period end 2001 to 1 June 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Between the period end 2001 to 1 June 2006 no persons have been deported to Afghanistan. However, during the period 1st January 2002 to 1st June 2006, 10 persons have been transferred to other EU Stat...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the position in regard to the operation of the Register of Sex Offenders; if the information is contained in a central database; the categories of persons who have access to the information; and if he...More Button

Was asked: if he will carry out a review of the register of sex offenders in order to bring it in line with the register maintained in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 75 together. The Sex Offenders Act, 2001 which commenced on 27 September 2001 sets out the obligations on persons convicted of a range of sexual offences. A con...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Reserve.

Was asked: the position with regard to the establishment of the Garda Reserve Force; when he expects the first recruits to the Reserve to begin training; if a final decision has been made on the numbers to be re...More Button

In July 2005, as part of a submission on the future resourcing requirements of the Garda Síochána, the Garda Commissioner proposed the recruitment of up to 4,000 reserve members as provided for in the...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the timetable as to when the promised anti-trafficking in human beings legislation will be introduced to the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Criminal Justice (Trafficking in Persons and Sexual Offences) Bill is at an advanced stage of preparation and should be published later this year and enacted in the lifetime of this Dáil.More Button

Written Answers - Tribunals of Inquiry.

Was asked: the position in regard to the three most recent reports received from Mr. Justice Morris; when it is expected that they will be published in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The resolution which led to the establishment of the Morris Tribunal was passed by both Houses of the Oireachtas on 28 March 2002. It requires the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, within...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the number of cases of murder in which firearms were used in respect of each year from 1998 to date in 2006; the number of such cases in which prosecutions for murder were initiated; the number of suc...More Button

Was asked: the number of murders in which firearms were used since the beginning of 2006; his views on the continuing level of gun murders, many of which are gang-related; the steps he is taking to deal with thi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 59 together. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table shows the figures available for murder offences recorded, detected, proceedings commenced and...More Button

Was asked: the number of homicides and serious assaults in each year from 2000 in which knives were used; his views on the introduction of a knives amnesty similar to that underway in Northern Ireland; and if he...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of homicides and serious assaults recorded and detected in each year from 2000 in which knives were used are as outlined in the table. The Crimin...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if he will investigate the ongoing harassment by Gardaí of republicans and other supporters at the hunger strike vigils being held in Dublin and surrounding areas; the reason for Garda presence at the...More Button

In recent months, there have been several events of the kind referred to by the Deputy in O’Connell Street, Dublin, culminating with vigils at the GPO. I am informed by the Garda authorities that, in ...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Challenges.

Was asked: when his Department became aware of matters relating to the recent Mr. A Supreme Court case; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Tánaiste has told this House, on 29 November 2002 my Department was informed in writing by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office of an application seeking judicial review by the High Court to chal...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Inspectorate.

Was asked: when the new head of the Garda Inspectorate will take up their position; when the other members of the Inspectorate will be appointed; when it is expected that the Inspectorate will be functioning; an...More Button

Following the enactment of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in July 2005, the Secretary General of my Department requested the Public Appointments Service (PAS) to advise on the most appropriate recruitmen...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of community Gardaí currently deployed; the location of these community Gardaí; if there is a set minimum period for community Gardaí to establish themselves in an area; 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 (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána as at 6th...More Button

Written Answers - Human Trafficking.

Was asked: the procedures which are in place to prevent the trafficking of women to Ireland for purposes of the sex trade; when the promised legislation to outlaw such trafficking will be in place; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: if he has discussed with his European Union counterparts the unacceptable incidence of human trafficking across Member States of the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the levels of human trafficking, primarily of women into Ireland for prostitution from countries including but not limited to Moldova, Lithuania, Romania, Mongolia, ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 56, 58 and 214 together. By its very nature, human trafficking is a clandestine activity and, owing to the intimidation associated with it, victims are often reluctant...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Communications.

Was asked: the number of Garda stations with broadband Internet access; the plans he has for a nationwide roll-out of broadband to all Garda stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that Broadband internet facilities are available at Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Store Street and the Garda College, Templemore. I am further informed by...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: his views on the figures contained in the recent Garda Report for 2005 which shows a further increase in the number of headline offences; his further views on whether taken together with the provision...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Question No. 5 for today.More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Was asked: the plans he has to allow for publication of statistics on the decisions of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal; if he will create an independent selection and interview process for members of the Tribunal, ...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) was established under the Refugee Act, 1996 in order to deal with appeals arising from negative recommendations in respect of applicatio...More Button

Written Answers - Tribunals of Inquiry.

Was asked: if, in respect of his meeting on 10 June 2005, with a private investigator (details supplied) in County Meath, he discussed with his Departmental staff the intended meeting with the private investigat...More Button

For many years the individual named in the Deputy’s question has frequently contacted me on a personal basis on a very wide range of issues which are of interest to him. These contacts are sometimes m...More Button

Written Answers - Gender Discrimination.

Was asked: the efforts he is making to address the gender pay gap; his views on the causes and results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While there is a number of factors involved in the gender pay gap, it is generally agreed that the biggest factor is the difference between women and men in accumulated work experience, and women taki...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Disciplinary Code.

Was asked: his proposals for a new Garda disciplinary code in view of the serious concerns expressed by Mr. Justice Morris in regard to the deterioration of discipline and good order that he found in regard to t...More Button

Work is currently under way in my Department in relation to the preparation of draft new Garda disciplinary regulations on the lines recommended by the Morris Tribunal. These new Regulations will comp...More Button

Written Answers - Law Reform Commission.

Was asked: the number of recommendations that the Law Reform Commission has made on matters relating to his Department; the number of these recommendations which are outstanding; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that a full list of the Reports of the Law Reform Commission since 1985 is on the Commission’s website together with the text of each Report, and that an indicative list of the...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Challenges.

Was asked: when he was first made aware of a High Court constitutional challenge to the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can inform the Deputy that I was never made aware of a High Court constitutional challenge to the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935. As the Tánaiste has told this House, on 29 November 2002 my Departm...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the progress made with regard to the Garda investigation into the murder of Donna Cleary in Coolock on 5 March 2006; if a file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions; if persons have bee...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the murder of the person referred to is under active investigation by the Gardaí at Coolock Garda Station. A number of persons have been arrested and...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of Gardaí at the latest date for which figures are available; the number expected to be recruited during 2006; the number of recruits who have graduated from the Garda Training College as f...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána is set to rise to a record 12,641 today following the attestation of 273 new members. This c...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Drug Treatment Services.

Was asked: the details of all drug rehabilitation programmes being offered in the prison system; the programmes recently terminated; the reason for the termination of these programmes; the programmes being prepa...More Button

On 2nd May 2006, I launched the new Irish Prison Service Drugs Policy & Strategy, entitled Keeping Drugs out of Prison. This new policy fulfils the commitment in the Programme for Government to publis...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Services.

Was asked: the categories of people working with children or other vulnerable people in respect of whom the Gardaí currently provide vetting procedures; if he has any plans to extend this to other categories; if...More Button

The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU), established in January 2002, currently processes vetting requests in respect of, inter alia, the following: prospective employees of the Health Service Executive...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Reserve.

Was asked: his plans for the Garda Reserve Force; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In July 2005, as part of a submission on the future resourcing requirements of the Garda Síochána, the Garda Commissioner proposed the recruitment of up to 4,000 reserve members as provided for in the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment.

Was asked: the number of Garda stations now equipped for the video recording of interviews with suspects; the total percentage of all stations this represents; the number of Garda stations with detention facilit...More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that 131 Garda stations out of a total of 703 stations have video interview recording facilities — almost 19% of the total. In its Third Report dated September, 2...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Policy.

Was asked: his views on the need for complementary protection for persons who have fled their country, and are unable or unwilling to return there due to the fact that their lives, safety or freedom are threaten...More Button

Was asked: the measures which the Government are taking to implement undertakings given under the Amsterdam Treaty Title IV, Article 63; if the Government will meet the deadline of 10 October 2006 for the transp...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 210 together. Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community (inserted by the Treaty of Amsterdam) provides, inter alia, that the Council shall with...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training.

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Garda indoor firing range at Garda headquarters has been closed due to safety concerns; when it is expected that it will be reopened; the temporary arrangements which are i...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Authorities that plans to refurbish the Garda indoor firing range at Garda Headquarters are being advanced. A specification of requirements has been prepared with the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if the results of the investigation by a Garda superintendent into the bringing of public order charges against a person (details supplied) will be made available to the Houses of the Oireachtas; and ...More Button

A Garda Superintendent from outside the relevant Garda Division has been appointed to examine the circumstances surrounding the arrest, charging and subsequent acquittal of the person in question. Tha...More Button

Was asked: the status of the investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a person (details supplied) while in Garda custody; if there will be a full and public inquiry into their death; if there...More Button

A Detective Superintendent from outside the relevant Garda Division was appointed immediately after the incident to carry out a detailed investigation into all the circumstances surrounding the person...More Button

Written Answers - Traveller Community.

Was asked: his views on the fact that Travellers have been part of Irish society for thousands of years with a culture that differs from the rest of the population and that it would be great benefit to all to ha...More Button

The question of recognition of Travellers as an ethnic group has been raised by some Traveller Organisations in the context of a number of international conventions notably the UN Convention for the E...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: if the use of energy efficient cars is being considered for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Car purchases for Government Departments and Agencies are generally organised by the Government Supplies Agency (GSA). Factors such as fuel efficiency and safety are taken into account in making such ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Policing Fora.

Was asked: the way in which the Cabra Policing Forum will be affected by new proposed legislation regarding policing arrangements with local communities.More Button

Currently funding is made available via the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to a number of Community Policing Fora which have been established in the context of the Government’s N...More Button

Written Answers - Vehicle Regulations.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 109 of 27 April 2006 if he will seek a response from the Garda Síochána regarding the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the complainant in respect of allegations of non-compliance with public service vehicles regulations in Athlone was interviewed but declined to make a writt...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: if he or his Department have correspondence over the years regarding the issues exposed in the May 2006 Supreme Court decision on the A case; and the reasons for his legal experts not knowing about th...More Button

The only correspondence which it has been possible to find in my Department which argued for the introduction of a defence of reasonable mistake as to age were in the context of the views invited from...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when the application by persons (details supplied) in County Sligo to his Department will be dealt with.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that permission to remain in the State has been granted to both of the persons in question and a letter notifying them of the decision has already issued.More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if there is evidence that the three tonne limit is being implemented in Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown; the number of summonses issued from March to date in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that both local and Dublin Metropolitan Region Traffic Division personnel are actively enforcing the three-tonne limit on Kennelsfort Road on a daily basis. From...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: if he has received reports from the Garda Commissioner regarding the level of active support for Neighbourhood Watch initiatives across the city; the number of active committees which are working curr...More Button

Neighbourhood Watch was established in 1985 as a crime prevention measure for urban areas and there are approximately 2,600 Neighbourhood Watch schemes in operation nation-wide. Since its establishmen...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the chronological order of the way in which the Mr. A case, unfolded; the relevant offices or Departments that were aware of the case; the personnel involved on behalf of the State in the preparation ...More Button

As the Tánaiste has told this House, on 29 November 2002 my Department was informed in writing by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office of an application seeking judicial review to challenge certain prov...More Button

Was asked: the procedures which are in place when his Department becomes aware of a legal uncertainty or a likely potential problem with legislation relating to his Department; the measures that were taken when ...More Button

Was asked: the procedures that apply when the Law Reform Commission recommends that a law needs to be changed; the procedures which were adopted when the Law Reform Commission recommended in 1990 that those rela...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 168 together. Whenever my Department becomes aware that legislation might be required, I would be informed and, depending on the issue, its importance and urge...More Button

Was asked: where the responsibility rests with regard to the processing of the recent Mr. A Supreme Court Case and the notification to the relevant personnel of all matters relating; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: if it is usual for him not to receive notification of Supreme Court actions pertaining to the constitutionality of legislation in operation within the State; if it is usual for him to be made aware of...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 167 and 172 together. There is no doubt that recent events have highlighted communications issues between my Department and the Offices of the Attorney General and the...More Button

Was asked: the number of people who have been convicted under Section 1.1 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1935; the number of people currently serving prison sentence having been convicted under this Sectio...More Button

I have made enquiries with the Garda authorities and the statistics relating to the number of convictions recorded for an offence under Section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1935 for the year...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: if he will examine the removal of documents by gardaí in December, 2005 from a family (details supplied) in County Dublin that have since been granted residency; the reason these documents have not be...More Button

I have been advised by my officials that documents were removed from the family in question in December 2005 for further examination. I understand that one of the documents referred to by the Deputy i...More Button

Written Answers - Court Procedures.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who appeared at Tipperary District Court on 3 January 2006 was remanded on bail until 7 February 2006; and if he was remanded on bail the details of ...More Button

I requested a further report from the Garda authorities in respect of the matter raised by the Deputy. I am now informed by the Garda authorities that when the person in question appeared in court on ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the status of citizenship applications for persons (details supplied); if these can be expedited.More Button

An application for certificates of naturalisation on behalf of the two persons in question, who are both minors, was submitted by their mother, a naturalised Irish citizen, to the Citizenship Section ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment.

Was asked: the number and cost of all information technology or other high tech facilities provided to his Department in the past five years; the extent to which each facility is operating efficiently and in acc...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that Expenditure under the main I.T. Capital and Current subheads of the votes under my Department’s aegis (Justice, Courts, Prisons, Garda, Land Registry) for the years 2000 t...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: the number of applicants who have passed the Garda entrance exam; the number to date called for training; the number awaiting such a call; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is responsible for the administration of the application process as well as Stage 1 (aptitude testing) and Stage 2 (interview) of the Garda recruitment process. I...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the number of robberies in the past two years in which hostages were taken to assist in the robbery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the figures relating to robberies involving hostages are not readily available and are currently being researched. They will be forwarded to the Deputy as s...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the high crime areas in Dublin City, where nightly foot and mobile patrols are available; his plans to increase same; 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 (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána is set to...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment.

Was asked: if there is sufficient personnel and equipment in the Garda forensic laboratory for same to function to the highest capacity; if there are delays occurring; if so, the provision he or his Department w...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the Forensic Science Laboratory which, although located in the Garda Headquarters complex at Phoenix Park, is in fact a civilian organisation coming under the aegis...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: if he will confirm that all those deported to their homelands by his order have been properly treated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the treatment of returnees to their homelands, it should be borne in mind that before a decision to deport is made in any individual case, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Ref...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service.

Was asked: if his office receives information from the Courts Service setting out the number of community service orders made in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Statistics on community service orders are provided in the Annual Reports of the Courts Service, which are available in the Oireachtas Library. At present, figures are given for the Dublin and Limeric...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the number of applications for citizenship received in each of the past three years; the number approved; the number rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table sets out the information sought by the Deputy:More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of cases in respect of which two or more prisoners share a cell in the various prisons throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. Where possible, it is the aim of the Prison Service to provide single cell occupancy for all sentenced prisoners. Exceptions ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the number of reported cases of car theft in each of the past four years; if prosecution and conviction have followed in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Statistics for the offences of unauthorised taking/theft of a mechanically propelled vehicle, recorded and detected for the years in question, are available in the relevant Annual Reports of An Garda ...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to ensure that those charged with serious crimes are not allowed bail when charged in the Courts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Bail Act 1997 amended the bail regime generally and gave effect to the terms of the Sixteenth Amendment of the Constitution. Section 2(1) of the Act provides for the r...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: if the principals of all known criminal organisations operating throughout the country have been questioned or arrested in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to put organised crime gangs out of business; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extra resources he intends to make available to An Garda Síochána to facilitate a crackdown on organised crime, drug trafficking, intimidation of witnesses, extortion, racketeering and protection;...More Button

Was asked: if he will make available extra Gardaí of various rank and sufficient in number to tackle organised crime with particular reference to overt and covert surveillance on those involved in drug dealing; ...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí currently directly involved in tackling organised crime, drugs or people trafficking; his plans to increase these numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 185, 187, 193, 200 and 201 together. Let me say at the outset that the Gardaí are, in fact, conducting a major crackdown on organised crime, including drug trafficking...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the way in which it is intended to tackle the increasing level of gun crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of reported gun crimes including killings in each of the past five years; the extent to which successful prosecutions have followed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 and 191 together. There is a particular overriding necessity, in view of the recent increase in violent crime involving firearms, to ensure that public safety and ...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour.

Was asked: the number of reports of anti-social behaviour logged throughout the country since the introduction of the legislation; the number of prosecutions and convictions; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Statistics for offences under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 are available in the relevant Annual Reports of An Garda Síochána, which are available in the Oireachtas library.More Button

Written Answers - Public Order Offences.

Was asked: the number of public order incidents detected or reported in County Kildare in each of the past 3 years; the number of convictions arising therefrom; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that no Garda District or Districts correspond to County Kildare. A number of Garda Districts include parts of County Kildare in their area. Accordingly, there a...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the action taken by way of ongoing follow up in respect of unsolved murder cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the House will appreciate, the deployment of Garda resources and the investigative methods used in murder cases are operational matters for the Garda Commissioner. In this regard, I am informed by ...More Button

Written Answers - Court Staff.

Was asked: if an adequate number of judges have been appointed to deal with the current workload; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since 2002, the total number of ordinary judges of the High, Circuit and District Courts has increased from 101 to 118, an increase of 17 judges. The number of High Court judges has increased from 25 ...More Button

Written Answers - Missing Persons.

Was asked: the number of people currently recorded as missing persons; the degree to which resources are available within his Department to monitor the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of untraced persons recorded at the end of 2005 was 395. I am further informed by the Garda authorities that the Missing Persons Bureau of the Ga...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the steps which have been taken to prevent the flow of information to organised criminals in regard to cash in transit assignments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the interests of creating a safe, secure and efficient cash-handling environment, a voluntary Code of Practice between An Garda Síochána and the service providers in the cash-in-transit industry, i...More Button

Written Answers - Witness Security Programme.

Was asked: the number of people covered in the witness protection programme or scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Witness Security Programme was established in 1997 in response to the activities of organised criminal gangs to facilitate those persons who are prepared to give evidence against alleged offenders...More Button

Written Answers - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: if the relevant sections of his Department have adequate dialogue with the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Education and Science with particular reference to the need to identi...More Button

The coordination of responses between Government Departments in respect of children at risk of involvement in crime and other troubling behaviour has been identified as a priority issue within my Depa...More Button

Was asked: if adequate resources are available to the relevant sections of his Department to combat juvenile or petty crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In recent years there has been a renewed focus on the State’s response to youth crime and youth justice issues. In October 2004, a project team was established within my Department to examine the yout...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that the Criminal Assets Bureau has available to it the sufficient resources, facilities and technology to ensure its ability to deal with crime levels; and if he will make a statem...More Button

The Garda authorities inform me they are satisfied that sufficient resources are available to the Criminal Assets Bureau to enable it operate effectively. The Criminal Assets Bureau has been at the fo...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the strength of An Garda Síochána as of 1 June 2006; the strength of the force on 1 June 2002; 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 (all ranks) of An Garda Síochána as at 1 J...More Button

Written Answers - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: the strength of the JLO service; the extent to which sufficient resources are available to the service to carry out its function; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is intended to provide extra personnel, resources or facilities to enable the Junior Liaison Service carry out its function in accordance with its statutory requirements and current and future d...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 and 204 together. I wish to refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 25 (ref: 22147/06) today.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: the number of Garda stations closed or otherwise made redundant in the past seven years; the number of new stations opened in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The information in the detail sought by the Deputy has been requested from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly when this information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment.

Was asked: if An Garda Síochána is sufficiently equipped in respect of Garda cars, technology or body armour with particular reference to increasing the obvious needs; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

The Garda authorities are satisfied that the technology required to assist in the fight against crime is available to them. An Garda Síochána constantly evaluate all available technology with a view t...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the position in relation to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow who has applied for a visa for another person; and if he will expedite the matter.More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the visa application in question was approved on 6th June, 2006.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Services.

Was asked: if there has been recent interaction between his Department and the Gardaí regarding the advancing of the State’s vetting capabilities to allow for checks on certain categories of volunteers.More Button

The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) was established in January 2002 to deal with the then known demand for criminal record vetting. I am pleased to report that, under the guidance of a multi-agency ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the implications for such decisions as he has made, or is likely to make, in relation to Afghan refugee asylum applicants in view of the fact that Afghanistan is not a party to the United Nations Conv...More Button

In relation to the treatment of returnees by the authorities in their countries of origin, it should be borne in mind that before a deportation decision is made in any individual case, the Minister fo...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the reason Ireland has not yet signed the 2004 EU Council Directive on residence permits, or the 2005 Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, both of which would al...More Button

I have already outlined on a number of occasions Ireland’s position on the European Council Directive on residence permits for victims of trafficking. In practice this Directive does not require us to...More Button

Written Answers - Human Trafficking.

Was asked: the reason Ireland, while it has signed the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (2000) has not been transposed into Irish law, with t...More Button

The Criminal Justice (Trafficking in Persons and Sexual Offences) Bill should be published later this year and enacted in the lifetime of this Dáil. The primary purpose of the legislation is to allow ...More Button

Was asked: if he will confirm that the only non-Governmental organisations (details supplied) operating here with the mandate of helping persons being trafficked for purposes of prostitution only receives €25,00...More Button

My Department has provided substantial funding to Ruhama (more than €1.6m in total from 2002 to 2005) and I understand that funding is also provided by the Health Service Executive. The funding provid...More Button

Written Answers - Disability Act 2005.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 33 of 9 March 2006, if the Attorney General has completed the formal drafting of an order to give effect to the National Disability Authority's code of practice i...More Button

I can confirm that under the Disability Act 2005, I have declared by order, on 6 April 2006, that the code of practice prepared by the National Disability Authority in relation to sections 26 (on acce...More Button


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