McDowell, Michael

Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 626 No. 4

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Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Bill 2006: Report Stage (Resumed)

Amendment put.
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Question put: “That the words and figures proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Written Answers - Illegal Fireworks.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that sufficient measures are being taken to protect members of the public from illegal use of fireworks; 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. That Act was amended by the Criminal Justice Act, 2006 and, on 1 August, 2006 I signe...More Button

Written Answers - Remembrance Commission.

Was asked: if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) receives the maximum support with all their medical treatments and expenses. More Button

I have been advised by the Remembrance Commission that the person in question is continuing to receive funding for medical expenses under the terms of the Amended Scheme of Acknowledgement, Remembranc...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: his Department’s plans for the new accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Clondalkin village; the length of time such a facility is expected to be open for; the final capacity envisaged; the cons...More Button

The Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) has entered into a contract for the accommodation of asylum seekers at the Towers in Clondalkin, Dublin 22. The contract will expire on 24th December 2012. T...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath for permission to remain in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The legal representatives of the person concerned lodged an application for permission to remain in the State on the 28 February 2006. A decision granting her permission to remain on work permit cond...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: the position regarding proposals to upgrade and extend Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick; the new facilities which will be provided; when the project will be put out to tender; and if he will ma...More Button

There are plans to provide a new Divisional Headquarters Station for the Gardaí in Limerick City. The Garda Authorities have agreed briefs of requirements for a new Divisional Headquarters at a recen...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for asylum for a person (details supplied); 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 - Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the position of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2006 regarding business tenancies; and if he will ensure that jobs are protected at a business (details supplied) in County Wexford follo...More Button

Sections 57 and 58 of the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2006 propose to amend the Landlord and Tenant (Amendment) Act 1980 so as to enable all business tenants to contract out of provision...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the date on which the power to impound uninsured vehicles that are registered outside the State was granted; the number of vehicles impounded under this power; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation.

Was asked: if he or the prison service considered in detail any other site other than Spike Island for the new prison to replace Cork Prison; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on building a prison on Spike Island which requires a bridge and road network to be put in place before substantial building work can commence which may delay the provision of a replacement...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 and 219 together. The Irish Prison Service is at present engaged on preliminary works and surveys on Spike Island which are intended to inform on the technical and...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the position in relation to an application for leave to remain here in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; 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 - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when an application for citizenship for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be dealt with in view of the fact that the applicant has been living and working here for the past five years. More Button

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship, 1956, as amended, provides that the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of natu...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: the number of applicants from both Waterford City and Waterford County who applied for the Garda Reserve unit. More Button

Was asked: the number of the group of Garda Reservists picked for training, after the initial interviews, who registered for training. More Button

Was asked: the number of Garda Reservists that have been fully trained to date. More Button

Was asked: the number of applicants for the Garda Reserve who have had their application rejected; and the number who have withdrawn from the scheme. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 to 224, inclusive, and 226 together. The total number of applicants for the Garda Reserve at 19 September was 6,661. Of these applications 148 were in respect of p...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the types of weapons the Gardaí have received under the Criminal Justice Act 2006 weapons amnesty; and the number of knives included in same. More Button

Was asked: the number and type of weapons handed in on foot of the weapons amnesty. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 262 together. I wish to inform the Deputy that the Gun, Knife and Offensive Weapons Amnesty which commenced on 1 September 2006 expired at midnight on 31 Octob...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of speed checks carried out by the Gardaí in 2005 and to date in 2006; the number of drink driving interventions carried out by the Gardaí in 2005 and to date in 2006; and if he will make ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of fixed charge notices issued for speeding was 143,651 in 2005 and 152,669 in 2006 (up to 30 September). I am also informed that the number of ...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the status of his request, as stated in his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 601 of 4 July 2006, of the Gardaí for a report into the matters raised in that parliamentary question; if he has receiv...More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of Gardaí allocated to each Garda station in County Kerry; the way these figures compare with the end of 1997; the number of Gardaí in County Kerry at the end of 1997 and today; and if he ...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 increased...More Button

Written Answers - Missing Persons.

Was asked: if, in view of his publically stated commitment to the rights of victims of crime, and the ongoing problems faced by the families of missing persons, he will reinstate funding to a dedicated missing ...More Button

The disappearance of any person is traumatic for their family and friends, and for this reason I am anxious to assist them in any way I can. I am of the view that a helpline for this purpose is bes...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the position in relation to persons (details supplied) in Dublin 17; and if they will be given the maximum support. More Button

I understand that the Immigration Division of my Department has been in correspondence with the person concerned. Upon receipt of the documentation requested, a decision will be made on the applicati...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the number of people granted humanitarian leave to remain here for each of the years from 2002 to date in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I presume that the Deputy is referring to applications for Leave to Remain in the State made pursuant to Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999. An application for Leave to Remain in the State in ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount expended on photographers by his Department for events and publicity leaflet production in his constituency and the constituency of each Minister of State of his Department in the years 20...More Button

I regret that the information sought by the Deputy is not readily available in the time allowed and is currently being researched. I will contact the Deputy again when the information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Prison Building Programme.

Was asked: the reason he has not considered submissions made under Part 9 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 in relation to the prison development at Thornton Hall. More Button

The Planning procedure for the development has not yet been instigated. It is intended that when this occurs, which is likely to be early in 2007, all submissions received in relation to the developm...More Button

Written Answers - Public Order Offences.

Was asked: when will anti-social behaviour orders come into effect; if An Garda Síochána will be given instructions on the way they will be implemented and enforced; his views on their implementation with urgen...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that strong provisions are in place to combat anti-social behaviour. The primary basis for the law regarding public order offences is the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if a special concession will be put in place on humanitarian grounds to avoid the continued separation of a family (details supplied). More Button

I understand the Immigration Division of my Department has recently been in contact with the person concerned outlining the options open to her.More Button

Written Answers - Computerisation Programme.

Was asked: if the Garda fixed charge processing system is fully integrated with the Courts Service information technology system and the National Drivers File; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm that there are electronic interfaces between the Garda and Courts Service information technology systems for the purposes of processing summons applications and court scheduling details ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the situation with regard to an application for naturalisation by a person (details supplied) in County Sligo; if this person has one year’s continuous reckonable residency in the State. More Button

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended, provides that the Minister may, in his absolute discretion, grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation provided certain statu...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: the moneys spent on the development of Balseskin Reception Centre, Finglas, Dublin 11; the status of the reception centre; his plans for the future of the centre; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Arising from an EU tender in January 2001, Balseskin was developed by a private company as a reception centre for asylum seekers. The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has remunerated the compan...More Button

Was asked: if the Balseskin Reception Centre operated as a refugee reception centre without an appropriate fire certificate being in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under Section 6(b)(iv) of S.I. 496 (Building Control Regulations) 1997, the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is exempted from the requirement to obtain a fire certificate. Notwithstandi...More Button

Was asked: the nature of instructions issued by his Department in relation to the development of Balseskin Reception Centre on foot of interest from the Health Service Executive in converting the property into ...More Button

My Department has issued no instructions in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy. When the prospect arose of the centre in question being used by the HSE for step-down beds, my Department advi...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of Gardaí stationed in Shankill, Dalkey, Dún Laoghaire, Blackrock, Deansgrange and Cabinteely Garda Stations during the years 1997 to date in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the m...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 increased...More Button

Written Answers - Making of Wills.

Was asked: the percentage of the adult population who have made a will; and his views on a campaign to highlight the importance of making a will. More Button

No data are available on the percentage of the adult population that has made a will. However, the 2005 Annual Report of the Courts Service indicates that of the 15,671 applications made to the Proba...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if a renewal work visa will be issued early for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and the appropriate steps to be taken in relation to same. More Button

Subject to the provisions of the Immigration Act 2004, an Immigration Officer may, on behalf of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, give a non-national a document, or place in his or he...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that the number of Gardaí stationed in Dunboyne, County Meath and Slane, County Meath is adequate to meet the policing needs of the areas; and if he will make a statement on the ma...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 increased...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation.

Was asked: the accumulated capital cost of the Dóchas women’s facility in Mountjoy prison; the facilities it provides for the women prisoners; the level of access the prisoners have to their children; the numbe...More Button

The Dóchas Centre comprises seven houses as well as a dedicated healthcare unit. There is an average of twelve predominantly single occupancy bedrooms with en-suite facilities in each house. A tele...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Complaints Procedures.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to allegations made by a person (details supplied) in County Waterford against An Garda Síochána; if he intends to take action on foot of these allegations; and if he ...More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 276 of 24 October 2006, the number of people convicted as a result of domestic violence incidents in each Garda district and region for the years 2004 and 2005 r...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 touch with the Deputy in relation to this matter when it becomes available....More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the criteria he applied in deciding whether persons who are not Irish citizens are allowed to stay here following a criminal conviction and release from prison. More Button

By way of background, it should be noted that the effect of a deportation order when served on a person is that the person concerned is legally obliged to leave the State and to thereafter remain out ...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the nature of the sex offenders register maintained; his plans to extend access to this information to additional groups or agencies in the community; and if he is satisfied with the degree of protec...More Button

The Sex Offenders Act which commenced on 27 September 2001 sets out the obligations on persons convicted of a range of sexual offences against both children and adults. A convicted sex offender must ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the position of an internal investigation conducted into the issuing of a public service vehicle licence to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand. More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will allow a person (details suppled) in County Meath to remain here temporarily; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The persons concerned and their children, Nigerian nationals, arrived in the State on 7 August, 2002 and 18 November, 2002 and applied for asylum on 1 April, 2004. They had previously applied for asy...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will grant a visitors visa to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Irish Embassy in Ankara on 19th October, 2006. A decision in respect of the application in question will be made in the near future. More Button

Written Answers - Driving Licences.

Was asked: if he will ask the Gardaí at the Carriage Office in Dublin Castle to review the decision on humanitarian grounds not to renew the PSV licence of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he wil...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that any person who wishes to drive a Public Services Vehicle must have sufficient knowledge to operate as a PSV driver. Under the PSV Regulations there is a pr...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the main elements of his strategy for tackling crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The recently published provisional headline crime statistics for the third quarter of 2006 show a decrease of 1.6% for the quarter compared with the same quarter in 2005. Looking at long term crime t...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: the plans for a temporary Garda station in Monasterevin, in view of the fact that the current station is closed for renovation and the residents have to travel the considerable distance to Rathangan ...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Authorities that the Garda station in Monasterevin was closed due to fire damage on 13th September, 2006. The Office of Public Works have been requested to ascertain ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Services.

Was asked: the number of additional staff who will be required at the Garda vetting unit in Thurles, County Tipperary arising from the inclusion in the proposed childcare regulations of the need for crèches and...More Button

The Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006 were made by the Minister for Children, Mr Brian Lenihan, T.D., on 29 September, 2006. These Regulations will come into operation on 2 January, 2...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that there is enough legislative support for the Gardaí to tackle the issue of non-Irish registered cars being driven here that have not got the correct insurance cover and vehicle...More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand. More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of Gardaí stationed in the Fermoy District Cork North Division each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of Gardaí stationed in each of the Garda stations in Mitchelstown, Kildorrery and Kilworth in each year from 1997 to 2001 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 259 and 260 together. I have been informed by the Garda authorities, who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, that the person...More Button

Written Answers - Domestic Partnerships.

Was asked: the breakdown of the budget allocation to the Working Group on Domestic Partnerships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There is no specific budget allocated to the Working Group on Domestic Partnership. Costs arising from the work of the Group are met from the existing vote of the Department of Justice, Equality and L...More Button

Written Answers - Weapons Amnesty.

Was asked: the amount of money spent on advertising and promoting the weapons amnesty. More Button

A total of €331,608.26 (inclusive of VAT) was spent on advertising and promoting the Weapons Amnesty.More Button

Written Answers - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: the number of youths between 16 and 18 years of age who are currently detained in St. Patrick’s Institution, Dublin. More Button

Figures indicate that on 31 October, 2006 there were 52 persons in custody in St. Patrick’s Institution who are aged between 16 and 18 years. This figure is made up of eighteen 16 year olds and thirt...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Was asked: the progress of a proposed 24 hour Garda station in Carndonagh in North Inishowen, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that there are plans to provide a new Area Headquarters Station at Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. To this end the Office of Public Works recently advertised in...More Button

Written Answers - Detention Centres.

Was asked: his proposals to develop the Oberstown Campus in County Dublin as a national centre for the detention of children; the number of children up to 18 years of age who will be detained in the complex; an...More Button

Amendments to the Children Act 2001 included in the Criminal Justice Act 2006 extend the children detention school model to all offenders under the age of 18 and transfer responsibility for the detent...More Button

Written Answers - Vehicle Registration.

Was asked: the procedures in place for An Garda Síochána to receive notification from vehicle registration in Shannon Town Centre, County Clare that a change of vehicle ownership has occurred; the way in which ...More Button

I have requested a Garda report in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 162 of 25 October 2006 in relation to property acquired or disposed of in the Dublin area by or on behalf of the Reception and Integration Agency, the number of ...More Button

A total of 35 persons expressed an interest in providing accommodation for asylum seekers in response to the advertisement of 10 July 2006. One of these expressions of interest was not received by th...More Button


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