McDowell, Michael

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 628 No. 5

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 17, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the terms of an agreement between Ireland and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on participation in the...More Button

With regard to the Transport Act, legislation is being worked on to reform transport law. Legislation is also being prepared for a Dublin transportation authority to deal——More Button

It is happening and that legislation will be brought forward this session. If the Deputy has not seen the Defamation Bill, he should visit his optician because it is before the Seanad and will be deba...More Button

I remind the Deputy that it was his very distinguished brother, who was standing where I am now when I was on the benches opposite, who said that reform of the defamation law was not a priority for hi...More Button

With regard to the single crimes Act, as the Deputy, who takes a close interest in these matters, is aware, we have had the establishment of a codification body in the Criminal Justice Act. That body...More Button

The eligibility for health Bill is scheduled for publication next year, as the Deputy will appreciate.More Button

Approximately two minutes ago, I said it would be this session.More Button

As the Deputy points out, the report was published yesterday. It will be considered at Cabinet and there will be an opportunity for the House to debate it and to decide where we bring the issue next.More Button

The Bill will be published before the commencement of the next session. It will be in early 2007.More Button

The Foyle and Carlingford fisheries Bill has 75 heads. We in this jurisdiction have completed our section of the Bill but we are awaiting text from Northern Ireland for other portions of the Bill. W...More Button

That legislation is promised for next year.More Button

Time has not been allocated to debate the Teamwork report this session. It will probably be next session before it is dealt with. I understand work is almost complete on the fines Bill and it will b...More Button

I understand there has been discussion with the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Noel Dempsey, on that issue. The Deputy would do better to raise the matter directly ...More Button

Time is limited in this House. The first few months of the year are normally spent dealing with social welfare and finance legislation. Members will have to make maximum use of the time that is avai...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the commitment in the programme for Government was the subject of a review in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The Department asked the Law Reform C...More Button

It is intended that the legislation will be published in the middle of next year.More Button

It is not possible to say at this point.More Button

Written Answers - Internet Usage.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns expressed by the European Commission to the effect that national Governments would investigate the means whereby the use of the internet by persons inv...More Button

Combating illegal, harmful and predatory use of the Internet requires responses at national, EU and international levels. Ireland is fully committed to playing its part, at home and internationally, ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be reached on a visa application for persons (details supplied); and if it will be possible to issue a decision in time to allow the persons involved to make the necessary arrang...More Button

The applications referred to by the Deputy were received in the Dublin Visa Office on 10 November, 2006. I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the applications in question were approved on 20 Novemb...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the lengthy delay in arranging hearings in respect of criminal injury compensation as in a case of a person (details supplied); and the obstacles to more timely pro...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, under the terms of the Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries Criminally Inflicted, the Tribunal is entirely independent in the administration of the Scheme and I hav...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if, in communicating a decision not to grant a certificate of naturalisation, the reason for refusal is given; and if not, the reason applicants are advised that they may reapply and in so doing shou...More Button

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 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 n...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not been granted a holiday visa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Moscow Visa Office on 6 October, 2006. The decision of the Visa Officer to refuse the application was taken on 31 October 2006. The appl...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: his views on the case of a person (details supplied) who has made an application to his Department; the position of this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person concerned arrived in the State on 6 February 2004 and applied for asylum. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissi...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2; if he will review all of the circumstances and satisfy himself that the marriage is genuine, that the decision ...More Button

Following a review of the case I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the application in question was approved on 29 November, 2006. The applicant will be contacted shortly by the Visa Office in Beij...More Button

Written Answers - Closed Circuit Television Systems.

Was asked: if he will take action to ensure that Tallaght is included in his Department’s plans for a closed circuit television scheme; his views on the particular needs of Tallaght in that regard; and if he wi...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that Tallaght is one of the 17 areas which form part of the Garda CCTV Programme, as follows (listed alphabetically): Athlone, Ballyfermot, Carlow, Castlebar, Cl...More Button

Written Answers - Family Law.

Was asked: if he will confirm that no divorce has been granted to a person (details supplied) living outside the EU under Irish law and that the person does not have full custody to their children under Irish l...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, it is a function of the Courts Service to provide appropriate information on the courts to the public. I have there...More Button

Written Answers - Jury Service.

Was asked: if an upper age limit applies regarding eligibility for jury service; if so, the reason for the age limit; his plans to remove same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the law as it stands in the Juries Act 1976, every citizen aged 18 years or upwards and under the age of 70 years is qualified and liable to serve as a juror. Persons excusable from jury servic...More Button

Written Answers - Education Services.

Was asked: if his Department can assist a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 to avail of a professional development internship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the position in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I would refer the Deputy to the Reply I gave to his Dáil Question No. 86 of Thursday 26 October 2006. The status of the person concerned remains as set out in that reply.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: further to his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 83 of 26 October 2006 and his reference therein to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 1 June 2006, the time by which he expects the examination proce...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my replies to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 1 June 2006 and Parliamentary Question No. 83 of 26 October 2006 in relation to the person concerned. The position remains as ou...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to the application for reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person in question made an application for Family Reunification under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996 on behalf of his wife in May 2006. I have been informed by the Immigration Division of my ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will give favourable consideration to the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that the case of the person concerned falls under the terms of the Dublin II Regulation, Council Regulation (EC) No. 343/2003. This Regulation is intended to prevent the p...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

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

The person in question applied for permission to remain in the State under the revised arrangements for non-EU national parents of Irish children born prior to 1 January 2005, commonly referred to as ...More Button

Was asked: if he will initiate a further investigation into the circumstances in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford whose case appears to warrant consideration notwithstanding his reply...More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my replies to Question No. 99 of 9 November 2006 and No. 693 of 21 March 2006. The position remains the same as set out therein. The person concerned continues to be ill...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Remuneration.

Was asked: the Gaeltacht allowances payable to An Garda Síochána; the amounts involved; and the criteria and to whom payable. More Button

An allowance amounting to 7.5% of gross pay is payable to members of An Garda Síochána serving in defined Gaeltacht areas who perform their duties through the medium of Irish and whose knowledge of th...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: if the internal Garda review into the death of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly has been completed; and if he has proposals for an independent examination of the circumstances surrounding...More Button

At an inquest on 26 April, 2004 on the person referred to by the Deputy, the jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence that the cause of death was due to immersion in fresh wat...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the position on the decentralisation programme specifically for County Meath; the timeline on the delivery of jobs to the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The targeted number of posts for Navan, County Meath under my Department’s decentralisation programme is 103. This will be made up of posts from the Probation Service, the National Property Services ...More Button


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