Ahern, Dermot

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 670 No. 2

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Leaders’ Questions.

God help Ireland if they were in power. More Button

Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 10 without debate be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Health Bill 2008: Order for Second Stage.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Private Notice Questions - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the position regarding the murder of a law-abiding citizen in inner-city Dublin at the weekend and the evidence from this murder that a serious societal problem exists whereby anti-social behaviour i...More Button

Was asked: the steps the Government will take to deal with juvenile crime and the growing availability of handguns in view of the shooting dead of a resident of East Wall, Dublin 1 in cold blood and the earlier...More Button

I thank the Deputies for tabling these questions. I begin by expressing my sympathy and that of the Government to the family and friends of the late Aidan O’Kane. The Deputies will appreciate that I...More Button

As I said earlier, the Government put Operation Anvil in place in 2005 and gave the Garda Commissioner substantial resources for it each year since then. Indeed, at a time when less money is availabl...More Button

While Garda overtime will be reduced next year, one must consider the sizeable number of gardaí recruited in recent years. Next year alone, Garda numbers will increase from 14,267 to almost 15,000. ...More Button

It has been suggested that the East Wall area has not had a Garda presence whereas there has been a substantial Garda presence in the area. More Button

I am not saying the Deputy voiced this criticism but it was made. More Button

I agree with Deputy Costello on the matter of parental responsibility. I was Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs for five years, from 1997 to 2002. During that time I was aware of and ...More Button

The 2,200 firearms that have been seized since 2005 — 1,200 of them in Dublin and 1,000 in the rest of the country — are obviously illegally held. In recent times, it is clear that handguns have been...More Button

Twenty seven of them have been reported stolen since 2005.More Button

One only has to look at some of the websites. The Deputy asked a valid question. Why do legitimate people need handguns? That is the question I have been asking myself——More Button

They are used in firing ranges with live ammunition. I discussed this with my Cabinet colleagues, and Members on that side of the House have come to me——More Button

No, there have been more than one. I tell them I would like to hear their views on this.More Button

This is not the issue we are discussing today.More Button

I was asked why legitimate people would want handguns. Judge Peter Charleton’s decision was reiterated by Judge George Bermingham and by Judge Kevin Kilraine when he was deciding an issue in Donegal—...More Button

We must look at this from a holistic point of view. The Garda has been very successful in seizing 2,200 firearms, a large proportion of which would be handguns. Will we allow the proliferation of li...More Button

It was set up in 2005.More Button

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I can undertake to get that information. However, issues like this have to be tackled on a multi-agency basis. I was a great supporter of community development projects when I was Minister for Socia...More Button

The Deputy is being somewhat facetious when he suggests that I am concentrating on the issue of legal handguns. That is not the case.More Button

As I said earlier, significant resources have been provided to the Garda over recent years. As a result, the force has seized a substantial number of handguns. I mentioned earlier that approximately...More Button

The Deputy is speaking out of both sides of his mouth on that issue. Juvenile liaison officers are working closely and successfully with local communities on youth diversion projects. The number of ...More Button

He should listen to people like Deputy Flanagan on both sides of the House. I remind the House that 630 gardaí are involved in community policing throughout the country. The more gardaí are redeploy...More Button

Consumer Issues: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Liquor Licensing Laws.

Was asked: if he has reviewed the practice of giving away free alcohol in retail outlets as part of an alcohol promotion or marketing campaign targeting younger people; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Section 16 (1) (b) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 provides for the prohibition or restriction of a licensee from selling or supplying intoxicating liquor at a reduced price or free of charge on t...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

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

I refer the Deputy to my Reply to Parliamentary Question No. 353 on the 25th November 2008. The position remains as stated.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: when he will establish the commission on integration; the proposed members of the commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when he will establish the ministerial council on integration; if he has identified the members of the council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if the strategic monitoring committee on the implementation of the national action plan against racism will have a role in the commission on integration or the proposed ministerial council on integra...More Button

Was asked: if he has established the task force on integration; the proposed members of the task force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if his office is providing funding to sporting bodies, faith based groups and local authorities; the amount being given annually; the breakdown of the number of bodies and the amount received by each...More Button

Written Answers - Traveller Community.

Was asked: the mechanism which will be put in place to pursue anti-racism strategies in relation to Travellers in view of the ending of the national action plan against racism and the disbandment of the Nationa...More Button

Members of the Traveller community come within the scope of the Equality Acts that accord them special protection against discrimination. These Acts charge the Equality Authority with working towards...More Button

Was asked: the reason Traveller representatives were not included in the high level group on Traveller issues. More Button

The High Level Group on Traveller Issues is a working group under the Senior Officials’ Group on Social Inclusion which, in turn, reports to the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion, Children and Int...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property.

Was asked: if he will provide details of office accommodation rented or leased in Galway city by his Department or any agency or non-governmental organisation under the auspices of his Department or funded by ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that office accommodation is currently leased by the Legal Aid Board at the following addresses: Galway Law Centre, 9, St. Francis St., Galway. Refugee Legal Service, Seville H...More Button

Written Answers - Child Protection.

Was asked: the number of investigations that occurred as a result of Operation Snow; the approximate number of children who were monitored; the number of children who were assisted; the amount spent on this ope...More Button

I have been advised by an Garda Síochána that Operation ‘Snow’ is an initiative undertaken by the Garda National Immigration Bureau which is designed to prevent the trafficking and smuggling of minors...More Button


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