Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 686 No. 2

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1 be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 895 people were arrested for possession of drugs for sale and supply while they were on bail; the number of those suspected offenders who were again r...More Button

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if he will respond to a query in relation to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the absence of more detailed information relating to the specific case, the Deputy will appreciate that I am unable to provide a definitive response. However, I can advise of the position generall...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made in regard to an application for naturalisation by persons (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Applications for certificates of naturalisation from the persons referred to in the Deputy’s Question were received in the Citizenship Section of my Department on 16 October 2006 and 16 June 2006 resp...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Staff.

Was asked: if an item of the new prison officer uniforms is to be manufactured here; the countries of origin of the new uniforms; and the cost of the contracts to provide the uniforms. More Button

I have been informed by the OPW that the tender competition for the manufacture of the new prison officer uniforms was published through the etenders website and in the EU Journal on the 17th July 200...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for long term residency for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for long-term residency by the person referred to by the Deputy was made on 27 September 2007. Officials in the Long-Term Residency Section of my Department have advised me that it is ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

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

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in January 2008. The average processi...More Button

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

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in January 2008. On examination of th...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for long term residency for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo in view of the fact that his Department stated in April 2009 that this person wou...More Button

Officials in the Long-Term Residency Section of my Department inform me that a decision was made on the application for long-term residency from the person referred to by the Deputy on 24 June 2009. ...More Button

Written Answers - Value for Money Reviews.

Was asked: the nature and outcome of any value for money audit carried out by his Department during the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has completed two Value for Money and Policy Reviews (VFMs) between 2006 and 2008. These reviews covered the following areas: Review of Asylum and Immigration Process Review of Projects...More Button

Written Answers - Property Transfers.

Was asked: when the transfer of property between persons (details supplied) will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established as and from 4 November, 2006. The PRA replaces the Registrar...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Was asked: the number of complaints of intimidation, threatening behaviour and verbal assault the gardaí have received or investigated from 2006 to date in 2009; the number of prosecutions ensued; the number of...More Button

In the time available it has not been possible for the Garda authorities to supply the details requested by the Deputy. I will be in contact with the Deputy when the information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 for leave to remain in the State in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will mak...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 25 June 2009. The position remains unchanged as consideration of the person’s case is ongoing. While I am not in a position to give...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; if a visa will issue before their spouse’s passport expires; and if he wil...More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person concerned made a Family Reunification Application in respect of his wife in June 2008. The Family Reunificatio...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for residency or leave to remain in the State 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 concerned arrived in the State as an unaccompanied minor. He was subsequently reunited with his mother and included on her asylum application on 31 January 2001. His mother’s asylum appli...More Button

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

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 141 of Thursday, 9 October 2008, and the written Reply to that Question. The person concerned applied for asylum on 13 February 2006. His application ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is eligible for naturalisation; the procedure to be followed in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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: if consideration will be given to self-catering accommodation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare on medical grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Reception and Integration Agency of my Department that there are no plans to relocate the person mentioned in the Question. More Button

Written Answers - Drug Offenders Register.

Was asked: when Part nine of the Criminal Justice Act 2006, which provides for a drug offenders’ register, will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that at present, a record of all persons subject to the notification requirements under Part 9 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006 is maintained by the Gard...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made for citizenship for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who was granted naturalisation in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in April 2008. The average processing ...More Button

Written Answers - Security Industry.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the licensing costs imposed by the Private Security Authority are more than ten times those of Northern Ireland; that alarm installers do not require ...More Button

The Private Security Authority, established under the Private Security Services Act 2004, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry. The Au...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a private security firm working for the Corrib gas project of a company (details supplied) and which employs over 50 security personnel does not requi...More Button

The Private Security Authority, established under the Private Security Services Act 2004, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry. The Au...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath. More Button

The person concerned and her two children applied for asylum on 6 April 2005. The two children were included on their mother’s asylum application. Her application was refused following consideration...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the case of persons (details supplied) in County Cork; the position with regard to each case. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of Tuesday, 7 April 2009, and the written Reply to that Question. The first named person concerned arrived in the State on 22 January 2003 and appl...More Button

Was asked: the residency status of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; if, in view of their background, he will reconsider their application for political asylum; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

The person concerned applied for asylum on 2 September 2005. His application was refused following consideration of his case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the garda resources allocated to areas (details supplied) in County Louth; if he will increase the resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as at the latest date for which figures are readily available, there were 4 members based in Dunleer Garda station and 4 members based in Clogherhead Garda...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of interest paid by him in respect of the late payments for goods or services contracted by his Department for the past five years to date in 2009; the steps being taken to ensure that mon...More Button

The amount of interest paid by my Department in respect of late payment for goods and services during the past five years is as follows: €10,342 (2005) , €35,845 (2006), €65,778 (2007), €41,572 (2008)...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Services.

Was asked: the length of time it takes for an individual to receive garda clearance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of persons employed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit; and the details of their positions. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 294 and 295 together. I am informed by the Garda authorities that the average processing time for Vetting Applications received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GC...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: his views on an incident (details supplied); if action will be taken to improve the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that local Garda management is aware of the incident referred to by the Deputy. The matter is under active Garda investigation, and it is anticipated that an inv...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will expedite the processing of a holiday visa application on behalf of a person (details supplied). More Button

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the visa application for the person referred to has been approved.More Button

Written Answers - Property Services Regulation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some letting agencies are charging fees of between €80 and €100 to social welfare recipients to consult with a landlord on reducing the amount of rent...More Button

The Property Services (Regulation) Bill 2009 provides for establishment of the Property Services Regulatory Authority on a statutory basis. One of the primary functions of the new statutory Authority ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of members of An Garda Síochána who have received early retirement nationally and in North Tipperary since the 7 April 2009 supplementary Budget; the ranks and position of those who have l...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of Gardaí, by rank, who have voluntarily retired from the Force in the months of April and May was as set out in the table hereunder: I have writ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training.

Was asked: if he needs a site (details supplied) in County Tipperary to be completed in order to begin a new tactical firearms training programme for An Garda Síochána; when the proposal for the site was first ...More Button

In late 2006 the Office of Public Works purchased the site referred to by the Deputy on behalf of An Garda Síochána for use long term as a practical training centre, including firearms training for Ga...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Was asked: if permission to remain in the State on humanitarian grounds will be offered to persons (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 292 of Tuesday 4 November 2008 and the written Reply to that Question. The persons concerned are a husband and wife and their three children. The firs...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

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

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the permission to remain in the State granted to the person concerned, under the IBC/05 scheme, was renewed in June of 2007, on Stamp 4 conditions, and is curren...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the status regarding an application for asylum by a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if, in view of their circumstances he will look favourably on this case; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

The person concerned arrived in the State on 15 January 2007 and applied for asylum on 5 November 2007. She gave birth to a child in the State on 30 November 2007 and this child was included on her m...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the three year delay in processing an application for political asylum by persons (details supplied) in County Cork; the current position regarding this application; the legal status o...More Button

The first named Applicant arrived in the State on 27 October 2006 and applied for asylum which was refused by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for political asylum by persons (details supplied) in County Cork; when a final decision can be expected on this application; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

If an application for asylum has been made by each of the persons concerned, the Deputy should note that it is not the practice to comment on asylum applications that are pending.More Button

Written Answers - Defamation Proceedings.

Was asked: if persons (details supplied) will be supported. More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the position in law under which the defamation of a person who has died is not actionable. I can inform the Deputy that while there are no proposals for change on ...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Aid Service.

Was asked: the reasoning for the Legal Aid Board’s intention to establish a model law centre in Dublin City centre; the position regarding the post of managing solicitor; the number of solicitors at the Law Cen...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the Legal Aid Board is committed to ensuring that it provides legal services in a professional, efficient and cost effective manner and, in order to achieve that objective...More Button

Was asked: the reason the Legal Aid Board held its board meeting in its office at Cahirciveen, County Kerry; the breakdown of costs of board meetings by the Legal Aid Board; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Legal Aid Board’s head office is located in Cahirciveen, County Kerry and it is for this reason and in keeping with normal practice that the Board considers it approp...More Button

Written Answers - Property Services Regulation.

Was asked: if the National Property Services Regulatory Authority has the necessary legislative powers to conduct its business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Property Services (Regulation) Bill 2009 provides for establishment on a statutory basis of the Property Services Regulatory Authority. The Bill was presented in the Seanad on 7 May 2009 and is c...More Button

Written Answers - Firearms Legislation.

Was asked: if, with regard to the recently published Bill on the use of firearms, he has received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied); if he has responded to them; if he will meet them to dis...More Button

My proposals on firearms control measures were announced last November and are contained in the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2009 which completed Committee Stage on 18 June 2009. ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied). More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person in question made an application for Family Reunification on behalf of her children in May 2008. This applicatio...More Button

Written Answers - Liquor Licencing Laws.

Was asked: the position regarding legislation and regulations governing deliveries of alcohol to private houses at night-time; if there are restrictions on same; his plans to amend this legislation; and if he w...More Button

The Government Alcohol Advisory Group considered issues relating to distance sales of alcohol in the Report which it submitted last year. Under section 17(3) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 it is...More Button

Written Answers - Court Procedures.

Was asked: the number of murder trials in which the accused was acquitted on legal, technical or other grounds since 1970; the number of such cases wherein proceedings could be resumed in the event of appropria...More Button

Statistics in relation to murder trials are a matter for the Courts Service, which under the Courts Service Act, 1998 is independent in the performance of its functions (s. 4(3)). Its functions includ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the position in relation to the White Paper on Crime which was first promised 11 years ago; and when it is expected to be completed. More Button

Earlier this year I announced the commencement of work on a White Paper on Crime which it is intended to complete during 2011. A key element in the process will be the production of a series of discus...More Button


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