Ahern, Dermot

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 687 No. 5

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. b1 be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1 be agreed to.”
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Local Government (Charges) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Amendment put.
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Amendment put.
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Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009: Committee Stage (Resumed).

The purpose of Amendment No. 2a and those associated with it is to emphasise that the person giving evidence as to the existence of a gang must establish, to the satisfaction of the court, that he or ...More Button

Were we addressing this matter under the scheduled offences in the Offences Against the State Act and opinion evidence was being given as to the guilt of a particular individual by a chief superintend...More Button

I genuinely wanted to move in the direction of opinion evidence as regards membership of a criminal gang but the Attorney General confirmed advice given by a preceding Attorney General stating the dif...More Button

It has to be said that people did not recognise the court because they were not prepared to give evidence to oppose what the chief superintendent was saying.More Button

Written Answers - Closed Circuit Television Systems.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 292 of 9 December 2008 the position in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that significant progress has been made on the installation of the Garda town centre CCTV system in the area referred to by the Deputy. This system is expected t...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Seizures.

Was asked: the number of vessels and ships that were searched in Donegal and Sligo since 1 January 2009; the amount of drugs found by these searches; the number of meetings that were held between the drugs unit...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, Revenue’s Customs Service has primary responsibility for the prevention, detection, interception and seizure of controlled drugs at ports of entry into the State. I am ad...More Button

Was asked: the total number of full-time staff assigned to drug detection and surveillance in counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo in 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the total number of full-time staff assigned to drug detection and surveillance in Counties Donegal, Sligo and Mayo in 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009 is as s...More Button

Was asked: the number of staff assigned to other work from the drugs unit in 2007 and 2008 on a county basis; the number of visits made by drugs units to second level schools in County Donegal in order to give ...More Button

In the time available it has not been possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy. I will communicate further with the Deputy when the information sought is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff employed by his Department in County Louth by location; if such staff are permanent, temporary, part time or on fixed contracts and so on; the accommodation used by such staff and...More Button

The Department’s Probation Service has regional offices in Dundalk and Drogheda. In the Dundalk office there are nine staff, of which four are full time and five are part-time. Of these, eight are p...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: if he will support the case of a person (details supplied). More Button

The visa application referred to by the Deputy was received in the Visa Office, Dublin on 17 February 2009. Following consideration by a Visa Officer it was refused on 23 February 2009 for the follow...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding an application by a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; the reason for the delay in processing same application; 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 June 2006. The average processing t...More Button

Written Answers - Public Service Review.

Was asked: if his Department made submissions to the McCarthy group on potential savings in his Department; the contents of the submissions made; if the McCarthy group made proposals to his Department; the cont...More Button

At the commencement of its work, the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes requested all Departments to prepare evaluation papers outlining potential areas for savings in ...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the annual number of crimes broken down by category carried out in an area (details supplied) in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; the detection rates; the number of successful convictions ...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 being in receipt of a contributory social welfare payment in the three years prior to an application or during the protracted processing time, will have an impact on the determination of an applic...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. In accordance with th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of approved posts in the immigration and asylum sections of his Department and its agencies; the number of posts currently vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my replies to his previous questions in this regard, in particular my reply to his question on 8 July 2008, which remains the position. The only additional point I would m...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the funding provided to the Dublin office of the International Organisation for Migration to facilitate voluntary return in 2008; the corresponding figure for 2009; the number of persons assisted in ...More Button

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is an inter-governmental organisation that assists governments to manage migration programmes. INIS have contracted IOM since 2001 to manage its Vol...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders.

Was asked: the number of persons deported to third world countries in 2008; the cost involved; the ten most expensive separate deportations; the corresponding figures to date in 2009; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The deportation costs provided in the following table refer to the removal from the State of illegal immigrants and persons whose asylum applications were refused. The vast majority of the removals in...More Button

Was asked: the number of deportation orders issued to date in 2009; the number of people deported; the corresponding figures for 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total number of persons who were issued with Deportation Orders and who were subsequently deported to date in 2009 and the corresponding figures for 2008 are as follows: The enforcement of Deporta...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the number of asylum applications which have been deemed withdrawn in 2008, due to their failure to inform the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of their change of address; the figures to ...More Button

The Immigration Act 2003, which commenced on the 15th September, 2003, contained a number of key changes to the Refugee Act, 1996 which enabled the processing of asylum applications to be speeded up a...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to fully implement European Directive 2004/38/EC; the communication between him and the European Commission on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The European Directive 2004/38/EC was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 226 of 2006) which took effect on 28 April 2006. The Regu...More Button

Written Answers - Sports Funding.

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

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: the number of asylum accommodation centres in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; the annual expenditure on such accommodation; the capacity of each asylum centre; the number of asylum seeker...More Button

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department is responsible, in accordance with Government policy, for the accommodation of those seeking international protection in Ireland. It operat...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe of contracts to each asylum accommodation provider; his plans to review the contractual agreements with such providers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to his Dáil Question of 24 March 2009 (ref: 565) in this matter. The length of contracts engaged in by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the language testing system used for verifying language and country of origin for asylum applicants; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are concerns over the accuracy of some deci...More Button

As the Deputy is aware the processing of asylum applications is done within the framework of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) under which every asylum applicant is guaranteed an investigation and de...More Button

Was asked: the number of interview cancellations for asylum applicants, broken down by first and second interviews, for each year for the past two years and for each month of the past 24 months; and the average...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the processing of asylum applications is carried out within the framework of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) under which every asylum applicant is guaranteed an investigatio...More Button

Was asked: the timeframe for asylum applicants to receive their first interviews, and in some cases, the second interview with his Department from arrival here for each of the past three years. More Button

As the Deputy is aware the processing of asylum applications is done within the framework of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) under which every asylum applicant is guaranteed an investigation and de...More Button

Was asked: the method by which he and the Health Service Executive age assess a minor when arriving unaccompanied here seeking asylum; the number of asylum applications made in each of the past five years for u...More Button

Section 8(5)(a) of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) provides that, where it appears to an immigration officer or an authorised officer that a child under the age of 18 years who has arrived in the St...More Button

Was asked: the number of family reunifications which have occurred annually since 2004 to date in 2009; the number of cases annually where unaccompanied children are reunified with their parents as opposed to r...More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the number of applications from Refugees for family reunification that have been approved for the years 2004 to 200...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Issues.

Was asked: the number of children, unaccompanied or otherwise, who have gone missing from asylum centres annually since 2004 to date in 2009; the number who have been found annually; and if he will make a state...More Button

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

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the number of recorded crimes of prostitution annually since 2002 to date in 2009; the number of convictions recorded annually for prostitution since 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matt...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 - Public Service Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff in his Department, including all authorities, agencies or other institutions under the aegis of his Department, who have applied for the incentivised early retirement scheme and t...More Button

The numbers of staff in my Department, its agencies and bodies under its aegis who have applied for the incentivised early retirement scheme and the incentivised career break scheme are set out in the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí and community gardaí stationed at the Blanchardstown Garda station and the numbers stationed at the end of 2006, 2007 and 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Commissioner that the personnel strength and the number of Community Gardaí in Blanchardstown Garda Station for 2006-2008 and for the latest date on which figures are available fo...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Was asked: the position regarding the Spent Convictions Bill 2007; his plans to progress this bill in the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Spent Convictions Bill 2007 is now awaiting Committee Stage in the Dáil, having completed Second Stage on 18 December 2008. As the Deputy will recall, the Bill was introduced as a Private Members...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Ombudsman Report.

Was asked: the steps he will take in respect of the report of the Garda Ombudsman Commission following the death of a person (details supplied) and in particular the recommendations in the report that require a...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 100 of the 22 April 2009 which sets out the position on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Was asked: the number of study visa applications received in 2008 and 2007 in the visa office in Dublin and the hub visa offices worldwide which were found to be incomplete and therefore not considered for appr...More Button

Incomplete applications (for example an application submitted without a passport) are as far as possible, returned to the applicant by the receiving office and not processed. However, statistics are ...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Accidents.

Was asked: the policy measures he will take to tackle the problem of boy racers in rural areas here; if he has taken into account the high level of fatal road accidents in rural areas and the impact of speeding...More Button

One of the strategic goals set out in the Garda Síochána Corporate Strategy 2007-2009 is to reduce significantly the incidence of fatal and serious road traffic injuries and improve road safety. I am...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if he will report on the new scheme where gardaí will board and patrol Luas trams in an effort to address growing anti-social and criminal behaviour on the light rail system; the number of gardaí who...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that senior Garda management in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, in consultation with the Railway Procurement Agency and the Department of Transport, has put secu...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the amount or value of money stolen by raiders in each of the past five years to date; the amount recovered; the amount outstanding; the extent to which prosecutions have followed and were successful...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 - Residency Permits.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 344 of 6 May 2009, the nature, origin and extent of the alleged criminal offence pending in this case; if the person in question has been notified in the issue; ...More Button

I have requested information from the Garda authorities on any outstanding issues in this case relating to criminal offences and I will be in contact with the Deputy when this information is to hand.More Button

Was asked: the status of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 130 of 25 June 2009. The person concerned is advised to write to my Department at INIS, PO Box 10003, Dublin 2, outlining his circum...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my detailed Reply to his Parliamentary Question No. 365 of Tuesday, 9 June 2009, in this matter. The position in the State of the person concerned is as set out in that Reply.More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Was asked: if he will clarify the position in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) advises me that while the person in question was refused refugee status following appeal, he has recently, as an exceptional measure, been grant...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 561 of Tuesday 24 March 2009, and No. 384 of Wednesday 22 April 2009 and the written Replies to those Questions. The person concerned applied for asy...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; 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 July 2006. This application was con...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

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

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person concerned made an application for residency in January 2009. The General Immigration Division of INIS has rece...More Button

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

Officials in the Citizenship Division of my Department inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question.More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to citizenship or family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that an application was received in the General Immigration Division on 29 July 2008. Permission to remain was granted for a pe...More Button

Was asked: the procedure to be followed in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person concerned made an application for residency in October 2008. The General Immigration Division of INIS has rece...More Button

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

The person referred to by the Deputy applied for Asylum on 28/10/2004. The claim was assessed by the Refugee Applications Commissioner who concluded that the person concerned did not meet the criteria...More Button

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

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to made a Family Reunification application on behalf of her husband in February 2008. The application...More Button

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

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 950 of Wednesday 24 September 2008 and the written Reply to that Question. The person concerned applied for asylum on 20 May 2002. His application wa...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that an application for a change of status was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 21 April 2009. I am advise...More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the residency application of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The person referred to by the Deputy applied for Asylum on 27/11/2002. The claim was assessed by the Refugee Applications Commissioner who concluded that the person concerned did not meet the criteria...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position in relation to the citizenship application of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Officials in the Citizenship Division of my Department inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question.More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the citizenship application of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Officials in the Citizenship Division of my Department inform me that there is no record of an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy’s Question.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the position in relation to residency or application under prohibition of refoulement in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 151 of Thursday 26 February 2009 and the written Reply to that Question. The person concerned entered the State on a C-Visit Visa on 18 September 2008...More Button

Was asked: if extended time, in the region of six weeks, will be offered to provide a passport in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my previous replies to his Parliamentary Questions in this matter. I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person in question is the su...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if a review will be undertaken regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 705 of Tuesday 27 January 2009 and the written Reply to that Question. The person concerned applied for asylum on 21 June 2002. His application was re...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position in regard to the application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; 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 June 2006. The average processing t...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for residency in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The immigration case histories and up to date positions of the two persons concerned, a husband and wife, are almost identical. As a result, for the purposes of the Deputy’s Question, I will deal with...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made under section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, and section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996, as amended, on the prohibition of refoulement in the case of a person (...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Questions No. 354 of Tuesday 9 June 2009 and No. 134 of Thursday 26 March 2009 and the written Replies to those Questions. The person concerned applied for asylum ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position in relation to the application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; 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 May 2007. Processing of the file ha...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the number of persons residing here who are awaiting a decision on asylum status; the cost of accommodating those people here; the breakdown of the nationality of those people in State provided accom...More Button

Applications for refugee status in the State are determined by an independent process comprising the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) which...More Button

Was asked: the number of new asylum applicants who sought protection from the State to date in 2009; the breakdown of the nationality of those people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number and nationality of new asylum applications received in 2009 is set out as follows. New Asylum Applications Received in 2009 (30/6) by ...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 197 of 18 December 2008, if he will provide the figures for 2008 and to date in 2009; the number of cases dealt with by each member in each year concerned and th...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to remuneration paid to Members of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and the number of cases dealt with by each Member in 2008 and 2009 is set out in tab...More Button

Was asked: the number of judicial reviews taken against the Refugee Appeals Tribunal in 2008 and to date in 2009; the number of successful judicial reviews; the cost of these reviews; and if he will make a stat...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to judicial reviews taken against the Refugee Appeals Tribunal (RAT) is set out in the table. The Deputy should note the following in relation to th...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the status of EU plans to agree a list of safe third world countries as part of the streamlining of the asylum process; the steps being taken at EU level to facilitate the streamlining of the asylum ...More Button

In 2005, the Council of the European Union adopted Council Directive 2005/85/EC on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status. Article 29 of the Dire...More Button

Written Answers - National Identity Card.

Was asked: his plans to introduce a national identity card; if he has assessed the potential savings to the Exchequer of introducing a unique identifier for all members of the public; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I have no plans at this time to introduce a national identity card system. Any final judgement as to the necessity or desirability of such a system would have to include a full assessment of the impl...More Button

Written Answers - Internet Usage.

Was asked: the steps he will take to outlaw or block websites that promote anorexia or bulimia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the internet is an international and world wide phenomenon, it has no borders and no single organisation controlling it. Therefore efforts to combat illegal and harmf...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí on 1 July 2009 in each of the Garda stations in the Leixlip Garda district and the Naas Garda district in County Kildare; the number of gardaí in each station available for work ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that as of 31 May 2009, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the personnel strengths of the Garda Stations referred to by the Deputy was as ...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the number of sex offenders who entered the State from abroad in each of the past five years and notified the gardaí under the Sex Offenders Act 2001, within the specified seven days; the number who ...More Button

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

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: his plans to reform the citizenship laws; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A review of the current laws on citizenship with particular reference to naturalisation is underway in my Department. Naturalisation has become a far more significant issue in recent years as a resul...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: the number of gardaí and staff working in the Garda central vetting unit; the corresponding figure for 2007 and 2008; and the number of applications dealt with in each of these years and to date in 2...More Button

The information the Deputy seeks has been provided by the Garda authorities and is set out in the table. More Button

Was asked: the number of Garda reserves who have been appointed to Cork city and county to date in 2009; the stations they have been allocated to; and the number of reserves expected to come on stream over the ...More Button

At 31 May 2009, there were 45 attested Garda Reserve members attached to the Cork Garda Divisions. They have been assigned to the following stations: Additional members of the Reserve will be assigne...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí, and their rank, currently assigned to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Cork; and his plans to review the resources at that station. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of the 31 May 2009, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the personnel strength of the Garda station referred to by the Deputy was on...More Button

Written Answers - Illegal Immigrants.

Was asked: if he will investigate the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; the reason a form of identification issued by the State was not accepted as a valid form of identification; and the form of...More Button

The Garda authorities are investigating the incident in question and it has not been possible to finalise those investigations in time to respond to the Deputy’s Question. I will write directly to th...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences.

Was asked: the number of persons arrested and charged for having no tax, no insurance, no licence, no national car test certificate, no driving licence or no licence plate in each county for the years 2006, 200...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 - Departmental Contracts.

Was asked: the companies which have been successful in tendering for contracts for his Department in the past 20 years; the other companies which tendered for the same contracts; the tender prices for these con...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available and could only be obtained by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources. More Button

Was asked: if he contracted a company (details supplied) to build facilities on behalf of the State; if he is satisfied that sub-contractors were paid for works carried out; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

In the limited time available, my Department has identified two contracts involving the company referred to by the Deputy. The Irish Youth Justice Service, an executive office in my Department contra...More Button

Written Answers - Domestic Violence.

Was asked: the policy and strategy documents published by him in relation to domestic and sexual violence during the past five years; the policy and strategy documents he will publish during the coming year; an...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding he has allocated to combating domestic and sexual violence for each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the date on which Cosc will publish the national strategic strategy on domestic, sexual and gender based violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 549, 551 and 562, together. Although documents such as the National Women’s Strategy contain recommendations relating to domestic and sexual violence, no policy or s...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: the policy and strategy documents published by him in relation to treatment of sex offenders; the policy and strategy documents he will publish during the coming year; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that I published a detailed Discussion Document on the management of convicted sex offenders last January. This document was prepared by a High Level Group in my Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Civil Legal Aid.

Was asked: his plans to expand the areas of law that the Civil Legal Aid Board can deal with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that under section 41 of the Civil Partnership Bill 2009 as initiated, it is planned to amend section 28(9)(c)(i) of the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 to provide that legal aid may ...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences.

Was asked: his plans to introduce evidence based, risk assessments designed for sex offenders which could be put to the court at sentencing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Probation Service of my Department carries out formal risk assessments on offenders using validated risk assessment instruments. This informs both the level of supervision and the targets for int...More Button

Was asked: the risk assessments sex offenders undergo in prison to identify the type of rehabilitation programmes suitable for the person aimed at ensuring they do not reoffend; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the range and availability of therapeutic interventions currently available in prison for sex offenders; the number of prisoners currently engaging in these interventions; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: the number of people currently in prison for sex offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the date on which he will open the centre for sex offenders in Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin; the interventions which will be available there; the number of offenders who will be accommodated there; and...More Button

Was asked: the date on which he will open the two satellite treatment centres for sex offenders at the Midlands and Wheatfield Prisons; the interventions which will be available there; the number of offenders w...More Button

Was asked: when he will establish a sex offender unit in the Prison Service headquarters; if this unit will liaise with criminal justice agencies in the north of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 554 to 559, inclusive, together. On 7 July 2009 there were 324 prisoners in custody under sentence for offences of a sexual nature. Of these, 104 were in custody in t...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Statistics.

Was asked: if there has been an increase in reported incidents of domestic violence since the public awareness campaign Your Silence Feeds the Violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of domestic violence incidents which were reported to the gardaí during each of the past ten years; the number of convictions for domestic violence related offences during each of the past...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 560 and 561 together. The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the nati...More Button

Written Answers - Gambling Legislation.

Was asked: the legislation, ministerial orders and departmental policies which govern gambling here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Gambling in Ireland has many forms and currently as Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform I hold a primary statutory responsibility only in respect of certain forms of gaming and lotteries. T...More Button

Was asked: the number of investigations for breaches of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 which have taken place during each of the past ten years; the number of these investigations which resulted in convictio...More Button

Under the Gaming and Lotteries Acts 1956 — 2003, it is a matter for the Garda Síochána to investigate breaches of the legislation and to take whatever action is appropriate. The Garda Síochána Act 20...More Button

Was asked: when he will complete his review of gambling; and when he will publish options for a new legal and organisational framework governing the gambling industry here. More Button

Was asked: when he will publish a new Bill to revise the gambling code; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 565 and 566 together. I refer the Deputy to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 77 of 27 May. The objective of the wide-ranging review of gambling which I have ...More Button

Written Answers - Civil Legal Aid.

Was asked: the action he will take to give legal protection to victims of domestic violence who are currently not protected by the Domestic Violence Act 1996, in view of the fact that they are not married to th...More Button

The Domestic Violence Act 1996 already provides protection for victims of domestic violence who are not married to their abusers. As it stands, a person who is not married to the respondent may apply...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training.

Was asked: the number of gardaí who have availed of specialised training to deal with domestic and sexual crimes in continuous professional development programmes for each of the past five years; and if he will...More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that during initial training all members of An Garda Síochána receive instructions in the handling and investigation of incidents relating to domestic vi...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if additional members of the Garda Síochána have been allocated to the drugs unit in Tallaght, Dublin 24; if he is satisfied with the level of priority being afforded by the Garda Síochána to the dru...More Button

In the time available it has not been possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy. I will communicate further with the Deputy when the information sought is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Was asked: if, in relation to the recently appointed panel of legally qualified persons to represent the Refugee Applications Commissioner at appeal hearings before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, he has conducte...More Button

Was asked: if, in relation to the recently appointed panel of legally qualified persons to represent the Refugee Applications Commissioner at appeal hearings before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, the use of this...More Button

Was asked: the amount, in relation to the recently appointed panel of legally qualified persons to represent the Refugee Applications Commissioner at appeal hearings before the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which w...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 570 to 572, inclusive, together. As I stated in my reply to Parliamentary Question 35 of the 8th April 2009, the Presenting panel was established to address a backlog ...More Button


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