Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 703 No. 1

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Finance Bill 2010: Financial Resolutions.

I move Resolution No. 1: THAT section 98A of the Finance Act 1999 (No. 2 of 1999), which provides for a relief from mineral oil tax for biofuel, be amended in the manner and to the extent specified in...More Button

I move Resolution No. 2: THAT section 4C of Value-Added Tax Act 1972 (No. 22 of 1972), which relates to transitional measures for supplies of immovable goods, be amended, in the manner and to the exte...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Gangland Killings.

I share Deputy O’Donnell’s concern, and that of all right-thinking citizens, about the importance of combating gangland crime in Limerick and in other parts. The Garda Commissioner shares that concer...More Button

Today, it had a successful operation in my hometown against smuggled cigarettes. The Revenue Commissioners continue to upgrade equipment and technology in the fight against illicit imports of drugs. ...More Button

Written Answers - Land Registry.

Was asked: the position regarding the Property Registration Authority’s move towards the e-conveyancing of land certificates; the documents that have been saved; the locations at which they are being kept; and ...More Button

I wish to refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 366 of 2 February, 2010.More Button

Written Answers - Missing Persons.

Was asked: the position regarding the implementation of the Emergency Alert systems in respect of missing children as contained in the National Action Plan to prevent and combat trafficking of human beings 2009...More Button

Following my request to the Garda Síochána Inspectorate to assess the need to establish a dedicated Missing Persons Unit within An Garda Síochána, including a response similar to Amber Alert, and to r...More Button

Written Answers - Security Systems.

Was asked: his views on mosquito alarms being used by businesses to deter young people from congregating outside shops; his further views on whether these mosquito alarms are legal; if his attention has been dr...More Button

Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 creates the offence of assault and refers to the application of force. The section specifies that “force” includes application of, inte...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength.

Was asked: the number of persons who have joined the Garda Reserve in each year since its establishment; the number recruited in Dublin; the duties in which they are engaged; the cost to the Exchequer of the Ga...More Button

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Written Answers - Public Order Offences.

Was asked: if he will support a matter (details supplied). More Button

The issue raised by the Deputy is primarily a civil matter and as such is outside the remit of An Garda Síochána. However, when An Garda Síochána receives a complaint about neighbours causing noise, ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations.

Was asked: the position regarding the Garda investigation into an armed robbery at a post office (details supplied) in County Donegal on 27 February 2009 in which more than €100,000 is reported to have been tak...More Button

I am not in a position to respond to the Deputy at this time, but will do so as soon as the relevant information is available.More Button

Was asked: if the Garda investigation has been completed into the death of a person in a road traffic hit and run incident (details supplied) on 27 September 2008; if a file has been sent to the Director of Pub...More Button

I am not in a position to provide the information sought by the Deputy at this time, but will do so as soon as the information is available.More Button

Written Answers - Firearms Regulations.

Was asked: the law governing the storage of a licensed firearm; if same is up to the discretion of a Garda District Inspector to determine if a person needs a gun safe for one fire arm; and if he will make a st...More Button

The minimum requirements for the secure accommodation of a firearm are laid down in the Firearms (Secure Accommodation) Regulations (S.I. 307 of 2009). The S.I. sets out the relevant standard based on...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Prevention.

Was asked: the steps he will take to address the problem of elderly persons being targeted by criminals calling to their homes and posing in different guises, including as gardaí, to convince elderly persons to...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to address the problem of elderly people being targeted by criminals calling to their homes and offering to do work but refusing to provide quotes, refusing to carry out any wo...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 279 and 280 together. I am concerned about reports of elderly persons being targeted, in whatever manner, by those engaged in criminal activities. The Garda Commissio...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Was asked: when an appeal will be decided on in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the absence of more specific details being provided by the Deputy, I regret that it is not possible to provide a response to his Question. If the Deputy wishes to re-submit his Question with a rele...More Button

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

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services.

Was asked: the facilities funded by his Department for the accommodation of refugees or asylum seekers in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in accordance with the Government policy of direct provision. The Office of the Minister for Integrati...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 172 of 21 January 2010 and 376 of 2 February 2010, when a reply will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that the information sought in Question No. 172 of 21 January, 2010 issued from my Office today.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

I regret to advise the Deputy that it is not possible to provide a response to his Question at this time. The information sought by the Deputy will be provided at a later date. More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: if he will use his discretion to ensure that a person (details supplied) has leave to remain in the State and subsidiary protection applications processed inside a six month period; and if he will ma...More Button

I can confirm that the person concerned has submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection and has also submitted written representations for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. More Button

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available. More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 314 of 16 February 2010, if the chief executive of the Courts Service is accountable to him; if the chief executive of the Courts Service or any other body, grou...More Button

As I informed the Deputy in reply to Question No. 314 of 16 February 2010, the Courts Service operates under its own Vote. The Vote, in common with all other votes in relation to State authorities, is...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

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

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available. More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for leave to remain in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On the basis of the information supplied by the Deputy, I regret that it is not possible to provide a response to his Question. If the Deputy wishes to re-submit his Question with the correct referenc...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: the position regarding the Judicial Council Bill. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Question No. 10 of 10 December 2009. I have nothing further to add to the details of that reply.More Button

Written Answers - Gaming and Lotteries Act.

Was asked: the progress made on his Department’s review of gambling; if he will publish a report of submissions and deliberations; when he expects to publish legislative proposals; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 299 of 16 February last, which referenced, inter alia, progress on the major review of gambling being undertaken by my Department. As I ...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the renewal of residency in respect 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 Immigration Division of my Department that the person concerned made an application for residence in the State based on his marriage to a Spanish national on 18 February 2009. ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Policing.

Was asked: the number of gardaí involved in community policing for each of the past five years; the number proposed for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available.More Button

Was asked: his views on the possibility of defining the rank of community garda officers within the Garda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The new Garda National Model of Community Policing aims at building upon and enhancing good community policing practice. In addition to the extension of community policing teams to all Garda District...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Responsibility.

Was asked: the legislation he plans to deal with the developing situation whereby children under the criminal age of 12 are becoming more associated with gangland culture; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment.

Was asked: the position of all rank retirements in 2009 of gardaí; the subsequent filling of these positions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

While some 700 members of the force retired in 2009, over 900 students were attested as sworn members in the same period. The Deputy will be aware that I recently secured sanction from the Minister f...More Button

Written Answers - Passport Applications.

Was asked: if persons (details supplied) in County Cork are entitled to an Irish passport under the terms of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 2004. More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that responsibility for the issuing of Irish passports rests with the Department of Foreign Affairs. I am informed that the parents of the children in question were grante...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount he has spent on hiring or use of outside consultants in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in tabular form; if he is satisfied that this practice represents good value for money; and if he will make a st...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy in respect of the years 2007 and 2008 has been supplied in answer to PQ 41184/08. Information in respect of 2009 is currently being finalised and will be forwarde...More Button

Written Answers - Community Policing.

Was asked: the number of schemes under community policing as provided for under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 that are currently up and running in each Garda district in County Mayo; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

I regret that the information requested by the Deputy is not readily to hand. I will write to the Deputy as soon as it is available. More Button


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