Ahern, Dermot

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 704 No. 1

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Leaders’ Questions.

Three Fine Gael leaders.More Button

Ask John Bruton.More Button

Nobody can hear the Deputy’s rabble rousing.More Button

The Deputy should speak to John Bruton.More Button

Fines Bill 2009: Order for Report Stage.

I move: “That Report Stage be taken now.”More Button

Fines Bill 2009: Report and Final Stages.

I move amendment No. 1: In page 3, line 27, to delete “Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform” and substitute “Minister”. The Bill contains one reference to the Minister for Justice, Equality a...More Button

There is.More Button

When we discussed this issue, I expressed sympathy with the effort by Deputies to take into the legislation power to vary by means of secondary legislation. They said it would be simpler and more str...More Button

I move amendment No. 4: In page 3, between lines 30 and 31, to insert the following: “2.—In this Act “Minister” means the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.”.More Button

In practical terms this amendment seeks to define the expression “maximum fine” for the purpose of the use of that expression in section 8, which provides for an increase in the amount of certain fine...More Button

On Committee Stage I consulted the draftsman of the Bill, who advised there is no need for this amendment. The definition of “enactment” in section 2 adequately covers the intent of the amendment and...More Button

On Committee Stage we listened to what the Deputy had to say. We are still unsure that the amendments the Deputy proposes would have the effect he seeks. I suggest we should leave it for now and I g...More Button

It is always based on the date when the offence is committed, not the conviction. We will take a more detailed look at the issue in the context of what the Deputy has said.More Button

I move amendment No. 10: In page 4, line 18, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”. On Committee Stage I undertook to consult with the Parliamentary Counsel to see if we could accept the ...More Button

I move amendment No. 11: In page 4, line 25, to delete ““guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 13: In page 4, line 28, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 15: In page 4, line 32, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 16: In page 4, line 41, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 17: In page 5, line 22, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 18: In page 5, line 29, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 19: In page 5, line 32, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 20: In page 5, line 36, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 21: In page 5, line 45, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 22: In page 6, line 22, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 23: In page 6, line 29, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 24: In page 6, line 32, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 25: In page 6, line 36, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 26: In page 6, line 45, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 27: In page 7, line 22, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 28: In page 7, line 29, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 29: In page 7, line 32, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 30: In page 7, line 36, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 31: In page 7, line 45, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 32: In page 8, line 22, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 33: In page 8, line 29, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 34: In page 8, line 32, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 35: In page 8, line 36, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 36: In page 8, line 45, to delete “guilty of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 37: In page 9, line 25, to delete “convicted on indictment of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 39: In page 9, line 27, to delete “liable” and substitute “liable, upon conviction on indictment,”.More Button

These amendments were introduced on Committee Stage and are designed to ensure that when a person is convicted on indictment for a criminal offence and the court decides the appropriate penalty is a f...More Button

I move amendment No. 41: In page 9, lines 34 and 35, to delete “convicted on indictment of” and substitute “who commits”.More Button

I move amendment No. 42: In page 9, line 36, to delete “liable” and substitute “liable, upon conviction on indictment,”.More Button

I move amendment No. 47: In page 10, to delete lines 15 to 26. I have a long note so I will read it and then we can have a discussion. The Fines Bill as discussed and as passed on Committee Stage cont...More Button

Business of Dáil.

Deputy Charles Flanagan was becoming concerned. I must admit that I was similarly concerned when I heard the word “dissolution”.More Button

Fines Bill 2009: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

I thank Deputies for their remarks on the genuine efforts we have made in this group of amendments to try to keep as many people as possible out of prison for non-payment of fines, while ensuring that...More Button

Deputy Charles Flanagan raised the issue of community service orders supervised by the probation service. In 2009, there were 1,667 such orders, which is up from 1,413 the previous year. While there...More Button

I move amendment No. 48: In page 11, between lines 1 and 2, to insert the following: “‘approved person” has the meaning assigned to it by section 19;”.More Button

I move amendment No. 55: In page 13, between lines 30 and 31, to insert the following: “(7) A court shall, when imposing a fine on a person, inform the person of his or her entitlement to make an appl...More Button

I move amendment No. 58: In page 13, to delete lines 41 to 47 and in page 14, to delete lines 1 and 2 and substitute the following: “15.—(1) A court shall, when imposing a fine on a person consequent ...More Button

I move amendment No. 59: In page 14, to delete lines 3 to 11.More Button

I move amendment No. 60: In page 14, between lines 11 and 12, to insert the following: “(4) A recovery order shall not enter into force unless the person in respect of whom the order is made fails to ...More Button

I move amendment No. 61: In page 14, to delete lines 12 and 13 and substitute the following: “(4) A recovery order may authorise the receiver appointed thereunder (alone or accompanied by such and so ...More Button

I move amendment No. 62: In page 14, lines 30 and 31, to delete all words from and including “order” in line 30 down to and including “(including” in line 31 and substitute the following: “recovery or...More Button

I move amendment No. 63: In page 14, line 35, to delete “functions)” and substitute “functions”.More Button

I move amendment No. 64: In page 15, to delete lines 6 to 22.More Button

I move amendment No. 65: In page 15, to delete lines 29 to 39.More Button

I move amendment No. 66: In page 15, to delete lines 42 to 44 and substitute the following: “(a) the date specified by the court that imposed the fine as being the date by which the fine is required t...More Button

I move amendment No. 67: In page 16, to delete lines 7 to 48 and in page 17, to delete lines 1 to 22.More Button

I move amendment No. 68: In page 17, line 23, to delete “by”.More Button

I move amendment No. 69: In page 17, line 24, to delete “the insertion of the following definitions” and substitute “by the insertion of the following definition”.More Button

I move amendment No. 70: In page 17, to delete lines 26 and 27 and substitute the following: ““‘Act of 2010’ means the Fines Act 2010;”,”.More Button

I move amendment No. 71: In page 17, line 28, to delete “the insertion” and substitute “by the insertion”.More Button

I move amendment No. 72: In page 17, to delete lines 38 to 40 and substitute the following: “(a) the date specified by the court that imposed the fine as being the date by which the fine is required t...More Button

I move amendment No. 73: In page 18, to delete lines 3 to 10 and substitute the following: “(c) in section 3, by— (i) the insertion of the following subsection: “(1A) Where a court is satisfied that— ...More Button

I move amendment No. 74: In page 18, to delete lines 11 to 18 and substitute the following: “(d) by the insertion, in section 5, of the following subsections: “(2A) The hours of work specified in a co...More Button

I move amendment No. 75: In page 18, to delete lines 19 to 30 and substitute the following: “(e) by the insertion, in section 7, of the following subsection: “(6) Subsection (4) shall not apply to an ...More Button

I move amendment No. 76: In page 18, to delete lines 34 to 44.More Button

I move amendment No. 77: In page 19, to delete lines 1 to 6 and substitute the following: 18.—The Act of 1986 is amended— (a) in section 2, by— (i) the substitution of the following subsection for sub...More Button

I move amendment No. 78: In page 19, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following: “19.—(1) The Government may, upon the nomination of the Minister, approve such person or persons for the purposes o...More Button

I move amendment No. 79: In page 19, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following: “20.—(1) The Courts Service may, from time to time, publish in such manner as it considers appropriate (including o...More Button

I thank the Deputies for their support in principle for this proposal. We are not obliging the Courts Service to publish this information. This is a new system for recoupment of fines so we must wai...More Button

National Economic and Social Forum and National Centre for Partnership and Performance Dissolution Order 2010: Motion.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Civil Liability (Good Samaritans and Volunteers) Bill 2009: Second Stage (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Question put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: the reason the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service has not answered correspondence (details supplied) sent to them on 10 February 2010 and 16 February 2010; if this service is still in opera...More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that the electronic service to which the Deputy refers continues in operation for the receipt of representations and ...More Button

Written Answers - Passport Forgeries.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a matter (details supplied). More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to reports relating to the use of forged Irish passports. An Garda Síochána are co-operating with the Department of Foreign Affairs in addressing this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Probation and Welfare Service.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the probation service is housing released prisoners in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 7; the number of prisoners who have been allowed to reside...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the Probation Service provides funding to approximately 50 voluntary bodies to assist with the management of offenders in the community. These funded projects provide a ra...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will have a decision made in respect of their applications for citizenship. 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 - Garda Deployment.

Was asked: if a garda who has been transferred to a station in a different county will be replaced in the area (details supplied) which they vacated in County Mayo. More Button

Responsibility for the allocation of all personnel within the Force rests with the Garda Commissioner, in consultation with his senior management team. In this regard, the Deputy should be aware that ...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels.

Was asked: the number of gun murders recorded, detected, subject to proceedings and resulting in convictions in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) will be issued with a certificate for naturalisation; 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 - Departmental Investigations.

Was asked: the stage of an investigation (details supplied); and the reason for the delay in progressing the investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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

Written Answers - Prison Staff.

Was asked: if recruitment is ongoing for prison officers; and when the next round will be advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available and will be forwarded to him as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications.

Was asked: the position regarding the matter of residency and citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; when Stamp 4 will be updated in line with employment requirements; and if ...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

Was asked: the position regarding an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. 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

Was asked: the position regarding an application for 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

Following consideration of his case under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was granted Leave to Remain in the State for an initial one year period, on 14 Novemb...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; 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


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