Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 711 No. 1

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Written Answers - Stardust Fire

Was asked: the reason for the delay in providing counselling to the families of the victims of the Stardust tragedy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that arrangements for the provision of counselling services have been in place since February of this year. The relevant details have been communicated to the Stardust Victims...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 331 and 332 of 18 May 2010, if he will provide in terms of whole-time equivalents a breakdown by the rank of members of the Garda employed prior to the introdu...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos 331 and 332 of 18 May 2010, if he will provide in terms of whole-time equivalents a breakdown by the grade and position of staff in the Prison Service employed p...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 291 and 292 together. The Deputy has sought very detailed information which is currently being sourced and collated. I will arrange to have it forwarded to him as soo...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the timetable for the completion of the Property Registration Authority offices in Roscommon town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Office of Public Works (OPW), which has responsibility for providing the accommodation in Roscommon, has informed the Property Registration Authority (PRA) that work on the new building is proceed...More Button

Written Answers - Firearms Licensing

Was asked: the reason law-abiding citizens who wish to target shoot and meet all the requirements of the new legally held firearm legislation are being refused permits; if his attention has been drawn to the fa...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, which was commenced last August introduced changes to the procedures for the certification of firearms. The remaining ...More Button

Written Answers - Rent Reviews

Was asked: when the working group on transparency in commercial rent reviews will issue its report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 67 of 25 March 2010.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: when a decision will be made on an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question 191 on 26 May, 2010. The position remains as stated.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: his plans to reform the current wards of court procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Question No. 10 on 4 February 2010. The Government Legislation Programme indicates that the Mental Capacity Bill is expected to be published in this session.More Button

Written Answers - Prison Building Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed custodial unit at Kilworth, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am already on record as indicating that I am committed to the replacement of Cork Prison with a modern prison complex at Kilworth, County Cork on a site previously owned by the Department of Defence...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation

Was asked: his plans to extend the Midlands Prison at Portlaoise, County Laois, for the purposes of providing expanded accommodation for prisoners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Prison Service, subject to the completion of the statutory planning procedures, intends to construct an additional cell block at the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. In addition to the new block...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Courts

Was asked: if the drug treatment court which currently operates in Dublin 7 only, will be opened up to other areas of Dublin city; if he sees a future for this court; if it will link in with treatment services ...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, I published a Review of the Drug Treatment Court on 24th May 2010. This Review found that those offenders who engaged with the treatment and rehabilitation provided have a ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

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

The person concerned applied for asylum on 9 April 2008. In accordance with Section 9 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), the person concerned was entitled to remain in the State until his applicat...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services

Was asked: when a family (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given self-catering accommodation. 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 family of the person referred to in...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing a citizenship application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; 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 Section of my Department in August 2009. On examination of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Peace Commissioners

Was asked: if a decision has been made regarding the provision of peace commissioners in respect of the east Kerry area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have asked my officials to contact the Deputy in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Prosecutions

Was asked: his views on the double jeopardy in relation to murder and the retrospective trial of those acquitted of murder on the finding of new evidence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The effect of the rule against double jeopardy is that a person cannot be prosecuted for an offence where he or she has already been acquitted or convicted of the offence in question. In the Criminal...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Courts

Was asked: his plans to put a drug treatment facility in place to offer young offenders drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On 24th May 2010, I published a Review of the Drug Treatment Court. This Review found that those offenders who engaged with the treatment and rehabilitation provided have a significantly lower rate of...More Button

Written Answers - International Agreements

Was asked: if he will consider a Schengen type agreement with China and Japan to attract tourist from the Orient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy’s proposal would entail abolishing systemic border controls and the establishment of enhanced co-operation in the areas of law enforcement and judicial cooperation between Ireland, China an...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

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

A valid 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 2007. Further to my res...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

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

The person concerned applied for asylum on 6 May 2008. In accordance with Section 9 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), the person concerned was entitled to remain in the State until his applicatio...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied). More Button

Based on the information provided by the Deputy, my Department has no record of a visa application for the person referred to. It would appear that the reference number provided is not a current visa...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for residency in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that the person referred to by the Deputy has been granted residency in the State and his current permission to remain here is...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations

Was asked: the position regarding a property (details supplied) in Dublin 1, the time scale for the works required; when the station will close for refurbishment works; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question number 247 of 25th May, 2010 which sets out the position in relation to the property referred to by the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 255 of 25 May 2010, when a decision will be made on this application; and if a decision date will be given at this stage. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Question No. 255 on 25 May 2010. The position remains as stated.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the costs associated with the issuing of payslips to staff including production, printing and delivery for 2007, 2008 and 2009 such as delivery costs, printing costs and so on, in tabular format; and...More Button

The costs of issuing payslips to the staff of my Department, including production, printing and delivery, were €4,030 in 2007, €4,027 in 2008 and €3,738 in 2009. More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: if he will review the application of a person (details supplied) for an extension to a working holiday authorisation; when the applicant will expect to receive a response; and if he will make a state...More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy applied for permission to remain in the State and this applic...More Button

Written Answers - Parliamentary Questions

Was asked: if the staff at the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service intend to clear the backlog of raised questions when they cease their industrial action; if Members will receive the answers to questi...More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that arrangements are in place to ensure substantive responses issue as soon as possible to Parliamentary Questions that could ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: if persons travelling to Ireland from Mauritius solely for the purposes of a three week visit, are required to make a visa application. More Button

I can confirm for the Deputy that citizens of Mauritius are required to be in possession of a valid Irish visa regardless of the proposed duration of travel to the State.More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Cork regarding his or her refugee appeal. More Button

If an application for asylum has been made by the person concerned, the Deputy will of course be aware that it is not the practice to comment on asylum applications that are pending.More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: the position regarding visa applications in respect of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed that an official from the Visa Office in my Department has been in contact with the Embassy of Ireland, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania with a view to seeking further documentation from the appl...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 300 of 2 March 2010, if he will now furnish the details required in respect of the amount of expenditure incurred in the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 200...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy in respect of my Department’s expenditure on car parking spaces for the period in question was approximately €4,900. This expenditure is no longer being incurred s...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: if an application for permission to remain in this country for a family (details supplied) can be processed as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The persons concerned, a mother and two minor daughters, applied for asylum with the mother’s application lodged on 12 April 2007 and the daughters’ applications lodged on 16 January 2008. In accorda...More Button

Written Answers - Liquor Licensing Laws

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 195 of 26 May 2010, if he will provide the information requested on a Garda division basis. More Button

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

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: when the applications for naturalisation and long-term residency will be completed in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Valid applications for certificates of naturalisation from the persons referred to in the Deputy’s Question were received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in April 2008. All valid applica...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Accidents

Was asked: his plans to include and record any vehicle defect and the use of alcohol or drugs on the C(T)68 form for data collection by the Garda Síochána after a road collision; if he has had discussions with ...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that form C(T)68 provides for the recording of information regarding vehicle defects and the use of alcohol and drugs. I am further informed that data in respec...More Button

Written Answers - Child Protection

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Ombudsman for Children has recommended that there should be a dedicated child protection service within the Garda Síochána; the consideration give...More Button

In her report based on an investigation into the implementation of the Children First national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children, the Ombudsman for Children states that her Office ...More Button

Written Answers - Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that applications for vetting to the Garda vetting office take between 12 and 14 weeks to process; if his further attention has been drawn to the fact that...More Button

The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) provides employment vetting for a large number of organisations in Ireland registered with the Gardaí for this purpose and which employ persons in a full-time, pa...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application for stamp 4 in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy applied for permission to remain in the State and this applic...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 317 of 24 November 2009, the extent to which he has received reports from the Garda; the degree to which the issues raised have been dealt with to a person’s (de...More Button

I wrote to the Deputy in April 2010 further to a previous Question on this matter. I have requested an update on the matter from the Garda authorities and I will be in contact with the Deputy when thi...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service

Was asked: his policy in relation to the consolidation of the District Court services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I should say at the outset that the Courts Service is responsible for the management and administration of the courts including the designation of court venues for the transaction of the business of t...More Button


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