Ahern, Dermot

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 713 No. 1

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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 21 be agreed to.”
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She is well able to speak for herself.More Button

I will convey his views to Deputy O’Rourke.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) has not received a decision regarding a Garda interview completed six years ago. More Button

Recruitment to An Garda Síochána is a matter in the first instance for the Public Appointments Service and then for the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. I have no role or function in the process. T...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a visitor’s visa by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the person concerned created an on-line visit visa application on 7 June 2010 under the application reference number supplied. However, the necessary documentation in...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 278 of 30 March 2010, the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the mat...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 January 2008. All valid appli...More Button

Written Answers - Judicial Appointments

Was asked: if a protocol exists or guidelines are in place in respect of the appointment of District Court judges to districts in which they have formerly had an established legal practice; and if he will make ...More Button

Permanent assignments of District Court judges are made by the Government following consultation with the judge concerned and the President of the District Court. Temporary assignment of judges to a ...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

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

I am informed that the person to whom the Deputy refers was granted permission to remain in the State in February of 2003 under the arrangements then in place for the non-EEA parents of Irish citizen ...More Button

Written Answers - Deportation Orders

Was asked: if he will use his discretionary powers to overturn the decision to deport 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 satisfied that the application for asylum made by the person concerned was fairly and comprehensively examined before a decision to refuse it was arrived at. I am equally satisfied that the repre...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my detailed reply to his recent Parliamentary Question, No. 118 of Thursday, 22 April 2010, in this matter. The position in the State of the person concerned is as set out in th...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

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

I refer the Deputy to my detailed reply to his earlier Parliamentary Question No. 656 of Tuesday, 19 January 2010. The person concerned has submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection and this...More Button

Written Answers - Official Engagements

Was asked: the status members of a personal security detail have here while accompanying a member of a foreign government on a visit to Ireland; the powers they have to deal with protesters they may encounter i...More Button

The details of the members of high level foreign delegations visiting Ireland, including any accompanying security personnel, are notified to the Department of Foreign Affairs in advance of a delegati...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: when a decision will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who has applied for naturalisation. 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 January 2009. All valid appli...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation

Was asked: the number of prisoners in each prison here in tabular form; the ideal prisoner level for each prison here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to reduce the level of overcrowding in prisons here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 278 and 283 together. I wish to inform the Deputy that on 18 June, 2010, there were 4,304 prisoners in custody as compared to a bed capacity of 4,066. This represents...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Staff

Was asked: the number of prison officers employed in each prison for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that the current staffing levels and configurations for each of the prisons were established in the context of the Change Agreement rea...More Button

Was asked: the number of prison officers injured in the line of work in each of the past five years; the prison in which they were working; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Was asked: the number of prison officers on sick leave in each prison here for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that there has been a welcome and significant decrease in the level of sickness absence in the Irish Prison Service since 2005. The num...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Committals

Was asked: the current annual cost of keeping a prisoner in prison; his plans to increase the use of community service orders rather than prison sentences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware the Courts are independent in the exercise of their functions and they decide on the appropriate sentence following conviction for any particular crime. The Community Service S...More Button

Written Answers - Ground Rents Abolition

Was asked: the position regarding ground rents, including the liability of a householder for such rents; and if it is intended to abolish ground rents by legislation or by referendum. More Button

The position is that Part III of the Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (No. 2) Act 1978 already contains a statutory scheme whereby any individual may, at reasonable cost, acquire the fee simple in t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: the number of Government-run canteens operating in Government buildings in his Department and agencies; the number of commercially-run cafes or restaurants that are operating in Government buildings ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that no Government run canteens, commercially run cafes or restaurants are operating in Government buildings in my Department with the exception of the Irish Prisons Service, t...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: if a visa application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6W will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 245 of 5th May, 2010. The position remains unchanged. To date EU Treaty Rights Section has not received a satisfactory reply from the app...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment

Was asked: if he will support a safety and security action plan for an area (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the area referred to is in the Clontarf Sub-District. Local Garda management is aware of anti-social behaviour in the area, which has been designated as a ...More Button

Written Answers - Foreign Students

Was asked: the number of non-European Economic Areas students attending colleges here from 2005 to 2009, broken down by sector of study and country of residence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

While the particular information sought by the Deputy is not readily available nor maintained by the immigration authorities, the available statistical information, as set out below, may be of interes...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: if he will provide details of the number of visa applications received during the period 2003 to 2007 for a college (details supplied); if he will provide a breakdown of the number of those visa appl...More Button

I must advise the Deputy that during the period concerned electronic records were not maintained in such a way as to facilitate the extraction of the details requested.More Button

Written Answers - Coroners Service

Was asked: the reason for the delay for a coroner’s report to be delivered to the relatives of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The coroner is an independent office holder with responsibility under the law for the medico-legal examination of sudden, unexplained, violent or unnatural deaths. In certain such cases, a post-mort...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the immigration status of a person (detail supplied); when a decision will issue on their application for naturalisation; the length of time this person is entitled to remain in the State; and if he ...More Button

As the name and reference number supplied by the Deputy do not match, it is not possible to definitively identify the person to whom the Deputy is referring in her Question. However, if the Deputy wi...More Button

Written Answers - Missing Children

Was asked: the number of children officially deemed to be missing here in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is currently being researched by the Garda authorities. I will contact the Deputy when the information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations

Was asked: the action the Garda will take to ensure that a community (details supplied) is safe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the number of departmental credit cards in use in his Department; the names of the authorised signatories of same; the credit limit of same; the amount spent in respect of each card in each of the pa...More Button

Six members of staff in my Department are supplied with credit cards where the outstanding balances are paid directly by the Department to enable them to procure goods and services as part of their of...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the amount that has been awarded in bonuses to staff in each of the semi-State or similar bodies within his remit in each of the past three years; if he will provide a breakdown of these bonuses; and...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to payments under the high level scheme of performance-related awards in Semi-State or Non-Commercial State-Sponsored Bodies under the aegis of my Department. Th...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the number of special advisers his Department has had since June 2007; the names of same; the amount each has claimed in expenses in each of the past three years; the amount that has been spent on tr...More Button

There have been three Special Advisors employed in my Department over the period since June 2007. Ms Cathy Herbert was appointed Special Advisor by my predecessor on 14 June 2007 and held the positio...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the position regarding the status of legislation to give the Garda and the probation service new statutory powers in the monitoring of released sex offenders; the details of these new powers; and if ...More Button

The Sex Offenders Act 2001, which includes provisions relating to the registration of sex offenders, post-release supervision of sex offenders and sex offender orders, is being evaluated as part of a ...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

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

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the visa applications referred to have been approved.More Button

Written Answers - Registration of Title

Was asked: if land dealing transactions will be dealt with as soon as possible in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; 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 - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding the residency application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; 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 Lithuanian national on 19 May, 2010. On ...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Staff

Was asked: if he will make a statement in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois. More Button

With regard to the person (details supplied), I am advised by the Public Appointments Service that the person was successful in Stage 1 of the selection process of the 2008 Recruit Prison Officer comp...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the reason for the delay regarding the application for the renewal of a green card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. More Button

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to by the Deputy made an application for further leave to remain in the State on 23 September, 2009. ...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

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

The person concerned applied for asylum on 17 December 2003. In accordance with Section 9 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended), he was entitled to remain in the State until his application for asylum...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting Services

Was asked: the number of applications waiting to be processed at Thurles vetting unit, County Tipperary; the average waiting time for vetting; the actions being taken to tackle the backlog, if any; the conseque...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 - Garda Recruitment

Was asked: the position with regard to the forthcoming Garda recruitment drive; the age limits that will be in place; if current age limits on serving members of the Garda Reserve who wish to become gardaí will...More Button

The Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 provide that in a competition for full-time membership of An Garda Síochána, the assessment shall take into account any se...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels

Was asked: the number of persons charged and or convicted of using computer technology for downloading child pornography images here in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter...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 - Travel Documents

Was asked: when a travel document will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) informs me that the Travel Document Unit has not received an application from the person in question for an Irish Travel Document. I am advised...More Button

Was asked: when a travel document will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) informs me that the person named by the Deputy was declared a refugee in 2003 and has since attained Irish citizenship. No travel document will...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for family reunification 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 my previous replies to his Parliamentary Questions. I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a further letter issued to the person referred ...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the position regarding an application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question 160 on the 27 May, 2010. The position remains as stated.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

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

As the name and reference number supplied by the Deputy do not match, it is not possible to definitively identify the person to whom the Deputy is referring in his Question. However, if the Deputy wi...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Applications

Was asked: the reason for the delay in a decision on an asylum application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo. More Button

If an application for asylum has been made by the person concerned, I would like to make the Deputy aware that it is not the practice to comment on asylum applications that are pending.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence

Was asked: the proposals he has to ensure that representations made by Members of the Oireachtas on behalf of members of the public to his Department are responded to; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that the expeditious processing of Oireachtas Members’ correspondence remains a core customer service related function across all areas of my Department. Regrettably, in recen...More Button


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