Shatter, Alan

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 3

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Priority Questions - Garda Strength

Was asked: his views on proposals prepared by the Garda Commissioner in relation to the potential retirement of 1,200 gardaí before February 2012; the discussions he has had with the Garda Commissioner in rela...More Button

Was asked: the number of gardaí who have applied to take early retirement within the next six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 53 and 54 together. The latest available figures show that Garda strength stands at just over 14,100, with approximately 2,000 civilian support staff. There are also ...More Button

It is extraordinarily difficult to take the Deputy’s questions seriously as he was in this House supporting a Government which signed an agreement to reduce the then Garda numbers of 14,500 to 13,500.More Button

It was also the Deputy’s party which, in dealing with the Estimates and the finances for 2011, provided funding to the Department to pay the salaries of 13,500 gardaí as opposed to the 14,500 that wer...More Button

——from a party which was financially incapable of ordering its affairs in a manner which would have guaranteed even the moneys available this year to pay the membership of the Garda force the salaries...More Button

First, I will give the Deputy some statistics in which he might be interested. To date, 28 gardaí at the rank of superintendent or higher have retired or notified their intention to retire in 2011. ...More Button

As I understand it, the review the Commissioner is undertaking should be complete within the coming weeks. I expect to be engaged in a conversation with him arising from that review. Of course, ther...More Button

Priority Questions - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: if he considers it necessary to amend the combined terms of section 19 and the Schedule to the Criminal Justice Act 2011 whereby all thefts, as opposed to those in the area of white collar crime, app...More Button

The main purpose of the Criminal Justice Act 2011, as I stated in the Dáil when the legislation was being enacted, is to facilitate the more effective investigation of white collar crime and to reduce...More Button

I am aware of the article to which the Deputy refers. It is worth stating that in regard to the section 19 offence and the Act in general, investigations and prosecutions will be subject to the exerc...More Button

I do not expect it to be used in a wider context. I certainly do not expect it to be a section that will be utilised in the context of a simple theft case which gives rise to a possible prosecution i...More Button

Priority Questions - Legal Aid Service

Was asked: his views on discussions his officials have had with the Law Society in relation to fees for the criminal legal aid system; the contingency plans in the event of withdrawal of services by participat...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the context for many of the difficult decisions — I am sorry I must again remind him of this — which have had to be taken is the obligation to meet the commitments in the ...More Button

It is amazing how many Bills were being prepared by the former Minister that never saw the light of day and on which I have discovered minimal work was done. There will be a Bill brought forward in r...More Button

Priority Questions - Courts Service

Was asked: the timeline on the proposed upgrade of the ICT system for the courts as well as the appointment of approved persons as receivers in order to introduce the remaining sections of the Fines Act; and i...More Button

As the Deputy has noted, the majority of the Fines Act 2010 has been commenced. It is important to note that section 14 of the Act, which has been commenced, places an obligation on the courts for th...More Button

A considerable number of outstanding fines precede the coming into force of the Act. In those circumstances fines would have been imposed, with the alternative of imprisonment if they were not paid. ...More Button

I share the Deputy’s view. Better forward planning would have ensured, as the legislation was going through the House, the arrangements were made to identify the appropriate IT changes required. It ...More Button

Other Questions - Legal Aid Service

Was asked: the number of interns recruited by the Legal Aid Board under the JobBridge scheme; the location of same; and the delays in accessing a civil lawyer via the Legal Aid Board. More Button

The Legal Aid Board is a statutory, independent body in accordance with the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995. The matters raised by the Deputy are ones for the board. However, in order to be helpful to him,...More Button

As I said, the board is independent but I want to encourage it to use the scheme in order that the many young solicitors, in particular, who are currently unemployed will have an opportunity to get wo...More Button

Other Questions - Prison Inspection Reports

Was asked: the recommendations and demands made by Judge Michael Reilly, the Inspector of Prisons in his report on the 30 May 2011 in relation to prison conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

I welcome the inspector’s report which I published on 30 May last. It is a particularly valuable and comprehensive report. In it, the inspector stated that the Irish Prison Service and local managem...More Button

It is my hope that they have been. I expect to get a full report shortly on the extent to which those aspects of the recommendations of the Inspector of Prisons have been implemented. I am anxious t...More Button

The Department is engaged in an overall review of all aspects of the workings of the Department. The Irish Prison Service is a separate service but is dependent on funding from the Department. It is...More Button

Other Questions - Crime Prevention

Was asked: his plans to ensure a more focused multi agency approach to tackling mid level drug dealers at a localised level throughout the State involving the Garda, the Criminal Assets Bureau, local authoriti...More Button

Tackling serious crime, including drug trafficking, remains a key priority both for the Government and for the Garda Síochána. These priorities are clearly reflected in the Garda policing plan for 20...More Button

I will certainly give consideration to what the Deputy is saying. The Garda Síochána has been very successful in targeting drug gangs and drug criminals in recent months, and in intercepting very sub...More Button

I will quickly answer both questions. While I regard the hotline to which Deputy O’Brien refers as very important, I have great difficulty at the moment committing funding for anything for next year ...More Button

Other Questions - Commercial Rents

Was asked: the position regarding the issue of upward only rent reviews on existing commercial leases; when we can expect a proposal from him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed abolition of upward only rent reviews for existing leases. More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce legislation to end upward only rent reviews in this Dáil term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to legislate for a ban on upward only rent reviews on existing leases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61, 388, 397 and 398 together. The programme for Government indicates that legislation will be introduced to end upward only rent reviews for existing business leases....More Button

I confirm that I have met different organisations to obtain their views on different approaches that may be taken in the development of the legislation. I do not normally sing hymns but I assure the ...More Button

That is an interesting question to which I am not sure of the answer. The legislation is a commitment in the programme for Government in the context of it addressing a very important issue which is i...More Button

Other Questions - Garda Operations

Was asked: the average response times for callouts by the gardaí in each district within the Cork city division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that statistics relating to Garda response times for call-outs in Cork city are not readily available as incidents referred to the Garda control room for Cork ci...More Button

Since my appointment as Minister for Justice and Equality no one has drawn my attention to there being major difficulties with regard to call-out times in Cork. In circumstances in which a manual sys...More Button

I generally support the idea of civilianising basic administrative functions, some of which are currently undertaken by members of An Garda Síochána, and the issue forms part of the review. As Minist...More Button

Other Questions - Garda Vetting Service

Was asked: his plans to increase the efficiency of the garda vetting unit in preparation for a greater workload and remit in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Garda central vetting unit, GCVU, provides employment vetting for a large number of organisations that employ or engage in a voluntary capacity persons to work with children or vulnerable adults. ...More Button

I hope it will be possible to provide, under the new internship scheme, some internship experience for persons currently unemployed. I had a conversation with the Garda Commissioner when the new JobB...More Button

I raised with the Garda Commissioner the need for what I described as a fast-track system for special circumstances in which job offers were available for only a short period of time and vetting had t...More Button

Other Questions - Garda Deployment

Was asked: if the Garda Commissioner is required to produce service level agreements; if so, the role population figures, existing crime rates and so on play in determining the resource allocation; and if he w...More Button

The levels of service to be provided by the Garda Síochána are set out each year in the annual policing plan which is laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas. The annual plan sets out the policing ...More Button

I reiterate that these are operational decisions made by the Garda Commissioner. In that context it is worth bringing to the Deputy’s attention that the detailed allocation of Garda resources, includ...More Button

The review taking place throughout the Garda Síochána, and the feedback sought by the Garda Commissioner from his senior officers last June to a document produced to them, give senior officers in ever...More Button

Leaders’ Questions

Tell us what happened on your watch.More Button

How many banks were robbed on your watch?More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries) Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages

Rinne an Dáil vótáil: Tá, 102; Níl, 10.
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Written Answers - Charitable Organisations

Was asked: the requirement to register as a charity; the checks and balances in place to ensure that no fraud takes place by charities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Irish charities may take a number of legal forms. For example, some charities are companies limited by guarantee while other charities are trusts. They are, therefore, governed by the relevant legis...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Social Behaviour

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the growing and on-going public concern arising from increasing levels of anti-social behaviour in many areas throughout the country culminating in some instances o...More Button

I am very aware of the distress that anti-social behaviour and low level crime can cause to communities. There are strong legislative provisions in place to combat anti-social behaviour in communitie...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 587 of 12 January 2011, the progress to date on the provision of information to parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy’s question concerns the disclosure, to parents, of information relating to persons on the sex offenders’ register. In exceptional circumstances, the provision of appropriate information to ...More Button

Written Answers - Magdalene Laundries

Was asked: the progress of the group assessing the State’s responsibilities regarding the victims of the Magdalene laundries; when he expects receipt of the interim report; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I can advise the Deputy that the inter-departmental committee is charged with establishing the facts of the State’s involvement, clarifying any State interaction with the Magdalen Laundries, and with ...More Button

Written Answers - Cash for Gold Trade

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the progress and a timeline for the report of the group within his Department that are looking into the cash for gold industry; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

My Department is currently finalising a report on the “Cash for Gold” trade and I can inform the Deputy that this report will be submitted to me shortly for consideration. Following consideration of t...More Button

Written Answers - Community Restorative Projects

Was asked: his plans to expand the number of community restorative projects in the State and to incorporate these into the justice system as is the situation in the Six Counties. More Button

The system of restorative justice in this jurisdiction is already part and parcel of the justice system. In the case of juveniles, restorative justice was introduced on a statutory basis for the firs...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Civilian Support Staff

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the proposed civilianisation policy being discussed between himself and the Garda Commissioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are currently around 2,100 full-time-equivalent civilian support staff in the Garda Síochána. These staff provide vital support services in a wide range of areas, such as human resources, traini...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Resources

Was asked: the extent to which the full requirements of backup facilities are available to the Garda to combat the drug problem; if the Minister is satisfied that such requirements are adequately met; if he pro...More Button

I understand the Deputy’s question to relate to the Garda resources that are made available to the combatting of drug misuse. The Garda Síochána Policing Plan, 2011 sets out the commitment of An Gard...More Button

Written Answers - Judicial Staff

Was asked: the number of Judges who have been appointed to regions of more than 20 kilometres from their homes; the cost of their travel, subsistence, their allowances and expenses in tabular form; and if he wi...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 386 on 28 June, 2011 and for his convenience I have again set out below the information requested. As the Deputy will appreciate court districts and cir...More Button

Written Answers - Victims of Crime

Was asked: his plans to ensure the rollout across the State of the undertakings in relation to the interaction between members of An Garda Síochána and victims of crime contained in the Victims Charter and guid...More Button

Shortly after I was appointed Minister I told the Victims of Crime Consultative Forum that I wanted to see the Victims Charter implemented in full by all bodies contributing to the charter. The curren...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the controversy surrounding the death of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; if he will set up an inquiry into this person’s deal and the Garda handling o...More Button

I am aware that family members of the deceased person referred to by the Deputy have made a number of complaints regarding the Garda investigation of that person’s death. I am informed by the Garda ...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Aid Service

Was asked: if the free legal aid board is availing of the national internship scheme; if so are experienced solicitors rather than newly qualified persons being recruited; the role they will play; and if he wil...More Button

The Legal Aid Board is a statutory, independent body in accordance with the Civil Legal Aid Act, 1995. The matters raised by the Deputy are a matter for the Board. However, in order to be helpful to ...More Button

Written Answers - Joint Policing Committees

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the review of joint policing committees; his plans to expand the functions and powers of these committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The functions and powers of Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) are set out in the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for a Committee in each local authority area. They provide the framework for a ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: the number of vetting applications received by the Garda Central Vetting Unit in each month of 2010 and to date in 2011; the number which were processed each month and the average time taken for an a...More Button

The information the Deputy seeks has been provided by the Garda authorities and is set out in the following table. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the average processing time for vetting a...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training

Was asked: the number of gardaí who have completed the competency based driving assessments at each level respectively to date; the way in which restrictions applying to competency based driving level 1 impacts...More Button

An Garda Síochána has implemented a comprehensive review of its driver training programmes. This has resulted in a five (5) level suite of Competency Based Driving (CBD) courses, with each level speci...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: if there have been arrests, criminal charges or convictions against employees of a company (details supplied) or security personnel employed by the company during the protest actions in the north May...More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that twenty six complaints were made since the commencement of works in 2005 to An Garda Síochána in relation to personnel employed by the company referred to by...More Button

Written Answers - Departments Bodies

Was asked: his plans to widen the consultation process concerning the merger of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission, beyond the current boards of both bodies to allow wider civil societ...More Button

Was asked: the way the new entity that emerges as a result of the merging of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission will be funded; if decisions have been made on the level of funding; if ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 403 together. Following the decision in principle by Government to merge the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority into a new Human Rights and Equa...More Button

Written Answers - Sale of Alcohol

Was asked: his plans to introduce the ban on below cost selling of alcohol; the estimated financial loss to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Below-cost selling of alcohol was one of the areas examined by the Government Alcohol Advisory Group (GAAG) in 2008. Due to the complexity of the pricing structures and incentives in operation in this...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: the actions of Anglo Irish Bank and its directors, his views on whether it warrants a criminal investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the extent it can be expected that prosecutions can or will be taken against banking executives who have refused to cooperate with the Director of Corporate Enforcement in relation to their failure t...More Button

Was asked: the action taken or likely to be taken against former banking executives who have failed to cooperate with the Director of Corporate Enforcement and who may have placed themselves outside this jurisd...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 83, 408 and 409 together. I attach the highest priority to the full investigation of white collar crime and bringing the perpetrators of such crime to justice to the g...More Button

Written Answers - Constititonal Referenda

Was asked: the consultants he has held with political parties and non-governmental organisation regarding proposals for forthcoming referenda on constitutional amendments. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the proposal to hold a Constitutional Referendum on judicial remuneration is a commitment in the Programme for Government. In keeping with that undertaking, the Governmen...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

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

When completing an on-line visa application the applicant is assigned a unique visa transaction number. This detail must be provided where a query on the status of a visa application arises. If the D...More Button

Was asked: if applications for holiday visas have been received in respect of persons (details supplied); the status of their applications; if all necessary documentation has been provided; when a decision on t...More Button

When completing an on-line visa application the applicant is assigned a unique visa transaction number. This detail must be provided where a query on the status of a visa application arises. If the D...More Button

Written Answers - Road Traffic Accidents

Was asked: the number of accidents that have been recorded by gardaí in the vicinity of Beaulieu Cross, Drogheda, County Louth, in each of the past five years. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the following table gives a breakdown of the number of collisions recorded at the location referred to for the years 2006 — 2010 and for 2011 to 15 Septembe...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Waiver Programme

Was asked: the number of short-stay visitors who ordinarily require a visa to enter this country who have been allowed lawful entry to Ireland without a visa from May to 14 September 2011, due to the short-term...More Button

The indications from the tourism industry is that the numbers of tourists entering the country has increased this year. This is very much to be welcomed and while it is difficult to attribute what p...More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: if a person who has overstayed their visa by 15 months will be refused re-entry into the State if they leave; the penalties associated with overstaying a visa; the exemptions or waivers that exist to...More Button

In the absence of further details on the person’s situation, it is difficult to address the question in any specific manner. However, in general, the onus is on the individual who requires permission...More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme

Was asked: if legislation on mediation and conciliation will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My proposals for the Mediation and Conciliation Bill are at an advanced stage of preparation in my Department and I expect the General Scheme of the Bill to be submitted to the Government for approval...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services

Was asked: the accommodation options available to an asylum seeker with a guide dog. More Button

I am informed by the Reception and Integration Agency that, should an asylum seeker present to RIA for accommodation with a guide dog, the necessary arrangements for accommodation would be made. RIA d...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: the measures the Garda has taken to track down the 28 Irish driving licences unlawfully issued to foreign nationals who were not entitled to them; his views on the fact that these licenses were issue...More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that, following an audit by a local authority, it made complaints to An Garda Síochána. As the matters complained of remain under investigation, it would not be...More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits

Was asked: the position regarding a residency application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9. More Button

On 2nd March, 2011, the person concerned, through his legal representative, made an application for the renewal of his permission to remain in the State on the basis of his marriage to an Irish nation...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information

Was asked: his views on repealing the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have to inform the Deputy that I am not responsible for the Freedom of Information Acts. I have, however, been informed by my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan H...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Transport

Was asked: the size of the Garda vehicle fleet in 2010; the size of the fleet in 2011; the number of Garda cars taken off the road in 2010 and to date in 2011 due to the car reaching its kilometre limit; if he ...More Button

I have requested the information from the Garda Commissioner and I will write to the Deputy directly when this information is to hand.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the position regarding the Ministerial Council on Migrant Integration; the purpose of the establishment of the council; the number of times same has met; if same was established under legislation; if...More Button

The Ministerial Council on Integration was established on a non-statutory basis in 2010 by the then Minister of State at the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Mary White....More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

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

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that the person referred to by the Deputy has been granted permission to be in the State in her own right on stamp 1 conditions ...More Button

Written Answers - Charity Regulation

Was asked: the arrangements that are currently in place to ensure the bona fides of charity trustees and employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy may be aware that Irish charities may take a number of legal forms. For example, many charities are companies limited by guarantee while other charities are trusts. They are, therefore, g...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Fraud

Was asked: if consideration has been given by him to introduce amendments to the Data Protection Acts in order that airlines could be compelled to provide details, including passenger name record, to him as a m...More Button

I would draw the attention of the Deputy to provisions contained in the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010. Section 127 of the Bill sets out the obligations on carriers in relation to the...More Button

Written Answers - Court Procedures

Was asked: if he considers it desirable to provide, in cases in which a conviction is set aside in the District Court, for a report to be provided on the reason a judge decided on this course of action; and if ...More Button

As the Deputy will appreciate, members of the judiciary are, subject only to the Constitution and the law, independent in matters concerning the exercise of judicial functions. I assume the Deputy is ...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Aid Service

Was asked: if he will consider expanding the legal aid scheme to enable the Legal Aid Board to provide legal advice in defamation claims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 provides that certain “designated matters” are excluded from the scope of civil legal aid. Defamation is one of these matters and thus legal a...More Button

Written Answers - Medical Records

Was asked: if he will consider amending legislation to facilitate patients accessing medical records held by private health care facilities in a similar manner to that available through public health care facil...More Button

Under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, individuals have a right of access, subject to limited exemptions, to their personal data irrespective of whether the data is held by a data controller in...More Button

Written Answers - Disability Support Service

Was asked: the discussions he has had with, or instructions he has issued to, the officials of the Department of An Taoiseach who serve as a nominee chairing the National Disability Strategy Stakeholders Monito...More Button

Written Answers - Tribunals of Inquiry

Was asked: if he has held discussions with the Northern Ireland First Minister, Mr. Robinson, regarding the Smithwick tribunal. More Button

Was asked: if he will discuss the interim report of the Smithwick tribunal with any leaders during his planned visit to Northern Ireland. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 382 and 383 together. The Deputy will recall that in my reply to his Question No. 155 of 22 June 2011, I stated that I had spoken with the Northern Ireland First Min...More Button

Written Answers - Interdepartmental Committees

Was asked: if he has any administrative role in overseeing or co-ordinating inquiries undertaken by Departments regarding matters of grave public concern; if, as a matter of course, he requires that his office ...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that as Minister for Justice and Equality, I do not have a role in overseeing or co-ordinating inquiries undertaken by other Government Departments. Government operates as...More Button

Written Answers - Detention Centres

Was asked: his plans to proceed with the development of Phase 1 of the new national children detention facilities at Oberstown, Lusk, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, responsibility for the development of the new National Children Detention Facilities will shortly fall under the remit of my colleague Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., Ministe...More Button

Written Answers - Human Trafficking

Was asked: the extent to which he intends to put in place measures to prevent trafficking in children; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Over the past few years strong legislative, administrative and operational measures have been put in place to combat human trafficking, including child trafficking, for the purpose of labour or sexual...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Amendments

Was asked: the timetable for the publication and enactment of legislation regarding the judicial pay referendum. More Button

The Twenty Ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Judges’ Remuneration) Bill 2011 which will allow for reductions in pay for the judiciary in circumstances where it has been necessary for the State to e...More Button

Written Answers - Sexual Offences

Was asked: if he has examined the report from his Department following its visit to Stockholm; and if he has reviewed at the Attorney General’s recent advices regarding the legal and constitutional implications...More Button

In 2010, the Swedish government completed an evaluation of its 1999 legislation criminalising the purchase of sexual services. Following its publication, the Dignity Project arranged a visit to Stockh...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on their application. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred t...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on their application. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred t...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on their application. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that valid applications for a certificate of naturalisation were received from the persons referred ...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) may expect a decision on their application. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred t...More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly may expect a decision on their application. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred t...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: if he expects the number of gardaí stationed in County Kerry to drop in the coming years; if so, the numbers and the stations that will be affected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength of Kerry Garda Division on 31 August 2011, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 328. It is not known h...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Was asked: the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13. More Button

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) who confirm that a new application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: the number of gardaí in a division (details supplied); the breakdown of gardaí assigned to each Garda station in the division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the personnel strength of each Garda Station in the Wicklow Garda Division, as at 31 August 2011, was as set out in the following table. The allocation of ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fraud perpetrated on an Irish citizen (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the matter referred to by the Deputy was reported to the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation by the person referred to in August, 2011. The matter was refe...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: the waiting times for Garda clearance; and his plans to reduce this waiting time for persons who are awaiting this clearance to take up positions More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the average processing time for vetting applications received at the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) is approximately 10 weeks. I appreciate that it is im...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: the names of the State boards whose membership are determined by his Department; the date on which each of these membership is due for renewal or appointment; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

I wish to advise the Deputy that it has not been possible to provide the information required in the limited time available. However, the information is currently being collated and will be sent to t...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: if previous convictions of persons on witness protection programmes will show up in the Garda vetting procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will understand that it is not the policy nor would it be in the public interest to comment in detail on matters relating to the personal security of individuals, including information rela...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Deployment

Was asked: the allocation of policing resources in the Gracepark area of Dublin 9 and the Donnycarney area of Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the areas referred to by the Deputy are covered by Clontarf, Raheny and Whitehall Garda Stations. The personnel strength of Clontarf, Raheny and Whitehall G...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Vetting of Personnel

Was asked: if he will clarify the issue in relation to an Irish citizen who worked in a number of countries abroad for an aid agency and now requires police clearance from each of the countries they worked in b...More Button

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that policies relating to background checks in respect of individuals (including any Irish citizen who may have worked overseas) who are applying for positions w...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Assets Bureau

Was asked: the extent the Criminal Assets Bureau have adequate resources to tackle organised crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Criminal Assets Bureau has been at the forefront of fighting organised crime since its inception in 1996. The Bureau was established with a statutory remit of identifying and depriving persons of...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: if adequate resources will remain available to the Garda to combat ongoing crime at all levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the personnel strength of An Garda Síochána on 31 August 2011, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 14,162. There are also ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations

Was asked: if rural Garda stations will not close for whatever reason having particular regard to the need for better policing in rural areas where criminal gangs regularly seek refuge; and if he will make a st...More Button

Responsibility for the allocation of Garda resources, including personnel, rests with the Garda Commissioner. I have been advised by the Garda authorities that the Commissioner is currently carrying ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: the degree to which adequate resources remain available to the Garda to combat the increased level of drugs associated with criminal gangs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 72 of today. More Button

Written Answers - Garda Operations

Was asked: his plans to combat the activities of drug dealing criminal gangs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Tackling serious crime including drug trafficking remains a key ongoing priority both for the Government and for An Garda Síochána. The Garda Policing Plan for 2011 reflects this priority with one of...More Button

Written Answers - Witness Intimidation

Was asked: the extent of intimidation of witnesses by criminals continues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 makes it an offence to harm or threaten, menace or in any other way intimidate or put in fear a person who is assisting in the investigation by An Garda Sío...More Button

Written Answers - Crime Levels

Was asked: the number of crimes recorded having been committed by persons while on bail in the past 12 months to date in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Following the submission in 2004 of a report and recommendations by an expert group on crime statistics, it was decided that the compilation and publication of crime statistics should be taken over by...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Assets Bureau

Was asked: the number of persons, bodies or other entities the assets of which have been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the value of assets seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau in each of the past 12 months to date in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 416 and 417 together. In accordance with the provisions of section 21 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996 an annual report on the activities of the Bureau is prepar...More Button

Written Answers - Commissioners for Oaths

Was asked: if he will supply a list of registered Commissioners for Oaths for Cork City from 1987 to 1994; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I wish to inform the Deputy that as Minister I have no function in the appointment of Commissioners for Oaths which is entirely a matter for the Chief Justice. However, the Courts Service has assured...More Button

Written Answers - Gaming Regulation

Was asked: his plans to bring forward proposals for a revised regulatory architecture for the online gambling industry in view of the number of high-value jobs that exist here in the online gambling and support...More Button

The Deputy will see from the Government Legislative Programme for the Autumn 2011 Session that a new Gambling Bill is being prepared. It will provide for the licensing of online services as part of a...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 120 of 21 April 2011 and No. 405 of 19 July 2011, if his attention has been drawn to the recent hearings on the withdrawal of a gaming operating licence in Ald...More Button

The hearings to which the Deputy refers are being conducted by the Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC). They are part of on-going legal processes in the Channel Islands (Alderney) following the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money spent producing Government reports in both Irish and English on a yearly basis. More Button

As I understand the Deputy is specifically referring to translation costs for the year 2010 incurred by my Department and the agencies under its aegis, I can confirm that the total amount spent was €4...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Red Cross

Was asked: if he will consider encouraging the Irish Red Cross to adequately address the issue of current long-serving members still serving on the council and executive committee of the IRC; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: his views on the fact that the vice-chairman of the Irish Red Cross is now serving for the 21st year in that position, as well as on the organisation’s central council and executive committee, in bre...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 424 and 427 together. On 16 May 2011 I wrote to the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross Society regarding corporate governance, with particular reference to turnover and r...More Button

Was asked: if he has met the chairman of the Irish Red Cross; the outcome of such discussions; the substance and nature of correspondence between himself and the chairman of the IRC regarding corporate governan...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the Irish Red Cross has made a more comprehensive reform of its corporate governance arrangements following his letter to the chairman of the IRC of 16 May 2011; and if he will m...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 425 and 426 together. On 16 May 2011 I wrote to the Chairman of the Irish Red Cross Society regarding corporate governance, emphasising my views on turnover and rotati...More Button

Was asked: when he expects to nominate a replacement nominee to the central council of the Irish Red Cross; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

It is my intention to fill this vacancy before the next Central Council meeting which I understand is scheduled to take place in November.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the names of the State boards the membership of which is determined by his Department; and the date on which each of these memberships is due for renewal or appointment. More Button

The bodies under the aegis of my Department are the Civil Defence Board, the Army Pensions Board and the Board of Coiste an Asgard. The Civil Defence Board was established in 2003 under the Civil Def...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money spent producing Government reports in both Irish and English on a yearly basis. More Button

The costs of translating reports into Irish for the year 2010, in order to implement the provisions of the Official Languages Act, 2003, were as follows: More Button


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