98. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Acts under which city and county sheriffs derive their powers of seizure or repossession; and his plans to codify those powers in single legislation. (Question 13440/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1926 sets out the functions and powers of the Sheriff.  Section 12 of the Court Officers Act 1945 relates to the appointment of the Sheriff.
I should add that section 133 of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 abolished the sheriff’s powers to seize a tenancy under a writ of fieri facias or other process of execution except in relation to a tenancy of land t...

360. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for an entry visa; and when they can expect a decision on their case. (Question 12834/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a visa has been issued to the individual in question.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose.  This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtaine...

303. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a request by a person (details supplied) for a review of the decision to refuse their application under the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015; and when a decision will issue. (Question 9358/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was refused a residence card on 10 October 2017 as they were not in compliance with the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015.
I also understand that INIS received a request for a review of that decision on 25 October 2017. The Deputy will appreciate that review applications are dealt wi...

309. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the criteria used to determine whether to grant an application from a prisoner to transfer to a different prison; if there are different procedures for different categories of prisoners, different stages of their sentences and different prisons; if agreement on a Ministerial, governor’s or head of the Prison Service basis is required; the number of such requests referred to the Minister each year; and the number granted and refused respectively. (Question 9408/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Prisoner Transfers)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service (IPS) that prisoner transfers are carried out for a number of reasons but in general they fall into two categories, i.e. those carried out for operational reasons and those effected at the request of a prisoner. 
Transfers for operational reasons may be necessary for a variety of reasons including overcrowding, the need to protect a prisoner from other prisoners or to reallocate ...

247. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí of each rank attached to Sundrive and Terenure Garda stations for each of the past ten years. (Question 8579/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 248 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the opt...

248. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of probationary and newly-commissioned gardaí that have been stationed at Sundrive and Terenure Garda stations in the past four years. (Question 8580/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 247 and 248 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the opt...

127. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on an application for citizenship. (Question 7551/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 15 March 2017. Processing of this application is on-going, with a view to establishing whether the conditions for naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, are satisfied.  On completion of the necessary processing th...

292. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the review of the Kerry Garda youth diversion programme, GYDP, pilot will be completed; and the reasons the decisions being made regarding a move towards tendering are being implemented for other GYDPs in view of the fact the report on the pilot is not yet completed. (Question 7428/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A divisional Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) service delivery model was introduced in County Kerry in 2015.  This new pilot approach, known as the Kerry Realignment Project, was implemented by Kerry Diocesan Youth Services in conjunction with the Kerry Division of An Garda Síochána. 
I am advised that an independent evaluation of the operation of this model was commissioned by the Irish Youth Justice Service (IYJS) last year and a...

293. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason it has been decided to move towards a tendering model for Garda youth diversionary programmes, GYDPs; and the assessments that have been made on the impact this will have on independent GYDPs, their staff and the communities they serve. (Question 7429/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that my Department is obliged to carry out a call for proposals process during 2018 in relation to the provision of Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) services, to fully comply with requirements related to the co-funding of projects by the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. 
GYDPs deliver a valuable service to young offenders and provide an effective and essenti...

189. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason there are only four community gardaí attached to Ballyfermot Garda station. (Question 4927/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Garda Strength)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Ballyfermot Garda...

190. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí of each rank attached to each station (details supplied) in each of the past ten years. (Question 4928/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the op...

191. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of probationary and newly commissioned gardaí who have been deployed at stations (details supplied). (Question 4929/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the op...

132. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the status of a person’s (details supplied) Garda vetting application; and when the person can expect a decision. (Question 47157/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Garda Vetting Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have contacted the Deputy’s office to request additional information in respect of the person who is the subject of his question in order to be in a position to make enquiries with the Garda Authorities. When the information has been provided, I will make the necessary enquiries regarding this vetting application and revert directly to the Deputy when they have been completed.
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596. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his Department’s recruitment policy for allowing members of the transgender and LGBT communities to enlist in An Garda Síochána. (Question 37496/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Recruitment to An Garda Síochána is governed by the Garda Síochána (Admissions and Appointments) Regulations 2013. Any person, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender, who is interested in becoming a member of An Garda Síochána, is entitled to apply to a recruitment competition provided they meet the eligibility requirements. 
The Public Appointments Service (PAS), on behalf of the Garda Commissioner, manages the initial recruitm...

144. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank that are currently stationed in the Ballyfermot Garda station; and the number that were stationed there on 9 May in each year from 2008 to 2017. (Question 22051/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Ballyfermot G...

47. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in a person’s (details supplied) application for renewal of their stamp 4 EU FAM visa; and if it can be given urgent attention in view of the fact their current one expires on 10 April 2017. (Question 18914/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Immigration Status)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to by the Deputy was granted permission to remain in the State, for a period of five years, on 29 January 2014. The person concerned was registered by their local immigration officer with the appropriate endorsement, Stamp No. 4 EU Fam, up to 10 April 2017 - which is the date of expiry of their current pass...

94. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a person (details supplied) can be issued with a letter for permission to reside here from her Department in order for them to apply for a long-term spouse visa. (Question 18616/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Immigration Status)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INIS) of my Department that the person referred to has permission to reside in Ireland until November 2019. He was also granted a multiple entry visa for short stays in January 2017 which is valid until January 2019. 
Should the person concerned now wish to apply for a long-stay visa in order to join his spouse, it is of course open to him to make such ...

82. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in a person’s Garda vetting application (details supplied). (Question 10616/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Garda Vetting Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will understand, the processing of vetting applications by the Garda National Vetting Bureau is an operational matter for the Garda Authorities and is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012-1016 and other relevant law. My Department has no role in the processing of individual vetting applications.
I am informed by the Garda Au...

109. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a person (details supplied) will receive notification of an application for citizenship. (Question 41009/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Citizenship Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is under consideration and a decision is expected to issue in the near future. 
As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain...

74. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will ensure that a person (details supplied) will be granted citizenship in view of the fact they have been here nearly 14 years. (Question 36582/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Citizenship Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is ongoing and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certa...

83. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been any cost to An Garda Síochána in protecting the memorial wall in Glasnevin cemetery since it was unveiled in 2016. (Question 33347/16 asked on 08 Nov 2016 - Garda Deployment)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and Districts, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
For security and operational reasons, it is not the policy of An Garda Síochána to comment on the specific deployment of Garda resources. However, I am assured by the Garda Commissioner that the a...

94. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of current active members of An Garda Síochána, excluding members on secondment, career break, maternity and paternity leave or prolonged sick leave, and civilians based in Dundrum Garda station. (Question 31549/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Garda Deployment)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources among the various Garda Divisions and Districts, and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Garda Commissioner that the allocation of resources is continually monitored and reviewed taking into account all relevant factors including crime trends, demographics, and security assessments re...

165. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the exact funding increase provided by budget 2017 for her department in 2017, minus provision required for demographics and the Lansdowne Road agreement, compared to the estimate provided in budget 2016, the summer economic statement and the expected out-turn for 2016, in tabular form. (Question 30603/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Budget 2017)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Justice Vote Group comprises eight individual votes including the Department Vote - Vote 24 - Justice and Equality.
As outlined in the budgetary documentation published on Budget Day there is an increase of €68 million in gross current expenditure for the Justice Vote Group compared with the Mid-Year Expenditure Report, which does not include any provision for Lansdowne Road Agreement. In overall terms, there is an ...

1. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) continues to have their application for citizenship refused. (Question 29964/16 asked on 12 Oct 2016 - Citizenship Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that there is no current application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy. Previous applications have been refused for reasons provided to the person concerned, the most recent in a letter issued on 7 October 2013 advising of the decision.
It is open to any individual to lodge an application ...

111. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Number 263 of 14 April 2016 and given that acting on legal advice received from the office of the Attorney General the original cartographic representation of the townlands affected by the lake line change is being re-established as per the original boundary register and sketch maps archived in the National Archives, when this will happen; and if it will include changes made recently to the boundary by a person (details supplied). (Question 9835/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Foreshore Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can inform the Deputy that I am advised by Ordnance Survey Ireland that the cartographic representation of the relevant townlands (originally referred to Parliamentary Question No. 263 of 14 April 2016) has been re-delineated under the Boundary Survey Acts, 1854, 1857 and 1859 in consultation with the Chief Boundary Surveyor (Commissioner of Valuation), who has primary responsibility for such matters. Accordingly, I u...