316. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Rush Garda station will be reopened. (Question 14037/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have no...

487. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the delay in the Garda vetting for a person (details supplied) will be investigated; if this application will be expedited in view of the fact that the person in question is unable to work and this is causing hardship for them and their family; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54377/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Vetting)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Garda authorities that records at the Garda National Vetting Bureau indicate that a vetting application has not been received in respect of the person who is the subject of the Deputy’s Question.
In the circumstances I would advise the person concerned to contact the relevant registered organisation to ascertain the status of their vetting application.
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299. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if extra gardaí will be allocated to the relevant districts in order to ensure new stations are opened without impacting on existing Garda levels further to news that several Garda stations will be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30036/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 and 300 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including personnel and there distribution among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under contin...

300. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if extra gardaí will be provided to the Balbriggan district in order to reopen Rush Garda station; if the station will be reopened using existing gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30037/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 and 300 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including personnel and there distribution among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under contin...

149. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of the 4,000 persons committed to under the Irish refugee protection programme that have arrived here to date; the number of such persons that have since successfully moved out of State accommodation; and the way in which the State plans to meet its commitments before the deadline expires. (Question 19783/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Refugee Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy will be aware, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State. A breakd...

201. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of senior clerks in the probate offices of the Courts Service; and the waiting time for processing of cases. (Question 20513/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Courts Service Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Probate Office is an office of the High Court and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the full complement of staff in the Probate Office is as follows:
2 Principal Officers
1 Assis...

129. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans, by way of legislation or ministerial order, to allow INIS provide refunds or waive fees when clerical mistakes have been made in INIS applications for persons applying for naturalisation (details supplied) (Question 11957/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Naturalisation 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 Section 17 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, provides that an application for a certificate of naturalisation shall be in the prescribed form and accompanied by the prescribed fee. Both the application form and the required fee are prescribed by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Regulations 2011...

97. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if there is a source of funding for community groups to apply for CCTV facilities to assist in tackling crime and anti social behaviour; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9291/17 asked on 23 Feb 2017 - Closed-Circuit Television Systems)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am very conscious of the value that communities, especially rural communities, place on CCTV as a means of deterring crime and assisting in the detection of offenders. 
The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to providing investment in CCTV systems and that I have secured €1 million in Budget 2017 to begin a new round of community CCTV schemes in line with the Programme. 
My D...

50. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community policing forums in existence here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6480/17 asked on 09 Feb 2017 - Community Policing)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 51 together.
An Garda Síochána engages with many local structures including statutory fora such as Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) and Local Policing Fora established by JPCs as well as more informal community based groups, including Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups throughout the country.
I can advise the Deputy that my Department does not provide funding for commun...

51. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which community policing forums here are funded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6481/17 asked on 09 Feb 2017 - Community Policing)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 50 and 51 together.
An Garda Síochána engages with many local structures including statutory fora such as Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) and Local Policing Fora established by JPCs as well as more informal community based groups, including Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups throughout the country.
I can advise the Deputy that my Department does not provide funding for commun...

50. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the activity levels on the employers’ helpline supporting the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities; the number of calls handled and the costs incurred; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29132/16 asked on 06 Oct 2016 - Disability Act Employment Targets)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): The employer helpline and support initiative is a three year pilot programme which was established at the end of 2015 to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The aim of the programme is to provide advice and guidance to employers on employing people with disabilities, and to support staff with disabilities. It is hoped that the helpline will facilita...

75. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for citizenship by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28803/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Naturalisation 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 has not yet reached a conclusion. As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour which confers certain rights and entitl...

176. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since, including the date they became vacant, for State boards or governing bodies under her control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a shortlist provided to her by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under her control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26087/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can advise the Deputy that the information sought in respect of vacancies on State Boards is set out in a table:
 State Board Vacancies on 26 February 2016 Date Vacancy/Vacancies Arose Names of those appointed Advertised and Shortlisted Approved by Cabinet Appointments not subject to PAS system Property Services Regulatory Authority Nil 3 April 2016Chairperson & 5 ordinary members Unfilled Advertise...

222. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps required for a person (details supplied) to regularise their status here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13474/16 asked on 31 May 2016 - Residency Permits)

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 person concerned has applied for a right of residency in the State, accompanied by the right to work, based on parentage of an Irish citizen child.
This application is under consideration at present and, as such, at this point in time, it is not possible to provide a specific indication as to when the case will be finalised....

296. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if resources will be provided for two Garda Síochána patrol bicycles at a location (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43560/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Garda Resources)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information is to hand.
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474. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Bill 2013 will be scheduled for Report Stage in Dáil Éireann; when this Bill will have completed all Stages in the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28979/15 asked on 14 Jul 2015 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is my plan to seek a date for Report Stage on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 in September. The scheduling of Oireachtas business is of course a matter for the Oireachtas. However, the aim is that the Bill will be enacted by the end of this year.
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152. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the Spent Convictions Bill; the indicative timeframe for the Bill to make its way through the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26520/15 asked on 01 Jul 2015 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Before the Spent Convictions Bill could be enacted, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has been completed and amendments to the Vetting Act and consequential amendments to the Spent Convictions Bill are currently being drafted. It is expected that these amendme...

250. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Spent Convictions Bill 2012 will be brought through to completion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17398/15 asked on 06 May 2015 - Legislative Process)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The current position is that before the Act could be commenced, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has been completed and amendments to the Vetting Act and consequential amendments to the Spent Convictions Bill are currently being drafted. I intend to bring the...

349. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will examine the naturalisation application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; if this application will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5767/15 asked on 10 Feb 2015 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation has been received from the person referred to by the Deputy. Processing of the application is well advanced and the case will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases...

370. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a timeframe on when the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill will be brought through to completion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6143/15 asked on 10 Feb 2015 - Spent Convictions Legislation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 369 and 370 together.
The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill has passed Committee Stage in the Dáil, having passed all stages in the Seanad. However, before the Bill could be taken at Report Stage, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Spent Convictions Bill. ...

274. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prosecutions for fuel laundering that took place over the past year; and if she will provide a county breakdown of the location where the offences took place. (Question 48909/14 asked on 18 Dec 2014 - Criminal Prosecutions Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will be in contact with the Deputy again when the information is to hand. 
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564. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied), the reason a decision has not yet been made despite her deferral of a final decision until April 2014; when a decision will be made on this application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33126/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can inform the Deputy that the application has entered the final stage of processing and I intend to grant citizenship. A letter issued to the person referred to by the Deputy asking him to submit the prescribed fee and other documents, which have been received.
The person concerned will be invited to attend the next available citizenship ceremony at which he will make a declaration of fidelity to the Irish Nation and loyalty to th...

593. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number persons within direct provision; of those the number who made their application for protection more than five years ago; the number that have family members with outstanding or completed applications for protection; and the number of individual family units within direct provision. (Question 33551/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Direct Provision Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Direct Provision system is managed by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department. For the most part, this represents a cashless system with the State assuming responsibility for providing suitable accommodation for asylum seekers on a full board basis. RIA currently provides full board accommodation and ancillary services to just over 4,300 persons in 34 centres across the State. It should be noted that the numbe...

576. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if staff employed in the Law Society will be transferred to the new Legal Services Regulatory Authority or elsewhere as a result of the Legal Services Regulation Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19196/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Legal Services Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I have previously stated the position in relation to this matter in response to a number of Parliamentary Questions, latterly in my Written Reply to Question No. 161 of 22 January 2014 which I will therefore reiterate on this occasion. The Deputy will recall that I had discussed the issue he has raised with Deputies during Committee Stage of the Legal Services Regulation Bill which was completed on 12 February 2014. I have also received, a...

447. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of marked Garda squad cars that are based in Balbriggan Garda station in north County Dublin; his plans for more marked squad cars to be added to the Balbriggan fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16407/14 asked on 08 Apr 2014 - Garda Transport Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The provision and allocation of Garda transport is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the context of identified operational requirements and the availability of resources.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that on 1 April 2014 there were 9 vehicles allocated to the Balbriggan Garda District, including 2 marked cars and 3 patrol vans.
Garda management closely monitors the allocation of all policing resources and operational strategi...