139. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been a recent audit of Garda property seized in the course of arrests or investigation; his views on the security of such seizures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20275/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the manner in which property is seized by Members of An Garda Síochána during the course of their official duties is an operational issue for the Commissioner, and his management team, and I have no role in such matters. 
This notwithstanding I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on this issue and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.
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140. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the protocol regarding the way in which money and drugs seized in investigations are handled, stored and returned to the person from whom they were seized in the event of an unsuccessful prosecution. (Question 20276/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have raised the matter referred to by the Deputy with the Garda Authorities and requested a report on the issue. I will reply to the Deputy when the report is to hand. 
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138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it is normal practice for An Garda Síochána to monitor the activities of political parties (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53434/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can assure the Deputy that is it is not the normal practice for An Garda Síochána to monitor the activities of political parties.
The functions of An Garda Síochána in respect of providing policing and security services to the State are set out in the Garda Síochána Acts 2005-2015.  In conducting those functions, there may on occasion be a requirement for policing deployments in respect of managing public gatherings or demonstrations...

124. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual breakdown of the staffing commitment of An Garda Síochána and the immigration services to Operation Gull since 2008. (Question 52553/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Dáil Question No. 225 of 5 December 2017.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that it is not possible in the time available to provide the details requested by the Deputy beyond those supplied in my reply of 5 December 2017, and that efforts to do so would require the expenditure of a disproportionate and inordinate amount of Garda resources and time. However, the Garda National Immigration Bureau are ex...

125. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual breakdown of the number and nationality of persons arrested or detained by An Garda Síochána or the immigration services as part of Operation Gull since 2008. (Question 52554/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Dáil Question No. 225 of 5 December 2017.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that it is not possible in the time available to provide the details requested by the Deputy beyond those supplied in my reply of 5 December 2017, and that efforts to do so would require the expenditure of a disproportionate and inordinate amount of Garda resources and time. However, the Garda National Immigration Bureau are ex...

225. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the remit of Operation Gull; the amount of Garda resources allocated to same; the number of persons that have been detained as part of its remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51457/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): An initiative, entitled Operation ‘Gull,’ between the Garda National Immigration Bureau and the UK Immigration Service was commenced in 2003 by the Garda National Immigration Bureau and the UK Immigration Service to combat immigration abuses within the Common Travel Area, with checks conducted at ports and airports in both jurisdictions. 
These operations have been conducted for a number of years in Ireland under Operation ‘Sonnet’ whi...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána carried out checks on or searches of an airplane (details supplied) while it was at Shannon Airport, in view of the fact that the call sign of the airplane indicated that it was on US military business and the gardaí were in close proximity to the airplane while it was at Shannon. (Question 21738/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have sought the information requested by the Deputy from the Garda Authorities on the matter raised by the Deputy and I will correspond with her when the information is to hand.
The general position in respect of the powers of search available to An Garda Síochána in respect of aircraft has been set out to the House on many occasions previously. An Garda Síochána has statutory powers of search and entry available to i...

81. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of undercover officers from the UK special demonstrations squad and the national public order intelligence unit that have ever operated here; and if their Irish operations are to be fully examined as part of the report being compiled by the Garda Commissioner. (Question 8885/17 asked on 22 Feb 2017 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I refer the Deputy to my responses to a number of recent Questions on this subject. As the Deputy is aware, when concerns were raised in 2011 with regard to allegations about the conduct of a UK police officer operating undercover in Ireland, a report on the issues arising was sought from An Garda Síochána. The report from the then Garda Commissioner was received in March 2011 and outlined the position in respect of the...

212. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the presence of An Garda Síochána at Shannon Airport protecting civilian troop carriers and military planes of the United States of America, by month, in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1959/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: The primary aim of deployment by An Garda Síochána at Shannon Airport is to protect the safety of passengers and other people working at and using the airport and its environs. It is not to provide protection for one type of aviation or another. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the cost to An Garda Síochána of deployment at Shannon Airport was €1,319,720 in 2016 comprising salaries and other pay and non-pay re...

14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the arrangements that exist when gardaí are present at private sporting events and concerts, with regard to the way payment for these services is calculated, with particular reference to whether there is payment per garda; the financial arrangements relating to payment for Garda reserves; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30148/16 asked on 13 Oct 2016 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In accordance with Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, at the request of a person or commercial entity, the Garda Commissioner may provide and charge for police services for events on private property or in areas open to the public. 
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the cost to the event holder is determined by the number of Garda personnel deployed and all such charges are agreed with event holders in ...

154. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views regarding whether a 15-month wait for the return of a computer taken for examination by the gardaí in connection with the possible commission of a crime is normal or acceptable; and if not, why a person (details supplied) whose computer was taken by Gardaí from Ballyhaunis Garda Station, County Mayo was informed that they would only have it returned 15 months later. (Question 20783/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Garda authorities that investigations into the case referred to are ongoing and it would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to make any more detailed comment on the case. The Deputy will also appreciate that the management of particular Garda investigations is a matter for the Garda authorities in the first instance and I have no direct role in this regard.
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170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his views regarding Garda involvement in the shooting dead of a number of cattle on a farm in County Monaghan on 5 July 2016 as part of a debt recovery exercise. (Question 21157/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy is aware, the Defence Forces carried out the humane cull of five animals on a farm in Co. Monaghan. It is not correct, as has been alleged, that the cattle were treated inhumanely or that this case involves the operation of debt collectors. This operation was carried out at the request of the Official Assignee in Bankruptcy who is responsible for the herd of cattle on that farm, and it was done in conjunc...

236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it is appropriate for An Garda Síochána to charge fees to issue copies of traffic accident report abstracts, witness statements, photographs and other documents; and if she will immediately instruct An Garda Síochána to stop charging these fees. (Question 4865/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, and 245 together.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that persons involved in road traffic collisions, their legal advisers or insurers or other interested parties may, on written request, be supplied with an abstract of the Garda report in respect of the collision, copies of statements of witnesses and sketches or maps of the scene. Abstracts are not supplied until any cri...

237. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it is appropriate and humane for An Garda Síochána to charge fees to bereaved families, which can amount to tens of thousands of euro, to receive copies of Garda traffic accident report abstracts, witness statements, photographs and other Garda documents; if she will immediately instruct An Garda Síochána to stop demanding that bereaved families pay such fees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4866/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, and 245 together.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that persons involved in road traffic collisions, their legal advisers or insurers or other interested parties may, on written request, be supplied with an abstract of the Garda report in respect of the collision, copies of statements of witnesses and sketches or maps of the scene. Abstracts are not supplied until any cri...

238. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality why there has been a large increase in fees charged for copies of Garda Síochána traffic accident report abstracts, witness statements, photographs and other documents since 2010; and if these increases are justified. (Question 4867/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 236 to 238, inclusive, and 245 together.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that persons involved in road traffic collisions, their legal advisers or insurers or other interested parties may, on written request, be supplied with an abstract of the Garda report in respect of the collision, copies of statements of witnesses and sketches or maps of the scene. Abstracts are not supplied until any cri...

130. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process whereby a citizen can obtain access to Garda Síochána recordings that the citizen may have been a subject of, particularly where the citizen is incarcerated, and where the recordings could have an impact on the citizen’s case (details supplied). (Question 27900/15 asked on 08 Jul 2015 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested by the Deputy and will revert to her in writing as soon as I have this information to hand. 
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230. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of official hours that have been spent by gardaí attending evictions from family homes. (Question 27132/15 asked on 07 Jul 2015 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The proceedings in which receivers take control of property are first and foremost civil proceedings to which the Gardaí are not a party, and do not have a role, unless specific actions are directed to them by the Court. There may be situations where Gardaí become aware, or are notified, that property is to be the subject of enforcement proceedings and in those circumstances it is an operational matter for Garda management to assess ...

117. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she is aware of allegations of misappropriation of funds of a support group (details supplied); the action she has taken; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22657/15 asked on 10 Jun 2015 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): This Group has not received any Departmental funding and my Department has no role in its affairs. Any allegation with regard to the misappropriation of funds should be reported to An Garda Síochána for investigation.
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263. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are circumstances in which members of An Garda Síochána or the riot squad are entitled to be on duty without any forms of ID; and the actions citizens can take in those circumstances. (Question 46886/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, one of the primary functions of the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Síochána Acts, is to direct and control An Garda Síochána. In this regard, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure th...

342. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extra costs incurred by the Gardaí at Shannon airport on 12 October 2014 for the one hour peaceful peace vigil at Shannon, including the provision of the Garda air support unit helicopter which had to be deployed from Casement Aerodrome, County Dublin; and the reason this use of the Garda helicopter was considered necessary, in view of the fact that these monthly peace vigils have been taking place for over six years without any security related incidents, while virtually no extra security is provided at Shannon airport for the other 461 hours in each month, in spite of the increasing possibility of a retaliatory extremist attack on Shannon airport due to US military use of Shannon airport while the US is carrying out air attacks against Islamists forces in Iraq and Syria. (Question 40300/14 asked on 21 Oct 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to inform the Deputy that An Garda Síochána records information on overall policing costs. Specific financial information relating to the policing of the one hour vigil at Shannon Airport on the 12th October 2014 is not available. 
However, I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the cost to An Garda Síochána of security for Shannon airport was €862,574 in 2012 and €758,152 in 2013. This comprises salaries and other pay ...

126. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason three uniformed gardaí were present at Glin hare coursing meeting on 3 and 4 October 2014; their purpose at the event; and if the coursing club will be covering the costs of the Garda presence. (Question 39513/14 asked on 16 Oct 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of all resources, including personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.
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328. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drugs units have been shut down over the past five years; and her plans to deal with the drugs crisis. (Question 35926/14 asked on 23 Sep 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda Commissioner and as soon as it is to hand I will pass it on to the Deputy. 
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656. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 467 of 24 June 2014, the full cost of policing to which she alluded; the cost of all salaries of gardaí brought into the area; and the meaning by the normal course referred to with regard to duties at the Corrib gas project. (Question 29767/14 asked on 08 Jul 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the overall costs of the policing operation for the Corrib Gas project from the commencement of the operation in August 2005 to end May 2014, the date for which latest figures are available, is approximately €16.3 million. A detailed breakdown of costs is set out in the table below.
Corrib Gas operation costs: August 2005- May 2014
 Overtime and allowances €10,032,869 Travel & Sub...

467. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will establish an inquiry into policing in the Corrib. (Question 26823/14 asked on 24 Jun 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Significant protest activity over a number of years has occurred in the North Mayo area connected with the development of a very important natural resource. This has necessitated the temporary redeployment of large numbers of Gardaí, including specially trained personnel, from throughout the Western Region into the Belmullet District. The reality is that substantial Garda resources have to be tied up in the policing of protest activ...

437. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will name the Garda stations that carried out recordings of incoming and outgoing calls from Garda stations. (Question 15295/14 asked on 01 Apr 2014 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 413 to 416, inclusive, 421 to 433, inclusive, 437, 442 to 444, inclusive, 446, 448, 451 and 452 together.
The Government has decided to set up a statutory Commission of Investigation into the recording of telephone calls in certain Garda stations. In this context the Government have agreed that the Commission of Investigation should examine all matters of public concern relating to the issue of taping of c...