213. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of reported cases of domestic violence in each of the six regions of the Dublin metropolitan region for 2016, and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52700/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Domestic Violence Incidence)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistics agency, is responsible for the publication of the official Recorded Crime Statistics; domestic violence incidents are not currently recorded as a separate category within the classification system.
Cosc (the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence), An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, and the Probat...

110. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department has written to each applicant to the Magdalen restorative justice scheme that was rejected and asserted a longer duration of stay than was accepted by his Department to advise them of their right to reapply in view of the Ombudsman’s recent report, Opportunity Lost, on his Department’s administration of the scheme and in particular the Ombudsman’s finding that his Department gave undue weight to the evidence supplied by the religious congregations in determining access to the scheme. (Question 52507/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Residential Institutions Redress Scheme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department is giving full and detailed consideration to each of the four recommendations made by the Ombudsman in his report published on 23 November 2017. 
The Ombudsman recommended that there should be a review of any cases where there has been a dispute over length of stay. No particular difficulty is foreseen with this recommendation and my Department is exploring the options for doing so. 
The Ombudsman also recommended that ...

153. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department has sworn an affidavit of discovery for the purpose of the disclosures tribunal; if so, if that affidavit contains a claim of legal professional privilege over documents generated in 2014, 2015 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52136/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Tribunals of Inquiry)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Discovery orders were issued by the Tribunal to my Department in February, April and September. These orders were complied with fully and the relevant documents were forwarded to the Tribunal in February, May and September 2017. In the course of making discovery, affidavits of discovery were requested by the Tribunal in respect of two of those orders, those in April and September. An official of my Department swore three affidavits in ...

38. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps his Department plans to take on foot of the recommendations of the Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalene restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51989/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Magdalen Laundries)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister will be aware that less than two weeks ago the Ombudsman published his report, entitled Opportunity Lost, on the administration of the Magdalen restorative justice scheme. Unfortunately, the report concludes that the manner in which the scheme has been administered by the Department constitutes maladministration within the meaning of section 4 of the Ombudsman Act 1980 as amended. Following the launch of the report, the Minister stated that full and careful...

40. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent of training and continuous professional development provided for members of An Garda Síochána when amending or new legislation is passed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51990/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Training)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: Being a member of An Garda Síochána is an extremely demanding and professional job and it is not comparable to the job performed by members, say, 30 or 40 years ago. Part of the reason for this is the vast array of legislation that passes through the Houses. It is even difficult for lawyers to keep up with the amount of law being generated, not just in the Houses but also in the European Union. Obviously, gardaí need to have knowledge of the law. What is being done to...

52. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the effectiveness of the community CCTV scheme in view of the fact that to date there have only been six applications under the scheme, none of which have been successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51695/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Closed-Circuit Television Systems)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to supporting investment in CCTV systems and, in this context, my Department launched the Community-based CCTV Grant-aid Scheme in April 2017, as the vehicle to assist community groups in the establishment of CCTV systems in their local areas.
Under the Scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a pr...

54. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the decision to cancel Garda overtime in the Dublin metropolitan region for the remainder of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51693/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Overtime)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): At the outset, can I say that the allocation and management of the overtime budget is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner having due regard to the available resources and his operational needs. 
In this context, I would inform the House that I presented a supplementary estimate to the Select Committee last Thursday which provides for additional expenditure of some €58.1 million in gross terms for the Garda Vote, including an a...

65. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he plans to take further to the recommendations of the Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51696/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As I have previously indicated, the Department is giving full and detailed consideration to each of the four recommendations made by the Ombudsman in his report published on 23 November 2017. 
It is important to note that the existing Scheme remains open. To date 684 applicants to the Magdalen scheme have received their ex-gratia payments from my Department’s Vote at a cost of €25.7m.  The terms of the scheme recommended to Government ...

77. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if disciplinary action will be taken against the 14 chief superintendents who did not respond to the then assistant Commissioner’s request to examine the MAT discrepancies in their own area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51694/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, I have previously put on record my deep concern at the serious failures of the Garda organisation in relation to mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints and fixed charge notices.
In relation to the particular issue of whether disciplinary action should be taken against individual members of An Garda Síochána arising from the mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints issues, this is solely a matter for the Garda C...

95. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has given consideration to the best form of study to establish the true level of sexual violence in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51697/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Sexual Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The terms of reference and membership of a scoping group to consider the availability of data and make recommendations on a study to identify the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence in Ireland today and emerging trends was considered by the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy at a meeting on 16 November. Ms Dorothy Watson, Associate Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and adjunct Professor of Sociology ...

118. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the costs associated with Garda stations that remain closed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51105/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The information requested is being collated and a response will issue directly to the Deputy in the coming days.
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173. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda reserves serving in An Garda Síochána as of 24 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51303/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Reserve)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 177 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the recruitment and training of the Garda Reserve and the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
The “Programme for a Partnership Government” includes a commitment to double the Garda Reserve to act in a supporti...

174. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of civilian members of An Garda Síochána as of 24 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51304/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Civilian Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 176 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...

194. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the number of gardaí available in the Dún Laoghaire district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50826/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

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.
As the Deputy will...

199. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring one additional member of An Garda Síochána; and the cost of that member for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51027/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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200. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 100 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51028/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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201. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full cost of hiring 200 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51029/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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202. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 300 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51030/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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203. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 400 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51031/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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204. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 500 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51032/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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205. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 600 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51033/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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206. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 700 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51034/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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207. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 800 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51035/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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208. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 900 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third, fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51036/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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209. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the first and full year cost of hiring 1,000 additional gardaí; the full cost for the second, third , fourth and fifth year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51037/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 to 214, inclusive, together.
I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the specific information requested by the Deputy but, given the detail sought, it has not been possible to provide the information within the time available. 
I will revert to the Deputy when it is to hand.
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