193. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to each Garda station in each division within the Dublin metropolitan region in 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19017/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - 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.
I am informed by ...

231. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health the reason priority patients on the orthodontic waiting list are not being seen within one year; if the waiting list initiative for orthodontic treatment will be revised in order that priority patients are afforded treatment within one year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18657/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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103. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of offences committed by persons on bail in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18103/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Crime Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of the official recorded crime statistics, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.  I have asked the CSO to forward any available statistics in this regard directly to the Deputy. 
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104. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí assigned to the detection and prosecution of drugs offences in each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18104/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - 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.
I am informed by t...

268. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set down the number of dogs assigned to each Garda division in each of the years 2010 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17471/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Garda Resources)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, decisions in relation to the management and allocation of Garda resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I have asked the Garda authorities for the specific information requested and will inform the Deputy when it is to hand.
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295. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prison officers subjected to an assault while on duty in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18040/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Prison Service Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by my officials in the Irish Prison Service that the number of recorded assaults on prison officers, by prison, from 2014 to 2017 are as outlined in the following table. Figures for 2018 are not yet available.
Prisoner on Staff assaults
 Prison/Place of Detention 2014 2015 2016 2017 Arbour Hill 1 0 0 0 Castlerea 9 11 1 13 Cloverhill 20 8 21 8 Cork 13 7 3 9 Dóchas Centre 8 5 26 14 Limerick 3 2 4 8 ...

331. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 134 of 18 April 2018, the nature of the technical drafting issue that has come to light in relation to Parts 2 and 3 of the Child and Family Relationships Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18041/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A number of technical drafting issues have come to light in relation to Parts 2 & 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. The implications of these issues are being explored by officials in my Department and the Office of the Attorney General, and as these discussions are ongoing, I do not wish to preempt the outcome by citing specific details. I would be happy to arrange a briefing for the Deputy on the substantive issues in due course.
Cl...

88. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health the reason the Dublin south east, south city and Dún Laoghaire LHO areas experienced a reduction of 36,236 home help hours in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17047/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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100. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of each political appointment to his Department since he was appointed; the pay grade, experience and qualification of each person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16875/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Ms. Sarah Kavanagh is a Special Advisor in my Office.  She holds a BA degree in History and Politics, an MA degree in Politics, an MA in Political Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies and a Barrister at Law Degree.  Ms. Kavanagh worked in the Houses of the Oireachtas as a Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Policy Officer for nine years and as a Special Advisor in three Government Departments over the last four years....

134. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in commencing sections 20 to 23 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015; the timeframe for the commencement of the sections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16923/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A number of technical drafting issues have come to light in relation to Parts 2 & 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. The implications of these issues are being explored by officials in my Department and the Office of the Attorney General and clarification on whether primary legislation is required to resolve these issues is being sought. In the event that primary legislation is required I would seek to deal with it as a matter of urgen...

147. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be granted eligibility in order to gain access to the immunotherapy drugs Nivolumab or Pembrolizumab; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16855/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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32. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the measures being taken on foot of the recommendations of the State Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16782/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister is aware that it is five months since the Ombudsman published his report on the Magdalen restorative scheme introduced by the previous Government to deal with the great disservice done to Irish women who served in Magdalen laundries. Several recommendations contained in the Ombudsman’s report have not yet been complied with by the Minister and his Department. What is being done in respect of those recommendations and when will those outstanding be implement...

34. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the action he has taken to address the concerns raised by the Road Safety Authority regarding the strength of the Garda traffic corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16490/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Road Safety)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister will be aware that we have volumes of road traffic legislation on the Statute Book. We also have proposed amendments to legislation in this area going through the House at present. At the same time we have a situation whereby Garda statistics in respect of breath testing cannot be relied on by policymakers or the public. In the context of recent criticism by the Road Safety Authority, RSA, of the number of personnel allocated to the Garda traffic corps, wh...

36. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the level of investment by his Department in CCTV since a commitment was given in the confidence and supply agreement to invest in CCTV; and to make a statement on the matter. (Question 16784/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Closed-Circuit Television Systems)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: The Minister will recall that when our respective parties engaged in confidence and supply talks in Trinity College in 2016, we agreed that there would be greater investment by the Government in CCTV throughout the country. It is extremely important for the Government to be fully committed to this. Just as criminals use technology to advance their criminality, law-abiding people and the State’s law enforcement agencies should use technology to ensure criminals are caugh...

39. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the status of his review into the legal protections offered to complainants in sexual assault cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16488/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Criminal Law Review)

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan: I wish to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality about victims of sexual assault and rape. What steps does the Minister believe can be taken to encourage victims of sexual assault and rape to make complaints if they have been the victims of those criminal acts?
I imagine we can agree that one of the significant policy issues or problems that needs to be addressed is that significant numbers of victims are deterred from making official complaints when they have been th...

58. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the investment by his Department in CCTV since the commitment given in the confidence and supply agreement to invest in CCTV; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16491/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Closed-Circuit Television Systems Expenditure)

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 at key locations along the road network and in urban centres.  This commitment is being progressed in a number of ways. 
In pursuance of this commitment, a Community-based CCTV grant-aid Scheme was launched by my Department in April 2017 to assist groups in the establishment of community-based CCTV systems in their ...

84. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the measures being taken on foot of the recommendations of the State Ombudsman’s report on the Magdalen restorative justice scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16487/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Magdalen Laundries Report)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Last week the Taoiseach and I, together with our officials, met the Ombudsman to discuss my proposals to implement the recommendations in his report.  The meeting was positive and constructive, and today I briefed my Cabinet colleagues on these recommendations and the steps I am taking to implement them as quickly as possible.  This will involve a review of cases where there has been a dispute over length of stay, and assistance to app...

436. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the construction of a secondary school will commence on the old greyhound track in Harold’s Cross; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16326/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The acquisition of the site at Harold’s Cross is in the final stages of conveyancing process. 
Once the acquisition is complete, my Department will be in a position to progress the project to architectural planning with a view to providing permanent accommodation on the site. 
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511. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of sworn members of An Garda Síochána that were disciplined for internal Garda breaches in 2017; the percentage of the overall strength of the force that this figure represents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15152/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Disciplinary Proceedings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that disciplinary matters within An Garda Síochána are governed by the Garda Síochána Act 2005 and the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulations 2007 and are a matter for the Garda Commissioner.
I have been advised by the Commissioner that in 2017 there were 145 members of An Garda Síochána found in breach of discipline following internal discipline investigations under the Garda Síochána (Discipline) Regulatio...

512. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of funding the Garda youth diversion projects in 2017; the way in which that funding is distributed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15161/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The statutory framework relating to young offenders and the Garda Diversion Programme is set out in the Children Act 2001. The operation of the Garda Diversion Programme is supported by the nationwide network of Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs). There are now 105 of these projects in place nationally.
Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) are funded by my Department and each project is managed locally by...

542. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extra gardaí that will be required post-Brexit if there is a hard or soft border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15659/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - 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. 
I am advised by t...

543. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of meetings of the Common Travel Area Forum since the United Kingdom triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon; if he or officials from his Department have attended these meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15696/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Common Travel Area)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Since 29 March 2017, when the UK notified the President of the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, there have been two meetings of the Common Travel Area Forum (CTAF), on 28 June and 12 October. A third meeting is to be held in Dublin on 19 April 2018.
Meetings of the CTAF are jointly chaired by the Director General of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and his UK Home Office counterpart...

544. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of unpaid court imposed fines in 2017; the percentage of these that were imposed for burglary offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15716/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Fines Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of information on the courts system, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the table below sets out the information sought in relatio...

545. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of unpaid court imposed fines in 2016; the percentage of these that were imposed for burglary offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15717/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Fines Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of information on the courts system, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the table below sets out the information sought in relatio...

548. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it was a decision by the drafters of the Data Protection Bill 2018 not to specifically refer to closed-circuit television, CCTV, and data protection impact assessments; the reason not to specifically legislate for two issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15786/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The general position is that the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 apply to personal images recorded by means of video cameras except where the recording activity relates to an individual’s own personal, family or recreational activities. The recording of images in public places by means of CCTV systems is, therefore, a form of personal data processing that is covered by general data protection rules and safeguards. That will continue...