546. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps being taken to tackle rural crime in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55057/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I want to assure the Deputy that I am very much aware of the impact of crime on rural communities, including the serious damage done by organised gangs who target rural areas to engage in burglary and other property-related crime, whether in Donegal or elsewhere across the country. Such incidents cannot be tolerated in our society and this Government will continue to dedicate very significant resources to support An Garda Síochána in t...

118. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action she or An Garda Síochána has taken with regard to the case pertaining to her reply to a person (details supplied) of 11 January 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35748/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, investigations in relation to criminal acts are properly dealt with by An Garda Síochána in the first instance and I, as Minister, have no role in relation to the conduct of particular Garda investigations. Similarly, the decision on whether or not to prosecute in a particular case rests solely with the Director of Public Prosecutions, and it is not open to me intervene in this regard. How...

79. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána will return to a surviving spouse a sum of money which was recovered from a deceased person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9427/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Garda Operations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the day to day operation of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I understand from the Garda authorities, however, that the sum of money in question was retained and recorded by An Garda Síochána for safe keeping and is the subject of ongoing contact between An Garda Síochána and a legal representative acting on b...

360. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide details of the criteria employed when assessing certain public events for the purpose of charging organisers for policing services; her views that the practice of charging small community and voluntary groups as well as non-profit organisations for policing services is acceptable; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25920/15 asked on 30 Jun 2015 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides a statutory basis for the Garda Commissioner, as Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote, to charge for police services on a non-public duty basis for commercial events such as sports fixtures and concerts.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the cost to the event holder is determined by the number of Garda personnel deployed. The operational plan for a particular event is for...