432. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will review a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35019/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It is not appropriate for me to comment on the circumstances of a particular case. However, from the information provided by the Deputy, it is likely that this case concerns the protection of minors arriving at our borders and in particular, unaccompanied minors. An Immigration Officer may seek to establish that there are no child protection issues arising where a child under 18 years presents for entry to the State at the border. F...

433. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when all sections of the Children and Families Relationships Act 2015 will be commenced; and the timeframe for full commencement. (Question 35852/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 433, 454 and 586 together.
The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was enacted on 6 April 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions Order) 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016) commenced the bulk of the Act with effect from 18 January 2016. That Commencement Order brought provisions of Parts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 of the Act into operation.
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434. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost in 2017 of the deal done with the Garda Representative Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36011/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Remuneration)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, following intensive negotiations between the Government, the Garda Representative Association and Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court issued a recommendation on 3 November last in relation to the Garda pay dispute.
The Government fully respected the decision of the Labour Court as the independent industrial relations body of last ...

435. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to questions on promised legislation on 28 June 2017 regarding the garda investigation into inflated breath test figures and issues relating to summons, if a reply will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36072/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A reply was issued to the Deputy from my Department on 25 July 2017 in response to the matters raised during promised legislation discussions in the Dáil on 28 June 2017. 
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436. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in Dublin west involved in providing security for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste; and if gardaí from the current cohort of gardaí stationed in Dublin west are allocated security duties on a regular basis. (Question 34894/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will understand that it is not the practice, for sound reasons of security, to provide details of the arrangements put in place by the Garda Authorities to provide for the protection of office holders.
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437. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that had penalty points imposed on them by the courts due to garda error instead of being summonsed that have been contacted by An Garda Síochána; the number of persons that received convictions due to this error; the number of those convictions that were quashed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34904/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Penalty Points System Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am assured that the resolution of this matter is a priority for An Garda Síochána, and a number of steps are being taken to ensure that the persons affected are contacted and a satisfactory outcome achieved. An intensive process of checking and verification, in conjunction with the courts, is ongoing in this regard. I am informed by the Garda authorities that, as of 19 July 2017, 9,830 letters have been issued by registered post to...

438. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34923/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

439. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34934/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

440. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of extra gardaí that have been recruited in the current Dáil term; if that figure meets the 15,000 pledged in the Programme for a Partnership Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34937/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Recruitment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime. To make this a reality for all, the Government has in place a plan to achieve an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians. 
Taking account of pr...

441. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34951/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Investigations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 439 and 441 together.
The case which the Deputy raises in his question dates back to 1989. It has been the subject of correspondence with successive Ministers for Justice going back over a considerable period of time, including legal correspondence. It has also been the subject of many Questions over that period.
I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the incident in question was the subject...

442. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that have been granted some form of status including leave to remain in the years since the direct provision system commenced; and the number of persons that have been through the direct provision system since that system commenced. (Question 34958/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Direct Provision Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The following table shows the numbers of persons who have been granted refugee status, subsidiary protection and leave to remain between 2011 and 2016. Figures before 2011 are not readily available.
 Year No of Applicants granted status 2011 1246 2012 693 2013 1157 2014 1232 2015 1844 2016 1434 

The Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department advise that 58,519 new applicants hav...

443. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when his Department will notify each of the estimated 50,000 plus persons that have been subject to a disclosure request under section 6 of the Communications (Retention of Data) Directive 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34959/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Data Retention)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There are no plans in this regard. Access for law enforcement and security purposes to certain categories of data retained by communications service providers is governed by the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 and the Act makes no provision for the course of action the Deputy raises. The Deputy will understand from the terms of the Act that the data in question is not and would not be in the possession of my Department.
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444. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if any of the 410 charities that are invested in the common investment fund by the Charities Regulatory Authority are funded by the HSE as section 39 charitable organisations; his views on the fact that the common investment fund held investment in the tobacco industry; his further views on the appropriateness of investment in the tobacco industry by organisations under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35040/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Charities Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 444 and 445 together.
The Charities Regulatory Authority (‘Charities Regulator’) was established on 16 October 2014 pursuant to the Charities Act 2009. It is Ireland’s statutory regulator for charitable organisations and is an independent regulatory agency under the aegis of my Department. Its mission is to regulate the charity sector in the public interest to ensure compliance with the law and to sup...

445. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date on which the Charities Regulatory Authority formally divested from investments in the tobacco industry that it held through the common investment fund; the date on which this decision was arrived at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35041/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Charities Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 444 and 445 together.
The Charities Regulatory Authority (‘Charities Regulator’) was established on 16 October 2014 pursuant to the Charities Act 2009. It is Ireland’s statutory regulator for charitable organisations and is an independent regulatory agency under the aegis of my Department. Its mission is to regulate the charity sector in the public interest to ensure compliance with the law and to sup...

446. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has engaged directly with the Courts Service on the appropriateness of its investments in the tobacco industry; if he has discussed this matter with the Minister for Health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35042/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Courts Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, the High Court has jurisdiction in wards of court matters 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.
The courts have a custodial role in relation to funds that are lodged in court pursuant to Court Orders or in compliance with legislative requirements. These funds are not public funds and are he...

447. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a land registry application will be completed for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35066/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Property Registration)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established as and from 4 November 2006. The PRA replaces the Registrar of Deeds and Titles as the registering authority in relation to property registration in Ireland and, subject to the above Act, is independent in the performance of its functions. The Deputy will be aware of the service to T.D.s and Sena...

448. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a land registry application will be completed for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35067/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Property Registration)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA) was established as and from 4 November 2006. The PRA replaces the Registrar of Deeds and Titles as the registering authority in relation to property registration in Ireland and, subject to the above Act, is independent in the performance of its functions. The Deputy will be aware of the service to T.D.s and Sena...

449. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Tipperary as of 30 June 2017; the number of new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35076/17 asked on 26 Jul 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. 
I am informed by...

450. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of convicted persons that have been eligible to avail of the provision set out at section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 since its commencement on 26 April 2016. (Question 35093/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Spent Convictions Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As there is no formal procedure to go through to have a conviction declared spent, statistics are not available on the numbers of persons eligible to avail of section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016. Therefore, it is not possible to provide the figures requested by the Deputy. 
The effect of this legislation is that a person will not be obliged to disclose certain convictions which are ...

451. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of type 2 and 2A visas issued by each Garda division in each of the years 2011 to 2016, and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 35113/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Visa Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of my Department that, in the time available, it has not been possible to compile the information requested by the Deputy. I will write to the Deputy again when the information is available.
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452. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views as to whether there can be improvements in communications and updates to applicants for naturalisation, in particular in cases in which applications take longer than a year (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35129/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department attempts to keep applicants informed of the status of their application at each stage of processing. Once these processes are completed the application is submitted to me for a decision, which is made in my absolute discretion under the Act by assessing the entirety of the information available to me. Applicants are then informed of m...

453. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to section 115A of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 and section 21 of the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Act 2015, the number of appeals to the court regarding the rejection of an insolvency proposal by a creditor submitted to date in 2017; the details of the outcome in each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35130/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Personal Insolvency Act)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) has confirmed that as of 14 July 2017, 463 review applications under s.115A of the Personal Insolvency Acts have been notified to the ISI. 448 of these were initiated in the Circuit Court, and 15 were initiated in the High Court.
A breakdown of the 463 applications is as follows:
- 254 are currently being administered by the Courts Service (there has been an initial hearing but new affidavits or...

454. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in enacting all sections of the Child and Family Relationships Act 2015; the sections which have not yet been commenced; when all sections of the Act will be commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35132/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 433, 454 and 586 together.
The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was enacted on 6 April 2015 and the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (Commencement of Certain Provisions Order) 2016 (S.I. No. 12 of 2016) commenced the bulk of the Act with effect from 18 January 2016. That Commencement Order brought provisions of Parts 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 of the Act into operation.
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455. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to require An Garda Síochána to record crimes involving rickshaws specifically rather than under the category of bicycle crime for the purposes of identifying trends in certain crimes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35166/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Road Traffic Offences)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to thank the Deputy for her clarification and acknowledge that she is referring to specifically recording any criminal offence by someone operating a rickshaw at the time of the alleged offence.
The operation of the Garda PULSE system is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I have no direct role in its administration. However, I am advised that An Garda Síochána records criminal incidents based on the offence type as per Iri...

456. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí by rank in the community policing unit in the Garda R and J districts in 2015 and 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35171/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Strength)

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 ...