122. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Garda numbers within the Donegal division; the increase in those numbers in each year since 2014; if further provision has been made for the remainder of 2018 for increasing Garda numbers particularly in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20527/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - 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 ...

123. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of sergeants and inspectors in the Dublin North Garda division; the locations of the stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20538/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Strength)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner 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 the Commiss...

124. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí that undertook each category of Garda driving training course in each of the years 2016 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the frequency with which each category of driving test are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20539/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As you will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána including by arranging for the training of the members and civilian staff of An Garda Síochána and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.
I have requested the specific information sought by the Deputy from the Commissioner and I will write to him ...

125. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 119 of 16 May 2017 and 505 of 16 January 2018, the number of persons arrested for drink driving by An Garda Síochána by age, gender, county and Garda district in each of the years 2007 to 2017. (Question 20587/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of this report.
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126. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 156 of 8 February 2018, the way in which the Circular OPS 12/2011, Consolidated Guidelines for Prisoners Released on Temporary Release, contain a reference to recommendations from a report (details supplied); and if he will make the report available to persons that had cooperated with previous enquiries into the matter. (Question 20602/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Prison Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the Director General commissioned an external operational report into the circumstances surrounding the removal of a person from the Dochas Centre. A review of the draft report highlighted legal and procedural flaws in the way the enquiry was conducted and a second external investigator was appointed in an attempt to bring the enquiry to a satisfactory conclusion. Unfortunately, as was outl...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will clarify his reply to Parliamentary Question Nos. 509 and 573 of 16 January 2018 (details supplied), in view of press reports stating that the Legal Services Regulatory Authority has not yet got a permanent premises and will not be taking complaints until the summer of 2019. (Question 20603/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Legal Services Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Legal Services Regulatory Authority has been established on a firm statutory basis under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 its establishment day for that purpose having been 1 October 2016. The Authority, which is independent in the performance of its functions under the 2015 Act, has convened regularly since its inaugural meeting on 26 October 2016 and completed a whole series of statutory public consultations and reports tha...

128. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20619/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that based on current staffing figures, 185 staff in my Department are in receipt of a salary below €11.70 per hour. 
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129. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20625/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department uses the services of the State’s independent recruitment office, the Public Appointments Service, to the maximum extent possible. 
However, in order to deliver the business of the organisation, it is necessary for my Department to occasionally engage the services of an employment agency to source agency workers to fill critical positio...

130. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20631/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department uses the services of the State’s independent recruitment office, the Public Appointments Service, to the maximum extent possible. 
However, in order to deliver the business of the organisation, it is necessary for my Department to occasionally engage the services of an employment agency to source agency workers to fill critical positio...

131. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of vehicles in the Garda fleet; the number of vehicles brought into and taken out of service, respectively by vehicle type since 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20660/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Government’s Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit for purpose fleet and this is in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. In total, in the period 2013 to 2017, almost €44 million has been invested in the fleet.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and all...

132. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda personnel; the stations to which new recruits have been posted since 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20661/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner 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 the Commiss...

133. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for the future of Swords courthouse; the projected timeline for planned developments within the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20662/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Court Accommodation Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.  
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that there are no plans to carry out works to Swords Courthouse a...

134. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for the future of Balbriggan courthouse; the projected timeline for planned developments within the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20663/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Court Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.  
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that there are no plans to carry out any works to Balbriggan Cour...

135. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the personnel stationed in the Garda Training College in Templemore by rank, including those seconded to Templemore; the field in which each operates; the number of non-sworn personnel; the fields in which each operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20664/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the training of its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
The information sought by the Deputy ...

136. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for a new Garda station in Tallaght; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is overcrowding in the station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20682/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is primarily responsible for the effective and efficient use of the resources available to An Garda Síochána, including responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations. In addition, the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with th...

137. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has reviewed the role of the Property Services Regulatory Authority to encompass a supervisory role for management owner companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20691/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Property Services Regulatory Authority Remit)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) was established on 3 April 2012 under the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011 to regulate, control and supervise property service providers (i.e. auctioneers/estate agents, letting agents and property management agents) and to establish and enforce standards within the property services industry. 
The statutory basis for property management companies in multi-unit developments (gene...

138. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the projected increase or demand for workers and employees due to demographic changes for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20702/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together.
While the focus on the annual estimates process tends to be on the upcoming financial year, the Department is increasingly focusing on the requirements for future years and where possible this will be factored in to the estimates process. This applies for example in relation to staffing requirements across the sector. The Programme for Government commits to ensuring a strong and vi...

139. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20706/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Strategies)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 and 139 together.
While the focus on the annual estimates process tends to be on the upcoming financial year, the Department is increasingly focusing on the requirements for future years and where possible this will be factored in to the estimates process. This applies for example in relation to staffing requirements across the sector. The Programme for Government commits to ensuring a strong and vi...

140. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a report was prepared for the GSOC directorate regarding work practices and case management in the Longford office of GSOC following concerns expressed in 2016 regarding work practices. (Question 20733/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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141. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases discontinued in the past year under section 93 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. (Question 20734/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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142. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases advanced under section 101 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in the past year. (Question 20735/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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143. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is satisfied that the GSOC office for its south team is adequately secure physically, technically and electronically for staff, exhibits, records and other materials. (Question 20736/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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144. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it is permitted for GSOC staff to use GSOC vehicles and to claim expenses for personal use or for use outside of GSOC business. (Question 20737/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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145. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of members of An Garda Síochána that have been seconded from An Garda Síochána to GSOC; the responsibilities of each within GSOC; and the responsibilities they have for the investigation into certain issues at Templemore Garda Training College. (Question 20738/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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146. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if allegations have been made since 2014 of serious misconduct against staff based in or undertaking duties in the southern region of GSOC; if so, if those allegations have been investigated; the position regarding those allegations; and if members of staff have been disciplined since that point. (Question 20739/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 to 149, inclusive, together.
The information the Deputy has sought is not immediately to hand. I have requested the information and I will write to the Deputy directly when the report is received.
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