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 ...

59. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce shared paid parental leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8405/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Parental Leave)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for Partnership Government includes a commitment to increase paid parental leave during the first year of a child’s life, as research shows that parental care is of particular importance in the first year of life. 
To further this commitment, the Government has established an interdepartmental working group to develop proposals to give effect to the programme commitments...

173. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons arrested by An Garda Síochána on an annual basis over the past five years in tabular form, with particular reference to those detained under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 and section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14327/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Crime Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to this matter and I will contact the Deputy directly once the information is to hand.
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82. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the action he is taking to address the inadequacies and loopholes which exist in legislation governing the immigration system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5297/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 87 together.
By any standard Ireland operates an open immigration policy which often requires a flexible approach to respond to various requirements and needs. 
The Programme for a Partnership Government contains a commitment to work with the relevant Oireachtas Committees to introduce a comprehensive Immigration and Residency Reform Bill. Work on such a Bill has not yet commenced, given other l...

87. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to prepare and issue a White Paper to provide an overview of the entirety of the immigration laws and to identify the way in which the immigration system can be improved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5298/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 87 together.
By any standard Ireland operates an open immigration policy which often requires a flexible approach to respond to various requirements and needs. 
The Programme for a Partnership Government contains a commitment to work with the relevant Oireachtas Committees to introduce a comprehensive Immigration and Residency Reform Bill. Work on such a Bill has not yet commenced, given other l...

71. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when it is expected that agreement will be reached to reopen Rush Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51500/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - 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. As Minister, I have no role in the matter.
Indeed, this was the basis on which the Garda District and Station Rationalisation Programme was developed and impl...

478. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and names of peace commissioners in Fingal, County Dublin, by locality, in tabular form; the number of peace commissioners across the country; the names of peace commissioners in each locality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45749/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Peace Commissioners Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Peace Commissioners are appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality under Section 88 of the Courts of Justice Act, 1924. Peace Commissioners are  recorded in order of Garda sub-district, not by local authority. I attach for the Deputy’s information a file list of Peace Commissioners by name, county and Garda sub-district. 
I must caution that this list is not automatically updated to take account of changes in the circumstanc...

175. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the possibility of involving Tusla in aspects of Garda training to ensure An Garda Síochána is best prepared for the challenges posed by issues relating to child safety, child protection and cyber security; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44978/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 188 together.
I wish to inform the Deputy that I have sought a Garda report on these matters, and I will contact him directly when this report is available.
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188. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will engage with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with a view to enhancing training for gardaí with particular reference to child safety, child protection and cyber security by involving Tusla in the training programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44977/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 188 together.
I wish to inform the Deputy that I have sought a Garda report on these matters, and I will contact him directly when this report is available.
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189. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to include specific provisions in the Data Protection Bill 2017 to acknowledge a child’s right to be forgotten regarding their information online; his further plans to implement measures which take into account the age at which the person posts information online with regard to decisions on the removal of a person’s personal information from the Internet in order to generate stronger protections for children and young persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44989/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Data Protection)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The position is that the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679), which will apply with effect from 25 May 2018, incorporates increased protections for the personal data of children. For the most part, this Regulation’s rules are directly applicable and do not, therefore, require transposition into national law in the forthcoming Data Protection Bill.    
With regard to the “right to be forgotten” (i.e. right to e...

307. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a decision will be made on the reopening of Rush Garda station with regard to the pilot scheme to reopen six Garda stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39116/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Garda Station Closures)

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 and I, as Minister, have no role in the matter. This includes responsibility for the formulation of proposals in relation to the opening and closing of Garda stations, taking into account crime trends and policing priorities, so as to ensure that the best possible use is ma...

104. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider additional investment in An Garda Síochána for the delivery of Garda stations in Donabate and Portrane, in view of State investment in infrastructure through Rebuilding Ireland and the new housing units being delivered there; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17476/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Garda Station Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will be aware that the Office of Public Works, working closely with Garda management, has primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda stations and, as Minister, I have no direct role in relation to these matters.
I understand from the Garda authorities that the areas of Portrane and Donabate are policed by members attached to Swords Garda station. That station forms part of the Coolock G...

100. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if consideration will be given to the creation of an ombudsman with sole responsibility for overseeing the disability sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14284/17 asked on 22 Mar 2017 - Disability Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): I consider that the statutory functions of the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children, the inspection functions of HIQA, the functions of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in relation to promotion of human rights and equality of treatment under the equality Acts, and the adjudication functions of the Workplace Relations Commission in relation to those Acts, taken together, provide a comprehensive ...

54. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of European arrest warrant requests received from other European Union member states and made by Ireland on a annual basis since its introduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27848/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - European Arrest Warrant)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in a table.
 Year No. of warrants received by Ireland No. of warrants issued by Ireland 2004 28 18 2005 67 29 2006 127 43 2007 173 35 2008 198 40 2009 326 33 2010 374 51 2011 384 71 2012 313 88 2013 224 70 2014 183 79 

Section 6(6) of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003 provides that the Central authority for the EAW shall prepare an annu...

102. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if consideration has been given to proceeding with the building of a prison on the Thornton Hall site; the capacity levels of each prison, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26771/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Prison Accommodation Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Thornton Hall site comprises 156 acres and was purchased as the site for a proposed prison development to replace Mountjoy Prison campus. The project did not proceed. 
A Working Group was established by the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality to examine options for the future use of the Thornton Hall site. The group was asked to examine options which would yield the best possible value for the...

2. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to cases whereby management companies are uncommunicative with homeowners with whom they have a management agreement; the action she plans to take in order to ensure management companies uphold their responsibilities to homeowners and residents within estates which are under their remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24715/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Owners Management Companies)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The position is that the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 was enacted with the primary purposes of reforming the law relating to the ownership and management of common areas of multi-unit developments and facilitating the fair, efficient and effective management of owners’ management companies (OMCs). These are companies registered under the Companies Act, the members of which are the owners of residential units within ...

14. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to strengthen enforcement of speeding and drink driving laws in view of the increase in fatalities on roads in 2016 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24397/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Road Traffic Offences)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I would like to acknowledge, at the outset, the serious issue of road traffic fatalities referred to by the Deputy, and I am mindful of the traumatic impact of road traffic collisions on those directly affected and their families, as well as the impact of dangerous driving, more generally on the quality of life of residents in local communities across the country.
The Deputy will appreciate that road traffic enforcement ...

134. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount allocated to An Garda Síochána for personnel, resources and vehicles, including details of all increases or decreases for each of the years 2013 to date in 2016 in tabular form; the total spend by her Department in the same format; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25483/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Garda Resources)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The total amount allocated and spent by my Department and An Garda Síochána for the years in question are set out in tables:
Department of Justice and Equality
 Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 (to end August) Allocation Spend Allocation Spend Allocation Spend Allocation Spend €000 95,603 88,096 91,210 87,726 92,317 91,910 59,894 55,148 

An Garda Síochána
 Year 2013 2014 ...

160. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action she will take to ensure schools and teachers are made fully aware of the Garda vetting procedures in place for teachers taking up new employment; the measures she will put in place to avoid a repeat of the situation in 2016 whereby many teachers were without the required Garda vetting at the start of the academic year and therefore unable to teach, causing undue stress for the teachers in question and putting increased pressure on the resources of the schools involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25773/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Garda Vetting of Personnel)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed that the Department of Education and Skills issued a Circular 31/2016 on May 2016 to all education sectors outlining their vetting obligations. This circular is available at the website of the Department of Education and Skills www.education.ie.
As the Deputy will be aware, vetting for teachers is governed by the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012. The Teac...

383. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide information on whether there has been an increase in the number of break-ins to taxis; if so, if such an increase could be attributed to the semi-permanent branding, with details, which taxis are required to have; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26432/15 asked on 30 Jun 2015 - Crime Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the matters referred to and I will contact the Deputy directly when the report is to hand.
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410. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has examined the potential delivery of a new, for purpose, forensic laboratory for Forensic Science Ireland; the considerations that will be taken into account in delivering such a facility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13292/15 asked on 31 Mar 2015 - Forensic Science Laboratory)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I fully recognise the very significant contribution of Forensic Science Ireland within the criminal justice system and the vital role it has in providing evidence for the courts. The organisation operates to the highest standards and, given the nature and importance of the functions involved, it is essential that this is, and will continue to be, the case.
In that context the provision of a new facility for Forensic Science Ireland i...