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...

293. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the reopening of Rush Garda station which was announced in 2016; the date it will be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17960/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Garda Station Closures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the programme of replacement and refurbishment of Garda accommodation is progressed by the Garda authorities working in close cooperation with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which has the responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation. This includes identifying and progressing any necessary remedial or refurbishment works required at individual stations. As Minister, I have ...

484. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of the statute to prevent persons that have abused international human rights to enter Ireland or from doing business here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15023/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It is not clear from the Deputy’s question as to which statute he has in mind. In the context of entry to the State, an immigration officer, acting on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality may refuse entry to the State to a person where he or her entry or presence in the State could pose a threat to national security or public policy.
In addition, Section 10(2) and 10(3) of the International Protection Act, 2015 set out the g...

532. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for permission to remain in the State by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15425/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Leave to Remain)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a request for permission to remain in the State was received from the person concerned on 15 December 2017. INIS has recently issued a letter to the person concerned, through their legal representative, requesting further information and documentation.  The case will be examined further when the information is received.
Queries in relation to ...

533. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for a visa by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15426/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department has received a request for permission to remain in the State in respect of the person referred to by the Deputy. This case is among a number of such cases which are currently being held by my Department pending the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court of the Court of Appeal judgment in Luximon v. Minister for Justice and Equality which was ...

534. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for permission to remain in the State by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15427/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Leave to Remain)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a request for permission to remain in the State was received from the person on 15 December 2017. INIS has recently issued a letter to the person concerned, through their legal representative, requesting further information and documentation.  The case will be examined further when the information is received.
Queries in relation to the status...

152. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the allocation of new gardaí to the Dublin metropolitan region, specifically to Swords Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6543/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 to 155, inclusive, together.
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 ...

153. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the allocation of new gardaí to the Dublin metropolitan region, specifically to Balbriggan Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6544/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 to 155, inclusive, together.
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 ...

154. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the allocation of new gardaí to the Dublin metropolitan region, specifically to Malahide Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6545/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 to 155, inclusive, together.
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 ...

155. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the allocation of new gardaí to the Dublin metropolitan region, specifically to Lusk Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6546/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 to 155, inclusive, together.
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 ...

103. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees admitted here under the resettlement and relocation programmes; if the target of accepting 4,000 refugees by the end of 2017 will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52459/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy is aware, the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa.  Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons into the State.  Of these, 2,6...

238. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if further immigration control officers will be recruited due to the ongoing shortage at Dublin Airport; the number of immigration control officers to date who have been hired in the second phase of recruitment in June 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51556/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Immigration Controls)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service assumed responsibility for immigration management in Terminal 2 on 2nd October 2017 and is now responsible for all frontline immigration controls in Dublin airport. 
There are currently 134 officers assigned to immigration control duties at Dublin airport (119 immigration control officers and 15 immigration control supervisors).
My Department is committed to en...

288. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 136 of 22 November 2017, the names of the ten local authorities which have a migrant integration policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50651/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Migrant Integration)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I would draw the Deputy’s attention to my response to question number 136 of 22 November 2017. I have no responsibility in relation to the actions of local authorities. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have sought the relevant information from the Local Government Management Agency. The names of the ten local authorities which have published a migrant integration policy are as follows:
Carlo...

129. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he plans to dispense with the need for holders of diplomatic passports from the Republic of Georgia to apply for a visa for the purpose of visiting Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49467/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Immigration Controls)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that requirements for which countries are visa required to come to Ireland are kept under regular review in consultation with my colleague, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. As indicated previously, there are no plans to implement the change referred to by the Deputy.  
My Department pursues a strategy of co-ordination and co-operation on visa issues with the United Kingdom in the context of the Comm...

136. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number and names of local authorities that have a published migrant integration strategy; the number of local authorities without such a strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49548/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Migrant Integration)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I have no responsibility in relation to the actions of local authorities. However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have sought the relevant information from the Local Government Management Agency. A survey was undertaken of the 31 local authorities and 10 have confirmed that their migrant integration strategies have been published. 
19 local authorities do not currently have a migrant integration ...

544. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the re-opening of Rush Garda station which was announced by the Government a number of months ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46761/17 asked on 07 Nov 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 the opening and closing of Garda stations. 
As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for a Partnership Government commits to a pilot scheme to reopen 6 Garda stations, both urban and rural, to determine possible positive impacts that such openings will have on c...

6. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in the Dublin northern division and in the Dublin western division as of 30 September 2017; and the number of new recruits assigned to each division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 44203/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Darragh O’Brien: I will address Ceist Uimh. 6. Will the Minister outline the number of new recruits assigned to the Dublin north division and the Dublin west division, as of 30 September 2017, since recruitment resumed in 2014? The reason is that in the north Dublin and west Dublin area, especially the north Dublin area, we have lost one in five gardaí in the past six years and the pace of replacement has not kept up at all with that. Community policing, an issue I will address also, h...

224. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of bomb detection dogs currently active and at the disposal of An Garda Síochána in Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43522/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Garda Resources)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the provision and allocation of resources for An Garda Síochána is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter.  
The policing and security of Dublin Airport is the responsibility of An Garda Síochána along with other law enforcement agency stakeholders each of whom has a specific role to play in ensuring airport security.
I understand from the Garda authorit...

551. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason there has been no training of detectives in the Dublin metropolitan region Garda stations for the past nine years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36812/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 to 554, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy 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 its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I have requested the specific information sought by the...

552. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a competition for the appointment of detectives in the Dublin metropolitan region Garda stations was advised in 2015 and subsequently cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36813/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 to 554, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy 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 its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I have requested the specific information sought by the...

553. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason most of the personnel in the detective unit in the Dublin metropolitan region Garda stations are detective aides and have not received sufficient training in criminal investigations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36814/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 to 554, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy 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 its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I have requested the specific information sought by the...

554. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who are attached to detective units in the Dublin metropolitan region Garda stations by detective gardaí and detective aids; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36815/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 551 to 554, inclusive, together.
As the Deputy 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 its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I have requested the specific information sought by the...

643. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugees to date in 2017 that have arrived here under the relocation and resettlement programmes, in tabular form; if the target of accepting 4,000 refugees by the end of 2017 will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38324/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 548 and 643 together.
The Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) was established by Government Decision on 10 September 2015 as a direct response to the humanitarian crisis that developed in Southern Europe as a consequence of mass migration from areas of conflict in the Middle East and Africa. Under this programme, the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 persons...

590. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the regular lengthy delays being experienced by passengers entering the country through terminal 1 at Dublin Airport due to the long queues at passport control; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36584/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Passport Controls)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to reply to Parliamentary Question No. 108 of 30 May last and Parliamentary Question No. 706 of 20 June 2017 which sets out the position on the matter. A copy is reproduced below for reference. 
 I am informed that the queues to which the Deputy refers do not arise as a result of the operation of immigration controls at Dublin Airport but are rather a consequence of other factors outside the control of the servic...

306. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the commitments the Government has made in terms of accepting refugees and unaccompanied minors here; the number of persons to date in 2017 that have been accepted under the various resettlement and relocation programmes; the number of unaccompanied minors that have arrived here to date in 2017; if he expects Ireland to meet its commitment of accepting 4,000 refugees by the end of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32309/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Refugee Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, in September 2015, the Government established the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and agreed to accept up to 4,000 persons overall under Resettlement and Relocation Programmes at the earliest time possible. 
As regards the Resettlement strand of the programme, we had taken in 519 of our original commitment of 520 under the EU Resettlement Agreement of July 2015 by the end of 2016, a full year ahead of th...