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 ...

174. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for Garda youth diversion projects; if his attention has been drawn to plans by the Irish Youth Justice Service to examine the funding and service delivery model for these projects; his views on whether proposed new arrangements will result in the closure of youth diversion projects administered by independent youth services; if these projects are funded through the European Social Fund; if legal advice has been provided to put new arrangements in place for the funding of Garda youth diversion projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14342/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department is obliged to carry out a Call for proposals process during 2018 in relation to the provision of Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) services, to fully comply with requirements related to the co-funding of projects by the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
To ensure State-wide coverage of GYDP services for young people, (w...

251. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has received representations to facilitate infrastructure projects such as aviation fuel pipelines by changing property ownership legislation relating to cases in which some property owners have their lands registered to the centre of the road; his plans to amend existing legislation in this context; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8639/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Property Registration)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I note that the question raised by the Deputy relates to policy issues regarding property registration and as such responsibility for this matter does not fall under the aegis of my Department. Legislation regarding the registration of property is governed by the Registration of Title Act 1964 and the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006.
Policy and legislative responsibility in relation to property registration, including responsi...

266. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce measures to allow family members join refugees and asylum seekers here; the public policy implications of such measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50026/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Family Reunification Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 14 November last, together with my colleague, the Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton T.D., I announced a new scheme of family reunification in support of refugees and their families, as part of the Government’s commitments under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP). The new Family Reunification Humanitarian Admission Programme (FRHAP) will see up to 530 im...

21. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in the Dublin north central division and in the Dublin south central division as of 30 September 2017; and the number of new recruits assigned to each division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 44205/17 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...

240. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the safe passage campaign by an organisation (details supplied) for the introduction of a humanitarian admission programme to reunite families fleeing conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41566/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Before the migration crisis escalated, the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Alan Shatter, introduced a Syrian Humanitarian Admissions Programme (SHAP), which was subject to certain conditions, including economic dependency being met by the sponsor. This was superseded by the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP), which allows for Syrians and other eligible nationalities to benefit from resettlement and relocation sche...

305. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the State will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39761/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - UN Conventions Ratification)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention.
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156. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will ensure that there is consistency in relation to the prices published for houses on the property price register under the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011; if the published prices include or exclude VAT in all cases; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41877/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Residential Property Prices Register)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: The Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA) was formally established on 3 April 2012, pursuant to the Property Services (Regulation) Act, 2011. The Residential Property Price Register, available at www.propertypriceregister.ie, is produced by the PSRA in accordance with the provisions of Section 86 of the Property Services (Regulation) Act 2011. The purpose of the Register is to bring transparency to house prices i...

80. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on escalating fees being imposed by property management companies in private housing developments; her plans to phase out such fees following the introduction of the local property tax; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38565/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Property Tax)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The primary purpose of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 is to reform the law relating to the ownership and management of common areas of multi-unit developments and to facilitate the fair, efficient and effective management of owners’ management companies (OMCs). These are bodies established for the management of such areas, the membership of which comprise the owners of residential units within the development.
As r...

90. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the gardaí in Coolock have adequate manpower and resources to deal with an ongoing problem of anti-social behaviour in the Edenmore area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31487/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Anti-Social Behaviour)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources among the various Garda Divisions and Districts, and I, as Minister, I have no direct role in the matter. I am assured by the Garda Commissioner that the allocation of resources is continually monitored and reviewed taking into account all relevant factors including crime trends, demographics, and security assessments ...

123. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she is satisfied that the Garda in Ballymun, Dublin 11, has adequate manpower and resources, including patrol cars, to deal with the crime situation in the Santry area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25239/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Garda Resources)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel and resources among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution under continual review taking into account crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. 
Ballymun...

164. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the progress being made in resettling refugees here under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme in the context of the EU Agreement on this matter; if unaccompanied minors will be given a priority for resettlement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25915/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): 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 the programme the Government has pledged to accept a total of 4,000 migrants into the State by the end of 2017, through a combinatio...

65. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a motorist is entitled to receive photo and calibration details from the fixed charged processing office of An Garda Síochána prior to any possible appeal to the courts in respect of an alleged offence that may involve the imposition of penalty points; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17641/16 asked on 23 Jun 2016 - Penalty Points System)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy will appreciate that I have no function in relation to the bringing of prosecutions for road traffic or other offences. To be of assistance, I have sought the observations of the Garda authorities in relation to the matters referred to and will contact the Deputy directly as soon as the information is to hand.
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42. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to promote and enact the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12322/16 asked on 26 May 2016 - Legislative Programme)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): On 23 September 2015, I published the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, as approved by Government. The Bill includes wide ranging provisions to enhance the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation including through more effective targeting of acts of child sexual grooming. When enacted, the Bill will facilitate full compliance with the criminal law provisions of a number of international legal ...

104. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when she will introduce paternity leave; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9372/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Paternity Leave)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As announced in Budget 2016, the outgoing Government approved the introduction of two weeks of paternity leave and the associated social welfare paternity benefit as from September 2016. The Government has approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to this decision and the Bill is currently being drafted by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. I expect to be in a position to publish the Bill shortly. 
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108. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the Prison Service will recruit staff in the near future and the procedures to be used; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9832/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Prison Staff)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Director General of the Irish Prison Service that plans for a recruitment competition for the position of Recruit Prison Officer are currently underway having regard to factors such as the level of retirements from the Irish Prison Service this year and in the coming years. Necessary arrangements being put in place include tendering for a provider to deliver the Accredited Level 6 Training in Custodi...

137. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of refurbishing or upgrading equipment in Malahide, Howth and Raheny Garda stations in each of the years 2013 to 2016 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10437/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Office of Public Works has the primary responsibility for the provision and maintenance of Garda accommodation and works closely with the Garda authorities in this regard.
I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will be in contact with the Deputy when this information is to hand.
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138. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of members of An Garda Síochána who participated in the advanced driving courses in each of the years 2014 to 2016 to date; when the next course will commence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10438/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Garda Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy has been requested from the Garda Commissioner and I will be in contact with the Deputy when the information is to hand.
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55. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide funding for the purchase of extra Garda Síochána command and control vehicles; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9253/16 asked on 05 May 2016 - Garda Transport Provision)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda vehicles are a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the light of her identified operational demands and the availability of resources and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
I am informed by Garda management that there are no plans at present to purchase command and control vehicles.
Since 2012, some €34 million has been inve...

56. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the contract for the supply of fuel to the fleet of An Garda Síochána was last put out to tender; the length of time the contract was awarded for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9254/16 asked on 05 May 2016 - Garda Transport Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by Garda management that the Office of Government Procurement is responsible for the awarding of the contract for the supply of fuel to the fleet of An Garda Síochána and that the current contract runs until 31 January 2017.
I understand that the contract was put out to tender in 2013 and that the current Fuel Charge Card Framework Agreement began on 1 February 2014.
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228. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to reform the Lunacy Regulation Act; the progress made to date to enact an Assisted Decision Making Bill; if it is intended to abolish the provision prohibiting those with an intellectual disability from having sexual relations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8447/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Mental Health Commission)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Section 7 of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 repeals the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and the Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811. As the Deputy will be aware, the Act was signed by the President on 30 December 2015 but has yet to come into force. New administrative processes and support measures, including the setting up of the Decision Support Service within the Mental Health Commission, must be put in place be...

231. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the new information technology system in Garda capital headquarters is up-to-date to allow tax clearance certificates to be issued in the case of public service vehicles licence renewals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7515/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Garda Divisional Headquarters)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities. I will be in contact with the Deputy when this information is to hand. 
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246. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Carriage Office received any reports regarding the cloning of taxi plates in the Dublin area between 2003 and 2006; if an investigation was carried out in this regard; the outcome of any such investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7772/16 asked on 20 Apr 2016 - Taxi Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda authorities that Carriage Office records indicate that no reports referencing the cloning of taxi plates were received for the period 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2006. The Deputy will appreciate that any person with information relating to any type of criminal offence should bring it to the attention of An Garda Síochána.
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