230. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the community policing programme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54789/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Community Policing)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I can advise the Deputy that the Garda National Model of Community Policing operates in Garda Districts nationwide and the community policing team in each District is headed up by a Sergeant, with clear objectives such as high visibility in the community, ease of contact by members of the public, and enhanced support for crime prevention strategies such as Neighbourhood Watch, Community Alert and Business Watch. The National Model recognis...

231. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the role of personal insolvency practitioners in the use of a bankruptcy option under the new personal insolvency legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54790/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Personal Insolvency Practitioners)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Personal Insolvency Act 2012 provides that a personal insolvency practitioner shall advise a debtor of his or her options for addressing his or her financial difficulties. Such advice shall include other option(s), such as bankruptcy, which may be available to the debtor and the general effect of such option(s). Such advice is given in the context of the appropriateness for the debtor to make a proposal for, or enter into a Debt Settle...

232. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide in tabular form a county breakdown of the number of personal insolvency practitioners appointed to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54791/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Personal Insolvency Practitioners)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I can advise the Deputy that there are a total of 94 Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs) currently authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI). Details are set out in the Table. As I have previously indicated, the number of Practitioners authorised, along with a breakdown of the geographic location of each Practitioner is publically available on the Register of Personal Insolvency Practitioners on the ISI’s website, www.isi...

233. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who have applied for the options under the new personal insolvency regime broken down by option; the number completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54792/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Personal Insolvency Act)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): As I advised last week, the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) has indicated that in the interest of confidentiality it will not be providing details or breakdowns of the numbers of applications for the various debt relief solutions received or being processed at this time. The ISI fully intends to provide quarterly statistics once a statistically meaningful number of applications have been processed. This is anticipated to be in the sec...

234. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff operating in the cold case unit in 2010 to 2012, inclusive, and currently in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54793/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 235 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters. I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the following is the recorded staffing figures attached to the Serious Crime Review Team at the National Bureau of...

235. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the total funding for the cold case unit in 2010 to 2012, inclusive, and currently in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54794/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 and 235 together.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts, the various Garda national units and of course Garda Headquarters. I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the following is the recorded staffing figures attached to the Serious Crime Review Team at the National Bureau of...

236. Deputy Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider the proposal made by the Justice for the Undocumented group in relation to the introduction of an earned regularisation scheme to give undocumented migrants and their families living here the opportunity to come forward and earn their way to permanent residency status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54803/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I refer the Deputy to my reply below to Parliamentary Questions No 448, 449, 453, & 455 of 17 December 2013 which sets out the position in relation to the issues raised.
Reply to Parliamentary Questions No 448, 449, 453, & 455 of 17 December 2013.
I am familiar with the ongoing campaign in this area but at present my Department have no plans to introduce any form of a so-called earned regularisation scheme. It remains the responsibility o...

237. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an audit or examination is carried out in the public interest of fees claimed by coroners; by whom it is carried out; the number of times it is carried out; and if there is no audit or examination, the rationale behind not doing so. (Question 54835/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

238. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff that work in the coronial offices of his Department in Navan, County Meath; and the total annual cost of running that office including rent, salaries and all other outgoings. (Question 54836/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

239. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way, basis and criteria on which acting coroners are appointed. (Question 54837/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

240. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of acting coroners appointed here. (Question 54838/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

241. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of coroners here that were appointed following a competition arranged by the Local Appointments Commission. (Question 54839/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

242. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of coroners here at present. (Question 54840/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 237 to 242, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated....

243. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if additional members of An Garda Síochána will be deployed to Operation Clean Tram during the Christmas and new year period. (Question 54842/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Deputy will be aware that the allocation of resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner and one in which I have no function. While it would not be appropriate to comment on any ongoing operational matters, I can inform the Deputy that Operation Clean Tram is a specific operation involving liaison between Veolia Transport Security and An Garda Síochána and involves LUAS Security Ticket Checkers being accompanied by members of An G...

244. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the person who appointed the acting coroners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54848/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

245. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the term of office of each coroner and acting coroner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54849/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

246. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the person who remunerates coroners and the current scale of salary for each coroner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54850/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

247. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the fees and expenses payable to coroners over and above their normal salaries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54851/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

248. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the total payments made to coroners in each district in the five calendar years to 31 December 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54852/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

249. Deputy Heather Humphreys asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the breakdown or make-up of the fees and expenses paid to each coroner in the five calendar years to 31 December 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54853/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Coroners Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 244 to 249, inclusive, together.
The Coroners Act 1962, as amended, makes provision for matters relating to coroners. There are currently 41 coroners who service 47 coroner jurisdictions. Some coroners cover two jurisdictions, normally within a county. Section 8 of the 1962 Act states that the coroner for a coroner’s district shall be appointed by the local authority in whose area the district is situated...

250. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update regarding a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54871/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Garda Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 251 together.
I have sought updated reports in relation to the issues arising in this case from the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Security Authority. I will revert to the Deputy when these reports are to hand and I have considered their contents.
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251. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update as to when a meeting (details supplied) regarding justice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54872/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Garda Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 251 together.
I have sought updated reports in relation to the issues arising in this case from the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Private Security Authority. I will revert to the Deputy when these reports are to hand and I have considered their contents.
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252. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will advise as to the average time it takes for Criminal Assets Bureau, CAB, to seize assets on foot of a court ruling; the total number of cases before CAB at present, the appeals defendants have made and the process involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54873/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Criminal Assets Bureau)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 and 253 together.
I can inform the Deputy that section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 provides for the short term freezing of assets up to a period of 21 days. This period may be extended in circumstances where the Criminal Assets Bureau brings subsequent proceedings within the 21 days under section 3 of the Act. Assets the subject of section 3 proceedings remain frozen until such time as the pro...

253. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cases and the value of assets seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau during the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54874/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Criminal Assets Bureau)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 252 and 253 together.
I can inform the Deputy that section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 provides for the short term freezing of assets up to a period of 21 days. This period may be extended in circumstances where the Criminal Assets Bureau brings subsequent proceedings within the 21 days under section 3 of the Act. Assets the subject of section 3 proceedings remain frozen until such time as the pro...

254. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to strengthen the law to which the Criminal Assets Bureau adheres because when the bureau receives an award in the courts, it does not necessarily mean the assets are handed over to it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54875/13 asked on 19 Dec 2013 - Criminal Assets Bureau)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I understand the Deputy’s question to refer to the destination of all monies collected by the Bureau. In this regard, I can inform the Deputy that all monies collected by the Criminal Assets Bureau are dealt with in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Proceeds of Crime legislation, Revenue and Finance legislation and Social Welfare legislation. All such monies are returned to the Exchequer and paid into the Government’s Centra...