138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it is normal practice for An Garda Síochána to monitor the activities of political parties (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53434/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can assure the Deputy that is it is not the normal practice for An Garda Síochána to monitor the activities of political parties.
The functions of An Garda Síochána in respect of providing policing and security services to the State are set out in the Garda Síochána Acts 2005-2015.  In conducting those functions, there may on occasion be a requirement for policing deployments in respect of managing public gatherings or demonstrations...

219. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a detailed report on Garda Operation C-Point will be provided; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; the number of successful convictions obtained to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52949/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the conduct of Garda Operations are a matter for An Garda Síochána, in which I have no direct role. 
However, I sought, and have received, the following information from the Garda authorities on Operation C-Port.  
Operation C-Port is a Garda initiative to provide for the effective policing of Dublin Port and its environs. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure a visible Garda presence and to provide a...

124. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual breakdown of the staffing commitment of An Garda Síochána and the immigration services to Operation Gull since 2008. (Question 52553/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Dáil Question No. 225 of 5 December 2017.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that it is not possible in the time available to provide the details requested by the Deputy beyond those supplied in my reply of 5 December 2017, and that efforts to do so would require the expenditure of a disproportionate and inordinate amount of Garda resources and time. However, the Garda National Immigration Bureau are ex...

125. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual breakdown of the number and nationality of persons arrested or detained by An Garda Síochána or the immigration services as part of Operation Gull since 2008. (Question 52554/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Dáil Question No. 225 of 5 December 2017.
I am advised by An Garda Síochána that it is not possible in the time available to provide the details requested by the Deputy beyond those supplied in my reply of 5 December 2017, and that efforts to do so would require the expenditure of a disproportionate and inordinate amount of Garda resources and time. However, the Garda National Immigration Bureau are ex...

77. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if disciplinary action will be taken against the 14 chief superintendents who did not respond to the then assistant Commissioner’s request to examine the MAT discrepancies in their own area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51694/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, I have previously put on record my deep concern at the serious failures of the Garda organisation in relation to mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints and fixed charge notices.
In relation to the particular issue of whether disciplinary action should be taken against individual members of An Garda Síochána arising from the mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints issues, this is solely a matter for the Garda C...

108. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the contacts his Department has had with An Garda Síochána on Operation Mizen will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51742/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have asked my Department to examine what material is held on file that may be relevant to the Deputy’s request with a view to identifying material that might be provided to him and I will revert directly to him in this regard.
As has been explained previously to the Deputy, Operation Mizen was established by An Garda Síochána as a national co-ordination office to support the policing response to maintain public order and to ensure th...

225. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the remit of Operation Gull; the amount of Garda resources allocated to same; the number of persons that have been detained as part of its remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51457/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): An initiative, entitled Operation ‘Gull,’ between the Garda National Immigration Bureau and the UK Immigration Service was commenced in 2003 by the Garda National Immigration Bureau and the UK Immigration Service to combat immigration abuses within the Common Travel Area, with checks conducted at ports and airports in both jurisdictions. 
These operations have been conducted for a number of years in Ireland under Operation ‘Sonnet’ whi...

260. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been an assessment or audit of the costs that the almost 2 million false breath tests have had on the Garda budget; if overtime payments were made to members of An Garda Síochána while carrying out the fake breath tests; if there was a reduction in policing services to the public due to the fake breath test scandal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51919/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a Garda report in relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly immediately on receipt of a response from An Garda Síochána. 
As the Deputy will be aware, I have previously put on record my deep concern at the serious failures of the Garda organisation in relation to mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints.
During his public meeting with the Policing Authority on ...

111. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda HGV checkpoints that have been carried out on Kennelsfort Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20 to date in 2017; the number of breaches of eight restrictions detected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51367/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the enforcement of road traffic legislation is an operational matter for An Garda Síochána, in which I have no direct role. 
However, my Department has sought the information requested by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly once this is to hand. 
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186. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the status of on the Garda mobility strategy as referenced in the Garda modernisation and renewal programme 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50749/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Garda authorities that the Garda mobility strategy aims to provide frontline members will greater connectivity to back office systems harnessing the power of mobile technology.
It is intended that the mobile devices will enable Garda members and staff to be more efficient and effective by having mobile access to relevant core policing applications, a wide-range of up to date information and the ability to input and...

287. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 28 of 12 July 2017, the position regarding the promised liaison between his Department, gardaí and other relevant stakeholders to address the issue of nuisance quad bike and scrambler use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50646/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, I have written to the relevant parties, including the Ministers for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Garda Commissioner, the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in order to ascertain whether there are additional legislative or other solutions which can assist us in dealing with this issue more comprehens...

289. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if further consideration will be given to the request of the local community to have a policing service restored (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50659/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

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 Minister, I have no role in the matter. 
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 positiv...

216. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which the Garda traffic corps will be restored to full operational strength; his views on the deployment of the corps to invigilate speeding on the M50 and other motorways around Dublin, on national roads especially in western counties and on regional roads around the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47964/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

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 have requested ...

218. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount that An Garda Síochána has received from organisations (details supplied) towards the costs of policing their events in 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47966/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides a statutory basis for the Garda Commissioner, as Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote, to charge for police services on a non-public duty basis for commercial events such as sports fixtures and concerts. 
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the cost to the event holder is determined by the number of Garda personnel deployed and that the operationa...

234. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the level of funding allocated by his Department to Operation Thor each year between 2013 and 2017, by Garda division; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48244/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the allocation of Garda resources in the State and, as Minister, I have no role in relation to the matter. 
The Deputy will be aware that Operation Thor commenced in November 2015 and involves a broad range of activities to tackle organised crime gangs and other prolific offenders as well as working with communities to prevent crime.
This is supported by the enha...

475. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the success or otherwise of Operation Thor across the four policing districts of the Dublin north central Garda division throughout 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45707/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Garda North Central Division is comprised of three Garda Districts - Store Street (‘C’ District), Bridewell (‘D’ District) and Mountjoy (‘U’ District). 
The success of the Garda measures to tackle burglary being implemented through Operation Thor is borne out by latest available CSO crime figures which show a very significant decline in property related crime. It is encouraging to note tha...

486. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for a full review of the covert human intelligence sources, CHIS, system. (Question 45787/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that there are clear and detailed guidelines governing the procedures and processes in relation to the use of Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) by An Garda Síochána. These are set out in a comprehensive Code of Practice. The appropriate mechanisms are in place ensure that these prescribed procedures are fully complied with. 
I wish to inform the Deputy that the CHIS system is subject to both interna...

574. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if provisions from Operation Thor will be made available in counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal over the winter months in 2017 to attempt to crack down on gangs operating in the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47110/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): While the deployment of Garda resources is an operational matter for Garda management, I want to assure the Deputy that I am very much aware of the impact of crime on rural communities, including the serious damage perpetrated by organised gangs in rural areas, particularly in terms of burglary and other property-related crime.
I am informed that Garda activities in relation to Operation Thor are conducted in each county, including Sli...

121. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the actions being put in place by An Garda Síochána to combat a series of recent burglaries (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45422/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have sought a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the issues raised and I will respond directly to the Deputy when the report is to hand. I want to assure the Deputy that I am very much aware of the impact of crime on rural communities, including the serious damage done by organised gangs who target rural areas to engage in burglary and other property-related crime. 
The Deputy will appreciate it is the Garda Commissione...

190. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if extra regular Garda patrols will be allocated to an area (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45019/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Garda Operations)

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.
The area referred ...

22. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each of the Cork divisions who had been trained and in a position to test for drug driving when the new test was introduced in April 2017; the number of gardaí available at the end of April, May, June, July, August and September 2017; the number of tests that have been carried out in each Cork division; and the number of positive results identified by those dates. (Question 44192/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have sought the information requested by the Deputy from An Garda Síochána and will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of a Garda report in relation to these statistics. 
While An Garda Síochána has been testing Irish drivers for drugs, with the assistance of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS), since 1999, the Deputy will be aware that my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, commenced the drug driving p...

126. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the success of Garda operations targeting rural burglary gangs; and his plans to further reassure persons living in fear. (Question 44237/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I want to assure the Deputy that I am very much aware of the impact of crime on rural communities, including the serious damage done by organised gangs who target rural areas to engage in burglary and other property-related crime. 
The success of the Garda measures to tackle burglary being implemented through Operation Thor is borne out by latest available CSO crime figures which show a very significant decline in property related crim...

212. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made in the implementation of the active mobility project in An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40307/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and allocation of Garda equipment and resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
The Deputy will be aware that the extensive programme of reform currently underway in the context of the Garda Commissioner’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021. 
I am informed by the Garda authorities that the AC...

308. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the measures he plans to take following the Europol report that shows Ireland as third highest in the European Union for reports that specifically relate to the suspected financing of terrorism. (Question 39122/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The very high level of reporting identified in the Europol report reflects the importance of the Irish financial services sector and the high volume of international transactions passing through it.
While all such reports are followed up by an Garda Síochána, the overwhelming majority prove, on investigation, to have no links of concern.
In order to reinforce this investigative capacity, additional resources have also been allocated to...

313. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the sums allocated to cover the costs of the Commission on the Future of Policing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39194/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established by Government in April 2017 to undertake an independent, comprehensive examination of all aspects of policing including all functions currently carried out by An Garda Síochána (community safety, security and immigration). It is also to examine the full range of bodies that have a role in providing oversight and accountability for their ac...