Welcome to the latest News Roundup from the Department of Justice and Equality, a summary of key news stories that occurred between 21 June and 3 July.

Click on the links which accompany each story to learn more. You can also access previous editions of the Roundup.

Tánaiste addresses EU UK referendum decision

On 24 June, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, commented on the result of the UK referendum which had taken place the day before. Read more.  You can also read the Tánaiste's Dáil Statement from 27 June. 

Spending plans totalling €2.458 billion in the Justice Sector and substantial additional resources allocated to An Garda Síochána

On the evening of 22 June, the Tánaiste presented to the Dáil the Revised Estimates dealing with spending for 2016 for the Justice and Equality sector. The Estimates provide for over €2.458 billion in gross spending across the eight individual votes in the Justice Group. Read the Tánaiste's speech and related press release.

Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016 presented to Dáil

On 24 June, the Tánaiste presented the Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill to the Dáil. Read the Tánaiste's speech.

Probation Service and Irish Prison Service Annual Reports for 2015 published

 Image of Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2015 and Strategic Plan 2016 - 2018, and the Probation Service Annual Report 2015

The Probation Service Annual Report 2015 and the Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2015 were published on 27 June 2016. The Irish Prison Service Strategic Plan 2016-2018 was also launched as well as new websites for both Services which can be found at www.probation.ie and www.irishprisons.ie. Read the Press Release and Tánaiste's speech from the launch.


Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference takes place

3rd Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference

On Tuesday 28 June, the criminal justice agencies came together for their Annual Conference on criminal justice reform in Dublin Castle. This event is organised in collaboration with the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD), with the Probation Service taking the lead organiser role for this year’s event. The conference was attended by a wide range of officials, practitioners, academics, NGOs and many others with an interest in review and reform of the criminal justice system. The theme for this year’s conference was “Evidence-Informed Decision Making: Putting Research into Practice in Criminal Justice”. The objective was to promote collaboration between academic researchers and policy makers, with a view to bringing the benefit of research and analysis into policy and practice. Read the Tánaiste's closing remarks from the conference.

More than a third less burglaries in first three months of 2016

The CSO Recorded Crime Statistics for the first quarter of 2016 were published on 29 June. Since the launch of Garda Operation Thor in November last year there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of burglaries. The latest statistics from the CSO show an 18.4% drop for the twelve months to the 31 March. Read more

VOX-Pol Conference, Dublin City University (DCU)

On 23 June, the Tánaiste made an address at the VOX-Pol Conference, DCU which you can read here.  VOX-Pol is a DCU-coordinated European Union Framework Programme 7 (FP7)-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it.

Tánaiste Fitzgerald meets key note speakers at VoxPol conference, DCU - 23rd June 2016
Tánaiste Fitzgerald meets key note speakers at the VOX-Pol conference, DCU, 23 June 2016