Here is a summary of key news stories that occurred in the last week in our ‘Weekly News Round-Up’ from the Department of Justice and Equality.

Click on the 'Read More' link in each story to learn more. Read previous editions.

The Clarke Report 

On 17th of June, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has forwarded the report of the inquiry by Mr Justice Clarke under section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Section 109 (6) of the Act requires the Minister to forward a copy of any such report to GSOC for such action as it considers appropriate in the circumstances. The report has also been forwarded to the Garda Commissioner. The Tánaiste published Part I of the report. A copy of Part 1 can be accessed here.


Direct Provision

On 16th June 2016 Tánaiste Fitzgerald and Minister Stanton welcomed significant progress on Direct Provision and supports for asylum seekers. They provided a progress update on the Report of the Working Group on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and other Supports for Asylum Seekers at a meeting of NGOs.The Report, which was published in June 2015, made 173 recommendations. A total of 91 have been implemented, a further 49 recommendations have been partially implemented or are in progress, and the balance remain under consideration. 
Read a summary of the status of the Working Group recommendations


Inclusive Centenaries Conference NUI Galway

On 17th June 2016, Minister of State Stanton gave an address at the Inclusive Centenaries Conference NUI Galway.  Read more

MoS David Stanton at Inclusive Centenaries Conference, NUI Galway, 17 June 2016 (2)

Minister of State David Stanton for Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration meets attendees at the Inclusive Centenaries Conference that took place in NUI Galway.


Legislative update:

On 19th June 2016 Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar T.D. marked Father’s Day by confirming publication of the Paternity Bill to provide fathers with two weeks of paternity leave and two weeks of paternity benefit. Read more

On 15th of June in Seanad Éireann Minister of State David Stanton T.D. made a statement on Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009. Read more.

On 15th of June, Tánaiste Fitzgerald gave a speech on the Private Members' Business, Parole Bill 2016. Read more

 Statement on offences against the State and Criminal Justice Acts

On 14th of June Tánaiste Fitzgerald made a statement on the Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009. Read more