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Weekly Round-Up May 13th 2016

As this is our first ‘Weekly News Round-Up’ since the end of January this year, we highlight the top news stories that have occurred since then from the Department of Justice and Equality. For previous editions click here. 


Recent Changes

Minister Francis Fitzgerald TD was appointed as Tánaiste and reappointed as the Minister for Justice and Equality in the 32nd Dáil.

Finian McGrath was appointed as Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice and Equality and Health with special responsibility for Disability Issues. 


Publication of the O’Higgins Report



 OHiggins Report


Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice and Equality published the final report of the 'Commission of Investigation (Certain matters relative to the Cavan/Monaghan Division of An Garda Síochána). Final Report'  (the O'Higgins Commission) on 11th of May 2016, following conclusion of legal consultations. Read more    

UPR Second Cycle in Geneva 

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Second Cycle in Geneva.

To read the Tánaiste's speech, click here.


Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald delivering her speech at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 11th of May 2016, with officials from the Department of Justice and Equality. 

Anti-Corruption Summit. Tánaiste represents Government

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, attended a major Anti Corruption Summit in London on 12th of May 2016.

Ireland, along with more than 40 states gathered at the Summit, have concluded a Summit Communique outlining the common commitments which all will take forward in the fight against corruption. To read Ireland’s commitments, click here.


Second Special Criminal Court

On 22nd of April 2016, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD signed the rules of court for the second Special Criminal Court. She confirmed that all the necessary practical and procedural work to enable the second Special Criminal Court to commence hearing cases has been completed including courtroom accommodation, ICT system changes, the appointment of court registrars and the drafting of the necessary rules of court.   Read more


Legislative Summary

On 29th of April, Minister for Justice and Equality announces the commencement of The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 and The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012. Read more

Additional funding for youth justice initiatives

On 5th of May 2016, the Minister for Justice and Equality welcomed the announcement by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government of the adoption of the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2016.  Read more


Extraordinary meeting of EU ministers for the Justice and Home Affairs and representatives of EU institutions.

On 24 March, Minister Fitzgerald attended an extraordinary meeting of EU ministers for Justice and Home Affairs and representatives of EU institutions which was held in response to terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22nd of March.

She expressed the deepest sympathies of the Government and the People of Ireland to her Belgian colleagues. She indicated that Member States were united in their continuing determination to face down these threats. She also underlined Ireland’s commitment to enhancing EU wide co-operation and welcomed the agreement among Ministers to take certain steps to strengthen the fight against terrorism.  Read more.


Celebrating our history and our shared future

This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising 1916 and is a very special year in the history of our country. It is a year for all of the people of Ireland; one in which we can all reflect on what it means to be Irish.

Since June 2011 Citizenship Ceremonies have been held to welcome approximately 90,000 newest citizens of Ireland and to celebrate the diversity of culture, vibrancy of spirit and new ideas which these new citizens have brought to our country. These new citizens will help to shape Ireland for the next 100 years.

In Celebrating Ireland 2016 the Department of Justice and Equality has asked some of our newest citizens what Irish citizenship means to them.

These people became Irish citizens at the most recent citizenship ceremony which took place in Waterford on 4 March 2016. To see the interview and pictures, click here.




Our new Culture and Values Charter

The Department is undergoing an extensive change programme. Our reform programme includes ambitious actions across a broad range of areas including leadership and management; culture and human resources; communications and governance.

In March 2016 we launched our new Culture and Values Charter.  This was developed through talking and listening to our colleagues in the Department, our agencies, civil society and other government departments.  Read more  

 Our Culture and Values Charter for Weekly News Round-up

Our Culture and Values.


Customer Charter and Action Plan

We published our new Customer Charter and Action Plan.  Read more

 Customer Service Action Plan



New Corporate Governance Framework

 Corporate Governance

On 21st of April, 2016, we published our new Corporate Governance Framework document. The Framework has been prepared in line with the principles and requirements set out in the Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service taking into account the particular requirements, culture and values of the Department of Justice and Equality.  

It documents the governance arrangements for the Department, which are underlined by five key governance principles. Read more


Horizon Scanning   

On 29th of April over 60 staff from across all grades and areas of the Department attended a seminar with external stakeholders to launch our new process for horizon scanning.

Horizon Groups will develop strategic views on issues facing the Department in the long term, provide advice to the Management Board on these issues, and at the same time provide opportunities for learning and development for all participating staff.

 Horizon Scanning

Looking to the longer term, preparing for the future. Dr Cedric Chou, IPA, addresses staff seminar on Horizon Scanning in the Department's Head Quarters. 


The FOI Publication Scheme

 FOI Publication Scheme

On 14th of April, we published the Department’s FoI Publication Scheme. Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires the Department to prepare and publish a scheme concerning the publication of information by the Department.

Below are the headings of the Scheme:

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