Weekly Round-Up November 2nd - 6th
Every week, we bring you the top news stories of the week from the Department of Justice and Equality. Catch up on what you might have missed here. Click on the 'Read More' link in each story to learn more. For previous editions, Click here for the archive.
Operation Thor – new Anti-Crime and Burglary response by An Garda Síochána - launches
On Monday, 2nd November, An Garda Síochána launched ‘Operation Thor’ – the new Anti-Crime and Burglary response. Read more
KEY POINTS ON ‘ OPERATION THOR’ – new Anti-Crime and Burglary response by An Garda Síochána
AT THE LAUNCH OF 'OPERATION THOR' AT GARDA HQ ARE: L-R Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Gurchand Singh, head of the Garda analysis service.
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, at Garda Headquarters for the launch by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and senior Gardaí of Operation Thor, An Garda Síochána's new multi-strand national anti-crime and anti-burglary operation.
Increase in the number of High Court judges
On Tuesday, 3rd of November, Minister Fitzgerald obtained Government approval for an increase in the number of High Court judges. Read more.
Launch of the Inspector of Prisons’ Report
On Tuesday, 3 of November, Minister Fitzgerald launched the Inspector of Prisons’ Report, titled “Culture and Organisation in the Irish Prison Service – A Road Map for the Future”
Minister Fitzgerald said:
"I very much welcome this Report. It has the potential to enhance the lives of everyone in Irish prisons – staff and prisoners alike. It offers a road map for the future organisational and cultural development of the Irish Prison Service.
And it will make a positive contribution to the reforms already under way in the Irish Prison Service."
“Culture and Organisation in the Irish Prison Service – A Road Map for the Future”. L-R: Professor Andrew Coyle, who carried out an assessment of the current culture within the Irish Prison Service, Minister Fitzgerald and Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly who officially presented the Report to the Minister.
Public Accounts Committee
COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: Noel Waters, Secretary General (Acting) and seniors officials from the Department of Justice and Equality appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, 5th of November. The PAC was considering the 2014 Annual Report and Appropriation Accounts of the Comptroller and Auditor General in the following areas:
a. Vote 24: Justice and Equality - click here.
b. Vote 21: Prisons - click here
c. Chapter 9: Development of Prison Accommodation in Dublin - Click here .
COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: 2014 Annual Report and Appropriation Accounts of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Vote 24, Vote 21 and Chapter 13.
Signing of the Istanbul Convention
On Thursday, 5th of November Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the signature by Ireland of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. To read more click here.
To see the Action Plan, read more.
SIGNING OF THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION: Ireland became the 39th state to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence
Have Your Say: Consultation on new National Disability Inclusion Strategy
On Thursday,5th of November Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD announced details of Phase 2 of the Consultation Process for a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy. To participate in the Survey, click here
The Minister made the announcement while speaking at a Council of Europe Conference on Promoting Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Ambitions, Impact and Challenges Ahead. The Conference took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on 5-6 November and was co-hosted by the Department of Justice and Equality. Read more. and to see clips of the Conference- click here.
AT THE CONFERENCE PROMOTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin announced details of Phase 2 of the comprehensive consultation process which is taking place during 2015 with a view to putting in place a new National Disability Inclusion Strategy. The consultation process allows interested parties to make recommendations in key areas such as service provision, accommodation, health, employment, and education.