Weekly Round-Up November 16th - 20th
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.
Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on Terrorist Attack, Paris
On Tuesday, 17 of November, the Dáil paid its respects to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. Minister Fitzgerald spoke in the Dáil in relation to those attacks. Read more
Minister Fitzgerald in her Dáil Statements on Terrorist Attack, Paris said:
"It is right that in this chamber today we - as elected representatives in a democracy - should take the time to express our outrage at what happened and make clear our solidarity with the people of France, and, indeed, all those who have suffered at the hands of terrorists.
"For what was under attack last Friday night was the freedoms we enjoy and democracy itself. The people who carried out the attacks despise those freedoms and hate the values we hold so dear. They want to impose on us all a dark, tyrannical world.”
Emergency Meeting of EU Justice and Interior Ministers following Paris terrorist attacks
On Friday, 20 November, 2015, Minister Frances Fitzgerald met with EU Justice and Interior Ministers in emergency session in Brussels to discuss the European Union’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks. Read more
IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF PARIS ATTACKS: Ministers stand for a minute silence at the Emergency JHA Council on 20th of November.
AT THE EMERGENCY JHA COUNCIL: L-R: Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, Noel Waters, Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality and Minister of Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald
VIDEO OF ARRIVAL AND DOORSTEP INTERVIEW: Minister for Justice and Equality of Ireland, at the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 20 November in Brussels.
VIDEO OF DEPARTURE AND DOORSTEP INTERVIEW: Minister for Justice and Equality of Ireland, at the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council on 20 November in Brussels.
EuroCOP Conference - Policing and Terrorism
On Monday 16 of November Minister Frances Fitzgerald addressed the European Confederation of Police, EuroCOP, Conference - Policing and Terrorism. EuroCOP, serves as the voice of European police officers in Europe. It represents over half a million officers in 27 European countries dealing with issues ranging from cross-border police cooperation to a safer working environment for police officers on the street. Read more
Minister Fitzgerald in her address to the EuroCOP Conference said:
“Last Friday night in Paris we saw yet again cold-blooded inhumanity at its worst. Ordinary people going about their lives were subject to a savage attack by evil people who regard freedom as a threat and democracy as an enemy. This is no war of competing values. Instead it is, very simply, what is right under attack from what is wrong.
“Over the years a phrase was used to signify determination to defend a position against an enemy and I use it today in French: Ils ne paseront pas. And I am sure you will join me in saying about those who support the type of barbarism we saw on Friday and all too often in recent years: They will not pass. Our values are too strong; our commitment to freedom too deep.”
Legislation to counter terrorism and international crime
On Thursday, 19 November, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the Oireachtas' approval of legislation to counter terrorism and international crime. The Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill passed all stages in Dáil and Seanad. The bill will allow for Ireland to give assistance to other Member States in the form of Special Intervention Units to assist another state to deal with terrorist crises. It also provides for the strengthening of the role of the EU’s Eurojust agency in exchanging intelligence on criminal matters. Read more
Minister Fitzgerald comments on the Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill passed by the Oireachtas
Legal Services Regulation Bill
Minister Fitzgerald publishes proposed amendments to the Legal Services Regulation Bill. Read more
Minister for Justice and Equality published over 100 amendments to the Legal Services Regulation Bill.
International Protection Bill 2015
On Thursday, 19th of November, Minister Fitzgerald published the International Protection Bill 2015. The Bill provides the legislative platform for the early introduction of a single procedure for international protection applications and addresses a number of issues that had arisen regarding the State's ability to enforce Deportation Orders. Read more
Speaking following the publication of the International Protection Bill 2015, Minister for New Communities, Culture, Equality & National Drug Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD welcomed the publication of the bill. To read the statement, click here.
New court review where creditors refuse personal insolvency deals
Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald signed an order bringing into force on Friday 20 November the remaining provisions of the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Act 2015, including the new Court review where a mortgage lender rejects the borrower’s personal insolvency proposal. Read more
European Victims Directive
On 16 November, 2015, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the coming into force of the European Victims Directive. Read more
Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 - Second Stage
On Wednesday, 18th of November, Minister Ó Ríordáin gave a Second stage speech on Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 - Second Stage. To read the Speech, click here