Weekly Round-Up November 9th - 13th
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.
Extraordinary JHA Council in relation to the Migration Crisis
On Monday, 9th of November, Minister Frances Fitzgerald attended an extraordinary JHA Council at which the EU's response to the migration crisis was the main item discussed by ministers. Read more.
Minister Fitzgerald announces Commencement of Marriage Act 2015
On Tuesday, 10 of November, Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015. The Commencement Order will bring the provisions of the Marriage Act 2015 into effect from Monday 16 November 2015. Read more To see the Minister’s speech at the Commencement of the Marriage, 2015, click here.
Signing the Order, the Minister said, “It is a real pleasure to sign this Order in the company of some of the couples who will be able to marry in the coming weeks and months. “The Marriage Act has profound symbolic importance, but will also have a real and tangible impact on their family life.”
DUBLIN CASTLE: THE SIGNED COMMENCEMENT ORDER FOR MARRIAGE ACT 2015: Left to Right: Dara Breathnach, Civil Law Reform division, Department of Justice and Equality, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, Noel Waters, Secretary General (Acting), Department of Justice and Equality.
VIDEO: ATTENDEES AT DUBLIN CASTLE EVENT: Signing of the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015. The Commencement Order will bring the provisions of the Marriage Act 2015 into effect from Monday 16 November 2015.
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Valletta Summit of EU and African leaders on migration crisis
Minister Frances Fitzgerald represented Ireland at the Valletta Summit on Migration in Malta. This important Summit brought together leaders and senior government representatives from 31 European countries and 35 African nations. On behalf of Ireland, the Minister signed the EU's Trust Fund for Africa to support the implementation of the action plan agreed at the Summit. Read more. To see the Minister’s speech at the Summit, click here.
HEADS OF STATE ATTEND EU AFRICA VALLETTA SUMMIT ON MIGRATION: Minister Frances Fitzgerald participated in the EU Africa Heads of State and Government Summit on Migration in Valletta, Malta, at which a comprehensive Declaration and Action Plan in response to the migration crisis was agreed by consensus.
SIGNING: Minister Fitzgerald signs the EU's €1.8bn Africa Trust Fund to support the implementation of the action plan agreed at the Summit on behalf of Irish Government at the EU-Africa summit in Valletta.
HEADS OF STATE IN ATTENDANCE: Representatives of more than 60 European and African countries gathered for the EU-Africa summit in the Maltese capital of Valletta
2015 VALLETTA SUMMIT ON MIGRATION: (L-R) Minister Frances Fitzgerald, David Costello, Deputy Chairperson of the European Asylum Support Office Management Board and Irish Refugee Applications Commissioner and Jose Carreira, Acting EASO Executive Director.
European Asylum Support Office (EASO): Following the conclusion of the Summit, Minister Fitzgerald visited the EASO office, where she met with Mr Jose Carreira, Acting EASO Executive Director, Mr David Costello, Deputy Chairperson of the EASO Management Board and Irish Refugee Applications Commissioner, Mr Francois Bienfait, EASO Head of Training and Quality, and other EASO officials. EASO is coordinating the implementation of the EU's relocation of migrants programme.
Have Your Say: Consultation on Department's draft Customer Service Charter and Customer Service Action Plan.
On Wednesday, 11 November, the Department invited comments from the general public on both the Draft Customer Charter 2015 - 2017 and Draft Customer Service Action Plan. Read more
Be Winter Ready - Government Information Campaign
On 12th of November, the Government launched its annual 'Be Winter Ready information' campaign, which accompanied by the winter-ready booklet, gives information on being prepared, providing practical advice for coping during episodes of severe weather, as well as giving contact details of organisations and agencies that can provide guidance and assistance. Read more
New nationwide network of Garda Victim Service Offices
At a visit to Store Street Garda Station, Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the establishment of new nationwide network of Garda Victim Service Offices with dedicated staff in each of the 28 Garda Divisions. Read more.
Launch of new DNA Database System
Minister Frances Fitzgerald announced the commencement of DNA legislation and launch of a new state-of-the-art DNA Database System on Friday, 13th of November. The database will become operational on 20 November 2015. The database will be based in Forensic Science Ireland in the Phoenix Park. Read more
On Friday, 13 of November, Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the new Commencement Order which brings the new DNA database into operation on Friday, 20 November. Welcoming the introduction of such a system for the first time in this jurisdiction, the Minister said: “This is an historic step in criminal investigation in Ireland. The new DNA database is a hugely significant development in assisting the Garda Síochána in the investigation of crime. It is vital that our police force has all it requires, including the most modern technology, to protect the State and its citizens from crime. This high quality intelligence tool will be invaluable in the fight against ‘volume crime’, such as burglary and theft, and also in the investigation of serious offences against the person. The database will also assist in finding and identifying missing or unknown persons. This capability should serve to provide significant assistance, reassurance and solace for the families of people in these situations.”