Published on Tuesday, 22nd September 2015  

Weekly Round-Up September 14th - 18th

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.

Migration Crisis 
On Monday, Minister Fitzgerald issued a statement on the Migration crisis following the emergency meeting of Justice and Home Affairs ministers which adopted the decision to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection.
She stated that Ireland will immediately move to implement the measures previously agreed and she would expect a significant number of the 600 applicants to be relocated to Ireland within the next few months.  Read more


Justice and Home Affairs Council - 14 September

IN ATTENDANCE AT THE EXTRAORDINARY JUSTICE HOME AFFAIRS COUNCIL: L-R: Ms Theresa May, UK Secretary of State for the Home Department; Ms Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality; Ms Johanna Mikl - Leitner, Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior; Ms Simonetta Sommaruga, Swiss Federal Minister of Justice and Police.

New civilian immigration and border control arrangements 
On Wednesday, Minister Fitzgerald reviews new civilian immigration and border control arrangements at Dublin Airport. Read more


Civilian immigration & border control - 16 Sept 2015

REVIEWING NEW CIVILIAN IMMIGRATION AND BORDER CONTROLS: Minister Fitzgerald visits Dublin Airport to review progress towards the civilianisation of frontline immigration control procedures at the Airport. 

Marriage Bill Published
Minister for Justice and Equality announced that the Government on Wednesday approved the publication of the Marriage Bill 2015 and its presentation to Dáil Éireann.
The Marriage Bill 2015 will update the laws on marriages to enable couples to marry without distinction as to their sex as provided for in Article 41.4 of the Constitution which was approved by the people in the historic Marriage Equality referendum on 22nd May 2015.  Read more

Consultation on the Regulation of the ‘Cash for Gold’ trade
On Thursday, Minister Fitzgerald announces Consultation on the Regulation of the ‘Cash for Gold’ trade. The focus is on putting in place robust measures to better ensure businesses (trading in second hand precious metal and stones) are not used as a means to dispose of stolen items of jewellery  Read more

 Have your say - Regulation of Cash for Gold trade

Promote improved gender balance 
The same day, Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD welcomes proposals to promote improved gender balance at the top decision-making levels in the Civil Service.

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W-LEAD - 'Women in the lead' - 17 September 2015

W-LEAD - 'Women in the lead' - 17 September 2015. Female Principal Officers attend  W-LEAD pilot cross-Departmental mentoring and leadership development programme; this programme has been implemented by the Department of Justice and Equality with support from the European Union’s PROGRESS Fund.

Changes to Firearms Licensing

On Friday, Minister Fitzgerald announces changes to Firearms Licensing. Minister Fitzgerald determined to prevent any proliferation of handgun availability in Ireland while ensuring that target-shooting can continue in a regulated manner.

This follows widespread consultation with key stakeholders and hearings by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence on a report from a Joint Garda Síochána / Department of Justice and Equality Working Group published in November 2014.   Read more.


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