Weekly Round-Up September 28th - October 2nd
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 links in each story to learn more and also to see more photos. For previous editions click here.
Measures to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay
On Monday, the Department published a statement outlining how the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) is working with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) to address queue management at the Immigration Public Office in Burgh Quay. For full details of these measures, read more
Minister Fitzgerald announces unprecedented Capital Investment in Justice Sector
On Tuesday, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding along with approval for further public-private partnership projects in respect of An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service. The Minister set out the strategic objectives for the planned investment in the Justice sector as outlined in the Government Capital Plan 2016-21. Read more
Topical Issue Debate - What measures are being taken to combat the theft of scrap and precious metals
On Tuesday, Minister Kathleen Lynch, on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality, delivered a Topical issue debate concerning the measures being taken to combat the theft of scrap and precious metals. Read more.
Minister Fitzgerald commences Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Act 2015
Minister Fitzgerald has signed a Commencement Order to bring into immediate force most of the provisions of the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Act 2015. This Order brings into effect: the increase in the ceiling for a Debt Relief Notice (from €20,000 to €35,000) and strengthens powers for the Insolvency Service. Read more
Reinforcing partnerships in Cross Border Co-operation targeting Organised Crime
On Thursday, Minister Fitzgerald and Minster of Justice, David Ford MLA attended the thirteenth Annual Cross Border Seminar on Organised Crime at the Clarion Hotel in Sligo.
Minister Fitzgerald said:
" [The Seminar] brings together key personnel from the Departments and agencies in both jurisdictions. It provides a forum through which cross border organised crime threats can be met through the promotion and deployment of effective and efficient cooperation initiatives to better meet the challenges that we face on a daily basis”. Read more
Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill
On Thursday, Minister Fitzgerald delivered a Second Stage speech in Dáil Eireann concerning the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015. This Bill is targeted at repeat burglars who have previous convictions and are charged with multiple offences of residential burglary. It strengthens the provisions for refusal of bail and provides for tougher sentencing for repeat home burglars. Read more.
Motions in Dáil Eireann
On Thursday, Minister Fitzgerald delivered a motion concerning Ireland opting-in to two EU Council Decisions which provide for the relocation of persons in clear need of international protection from Italy and Greece. Click here to read that speech. For the Motion speech regarding Relocation Opt-Ins by Minister Of State, Seán Sherlock click here.
Launch of Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
On Friday, the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD at an event in Farmleigh House. Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin welcomed the launch of this important Strategy. Read more.
ACJRD 18th Annual Conference "Victims in Focus: European & Domestic Perspectives"
On Friday, 2nd of October, senior officials from the Department of Justice and Equality attended the ACJRD (The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development) 18th Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was on "Victims in Focus: European & Domestic Perspectives". In recognition of the major implications of this Directive for all organs of the Criminal Justice System, the conference provided a forum for the dissemination of information and discussion with international and national experts through a number of plenary and workshop sessions. Read more.