Weekly Round-Up October 5th - 9th
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.
Presentation of warrant of appointment
On Monday, Minister Fitzgerald presented High Court Judge Mary Ellen Ring her warrant of appointment as Chairperson of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).
PRESENTATION OF WARRANT OF APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRPERSON OF GSOC: L-R: Noel Waters, Secretary General (Acting) of Department of Justice and Equality, High Court Judge Mary Ellen Ring and Minister Frances Fitzgerald
#DontBeAfraid campaign launches
On Monday,Women's Aid launched its Cosc funded #DontBeAfraid campaign which encourages domestic abuse victims to seek support. Read more
THE WOMEN'S AID 'DON'T BE AFRAID' NATIONAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN RUNS FROM MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2015 FOR TWO WEEKS: The campaign is funded by Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (www.cosc.ie). Women’s Aid’s telephone helpline for women facing domestic abuse will offer a 24-hour, seven days a weeks service in 2016.
Minister Fitzgerald delivered a Second Stage Speech on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 in Seanad Éireann
On Tuesday, Minister Fitzgerald delivered a Second Stage Speech on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 in Seanad Éireann
She said: "This Bill is the most comprehensive and wide ranging piece of sexual offences legislation to be introduced in almost a decade. It strengthens existing law to combat child pornography, the sexual grooming of children, incest, exposure and other offensive conduct of a sexual nature." Read more
Ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union
On Tuesday, Minister of State Dara Murphy made a statement on the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner - Read more.
Minister for Equality announces details of consultation process on human rights in Ireland
On Wednesday, the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD today announced details of two consultation processes on human rights as part of Ireland’s engagement with the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, one with civil society and interested stakeholders, and the other with children and young people. Read more.
Marriage Bill 2015 passes all Dail stages
Choice of Court (Hague Convention Bill) 2015
On Thursday, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, on behalf of Minister Frances Fitzgerald, made a Second Stage Speech in Dáil Éireann on Choice of Court (Hague Convention Bill) 2015. The purpose of the Bill is to make provision for the measures which are required to ensure that the Hague Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements can function effectively within the Irish legal system. Read more
Minister Murphy attends High Level Migration Conference on the Western Balkans Route
On Thursday Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy TD attended a High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes currently being favoured by migrants trying to reach the European Union. Read more.
Need to upgrade Wicklow Court House
On 8th of October, Minister of State Paudie Coffey TD, on behalf of the Minister Frances Fitzgerald, gave a response to a Topical Issues debate on the need to upgrade Wicklow Court House and develop a Four Courts Campus in line with the development plans by the Courts Services. Read more
Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) – Expressions of Interest Sought
On Friday, an advert was placed in national newspapers and on the website’s home page; the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) are seeking Expressions of Interest for commercial offers for accommodation and associated services. Once these are received the IRPP intends to draw up a list of potential service providers whom they may contact when services are required. Read more
Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014
On Friday Minister Ó Ríordáin made a Second Stage Speech on the Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2014. Read more
EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council
Minister Murphy attended EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council on 8th and 9th October. Topics discussed included migration, asylum, serious and organised crime as well as counter-terrorism and data protection. Read more