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Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I will respond specifically to the points raised by Deputy Carroll MacNeill. I am very sympathetic to the points she has raised. On foot of her raising that the last time we spoke in the Dáil, I asked my officials to engage with her and explore this potential change. What became very apparent, as the Deputy outlined, was that this is quite a complex area. In some cases, it goes...

Employment Permits (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: First Stage (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: No.

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I move amendment No. 1: In page 3, line 21, to delete "another child" and substitute "another child who is alive" The amendments to subsections (1A) and (1B) are basically technical and are to make it clear beyond doubt that any restrictions on publication only relate to the protection of the interests of living children. They are being proposed following a careful review of the...

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I move amendment No. 2: In page 4, to delete line 1 and substitute “child and is alive, or”.

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I move amendment No. 3: In page 4, to delete lines 8 to 18 and substitute the following: “and (c) by the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (2): “(2) The court— (a) shall, subject to such conditions (if any) as it considers appropriate, dispense with the requirements of subsection (1) in relation to a child referred to in that...

Labour Exploitation and Trafficking (Audit of Supply Chains) Bill 2021: First Stage (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: No.

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Direct Provision System (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I have established a Programme Board in my Department to oversee the implementation of the relevant recommendations of the Advisory Group on the Provision of Support including Accommodation to Persons in the International Protection Process, including the recommendation related to access to basic bank accounts for International Protection applicants. The Programme Board is supported by an...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Asylum Seekers (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: As recommended by the Catherine Day Expert Advisory Group, my Department is currently at an early investigative stage in the process of changing the labour market access permission letter to a card format. I expect to bring this change this change into effect before the end of the year. Employers have a duty under the European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018, to...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Immigration Policy (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: For people currently living in Ireland and who hold either a valid immigration or an international protection permission registered with my Department, I announced on 26 March 2021, that all such permissions due to expire between 21 April 2021 and 20 September 2021, are automatically renewed to 20 September 2021. In each instance, the automatic renewal of permission is on the same basis as...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Human Trafficking (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: The Government is fully committed to addressing human trafficking in all forms, including through the provision of supports for victims of human trafficking, by educating the public to recognise the signs of trafficking and by continuing to work with our international partners in all relevant forums. Officials within my Department have been preparing Ireland’s response to the TIP...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Insurance Fraud (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner has responsibility, by law, for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. The Garda Commissioner is solely responsible for the allocation of personnel, as well as organisational matters including the structure and number of Garda...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Private Security Authority (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: The Private Security Authority (PSA), an independent agency under the remit of my Department, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry in the State. The Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended) sets out the security services licensable by the Authority. I have no involvement in the day to day operations of the PSA. ...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Private Security Authority (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: The Private Security Authority (PSA), an independent agency under the remit of my Department, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry in the State. The Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended) sets out the security services licensable by the Authority. I have no involvement in the day to day operations of the PSA. I am...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I can inform the Deputy that the GSOC annual report for 2020 was submitted to me on 31 March 2021. Officials from my Department are currently considering the report with a view to publishing it as soon as practicable.

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Closed-Circuit Television Systems (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I can inform the Deputy that my officials are currently finalising the draft General Scheme of the Garda Síochána (Digital Recording) Bill, which I intend to bring to Cabinet for approval in the coming weeks. The General Scheme will be published on the Department of Justice website shortly thereafter. When enacted, this legislation will replace Section 38 of the Garda...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Immigration Policy (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: The Programme for Government contains a commitment to bring forward a regularisation scheme within 18 months of the formation of the Government, to create new pathways for long-term undocumented people and their dependents, meeting specified criteria and bearing in mind Ireland's European Union (EU) and Common Travel Area (CTA) commitments. As outlined in my Justice Plan 2021, a scheme...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Visa Applications (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I propose to take Questions Nos. 284 and 285 together. I understand that the Embassy in Jakarta, where the Visa sticker issues from, have been experiencing some ICT problems. They will endeavour to issue the Visa stickers for the persons referred to by the Deputy as soon as possible. Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to my...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Departmental Staff (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: It has not been possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy within the time allowed. I will write to the Deputy to provide this information as soon as it is available.

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Departmental Data (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: Unfortunately, my Department would not be in a position to create a schedule of the data sets, databases and file types that may have been shared with the Department of Health or indeed other Departments since 2000. Given the broad timeframe, the limited IT infrastructure over that period and changes which have occurred in my Department and in other Departments since 2020, this is not...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: General Data Protection Regulation (1 Apr 2021)

Helen McEntee: I wish to advise the Deputy that the total Subject Access Requests (SARs) received, the number of SARs refused, the reason for refusal and subsequent complaints since 25 May 2018 are detailed in the table below. Details of SARs Received 2018 (from 25/5/18) 2019 2020 2021 (to 30/03) Total SARs Received 141 427 429...

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