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Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (31 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I thank all Deputies who contributed to this debate. I thank Senator McDowell for putting forward his Bill and Deputy O'Callaghan who had put forward a similar Bill. As the Minister of State with responsibility for youth justice I am particularly pleased to support this Bill in the House today. There have been a number of proceedings in the courts since the Court of Appeal decision in DPP...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Child Safety (31 Mar 2021)

James Browne: In accordance with my Justice Plan 2021, work is underway on the establishment of a gambling regulator focused on public safety and wellbeing, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps. The only current legislation providing for online gambling is contained in the Betting (Amendment) Act 2015, which permits the licensing by...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Crime Prevention (31 Mar 2021)

James Browne: The Deputy will of course appreciate that knife crime is a serious issue across many jurisdictions. The mission of An Garda Síochána is ‘Keeping People Safe’ and whilst this is a simple message, it is a very deep one, and An Garda Síochána keep policing practices and strategies under review with a view to providing the best possible responses. The Deputy...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Crime Data (31 Mar 2021)

James Browne: To be of assistance to the Deputy, I have contacted the Garda Authorities for the information requested and I have been advised that, for the years in question, the number of knives seized by An Garda Síochána are as follows: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1,346 1,199 1,613 1,931 2,142 ...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Youth Diversion Projects (31 Mar 2021)

James Browne: The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Youth Diversion Programme is supported by a network of 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) supporting up to 4,000 young people and their families. The projects are community-based, multi-agency crime prevention initiatives which seek to divert young people who have become involved in crime or anti-social behaviour and to support wider...

Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (25 Mar 2021)

James Browne: On behalf of the Minister for Justice, Deputy Helen McEntee, I thank Deputy Naughten for introducing the Bill on behalf of the Regional Group of Deputies. Insurance reform is a key priority for the Government. This is reflected in the programme for Government, in the Government's action plan for insurance reform, which was launched last December, and in the Justice Plan 2021, which the...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Legislative Measures (24 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1199 and 1200 together. The Programme for Government gives a clear commitment to establish a gambling regulator focused on public safety and well-being, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps. The Justice Plan 2021 identifies the enactment of legislation to licence and regulate the...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Youth Diversion Projects (24 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I can inform the Deputy that I am very conscious of how the impact of crime affects the quality of life for local communities.  Preventing children getting involved in criminality and diverting children away from it when they have already become involved is one of the priorities for me as Minister for State in the Department of Justice and the new Programme for...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (24 Mar 2021)

James Browne: 1649. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the clinical care pathway for treatment of endometriosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14973/21]

Seanad: Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (12 Mar 2021)

James Browne: On behalf of the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, who very much regrets that she is unable to be in the House today, I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020. The Bill's purpose is to make several urgent amendments to the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 which make it easier for insolvent persons, including those in financial...

Seanad: Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (12 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I will try to address a number of the points and we will have a greater opportunity on Committee Stage to get into more detail. Senator Ward raised a number of points. There were extensive consultations both with the Department of Finance and with the Central Bank and at no stage was any objection raised but I hear the Senator’s concerns on whether there could be an unintended...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Drug Dealing (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I thank the Deputies for raising this very important matter. I am acutely aware of the impact that open drug dealing and the associated intimidation is having on communities across the country. Organised criminal activity, including drug dealing, represents a serious threat to community safety but it is also important to remember that drug-related intimidation and open drug dealing cause...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Drug Dealing (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I reject the statement that gardaí are doing nothing and are simply letting things happen. That is not an acceptable statement to make about An Garda Síochána and about what its members are doing on the front line, especially during the Covid pandemic of the last year. I understand the Deputies' justifiable concerns around drug dealing throughout our communities. The...

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Order for Report Stage (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I thank Deputies for supporting the Bill. The contributions made and points raised have been very useful and I am grateful for the consideration Deputies have given the matter. The Bill, while short and technical, is important legislation that will enable Ireland to give full effect to the directive on the fight against fraud on the European Union's financial interests by means of criminal...

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: Now.

Criminal Procedure Bill 2021: Order for Report Stage (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Access (11 Mar 2021)

James Browne: 203. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding access for medical card holders to chiropody services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13655/21]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (10 Mar 2021)

James Browne: 632. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the position regarding pregnant childcare workers and Covid-19 public health restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12495/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Strength (10 Mar 2021)

James Browne: The Deputy may be interested to know that there are currently 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs) nationwide. The intention is to further develop this service so that it is available to every child in the State who could benefit from it, through an ongoing expansion of existing services and the foundation of new projects where necessary. The table below outlines the number of...

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