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Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Youth Services (22 May 2024)

James Browne: As the Deputy will be aware, a top priority of the Youth Justice Strategy is the expansion and deepening of the services offered to young people by the Youth Diversion Projects (YDPs), which are fully funded by my Department. These projects provide an invaluable support to complement the work of An Garda Síochána in addressing youth crime and protecting local communities. YDPs...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Youth Services (21 May 2024)

James Browne: Every young person deserves the opportunity to improve their quality of life and our commitment to expanding Youth Justice services and increasing funding similarly reflects our commitment to these young people. This commitment is a central point of our Youth Justice Strategy, launched in 2021, which provides a developmental framework to address key challenges and emerging issues in the youth...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Youth Services (21 May 2024)

James Browne: Every young person deserves the opportunity to improve their quality of life and our commitment to expanding Youth Justice services and increasing funding similarly reflects our commitment to these young people. As the Deputy may be aware, Part 4 of the Children Act 2001 (as amended) provides the statutory basis for the Garda Youth Diversion Programme (GYDP). The intention of the programme...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Legislative Measures (21 May 2024)

James Browne: The issue of pet theft became particularly prevalent during the Covid lockdowns when demand for dogs was particularly high and huge prices were being paid, which unsurprisingly coincided with an increase in reported thefts. In response, An Garda Síochána engaged with the public and there was targeted enforcement and ongoing patrols. Gardaí reported a number of search and...

Seanad: Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023: Second Stage (16 May 2024)

James Browne: I welcome the opportunity to present the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023 to the Seanad.The Bill completed its passage through Dáil Éireann at the start of this month and I am glad to be able to bring it before the Seanad today for consideration. I trust that Senators will appreciate the important measures it contains on victim-centred reform of our...

Seanad: Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023: Second Stage (16 May 2024)

James Browne: I thank Senators for their contributions to today's debate on this important Bill. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2023 sets out a package of measures which will introduce important reforms across a number of areas. The common ground underpinning all of these measures is our commitment to strengthening protections for vulnerable victims. Enhancing protections...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Gambling Sector (16 May 2024)

James Browne: The Programme for Government includes a clear commitment to reform gambling legislation, with a focus on public safety and well-being from both an online and in person perspective. The Gambling Regulation Bill 2022 sets out the framework and legislative basis for the establishment of a new, independent statutory body – Údarás Rialála Cearrbhachais na hÉireann, the...

Seanad: Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (14 May 2024)

James Browne: I am happy to present the Gambling Regulation Bill to the House. This is an important and necessary Bill to address and regulate gambling in Ireland.I know the Bill has significant support and I look forward to Senators' contributions. The Internet has made gambling easier to access than was ever thought possible. Everyone, including children, has relatively easy access to gambling sites...

Seanad: Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (14 May 2024)

James Browne: We have been waiting a long time for this legislation. Efforts have been made over the past 20 years to properly regulate gambling in this country, but often to no avail. It is important that we finally have a Bill with genuine momentum behind it, but, leaving aside regulation and licensing for a moment, one that also seeks to address the harms caused by excessive and problem gambling. ...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport (14 May 2024)

James Browne: 287. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school bus places allocated to County Wexford applicants in September 2022 and September 2023, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21337/24]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Company Law (2 May 2024)

James Browne: 150. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position regarding a personal situation related to a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19920/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (2 May 2024)

James Browne: 254. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a specific query related to a personal matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19921/24]

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: Any lead time will be gone. People will have to prove their age before they can open an account. The intention is that this will apply to in-person and remote gambling. I will double check the wording. If that is not the case, it will certainly be amended to ensure that it is the case.

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I move amendment No. 94: In page 125, to delete lines 29 to 38 and substitute the following: “Obligation not to allow child on premises 169. (1) A licensee of an in-person gambling licence, other than a licensee of a gambling licence for charitable or philanthropic purpose that is an in-person gambling licence, shall not permit a child to enter on a premises in which a relevant...

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I move amendment No. 95: In page 156, to delete lines 25 to 27. This is a technical amendment that deletes section 204(1)(h) and the requirement to make regulations concerning the publication on the authority's website of all information and documentation provided to an adjudication officer for proceedings before that officer. There is no reason and, indeed, it is not common practice,...

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I move amendment No. 96: In page 161, to delete line 28 and substitute the following: “ “bank” means— (a) a regulated financial service provider, or (b) a bank outside the State;”.

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I move amendment No. 97: In page 169, to delete lines 12 to 14 and substitute the following:“ Gambling licence for charitable or philanthropic purpose lottery: no maximum game: no maximum pool betting: no maximum lottery: €30,000 per week game: €3,000 per game ”.

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I move amendment No. 98: In page 169, to delete lines 15 to 17 and substitute the following:“ Gambling licence for charitable or philanthropic purpose: once-off activity lottery: no maximum game: no maximum pool betting: no maximum lottery: €360,000 game: €360,000 pool betting: no maximum ”.

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: I certainly hear what the Deputy is saying. He is raising a legitimate concern. Gambling is a legitimate industry. It is an industry that causes damage and that is why we have provision for the social fund in the Bill and will raise a levy to compel the industry to pay for some of that damage. Many people bet very safely. I compare it to alcohol in the sense that a lot of people do it...

Gambling Regulation Bill 2022: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (1 May 2024)

James Browne: The first important point is that the regulations cannot weaken the primary legislation. They cannot row back on the legislation; they can only tighten it. We are creating the regulator to make recommendations around the regulations. The regulator will carry out research, engage with vulnerable groups, engage with the industry and look at what is happening. If it feels the need for more...

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