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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence (24 May 2022)

Question No. 8 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

Judicial Appointments

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: 9. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if there are any plans to increase the number of judges; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26123/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: I acknowledge a very productive session with the Minister today at the Joint Committee on Justice on the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2022, which will reform and transform the way we appoint judges going forward. However, there remains a significant gap between the numbers we have on the Bench and those of our European neighbours and international comparators. It is imperative that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Browne: Our priority is to ensure that the courts are resourced to administer justice efficiently and effectively for citizens in their access to justice.  The Government endeavours to fill judicial vacancies at the earliest opportunity and a number of such vacancies have been filled in recent times. In order to bring more strategic focus to this, the Minister established a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: I acknowledge the good work the Minister of State is doing on the gambling regulation Bill, the report on which we published recently in the committee, along with the Minister and others. Judicial numbers is a concern that I may not have expected at the outset of this Dáil term. When we began hearings at the Joint Committee on Justice, almost without exception, the witnesses on a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: The Deputy is well over time with his response.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: The cost of one salary per year pales into insignificance when compared with the cost of court sitting day after day for a full year. It is an unfortunate comparison and I hope it is not reflective of Government's attitude.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Browne: The judicial planning working group is looking at the very things about which the Deputy is concerned. We will be using those data from the OECD to assess the need in terms of judges, at present and going forward, in order that we can have an evidence-based, informed understanding of the need we have for additional judges in this country. The working group's report will inform that and the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: I welcome that response and the acknowledgement from Government of the position. The statistics tell us that Ireland has 3.3 judges per 100,000 people, compared with an average of 21 judges per 100,000 people throughout the OECD and the EU. I know the Minister of State has acknowledged that in his response which I welcome. It strikes me that in terms of the moves in the recent years, such...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

Martin Kenny: I will support Deputy Lawless on that. In the past couple of weeks, I have spoken to many people in the legal profession. The consistent problem they kept bringing up, both in civil and criminal cases, was the long delays because of the absence of judges. One of the issues that was raised with me was how courts moving away from the small provincial towns to larger courts in different areas...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

James Lawless: The working group will inform and give us an evidence base. In the past, when we were assessing increasing the number of judges, it was done in an ad hocmanner. The purpose of what we are doing now is to make sure that we have an evidence-based assessment as to how many judges we need and trying to forward plan into the future to have those judges, as we need them, when we need them. There...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Judicial Appointments (24 May 2022)

Question No. 10 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: An Garda Síochána (24 May 2022)

An Garda Síochána

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: An Garda Síochána (24 May 2022)

Martin Kenny: 11. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when she plans to publish the implementation plan for the Garda Síochána Inspectorate report on corruption; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26067/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: An Garda Síochána (24 May 2022)

Martin Kenny: I will ask the Minister about the plans she has to publish the implementation plan for the Garda Síochána Inspectorate report on corruption. I understand that some progress is being made on this but we need to see delivery in this area, as soon as possible.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: An Garda Síochána (24 May 2022)

Helen McEntee: The recommendations contained in the Garda Síochána Inspectorate report, Countering the Threat of Internal Corruption – A review of counter-corruption structures, strategies and processes in the Garda Síochána, are extremely important. They are positive recommendations which have the potential to greatly strengthen how the threat of corruption is dealt with in An...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Inquiry into the Death of Mr. Shane O'Farrell (24 May 2022)

Bríd Smith: I have to accept the Minister's bona fides in this matter, as I have said. However, it is almost 11 years since the terrible killing of this young man. It should never have happened, as we all know. Had justice been applied as it should have been, the killer would have been in custody instead of being loose on the roads and able to carry out a hit-and-run killing. Many questions need to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Inquiry into the Death of Mr. Shane O'Farrell (24 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I thank the Acting Chairman for allowing me in, although I would have preferred if my question, which is almost identical to that of Deputy Bríd Smith, was grouped with it, as that would have allowed for more interaction. The Minister said her Department is not opposed to a public inquiry or other types of inquiries. I do not buy that. The reason there has been a scoping exercise is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Inquiry into the Death of Mr. Shane O'Farrell (24 May 2022)

Helen McEntee: I want to place on the record again that, as Minister, I have absolutely no objection to a full public inquiry, nor does my Department. The Taoiseach has put on the record that he has no objection on behalf of the Government to such an inquiry. I have not seen the work done to date and I do not know what is in the report. I have not begun any scoping exercise because I have not seen the...

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