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Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: There were a number of questions. I thank Deputy Murphy for her contribution and her support for the work of the Garda Síochána in the current challenging circumstances. The Deputy raised the issue of Garda strength in her constituency of Kildare North. While I do not have the figures with me tonight, I would be happy to provide her with them tomorrow. They will show an...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Catherine Murphy: I acknowledge the role of the Garda in the community call initiative. A huge amount of unseen work has been done on that and some good relationships have been built up through that initiative that should be encouraged to continue after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, and we hope that will be sooner rather than later. For some areas, it has been novel to see the kind of visibility of...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: Deputy Smith raises several very important points that in one minute 48 seconds I will not have an opportunity to reply to in the type of detail that I would wish. I would of course be happy to engage on all of the points he raised. I note his representations on behalf of his colleagues, Deputies Nash and Ó Ríordáin, in respect of organised crime in their constituencies. I...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: The best asset the Garda has is the community policing and community garda unit. As we are all aware, it has been a difficult decade for the Garda. Trust has been damaged by a number of incidents and issues which have been well debated in the House down through the years. As have many other public representatives, I have witnessed the benefits of good community gardaí when they come...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Roderic O'Gorman: I was pleased to hear the Minister specifically reference the work of gardaí in Blanchardstown during the Covid-19 crisis. I would also like to pay tribute to them, particularly the support they have given to voluntary and sporting groups in the area in the context of Fingal's Community Call scheme. Under the current regulations, recruitment to An Garda Síochána is limited...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: I thank Deputies Costello and O'Gorman for their contributions and questions. Deputy Costello indicated he might opt for a reply in writing in order to give me the opportunity to reply to Deputy O'Gorman, and I acknowledge his generosity in that regard. I agree with the points raised by Deputy Costello and would be happy to commit to a detailed reply in writing. I acknowledge what...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the Deputy for raising the latter points. She will be pleased to hear that the Garda is currently investigating public order issues, which were also raised earlier by Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan. I understand that several investigations are ongoing in the context of the Covid-19 regulatory framework. It would not be appropriate for me to comment in any detail, but I assure...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Patrick Costello: I thank my colleague, Deputy O'Gorman, for allowing me to usurp some of his time. I will be as quick as possible. I ask the Minister to reply to me in writing if he feels the need to so do, rather than taking up more of Deputy O'Gorman's time. I echo the views expressed by many other Deputies regarding the murder in America and the horrendous racism we are seeing there. I am conscious...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Frank Feighan: In December 2015, the former Minister for Justice and Equality, former Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, stated that funding for a new Garda station for Sligo would be identified in the 2017 to 2021 capital plan. In January 2017, the Office of Public Works, OPW, issued an advertisement for a site for the new station, along with Macroom and Clonmel, as part of a public-private partnership project,...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I join my colleagues in the House in condemning the brutal murder of George Floyd in the United States and all that has gone with that since then. One positive thing to come from this is a coming together of a range of different people and races peacefully, as has been shown in recent days, to stand together against the abuse of and discrimination against black people. It is worth...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the Deputy for his comments. I remind him that I do not engage in operational issues with An Garda Síochána; that is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. However, I meet the Garda Commissioner regularly. While I do not have up-to-date figures with me now on the situation in Meath, I would be happy to provide the Deputy with these figures tomorrow and he will see an...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: I do not need an oral reply; I will accept a written one. I join others in expressing my appreciation of An Garda Síochána in the manner gardaí have deported themselves in dealing with the community, involving themselves with the community and supporting the community along with all other members of the public services who have been on the front line for the past two or three...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Johnny Guirke: The principle of community policing is of course a good one. However, where gardaí are present in stations for only a few hours each week, there are no visible foot patrols and very few community group meetings with gardaí, then the actions on the ground do not match the principle. An analysis of the force's station directory shows that almost 60% of stations are open for less...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: There have been many in the past few weeks.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Martin Kenny: During this pandemic there has been an upsurge in the number of checkpoints placed on main roads and routes. That is understandable but in many other parts of the country people will often say that they do not have that fear anymore because there is never going to be a Garda checkpoint anywhere. We have to recognise that there needs to be a little more work done by An Garda...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Denise Mitchell: I am proud of my community and of my constituents who make it a great place to live. I thank the community groups, educators and gardaí for working as hard as they do to try to make our society a better place. However, there is an ongoing drug feud in my area and communities across my constituency are dealing with a never-ending cycle of living in fear and under intimidation. While I...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: I acknowledge what the Deputies have said and I thank them for their contributions. I welcome Deputy Flaherty to the House, although I note he has left the Chamber. As a fellow midlands Deputy, I wish to assure him that I will work closely with him on the matters raised. In response to the question posed by former Lord Mayor, Deputy McAuliffe, that we do care about the issue of...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: Deputies might indicate at the start of their contribution if they expect a reply from the Minister so that we can build in time for it.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Martin Kenny: If there is time for a reply that is fine, but I am also happy for the Minister to respond in writing. I commend An Garda Síochána for the good work that many thousands of gardaí have done across the country during this pandemic. For many people, they have been a lifeline. This needs to be recognised and acknowledged. I too want to comment on what happened in the...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Paul McAuliffe: One of the strongest tools the State has in building strong communities is community policing. We only have to look to the US to see the disastrous consequences when the relationship between the police and communities breaks down. One issue that constantly undermines community policing in my constituency and that has become more acute during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the need to share...

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