Prison Staff

Questions (216)

John Deasy

Question:

216. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prison officers employed by the State for each of the past five years. [26485/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to inform the Deputy that the following table outlines the number of prison officer grades* employed by the Irish Prison Service for each of the past five years. Figures are based on whole time equivalent numbers serving on 31 December for each year:

Year

No. employed

2012

3,262

2011

3,310

2010

3,338

2009

3,388

2008

3,463

*All Prison grades are included from Recruit Prison Officer to Governor level

Garda Retirements

Questions (217)

John Deasy

Question:

217. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of retirees from the Garda Síochána from all ranks in each of the past five years. [26486/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the number of members, broken down by rank, who have retired from the force on voluntary, compulsory or other grounds, in the years ending 31 December 2008 to 2012 and up to 30 April 2013, the latest date for which figures are readily available, is set out in the table:

Year

Com

D/Com

A/Com

C/Supt

Supt

Insp

Sgt

Gda

Total

31/12/08

0

1

3

4

12

13

55

192

280

31/12/09

0

0

3

14

26

29

179

480

731

31/12/10

1

0

2

3

14

8

97

254

379

31/12/11

0

0

3

8

22

19

106

286

444

31/12/12

0

0

1

5

19

24

116

264

429

30/04/13

0

0

0

0

1

3

22

53

79

Garda Deployment

Questions (218)

John Deasy

Question:

218. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí deployed to the traffic corps in each of the past five years. [26487/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no direct function in the matter. This allocation of resources is constantly monitored in the context of demographics, crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a district, divisional and regional level to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that while all Gardaí have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with traffic policing issues as and when they arise, the number of personnel assigned to the traffic corps on 31 December 2008 to 2012 and also on 30 April 2013, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the table hereunder:

Year

Strength

31/12/08

1,101

31/12/09

1,053

31/12/10

1,018

31/12/11

947

31/12/12

877

30/04/13

846

Asylum Applications

Questions (219)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

219. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which application for residency or eligibility for naturalisation has been established in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26514/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned, along with his wife and four dependant children, applied for asylum in the State on 4 May, 2004. Their applications were refused following consideration of their cases by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. A letter was sent to the person concerned from the Department dated 30 January, 2006 informing him that it was proposed to make a deportation order in respect of him. The letter outlined the three options open to the person concerned, one being to make written representations to the Minister under section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) setting out the reasons as to why a deportation order should not be made. The person concerned was given 15 working days to respond.

On 17 January, 2006 the wife of the person concerned was informed that the Minister proposed to make deportation orders in respect of her and her children. Similarly, the letter outlined the three options available, one being to make written representations to the Minister under section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) setting out the reasons as to why deportation orders should not be made. Deportation orders were made in relation to the person concerned, his wife and their dependants on 30 October 2008. Judicial review proceedings were instituted in the High Court on 21 August, 2008. An appeal to the Supreme Court was instituted on 4 August 2010. Accordingly, as the matter is sub judice, I do not propose to comment further.

I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive parliamentary questions process.

Naturalisation Applications

Questions (220)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

220. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding determination of residency/eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26515/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned was initially granted permission to remain in the State on 23 September 1999 under the arrangements then in place for the non-EEA parents of Irish born children. The permission has been renewed on a regular basis and is currently valid until 8 May 2014. I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in July 2012. The application is being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

As well as being a significant event in the life of its recipient, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation as provided for in law is also a major step for the State which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Naturalisation Applications

Questions (221)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

221. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position and progress made to date in the determination of eligibility for residency or naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26519/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The person concerned was granted temporary permission to remain in the State under stamp 4 conditions on 6 April 2005 for an initial two year period, under the revised arrangements applicable to the non-EEA national parents of Irish born children born in the State before 1 January, 2005, more commonly known as the IBC/05 Scheme. The permission was renewed in 2007 and was renewed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau, GNIB, subsequently with the last renewal period expiring on 6 April 2013.

I am informed that the person concerned attempted to register with the GNIB on 15 May 2013, however, his registration was not processed and he was advised to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, with a view to regularising his status in the State. Accordingly the person concerned should now make a formal written renewal request to INIS, PO Box 10003, Dublin 1. Upon receipt of such request, his case will be examined and a decision made on his future status in the State.

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in May 2012. The application is being processed with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, and will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.

As well as being a significant event in the life of its recipient, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation as provided for in law is also a major step for the State which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Naturalisation Applications

Questions (222)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

222. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the determination of eligibility for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26520/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that the person mentioned by the Deputy became a naturalised Irish citizen on 13 December 2012.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Immigration Status

Questions (223)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

223. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding entitlement to residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath who has worked in insurable employment here for more than five years but who appears to have no proper residency status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26521/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that the person referred to by the Deputy arrived in the State on 24 August 2006 as a visitor and would appear to have remained here without the appropriate permission. This is in breach of section 5(1) of the Immigration Act 2004 which provides that no non-national may be in the State other than in accordance with the terms of any permission given to him by or on behalf of the Minister. Furthermore, section 5(2) of the Act provides that a non-national who is in the State in contravention of subsection(1) is for all purposes unlawfully present in the State. The person concerned should immediately contact their local Garda immigration officer.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Immigration Status

Questions (224)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

224. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current or indicated residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26523/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that the person mentioned by the Deputy has permission to remain in the State until 15 November 2013. I am further informed by INIS that they have no application on hand from the person referred to.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from the INIS is, in the Deputy's view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Naturalisation Applications

Questions (225)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

225. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26524/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Citizenship Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in May 2011. As the person referred to by the Deputy did not confirm on his application form that he intended to reside in the State after naturalisation, one of the statutory conditions for naturalisation, his application was deemed to be ineligible. The person concerned was informed of this in a letter dated 6 July 2011. It is open to any individual to lodge an application for citizenship if and when they are in a position to meet the statutory requirements as prescribed in the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 as amended.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.

Naturalisation Applications

Questions (226)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

226. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26526/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, INIS, that a valid application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy in September, 2011. The application is at an advanced stage of processing and will be submitted to me for decision in due course.

As well as being a significant event in the life of its recipient, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation as provided for in law is also a major step for the State which confers certain rights and entitlements not only within the State but also at European Union level and it is important that appropriate procedures are in place to preserve the integrity of the process.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek information by way of the parliamentary questions process. The Deputy may consider using the e-mail service except in cases where the response from INIS is, in the Deputy’s view, inadequate or too long awaited.