Garda Administrative Costs

Questions (305)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

305. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost of employing ten new front-line gardaí. [23257/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

There has been an unprecedented level of investment in An Garda Síochána in recent years. The budgetary allocation to An Garda Síochána for 2019 amounts to €1.76 billion, which includes provision for sustained recruitment to An Garda Síochána this year. The Garda Commissioner has informed me that he intends to recruit 600 trainee Gardaí in 2019 and it is positive that the number of sworn Garda members is now in excess of 14,000, with 200 more Gardaí having attested on 7 June. An Garda Síochána remains on track to reach the target of 15,000 sworn Garda members by 2021.

Very significant capital investment is also being made, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021; and investment of €46 million in the Garda Fleet over the same period. This continuing investment in people and capital supports the Government’s commitment to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and deter crime.

In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the estimated full year cost of employing 10 newly attested Gardaí is €441,316. This estimate includes the basic salary (at the first point on the Garda pay scale), fixed allowances, an estimate of variable allowances (which newly attested Gardaí may qualify for depending on their assignments) and employer’s PRSI.

This estimate does not include any payments made to trainee Gardaí while attending the Garda training college for 32 weeks, nor does it include the impact of any pay increases (including the 1.75% pay rise scheduled for 1 September 2019).

Garda Administrative Costs

Questions (306)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

306. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost of employing ten new administration staff in An Garda Síochána. [23258/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021; and investment of €46 million in the Garda Fleet over the same period.

The Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the recruitment and training of personnel. Further, the allocation of Garda resources and distribution of personnel are a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands.

I am pleased to say that recruitment of Garda members and staff is ongoing. Since the beginning of 2017, just under 480 new Garda staff posts have been sanctioned by the Policing Authority with the consent of my Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Government provided funding in Budget 2019 to sustain continued recruitment into An Garda Síochána and, as part of this recruitment, the Commissioner decided to recruit a net 600 Garda Staff this year, which will facilitate the ongoing programme of civilianisation in An Garda Síochána and allow for redeployment of approximately 500 experienced Gardaí to frontline policing duties by the end of this year. This fully reflects the Governments’ continuing support for the Commissioner in reaching the target of 4,000 Garda staff by 2021.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that as of 30 April 2019, there were approximately 2,600 Garda staff undertaking administrative, professional, technical and industrial support duties.

I am further informed that such staff positions range from clerical support and financial management functions to specialised roles in HR, IT and telecommunications, as well as teaching, finance and procurement, internal audit, communications, research and analysis, accommodation, scene-of-crime support and legal and medical services. Large numbers of Garda staff also work in operational areas including the Garda Central Vetting Bureau, the Garda Information Service Centre, the Fixed Charge Processing Office and the Command and Control Centre.

Bearing in mind this broad range of duties, I am advised by the Garda authorities that the estimated cost of employing ten new administration staff would be approximately €450,000, on the basis of an average estimated cost per civilian employee of approximately €45,000, including employer costs such as PRSI.

Courts Service Data

Questions (307)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

307. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of increasing the Courts Service annual funding by 5%. [23259/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, following the publication by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform of the Estimates for Public Services on 9 October 2018, the total gross allocation for 2019 for the Courts Service was confirmed at €138.405 million, comprising €51.5 million for capital spending and €86.9 million for current expenditure. Therefore, a 5 % increase in the annual funding for the Courts Service would cost approximately €6.92 million.

Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Questions (308)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

308. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of establishing ten new Garda youth diversion projects; and the estimated full-year cost of running these projects. [23260/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

In 2018, my Department provided €13,752,726 in grant funding which covered the full year costs of 105 Garda Youth Diversion Projects operating nationwide. A further €2,829,882 in grant funding was provided to support a range of other activities, including project work relating to Local Drugs Task Forces, pilot mentoring initiatives and measures to support training and best practices.

The full year running costs of a Garda Youth Diversion Project will vary between projects and is dependent on several factors including location, catchment area and the number of participants. I am informed that the most recently established GYDPs, in locations where a project had not existed before, were set up in 2015. These projects were allocated a maximum annual budget of €125,000 each. This included any costs associated with the establishment of the project, but not any costs for additional work in the areas of mentoring, family support, preventative work, etc.

The cost for setting up 10 new projects, with the standard staffing level of two youth Justice Workers, would be approximately €1,250,000, and any additional running costs for these would vary depending on size and location and on the agreed workplan for the project. The approximate average cost of running a project, in 2019, is estimated as €137,505.

Citizenship Applications

Questions (309)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

309. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23266/19]

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I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is ongoing. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. Should further documentation be required it will be requested from the applicant in due course.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour 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.

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. The nature of the naturalisation process is such that, for a broad range of reasons, some cases will take longer than others to process. In some instances, completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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.

Work Permits Applications

Questions (310)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

310. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for a work permit by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23269/19]

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At the outset, I would remind the Deputy that ministerial responsibility for the State's work permit system is vested in the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

In terms of the wider immigration case of the person concerned, I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application made by the person concerned for an extension of student conditions was refused by letter dated 10th September, 2018.

In light of the fact that the person concerned had no valid basis to remain in the State, they were, by letter dated 19th October, 2018, notified of the proposal to make a Deportation Order in respect of them and, in response to that notification, the person concerned has submitted written representations.

These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all other applicable legislation, in advance of a final decision being made.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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.

Garda Transport Provision

Questions (311)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

311. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding is available in 2019 to purchase extra Garda command and control vehicles; if so, when these vehicles will come into the fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23271/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. A total of €10 million has been made available in 2019 for purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles.

As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure their optimum use.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána intends to use this year's allocation to purchase and fit out over 300 new vehicles for the Garda fleet. I am further informed by the Garda authorities that it is not currently intended to purchase command and control vehicles this year.

Garda Transport Provision

Questions (312)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

312. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding is available in 2019 to purchase extra Garda prisoner transport vehicles; if so, when the vehicles will come into the fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23272/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including a total of €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet between 2016 and 2021. This continuing investment is intended to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit-for-purpose fleet and that Gardaí can be mobile, visible and responsive on the roads and in the community to prevent and tackle crime. A total of €10 million is available in 2019 for purchase and fit-out of Garda vehicles.

As the Deputy will appreciate, in accordance with Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána. Further, the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the Commissioner, in light of identified operational demands. This includes responsibility for the allocation of Garda vehicles among the various Garda divisions. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters. I am assured, however, that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities to ensure their optimum use.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that 3 prisoner transport vehicles have been allocated to the fleet this year, bringing the total number of prisoner transport vehicles to 17.

The Garda authorities have informed me that there are no plans to allocate any further vehicles to this duty at this time.

Garda Data

Questions (313)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

313. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of instances of Garda firearms and less than lethal weapons being discharged in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23281/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Garda HQ Directive 10/2010 came into effect on 26 January 2010. This requires An Garda Síochána to notify the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission of the discharge of a firearm, or less than lethal device, within 48 hours of the event occurring.

This requirement is additional to that set out in section 102 (1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 which is a statutory requirement on the Garda Commissioner to refer to GSOC any matter that appears to indicate that the conduct of a Garda may have resulted in the death or serious harm to a person.

Based on the notifications made to GSOC by An Garda Síochána, under Directive 10/2010, I wish to provide the Deputy with the following information which I have received from GSOC.

Year

OC (Pepper)Spray

Taser

Firearms

2017

657

34

6

2018

687

31

4

2019 to date

257

8

1

Witness Protection Programme

Questions (314)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

314. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the budget allocation to the Garda witness protection programme in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23282/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The resources provided by Government to An Garda Síochána have reached unprecedented levels, with an allocation for 2019 of €1.76 billion. Very significant capital investment is also being made in An Garda Síochána, including investment of €342 million in Garda ICT infrastructure between 2016 and 2021 and investment of €46 million in the Garda fleet over the same period.

In accordance with the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for managing and controlling the administration and business of An Garda Síochána and for the allocation of Garda resources, in light of identified operational demands. As Minister, I have no direct role in these matters. I understand however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure their optimum use.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the budget allocation to the Garda Witness Protection Programme for each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 was €1,198,000.

Citizenship Applications

Questions (315)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

315. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of on a citizenship application by a person (details supplied). [23297/19]

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I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is ongoing. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible. Should further documentation be required it will be requested from the applicant in due course.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting of Irish citizenship through naturalisation is a privilege and an honour 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.

It is recognised that all applicants for citizenship would wish to have a decision on their application without delay. The nature of the naturalisation process is such that, for a broad range of reasons, some cases will take longer than others to process. In some instances, completing the necessary checks can take a considerable period of time.

Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department 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.

Crime Data

Questions (316)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

316. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons convicted and arrested for drink driving by age, gender, county and Garda district in each of the previous three years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23310/19]

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As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.

I have requested information from the Courts Service and it advises that it cannot give statistics by gender, age or Garda District. It can only provide the figures for convictions by District Court Area and these are set out in the following table.

Report by Court Area on the number of persons convicted of Drink Driving.

Note: If a person was convicted in more than one court year in the same year, they will appear twice on the report

Court Area

No of Defendants ConvictedJan - Dec 2016

No of Defendants ConvictedJan – Dec 2017

No of Defendants ConvictedJan – Dec 2018

No of Defendants ConvictedJan – Jul 2019

ACAILL

3

1

1

AN CLOCHAN LIATH

4

5

11

6

AN DAINGEAN

6

3

10

3

AN FAL CARRACH

3

3

17

1

ARDEE

6

5

6

6

ARKLOW

9

35

29

2

ATHLONE

25

50

39

19

ATHY

5

13

10

9

BALLAGHADERREEN

3

2

4

3

BALLINA

30

36

20

16

BALLINASLOE

11

18

13

18

BALLYSHANNON

9

17

16

6

BANDON

32

41

48

19

BANTRY

19

16

25

5

BEAL AN MHUIRTHEAD

6

6

5

5

BRAY

26

40

51

20

BUNCRANA

7

8

32

17

CAHIRCIVEEN

5

8

14

1

CARLOW

41

43

63

27

CARNDONAGH

2

9

7

12

CARRICK ON SHANNON

12

20

27

11

CARRICK ON SUIR

7

8

9

7

CARRICKMACROSS

35

46

42

26

CASHEL

27

41

38

21

CASTLEBAR

34

38

36

14

CASTLEREA

3

1

7

5

CAVAN

45

89

59

37

CILL RONAIN

1

9

1

CLIFDEN

10

26

9

2

CLONAKILTY

26

22

7

CLONMEL

32

30

34

13

CORK CITY

202

239

235

97

DOIRE AN FHEICH

7

8

13

2

DONEGAL

12

21

22

5

DROGHEDA

28

32

33

17

DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

542

552

647

295

DUNDALK

54

67

51

24

DUNGARVAN

13

20

22

9

ENNIS

66

68

80

37

FERMOY

32

38

48

17

GALWAY

103

116

137

56

GOREY

38

46

41

46

GORT

11

27

18

3

KENMARE

4

1

7

3

KILCOCK

19

19

44

13

KILKENNY

35

47

51

34

KILLALOE

5

6

4

3

KILLARNEY

39

29

33

11

KILLORGLIN

3

1

KILRUSH

6

5

8

3

LETTERKENNY

71

86

107

48

LIMERICK

116

164

144

65

LISMORE

4

10

4

LISTOWEL

19

13

22

13

LONGFORD

44

69

58

32

LOUGHREA

15

20

34

23

MACROOM

25

15

30

15

MALLOW

39

65

73

50

MANORHAMILTON

3

2

MEATH

92

133

126

67

MIDLETON

52

53

58

28

MONAGHAN

31

57

60

19

MULLINGAR

77

93

74

46

NA GLEANNTA

5

4

7

1

NAAS

64

78

151

58

NAVAN

21

1

1

NENAGH

34

46

60

26

NEWCASTLE WEST

28

41

43

12

PORTLAOISE

59

70

89

41

ROSCOMMON

19

10

13

11

SKIBBEREEN

7

3

10

4

SLIGO

33

39

58

17

STROKESTOWN

4

1

2

3

THURLES

30

35

52

26

TIPPERARY

14

15

19

11

TRALEE

57

49

85

35

TRIM

4

TUAM

13

31

26

9

TUBBERCURRY

5

3

9

4

TULLAMORE

57

61

69

29

VIRGINIA

25

41

35

7

WATERFORD CITY

43

60

87

28

WESTPORT

15

11

12

6

WEXFORD

70

72

67

47

WICKLOW

11

13

14

10

YOUGHAL

14

15

11

3

Total

2,920

3,488

3,911

1,808

Crime Data

Questions (317)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

317. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons convicted and arrested for speeding by age, gender, county and Garda district in each of the previous three years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23311/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, and this includes the provision of information on the courts system.

I have requested information from the Courts Service and it advises that it cannot give statistics by gender or age and the number arrested is entirely a matter for An Garda Síochána as not all arrests lead to prosecutions. It can only provide the figures for convictions by District Court Area and these are set out in the following table.

Report by Court Area on the number of persons convicted of Speeding

Note: If a person was convicted in more than one court year in the same year, they will appear twice on the report

Court Area

No of Defendants convicted Jan - Dec 2016

No of Defendants convicted Jan - Dec 2017

No of Defendants convicted Jan - Dec 2018

No of Defendants convicted Jan - Jul 2019

AN CLOCHAN LIATH

6

4

AN FAL CARRACH

1

ARDEE

77

51

20

13

ARKLOW

13

14

31

9

ATHLONE

92

36

27

19

ATHY

26

44

20

13

BALLAGHADERREEN

2

4

5

1

BALLINA

12

11

47

6

BALLINASLOE

42

60

25

BALLYSHANNON

20

34

9

6

BANDON

31

37

8

13

BANTRY

3

10

4

BRAY

120

82

50

19

BUNCRANA

3

6

13

6

CARLOW

41

53

35

24

CARNDONAGH

17

16

2

3

CARRICK ON SHANNON

26

20

9

7

CARRICK ON SUIR

7

15

6

5

CARRICKMACROSS

39

71

47

19

CASHEL

43

45

34

21

CASTLEBAR

29

38

16

6

CASTLEREA

3

7

8

2

CAVAN

133

65

27

15

CLIFDEN

1

1

1

CLONAKILTY

2

9

5

1

CLONMEL

31

23

7

6

CORK CITY

292

352

153

78

DOIRE AN FHEICH

35

24

1

3

DONEGAL

12

35

9

3

DROGHEDA

66

110

46

15

DUBLIN METROPOLITAN DISTRICT

1,890

2,193

1,282

281

DUNDALK

109

58

28

27

DUNGARVAN

63

42

48

25

ENNIS

139

166

118

35

FERMOY

87

74

50

19

GALWAY

266

151

74

28

GOREY

145

150

70

40

GORT

14

7

2

KILCOCK

78

91

62

39

KILKENNY

244

154

73

53

KILLALOE

13

15

10

2

KILLARNEY

56

51

18

19

KILRUSH

10

12

2

LETTERKENNY

70

73

73

26

LIMERICK

303

259

241

119

LISMORE

14

2

5

2

LISTOWEL

25

27

17

4

LONGFORD

54

48

51

25

LOUGHREA

58

62

28

12

MACROOM

40

41

38

11

MALLOW

92

75

26

13

MANORHAMILTON

1

MEATH

114

79

48

22

MIDLETON

77

47

14

21

MONAGHAN

43

45

26

20

MULLINGAR

114

63

67

17

NAAS

489

466

336

89

NAVAN

40

NENAGH

94

62

48

14

NEWCASTLE WEST

209

119

109

67

PORTLAOISE

89

106

148

39

ROSCOMMON

20

37

9

6

SKIBBEREEN

3

SLIGO

79

79

47

19

STROKESTOWN

8

11

7

2

THURLES

62

40

16

5

TIPPERARY

10

6

4

2

TRALEE

15

28

22

22

TRIM

4

TUAM

35

50

30

8

TUBBERCURRY

12

11

8

1

TULLAMORE

57

37

40

7

VIRGINIA

36

38

32

5

WATERFORD CITY

99

63

66

49

WEXFORD

120

155

131

55

WICKLOW

82

48

68

40

YOUGHAL

10

9

4

3

Total

6,911

6,631

4,237

1,632

Refugee Data

Questions (318, 319)

Gino Kenny

Question:

318. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of asylum seekers and refugees here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23354/19]

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Gino Kenny

Question:

319. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an age profile breakdown of asylum seekers and refugees here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23355/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 318 and 319 together.

It is not possible to provide the data requested in respect of the categories of persons requested by the Deputy principally because not every applicant or person granted refugee status chooses to remain in the State either during their application process or subsequent to a grant of refugee status.  For example, some applicants may leave the State without notifying me and not continue with their application. Others may decide not to cooperate with the process (such as not returning their application questionnaires to the International Protection Office (IPO)) and therefore it is difficult to ascertain if they continue to reside in the State.  Some applicants may formally withdraw their international protection application and either leave the State or else reside in the State under a different immigration permission type. Therefore, because an individual has applied for asylum and their application has yet to be finalised, this is not determinative of the number of international protection applicants actually residing in the State at any given time.

Notwithstanding, and to give some context to the number of asylum seekers and refugees that have applied for an international protection status, I can inform the Deputy that as of end May 2019 there are some 8,116 persons who have made an international protection application or refugee status application whose application is ongoing.  Many of these are under active consideration either at first instance or appeal while others maybe the subject of judicial review, etc.  Included in this number are approximately 1,200 protection applicants who are considered not to be cooperating, for example, not having returned their international protection questionnaire or provided a valid address.

With regard to persons granted refugee status, I can inform the Deputy that a total of 5,449 persons have received an international protection declaration (refugee status or subsidiary protection status) since 2008 to the end of May 2019. In addition, a total of 1,307 programme refugees have arrived in the State under the UNHCR-led Refugee Resettlement strand of the IRPP (Irish Refugee Protection Programme), making a total of 6,756 persons who have been issued either a refugee or subsidiary protection status in the State during the period.  It is not possible to say how many of those granted status are currently in the State.  For example, some may have left the State voluntarily and it is expected that a significant number have gone on to become naturalised Irish citizens or have attained an alternative immigration permission. 

With regards to the age profile of those seeking international protection, for the reasons outlined, it is not possible to provide such figures for those resident in the State.  However, the following tables provide a breakdown of those currently at first instance stage (which is considered representative of the wider population) together with a breakdown of persons granted refugee status or subsidiary protection status for the period requested by the Deputy.  

Table 1: Age breakdown – Asylum/International Protection Cases Pending in the International Protection Office for first instance recommendation decision on 31/05/2019

Age    Profile  

Total  

Minors (0-17 years)

1,103

Adults (18 and upwards)

4,626

Total

5729

Table 2: Age breakdown – Persons granted a protection status (refugee or subsidiary protection status) since 2008.

Age Profile      

Total  

Age Profile      

Total  

Minors (0-17 years)

2,305

Adults (18 and upwards)

4,451

Total

6,756