Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (303, 304)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

432 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of persons which will be assigned to work in the probation office in Donaghmede. [2715/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

433 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the date it is proposed that the probation office at Donaghmede will be fully operational. [2719/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 432 and 433 together.

I can inform the Deputy that the full complement of staff for the Donaghmede Probation and Welfare Service Office when it is fully operational will be 15, of whom 13 will be professional staff and two will be clerical staff.

The Deputy will be aware that I undertook to establish a monitoring committee for the office comprising representatives of the residents associations, traders of the shopping centre, the property management group, the Probation and Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána and a Department official. While staff of the Probation and Welfare Service began to move into the Donaghmede office with effect from 14 December 2003, the office will not be fully operational until such time as the monitoring committee is established. I confirm that the monitoring committee will be in place shortly. It is envisaged that its first meeting will be held before the end of February 2004.