Data Protection

Ceisteanna (140)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

140. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the preparedness of his Department in the context of the incoming general data protection regulation, GDPR, EU 2016/679; if staff in his Department have undertaken or been offered specific training and-or briefing on the GDPR; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7650/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

My Department is actively working towards GDPR compliance. The Department has established a Data Protection Support and Compliance Office headed by a Principal Officer (the Department’s designated Data Protection Officer). The DPSC Office is working across divisions and relevant agencies to lead the implementation of systems and policies in compliance with the GDPR requirements.

Over the past year a number of briefing sessions have been held for senior managers whose divisions hold significant volumes of personal data. Work has been undertaken to identify the most appropriate e-learning training package available with the intention of delivering GDPR specific training to staff across the organisation ahead of May 25. More specialised training needs are also receiving attention.  In support of these measures, the Department will also roll out a internal communications plan to raise awareness of the GDPR and its implications.

Courts Service Data

Ceisteanna (141, 142)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

141. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the licensed premises granted annual dance licences by court district No. 17, from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. [7678/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

142. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the licensed premises granted temporary dance licences by court district No. 17, from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. [7679/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141 and 142 together.

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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that while it can provide information regarding temporary and annual dance licences granted in Court District No. 17 from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015, it does not collect information as to whether the premises is a licenced premises.

Therefore, the following tables provide information regarding temporary and annual dance licences granted in Court District No. 17 from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. 

Temporary Dance Licences granted in Court District No. 17 from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

DATE GRANTED

DISTRICT COURT GRANTED

PREMISES

29/04/2015

TRALEE

QUARTERS NIGHT CLUB, GODFREY PLACE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

27/05/2015

TRALEE

QUARTERS NIGHT CLUB, GODFREY PLACE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

22/07/2015

TRALEE

FESTIVAL DOME, DAN SPRING ROAD, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

 

Annual Dance Licences granted in Court District No. 17 from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015

DATE GRANTED

DISTRICT COURT GRANTED

PREMISES

05/02/2015

LISTOWEL

J.D. O’MAHONY’S, MAIN STREET, BALLYBUNION, CO. KERRY

20/05/2015

TRALEE

KENMARE BAY HOTEL, GORTAMULLEN, KENMARE, CO. KERRY

24/06/2015

TRALEE

QUARTERS NIGHTCLUB, GODFREY PLACE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

10/09/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

RING OF KERRY HOTEL, CAHIRCIVEEN, CO. KERRY

10/09/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

8/9 CHURCH STREET, CAHIRCIVEEN, CO. KERRY

10/09/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

SEA LODGE, WATREVILLE, CO. KERRY

10/09/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

THE HARP INN, CAHIRCIVEEN, CO. KERRY

10/09/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

THE VILLA MARIA, MAIN STREET, WATREVILLE, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

DROMHALL HOTEL, MUCKROSS ROAD, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

HOTEL EUROPE, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

DUNLOE CASTLE HOTEL, BEAUFORT, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

GLENEAGLE HOTEL, MUCKROSS ROAD, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

T/A KATE KEARNEY’S COTTAGE, GAP OF DUNLOE, BEAUFORT, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

TATLER JACK, PLUNKETT STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

MUSTANG SALLY’S, MAIN ST., KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

T/A MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL, MUCKROSS, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

T/A THE MALTON HOTEL, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

T/A THE BREHON HOTEL, MUCKROSS ROAD, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

GNEEVEGUILLA G.A.A. CLUB, GNEEVEGUILLA, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

CASTLEROSS HOTEL, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

THE LAURELS, MAIN STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

THE HEIGHTS HOTEL, CORK ROAD, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

GRAND HOTEL, MAIN STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

THE AVENUE HOTEL, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

SCOTTS HOTEL, COLLEGE STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

EVISTON HOUSE HOTEL, NEW STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

PAT SHEAHAN’S BAR, BEAUFORT, CO. KERRY

15/09/2015

KILLARNEY

MCSORLEY’S, COLLEGE STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

LISTOWEL

TOMASIN’S BAR, LAHANES, LISSELTON, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

LISTOWEL

CLIFF ROAD, BALLYBUNION, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

LISTOWEL

THE MERMAIDS BAR, LISTOWEL ,CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

LISTOWEL

GOLF HOTEL, BALLYBUNION, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

KILLORGLIN

BUNKERS, KILLORGLIN, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

KILLORGLIN

KYCMS HALL, KILLORGLIN, CO. KERRY

17/09/2015

KILLORGLIN

MUINTIR NA TIRE HALL, MILLTOWN, CO. KERRY

25/09/2015

AN DAINGEAN

AN DROICHEAD BEAG, DINGLE, CO. KERRY

25/09/2015

AN DAINGEAN

THE HILLGROVE HOTEL, DINGLE, CO. KERRY

25/09/2015

AN DAINGEAN

THE DINGLE PUB AND RESTAURANT, MAIN STREET, DINGLE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

BALLYROE HOTEL, BALLYROE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

HENNESSY’S BAR, 35 UPR CASTLE STREET, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

BALLYGARRAY HOUSE HOTEL, CURRAGHLAE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

QUARTERS NIGHTCLUB, GODFREY PLACE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

HORAN’S HOTEL, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

CASTLEGREGORY COMMUNITY CENTRE, CASTLEGREGORY, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

MCMAHON’S, BALLYHEIGUE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

BALLYSEEDE CASTLE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

BANNA BEACH HOTEL, ARDFERT, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

KIRBY’S BAR, MAIN STREET, BALLYHEIGUE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

THE ABBEY INN, BRIDGE STREET, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

THE WESTERING INN, KILMANIHEEN WEST, BROSNA, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

OAKVIEW PARK, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

THE FELS POINT HOTEL, DAN SPRING ROAD, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

RIVER ISLAND HOTEL, CASTLEISLAND, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

TRALEE RUGBY CLUB, CLAHANE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

EARL OF DESMOND HOTEL, CURRAGHMACDONAGH, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

NO. 4 THE SQUARE, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

THE BLASKET BAR, CASTLE STREET, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

STRETFORD END BAR, CAUSEWAY, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

THE GRAND HOTEL, DENNY STREET, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

30/09/2015

TRALEE

AUSTIN STACKS G.A.A. CLUB, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

01/10/2015

LISTOWEL

J.D. O’MAHONY’S, MAIN STREET, BALLYBUNION, CO. KERRY

02/10/2015

KENMARE

SNEEM HOTEL, SNEEM, CO. KERRY

07/10/2015

TRALEE

MANOR WEST HOTEL, KILLARNEY ROAD, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

08/10/2015

CAHIRCIVEEN

BAY VIEW HOTEL, WATERVILLE, CO. KERRY

15/10/2015

KILLORGLIN

THE OLD FORGE INN, MAIN STREET, KILLORGLIN, CO. KERRY

18/11/2015

TRALEE

BRANDON HOTEL, PRINCES STREET, TRALEE, CO. KERRY

25/11/2015

TRALEE

KENMARE BAY HOTEL, GORTAMULLEN, KENMARE, CO. KERRY

02/12/2015

TRALEE

T/A THE WHITESANDS HOTEL, BALLYHEIGUE, CO. KERRY

17/12/2015

LISTOWEL

LISTOWEL ARMS HOTEL, LISTOWEL, CO. KERRY

Courts Service Data

Ceisteanna (143)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

143. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the special exemption orders granted by court district No. 17 from 16 February 2015 to 16 March 2017, in tabular form. [7680/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that court statistics and information are not compiled in such a way as to provide the detail sought by the Deputy for the time period in question. While the Courts Service were in a position to provide the detail sought by the Deputy in PQ 7681/18 today, this was due to the shorter time period of less than 2 weeks.  As the Deputy is aware, licensing applications are not computerised and, therefore, to provide the information sought would involve a trawl of documentation for each court in Court District No. 17 (circa 350 courts) and the collation of data sought in respect of in excess of 4,000 special exemptions granted from 16 February 2015 to 16 March 2017.  It would require a disproportionate amount of staff time and resources to collate the data required. 

However, in order to be of some assistance to the Deputy, the Courts Service has provided the following information regarding special exemption orders granted in respect of each court in Court District No. 17 from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2017.

Number of Special Exemption Orders granted in respect of each court in Court District No. 17 from 1 February 2015 to 31 March 2017

 

Tralee

An Daingean

Killarney

Killorglin

Cahirciveen

Kenmare

Listowel

 Total

February - December 2015

1,358

25

367

133

158

66

157

 2,264

January - December 2016

1,080

64

361

87

223

95

50

 1,960

January - March 2017

217

40

92

41

51

30

44

515

The Courts Service has advised that it is currently in the process of implementing an eLicensing system throughout the country, which will include the provision of management information.

Courts Service Data

Ceisteanna (144)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

144. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the special exemption orders granted by court district No. 17 from 20 April 2016 to 1 May 2016, in tabular form. [7681/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided the following information regarding special exemption orders granted in Court District No. 17 from 20 April 2016 to 1 May 2016. 

Special Exemption Orders Granted in Court District No. 17 from 20 April to 1 May 2016

DATE GRANTED

DISTRICT COURT GRANTED

PREMISES

NO. OF EXEMPTIONS GRANTED

20/04/2016

TRALEE

THE ABBEY INN, BRIDGE STREET, TRALEE, CO.   KERRY

3

21/04/2016

KILLORGLIN

THE OLD FORGE INN, KILLORGLIN, CO. KERRY

8

21/04/2016

LISTOWEL

J.D. O’MAHONY’S, MAIN STREET, BALLYBUNION,   CO. KERRY

4

27/04/2016

TRALEE

THE BLASKET BAR, CASTLE ST., TRALEE, CO. KERRY

10

27/04/2016

TRALEE

QUARTERS NIGHT CLUB, GODFREY PLACE, TRALEE,  CO. KERRY

4

27/04/2016

TRALEE

THE MERMAIDS, LISTOWEL, CO. KERRY

15

27/04/2016

TRALEE

JACKS BAR, CROMANE, KILLORGLIN, CO. KERRY

5

27/04/2016

TRALEE

MCSORLEY’S, COLLEGE STREET, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

7

27/04/2016

TRALEE

AN DROICHEAD BEAG, DINGLE, CO. KERRY

8

27/04/2016

TRALEE

THE SQUARE PINT & INDIGO CAFÉ, KENMARE, CO. KERRY

5

27/04/2016

TRALEE

SEA LODGE HOTEL, WATERVILLE, CO. KERRY

5

27/04/2016

TRALEE

TATLER JACK, KILLARNEY, CO. KERRY

2

27/04/2016

TRALEE

THE WESTERING INN, BROSNA, CO. KERRY

1

Residency Permits

Ceisteanna (145)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

145. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of persons (details supplied) who wish to remain permanently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7689/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it wrote to the legal representatives of the person concerned on 19 January 2018 in connection with an application for a residence card pursuant to the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015.

I am advised that INIS informed the person concerned that it is open to them to address the INIS concerns and provide further information and/or documentation in support of the application within the period specified. I understand that no reply has been received by INIS to date.  I also understand that INIS expects to issue a decision on the application for a residence card by the end of February 2018 based on the information available at that stage.

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.

Closed-Circuit Television Systems

Ceisteanna (146)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

146. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the provisions he will put in place before approval of grants for CCTV in towns and villages; the person or body that will carry out the role of data controller; his views on whether this matter should be carried out by the local authorities, An Garda Síochána or Garda-vetted persons in the local community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7691/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that, in April 2017, in pursuance of a Programme for Government commitment, a Community-based CCTV grant-aid Scheme was launched by my Department to assist groups in the establishment of community-based CCTV systems in their local areas.

Under the Scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the applicant will receive an up-front payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational.

The requirements of the scheme are based on similar requirements that applied to the previous grant scheme operated by my Department between 2005 and 2013 which assisted with the establishment of some 45 systems.

The key requirements for the establishment of such systems are statutorily based and require that the proposal must—

- be approved by the local Joint Policing Committee,

- have the prior support of the relevant Local Authority, which must also act as Data Controller – this is a long-standing statutory requirement, set out in the Garda Síochána (CCTV) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 289 of 2006), for the establishment of community CCTV systems generally, and

- have the authorisation of the Garda Commissioner in accordance with Section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

Full details of the Scheme, including guidelines, application forms, code of practice and other relevant documentation are all available to download from my Department's website - www.justice.ie.

I am very conscious of the value that communities, especially rural communities, place on CCTV as a means of deterring crime and assisting in the detection of offenders and I would encourage interested groups to avail of the Scheme.

Citizenship Applications

Ceisteanna (147)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

147. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason recognised refugees are being requested to submit original national passports for citizenship applications in view of the fact that as recognised refugees they will no longer be in possession of their national passport but have been issued an Irish travel document; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7766/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

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. 

All persons making an application for a certificate of naturalisation are required to provide satisfactory evidence of their identity and nationality. This is usually in the form of a currently valid passport and may include other original supporting documents, such as a previously held or out of date passport, birth certificate and marriage certificate. 

In rare circumstances where an applicant cannot produce their current passport, or a previous passport, birth certificate or other supporting documents the applicant will be required to provide a full explanation.  Such explanation should, where possible, be supported by satisfactory evidence that they have attempted to obtain such documentation and correspondence from the relevant authorities or embassy responsible for the issuing of passports and birth certificates in their country, clearly stating the reasons the documentation cannot be provided.  The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will consider the explanation given and, if satisfied it is for reasons genuinely beyond the applicant's control, may suggest alternative means to the person to assist in establishing their identity and nationality.