Here are the top highlights that occurred in the last week in our ‘Weekly News Round-Up’ from the Department of Justice and Equality.
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Additional funding for An Garda Síochána
On 8th of June the Tánaiste secures substantial additional funding for An Garda Síochána. An additional allocation of €55 million will be made available for the remainder of 2016 including €5m previously announced in February. Read more
International cooperation on organised crime
On 10th of June, the Tánaiste met with European counterparts in Luxembourg to discuss international cooperation on organised crime in Ireland and the international dimension. Read more
The Tánaiste TOOK the opportunity of the Council to participate in a number of bilateral meetings with European colleagues from Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands to discuss INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION ON ORGANISED CRIME. She attended the Justice Home Affairs Council at which ministers dealt with an extensive range of matters including the Digital Single Market, European Criminal Records Information System, cybercrime, the migration crisis, internal security and the fight against terrorism. Read more.
Photo on the left: Tánaiste Fitzgerald talks to Ard van der Steur, Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, on areas of mutual interest before Council commences.
Photo on the right: On 10th of June, Tánaiste Fitzgerald met the Spanish Minister for the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, to discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of home affairs and in particular police cooperation against organised crime groups operating in both countries. Read their joint statement.
Conference organised by the Immigrant Council of Ireland
On 9th of June, Mr David Stanton TD Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality addressed the Immigrant Council of Ireland conference - “A Call to Action and Unity: Forming Ireland’s Response to the Refugee and Migration Crisis” - which brought together representatives of Government, NGOs and the academic sector. Read more
Speaking at the conference, Minister Stanton reiterated Ireland’s commitment to playing its part in efforts to address the ongoing migration crisis. He noted, in particular, that Ireland had made a commitment to admit 4,000 people under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP) and had voluntarily opted in to two EU Relocation Decisions. As part of the IRPP Ireland has pledged to admit 520 programme refugees under the EU Resettlement programme.
Garda Attestation and Passing-out Ceremony
On 8th of June, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald made an address at the passing out ceremony of new Garda Recruits at the Garda Training College, Templemore. Read more
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan with medal winners Gardaí Aoife O'Malley, John Macken and Iain King.
Report on Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure
On 8th of June, the report of the ‘Review, Evaluation and Analysis of the Operation of the present Irish Prison Service Prisoner Complaints Procedure’ by Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons, April 2016, was published. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, said that the report had identified a number of significant concerns regarding implementation of the complaints procedure in prisons. Read more