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Weekly Round-Up November 30th - December 4th  

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J-ARC the Joint Agency Response to Crime strategy launches

On Monday, 30 November, the Joint Agency Response to Crime initiative (J-ARC) between An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service and the Irish Prison Service, was launched.  Read more 

To see the Minister’s speech – click here

To see the J-ARC YouTube video – click here   

 

Video at the launch of J-ARC

ATTENDEES AT LAUNCH WATCH THE VIDEO ON THE J-ARC STRATEGY: The strategy aims to implement a multi-agency approach to the management of crime, to prioritise certain prolific offenders and to develop specific initiatives which will address their behaviour and reduce crime thereby increasing community safety.  J-ARC provides the framework for the programmes that will be part of Operation Thor to help reduce re-offending by prolific offenders. 

 

A selection of brochures from the J-ARC launch

THREE BROCHURES FROM THE J-ARC LAUNCH: They include:

  1. Ballymun STRIVE – targeting prolific adult offenders within East Ballymun whose offending behaviour is undermining the community’s quality of life. Two-year pilot programme. 
  2. Bridge Change Works Programme – targeting adult male offenders living in Dublin with a history of violent crime. Two year pilot programme 
  3. Acer3 – multi agency approach to the management of offenders charged with burglary. Two year pilot programme. 

 

Funding for Schengen Information System

On 1 December, Minister Fitzgerald announced that she has secured additional capital funding of €4million for 2016 to allow Ireland to participate in the Schengen Information System (SIS II), a centralised secure database used by European countries for maintaining information (alerts) related to border security and law enforcement.  Read more

 

The third annual Missing Persons Day

On Wednesday, 2 December, the Department hosted the third annual Missing Persons Day in Farmleigh.  Read more 

Minister Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan attends the commemorative event on National Missing Persons Day 2015

Missing Persons Day provides an opportunity to raise public awareness of the numbers of people that go missing in Ireland each year. It is held annually on the first Wednesday in December. The Day commemorates those who have been reported missing and recognises the ongoing suffering for their families and friends. It also serves to raise public awareness of open or unsolved missing persons cases, and provides a platform to highlight the support services that are available to people who have lost a loved one.  The National Missing Persons Day 2015 commemorative event was attended  by Minister Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan and the relatives and friends of missing persons.  

Red remembrance roses commemorate missing persons on National Missing Persons Day 2015

In commemoration of missing persons, the family members, relatives and friends of missing persons laid red remembrance roses into the fountain in Farmleigh Gardens on National Missing Persons Day 2015.  Homing pigeons were also released as part of the commemoration ceremony. 

 

Music 'The Rose' sang by the Penston Vocal Academy Arklow-based Youth Choir

MUSIC: 'The Rose' was performed by the Penston Vocal Academy Arklow-based Youth Choir

 

Prisons Bill 2015

On 3 December, the Prisons Bill 2015 was published, the bill will provide for the complete closing of St Patrick’s Institution.  Read more

 

Civil Service Awards showcase staff excellence & innovation in Justice & Equality sector

On 3rd December, staff excellence and innovation in the Justice and Equality sector was showcased at the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards ceremony which took place in Dublin Castle. Five projects from the justice and equality sector were among the 32 finalists in the annual ‘Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards’. There were two winners from the Justice and Equality sector - Modernising Irish Family Law and the Community Return Programme. Read more 

 

Five shortlisted projects from the Justice and Equality sector for the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards ceremony

Five shortlisted projects from the Justice and Equality sector for the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards ceremony

 

Joint Probation and Prison team win Excellence in Innovation - Project is Enhancing ex-prisoner resettlement into communities – the Community Return Programme 

Joint Probation and Prison team win the category 'Excellence in Innovation' for their Project 'Enhancing ex-prisoner resettlement into communities – the Community Return Programme'.

 

Team win Excellence in Policy award for their project - Modernising Irish Family Law to support social change 2015

Justice and Equality team win the 'Excellence in Policy' award for their project - Modernising Irish Family Law to support social change 2015

 

Justice and Home Affairs

On 3 and 4 December, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald attended the meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers where agreement on proposals for an EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive, which will form part of the EU's response to fighting terrorism, was reached.  Read more  

 

L-R, Jimmy Martin, Assistant Secretary, Prisons, Probation and International Policy, Minister Francis Fitzgerald and Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Premanent Representative of Ireland to the EU at the JHA - 3rd and 4th of December

L-R: Mr Jimmy Martin, Assistant Secretary, Prisons, Probation and International Policy, Minister Francis Fitzgerald and Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, at the Justice Home Affairs council on 3rd and 4th of December

 

Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Premanent Representative of Ireland to the EU and Minister Francis Fitzgerald at the JHA

Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU and Minister Francis Fitzgerald at the JHA

 

International Protection Bill 2015 – Second Stage

On 2 December, Minister Fitzgerald delivered the Second Stage speech on the International Protection Bill 2015 in Seanad Eireann.  Read more    

 

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