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Weekly Round-Up December 14th - 21st  

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Trilateral meeting between the Irish and United Kingdom Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss tackling cross-border crime 

Trilateral meeting

TRILATERAL MEETING OF IRISH AND UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENTS AND NORTHERN IRELAND EXECUTIVE TOOK PLACE ON 21st OF DECEMBER: Ministers Flanagan and Fitzgerald met at Farmleigh, Dublin with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers M.P., Northern Ireland First Minister, Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson, deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness and Minister of Justice David Ford.
Ministers were briefed on the current situation by the Garda Commissioner and the PSNI Chief Constable and the meeting focused on the threats presented by organised crime and arrangements for the establishment of a Joint Agency Task Force to tackle cross-jurisdictional organised crime.  
The Ministers discussed ongoing North-South co-operation across the range of criminal justice matters under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Co-operation on Criminal Justice Matters.  To read more, click here

Citizenship Ceremony

Citizenship Ceremony event - 14 December

FOUR CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES TOOK PLACE: in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Monday, 14th of December. A total of 3350 people were naturalised.  


Signing of Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract for seven regional courthouse developments

On 18 of December, a €135 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract for the construction or redevelopment of seven regional courthouse developments was signed.  Read more  


Legislative matters

A number of bills completed their passage through the Oireachtas in the past week.

These were:

The Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2015 reforms our bankruptcy laws.  Read more.  For the Minister’s Second Stage speech, click here

Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2015

The key points of the Bankruptcy (Amendment) Bill 2015 which reduces the normal duration of bankruptcy from three years to one year amongst other provisions. 

Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 provides for the establishment of the new independent Policing Authority to oversee the governance, structures and performance of the Garda Síochána in the policing area.  Read more   

The Prisons Bill 2015 will facilitate the complete closing of St Patrick’s Institution. Read more  To see the second Stage Speech on the bill, click here.  

The key objective of this legislation is to target persistent burglars. Read more 

The Courts Bill increases the maximum number of High Court judges from 35 to 37. Read more      

On 15 December, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the completion of passage of the Legal Services Regulation Bill. The bill paves the way for the new Legal Services Regulatory Authority coming into operation early in 2016. Read more    


The International Protection Bill 2015 principal purpose of which is to reform the system for determining applications for international protection (also known as asylum) in Ireland through the introduction of a single application procedure.

Third Central Statistics Office Recidivism Studies for the Irish Prison Service and Probation Service

On 14 December, Minister Fitzgerald welcomed the publication of the CSO Recidivism Studies for the 2009 cohorts of offenders. The studies reported on: Prison Recidivism which is a detailed study on those who were released from a custodial prison sentence in 2009 and were subsequently convicted of a further offence up to the end of 2012 and Probation Recidivism which is a detailed study of recidivism (re-offending) among offenders placed under Probation Service supervision in 2009.  Read more 



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