Weekly Round-Up October 12th - 16th
Every week, we bring you the top news stories of the week from the Department of Justice and Equality. Catch up on what you might have missed here. Click on the 'Read More' link in each story to learn more. For previous editions, click here.
2016 Budget estimates for the Justice and Equality sector
On Tuesday, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald announced details of the 2016 estimates for the Justice and Equality sector, including the provision of an additional €89 million in current expenditure for the sector in Budget 2016. In total €2.264 billion in current expenditure and €130 million in capital expenditure is being provided in 2016 across the Justice group of votes. Read more Also speaking following the budget news, Minister of State for Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin welcomed the government's decision to commit to two weeks paid paternity leave. Click here
BUDGET 2016: details of the 2016 estimates for the Justice and Equality sector
ATTENDING BUDGET BRIEFING 2016 ON JUSTICE MEASURES: Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Noel Waters, Secretary General (Acting) with senior Department officials.
National Disabilty Authority's Annual Conference 2015
On Monday, Minister Frances Fitzgerald made a speech at the National Disability Authority’s Annual Conference 2015 in Croke Park Conference Centre. This year's conference examined how leadership in the public service can ensure that services are planned, designed and delivered to include people with disabilities. Read more.
ATTENDING THE NDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Siobhan Barron Director, NDA, Aisling Costello, Head of Projects Age Friendly Ireland, Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Roslyn Molloy, author of the Report 'How Walkable is your Town?', Helen Guinan, Chairperson, National Disability Authority
State Funeral of Garda Anthony Golden
Garda Golden, a father-of-three, was shot dead on Sunday evening, 11th of October in the line of duty serving his community and country. On Thursday, Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Noel Waters, Secretary General (Acting) and other senior representatives from the Department of Justice and Equality, joined President Michael D Higgins and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny along with thousands of mourners and members of An Garda Síochána in Blackrock, Co Louth for the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden.
GARDA ANTHONY GOLDEN: who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, 11th of October serving his community and country. On the same day, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, said that she was appalled by the loss of life in Omeath. She said: "The fact that a Garda has laid down his life while protecting the community is a cause of great sadness. His death will be mourned by the entire nation, grateful for the service which he gave to it. Today's tragic events are a stark reminder of the risks which members of An Garda Síochána face day in day out trying to keep our communities safe. I know our communities will stand with An Garda Síochána at this most difficult time for them. While no words at this time can be expected to console his wife and children, his family, his colleagues and all who loved him, they know that he gave his life in the best traditions of An Garda Síochána protecting the community he was so proud to serve."
Construction to commence on new Galway Regional and Divisional Garda Headquarters
On Friday, Minister Fitzgerald visited the site of the new Galway Regional and Divisional Garda Headquarters at Murrough, Dublin Road, Galway City. Work on this new building, the total cost of which will exceed €28 million, will commence in the coming days and is expected to take approximately two years to complete. When finished, it will provide An Garda Síochána with a modern, state of the art Divisional and Regional Headquarters consisting of a range of accommodation to meet An Garda Síochána’s existing and future operational requirements. Read more.
NEW GALWAY REGIONAL AND DIVISIONAL GARDA HEADQUARTERS: Minister Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan attend new site
MODEL: Site of the new Galway Regional and Divisional Garda Headquarters at Murrough, Dublin Road, Galway City
On the same day, Minister Fitzgerald also gave a speech at the Citizenship Ceremony at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway, at which 600 people became Irish Citizens. Click here to read the speech.
CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY: Minister Frances Fitzgerald welcomes 600 of Ireland's newest citizens.