Weekly Round-Up September 21st - 25th
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 links in each story to learn more and also to see more photos. For previous editions, click here .
Extraordinary Justice Home Affairs Council
Minister Fitzgerald attended an extraordinary Justice Home Affairs Council on Tuesday where EU Ministers formally agreed to relocate a further 120,000 people in need of international protection from front-line EU Member States to other parts of the EU. The Minister made a statement on the migration crisis following the meeting. Read more
Publication of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015
Wednesday saw Minister Fitzgerald publish the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015. The Bill proposes wide ranging reforms of the law, including stronger sanctions, aimed at protecting children from sexual exploitation; child pornography and online grooming. Read more
Dáil Debate commences on Marriage Bill 2015
On Wednesday, the Minister delivered a speech at Second Stage of the Marriage Bill 2015 in Dáil Eireann. This legislation will give effect to the historic 'Yes' vote for Marriage Equality by the Irish people in May 2015. The Minister's speech is here
The Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders Biennial Report for 2013 and 2014
Minister Fitzgerald launches the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders Biennial Report for 2013 and 2014. This report sets out how IASIO, a community based organisation funded by the Probation Service and Irish Prison Service supported the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community in the years 2013 and 2014. Read more.
Second Stage Speech - Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015
On Thursday, Minister Fitzgerald commenced debate on the Policing Authority Bill in the Dáil. Excerpt below:
"...The establishment of an independent Policing Authority represents a key element of the Government’s comprehensive programme of justice reform and delivers on the commitment I made, when I assumed my present office, to deliver a sea-change in the oversight of policing in the State..." Read more