Weekly Round-Up January 11th- 17th
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.
Justice and Equality Sector Annual Conference
On Friday, 15th of January, senior officials from across the Department of Justice and Equality and its 30 agencies came together to discuss the theme of "Delivering Justice and Equality through integrated policy and implementation".
SHARED LEARNINGS: Attendees from the Justice and Equality sector at the Justice Sector Conference 'Delivering Justice and Equality through integrated policy and implementation'.
KNOCKING DOWN THE SILOS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: Panel of speakers: (L- R) Dr Mary Rogan, Head of Law and Assistant Head of the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, DIT, Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, John McDaid, Chief Executive the Legal Aid Board, Peter Mullan, Assistant Secretary, Crime and Security, Department of Justice and Equality.
JOINT AGENCY RESPONSE TO CRIME: Panel of speakers: (L- R) John Twomey, Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Vivian Geiran, Director of Probation Service, Michael Donnellan, Director General of the Irish Prison Services, Doncha O'Sullivan, Department of Justice and Equality, Dr Sheila Willis, Director General Forensic Science Ireland.
Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015
The Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015 cames into operation on 17 January 2016. The Act targets repeats burglars - 75% of burglaries committed by 25% of burglaries. The new law means bail can be denied, and consecutive sentences can be given to repeat burglars. Read more
Recognising and celebrating the Department’s achievements
On Tuesday, 12th of January, Justice sector nominees for the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards, held in December 2015, were honoured at an event attended by Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the Department's Secretary General - Noel Waters.
Two of the projects short-listed went on to win awards. These were Modernising Irish Family Law to support social change 2015 (shortlisted in the category of Excellence in Policy) and Enhancing ex-prisoner resettlement into communities – the Community Return Programme (shortlisted in the category of Excellence in Innovation).
RECOGNISING AND REWARDING ACHIEVEMENT: Minister Fitzgerald and Secretary General Noel Waters at the internal staff event recognising the successes of the projects that were shortlisted for the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards - 12 January 2016
Attendees at the internal staff event in Department of Justice and Equality's Head Office which recognises and celebrates the five Justice and Equality sector projects nominated for Civil Service Excellence and Innovation awards
Pardon Order in respect of Mr Harry Gleeson
On Wednesday, 13th of January, Minister Fitzgerald hosted an event to mark the signing by President Higgins of the Pardon in respect of Mr Harry Gleeson. Read more
A copy of the instrument signed by the President, on the advice of the Government, exercising his right of pardon under Article 13.6 of the Constitution in respect of the conviction of Mr Harry Gleeson.
Minister Fitzgerald meets with relatives of Harry Gleeson.
Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report 2014
Minister Fitzgerald published the Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report 2014 pursuant to Section 21 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. Read more To read the report, click here .
The Criminal Assets Bureau Annual Report 2014; the statutory body, established by Government in 1996, remit is to target the assets, wherever situated, of persons which derive or are suspected to derive, directly or indirectly, from criminal conduct.
Department of Justice and Equality’s Annual Report 2014
On 14 January, the Department of Justice and Equality’s Annual Report 2014 was published To download the report, click here