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Department of Justice

# department-of-justice - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Dáil hears that Martin Callinan was Shatter’s ‘scapegoat’

The timeline of the events of the past two weeks was scrutinised in the Dáil again today.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Department of Justice protesters to appear in court later this month

The five were protesting what they saw as the whitewashing of the GardaGate scandal.

# department-of-justice - Monday 31 March, 2014

Photos: Four arrests after protesters throw paint at the Department of Justice

Protesters said they were highlighting ‘whitewashing’ by Alan Shatter.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Shatter officials deny telling Callinan that he could not withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark

The Department of Justice has responded to claims that ex-Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s withdrawal of the infamous ‘disgusting’ remark was delayed on the advice of Alan Shatter’s officials.

The PAC wants information on the systems gardaí used to record phone calls

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has said the committee is likely to seek information from the gardaí and the Department of Justice on the systems used to record calls in and out of garda stations.

Taoiseach: Garda recordings could have an impact on findings of tribunals

Enda Kenny has revealed fresh concerns about the recordings in and out of garda stations.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Noonan ‘assumes’ officials didn’t think they were under pressure to inform Shatter of Callinan letter

The Minister for Finance said the government were “not happy” with the situation.

# department-of-justice - Friday 14 March, 2014

Over €3m ‘down the drain’ after ‘comedy of errors’ on new pathology office

Nearly €2 million was spent on consultancy during the construction of the new facilities that were only partially built before being demolished last year, the Public Accounts Committee heard yesterday.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Magdalene women share nearly €9m in compensation – but still waiting on healthcare

Around 250 women have accepted offers of compensation from a fund set up in the wake of the McAleese report into the Magdalene Laundries, the Public Accounts Committee heard today.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Department of Justice “dropped the ball” on Rehab audit

It was revealed today that the group requested a meeting to discuss the findings, but did not receive a reply.

# department-of-justice - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Alan Shatter says none of Micheál Martin’s claims are true, denies misleading Dáil

The Minister for Justice has been giving his side of the controversy around allegations from a garda whistleblower in the Dáil this morning.

# department-of-justice - Friday 21 February, 2014

Here’s what we know about the cases in the garda whistleblower files

The government has said alleged garda misconduct in these cases will be looked into.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know today as we head towards the weekend.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Courts ‘poor box’ to be scrapped in favour ‘more transparent’ reparations fund

The poor box has been in existence since before the foundation of the State.

# department-of-justice - Monday 3 February, 2014

Stardust families will release ‘new pages’ from review of evidence

The original inquiry into the 1981 fire that killed 48 people in Dublin found that it was caused by probable arson.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Report on repossessions wants changes, but no legislative reform

An expert group on repossessions found that case management standards of different lenders varies greatly, “with some operating at sub-optimal level”.

# department-of-justice - Friday 3 January, 2014

From Business ETC 3,000 bankruptcy applications expected in 2014 Bankruptcy

3,000 bankruptcy applications expected in 2014

This compares to just 58 people declared bankrupt last year, with new legislation which came into effect last month expected to cause a ‘significant increase’.

# department-of-justice - Monday 30 December, 2013

Number of children involved in crime falls for the sixth year in a row

The number of children involved in the Garda Diversion Programme fell by 563.

# department-of-justice - Friday 27 December, 2013

It would be deemed an “unfortunate event” if Mugabe was harmed on state visit to Ireland

A 1980s state paper advised the Department of Justice to increase security as it would not look good for the country if he was harmed while visiting Ireland.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Dáil to debate apology and redress for Bethany Home survivors

The government’s decision not to provide a redress scheme for survivors of the Dublin home will come under scrutiny tonight and tomorrow.

# department-of-justice - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jaber, resigns

Senator Ivana Bacik has said that she does not think anyone has concerns about the State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy’s credentials.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

New bankruptcy law ‘imminent’ following country’s first debt settlement deal

Under the new laws the period of bankruptcy will be reduced from 12 to three years.

# department-of-justice - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Eleven new garda motorcycles in three years despite withdrawal of 61

It is estimated that a further 93 garda vehicles will be retired from the fleet by the end of 2013.

# department-of-justice - Monday 18 November, 2013

This is how Ireland intends to change ‘outdated’ laws on bringing up children…

A new piece of legislation will address the legal status of children in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

First payments to Madgalene Laundry survivors will be made in 4 to 6 weeks

Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Shatter said that over 600 applications have been made for lump-sum payments from the redress scheme set up in the wake of the McAleese report.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 31 October, 2013

Laws recognising prenups to be considered by Government

At present, prenuptial agreements are not binding in Irish law with settlements at the discretion of judges as part of divorce proceedings.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

Call for immediate compensation as second Magdalene survivor passes away

Kathleen Whelan is one of two members of Magdalene Survivors Together who has died this year before receiving compensation.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Garda escort bikes out of action for two months Exclusive

According to sources, there is a belief among gardaí that the motorcycles were kept off the roads to save money and to avoid having to replace them as they reach their mileage limits.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 12 September, 2013

The cost of legal aid has been increased by 160 per cent

The minimum contribution is set to rise from €50 to €130 but parents facing legal action from the HSE over child fare will have their costs waived.

Shatter responds to concerns about Irish prisons

Reports by the Department of Justice were published today and found that there were many areas to be praised – but also many that needed work.

# department-of-justice - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Serious criminals will have DNA logged on international database

The Minister for Justice published the Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013 today that will force criminals to give DNA samples.

# department-of-justice - Friday 30 August, 2013

New figures show 309 alleged assaults on emergency staff in one year

The Department of Justice published the figures, which show the rate of convictions and non-convictions.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

140 former asylum seekers became Irish citizens today

Speaking at a ceremony in Dublin, Minister Alan Shatter welcomed 1,000 new citizens “from states whose names commence with almost every letter of the alphabet”.

# department-of-justice - Monday 26 August, 2013

Lack of information on asylum-seeker deaths ‘shambolic’

The agency responsible for providing direct provision accommodation does not have access to death certificates on any of the 53 people who died in the last ten years, according to Minister Alan Shatter.

# department-of-justice - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Poll: Should a domestic violence clause be added to immigration law? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should a domestic violence clause be added to immigration law?

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said our laws are keeping people trapped in violence relationships. Should domestic violence be formally recognised in the legislation?

Woman ‘forced to drop rape charges’ so she could stay in the country Exclusive

The woman, who is a US citizen, was a victim of domestic abuse but needed her husband to renew her immigration status.

# department-of-justice - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Justice Department staff not paid after processing error

A technical error delayed payment for 1,679 employees at the Department of Justice.

# department-of-justice - Saturday 13 July, 2013

36 per cent of prisoners in Irish jails serving at least five years

Just 17 women out of a total of 966 people, are serving sentences of more than seven years, mostly at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin.

# department-of-justice - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Commissioner told Shatter about Mick Wallace’s encounter with Gardaí

Opposition TDs have demanded to know how an unrecorded incident came to be known by the country’s top Garda.

Shatter: I made comments ‘to defend the integrity of An Garda Síochána’

Here’s the full text of Alan Shatter’s Dáil explanation.

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