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# Helen McEntee

This week
24th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Garda Commissioner says he won’t defer 6 November deadline for new staff roster
Rank-and-file gardaí have voted to take industrial action in the face of an ongoing dispute with Commissioner Drew Harris.
Last week
17th September 2023 - 30th September 2023
Senior gardaí to meet with Oireachtas officials today to discuss security review
Thirteen arrests were made yesterday during a protest of 200 people outside Leinster House.
McEntee calls for increased implementation of average-speed cameras on roads
The minister signalled that increasing the use of average-speed cameras could lead to a reduction in the road policing unit.
Statutory agency dedicated to tackling domestic violence to begin operating in January
Justice Minister Helen McEntee will introduce legislation to establish the agency to the Dáil by the end of the month.
This month
September 2023
Minister says attack on construction workers in Navan is 'not acceptable'
The event occurred on Wednesday on Trimgate Street in Navan town, shortly before 4pm.
Varadkar: Garda association does not 'have a right' to meet minister but 'compromise' possible
The Garda Representative Association is due to meet Helen McEntee next week.
Commissioner Harris says he will not apply for PSNI job amid GRA no confidence
Harris, speaking in Cork today, laughed off any suggestion that he may look to leave his garda job to move back to his former employers.
Garda Commissioner: GRA vote 'like a kick in the teeth' but says he will not resign
The justice minister said the decision to pursue a “personalised ballot” was “regrettable” and called for “talking and negotiating” to resolve the dispute.
Dublin’s new safety action plan to target prolific young offenders and roll out community wardens
The report launched today states ‘there remains a narrative that the North Inner City is unsafe’.
No deadline in place for lowering of speed limits, says McEntee
Minister of State at the Department of Transport Jack Chambers, said that he will bring proposals to Government to lower some speed limits by 20km/h.
Ministers discuss changes to penalty points at meeting this evening
Jack Chambers said the “anomaly” where drivers who commit multiple offences only receive penalty points for the most serious offence must be addressed.
Use of speed cameras to increase by 20% following 'worrying increase' in road deaths
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said an additional €1.2 million is to be allocated for GoSafe vans to provide extra monitoring.
Migrant rights group awaiting response from Justice Minister on ‘immigration checks’ concern
Last week, the Garda Press Office announced that planned ‘days of high impact visibility’ in Dublin city centre would include ‘immigration checks’.
Last month
August 2023
McEntee: Extra gardaí in Dublin will not involve 'people with tasers on the side of the street'
An Garda Síochána yesterday announced that specialist units will be deployed in the centre of the capital on an overtime basis.
New Act that can prevent people served with deportation order from returning comes into force
The residency requirement for children born in Ireland to apply for citizenship has also been reduced from five years to three.
July 2023
Weekly reviews of areas 'prone to anti-social behaviour' to take place under new crime action plan
The Garda Air Support Unit and the Garda Mounted Unit will be deployed to Dublin City Centre to enhance Garda visibility.
No late night pubs and clubs for Christmas party season due to law delay, confirms Taoiseach
A report by
Christina Finn
It could be summer 2024 before licensing laws are extended, says Leo Varadkar.
McEntee acknowledges public 'frustration' over delay in extending pub and club opening hours
With nightclubs to open until 6am, what about buses, taxis, gardaí and the rest?
Landlord reps say they've been wrongly 'demonised' in RTÉ's 'Sex for Rent' investigation
The IPOA said those portrayed as landlords are not governed by the same, or any, legislation.
Justice Minister announces €10m in emergency fund to pay for garda overtime in Dublin
Justice Minister Helen McEntee says she has ‘absolute confidence’ in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
Justice Minister says Dublin City is safe but that 'things are not perfect'
The minister condemned the attack on an American tourist as ‘vicious and unprovoked’.
McEntee acknowledges public 'frustration' over delay in extending pub and club opening hours
It was promised that licensing law changes would be enacted by this summer.
McEntee speaks to Garda Commissioner about attack on councillor's family home
The rock was thrown through the front window of Independent councillor Hugh Lewis’ family home in Ballybrack.
Government extends suspension of visa-free travel for people with refugee status
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said the decision was ‘carefully considered’ and is ‘necessary to protect the integrity of Ireland’s immigration system’.
New bill strengthening laws on consent and character references to be delivered by end of the year
‘If somebody is willing to put to pen and paper that they believe this person is of outstanding character, they should be willing to answer questions in person,’ said Helen McEntee.
Gardaí to be stationed at Rugby World Cup in France
Gardaí will not have police powers in France, but will assist in interactions with Irish citizens there.
Hate speech law won't progress further until autumn at the earliest
A number of senators have requested a meeting with the minister about the legislation.
June 2023
Majority of expert group call to replace Special Criminal Court with a new, non-jury court
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
While the majority seek a replacement, more regulated non-jury court, the minority review claims the style of court is “constitutionally inappropriate”.
Government to legislate to disregard historic convictions of gay and bisexual men
The criminalisation of consensual sexual acts between men remained in place until 1993.
An Garda Síochana to start purchasing bodycams after government approval
Facial recognition technology will feature in a separate Bill and will only be legislated for use in investigations of serious crime.
Varadkar says FG could increase vote share in next election, as party sets out to build more homes
At a parliamentary party meeting tonight, Fine Gael set out its aims for Budget 2023.
Should Varadkar have eye on McEntee vying for his job? 'Absolutely not' says minister
Helen McEntee says she has full confidence in Leo Varadkar.
Legislative changes to allow civil orders restraining stalking to be made on an urgent basis
McEntee said that these changes will reassure victims victims “of these awful crimes that they will be listened to, that they will be treated with respect and dignity, and that they will be protected.”
Changes in laws brought about by Graham Dwyer EU Court of Justice ruling now in effect
The law was drafted last year in response to a judgement made by a European Court in the case of convicted murderer Graham Dwyer.
This year
Helen McEntee returns as Justice Minister this week after six months maternity leave
McEntee gave birth to a boy in December and has been on maternity leave since November.
Special Criminal Court expert review to be published next month
A vote to extend laws that underpins the Special Criminal Court will take place before the summer recess.
Violet-Anne Wynne to resume Dáil pairing with McEntee after breaking it for eviction ban vote
Wynne last week broke the pairing to vote against the Government in the eviction ban motion.
What is a pairing agreement in politics?
This evening’s eviction ban vote has shone the spotlight on maternity leave provisions in politics.
Defendants in criminal trials could be awarded compensation if trials are unduly delayed
A report by
Christina Finn
In some courts, people are awaiting trials for 27 months.
Justice Minister’s decision to transfer boxer's killer to the UK met with shock by his family
Five-times national boxing champion Kevin Sheehy was killed by Logan Jackson in Limerick in July of 2019.
Grooming children into a life of crime to carry penalty of five years in prison under new law
Minister for Justice Simon Harris will today seek Cabinet approval for the new Bill.