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# Minister For Justice

28th March 2023
# defamation laws
Govt aims to reform defamation laws to protect public-interest journalism and reduce costs
Ireland’s libel and slander laws have been criticised for creating a chilling effect on public-interest journalism.
Last year
# High Court
Sister of George Nkencho launches High Court proceedings against State
George Nkencho was shot multiple times by Gardaí in late December 2020.
# Helen McEntee
All recommendations from report on cancelled 999 calls will be implemented, says McEntee
The report found that there were issues where call takers did not properly assess the vulnerability of some callers.
# Anniversary
Gardaí take part in parade to mark 100th anniversary of policing handover
The Civic Guard, formed by Michael Collins and the Irish Government in 1922, was later renamed An Garda Síochána.
# baby on board
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee expecting second child
Last year, McEntee became the first sitting Cabinet minister in the history of the Irish State to give birth while in office.
# Kevin Sheehy
Justice minister to oppose mother's challenge against son's killer being transferred to UK prison
The mother of murdered boxer Kevin Sheehy is challenging Logan Jackson’s efforts to be transferred to the UK.
# Garda Memorial Day
Justice Minister praises 'brave and selfless work' of gardaí in Memorial Day address
This year’s event coincides with the Centenary Year of An Garda Síochána.
# Stalking
Stalking and non-fatal strangulation to become standalone criminal offences in Ireland
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she hopes legislation will be passed by autumn at the latest.
# Ukraine
Gardaí link with German authorities to develop specialist war crime questionnaire for Ukrainian refugees
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee spoke at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors conference in Killarney today.
All time
# Court ruling
Mother banned from identifying murdered son (11) calls on minister to change law on naming children killed in criminal circumstances
“I’m proud of my son, I want to be able to tell the world about him.”
# level 5
Domestic abuse supports still available during latest sets of Covid restrictions
Domestic abuse can be something other than physical: it can mean you’re isolated from friends or control is taken over your personal items.
# Politics
Analysis: Unrelenting pressure from a unified opposition kept the Woulfe affair firmly in the spotlight
The opposition has been like a dog with a bone on the issue.
# Galway
Gardaí don't need extra resources to cope with house parties, says justice minister
Helen McEntee was speaking following scenes of large gatherings in Galway.
# Mental Health
Calls for use of 149-year-old 'lunatic' legislation in cases involving Wards of Court to end
14 NGOs have asked the government to commence the 2015 Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act.
# Coronavirus
Charlie Flanagan apologises to Cahersiveen locals and residents in Direct Provision centre
There have been a number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the centre since April.
# resettling
Up to 2,900 refugees will be given sanctuary in Ireland over the next four years
3,151 people have arrived to Ireland through a refugee programme since 2015.
# Courts
Supreme Court rejects appeal by man deported for alleged links to Isis
The court heard that one of the man’s sons was killed fighting in the Syria.
# Thornton Hall
Justice minister takes case against farmer allegedly trespassing on State lands formerly earmarked for 'super prison'
The Minister has brought proceedings against James Scully, from Kilreesk Lane, St Margarets, Co Dublin.
# frenzy and betrayal
'I was constantly being vilified': Alan Shatter speaks of 'years of upset and difficulty' since resignation
The former justice minister resigned over a garda whistleblower controversy in 2014.
# criminal justice
Irish citizens who commit serious offences abroad will be open to prosecution from today
The law enables Ireland to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
# O'Connell Street
Ministers condemn march by republican group in Dublin as 'sickening' and 'disturbing'
The group was criticised for marching down O’Connell Street on Saturday.
# Travel
Laws limiting the freedom of Irish visa-holders to travel home abolished
Over 40,000 people are expected to benefit from this change in legislation.
# Funding
Groups who support victims of crime have been given €1.7m by the Government for 2019
The funding will be given to dozens of non-governmental organisations.
# bugged
Alleged use of tracking devices on cars of Irish prison officers to be probed by Inspector of Prisons
Revelations that officers’ vehicles had been bugged were published today in the Irish Examiner.
# Courts
'I’ve been kidnapped. I’m going to be killed': A phone call no father ever wants to receive
Mr Justice White said there is a collective sense of shame that somebody visiting Ireland had suffered in such a vile way.
# Áras An Uachtaráin
'I'm still angry': Survivors to discuss how Magdalene Laundries should be remembered
“I was taken in by the nuns at 15 – I hadn’t even kissed a boy”: Elizabeth Coppin told RTÉ about her experience in a Cork Laundry.
# Anti-social behaviour
Dublin residents terrorised by joyriding and cars set on fire outside their homes
Tommy Broughan told the Minister for Justice that it has been “hugely distressing” for people in his constituency.
# Minister For Justice
Charlie Flanagan apologises to Taoiseach and Dáil for giving 'inaccurate' information
He said that he was “shocked” and “bitterly disappointed” by the events of recent weeks.
# Courts
Minister refuses to revoke deportation order for man with links to Islamic terrorism
The Supreme Court had ordered the Minister for Justice to reconsider the decision not to revoke the man’s deportation order.
# Public Accounts Committee
Acting Garda Commissioner says he has 'no authority' to release report into reopening of Stepaside Garda Station
Dónall Ó Cualáin was up in front of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee this morning.
# High Court
Woman facing deportation was forced by her 'violent and abusive' husband to have abortion, court hears
The woman is seeking leave to challenge the legality of a decision refusing her permission to remain in Ireland.
# Minister For Justice
Supreme Court blocks State from deporting Algerian man linked to terrorism
The judge said it was not clear why the Minister for Justice concluded that the man was not at risk of being tortured if deported.
# Supreme Court
Minister for Justice is 'insulting Irish courts' in Ian Bailey extradition case, lawyers say
French authorities are seeking the extradition of Bailey to face charges relating to the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.
# protected disclosure
Minister took 6 months to respond to allegations that gardaí entrapped people through informants
Sinn Fein TD made a series of allegations of wrongdoing by gardaí in a protected disclosure to Frances Fitzgerald.
# Exploitation
'One woman didn't even know she was in Ireland': The reality of being sold for sex
Women are trafficked across countries and continents – some having been sold by family members or friends.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you take a refugee family into your home?
An EU plan for migrant resettlement is set to be announced next week.
# New Rules
Frances Fitzgerald's new crime bill: What's in it - and what will it mean for victims?
Planned new laws would give victims the right to information about their cases…
# Child Pornography
Massive increase in child sex abuse material uncovered by Irish internet hotline
There were 335 confirmed cases of child pornography reported last year.
# no further evidence
Definitely no re-investigation into mysterious death of Fr Niall Molloy
The decision was backed by Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Penalty Points
'We want to make sure that the public can have confidence in us'
A report found 114 penalty point cancellations required further investigation.