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#Minister For Justice

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 24 January, 2013

"Grossly irresponsible": Shatter hits back at rural drink-driving proposal

The anti-drink-driving message “should not be and cannot be contradicted by individuals seeking self political promotion”, added the Justice Minister.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Prison rules amended to support prisoner complaints

The amendments have been described as a “major step forward” by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

# minister-for-justice - Sunday 6 January, 2013

More same-sex partnerships from abroad to be recognised in Ireland

Same-sex partnerships registered in Delaware, Hawaii, Washington and Denmark will all be recognised in Ireland, the Minister for Justice has confirmed.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Poll: Should sex offenders be electronically tagged after prison? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should sex offenders be electronically tagged after prison?

Minister Alan Shatter is expected to introduce laws to increase monitoring of sex offenders, but should they be tagged after serving their sentence?

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Immigration in Ireland: Approximately 88,000 visa applications received in 2012

In total, approximately 165,700 immigration related requests were made in 2012.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 21 December, 2012

226 prisoners granted temporary release for Christmas

The Department of Justice said the prisoners being released are nearing the end of their sentences and most of them are in lower security institutions.

TDs call for public inquiry over quashed penalty points

They also revealed details of four incidents where drivers who had allegedly had penalty point offences quashed were later involved in fatal accidents.

Seán Quinn to be released from jail for 3 days over Christmas

The decision was taken following talks between the Attorney General, the Prison Service and the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Alan Shatter condemns 'obscene and insensitive' anti-abortion posters

The posters which specifically target the Minister for Justice were erected overnight in Alan Shatter’s constituency of Dublin South.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Poll: Should abortion be available where there is a risk of suicide? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should abortion be available where there is a risk of suicide?

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has made it clear that abortions will be allowed in the case where the woman involved is at risk of suicide. What do you think?

# minister-for-justice - Monday 26 November, 2012

Shatter: Judge found guilty of deception to resign

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter TD confirmed that Judge Heather Perrin has conveyed her resignation. It comes as she awaits sentencing for deception.

# minister-for-justice - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Second Shatter statement rejects 'inaccurate' Sunday Independent story

The Justice Minister responds to an earlier Sunday Independent statement regarding a frontpage story about correspondence between himself and the Taoiseach and says the paper needs to apologise.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Column: Politicians have no place in deciding who gets freed from prison

Our early release system badly needs an overhaul, writes Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Minister for Justice: All teenagers to be removed from St Patrick's by 2014

The Inspector of Prisons has reported incidents of forced stripping of prisoners, excessive punishment, and bullying and intimidation of young and vulnerable inmates by staff at the facility.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 15 October, 2012

On the roads: Gardaí to get 170 new vehicles

Around €3 million will be spend on the new vehicles, which will include patrol cars, unmarked cars and vans.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 28 September, 2012

Crime is falling - but kidnapping and burglaries have risen sharply

The single biggest drop came in the category of weapons and explosives offences, which fell by more than 15 per cent.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 6 September, 2012

Gardaí examining clerical child sex abuse reports

Those who try to hide information on abuse can be prosecuted under the Criminal Justice Act, Minister says.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 16 August, 2012

Community service use increased by 40 per cent in 2011

Minister Alan Shatter said community service reduces expenditure on prison services and requires offenders to make recompense for their crimes.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 6 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

Explainer: How do European arrest warrants work?

Alan Shatter has released the latest figures on the warrants issued and received in Ireland last year – but how are they issued? And what happens when they’re received?

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Ireland issued 71 European arrest warrants in 2011

Minister for Justice has released the lastest annual report on warrants received, executed and issued here last year.

# minister-for-justice - Sunday 24 June, 2012

Cash for Gold shops should ask for proof of identity, says TD

A TD has suggested that Cash for Gold shops should be licensed, meaning that all gold is photographed and sent to the police before being accepted.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Free legal advice service sees demand increase

FLAC advice service dealt with over 25,000 queries last year.

Shatter publishes probe into Cash for Gold shops

Gardaí have visited every one of the 124 Cash for Gold shops in the country in a bid to uncover any possible criminal activity.

# minister-for-justice - Saturday 16 June, 2012

State spent €70m on private and state accommodation for asylum seekers

Over 5,100 people are currently being housed in 37 accommodation centres around Ireland.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Questions raised over new human rights and equality body

Alan Shatter has published details of the plan to merge the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commision – but not everyone is happy.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Shatter defends early prisoner release scheme

Minister says he doesn’t foresee any difficulties managing new programme with current probation staff levels.

# minister-for-justice - Saturday 21 April, 2012

Three prisoners serving sentence for homicide offences are 'unlawfully at large'

One prisoner absconded in 2004 while another escaped in 2010.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

Real sale prices of houses to be published - Shatter

The Minister for Justice has announced a new property regulatory body which will provide more transparency to the property market.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Poll: Should we close more garda stations to save money? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we close more garda stations to save money?

The Minister for Justice has warned of further closures, but what do you think?

The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know this morning, including: more garda station closures, seven killed in US college shootings, and a new ‘flying car’ (video).

# minister-for-justice - Monday 2 April, 2012

Overcrowding and treatment of older prisoners issues at Arbour Hill Prison

Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, said that an action plan has been prepared by the Irish Prison Service to implement the recommendations in the report.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 30 March, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Garda killer had escaped from same prison before

More details have emerged in the case of Martin McDermott, who was serving time for the manslaughter of a garda when he escaped from a Cavan prison earlier this month.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

New laws for search warrants after court finds them unconstitutional Law

New laws for search warrants after court finds them unconstitutional

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said that new law for search warrants is a priority for government after the Supreme Court ruled the existing law was unconstitutional.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 26 March, 2012

'I was armed with a pistol' as Minister for Justice, says Des O'Malley

O’Malley served on Jack Lynch’s cabinet following the 1970 arms crisis and IRA split.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 15 March, 2012

Call for radical change in Irish prison policy

A report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice shows the extent of overcrowding and drug-use in Irish prisons. There was an average of 800 people in prison per day in 1970 – this grew to 4,290 in 2010.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

PSNI officers to be allowed apply for Garda Síochana jobs

Senior PSNI officers can now apply senior roles in the Republic of Ireland under new guidelines introduced by the government today.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Justice and law reform

Alan Shatter has been one of the most pro-active ministers in the current government – but one year on, what has been achieved in the area of justice and law reform?

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter says that building a new prison facility in Cork could comprehensively tackle overcrowding and the ongoing practice of ‘slopping out’.