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#Minister For Justice

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Shatter refuses to rule out second Fiscal Treaty referendum if voters say 'no'

Minister for Justice says the Fiscal Compact Treaty is about preventing future governments building debt for future generations.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 27 February, 2012

Ombudsman: Children left in 'legal uncertainty' without legislation on surrogacy

Emily Logan said that the Dept of Justice guidelines don’t go far enough to clear up legal uncertainties for parents and children.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Central Bank still exchanging €10k worth of punts every day

The Minister for Justice has said that there’s nothing suspicious about people exchanging their punts for euro more than ten years after the changeover.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Over €14.5m spent in policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline

The figures for the last five years have been disclosed by the Minister for Justice this week.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Government approves appointment of 33 senior gardaí

The appointments, including two Assistant Commissioners, are being made to fill recent gaps in the service.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 3 February, 2012

Column: Legal reform is a chance to finally do the right thing for consumers

Solicitors and barristers exist for their clients – not the other way around. That’s why reform of the legal system is crucial, writes Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

Shatter calls on legal system to engage "constructively" on law reform

The Minister for Justice said that planned legal reform is based on the idea that “solicitors and barristers exist for their clients, not the other way round”.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 27 January, 2012

Column: Never forget – Hitler targeted the Irish-Jewish community for extermination

On Holocaust Memorial Day, Justice Minister Alan Shatter writes that we should not assume that the type of horror created by the Nazi killing machine could not be repeated in the future.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Parts of Limerick Prison 'not fit for purpose' - report

The Minister for Justice has expressed “shock” at a report on conditions at Limerick Prison, which highlights issues of overcrowding, cleanliness and hygiene, staffing, physical conditions and repairs.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 13 January, 2012

New law 'not a licence to kill', says minister

A new law giving homeowners the right to protect their family and property from intruders using ‘reasonable force’.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 9 January, 2012

Column: It is wrong to assume all asylum seekers are faking it - and the media is to blame

Thousands of people applied to become Irish citizens last year – but the media only focuses on scare stories about immigration, writes Greg Straton.

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

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

Five things you need to know before you head out the door: storm winds leave 7,000 homes without electricity, Alan Shatter may pardon Irish soldiers who fought against Hitler – and what was it like to fight in the 1916 Rising?

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 22 December, 2011

160 prisoners to be granted temporary release for Christmas

The majority of the prisoners come from lower security institutions.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Same-sex partnerships from abroad to be recognised in Ireland

Gay couples who were married in New York, Illinois, South Africa and other parts of the world will be recognised as being in a civil partnership under Irish law.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 19 December, 2011

Guess how many people have been jailed for not paying fines this year?

New figures reveal the thousands of people who have been jailed this year in Ireland for non-payment of fines.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Government appointee donated €1k to Alan Shatter's election campaign

The Minister for Justice says it would have been “completely wrong” if the candidate had been excluded from applying for the €145,000 job.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you Secret Service

We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you

One small part of the Budget hasn’t been touched this year: the secret service is retaining its €1m funding. SO what does it do?

# minister-for-justice - Monday 21 November, 2011

Reports reveal issues in Irish prisons

The 2010 reports on Ireland’s prisons reveal the issues that are affecting staff and prisoners – from smuggled mobile phones to gangs.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 7 November, 2011

Views sought on voluntary code for sale and display of alcohol

Members of the public and interested bodies are being asked to give their views on the voluntary code for sale and display of alcohol in shops.

# minister-for-justice - Friday 4 November, 2011

161 people surrendered from Ireland under European arrest warrants

Minister for Justice, Mr Alan Shatter TD, released his report on the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003 today.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 17 October, 2011

Shatter publishes report on prostitution legislation

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has published his report into Swedish law criminalising people who purchase sexual services from prostitutes.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 10 October, 2011

Smithwick Tribunal judge seeks more time to complete work

Judge Peter Smithwick writes to the Dail asking it to extend the deadline of November 30, saying he’ll need six more months.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Legal Services Bill proposes new regulator and more transparent fees

The Bill also proposes new protections for legal whistleblowers and removes the wig-wearing requirement for legal professionals in court.

# minister-for-justice - Monday 12 September, 2011

Fewer child offenders referred to Diversion Programme

The number of offenders aged between 10 and 18 who were not deemed suitable for the programme grew in 2010.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 30 August, 2011

HSE and gardaí investigate abuse allegations at Co Cork boarding school

The inquiries concern a Carraig na bhFearr boarding school run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Smithwick accuses Minister Shatter of interfering with tribunal

Justice Smithwick also complained about an inappropriate deadline for his inquiry’s completion.

# minister-for-justice - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

Irish internet child pornography alerts led to arrests in Bulgaria and US

Minister Alan Shatter warns against complacency as report shows lower level of illegal child abuse content.

# minister-for-justice - Saturday 18 June, 2011

Minister apologises for personal remarks about RTÉ correspondent

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter had accused RTÉ’s Paul Reynolds of “tabloid sensationalism of the worst kind”.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 19 May, 2011

White collar criminals will not be "protected species"

Minister vows to give gardaí and prosecutors powers to bring prosecutions more efficiently and to tackle white collar crime.

# minister-for-justice - Thursday 23 December, 2010

134 prisoners to be granted Christmas release

The Department of Justice announces that 134 inmates will be granted varying periods of temporary release.

# minister-for-justice - Tuesday 20 July, 2010

THE NEW CRIMINAL Procedure Act, which signed by the president today, will allow for re-trials in serious crime cases. The Minister for Justice said the law will take effect immediately and will allow people who have been acquitted to be re-tried in certain situations.

New and compelling evidence must be brought forward before a retrial can be permitted. A retrial is also possible for cases in which the first trial has been affected by perjury or intimidation. Courts would first have to grant an application by the state for an acquittal to be quashed.

The new law, which is not retroactive, also increases the types of cases where a victim impact statement can be read to the court. Until now, only the victim of a crime could make the address, and a victim’s family members had to receive special permission from the presiding judge to do so.

The law also extends the circumstances in which the state can make an appeal in criminal proceedings.

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