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# Frances Fitzgerald

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AS IT HAPPENED
Tánaiste: 'Garda Commissioner is entitled to our full support and confidence'
The Taoiseach is in Warsaw today, so Fitzgerald is in the driving seat.
# Integration
Government wants 1% of civil service to be made up of immigrants in new integration strategy
Other measures include English language training programmes and community grants.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Are there really fewer people on hospital trolleys this year?
The Tánaiste made the claim amid ongoing debate about wait times in Irish healthcare.
# Inquiry
Garda whistleblower report will not be published in full
The former High Court judge was tasked with reviewing the situation after two protected disclosures were made to Frances Fitzgerald by gardaí in last October.
# Domestic Violence bill
Government bill would end exemptions that allow child marriage
The bill needs to be approved by the Oireachtas before it’s enacted.
# blow the whistle
New garda rules encourage speaking up as 'harassment of whistleblowers continues'
Minister Frances Fitzgerald still has not published a report into allegations of a campaign to discredit a whistleblower.
# New Laws
Raping someone when they are asleep will now be explicitly illegal
Cabinet has approved a proposal by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to provide a definition of sexual consent.
# Jobs
Government no longer has power to promote senior gardaí as Policing Authority takes over
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said from tomorrow the Policing Authority will assume its role to appoint senior gardaí.
# what would you do
NWCI criticises €1m campaign against domestic violence, but minister says it's backed by research
The National Women’s Council has criticised the focus on the domestic violence campaign being on the bystander.
# Clampdown
Revenge porn perpetrators to be jailed under new laws
Women’s Aid said in some cases ex-partners have advertised their partners on escort sites without their consent or knowledge.
# victims' rights
Victims will be able to seek review if a suspect is not prosecuted
Frances Fitzgerald said this bill will “introduce, for the first time, statutory rights for victims of crime”.
# bookie ban
Self exclusion and age checks - new legislation to curb gambling habits in Irish children
Alan Shatter’s Gambling Control Bill looks likely to finally see the light of day in 2017.
# Moving Forward
After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability
A bill has been approved by Government which will enable ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
# Show Me The Money
CAB returns just under €30 million to taxpayer in four years
Officers expected to have recovered millions in assets during 2016.
# Wages
Fitzgerald must find €25m from her department for Garda pay deal
The other €25 million is to come from other departments under a process of “burden-sharing”.
# Asylum
'I wanted to sweep them up and bring them home': Ministers meet refugees in Greece
Zappone said she wants Ireland to take as many unaccompanied minors from the camps as we can.
# Migrant camps
Tánaiste and Children's Minister to visit migrant camps in Greece
Greece and Italy have been the first point of entry for most of the more than one million migrants since 2015.
# Protected Disclosures
Tánaiste seeks legal advice on Garda whistleblowers report
A former High Court judge was tasked with reviewing the situation after two protected disclosures were made to Frances Fitzgerald by gardaí in October.
# colourful language
Shane Ross offers a weak apology for saying judges live a 'charmed life'
He went on to say “I know it’s very difficult to change things… They’re very powerful people who don’t like things being moved”.
# IOU
Nearly €36 million in court fines unpaid in last four years
6,616 people have been committed to prison thus far in 2016 for non-payment of fines.
# follow the money
A number of vacancies at the Criminal Assets Bureau have yet to be filled
Despite controversies over the appointment of senior positions within the force, staff there have yet to be replaced.
# Inspector of Prisons
Tánaiste leads tributes following death of Judge Michael Reilly
The Inspector of Prisons died earlier today.
# bystanders
New campaign asks: 'If you witnessed domestic violence, what would you do?'
Around 300,000 men and women in Ireland have been victims of severe abuse by a partner – 70% of people say it’s a common problem in Ireland.
# Allegations
Sinn Féin TD makes protected disclosure over alleged garda malpractice
Martin Kenny has previously made statements around alleged malpractice in his constituency.
# Public Pay
'I don't want to see that happen': Risk of row backs on garda resources without Lansdowne, says minister
Minister Paschal Donohoe is holding the line that the Lansdowne Road Agreement is the only show in town.
# PQ
Female garda numbers have gone way up in the past decade
New figures show the number of female gardaí is at 3,370.
# 404 error
There are 167 garda stations with no access to the Pulse system
The Tánaiste said the force’s new modernisation and renewal programme includes the enhancement of rural access to the network.
# call a cab
Criminal Assets Bureau returned €185,000 in dole overpayments to the State in 2015
The bureau has published its annual report for last year.
# 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.
# garda recruitment
800 new gardaí will be recruited next year - but who will want that job?
The first recruitment campaign since the recession saw 20,000 people apply – just 5,000 people applied in the most recent drive.
# Inquiry
High Court judge to investigate allegations of wrongdoing related to whistleblower disclosures
The inquiry will look into allegations of “wrongdoing” concerning recent disclosures.
AS IT HAPPENED
Angry exchanges: Justice Minister faces questions as gardaí controversies mount up
It’s Frances Fitzgerald’s turn to be grilled today.
# protected disclosure
Tánaiste reviewing reports about whistleblower "character assassination attack" by senior gardaí
It had been eported today that a statement was made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.
# Consensual
Romeo and Juliet laws could be introduced in Ireland
The law would prevent a sexual act that occurred between individuals who are just a couple of years apart in age being considered a criminal offence.
# crackdown
'We're determined to face them down': Tánaiste discusses gang violence with NYPD commissioner
Fitzgerald attended the inauguration of the new police commissioner today.
# Six-year campaign
'Too many women have had their futures robbed' - Minister urges bystanders to act over domestic violence
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald secured Cabinet funding for the campaign, although her department was unable to give any details as to the cost when asked by TheJournal.ie.
# Denied
Tánaiste expects more than 4,000 people will be refused entry to Ireland this year
Already this year more than 2,000 people have been refused leave to land in Ireland.
# Leadership Battle
Enda Kenny has quelled the fire for now, but leader hopefuls are putting their best foot forward
The minute the Taoiseach spoke openly about heading off into the Castlebar sunset, it opened up the conversation about who will take over.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Frances Fitzgerald right about Ireland's financial gain from the EU?
Big numbers, big claims – FactCheck is here to find out what’s what.
# Legal loophole
Vulture funds using charitable status for tax avoidance being investigated
Some vulture funds are using a tax loophole to pay as little as €250 in tax in Ireland.