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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Frances Fitzgerald

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# brexit fallout
Government 'concerned' about jump in number of visa applications from the UK
Last year, 10,000 visa applications were made, in comparison to just 1,800 in 2014.
# Justice
Failure by gardaí to show understanding of 'near-endless anguish' of grieving families
A panel of barristers said this may be attributed to the emotional distance gardaí have to observe in order to do their jobs.
# deliver-booze
Deliveroo launches alcohol delivery service in Ireland
The service will mostly be limited to Dublin.
# FG Heave
The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, from most to least likely
He who wields the knife rarely wears the crown.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Enda Kenny step down as Taoiseach, and if so, when?
Reports today suggest that Fine Gael backbenchers have a plan in place to oust Kenny from his position.
# Recruitment Drive
Search begins for new officers with "tolerance and humanity" to work in Irish prisons
The first recruits are expected to enter prison service college in early 2017.
# radicalisation
"Extremism is no longer an abstract problem. It’s here" - Is Islamic terrorism a threat in Ireland?
The Justice Department has said that it is aware of foreign fighters from Ireland who have died in the Middle East.
# rough sleepers
Woman (18) and baby found on street after failing to get emergency accommodation
Mary Lou McDonald said homelessness is “out of control”.
# missed penalties
Penalty points loophole to be closed by government
The loophole has seen roughly 7,500 cases annually thrown out of court.
# Missing
Inquiry to be launched into garda handling of Shane Tuohey death
The 23-year-old’s death was ruled a suicide but his family believes he was assaulted the night he died.
# special status
We asked every TD if they want Travellers recognised as an ethnic minority - here’s what they said
The vast majority of those who replied are in favour.
# Gangland Crime
Frances Fitzgerald says gardaí will 'go after drug dealers who flaunt their assets'
The Tánaiste also said she was “shocked” by a recent claim the then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan met PAC chair in a car park.
# the mini-CAB
Tough new laws will target drug dealers' cash and allow for closer electronic surveillance
The threshold for seizing cash from drug dealers is to be dramatically lowered, it’s planned.
# Gangland
Drug dealers in local areas will be targeted by a new 'mini-CAB' - Minister
Frances Fitzgerald says new legislation may be needed to give it greater powers.
# Mary Boyle
Calls for inquest to be held into Ireland's longest-running missing person case
Mary Boyle (6) disappeared while visiting her grandparents in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal on 18 March 1977.
# Whistleblowers
The Garda Commissioner, the transcripts, the tape and the unanswered questions
Garda Nóirín O’Sullivan and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald had a difficult night.
# Abortion stance
Paschal Donohoe says there will be a referendum on abortion in the coming years
The new Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said it was his personal view the issue would be put to the people.
# dublin feud
Minister vows to crackdown on "evil and sinister" Kinahan-Hutch gangs
Minister Frances Fitzgerald said tagging some criminals will be permitted under new legislation.
# Prostitution
France has criminalised the purchase of sex - what happened to Ireland's sex laws?
The legislation was not enacted before the previous Dáil was dissolved.
# Migration crisis
Ireland is nowhere near close to settling its share of Syrian refugees
Ireland has pledged to take in 4,000 people by the end of next year and so far about 500 have been accepted.
# Breaking the rules
Over half of fines for failing to display L-plates not paid
More than 2,500 fines issued to learner drivers caught without a qualified driver were also unpaid.
'It's no surprise there are shootings on our streets. There is a gaping hole in gangland intelligence'
Retired garda Trevor Laffan writes that the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana and Minister for Justice have shown little leadership.
# Fighting Crime
"The uniform no longer gives protection" - Gardaí call for more firepower amid gang feud
GRA’s Dermot O’Brien says that the force ‘doesn’t have the resources’.
# Gangland
Jimmy Guerin: Criminals are more dangerous and more cocky than ever before
Guerin, brother to murdered journalist Veronica, said there was a “knot” in his stomach when he heard of last night’s shooting of Eddie Hutch Snr.
# Empty Seats
So few TDs showed up to the Dáil this morning that they couldn't even start
Seems politicians have other things on their minds…
The pubs definitely won't be open on Good Friday, but it's high time this changed
Frances Fitzgerald said she would not be changing the law this year to open pubs on Good Friday. Dale McDermott says it’s time.
# Fighting Crime
Frances Fitzgerald says the battle against burglaries is being won
They won’t be wiped though, she says.
# Sexual Assault
Plan to combat domestic violence will 'make Ireland a safer place for women and men'
There’ll be extra training for gardaí and a nationwide awareness campaign.
# Explainer
There's going to be a review into the law allowing Gsoc to access journalists' phone records
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that it was of fundamental importance that journalists be able to carry out their work unhindered.
# off limits
New laws on the way to curb the spread of pubs and off licences
Frances Fitzgerald and planning minister Paudie Coffey have agreed a proposal to grant new veto-on-development powers to city and county councils.
# George Soros
Why is the world's 29th richest person funding a campaign by Irish sex workers?
Billionaire investor and activist George Soros is backing the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland.
# pragmatic baptism
Almost half of parents would not choose a Christian school for their child if they had the option
One in five people know someone who has baptised their child just to get them into the local school.
# Sex Offenders
Half of sex offenders to be released this year have undergone no treatment
The figures were revealed via a parliamentary question by independent TD Denis Naughten.
# threat level midnight
Ireland's terror risk: Where does the country rank on the terror alert scale?
In short, we don’t actually use one.
# Parole
Here is how many prisoners got early release in 2014
The largest group of prisoners invited forward for parole had committed murder.
# Terror Threat
The Justice Minister doesn't know how many gardaí speak Arabic
Frances Fitzgerald says that “terrorism is terrorism” and that the gardaí have experience from The Troubles.
# Burglaries
New DNA database will 'close the net' on serial offenders
It’s hoped the system will help find missing people and deal with an increase in burglaries.
# skint eastwood
It is about to become much easier to go bankrupt in Ireland
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that he supports the move to reduce the length of time an individual is bankrupt for.
# new digs
Massive new Garda headquarters set for Galway
Building of the new facility is expected to take two years to build.
# operation mizen
What is political policing and is Paul Murphy being watched?
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has been at the centre of several controversies since Murphy was elected to the Dáil last year.