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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Frances Fitzgerald

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# operation mizen
188 arrests at Irish Water protests in the last year
Mostly for public order offences.
# referendum wait
Marriage Equality jumped another legal hurdle today as marriages move closer
The bill will now move to the Seanad before it is enacted.
# Crime
We only make €4k a year from each of the 139 closed Garda stations
The most recent crime statistics show burglaries are on the rise.
Could Enda really go all the way to 2021?
Analysis: The Taoiseach said again this week that he intends to serve a full second term if re-elected. But is that realistic?
# split down the middle
Farmers want prenups to protect them from 'gold diggers'
The government is considering a new review of prenuptial agreements.
# big bust
Why have Gardaí and Revenue still not destroyed nearly €500 million worth of drugs?
One TD has called the situation “bizarre.”
# policing
There's a lot more gardaí on the way, but what will they be used for?
And will they go to rural areas?
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support Ireland's plan to take in 4,000 refugees?
Details were announced this morning.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
'One of the best': Joe Schmidt becomes an Irish citizen
Richardt Strauss and Olly Hodges were also granted citizenship today.
# correcting the record
The Garda Commissioner has weighed in on the existence of the IRA
Noirin O’Sullivan tonight took the unusual step of intervening in an ongoing row.
# kevin mcguigan
Sinn Féin says Frances Fitzgerald may have broken rules with 'political smears'
Meanwhile, the Justice Minister has asked the Garda Commissioner to liaise with the PSNI in assessing the current status of the Provisional IRA.
# Your Say
Poll: Is too much being done to commemorate the 1916 Rising?
A commemorative event was held in west Cork for Michael Collins yesterday.
# After Enda
Fine Gael's next leader, from most to least likely
Who succeeds Enda Kenny? We rank the contenders…
# Analysis
Has Enda become a lame duck Taoiseach?
Analysis: Having been forced to clarify matters at the weekend, has the Taoiseach damaged his political prospects?
# Crime
'Serious stress and trauma': Are cash-for-gold shops causing burglaries?
The government is under pressure to regulate the sector.
# Domestic Violence
Getting a barring order against a violent partner is about to get easier
An emergency order can last for eight days and a barring order for up to three years.
# pulse backlog
'A mockery of the justice system': There are almost 116k outstanding warrants
Many relate to non-payment of fines.
# in da club
2,500 people officially became Irish today
Three citizenship ceremonies were held in Dublin earlier today.
# 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…
# virtually full
More people have applied for asylum this year than in the entire of 2014
The Direct Provision system is now “virtually full” according to justice minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Grooming
Dozens of children moved around Ireland for sexual exploitation
A new bill wants people who groom children to face 14 years in jail.
# unfair
Sinn Féin wants to stop €4,000 charges on police community events
“Such groups often have to fundraise to make such events happen and to require them to pay for the work of the gardaí on top of this is unfair.”
# Crystal Ball
Ireland's next Taoiseach, ranked from most to least likely
Enda Kenny is in the hotseat now, but how likely is that to be the case after the next election.
# project eagle
Mick Wallace won't go to gardaí with Nama info... just yet
The Wexford TD is calling for an independent investigation into concerns surrounding Nama’s Northern Ireland property deal.
# Asylum Seekers
Here's what needs to be done to help asylum seekers in Ireland
A new report has called for the Direct Provision system to be overhauled.
# irish crime
There's been a rise in burglary, sexual offences and threats of murder this year
The force is piloting a new incident recording process to ensure reported crimes are recorded consistently.
# Kingsmill
Gardaí have finally started handing over their files on massacre of Protestants
After months of pressure, criticism, and an order from Frances Fitzgerald.
# Nothing changes
For three years, ministers have repeatedly given the EXACT same answer to Moriarty questions
Questions about the garda investigation into the tribunal’s findings have not disclosed much information since 2012.
# Penalty Points
Penalty point dodgers who fail to produce a driving licence in court could face prosecution
A report recently highlighted the problem of non-endorsement of driving licences with penalty points.
# justice is served
We're spending €135m on new courthouses to help cut waiting lists
Is your area going to get an upgraded building?
# Speed Cameras
Where in Ireland gets the most penalty points?
We’ll give you three guesses…
# caught in the crossed wires
'Bureaucracy and ineptitude' leaves Irish-speaking family facing deportation
Zoe Ware is an “exemplary student” at a Gaelscoil in Kerry, and a competitive sean nós singer. But that probably won’t save her…
# Hard Times
Almost 200 people have lost their homes to bankruptcy in just over a year
Prior to January 2014, only 10 family homes or Principal Private Residences were surrendered.
# Gender Quotas
After Averil's shock departure, how do other parties shape up in terms of women?
We spoke to all of the main parties about reaching the 30% gender quota.
# sherlock id
No more being a private investigator just for fun - you now need a licence
Or else you could face jail time.
# Rat Trap
Cork gardaí working in stations infested with rats
The Justice Minister was recently asked about the health and safety issues at Glanmire and Macroom stations.
# Long Time Coming
Magdalene survivors to get specialised health cards from next month
The women will be eligible for a range of health services from the start of July.
# Grooming
'Be careful what images you post online, they could be used by paedophiles'
Frances Fitzgerald has warned young people to be particularly careful.
# Vacancy
New GSOC chairman will be paid €145,000 - whenever they are hired
The former chairman’s tenure became mired in controversy over reports the office had been under surveillance.
# being monitored
There are 1,420 people on the Irish sex offenders register - but none of their details are public
The Justice minister says the gardaí informs her of any breaches.