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# Justice Committee

This year
# Justice Committee
NTA: Bus timetables will have to change because of later pub and club hours
The Oireachtas Justice Committee will be discussing the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill today.
# Pubs
Changes to pub licencing rules could lead to further influx of chain pubs, TDs hear
The Oireachtas Justice Committee heard that the change would add more pubs to urban areas.
Last year
# Dying with dignity
Special committee on assisted dying expected to begin in October
TD Gino Kenny says he hopes it is the beginning of a serious conversation around the issue.
# Cannabis
Criminalising drug use is 'disastrous' waste of time and money, expert to tell Justice Committee
Dr Garrett McGovern believes Ireland should take a health-led approach to drugs and decriminalise personal use.
# Justice Committee
Minister to explore offering sex crime victims photo of offender on jail release
Helen McEntee made her comments at the Justice Committee.
# Justice Committee
Policing Bill will 'create confusion and cause a lack of clarity' for gardaí, committee to hear
Garda unions will appear before an Oireachtas committee today.
All time
# Justice Committee
Justice Committee: Govt should create strategy to address premature release of info into media
The Joint Committee on Justice released its report ‘Civil Liberties during the Covid-19 Pandemic’ today.
# Public Opinion
Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI
‘Overwhelming majority’ have supported public health measures and would have preferred them to be more restrictive.
# Brexit
‘Very challenging situation’ for Ireland if UK breaches international law, McEntee says
The Justice Minister said there will be ‘shock and surprise’ if the UK backs out of NI Protocol.
# direct provision
'Treated like cattle': Justice Committee chair says 'profiteering' use of hotels for asylum seekers should end
The Justice Committee today launched its report into Direct Provision.
# Asylum Seekers
Direct Provision should be 'replaced' or 'fundamentally reformed', Justice Committee concludes
The committee heard from stakeholders in relation to Direct Provision over the summer.
# Brexit
Drew Harris 'won't speculate' on border posts but says region will get more gardaí and armed support
The Garda Commissioner says the force is “ready” for Brexit.
# Mueller Report
Trump blocks Democrats' demand for secret Mueller material using executive privilege
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the demands were “unlawful and reckless”.
# Your Say
Poll: Should reference to women's 'life within the home' in the Constitution be amended?
The Justice Committee published a report on the matter yesterday.
# Oireachtas
Committee backs changes to ‘women’s place in the home' section of Constitution
The Justice Committee published a report on the matter today.
# Derailed
Referendum on women’s place in the home delayed after committee vote
The Oireachtas Justice Committee has voted for pre-legislative scrutiny of the removal of the women in the home reference.
# Gardaí
'Is it non-compliance, or just lack of capacity?' - Policing Authority unsure of competence of Garda management
Chairperson of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily was in front of the Oireachtas Justice Committee this morning.
# Scandals
Clare Daly asks Commissioner why she was brought to court over driving offence
More than 14,000 people were summoned to court erroneously.
# rallying support
Nóirin O'Sullivan calls country's top officers to garda HQ and urges them to support her
The Commissioner will address the Oireachtas today.
# Proposals
Undocumented in Ireland: "We're the very same as the Irish undocumented in the US"
Almost 90% of undocumented people living in Ireland are employed and 1 in 3 have been in the same job for five years.
# relaxation
Carrying drugs for personal use is illegal. But politicians are looking at changing that
The Portuguese approach could be considered here.
# portugal here we come
What can Ireland learn from a country that decriminalised drugs?
TDs are off to Portugal to find out.
# bullet holes
TD says road sign he showed justice committee MIGHT have been from the UK
Finian McGrath says he has plenty of photos of signs that are “definitely” Irish.
# Crime
"Frustrating" that Garda Commissioner didn't say if the Provisional IRA still exists
Nóirín O’Sullivan appeared before the Justice Committee today.
# gone back in time
'Kids are selling drugs because gardaí are busy at water protests'
Drug dealing in Dublin has been described as “absolutely horrendous”
# does not compute
Garda PULSE system "not fit for purpose" and should be scrapped
The Garda Inspectorate has also recommended scrapping the Pulse system.
# Bad timing
Restaurant owners say they're not targeting homeless with begging survey
The Restaurants Association said homelessness and aggressive begging are two separate issues.
# Outlawed
Confirmed: It's going to be illegal to purchase the services of a sex worker
The age of consent is also to remain at 17.
# Industrial Abuse
'The abuse we suffered due to our skin colour is being airbrushed from Irish history'
Mixed Race Irish is asking for the Government to recognise the abuse they suffered in State-run institutions.
# Underage Sex
Age of consent should stay at 17 but two year leeway suggested
That’s according to a report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee published yesterday.
# Justice Committee
Should domestic violence be treated more seriously than public assault?
The Oireachtas Justice Committee thinks so.
# An Garda Síochána
Justice committee calls for single Garda Ombudsman
It also recommends reform of the complaints process, Garda training and formation of the Garda Authority.
# Gangland Crime
Has gangland crime affected you or your community?
The Justice Committee is seeking submissions for its report on the impact of gangland crime on people across Ireland.
# Rehabilitation
'One suicide within prison is too many'
The Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is calling on the government to support its pilot programme to help reduce suicide in prisons.
# Oireachtas agenda
What can TDs do to prevent suicide in prisons?
The Justice Committee will discuss this and other issues today.
# Whistleblower
'I told her to ring Maurice McCabe': John Wilson shook hands with the Garda Commissioner today
Noirín O’Sullivan shook hands and chatted with whistleblower and former garda John Wilson outside Leinster House today.
# none the wiser
Brian Purcell appears before the Justice Committee, but refuses to answer questions about Callinan
Members of the committee slammed his lack of cooperation as “farcical”.
# Justice Committee
Acting Garda Commissioner denies the force has not supported Maurice McCabe
Finian McGrath questioned Nóirín O’Sullivan’s assertion that senior gardaí were in contact with the whistleblower “on a daily basis”.
# Justice Committee
Gardaí claim GSOC tells them: 'Accept this, it's no biggie... you just have to suck it up'
John Redmond, chair of the AGSI, said gardaí sometimes had to apologise to complainants even if they weren’t in the wrong.
# Justice Committee
Guards being able to investigate guards is 'questionable' - GSOC chief
Simon O’Brien said that the organisation’s remit should be “fundamentally reset” so it can “actively seek resolutions to issues and provide feedback to gardaí to bring about change”.