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# justice department

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Back at Cabinet
Helen McEntee returns as Justice Minister this week after six months maternity leave
McEntee gave birth to a boy in December and has been on maternity leave since November.
This year
# security leak
US Justice Department open probe into leak of secret documents on social media
The Pentagon said yesterday that it was “actively reviewing the matter”.
Last year
# US Courts
Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon sentenced to four months in jail for contempt of Congress
The Justice Department had urged a six-month sentence.
All time
# Data
US Justice Department seeks internal investigation on seizure of Democrats’ data
Trump’s administration seized phone records of at least 12 people connected to the House Intelligence Committee.
# edged out
US Justice Department puts pressure on New York prosecutor investigating Trump allies to resign
The Manhattan prosecutor said he was refusing to leave his post and his ongoing investigations would continue
# justice department
'We've been firefighting': Inside the State's response to Covid-19 in Direct Provision
There are now 149 cases of Covid-19 in Direct Provision.
# direct provision
Justice Dept: Over 650 new beds 'will facilitate greater social distancing and isolation' in Direct Provision
The new accommodation will mainly be located in hotels in Dublin, Galway and Cork.
# justice department
Direct Provision expert group announced to look at ways to 'better meet needs of asylum seekers'
Among the issues the group will examine is engaging with communities where Direct Provision centres are due to open.
# Asylum Seekers
'Nothing special being asked of Oughterard' in accommodating asylum seekers, said top Justice official
Plans for a Direct Provision centre were abandoned after weeks of protests by locals.
# direct provision
Oughterard Direct Provision centre operator feared arson attack after men allegedly breached property
Plans for the centre were abandoned after weeks of protests by locals.
# Grace period
US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker, a day after judge allows its release
The tanker Grace 1 was detained six weeks ago on suspicion of violating international sanctions on Syria.
# direct provision
Asylum seekers told not to bring food to rooms 'under any circumstance' by Dublin hotel
Over 1,000 asylum seekers are now living in hotels and B&Bs around Ireland.
# big tech
United States announces investigation into whether major online companies have 'stifled' competition
The investigation comes after the European Union imposed hefty fines on Google recently.
# justice department
Deportation orders were issued for 92 children last year
385 children have been issued with deportation orders over the past five years.
# a problem halved
'The buck stops nowhere': Department of Justice to be split into two parts
The two divisions will be ‘Home Affairs’ and ‘Justice and Equality’.
# Bad timing
People who become Irish citizens on 21 May won't be able to vote in Eighth referendum
This is because they can only show an intention to become a citizen in the period between 8 May and polling day on 25 May.
# russia probe
Reports that Trump could be questioned soon over alleged Russian election meddling
Reports have indicated that Trump could be questioned in the “coming weeks”.
# direct provision
Minister to take no further action after claims Direct Provision residents were 'denied Christmas celebrations'
A Justice Department spokesperson said that it had received the report from centre.
# Sexual Exploitation
Number of human trafficking victims in Ireland rose for third consecutive year
Sexual exploitation is most common but there has been an increase in the proportion of labour exploitation being detected.
# internal divide
Department of Justice will be 'divided' but it will remain under one minister
The department will be internally split into two divisions with seperate deputy secretaries.
# at odds
26 Justice Department employees suspended from duty with full pay
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett, who received the information, contrasted this with the fact the Garda Commissioner is still in her role.
# Gardaí
GRA boss accepts planned strike may not be legal
Gardaí are planning to withdraw their services on four days in November in dispute over pay.
# Texas
An Irish man has been extradited to the US for trafficking rhinoceros horns
Patrick Sheridan was originally arrested in the UK in January.
# malpractice
'More needs to be done': Baltimore police face a civil rights probe
‘There has been a serious erosion of public trust’.
# Home Sweet Home
Will David Drumm be extradited from the US to face charges in Ireland?
A request to US authorities has been reportedly made today.
# Legislation
'The Government aren't willing to address the rise in disability hate crime'
That’s according to disability campaigner Frank Larkin.
# direct provision
'I don’t know how to be happy': Asylum seekers speak out about their experiences in Ireland
A new documentary marks the first time a camera crew has gained access to a Direct Provision Centre.
# Mount Trenchard
Demonstration to close 'inhumane' direct provision centre in Limerick taking place today
Four men went on hunger strike this week due to the conditions.
# deep discussion
Stardust campaigner wants to meet Justice Minister - after saying she 'wouldn't darken her door'
Geraldine Foy is a researcher for Stardust campaigners and has been in contact with Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s department.
# Brian Purcell
Justice Committee to Secretary General: We will ask you about Guerin Report
Brian Purcell will appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee the week after next.
# Ouch
Banking giant JP Morgan 'fined $13 billion by US government'
The deal, which is the largest ever between the US government and a single company, will settle an investigation into bad mortgage loans sold by the bank.
# Snoops
A massive and unprecedented intrusion: AP slams US government's snooping
The US Justice Department obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors working for the Associated Press, the news agency has confirmed.
# lance
End game for Lance Armstrong as US Justice Department says he was 'unjustly enriched'
Federal officials laid out their case against the shamed cyclist.
# appeal
Lance Armstrong asks court to dismiss SCA lawsuit
SCA Promotions say he committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
# Boston College
US Supreme Court halts turnover of secret IRA tapes
The tapes were recorded by researchers at Boston College who interviewed a former IRA member.
# Fraud
GlaxoSmithKline fined $3 billion in US
The fine was the largest health care fraud settlement in US history.
# trolls
Ireland has no immediate plans to follow UK crackdown on internet trolls
The Justice Department had no specific comment to make on proposed changes to the UK Defamation Bill.
# Abductions
Minister for Justice releases figures on child abductions during 2011
Releasing the figures on parental-child abduction, Alan Shatter urged estranged partners experiencing problems to seek mediation in the best interests of the children involved.
Nearly 150 new cases of child abductions in 2010
Department of Justice says that 193 children were suspected abducted from and into Ireland last year – many in custody wranglings.