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# Justice Minister

'Justice not served' by maximum two-year sentence for causing death by careless driving
A report by
Diarmuid Pepper
Those convicted of careless driving causing death or serious bodily harm can be imprisoned for up to two years, fined up to €10,000, or both.
5th December 2023
Government clashes with McDonald over claim it did not contact school after stabbing
The Sinn Féin leader told the Dáil that the Government did not contact the school at the centre of the knife attack on 23 November for “nearly two weeks”.
X responds to Justice Minister's claim that it did not engage with gardaí during Dublin riot
McEntee said Twitter had not engaged with gardaí to remove posts about the Dublin riot.
Government confident it has numbers to win confidence motion in Justice Minister Helen McEntee
A report by
Christina Finn
Tánaiste Micheál Martin says the government has the backing from several independent TDs.
This week
3rd December 2023 - 6th December 2023
Youth worker: 'I could easily have been one of those rioting'
Glen Kearney says he is proof that intervention really works when helping young people make the right choices.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Drivers urged to slow down this Christmas as minister says no family wants to get that knock on the door
There has been a rise in road deaths, with 171 losing their lives so far this year.
Labour criticise Government and Commissioner for ‘completely inaccurate’ garda recruit figures
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday said between 700 and 800 new recruits are entering Templemore this year, but the figure to date is 633.
Justice Minister seeks to reassure parents of Parnell Square school and says gardaí are present
Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon said there was not ‘one garda present on Parnell Square’ today.
Tánaiste says McEntee will have full backing of all Fianna Fáil TDs if no confidence vote called
Mary Lou McDonald criticised Government TDs for not being present on the scene of last week’s stabbing incident.
Ministers have pledged their full support for Justice Minister Helen McEntee amid threats of a motion of confidence next week
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald says McEntee's position is untenable.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar aks people to stop connecting migration with crime, saying 'it's not right'.
Increased garda presence planned for Dublin city centre 'up to and beyond Christmas'
Pressure mounts as Harris and McEntee called before justice committee over city centre violence
Last month
November 2023
Justice Minister says she will not resign after parties declare no confidence in her
McEntee also said gardaí had had all the resources necessary to keep people safe in Dublin.
Taoiseach and ministers discuss recent increases in road deaths
The meeting comes as gardaí are due to receive data on motorists without insurance.
Tougher laws to manage and monitor sex offenders comes into effect today
The Department of Justice is also drafting plans for electronic monitoring of sex offenders.
Varadkar doesn't regret Israel 'revenge' remark amid attempts to get Irish citizens out of Gaza
The Taoiseach said the Government is doing its best to get around 40 Irish citizens out of Gaza.
This year
McEntee calls for increased implementation of average-speed cameras on roads
The minister signalled that increasing the use of average-speed cameras could lead to a reduction in the road policing unit.
Migrant rights group awaiting response from Justice Minister on ‘immigration checks’ concern
Last week, the Garda Press Office announced that planned ‘days of high impact visibility’ in Dublin city centre would include ‘immigration checks’.
New Act that can prevent people served with deportation order from returning comes into force
The residency requirement for children born in Ireland to apply for citizenship has also been reduced from five years to three.
Justice Minister says Dublin City is safe but that 'things are not perfect'
The minister condemned the attack on an American tourist as ‘vicious and unprovoked’.
New bill strengthening laws on consent and character references to be delivered by end of the year
‘If somebody is willing to put to pen and paper that they believe this person is of outstanding character, they should be willing to answer questions in person,’ said Helen McEntee.
Should Varadkar have eye on McEntee vying for his job? 'Absolutely not' says minister
Helen McEntee says she has full confidence in Leo Varadkar.
Changes in laws brought about by Graham Dwyer EU Court of Justice ruling now in effect
The law was drafted last year in response to a judgement made by a European Court in the case of convicted murderer Graham Dwyer.
Harris says family concerns will be 'considered' in domestic violence report recommendations
The study was carried out independently of the Department of Justice.
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.
Garda recruitment age limit should be reconsidered, says justice minister
The Government hope to recruit 1,000 new gardaí by the end of the year.
Justice Minister’s decision to transfer boxer's killer to the UK met with shock by his family
Five-times national boxing champion Kevin Sheehy was killed by Logan Jackson in Limerick in July of 2019.
'Worrying increase' in spiking incidents reported to gardaí as figures nearly double
The government will repeat its awareness campaign this year.
'Here is some s**t for you': Man refuses to apologise for incident where bag was 'thrown' at Govt TDs
It comes after Minister of State Anne Rabbitte and Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon had cow dung thrown at them during a public meeting this week.
Last year
Helen McEntee begins maternity leave with Heather Humphreys taking over justice brief
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys will take over the justice brief until 17 December.
Government sets up group to ‘intensify’ support for Cherry Orchard
The area came under the spotlight in September after people cheered as a Garda patrol car was rammed.
Legislation allowing for complaints about a judge's conduct comes into effect
It’s the first time in the history of the State that complaints can be made by members of the public.
Justice Minister publishes plan to counter internal corruption threat within An Garda Síochána
It contains actions to address recommendations of a Garda Inspectorate’s report last year.
Rights group ‘strongly opposed’ to gardaí being granted facial-recognition technology
Civil liberties groups say it enables “mass surveillance”, the Minister for Justice disagrees.
Justice Minister vows to deliver more than 400 domestic violence refuge beds
Helen McEntee also offered to open refuge spaces in nine counties currently without such services.
All time
Justice Minister says 'stark' findings shows one in 20 have had intimate images shared online
One in ten people under the age of 37 across the country have had intimate images of themselves been shared online.
Group challenges minister's decision preventing it from offering courses to overseas students
A High Court challenge has been brought by Holmes Institute Ireland Ltd against a decision by the Minister for Justice.
Pregnancy, parenting and politics: 'It's not advisable to go on a campaign trail two weeks postpartum'
This week saw the government announce Justice Helen McEntee will take six months of paid maternity leave, but the conversation has already turned to bigger questions.
Gardaí investigate bomb scare at home of Justice Minister Helen McEntee
McEntee is pregnant with her first child and is due in May
Justice Minister plans to take maternity leave after having her baby
There are no legal provisions for TDs to take parental leave.
Mother of young woman who took her own life after online abuse meets with Justice Minister
Jackie Fox released a statement this evening following the meeting.
Image-based abuse: Being in a relationship with victim 'will be aggravating factor in sentencing'
People could face up to seven years in prison if they publish intimate images without consent.
Varadkar says he spoke with other leaders before telling McEntee ‘Woulfe would make a good judge’
Helen McEntee took questions today on the ongoing controversy around Seamus Woulfe’s appointment.