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# Justice Minister

31st May 2023
# familicide
Harris says family concerns will be 'considered' in domestic violence report recommendations
The study was carried out independently of the Department of Justice.
This week
28th May 2023 - 1st 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.
# garda recruitment
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.
This year
# Kevin Sheehy
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.
# spiking
'Worrying increase' in spiking incidents reported to gardaí as figures nearly double
The government will repeat its awareness campaign this year.
# anne rabbitte
'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
# Justice Minister
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.
# Cherry Orchard
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.
# Judicial misconduct
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.
# corruption threat
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.
# New powers
Rights group ‘strongly opposed’ to gardaí being granted facial-recognition technology
Civil liberties groups say it enables “mass surveillance”, the Minister for Justice disagrees.
# Domestic Violence
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
# intimate images
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.
# High Court
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.
# Women in Politics
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.
# Bomb Threat
Gardaí investigate bomb scare at home of Justice Minister Helen McEntee
McEntee is pregnant with her first child and is due in May
# new baby
Justice Minister plans to take maternity leave after having her baby
There are no legal provisions for TDs to take parental leave.
# Coco's Law
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.
# revenge porn
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.
# Under Pressure
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.
# woulfe at the door
Justice minister agrees to appear before the Dáil to answer questions on Woulfe appointment
Micheal Martin says the Oireachtas Business Committee should meet to discuss the matter.
# woulfe at the door
TDs round on Taoiseach and government over Seamus Woulfe questions 'charade'
Justice Minister Helen McEntee also defended the government’s stance.
# Helen McEntee
Justice Minister agrees to take Séamus Woulfe questions as PQs, but no Dáil debate
The opposition has rejected this offer as “laughable” and “circling the wagons”.
# Justice Minister
There have been 8 deaths in prison custody to date this year, and 100 deaths in 10 years
The figures to 1 October this year are down on the 15 deaths that occurred in Irish prisons last year.
# 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.
# Justice Minister
Minister tells asylum appeals tribunal to 'act urgently' after member addressed Dublin anti-mask rally
Minister Helen McEntee has asked the chair of IPAT to prepare a report after Una McGurk addressed the anti-mask rally.
# Gardaí
Around 80 human trafficking investigations underway in Ireland
Justice Minster Helen McEntee revealed the latest figure on World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
# Charlie Flanagan
Justice Minister: 'Root-and-branch' change to Direct Provision will 'ultimately lead to its abolition'
The Justice Minister made the comments on RTÉ Radio Ones’s This Week programme.
# Justice Minister
Dept of Justice says video of cramped Direct Provision room 'appears to have been staged'
The Depart of Justice said this afternoon that no more than six people are in a room at the East End Hotel centre.
# Chaos
'It's like I'm in a prison': Fears citizenship applications are facing years-long backlogs
A High Court ruling in July has halted the processing of citizenship applications.
# Oughterard
'I don't want to see these people on our streets': Charlie Flanagan admits 'crisis' in asylum seeker accommodation
The Justice Minister says over 1,300 asylum seekers are currently in emergency accommodation.
# age verification
Minister says 'porn block' law needs to be considered, but says privacy issues also a concern
Credit card details could be used to verify a person is over 18 under the new UK rules.
# Outlawed
Ireland set to make revenge porn and 'upskirting' illegal under new legislation
It will also be an offence to send obscene messages using any form of online communications.
# seasonal time change
Government to hold national consultation on scrapping daylight savings time
The President of the European Commission has proposed to end the changes in Europe next year.
# Damages
Garda and ex-Tipperary hurler who was seriously injured after assault awarded €1.16 million
Justice Bernard Barton had earlier awarded the 44-year-old €175,000 general damages.
# divestment
Courts Service of Ireland reduces shares in Big Tobacco, but still holds €4.5m worth in stocks
Critics state the Courts Services continued investment in the tobacco industry flies in the face of the government’s Tobacco Free Ireland vision.
# Investigation
'Matter of grave concern': Justice Minister on Garda submachine gun found in Dublin city centre by passerby
The gun was handed in to Store Street garda station yesterday by a member of the public.
# investgation
Government won't support Fianna Fáil's calls for public inquiry into death of cyclist Shane O'Farrell
Shane O’Farrell was cycling home in 2011 when he was struck by a car driven by a man who was on bail for a number of offences.
# Deportation
Supreme Court: Minister's decision left two Mauritian families in 'Catch 22' situation
Both students had been studying and working the country for 11 years and were directed to leave after a policy change.
# rural ireland
No plans to legalise pepper spray or tasers in Ireland
Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said it isn’t possible to police rural Ireland the same way as Dublin.