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To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when he will publish the new fixed charge processing manual as recommended by GPSU; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

-Mick Wallace

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 5th November, 2013.

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The report of April 2013 from the Professional Standards Unit in the Garda Síochána looked at the processes and systems which are in place concerning the cancellation of fixed charge processing notices.  The report complements the report prepared by Assistant Commissioner John O'Mahoney of his examination into the allegations of irregularities in the operation of the Fixed Charge Processing System.  These two reports recommended a number of changes aimed at ensuring that tighter administrative procedures are correctly followed throughout the Force in relation to the cancellation of fixed charge notices.

The two reports were published on my Department's website on 15 May 2013.  In publishing the reports, I welcomed their recommendations for enhanced safeguards to ensure integrity in the Fixed Charge Processing System.  In addition, in order to provide even further public reassurance as to the effectiveness of these changes, and with the agreement of the Garda Commissioner, I asked the independent Garda Síochána Inspectorate to review the changes, and to make any necessary supplementary recommendations, and to then review their implementation after 18 months.  The Inspectorate is making progress with this work and I expect to receive their report shortly.

The Inspectorate's assessment of the recommendations made in the two Garda reports, and any further recommendations in this area which the Inspectorate feels are warranted, will be put in the public domain via the Inspectorate's website.

The Garda Commissioner issued a directive with revised cancellation procedures in relation to Fixed Charge Notices to all members of the Garda Siochana on 30 August 2013.  The revised Fixed Charge Processing User Manual and Procedures must await the report of the Garda Inspectorate as it will be necessary to take account of any recommendations from that source.

I also provided the two reports to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality for their consideration and for advice on any further recommendations or procedural or legislative changes which are desirable in this area.  I have also consulted with my colleague the Minster for Transport in this matter.

I am absolutely committed, as is the Commissioner, to the introduction of whatever improvements are necessary to ensure continuing public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the implementation of road traffic laws by the Garda Síochána.  

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My debate today with Minister Shatter over the continued use by American troops of Shannon airport. Follow link below for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52Fn-09lb4w&feature=youtu.be
Ciao all, Jack Nolan, a really energetic guy, who gives so much of his time to the community, is representing Wexford in the Calor Community Champion competition, 2013. If he wins, all proceeds will go to a local playground/park in Wexford. This is a great cause and he deserves all the votes he can get. Here's a message from Jack himself in relation to the competition and the playground. Hi everyone, This is a national competition in its second year sponsored by Calor Gas. I am representing Wexford in the competition and you can vote daily between now and Nov 8th on the Calor Facebook page. The prize fund is €7,500 for the local charity/group, €1,500 for the winner and €500 for the person who nominated the winner. If I win the full €9,500 will be given over to the local playground/amenity park in Duncannon. It would be great recognition for all the work being done by the local community in Duncannon and a big boost for those from all over Wexford who have contributed so generously to the fundraising effort if Wexford could win this competition. We formed a local village renewal group in May 2012 with the aim of improving the local area for young and old. We have carried out a lot of fundraising since then including car boot sales, cookery demonstrations, road races, raffles, concert with Wexford male voice choir and a fashion show. As well as raising money a great community spirit has been built up through the fundraising events and there has been great feedback that people have enjoyed taking part in local events. There has been tremendous support from the local community and the local businesses including the local sprat fishermen. The award would be recognition of the effort the community has been making to improve the village and make it a nicer place to live. The next fundraising event is the "Turkey burner" 5k at 12pm on December 29th in Duncannon. Over the last 12 months we have carried out a community survey and prepared a five year plan based on the survey results. A major concern for local residents is putting in a footpath from the village to the playground and we have raised this with the Council. We have been approved for a grant to extend the local playground to make it more attractive for older children and hopefully we will be signing a contract this week to progress that. We also plan to put up lights around the tennis court and soccer pitch at the playground so that local clubs could use the area for training. The plans for the playground extension are on the Duncannon Village Renewal Facebook page. We have liaised closely with the local councillors and Wexford county council and they have been very helpful contributing €15,000 to the playground project and giving us the land to work on. They have also put up signs asking traffic to slow down at the playground. If we win this money we could put in exercise equipment and a bike park beside the playground in Duncannon. We also want to put in seating around the village for everyone to enjoy and reopen an old path along the cliffs from Duncannon to Arthurstown. If people vote for Wexford (Jack Nolan) every day in this competition they will be able to come to Duncannon in the next few months and see the difference their vote has made!   You can vote by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/calorireland/app_306230512794109?ref=ts I really appreciate your help Kind regards. Jack Nolan.  

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Bias in Topical Issues Selection Revealed through Freedom of Information Request

A Freedom of Information Request submitted by Mick Wallace, TD, has revealed that there is a strong bias in the selection of Topical Issues. Topical Issues are supposed to afford TDs the opportunity to raise issues of concern to them, and to have these debated in the Oireachtas. Topical Issues are submitted to the Ceann Comhairle, who selects four topics for debate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

New documentation on the number of Topical Issues granted to TDs between September 2011 to October 2013 now shows that parties, and particularly government parties, receive favourable treatment in the selection of their Topical Issues, whether this is intentional or not. Findings from the data include:

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All Labour TDs who submitted Topical Issues had 20% or more of their Topical Issues selected, as did four fifths of Fine Gael TDs. This compares to just one third of all Technical Group members, who had 20% or more of their Topical Issues selected.

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Almost one third of Fine Gael TDs had 40% or more of their Topical Issues selected, while this was the case for nearly half of all Labour TDs. None of the members of the Technical Group, however, had 40% or more of their Topical Issues selected.

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17% of Fine Gael TDs, and 32% of Labour TDs had 50% or more of their Topical Issues selected, while none of the members of the Technical Group had 50% or more of their Topical Issues selected.

The data further shows that members of the Technical Group submitted Topical Issues in far higher numbers compared to government party TDs, yet had low acceptance rates. 4 Technical Group members submitted over 100 Topical Issues, but only had acceptance rates of between 10-17%.

Commenting on these findings, Mick Wallace said: “I have the highest submission rate, having submitted 166 Topical Issues since 2011, and yet only 19 of my Topical Issues have been accepted for debate. Given this new FOI documentation, there is clearly a case to be made for greater transparency with regard to how Topical Issues are selected. The current way of doing things results in an obvious bias towards the government parties, while Independents and members of the opposition parties are disadvantaged. Given how much Dáil business is already determined by government, Topical Issues are supposed to provide an opportunity for all TDs to raise matters of critical concern in our national parliament. Sadly, it seems that some TDs’ matters, however, are more important than others’.”

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