Minister Charlie Flanagan

  • There has been an increase in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country.

    It has lead to calls for action to tackle the growing problem in communities across Ireland.

     

    There was a surge in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents across the country in the second half of last year.

    A Sunday Independent study of CSO statistics shows a 14 per cent increase in harassment and related offences between July and December.

    There was also an eight per cent rise in 'disorderly conduct' which includes violent disorder, public order offences and drunkenness.

    The research shows a growing trend in crime categories linked to  abuse of alcohol, the carrying of weapons and robberies over the past two years.

    Opposition parties have called for action to prevent anti-social behaviour.

    While the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan told the newspaper that parents and schools had a key role to play in tackling the problem.

    He says Gardai will tackle the problems head-on but need co-operation.

  • The Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and the Minister of State for Immigration & Integration David Stanton have expressed grave concern at the reports of a fire last night in the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey.

    Last night at around 9:15, two small fires were found on the first floor of the Shannon Key West Hotel in Rooskey, where 80 asylum seekers are due to move in.

    The fires were soon brought under control by on-site security guards - and it's believed no serious damage was caused.

    Minister Flanagan said last night's fire at the hotel comes just five weeks after a previous fire at the premises, and said this pattern of behaviour represents an unacceptable and worrying development, and should be condemned by all.

    The Justice Minister says the person or people responsible for this attack have shown a reckless disregard for the safety of human life and no respect for private property.

    He said the hotel owners had just completed the necessary repairs from the last fire, and the damage will now have to be assessed again, for the second time this year.

     

     

  • The Justice Minister says nobody is forced into direct provision.

    Minister Charlie Flanagan was responding to criticism about his Department's handling of plans for a direct provision centre in Oughterard, Co. Galway.

    The developer of the hotel, which was to be used as a direct provision centre, withdrew from the process yesterday.

    Minister Charlie Flanagan says entering the system is voluntary:

  • The Justice Minister says the suspected involvement of dissident republicans following the eviction of a Co Roscommon family from their home last week is a "very sinister development".

    Anthony McGann, along with his brother and sister, were evicted from their property near Strokestown just over a week ago, following a court order.

    The eviction sparked an angry response following the involvement of a private security firm, understood to be from Northern Ireland.

    A group of over 20 men then stormed the house on Sunday morning, injuring 8 security men with at least 6 vehicles burnt out.

    Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals can't be allowed to take the law into their own hands.

  • The Government has deferred controversial plans for a commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

    In a statement last night, the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says - given the disappointing response of some to the planned event on 17th January - it cannot now take place in an atmosphere that meets the goals of the overall commemorative programme, therefore it's being deferred.

    Minister Flanagan said he will proceed with an alternative commemoration in the months ahead, after consulting with the Advisory Group on Centenary Commemoration and other stakeholders.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary told Midwest News yesterday that he would not be attending the event, given the history of the Black & Tans in Co Mayo.

    This morning, the Fianna Fail deputy leader welcomed Fine Gael's U-turn on the event, and said it's an embarrassing climbdown for the Government which could have been avoided, if they had consulted historians and others on the matter, before forging ahead with its plans.

    Meanwhile, the Justice Minister says any future commemoration of the RIC will have to be inclusive and respectful of all traditions. Minister Charlie Flanagan says he hopes agreement can be reached with all interested parties so a future commemoration goes ahead.

     

     

  • The Minister for Justice and Equality and the Acting Garda Commissioner will be in Galway today.

    Minister Charlie Flanagan and Donall O’Cualain will officially open the Western Region Garda Headquarters in Galway this morning.

    The new headquarters will be opened by Minister Flanagan and Acting Commissioner O’Cualain at 11am on the Dublin Road, Renmore in Galway.

     

  • The Minister for Justice says the case of a Direct Provision resident, who was buried by the State without any of her friends' knowledge, will not be repeated.

    Sylva Tukula, a transgender woman in her 30s who was living in an all-male Galway centre, died last August.

    After her next-of-kin could not be contacted, she was buried last month without a ceremony or her friends being told.

    The Department of Justice claims this was due to a "breakdown in communication".

    Minister Charlie Flanagan says lessons have been learned.