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New legislation will tackle the number of break-ins carried out by repeat offenders

Fine Gael Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Monday) welcomed the publication of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015, by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.

“The new measures will tackle the distressing issue of burglaries by keeping repeat burglars off the streets.

“It will require a court which decides to impose custodial sentences for multiple burglary offences committed within a 12 month window, to impose such sentences consecutively.

Great news for students in direct provision

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015.

“Asylum seekers cannot work in the direct provision system nor were they previously entitled to access State support such as the SUSI grant and the free fees scheme. This means that despite excelling in education there was no way for students in the direct provision to pursue a third level education.

Government extends TAMS 1 closing date for Clare farmers where work has already started

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has received confirmation from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD that there will a degree of flexibility to the time allowed to complete projects under TAMS 1. This will apply where work has already commenced and Minister Coveney has extended the closing date to the 14th September 2015.

Students in direct provision must be given access to third level - Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has said today (Friday) that it’s essential for students in direct provision to have access to third level education and be provided with support.

“The achievement of the young Ukrainian student Anna Kern, who got 575 points in her Leaving Cert, is truly commendable and inspiring. We must now ensure that Anna and students like her can achieve their full potential and be allowed to further their education.

Regulations for single dwelling houses and extensions will make it easier to build or extend home

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has said that new regulations, which will come into effect from 1st September 2015, will ease regulations on building single dwelling houses and extensions.

“The Minister for Housing, Paudie Coffey TD, has decided to remove the mandatory requirement for statutory certificates of compliance in respect of a new dwelling on a single unit development or a domestic extension. This will make it less burdensome for people in Clare and around the country to build or extend their home.

New bail laws will deter repeat offenders

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Justice and Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Tuesday) said that the planned introduction of a new Bail Bill by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald will protect the public against crimes committed by offenders out on bail.

“I am delighted that Minister Fitzgerald is due to introduce a suite of measures to tackle the ongoing problem of recidivism.

€248,129 in grants for Clare businesses from Local Enterprise Office - Conway

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway, has said that grants of €248,129 paid from the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) in 2014 are providing great support to local businesses in Clare. The Local Enterprise Offices are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

“The new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were launched last year to deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country.

Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality takes stock of intense workload during 31st Dáil and 24th Seanad

505 witnesses attended almost 200 meetings, with over twenty reports published

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality David Stanton TD has taken stock of Committee work during this Dáil term. The Joint Committee has met 121 times since the 2011 General Election while the Dáil Select Committee has met 44 times. Meanwhile, the Sub-Committee Penal Reform met eight times while the sub-Committee Human Rights met four times. The Committee has also considered 32 EU Motions.

Seanad Debate on Direct Provision Report needed-Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Tuesday), said that the Seanad needs to urgently debate the findings of the Government’s working group on Ireland's asylum and protection process. Speaking following the launch of the Report by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, TD Senator Conway expressed his support for the recommendations raised in this report.

"I am satisfied that the report has identified the inordinate delay in processing asylum applications as a significant problem for asylum seekers currently in the system.


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