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Community courts would provide greater community engagement in the criminal justice process - Conway

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Justice and Clare Senator, Martin Conway, welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald that she intends to bring forward proposals on the establishment of a Community Court in Dublin City on a pilot basis.

Following my Private Members’ Motion on Community Courts in the Seanad In February, which received all party support; I am delighted that the Minister for Justice has now committed to the establishment of a community court in Dublin as a pilot project and as part of a strategic review of penal policy.

Conway requests Justice Committee to recall acting Garda Commissioner

Fine Gael Clare Senator and spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability Martin Conway, has today (Monday), written to the Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality requesting the committee, of which Senator Conway is a member of, to recall the interim Garda Commissioner to discuss the response of the force to the recent allegations of the improper termination of penalty points.

Conway welcomes debate on penal policy

Fine Gael Senator for Clare and the Party's Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Thursday) welcomed the launch by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, of the Parole Board Annual Report for 2013.

“The Parole Board which advises the Minister for Justice and Equality on the future  management  of  prisoners  serving  sentences of imprisonment greater than eight years , incentivises prisoners to participate in a meaningful way in  rehabilitation programmes, where possible from the time they first arrive in prison.

€191,278 for local authority housing adaptations in Clare – Conway

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, and the Party's Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway has, today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of €191,278 by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey TD, for the adaptation of local authority housing to meet the needs of tenants with disabilities.

In Clare, €191,278 has been granted to the County Council so that improvements can be made to local authority housing for tenants with disabilities.

Conway welcomes open recruitment process for post of Garda Commissioner

Fine Gael Senator for Clare and the Party's Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, of the open recruitment process for the post of Garda Commissioner.  “I am delighted that the current vacancy in the post of Garda Commissioner is to be filled through an open competition.

Review of the Department of Justice and Equality requires careful consideration - Conway

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Justice and Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has said that  the review of the Department of Justice is essential to safeguard the broad range of reforms to policing and justice currently underway in Ireland.  Senator Conway was speaking after the publication of the Report of the Independent Review Group on the Department of Justice and Equality by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality.

Conway welcomes first new intake at Templemore since 2009

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Martin Conway, has welcomed the recent announcement by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, that 100 new Garda recruits will commence training at Templemore in early September.

I am delighted that the Minister has sanctioned funding for this recruitment and that training will commence shortly.   The Government has consistently stated its intention to recommence recruitment when possible, and it is very positive that it is now in a position to deliver on this promise.

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