12 January 2016
Fitzgerald proposes new powers for City and County Councils to regulate the planning of new licensed premises
- Local Authorities to be allowed to include policies in their City and County Development Plans

- Provisions included in new Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill

- Move follows concerns about proliferation of new off-licences in certain urban areas

Frances Fitzgerald Local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality has announced proposals to give new powers to City and County Councils to regulate planning of new licensed premises such as pubs, off-licences and nightclubs.

In conjunction with her colleague Minister of State for Planning, Paudie Coffey TD, Fitzgerald has agreed a proposal to explicitly allow City and County Councils to include objectives in their Development Plans relating to “regulating, restricting or controlling the development of licensed premises.” The making of a Development Plan is a reserved function for elected councillors.

22 December 2015
Clondalkin closer to seeing ‘Gaeilge Lenár Linn’

Local TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the announcement that Clondalkin has been selected to be a ‘Líonra’ or an Irish Language Network by Foras na Gaeilge. Under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, the Government announced their intention to develop the Irish language in communities outside of the core Gaeltacht areas. These areas would be called ‘Irish Language Networks’ or ‘Líonra Gaeilge’ and would in effect create urban Gaeltachts.

10 December 2015

Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister, launched the annual St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on Friday. Members from the local SVP branches in Clondalkin, Lucan and Ballyfermot were shaking their buckets throughout the weekend and encouraging shoppers to pick up something extra and donate it to children whose families cannot afford gifts this Christmas.

27 November 2015

600 new Gardaí will be recruited in 2016
Announcement underscores the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána
Special selection stream for eligible serving Garda reserve members
Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, has announced the opening of a recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána in 2016.

This new campaign is necessary to fulfil the Government’s commitment to recruit 600 Gardaí in 2016.

Welcoming the new campaign Fitzgerald said: “Today is an important day for An Garda Síochána. It marks the formal announcement on
www.publicjobs.ie of the commencement of the 2016 recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána. It underscores the Government’s commitment to seamless ongoing recruitment to An Garda Síochána to ensure that the Service is renewed and has the capacity to provide effective policing services throughout the country.

“The 600 new Gardaí to be recruited next year will bring to 1,150 the total number of new recruits since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014. So far 295 of these recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and are on the ground in communities nationwide.”
16 November 2015
Frances Fitzgerald, Local TD and Minister for Justice, has announced the commencement of DNA legislation and launch of a new state-of-the-art DNA Database System. The database will become operational on 20 November 2015 and is another important tool that Gardaí can use to tackle crime.

Welcoming the introduction of such a system for the first time in this jurisdiction Fitzgerald said “the new DNA database, which will be based in the Phoenix Park, will offer Gardaí the most modern technology available in the fight against crime. This high quality intelligence tool will be especially invaluable in the fight against ‘volume crime’, such as burglary and theft, and also in the investigation of serious offences against the person.

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