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  • 10/12/2015   International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage – Dáil Éireann
    Statement by Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality introducing the International Protection Bill 2015 Second Stage – Dáil Éireann.
  • 01/12/2015   Minister Fitzgerald secures funding for Schengen Information System
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today announced that she has secured additional capital funding of €4million for 2016 to allow Ireland to participate in the Schengen Information System (SIS II), a centralised secure database used by European countries for maintaining information (alerts) related to border security and law enforcement.
  • 25/11/2015   Garda Operation Vantage
    Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today commended the Garda Commissioner and the Garda National Immigration Bureau on the success of today's Operation Vantage which is designed to tackle facilitators of sham marriages and illegal immigration. Read the Minister's full statement
  • 20/11/2015   Emergency Meeting of EU Justice & Interior Ministers
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, TD today met with EU Justice and Interior Ministers in emergency session in Brussels to discuss the European Union’s response to the Paris terrorist attacks. Read the Minister's full statement.
  • 19/11/2015   Minister Fitzgerald publishes International Protection Bill 2015
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, today published the text of the International Protection Bill 2015 which was approved by Government and which has been presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas to begin the legislative process leading to the enactment of the Bill.
  • 12/11/2015   EU Africa Valletta Summit agrees comprehensive Declaration and Action Plan in response to the migration crisis
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD today participated in day two of the EU Africa Heads of State and Government Summit on Migration in Valletta, Malta, at which a comprehensive Declaration and Action Plan in response to the migration crisis was agreed by consensus. The Minister also visited the European Asylum Support Office based in Valletta which is coordinating the implementation of the EU's relocation of migrants programme.
  • 11/11/2015   Minister Fitzgerald attends Valletta Summit of EU & African leaders on migration crisis
    Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald is today representing Ireland at the Valletta Summit on Migration in Malta. This important Summit brings together leaders and senior government representatives from 31 European countries and 35 African nations
  • 09/11/2015   Statement by Minister Fitzgerald on the Migration Crisis following a meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers
    The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD today attended an extraordinary JHA Council in relation to the Migration Crisis. Commenting on today’s Council Minister Fitzgerald stated, “All Member States recognise the absolute importance of implementing the necessary measures as a matter of urgency. The conclusions adopted today serve to further enhance the EU response to this crisis and I am confident that Member States realise the need to continue to make progress at EU level on delivering on the commitments made.
  • 09/10/2015   Minister Murphy attends EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council addressing migration, asylum, terrorism, organised crime and data protection
    Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy TD, represented Ireland in a wide-ranging set of Ministerial discussions at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg yesterday and today. Topics discussed included migration, asylum, serious and organised crime as well as counter-terrorism and data protection. In relation to migration and following recent agreements on the relocation of asylum seekers throughout Europe, yesterday's session of the Council focused on other aspects of the EU's response to the migration and asylum crisis, including discussions on developing enhanced arrangements for managing external borders. Ministers also adopted Council Conclusions on the Future of Returns Policy following an exchange of views.
  • 08/10/2015   Minister Murphy attends High Level Migration Conference on the Western Balkans Route
    This evening, Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy TD attended a High Level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans routes currently being favoured by migrants trying to reach the European Union. The High Level Conference brought together EU Ministers and representatives from Western Balkans States as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Speaking in Luxembourg Minister Murphy said “Ireland is strongly of the view that the EU and its partner countries must work together in a spirit of solidarity and co-operation if we are to meet the unprecedented challenges that this current crisis brings to us all. It is important that our response is multi-faceted and addresses both the immediate crisis and medium-term challenges, as well as the root causes of this crisis, in particular the war in Syria”. The Minister highlighted some of what Ireland has brought so far to the wider EU response to the migration crisis – “Ireland has contributed €41m to date as a humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis. In addition, Ireland is contributing to the Regional Development and Protection Programme in the Middle East which has the purpose of assisting refugees and providing support to those hosting refugees in countries neighbouring Syria. In September the Irish Government approved the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and agreed to accept up to 4,000 persons under the European Resettlement and Relocation Programmes”.
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