Category Archives: Justice

Tallaght courthouse to remain open after successful consultation process – Keane

Fine Gael bye-election candidate for Dublin South West, Senator Cáit Keane has today (Monday) welcomed the news that Tallaght courthouse will not close as previously proposed.

“Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald telephoned me directly this morning to inform me that Tallaght courthouse will not close as planned,” Senator Keane explained.

“I have been making representations to the Courts Service and my Government colleagues for months about the proposed closure and am glad to see that these have been taken into account and that the right decision for this area has been taken,” she continued.

“Tallaght is an ever expanding area of South Dublin with over 70,000 people living here. It needs key administrative services to serve this growing population and closing the courthouse would not have been in the best interests of the citizens who live in the area. Tallaght is the administrative centre of South County Dublin and to remove such a vital organ of the justice system at local level would have been a regressive and very damaging action.

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President Carter is right on the need to criminalise the purchase of sex – Keane

Fine Gael Senator and the Party’s candidate in the upcoming Dublin South-West bye-election, Cáit Keane, has today (Monday) welcomed the correspondence from President Jimmy Carter to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, detailing his views on prostitution and the need to criminalise the purchase of sex.
“I was heartened to see President Jimmy Carter’s correspondence to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the members of the Oireachtas on the matter of prostitution. I have prioritised the issues of prostitution and human trafficking since being elected to the Seanad. As a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I was on the committee that published a report into human trafficking last October, and I was honoured to be one of the Irish representatives at the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) roundtable seminar hosted by the Lithuanian parliament last year.

My Seanad speech on the right to relationships for people with disabilities, 10 June 2014.

I am pleased to be present for the debate. I thank Senator Zappone for introducing the Bill and I welcome the Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, to the House.
The Minister outlined what she proposes to bring to the House. She stated it is priority legislation. If priority means anything the Bill will be introduced very quickly. When the Minister referred to priorities in her previous portfolio she could be taken at her word and she introduced change. I look forward to the same approach in this case. It is my first time addressing the Minister since she became Minister for Justice and Equality and I congratulate her on her appointment.
I welcome the representatives of disability groups in the Visitors’ Gallery. I am aware of the research and report they contributed to Senator Zappone. The purpose of the Bill has been widely stated and I will not refer to that. It is important to ensure that people with disabilities will have the same freedom to consent to sexual activity as people without disabilities. Just because a person has one type of disability or another does not mean he or she should be discriminated against in any sphere of life, in particular in terms of sexual activity which is a very important aspect of all our lives. Continue reading

Keane calls on Courts Services of Ireland to reverse decision to close Tallaght courthouse

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Tuesday) called on the Courts Services of Ireland to reverse its plans to close the local Courthouse in Tallaght. Her calls were made in response to recent revelations by the Courts Services of Ireland of its plans to close four courts in Dublin including Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Swords and Balbriggan and to overhaul the capital city’s District Courts.
“I am urging the Courts Services of Ireland to reconsider the proposals it published recently, which include plans to abolish the courthouse in Tallaght. This is part of a proposed merger of the courts in Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Swords and Balbriggan into the Criminal Courts of Justice complex near the Phoenix Park and Blanchardstown courthouse.