Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation


12:40 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)

A number of backlogs built up over the course of the pandemic, including in the areas of passports and work permits. We have managed to get through most of them. The passport situation is much improved and delays in getting work permits are now down to four to five weeks. This is clearly one area in which there is still a backlog and that needs to be dealt with. I do not have detailed information on south Dublin but I will make the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, aware that the Deputy raised this issue. We will see what can be done. It is important that people get a timely driving test.

It is not just about the freedom they need to be able to get around, look after relatives or bring kids to school. There is also the issue of being able to work and access the workforce. There is a constitutional right not to have the right to work denied. We need to work on this and I thank the Deputy for raising it.


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