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Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Catherine Connolly: I am sharing time with Deputies Pringle and Joan Collins. I understand the Minister of State has a difficult job to do and my comments are not directed at him personally. Direct provision was introduced as an emergency measure 20 years ago in 1999. It not only continues but has been embedded as a permanent structure. They are not my words but those of the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall...

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Thomas Pringle: I support the comments made by Deputy Connolly at the end of her contribution The commitment in many communities in Ireland to welcoming refugees was honoured last month when Ireland won an award from the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative for the community sponsorship Ireland programme. This pilot scheme follows the Canadian example, which has resettled more than 300,000 refugees over...

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Bríd Smith: Médecins sans Frontiéres recently stated we were facing the worst displacement crisis since the Second World War. More than 60 million people across the globe are fleeing conflict, poverty and persecution, either within their home countries or in fleeing abroad. According to the UNHCR, in 2015, 1.2 million people made it into the European Union by sea routes, while 3,771 went...

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Brendan Howlin: According to a spending review, published by the Department of Justice and Equality in August, 39 direct provision centres are in operation. Seven of them are State-owned but all the centres are managed by private contractors. Recent statistics show that we had just under 3,000 applications for asylum in 2017 with just over 5,000 people living in direct provision with an average length of...

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Martin Kenny: I am glad to speak on this issue which has been very much in the headlines in the past couple of weeks. It has activated the minds of many people around the country and has unfortunately divided communities. Much of that is because of misinformation or the absence of information in many cases. We seem to have a society where sometimes the less reasonable, the less forthright and the less...

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Jim O'Callaghan: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this important debate which is timely as it is important that the House have a debate about the issues concerning direct provision which, unfortunately, have very much been in the news for negative reasons in recent times. It is also important to have a general debate on migration into the country. It is not something we usually debate, but it is...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Regina Doherty: Genuinely, that is not the case. We said we would not discuss this matter but that is neither here nor there. I am in negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This is a legacy issue. I do not mean that to be disrespectful to anyone in the Chamber. It is obviously my responsibility; I happen to be the person in this seat right now and I will do everything I can...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Question put and agreed to.

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Referral to Select Committee (13 Nov 2019)

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Referral to Select Committee (13 Nov 2019)

Regina Doherty: I move: That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 149(1).

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Referral to Select Committee (13 Nov 2019)

Question put and agreed to.

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Provision of Accommodation and Ancillary Services to Applicants for International Protection: Statements (13 Nov 2019)

Charles Flanagan: I am pleased to have the opportunity to make a statement to the House on the matter of supports for international protection applicants. I wish to reflect on the fact that the international humanitarian laws by which we are bound as proud and active members of the United Nations have their origins in horrendous conflicts, not least the Second World War. That gargantuan conflict began on...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Dara Calleary: I do not think they have broken down, but there seems to be a significant difficulty.

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Regina Doherty: I thank all of the Deputies who contributed yesterday evening and today. I am grateful for the positive comments they have made about the small number of initiatives that are in the budget and the changes that they will effect. I thank those who spoke today and yesterday. I attempted to reach the most vulnerable people with the small amount of money I had. Everybody has mentioned how...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Sa bhuiséad chaill muid deis iontach freastal ceart a dhéanamh ar gach saoránach atá faoi mhíchumas. Sa Bhille seo níl aon athrú air sin. Is mór an trua é. Budget 2020 was hugely disappointing in its missed opportunities and limited ambition for those citizens living with a disability, and I will address this area in particular. The...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Maurice Quinlivan: I wish to share time with Deputy Ó Snodaigh.

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Maurice Quinlivan: My contribution relates to the minimum wage section of the Bill, given the Minister is missing a key opportunity to raise income levels for workers. The Government's handling of the minimum wage question in this year's budget was disappointing. The total absence of information and the conflicting accounts from the Minister and the Taoiseach about what the Government was going to do on the...

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (13 Nov 2019)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Ba mhaith liom an deis seo a ghlacadh chun labhairt faoi cheist an chosaint shóisialta mar a ghlaotar air anois. Tá ceisteanna ríthábhachtach ann nach bhfuil sa Bhille seo gur chóir go mbeadh ann. Ba chóir go mbeadh muid ag déanamh an deis a thapú tacú leo siúd atá ag brath go hiomlán ar leasa shóisialta nó ar...

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