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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Niall Collins: I thank the Minister of State for his comments and Deputy Quinlivan for his support. We are all on the same page and want to reach the same end point in terms of consumer protection. The amount of money that is spent on gift cards and vouchers is considerable. Ironically, the people who are most vulnerable to the inadequacies of the law in the unregulated sector are children, who are...

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

John Halligan: Yes.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Niall Collins: It is partnered with An Post, which is a commercial semi-State body. Its model is one to which the unregulated sector should aspire. That the money involved is held in a third party escrow account is a positive and comforting factor for people who engage with that entity, which is regulated under the EU's e-money directive. I thank Deputy Quinlivan, the Sinn Féin Party, the Minister of...

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Question put and agreed to.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: That must be the fastest period I have ever seen in which a Private Members' Bill has passed Second Stage.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Niall Collins: Yes.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

John Halligan: We are all working together.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I wish we could do this with many other Bills.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Niall Collins: I move:That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 141.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Question put and agreed to.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.55 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 26 June 2018.

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Maurice Quinlivan: I commend Deputy Niall Collins for bringing forward this Private Members' Bill. The Bill aims to address an issue that causes frustration for many people dealing with gift vouchers. Often, it is only when people go to use these vouchers do they find that the vouchers can be out of date and worthless. Other consumers are affected when the value of their voucher is run down through fees and...

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am conscious of the limited participation in this debate. Does the Minister of State, Deputy Halligan, wish to add any further significant comment?

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

John Halligan: I wish to make quite clear to Deputy Collins that the Bill will not be delayed. The Government will support the Bill and will not oppose it. As I said, there are some issues. We discussed the aspect of businesses that may have some difficulties. The One4all vouchers, for example, have a potential issue in that it is a business where a whole tranche of money is held by the company and put...

Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 Jun 2018)

John Halligan: I am happy to contribute to the debate on this Bill and commend Deputy Niall Collins for bringing it before the House. It is progressive legislation. Although it is not the subject of this debate, I also commend Deputies Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall for introducing their Private Members' Bill, the Consumer Rights (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2017. The main provision of the...

Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (21 Jun 2018)

Dessie Ellis: I accept that there are occasions when there are events and people end up homeless. This special occasion, however, will bring hundreds of thousands of people into Dublin. Its impact will be exceptional. While the Minister of State says he has 30 extra beds and a few extra hubs that will not be sufficient if several hundred people will be put out of hotels. We have to have a real plan...

Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (21 Jun 2018)

Damien English: The Government recognises that hotels are not a suitable accommodation option for families. That is why we are supporting local authorities to develop family hubs and new housing projects, and to purchase vacant houses from banks or others. Last year there were an additional 7,000 houses in the system and this year there will be an additional 8,000 available for social housing. That is a...

Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (21 Jun 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am sure that all of us here appreciate that Pope Francis I is the last man on earth who would want to see vulnerable people driven out of their emergency accommodation.

Topical Issue Debate: Homeless Accommodation Provision (21 Jun 2018)

Dessie Ellis: I am not accusing the Minister of that.

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