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National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Réada Cronin: I accept everything the Minister of State said. The Bill is about making sure children and vulnerable adults are safe. That is what is most important. There are different areas of risk. The Bill's provisions are relevant to people going for certain jobs or looking to do volunteering. During the Covid period, there were people in my area delivering food shopping to older people living...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Paul Donnelly: I do not have much to add to what has been said by my colleagues. This important Bill needs to progress. I hope it is done in a speedy manner and that we have the opportunity to get it passed before the general election. I am not pre-empting the calling of the election. Perhaps the Minister of State will tell us today whether it will happen in September or October. I wish all my...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: This is vital legislation. We must ensure we have absolute due diligence and a streamlined process in regard to vetting. I am saying more than I usually would while in the Chair. I received a telephone call just before the debate started concerning a new facility in County Louth to deal with vulnerable children. The caller is dealing with a particular issue and asked me whether I know...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Question put and declared carried.

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 7.13 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Céadaoin, an 18 Meán Fómhair 2024. The Dáil adjourned at at 7.13 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 18 September 2024.

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I am greatly encouraged to see that Deputy Ó Snodaigh takes the same approach to volunteering as I do, which is that we do enough public service here. I cannot be baking tray-bakes and that. Perhaps when the electorate decides I need more time to bake tray-bakes and volunteer in different ways, I will spend my time doing that as well. In the meantime, I feel like I have a pass and now...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Pa Daly: I am sharing time with my colleagues. I thank them for their contributions. I also thank the Minister of State and her officials. We, too, would hope to work with the Government. I note some of the issues the Minister of State has raised. I await with interest the review or report which is going to be published presently. I understand what she is saying about the difference in risk...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Paul Donnelly: I thank my colleagues for working on this Bill because it is an important one. We have been talking about this issue for a long time. I had a couple of previous roles. I worked for Tusla and I was also a children's officer in a GAA club, which was a challenging role in itself as it involved making sure everybody in the club was Garda vetted and children were protected. We had all of the...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: When Deputy Donnelly was speaking I was trying to count up how many addresses I have had in my adult life. There are at least eight I can remember. I cannot remember the exact address of some of those. The nature of being a student or young person is that you move and 40 years later you do not remember where. The onus on us is to remember every single address, however. That is not the...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Anois, tá deich bomaite ag an Teachta Croinin.

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Réada Cronin: I also wish to thank the OPLA for its work on this Bill. I am very glad to be co-proposing it with na Teachtaí Pa Daly agus Paul Donnelly and that we have this opportunity to address it further at this stage before the Dáil rises for the summer recess. The purpose of our Bill is to keep the practice of vetting as effective and as safe as possible and to make the process as...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank Deputy Daly and Deputies Cronin and Donnelly for introducing this Private Members' Bill on Second Stage today and acknowledge their intentions in bringing forward the Bill. I would also like to acknowledge, as Deputy Daly has, the work of the OPLA, which does extraordinary work to support Deputies in this House in producing Private Members' Bills. In my first role in this House,...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Waste Management (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I would like to thank Deputy O’Rourke for raising this important matter, as I welcome the opportunity to respond to media reports claiming that some waste collection providers may increase household-waste collection charges as a result of the introduction of the deposit return scheme, DRS. The introduction of the DRS for plastic bottles and aluminium cans is a positive...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Waste Management (11 Jul 2024)

Darren O'Rourke: On 30 April this year, the Minister of State, Deputy Smyth, was appeared before the Oireachtas committee. In response to questions about this, he said that people will have a lower volume and lower weight in their bins, that the majority of waste collectors now charge by weight or volume, rather than a fixed fee, and that the cost of waste removal should come down. This reflects what most...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Waste Management (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I presume the Deputy is supportive of the DRS?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Waste Management (11 Jul 2024)

Darren O'Rourke: Yes, of course.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Waste Management (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: The DRS is a good idea and there is a way in which it has to be managed and rolled out. As the Deputy has heard me say, and as customers will also hear me say, that if the success of the DRS results in the waste collection industry raising the price for households, the Government does not accept that such prices are inevitable, as the Deputy has said, nor merited. I just want to be very...

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2024)

Pa Daly: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." Ar dtús, ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an bhfoireann in the Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers, OPLA. The work of this office is crucial to ensure that Private Members' Bills are produced and it offers us an important resource. Obviously, Government has an advantage when it comes to policy and legislative...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Water Services (11 Jul 2024)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Deputy. I am answering on behalf of the Minister for housing, who has responsibility for water and other things. The Deputy is quite right. Uisce Éireann's annual report and financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2023 were laid before the Houses at the end of June 2024. The year 2023 is the first year that Uisce Éireann has been audited, both by its...

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