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LGBTQI+ and Equality: Statements (23 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I am delighted to get the opportunity to speak about equality and how it impacts on the LGBTI+ community. As the Minister said, we wish everyone a happy Pride. What is really good this year, and especially on a day like today, when it is so sunny, is that we finally have an event that is back to being held in person this weekend. To everybody taking part, my colleagues will be out in...

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: From the Seanad (22 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I will briefly address the matter of the review because it was an issue that originally came up on Committee Stage and that we certainly felt very strongly about. It has been acknowledged on Report Stage, which is very important. To be honest, reviews should be built into all legislation, following a realistic period to allow legislation to bed in. Legislation should not be allowed to be...

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: From the Seanad (22 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: Can we not call a vote on the overall Bill?

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: From the Seanad (22 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: There was.

Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: From the Seanad (22 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I welcome the amendments from the Seanad. I suppose there were some good steps from the first process of pre-legislative scrutiny through the various Stages - Committee Stage, Report Stage and the Bill's progress through the Seanad. I still have a major issue with the mandatory information session. I do not think the Minister will be shocked or surprised to hear that. It is my motivation...

Insurance Reform: Statements (22 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (21 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: 262. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will consider reviewing with a view to increasing the current property valuation limit for fresh start home loans administered by local authorities (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32137/22]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Cost of Living Issues (16 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: 215. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Government will increase civil service pay rates considering the cost-of-living crisis and the impact that it is having on persons and their ability to travel to their employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31426/22]

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I welcome this group of amendments. Everyone's concern in this regard was based on what happened in the aftermath of the publication of the report on the mother and baby homes. There was frustration and anger that there was no accountability in that instance. We wrote at least three times to invite representatives from the commission to appear before the Joint Committee on Children,...

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I welcome these amendments, which negate our amendment No. 52.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I move amendment No. 52: In page 47, line 27, after "certificates" to insert ", baptismal certificates and records, vaccine records and death notifications". I withdraw the amendment on the basis of the Minister's amendment No. 51.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: These amendments do not seem to be included in the list of amendments I have to hand. I know from what the Minister said just now and what he has said before that we will accept the amendments. However, I wish to note, from a procedural point of view, that we do not have a copy of the wording.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I welcome these amendments, which are good additions to the legislation. In fairness, many of the topics we discussed at pre-legislative scrutiny and on Committee Stage have been taken on board. That is really welcome.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I move amendment No. 26: In page 30, between lines 25 and 26, to insert the following: “(b) a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church," Amendment Nos. 26 to 29, inclusive, seek to ensure that the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church are included this information sources, given the central role that they played in mother and baby institutions. Amendment No. 30...

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: If we discussed amendment No. 31 first, we would not have had to discuss the others. I will withdraw my amendments as we go through them.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I move amendment No. 32: In page 31, line 25, after “Agency” to insert “and Adoption Authority of Ireland”." The amendment seeks to insert “and Adoption Authority of Ireland” after "Agency". The reason for this is that the AAI also holds significant records and should be included in the remit of the Bill, along with Tusla.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: Yes, I actually remember that now.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I move amendment No. 40: In page 34, line 11, after “person” where it firstly occurs to insert “across a range of appropriate disciplines”." The reason for the amendment is that there should be more emphasis in the Bill on an integrated identification approach involving a multidisciplinary response. For example, there is no mention of forensic anthropology in...

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I will press the amendment.

Institutional Burials Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (15 Jun 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I move amendment No. 45: In page 35, line 8, after “violent” to insert “accidental, homicide, undetermined or suspicious deaths”.

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