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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (22 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I thank the speakers for their attendance. I hope this is the start of a valuable process that will allow us to consider where there have been failings and how we can map a better system. I would like to think - I think many other members of the committee agree - that in the long run there will be a radically transformed system. There have been significant failings in the direct provision...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (22 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: How are people usually recorded if they qualify in both categories?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (22 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I will respond briefly to some of the points made before asking series of questions. I take on board the point that the housing crisis is doubtless a significant consideration. It affects every sphere of life, including those who have received their papers and are in a position to apply for local authority housing, secure HAP and so on. There is nowhere else for those people to go at this...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (22 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: That is what this process is about.

Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Gabhaim buíochas leis na Teachtaí O'Callaghan agus O'Loughlin as an reachtaíocht seo a thabhairt os ár gcomhair. Beidh Sinn Féin ag tacú leis. Tá sé tábhachtach. Is ábhar é atá sa nuacht faoi láthair de bharr cásanna áirithe tragóideacha uafásacha. Tá gá le cur chuige cosúil leis an gceann...

Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage (21 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Sinn Féin will not be opposing the passage of this Bill on Second Stage. However, there are several points which I wish to put to the Minister of State and which it is important to put on the record of the House. I note that no amendments were brought to the Bill in the Seanad and we hope to see it progress swiftly. The Bill provides for matters relating to mortgage repossession...

Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (Amendment) Bill 2019 [Seanad]: Second Stage [Private Members] (21 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: When I saw this item listed for business, my mind was cast back to doing a module on property law and land law. My mind was cast back to some of the more obscure ends of that area, including turbary rights, resulting trusts and so on. I was not expecting as interesting a contribution as Deputy O'Callaghan's brief history lecture. It was quite fascinating in its way. This issue is grounded...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (21 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I thank the Minister of State for his response, but more is needed. From speaking to the parents at the protests, they were concerned, frustrated and angry at a situation that had been developing for some time. Many of them pointed to the fact that the number of children and teens presenting with diabetes was increasing rapidly. Is the Minister of State confident that what has been agreed...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (21 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Diabetes is a condition that affects a large proportion of the population, numbering some 190,000. It is a condition that involves a great deal of management and it can involve a great deal of hardship. It involves invasive finger-prick tests and so on. I attended a protest at Cork University Hospital, CUH, yesterday morning, led by the parents and families of children and teenagers who...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: The delivery of social housing is happening far too slowly. I have some examples of individual cases, although I am sure the Minister has dealt with similar cases. A couple with a seven year old child, sharing a house with their parents and four siblings, one of whom is a 15 year old boy with brain cancer, have been on the list for eight and a half years. A single mother and her children,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: We were on about social housing ten years ago but Fine Gael did not want to know about it.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Private Security Authority (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I thank the Minister for that response. We will keep the situation under review. For our part, I am glad the Minister has acknowledged the Bill. We will progress it to Second Stage if we are not satisfied with progress from the Government. We can consider any amendments the Minister proposes to make to that Bill, if it progresses to Committee Stage, which I hope it will, and I emphasise...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Private Security Authority (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 6. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of his proposed legislation regarding regulation of private security personnel that fall outside the remit of the Private Security Authority. [20943/19]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Private Security Authority (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: In early April, in response to a point I had been raising for a period of time, the Minister announced his intention to bring those involved in the enforcement of court orders relating to evictions under the Private Security Authority and the relevant legislation. I ask the Minister for the latest position and to outline where the proposal stands at present.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Criminal Law Review (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 2. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to amend the Chemical Act 2008 to deal with the regulation of sale of corrosive substances; if legislation is required to deal with the use of acid as a weapon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21174/19]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Criminal Law Review (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I am sure the Minister will agree with me that the recent acid attack in Waterford on Tega Agberhiere and Padraig Sullivan and others was particularly horrific. It was particularly malicious. We need to consider whether our legislation is adequate to ensure that we can deal with the use of acid as a weapon and whether consideration should be given to the sale of certain products to minors.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Criminal Law Review (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I echo the Minister's call for anyone who has information to come forward to the gardaí in Waterford. Mr. Agberhiere spoke after this appalling attack of the fear of being left blind and being left with permanent scars. Padraig Sullivan, another young man who was attacked in the same incident, described the pain as being like someone holding a lighter constantly on his leg, burning it,...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Criminal Law Review (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: The Minister has partly pre-empted what I was going to say. There is a voluntary code in Britain, and perhaps it could be put on a statutory basis in Ireland, that products which contain either 10% or 12% materials such as sulphuric acid, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, ammonium hydroxide and suchlike should not be sold to people younger than 18 years. Perhaps that should be considered...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: UN Conventions Ratification (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 22. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when he plans to ratify the optional protocol to the UN convention against torture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20942/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Crime Prevention (16 May 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 23. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to tackle cross-Border crimes, rural crime and serious crime in view of concerns raised in these areas by organisations representing gardaí. [20945/19]

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