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Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009: Motions (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: The prevalence and viciousness of gang-related violence in this State is one of the greatest challenges we face as a society. Frankly, not remotely enough is being done to come to terms with it. It has become a living nightmare for the communities that have to live with this. People have become terrorised and they have lost hope that it will come to an end. A climate of fear, violence,...

Defence Forces: Motion [Private Members] (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: We will support the motion and we have tabled an amendment to strengthen it. There is significant pride in the Defence Forces among the public and its members. One of the items that features prominently in museums up and down the country is the blue hats from peacekeeping missions. I refer to the many peacekeeping missions members have been on and how well the Defence Forces represented...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Deputy O'Callaghan is under time pressure.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Gabhaim buíochas leis na finnéithe go leir as a bheith anseo. Bhí an díospóireacht an-luachmhar. I thank all the witnesses for being before us. I very much agree with the criticism they have made. We have had this debate over recent weeks, including with Mr. Justice McMahon. While there may be points to incremental improvements, fundamentally direct provision is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I agree with much of what Dr. Thornton said. It follows on from a previous point. Applying for the mainstream system and having specific accommodation for people who are applying for international protection are not mutually exclusive. The way the system is at present, unfortunately, for the entire population, a single applicant for housing would be in line for 11 or 12 years on a local...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Our opting into the recast directive is connected to that. One of its requirements of the directive is to have a vulnerability statement. I presume that relates to unaccompanied minors as well. Can any of the witnesses comment on progress in implementing the vulnerability statement?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Some of the points I intended raising have been addressed already but I will make a brief statement on them. I entirely agree with the point made on the right to work. The people with the greatest need to avail of this right and a large number of those who have been in the system longest do not stand to benefit from it. That is wrong. The location of some of the direct provision centres...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Many direct provision centres leave an awful lot to be desired. That also needs to be addressed. I agree to a large extent with Dr. Thornton in sounding what I understood to be a note of caution on, rather than opposition to, minimum standards. Minimum standards must be an interim measure preceding the replacement of the entire direct provision system, although standards certainly have...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Direct Provision and the International Protection Application Process: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I agree 100%. The scale is becoming quite large. It is an emerging issue and potentially an emerging scandal. I have two more questions, related partly to what we are talking about and partly to direct provision generally. Inspection and the ability to have oversight of what is happening in centres were raised. When the State approves the optional protocol to the convention against...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Catchment Areas (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 112. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a new primary school catchment area is defined by the school planning area; and if it is the responsibility and remit of the board of management to define the catchment area from which children living in those areas will be given priority particularly in the case of a school located on the edge of a school planning area. [24463/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Catchment Areas (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 113. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to revise the boundaries of school planning areas, specifically the Glasheen and Carrigaline school planning areas and the area where they meet. [24464/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation Provision (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 114. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to open a secondary school in the Togher and Lehenaghmore area of County Cork. [24465/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Refurbishment (12 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 116. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) has had ongoing issues regarding maintenance; if he has engaged with the school; and if this issue will be resolved as soon as possible. [24485/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Administrative Costs (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 305. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost of employing ten new front-line gardaí. [23257/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Administrative Costs (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 306. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated full year cost of employing ten new administration staff in An Garda Síochána. [23258/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Courts Service Data (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 307. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of increasing the Courts Service annual funding by 5%. [23259/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Youth Diversion Projects (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 308. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of establishing ten new Garda youth diversion projects; and the estimated full-year cost of running these projects. [23260/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services Staff (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 682. To ask the Minister for Health the number of dentists attached to the school dentistry programme in County Cork. [24177/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services Staff (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 683. To ask the Minister for Health the number of dentists attached to the school dentistry programme in County Cork who have retired in the past three years; if they have been replaced; and if not, when they will be replaced. [24178/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services Staff (11 Jun 2019)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: 684. To ask the Minister for Health the number of dentists attached to the school dentistry programme in County Cork in each of the past ten years. [24179/19]

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