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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Schools Site Acquisitions (30 Jul 2020)

Schools Site Acquisitions

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Schools Site Acquisitions (30 Jul 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I very much appreciate the Minister's presence here this evening. She has had a long day of engagement with Deputies and Senators on a wide range of issues over the course of this day. It is now past 2 a.m. and she is still here. I appreciate that. I made a comment about a Cabinet colleague of hers not affording us the same respect, but she is here and it is greatly appreciated. For...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Schools Site Acquisitions (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I thank the Deputy for raising the matter as it gives me an opportunity to provide an update on the current position regarding Killester Raheny Clontarf Educate Together school. On 13 April 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills announced 42 new schools to open between 2019 and 2022. A preliminary site identification process was undertaken in respect of any of the schools for which...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Schools Site Acquisitions (30 Jul 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: That is very positive. I appreciate the Minister's response. I think the parents of children who are attending the school or intend to attend the school will be very satisfied with that response. A permanent site option for the new 16-classroom school has been identified. We are not talking about a temporary site but a permanent one and it is in the school planning area. It is quite a...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Schools Site Acquisitions (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: I appreciate the very strong case the Deputy has outlined and his sincerity in doing so. I have no difficulty with my officials and me engaging with him and with other representatives on this matter. I appreciate the high priority the Deputy puts on it and I will recognise that.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Fire Stations (30 Jul 2020)

Fire Stations

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Fire Stations (30 Jul 2020)

Claire Kerrane: I was first contacted by local retained firefighters concerned about the continued closure of Castlerea fire station long before I was ever elected to this House. The retained firefighters did not see their role as just a job. They served their community with pride and that pride can be seen in speaking to them. I saw it the first time I met them. Castlerea fire station was closed in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Helen McEntee: I thank Deputies Murphy, Barry and Pringle for raising this extremely important matter. Deputy Smith also raised it but she is not here. I referred to this earlier today and it still stands true. I am sorry that residents of the Skellig Star in Cahersiveen felt that for their concerns to be heard this was the only course of action they could take. It is a matter of deep regret to me...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: Did I hear the Minister correctly that she hopes to have everyone moved out by the end of the year? Is that correct?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: The Minister will reply when the Deputy has finished.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Mick Barry: The written statement we have here states that the process will be completed in a relatively short period, which is vague, and then in no more than a few months which is vague as well. That is not going to cut it with the asylum seekers or their supporters in the town. They welcome the fact that people are being moved out. Some people are being moved out this weekend. However, the idea...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Paul Murphy: I will add to that by asking for confirmation that nobody else will be moved into the centre and underline the point that it should not have come to a hunger strike. People should not have been forced into that situation where they felt they had no other choice. This crisis has been discussed openly including in the media, protests, organisation and support from the local community for...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I share the views of my colleagues that this must cease to be a centre and no more asylum seekers should be moved in. The Minister should clarify that this evening. Unfortunately, the problem here is that IPAS is not dealing with asylum seekers properly and unless the Minister stays involved this situation will get out of hand again. IPAS will not accept people talking on behalf of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Direct Provision System (30 Jul 2020)

Helen McEntee: I again thank the Deputies for raising this issue and want to reassure them as I reassured Senators earlier today. The first families will be moved by the end of next week and the remainder of the residents will be moved as soon as possible and as soon as places are found. I have gotten a commitment of no later than the end of the year but, obviously, the objective is as soon as...

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: The Minister can make some final remarks if she wishes. I thank everybody for their forbearance. It is very late.

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements (30 Jul 2020)

Norma Foley: My opening remarks allowed me to set out again the commitment of the Government and my Department to the education of our schoolgoing students, and their families, schools and communities. I could use the time available to me to detail again all that has been done in the school sector, but the roadmap for reopening our schools has been published and is available to all on gov.ie. It is...

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (30 Jul 2020)

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: Seanad Éireann has passed the Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020 without amendment.

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (30 Jul 2020)

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (30 Jul 2020)

Mattie McGrath: I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 37 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Paul Murphy, Mick Barry, Thomas Pringle and Bríd Smith - the issue of asylum seeker conditions and the hunger strike by residents of the Skellig Star direct provision centre in Cahersiveen; (2) Deputy Neale Richmond -...

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