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Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation (21 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I welcome the Minister and thank him for taking the time to answer this very important question on Ardgillan community college. The latter is located in the town of Balbriggan in north County Dublin. It not only serves Balbriggan but also surrounding villages such as Balrothery and the Naul. Along with the rest of Fingal, Balbriggan is in the fastest-growing part of the country and has the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation (21 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister for his reply. I welcome the provision of the additional temporary classrooms. I appreciate the update in that regard and the update in relation to the remediation works that are due to commence in the summer. I wonder if the Minister could tell me if that time-tabled work shows the completion of these work by September.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation (21 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I appreciate that the Minister is keeping Balbriggan and Ardgillan community college at the top of his priority list. I will correspond with the Minister about it as the summer progresses.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Before I discuss my Commencement matter, I would like to support Senator Mullen in his matter. I am aware of the Hyde family who have connections in north County Dublin. The mother of the little boy is from north County Dublin. I have been in contact with the family and it is an outrageous situation. I know that when applying for a visa or asylum in Ireland, weight is given to the fact...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I will be very quick on my own matter.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: This is a very serious matter.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: We show leniency in Ireland-----

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: ----- in similar situations to this.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I will be in touch with Senator Mullen on it.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I just wanted to-----

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: -----raise my own disappointment on that matter.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I also want to talk about immigration matters. I refer to the naturalisation fees charged. There is a €175 application fee and a fee of €950 for certification of naturalisation, a total of €1,125. I have come across many UK citizens living in my area and across the country who are very fearful about their situation with Brexit looming. Approximately 300,000 British...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Naturalisation Applications (14 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State but the reply is less than satisfactory from my point of view. I understand there is a fee structure but, for a defined period, we should allow for those who have been here for a significant amount of time and have contributed so much to Ireland, their own communities and their families. There are practical considerations, for example, in the case of a British...

Seanad: Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: This is a good day for this House in terms of the cross-party effort to have the Bill passed. It was originally a Social Democrats Bill. As outlined by Senator Ardagh, Fianna Fáil took it in its Private Members' time, as did the Labour Party and the Government. It is a good example of a cross-party effort. There is a little disappointment at the commencement date being September...

Seanad: Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: They have to spend time with their children because of the cost of child care.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Women's Aid Impact Report 2018: Discussion (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank Ms Martin.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Women's Aid Impact Report 2018: Discussion (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: That has been the case for a number of years. Often proceedings are adjourned to allow for interim reports. There could be 12 court appearances with one legal aid certificate. I do not know if members of the committee are aware of the fee with respect to a legal aid certificate. It is €339. I know many practitioners during the recession started taking on legal aid cases but as the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Women's Aid Impact Report 2018: Discussion (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: When it takes so long to get the report, there would be several trips back to court.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Women's Aid Impact Report 2018: Discussion (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Do clients have difficulty getting the legal aid contribution waiver or has the process improved?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Women's Aid Impact Report 2018: Discussion (8 May 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank Ms Regan. Like my colleague, I was horrified by those statistics. As a family law practitioner in a former life, I am well used to the corridors of Dolphin House and what goes on there. It is not unfamiliar territory. I will ask all my questions and then perhaps we can interact after that. Ms Regan referred to refuges and their inability to facilitate women. Is there a standard...

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