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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I am talking about when a facility is operating and there are children there-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It was clearly outlined that Tusla cannot shut it down.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I understand that, but I sense a lack of urgency in that regard. Many parents have contacted us. They are horrified by what is going on but they are also very afraid. They need to hold down their jobs. They need places for their children. There are workers in these places who are doing their best in very difficult circumstances when there is an overarching culture that is not of best...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Can Tusla put somebody else in to manage these facilities?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: As such, it would be possible for a seamless transfer of management to-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Issues Regarding Childcare Facilities: Discussion (31 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: This is my final question. It was mentioned that since RTÉ aired this programme, there has been a high level of traffic to Tusla's website searching for reports. It is very good that there is heightened awareness, but it is not right to leave it to RTÉ to drive awareness. Are any public information campaigns planned for parents and workers in the sector?

Seanad: Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (12 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Fianna Fáil will support this important legislation. The historical investigations unit has been due to be established since 2014. We must get on with it. The Minister mentioned the political vacuum. We should not allow our dealings with the North and Britain to fall into that vacuum also. The PSNI has listed approximately 1,188 killings as legacy investigations. It is important...

Seanad: Parole Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages (11 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I too welcome the passage of this Bill, which pertains to a very important aspect of our criminal justice system. It will have profound effects for the victims and perpetrators of crime in society as a whole. I pay tribute to the Minister of State, to his Department and officials, and to thank colleagues here in this House for supporting the Bill, which was put forward by Deputy O'Callaghan...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Patronage (10 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State for coming to the Chamber to respond to this matter, which relates to a new primary school for Donabate. The latter is a town in north County Dublin with a population of approximately 8,000. I am one of the people who live there. Donabate is expanding rapidly, with a significant amount of construction taking place. There is planning permission for 900 homes,...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Patronage (10 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State, but he did not answer my question as I wanted to know exactly when it will start. However, if it is to commence before the end of the year, that is something of a timeline. It is worth bearing in mind that the choice is very important for parents in the area. We need adequate school provision but also choice within that provision. I realise the Minister of...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Patronage (10 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State. I will follow up with a letter to remind him. I appreciate his support in this matter.

Seanad: Courts (Establishment and Constitution) (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage (9 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I welcome this Bill and Fianna Fáil will be supporting it. It is good that we are appointing six extra judges to the Court of Appeal. While the Court of Appeal was established in 2014 to deal with the very serious backlog in the Supreme Court, and it has made inroads in that regard, there are still serious delays. Justice delayed is justice denied, so I very much welcome the addition...

Seanad: Parole Bill 2016: Second Stage (9 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: We will take five and three minutes, respectively. I thank the Minister of State for the comprehensive overview of the Bill. I wish to acknowledge the work done by my colleague, Deputy Jim O'Callaghan, in getting the Bill to this House. It is an important milestone for the criminal justice system in Ireland to have it here. I hope the Bill will pass through the Houses and be enacted. The...

Seanad: Redress for Women Resident in Certain Residential Institutions (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (3 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I think the Minister is being a little bit sensitive. Senator Higgins spoke briefly on an important issue to many of us here. A little bit of leeway would not go astray.

Seanad: Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (3 Jul 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I commend the Minister on the introduction of this Bill, which I support. It was originally proposed by the former Deputy, Clare Daly, MEP. As my colleague, Senator Higgins, has pointed out, this legislation is an important piece of the maternal healthcare jigsaw. We are playing catch-up and we need to play catch-up very rapidly. This is a very important step for Irish women. I am glad...

Seanad: Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Probation Judgments and Decisions) Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (26 Jun 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I again welcome this Bill, and I am happy to see it completed fairly speedily today. It is very important legislation. While it only affects a small number of people, it is important that we support these people and their families, and I thank the Minister for bringing the Bill to the House today.

Seanad: Perjury and Related Offences Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (26 Jun 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I commend the Senators on bringing this Bill forward. It is long awaited and we are very proud to support it. It is a very real piece of the puzzle of solving the high insurance costs that businesses face. Successive Governments have failed to do this and I am very glad that some Independent Senators took the initiative and put this Bill forward. I am also very glad it has received such...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Reform and Related Issues: Discussion (26 Jun 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Commissioner and his team for coming before us. I want to talk about Majella Moynihan. My colleague, Deputy O'Callaghan, mentioned her case but I want to expand further on it. What happened to Ms Moynihan in 1984 exposed the distressing reality of what life was like for women in Ireland not long ago. It is heartening to hear that the Commissioner feels that it would not happen...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Reform and Related Issues: Discussion (26 Jun 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Is that in addition to what has already been handed over to her?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Reform and Related Issues: Discussion (26 Jun 2019)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: As already stated, Ms Moynihan retired from the Garda on grounds of ill health and received a reduced pension. My party and I strongly feel she deserves a full pension as well as an ex gratiapayment for the damage done to her by An Garda Síochána. Would Mr. Harris support the payment of a full pension and an ex gratiapayment?

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