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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021) See 43 other results from this debate

Kathleen Funchion: ...I remind members who are participating remotely to keep their device on mute until they are invited to speak. When they are speaking I ask that, where possible, they have their camera switched on and be mindful that we are in public session. In addition, I remind members of the constitutional requirement that they must be physically present within the confines of the place where...

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (1 Apr 2021)

Catherine Connolly: 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 Joan Collins, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Patrick Costello and Bríd Smith - to discuss the need to introduce an urgent community business restrictions support scheme or a similar financial scheme to assist small community...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (1 Apr 2021)

Catherine Connolly: 256. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will provide the details and copies of all correspondence between him and his Department and the Commission of Investigation on Mother and Baby Homes in relation to the Sixth interim report of the Commission both in advance of the receipt of that report on 14 February 2020 and subsequent to its receipt;...

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (31 Mar 2021)

Thomas Pringle: ...the identification of the child, whether directly or indirectly. Section 252 applies once a person has been charged with an offence. This means that we have instances where a crime is committed and a child is murdered and media outlets can report the matter widely. They can name the child and include photos of him or her and quotes from his or her family. However, once someone is...

Seanad: Reports on Department of Health Policy in RTÉ Investigates Programme: Statements (29 Mar 2021)

Erin McGreehan: I thank the Minister of State. I was very glad to hear her comments. It was only human for all of us, including me as a mother and spokesperson on disability, to be absolutely horrified when we watched the report last week indicating that we have a Department that has been holding private medical records for decades for no reason other than that those concerned are involved in litigation,...

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (25 Mar 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: 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) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - the need to discuss the appointment of additional inspectors to the Workplace Relations Commission; (2) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss plans for St. Gabriel’s Special School in...

Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Mar 2021)

Jennifer Whitmore: ...3, in which we outline a number of areas we think the Minister should report to the Dáil on in a number of months. It is good policy to have a review of this legislation because we need to understand how it impacts people and how it can be improved, so it is important that there is a continual review of the legislation that passes. This amendment contains a number of areas that we...

Family Leave and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Mar 2021) See 2 other results from this debate

Paul Murphy: I pay tribute to the Extend Maternity Leave 2020 campaign, which drove a grassroots campaign last year to extend paid maternity leave during the pandemic. More than 30,000 people signed a petition in support of that and the issue was debated in the Dáil. Unfortunately, because of the long and many delays before this comes into effect, the majority of those people who were campaigning...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Legislative Process (24 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: My Department follows the guidance for preparing legislation as set in the Cabinet Handbook. Following approval of a legislative proposal by Government, the Department prepares the General Scheme and Heads of Bill for submission to Government for approval. The draft text of the Bill is then prepared by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel with input from Department...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (24 Mar 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: 1094. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the actions his Department has taken in regard to legal claims being taken by survivors of mother and baby homes. [15326/21]

Select Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 40 - Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (Revised)
Vote 25 - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Revised)
(23 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Roderic O'Gorman: I welcome the opportunity to discuss the Revised Estimates for my Department for 2021, including that of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. As the committee will have seen from the briefing material provided to it last week, my Department is projected to spend €1.887 billion on current expenditure and €32 million in capital expenditure during 2021. This...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of Electoral Reform Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (23 Mar 2021)

Mary Fitzpatrick: That is fine. I thank the Chair. It was not a problem. It has been an interesting meeting. I thank Mr. Sunderland and Mr. Murphy, and Ms Carolan, for their contributions. They are really helping us. I agree this is a hugely important draft piece of legislation. I suppose democracy is up there for us with the rule of law and human rights and we must get this right. Their...

Seanad: Family Leave Bill 2021: Second Stage (12 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Rónán Mullen: ...I would, of course, welcome any constitutional or legal change that would bring about a more permanent way of dealing with maternity leave among Ministers in future. Above all, I wish her, her husband, Paul, and their new baby the very best for the coming months and years. I welcome the Bill, in particular some of what the Minister said in the course of his speech. I welcome any measure...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (11 Mar 2021)

Bernard Durkan: The general data protection regulation, GDPR, seems to be cropping up with increased frequency in public administration, most recently in the context of the debate on the report of the commission on mother and baby homes. It has also arisen in regard to the processing of medical cards. There appears to be an urgent need for a definition of precisely what falls within the scope of this...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (11 Mar 2021)

Kathleen Funchion: 152. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the reasoning that led to the exclusion of the boarded-out children from the investigation into the mother and baby homes. [13642/21]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Registration of Births (11 Mar 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: In 2018, Tusla the Child and Family Agency alerted the Department to concerns of cases of illegal birth registration in the St Patrick Guild files. 126 cases were subsequently confirmed as illegal birth registrations, and the process of informing the individuals concerned commenced. The number of confirmed cases from those files has now increased to 151. While there have been suspicions...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Government-Church Dialogue (10 Mar 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Sisters of Charity have been again implicated in really quite shameful practices, in terms of the revelations about illegal adoptions and their involvement in St. Patrick's Guild. The order has also been implicated in the mother and baby home scandal but, incredibly, this same religious order will be running the National Maternity Hospital, against a background where Archbishop Diarmuid...

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