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Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

Gerald Nash: I will start where Deputy Conway-Walsh concluded. If I am correct, 90% of applicants are applying online now, which is the right approach to take and is what we always encourage constituents to do, but it does not mean that there are no problems. There are problems with the online process, as we have all experienced, especially in recent months. I will go into that in more detail. ...

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

John Brady: It is rarely, if ever, a cause for celebration for any Minister when Deputies from every corner of the land, including those in the Minister of State's party, talk in this House about particular topics or issues on which they are being hammered in their constituencies. It is safe to say that passports are among those issues. Although the Minister may choose to differ if he was here, the...

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

Thomas Byrne: I did not say that.

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

John Brady: I said "the Minister"; I did not say "the Minister of State". This is a blatantly obvious attempt to deflect from the bigger problems with the forms and the online process. Even the Minister's Government colleague, the Tánaiste and Fine Gael leader, Deputy Varadkar, is prepared to concede that by pointing out it is obvious that if 40% of forms are being filled out incorrectly, the...

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

John Brady: The figure reported is 40%, which I think is scandalous.

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

Thomas Byrne: I am not saying that. However, there are some errors. There is no question about it that there are some. People should check the Department website. It is also important to say that we have published estimated processing times. That processing time does not start when you start the application. The processing time for passport applications begins once the correct documents are sent into...

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

Passport Services: Statements (26 May 2022)

Thomas Byrne: I am glad to be able to address the Dáil on this important issue. I apologise for the absence of the Minister, Deputy Coveney. He is abroad on important State business. The passport service has been the subject of much public interest in recent weeks, as always. A passport is a very important document. As a Member of the House, I am fully aware of the number of requests for...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Thomas Pringle: The apprenticeship programme should deliver an effective way to provide for the education and qualification needs of many of our young people. For too long the focus has been on degree level performance and that is seen as the only way to go in education. Currently in Donegal, outside of Letterkenny, practically the only way young people will be able to secure employment is through having a...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Niall Collins: I thank all the contributors to these statements. The importance of apprenticeships in society, both now and into the future, has never been more apparent than it is today. The action plan sets out new ways of structuring, funding and promoting apprenticeships to make apprenticeship more accessible to employers and learners. Expansion to date has widened the impact of apprenticeship to...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Carol Nolan: Tá áthas orm labhairt ar na ráitis a mbaineann le printíseachtaí inniu. Tá sé soiléir go bhfuil béim i bhfad níos mó curtha ar phrintíseachtaí agus cuirim fáilte roimhe sin. I welcome the fact more of a focus is now being put on apprenticeships. It is long overdue. There are certainly many positive developments with...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Michael Lowry: I am sharing time with Deputy Canney. I compliment the Minister of State on taking decisive action to develop opportunities in the apprenticeship sector and on taking corrective action to address a much-neglected sector. Apprenticeships have a crucial role to play in the future of this country and technological universities have added to their appeal. The creation of these forward-thinking...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Seán Canney: I welcome the opportunity to address the Minister of State in regard to apprenticeships. As a former lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, now the Atlantic Technological University, I have seen in my work in the private sector how apprenticeship courses, and apprenticeships as a facet of construction alone, are a vital component. Unfortunately, in the boom times, the...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: It goes without saying that students, and apprentices in particular, are impacted by the cost-of-living crisis. Before the recent hike in home heating oil and electricity, there was the issue of rents, which are a huge cost that are a bane to students and their families. As many have mentioned, we are still dealing with a backlog in apprenticeships. It is unfair that somebody could sign up...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Minister, Deputy Harris, for visiting a number of schools in my area in Dún Laoghaire this year to describe to them the new apprenticeship model that is an alternative to going to university, which seemed like the only option for many. The feedback from students, parents and teachers on these visits was excellent. They were a direct way of showcasing the work of the...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I thank my colleague for sharing her slot. I acknowledge and congratulate the Minister and Minister of State on the tremendous work they are doing to raise awareness of the need for more apprentices, including highly qualified apprentices, in a way that has not been done before. Today's news that we have 2.5 million people at work is a major achievement that should not go astray. I was a...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Neale Richmond: I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this timely and important debate. Today, we have effectively reached full employment in the State, which is remarkable considering the years of the pandemic and the very many difficulties facing the world. This in itself presents a massive challenge because while we have effective full employment, there are clear skills and labour shortages in a...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Joe Carey: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Collins, for facilitating this important debate on apprenticeships and the absorption of the apprentice programme into the new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. Apprenticeships have given lifelong careers to Irish people working around the world. The creation of these vital skills is crucial to the further...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Paul Donnelly: I thank every apprentice who is currently working, and they are working throughout the State. They are incredibly important to our economy and society. Irish tradespeople are working all over the world. They are building and helping other countries to grow and prosper. Sadly, many of our current apprentices will take an aeroplane and leave our shores when they qualify. Some will go by...

Irish Apprenticeship System: Statements (26 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We desperately need more apprentices and we need to make apprenticeships and trades attractive to people in order to address the problems that our society is facing at the moment. Across the board, the lack of skills necessary to solve big social problems is enormous. Most obviously, there is a desperate need for qualified tradespeople, and that means apprentices, to build the houses we...

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