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Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We now move to No. 7, statement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and questions and answers on Covid-19 as it relates to the aviation sector. We will go to the Minister first. He is welcome. He has ten minutes for his opening address.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to address the House on the aviation sector. While there are a number of structures through which my Department engages with industry stakeholders on a collective basis, I am acutely conscious that today's unprecedented challenges require that all options be considered and that we be open to novel approaches. For that reason, I am proposing to...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: Several questions were raised there. There is a minute and a half.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: The state aid issue is a probing and good question in terms of how states use new flexibility around state aid. Some countries have far more available resources than others to spend in the absence of strict state aid rules. Therefore, they could potentially create competitive advantage within the Single Market. That is a concern and something we need to watch closely. I can give Deputy...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: That concludes the statement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in respect of the Covid-19 crisis, especially in respect of travel and passports, and questions and answers. Sorry for cutting across you, Tánaiste.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: That is fine. You were right to do it, Acting Chairman.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Sitting suspended at 6.58 p.m. and resumed at 7.18 p.m.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: The arrangement regarding Shannon Airport has been in place for decades between both countries. It operates to a pretty clear protocol in terms of the conditions of the use of the airport. The Government does not have any proposals to change that. Regarding racism, the Taoiseach made comments yesterday and I made comments today. We will have an opportunity to have what I hope will be...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Marian Harkin: The unspeakable murder of George Floyd has, I think, shocked us but it must not shock us into silence because racism unchallenged is racism encouraged. We as a State have to make sure that our words, our public statements, challenge and condemn racism and all who perpetrate it. Otherwise, our silence is encouragement. While I recognise the matter is delicate and there can be a fine line,...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I am going to stop the Tánaiste in 15 seconds. I am sorry.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: We will do everything we can to support the post offices.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I am sharing time with Deputy Harkin and we will have five minutes each. I want to ask a question and I would like the Tánaiste to respond before Deputy Harkin takes over. I want to talk about the murder of George Floyd, which has been mentioned already by a number of Members. It is a serious situation that has struck an awful lot of people, as the Tánaiste knows and as has...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: I thank the Deputy. They are all good questions. On passports, we essentially have not had the Passport Express system working. Decisions were made on the basis of a significant reduction in applications and because we needed to ensure the protection of our own staff in passport offices. That is why the focus has been on getting the online process back up and running. If somebody has put...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: The rest will have to be replied to in writing. I call Deputy Michael Healy-Rae.

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Healy-Rae: I want to put on the record of the House my gratitude to the Tánaiste and his Department officials for their assistance with very serious issues over the past weeks and months. As always, the Tánaiste was very proactive and work-person-like in carrying out his duties. I also want to raise the issue of post offices. I want to declare an interest in this as I am a postmaster of...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Carol Nolan: I will begin by commending the work of all of the employees of the Passport Offices who have been redeployed to assist in public service delivery during this health crisis. As I understand it, the number of passport applications in Ireland has fallen by more than 150,000 in the past three months. Figures released to theIrish Examinerby the Department showed that in April only 13,820...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: I thank the Deputy for the compliments in regard to repatriation, particularly through our embassy in Washington, which got involved in a huge number of cases. With regard to his comments on the EU, the Deputy is right. While at election time we do not often get asked detailed EU institutional questions the truth is that many decisions that impact the lives of people in Ireland, whether...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: I am unsure that what is needed now is to link US capitalism with the protests taking place across America. What is needed is for political and community leadership to stand up against racism and reassure those who feel they are victims of it that things will change for them. As I stated, I have a very good relationship with the US ambassador. We have the kind of relationship whereby we...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Matt Shanahan: I wish to start by expressing revulsion on behalf of the Regional Independents Group at the death of George Floyd as a result of police brutality. I agree with the Tánaiste's comments to the effect that we must look at our record of racism in this country. I thank the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and our ambassador to the United States, Mr. Dan Mulhall, for their...

Covid-19 (Foreign Affairs and Trade): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Simon Coveney: No, I will not. I have explained many times in much detail why I do not believe we can do that. I explained it to Senator Frances Black, who brought the legislation forward and for whom I have much time. I understand what she wants to achieve with the legislation, but, from a legal perspective, I do not believe that we can do what she is asking us to do. My view on the issue is backed up...

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