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Maritime Jurisdiction Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Jun 2021)

Maritime Jurisdiction Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Jun 2021)

Colm Brophy: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." This Bill is being brought forward to consolidate in one stand-alone enactment the State's maritime jurisdiction legislation and to update it to reflect recent developments in international law. It is a technical Bill that establishes in domestic law the framework of different maritime zones of national jurisdiction recognised by...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Joan Collins: According to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, based on its latest available data which are from 2019, there were 10,809 families from the Travelling community throughout the country in need of accommodation. Given other Travellers may have no engagement with a local authority or do not self-identify for the purposes of data collection, the true population is likely...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Pringle: It is a pity these are just statements and not us debating emergency legislation to address local authorities’ failure to provide appropriate accommodation for Travellers. I listen to those who say "Nothing about us without us" so I reached out to a Traveller woman named Anne from Cork to get input from the community most affected by recent reports. On 24 May the Ombudsman for...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Pringle. That concludes Statements on Traveller accommodation. We are all looking forward to the publication in the not-too-distant future of the report of the all-party committee led very ably by Senator Eileen Flynn on issues affecting the Traveller community. Much more importantly, we all look forward to the implementation of the recommendations of that report.

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: There is somewhere close to 40,000 people in the Traveller community, making it a significant indigenous ethnic group. Since 1996, its population has grown by 185%. The trajectory is upwards, certainly more so than for the general population, although there have been highs and lows in growth. In Limerick, for instance, the Traveller population has increased by 250% over the past 20 years....

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: I have carried out a good bit of research over the last number of months on funding for Traveller accommodation. The responses I received to my parliamentary questions are absolutely shocking. Unbelievable information has come back in the last couple of weeks. In 2017, local authorities drew down €4.8 million from an allocation of €9 million. In 2018, local authorities...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Cuireann sé áthas orm deis a bheith agam labhairt ar an ábhar seo mar is ábhar thar a bheith tromchúiseach é agus caithfear rud éigin a dhéanamh. One of the issues that has come up in the Oireachtas Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community, of which I am a member, is that we have all the statistics. We have an idea of the scale of the...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for the opportunity to contribute a statement on this topic. I acknowledge the Minister of State's speech, his work in this area and the considerable progress he has made since coming into office. I thank Pavee Point nationally and, more locally in my own area, Southside Travellers Action Group, for their engagement with me over the past year in my role as...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Paul Donnelly: I will raise a number of issues relating to Traveller accommodation in my constituency of Dublin West. Prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, I visited a substantial number of Traveller accommodation areas in and around the Dublin West area. Sadly, I was not surprised by what I saw because I have worked with the Travelling community for a number of years in Coolock and Darndale. None of the...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Dessie Ellis: There has been a crisis in housing for many years. This is something I have spoken about and raised on many occasions in the Dáil. For many in the general community, waiting to be allocated an apartment or house has often proved to be both frustrating and demoralising as they linger on housing waiting lists for many years before they are even close to being considered for...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Paul Murphy: Apologies from Deputy Bríd Smith who was originally due to be here and wanted to be here to speak. She is our representative on the Oireachtas Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community but she is tied up with the climate change Bill. The housing crisis we are talking about and the particular crises facing the Traveller community is one reflection of the gross State...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: The report published last week has a number of quotes from children that I want to read into the record. A 12-year-old girl said, “Walking up to school you see all the rats ... they would be running up and down the walls of the trailer”. A 14-year-old girl said, “People ask why I’m dirty, but I’d be ashamed to say. I don’t want to say it was from...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Patrick Costello: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. We are discussing a very important issue that can be cut down to essential human rights and human dignity. Travellers in Ireland suffer through the intersection of poverty, social exclusion, poor access to education, poor health outcomes, high levels of homelessness and higher levels of mental health difficulties and suicide. All of these...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: "It’s like an abandoned place that people forgot about, it’s like we’re forgotten, we feel like garbage." That was the testimonial of a 12-year-old girl interviewed for the recent No End in Site report published by the Ombudsman for Children's Office. What struck me most when reading the report was not so much its shocking content, but just how familiar it all sounded....

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Denise Mitchell: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this topic. I am a member of the Joint Committee on Key Issues Affecting the Traveller Community and we engaged with Pavee Point, the Irish Traveller Movement and the National Traveller Women's Forum on Tuesday. The experiences recounted by those organisations are concerning, but not surprising. Traveller accommodation is something that politicians do...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: Last week, the Ombudsman for Children published a scathing 72-page report into the conditions in which children are living at the Spring Lane site in the heart of my constituency. It is a site with which I am familiar and I have tried to do a lot of work on this issue in the past. Spring Lane was originally opened in 1989 as a ten-bay halting site but it was overcrowded from day one as 16...

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Duncan Smith: I will pick up on the final point Deputy Ó Broin raised, which was the spend of central funding moneys for Traveller accommodation. It took a unique global event such as this pandemic for the full allocation of central funding to be spent. This disease impacts the old, the vulnerable, the poor and those who live in the most cramped conditions and because of that, the money was spent....

Traveller Accommodation: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Burke, for his opening remarks. The failure of the State, both local and central, for decades, if not for generations, to adequately meet the needs of our Traveller community is a scandal. It is probably the worst and most scandalous element of our failing housing system. In every county and constituency there are Traveller-specific sites which can...

Mental Health During and Post Covid-19: Statements (3 Jun 2021)

Carol Nolan: I acknowledge the good work the Minister of State, Deputy Butler, has done to date - it certainly needs to be said here and put on the record - but it is worrying that we have such a deep crisis in mental health that affects people of all ages in the State. Mental Health Reform has expressed concerns at the low priority given to mental health in the Sláintecare implementation and action...

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