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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Childcare Services

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Alan Dillon: 13. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of the National Action Plan for Childminding; the engagement that has taken place with representative bodies; the actions that are being put in place to ease the burden on parents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59466/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Minister for taking the question relating to the status of the National Action Plan for Childminding 2021-2028, published in April of this year. This is a seven-year plan for giving better support to childminding in the home. Can I have an update on that please?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I thank the Deputy. The National Action Plan for Childminding 2021-2028 which I published in April, sets out a phased, incremental approach to extending supports and regulation to all non-relative childminders. It aims to improve access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding. During phase 1 of the plan, which began recently...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: The Minister is correct to identify the amount of work that has had to be done in the childcare sector over the past ten years, where, ten years ago the Government spent nearly nothing on this sector. We are now spending, I believe, €716 million, with a doubling of the early childhood care and education, ECCE, scheme of childcare places and a real focus, that has had to be there, on...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I thank the Deputy. As she knows I have met with colleagues from her party on that comprehensive policy work that her party undertook. The issue of flexibility is of great importance and childminding is a very significantly flexible element of the early years sector. There is a very large number of people working in childminding. The parents who use those services cannot, for the most...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I have a few practical questions on that. When the Minister is doing this, can he make it easier for parents to formally set childminders up as employees, or whatever mechanism is appropriate? People are not used to doing that and to creating businesses. It is relatively straightforward but is not easy. People want to be compliant and to ensure that everything is done correctly, so I ask...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Sports Organisations (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: The approach that is being adopted in the village the Deputy is talking about is a really interesting one and could have genuine benefits. We are aware that the difficulty in securing capital for community buildings is a major issue for so many community organisations, be they sports clubs, youth services or more general kinds of groups. I would certainly be happy to talk to the Department...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Direct Provision System

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Bríd Smith: 12. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when he expects the last of the direct provision centres to close. [59476/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Holly Cairns: 44. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of the process to end the direct provision system. [59328/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: 74. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of the ongoing work taking place within his Department to dismantle direct provision, as detailed in the White Paper; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59204/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Pa Daly: 77. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will provide an update on the implementation of the White Paper on ending direct provision. [58559/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: 82. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the status of the integration policy being developed by his Department in respect of the new model that will replace the direct provision system; when the new model will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59447/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: This series of questions is to find out from the Minister the status of the ongoing work within his Department to dismantle direct provision, as detailed in the White Paper. Will he make a statement on the matter and update us on the details?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 44, 74, 77 and 82 together. Earlier this year, I published a White Paper to end direct provision and establish a new international protection support service. Since then, my Department has taken a series of steps to implement these reforms, with a view to completing them by the end of 2024. A staff team has been established in my Department to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I thank the Minister for the update. It is important today to acknowledge the work of both the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, and the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on undocumented migrants. It will have an important effect on asylum seekers. Undocumented migrants who have been here for four years are being given today a once-in-a-generation...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the progress on this and the Minister's commitment to it. As he knows, it follows on from 21 years of an unjust and unjustified system. It follows on from the McMahon report in 2015, which made 173 recommendations; the Oireachtas report of former Deputy Ó Caoláin, an excellent report; the report from Dr. Catherine Day; and the White Paper from the Minister. I am...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Direct Provision System (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: On regularisation, I am meeting the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, and the Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Deputy James Browne, after oral questions to launch the regularisation scheme. I am very excited about that. It is an important development, for which my party pushed very strongly in negotiating the programme for Government. The Minister and Minister of State...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: I thank the Deputy. I agree with her. The national records and memorial centre will be really important. It will be important for survivors as it will be a physical manifestation of a recognition of what happened to them and, as the Deputy stated, it will provide a place for their stories and personal accounts to be told. It is important for society as well in terms of educating people...

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