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

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: I totally agree with the Minister. Access, whether online or through one's local authority or the HSE or whatever, is important. The message we have to send to survivors is that we are here to help them access their records if needed. Does the Minister have a timescale for this? I welcome the funding allocated but timing is very important here in the context of all the work the...

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

Roderic O'Gorman: I agree with the Deputy on that point of communication. My Department is endeavouring to ensure we communicate effectively on this issue. We send out a quarterly bulletin to approximately 500 survivors who are on a mailing list. We engage with them by way of the quarterly update, but also letting them know when major announcements are being made, such as in respect of the recently...

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

Questions Nos. 9 and 10 replied to with Written Answers.

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

Sports Organisations

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

Brendan Griffin: 11. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his Department will consider engaging with an organisation (details supplied) with a view to seeing how youth and sports organisations can best collaborate into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59375/21]

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

Brendan Griffin: What level of collaboration is there between sporting organisations and Sport Ireland and youth services? What benefits can be leveraged from the footprints that sporting organisations have throughout the country in terms of communities? What benefits could that have for youth services?

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

Roderic O'Gorman: Sporting activity has an important role to play in the development of young people and addressing many of their needs. The programmes offered by various Departments can collectively offer that kind of holistic response to the needs of young people. The infrastructure of youth services across the country that are funded by my Department includes the 30 national youth organisations, a...

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

Brendan Griffin: I thank the Minister. I appreciate the reply. I acknowledge the wonderful work that is done by sporting organisations across all sporting disciplines, as well as youth services around the country. They make a massive difference in people's lives. I tabled this question this because I think there is potential to do more in terms of using the capital and community infrastructure that is in...

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

Roderic O'Gorman: Speaking as one who was not hugely involved in sport as a young person, what my Department seeks to offer is alternatives for young people who are not as interested in team sports in particular as some other young people, but who want to have that element of social development that, for many young people, is filled by sports. It is really important for us to get that balance to encourage...

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

Brendan Griffin: I will give the Minister an example from my constituency. The local GAA club in a rapidly growing village is seeking to build new clubhouses and dressing rooms. It is very open and recognises that, apart from its sports club, there is very little for young people to do in the locality. Right now, it is very open to the concept of building the clubhouses but including in that new...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (3 Dec 2021)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Departmental Funding

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Alan Dillon: 6. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the plans for increased funding for his Department delivered as part of budget 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59467/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: A substantial increase in the budget of the Minister's Department of €183 million brings funding up to €2.1 billion. It is great to see such support for the Department and I congratulate him on securing that in the budget. Will the Minister outline to the House the plans of how he will use that and the progress in that regard?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: As the Deputy said, we secured an additional €183 million of funding in budget 2022, bringing my Department's overall budget to €2.1 billion. The increase will be targeted at improving outcomes for children, young people and their families, as well as promoting equality and human rights. I am allocating an extra €78 million for the early learning and school-age...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: That is great. I have another question on childcare and I will leave until then. On international protection, the Minister is doing an awful lot of work in trying to end the direct provision system. Will he give us an outline of how the additional €41 million will expedite that process? There is also €3 million specifically for refugee and migrant integration and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: In terms of the actions on gender, some of that money will go towards the creation of the website and the reporting system for the gender pay gap which, as the Deputy knows, we passed legislation on earlier this year. On the international protection funding of approximately €41 million, a significant part of that is to contribute towards the expected increased numbers of people...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: The €3 million for refugee and migrant integration.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: A key part of that will go towards anti-racism. We expect the anti-racism strategy to be provided early next year. There is an allocation there to support the roll-out of the national action plan against racism.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Funding (3 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I believe there is also extra money for Traveller and Roma integration and support. There is an extra €5.6 million. I know it is not under the direct remit of the Department, but the national Traveller education strategy is overdue and necessary. It is the central plank for supporting the Traveller community. It is always the first ask when one speaks to representatives from the...

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