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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate his comments on the volume of passport applications being received but that is no succour to people stressing over being unable to travel aboard for holidays. Providing a passport is a basic function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and, unfortunately, it is often shambolic and a national embarrassment when people have put in applications on...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: The Passport Service is experiencing significant levels of demand but there are indications these are starting to decrease. Many countries have experienced that rise in demand after Covid restrictions eased. The Government and the Passport Service have responded. Demand for passports fell by 30% in June, when just over 100,000 new applications were received, compared to 146,000 in May....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Oideachas trí Ghaeilge

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Réada Cronin: I expect Deputy Lawless, my constituency colleague, to join me. I hope he is running across the corridors as we speak. Tá an t-ádh linn scoil cosúil le Gaelcholáiste Mhaigh Nuad a bheith againn i dtuaisceart Chill Dara. Is scoil iontach í. Cuireann sí go mór le deiseanna oideachais i Maigh Nuad. I am glad to share my time and am glad that an Teachta...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

James Lawless: I am sharing time with my colleague, Deputy Cronin, and we send our best wishes to Deputy Durkan. Deputy Catherine Murphy supports the motion as well. We in Kildare tend to work together on these issues, which is a good and collaborative way to finish out the term. It is very much a team effort. The points have already been outlined. Gaelscoil Chill Dara, which took a long time to get...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Gabhaim buíochas leis na Teachtaí as an gceist seo. I am taking this question on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Foley, who is regrettably unavailable. I send best wishes to Deputy Durkan and Deputy Catherine Murphy and thank the Deputies for working on this issue together. It is admirable. I will outline to the House the position with regard to the provision of permanent...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Claire Kerrane: I thank the Minister of State for his response. It is important that he made reference to the fact that Mr. Pether's wife and children are living here and they are, indeed, Irish citizens. All four members of the family are Irish citizens and while we and the family understand that consular assistance has to come from Australia, we too have a part to play. I acknowledge what has been done...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Gabhaim buíochas arís. As the Deputy said, this is a challenging and concerning case and I thank her for raising it. It is significant that she has raised it here in our Parliament and that is important to maintain that pressure. The Department of Foreign Affairs will continue to closely monitor the case of Mr. Pether and his Egyptian colleague, Mr. Khalid Radwan. We...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Passport Services

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I wish to raise the issue of the passport service because of the sheer volume of queries my office has received from people on a daily basis who are anxious to have their passports returned to them in advance of their travel dates. I acknowledge the tremendous work the staff have been doing. When I have spoken with them, they have been both professional and courteous on every occasion....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I welcome the opportunity to provide an update on the passport service, particularly during the busy summer period. The service is already outperforming any previous year, despite the challenges that it has encountered over the past two years. Prior to the pandemic, the busiest year for passports was 2019, when in excess of 900,000 passports were issued. The passport service is currently...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Community Development Projects (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: The Deputy will appreciate that the Garda Commissioner is, by law, responsible for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, including personnel matters and the deployment of resources. The allocation of Garda resources is made in light of identified operational demand. As such, the Minister for Justice has no direct role in the allocation of Garda resources. The...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

International Relations

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Claire Kerrane: As I rise to raise this issue, Irish resident, Robert Pether is an Iraqi prison. He is in a 14 ft. room with 23 other men. They have cushions and some bunk beds. He gets outside for 20 minutes, three times a week, on the weeks that he does actually get outside. He can speak to his family once a week. His three children and his wife are thousands of miles away. They live in my...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I thank Deputy Kerrane for raising this most important issue. I want to extend our best wishes to Robert and his family. What the Deputy has described is a hugely challenging situation. It is desperate for any family to have to face that. I am aware of the case of Robert Pether, who has been detained in Iraq for over a year along with his Egyptian colleague, Mr. Khalid Radwan. Mr. Pether...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Refugee Resettlement Programme (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I reiterate that the Government is not downplaying the issue. This is really, really serious. We understand. I spoke to the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Deputy O’Gorman, about it yesterday, and to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy O'Brien. We are facing an increasingly challenging situation from a humanitarian...

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (14 Jul 2022)

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (14 Jul 2022)

Cormac Devlin: Seanad Éireann has passed the Remediation of Dwellings Damaged By the Use of Defective Concrete Blocks Bill 2022 without amendment.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed) (14 Jul 2022)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Community Development Projects (14 Jul 2022)

Community Development Projects

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