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Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I welcome the opportunity to contribute. I welcomed the introduction of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 at the time. It brought a structure and a recognised framework through which people could address their debt issues. In hindsight, however, it is clear that, in many cases, those people got into debt as a result of actions over which they had little control. We all remember when the...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: It is incredible that we are debating this Bill now. Given that many families have already gone through a challenging and difficult time with the banks and courts over the past ten years, some might consider that the progress of this Bill and the Government has been slow. It is also incredible that there are still families winding through the courts and negotiating their indebtedness with...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Alan Farrell: We will now move to Sinn Féin. I call on Deputy Ó Murchú. I am terribly sorry; the next speaker is Deputy O'Reilly. I did not think she was here.

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Louise O'Reilly: That is fine. I thank the Cathaoirleach Gníomhach for the opportunity to speak today. The Bill at hand makes some important changes in the area of personal insolvency and to how supports operate. While it might seem technical in nature, the reality is that the legislation will have far-reaching consequences for those who may end up in the terrible situation of being indebted. This...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: I acknowledge Deputy Howlin's role as a Minister in the Government that brought in this legislation. I also acknowledge the role of the then Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter. It was a priority in the civil law division of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel and important legislation. I was thinking about our debate yesterday on the Private Security Services (Amendment)...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Patricia Ryan: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. It is a timely proposal, given the times were are in when so many have been affected financially by the pandemic. People will tend to borrow more when times are good and they feel able to pay back a loan or meet a financial obligation. They are, however, at the mercy of developments in the wider economy. With employment becoming more and...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I broadly welcome this legislation. It is good to see that the Insolvency Service Of Ireland, MABS and the Citizens Information Board have all welcomed the Bill. Personal insolvency is an incredibly difficult situation for anyone to be in and we have to make every effort to ensure that the process is fair and does not put people through unnecessary hardship. Personal insolvency...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Brendan Howlin: This Bill, as the Minister has indicated, provides urgent amendments to the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, which was originally designed to make it easier for insolvent persons to legally resolve their indebtedness. It was designed at the height of the housing market collapse when people who never envisaged they would be in debt found themselves in it. The objective of the Bill was to give a...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Martin Kenny: I welcome the Bill. Sinn Féin will support the legislation. It is slightly overdue, in that the pandemic has been going on for more than a year now. The vast majority of measures in the Bill deal with issues that have arisen because of the pandemic and the delays people have had, not being able to meet and that type of circumstance. Many of the key things outlined in respect of...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

James Browne: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am pleased to have this opportunity to move Second Stage of the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020. The main purpose of the Bill is to make a number of urgent amendments to the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 which will make it easier for insolvent persons, including those in financial difficulties arising from the economic impact...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Norma Foley: In my opening remarks, I set out the objectives and principles underpinning this Bill. Its core function is to help students from the leaving certificate class of 2021 to complete their schooling and to progress to the next chapter of their lives. This progression and transition is one of the recognised milestones in so many students' lives, going back many years. It is one of the...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Rachaimid ar aghaidh go dtí an condae beag agus an Teachta Ó Murchú.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Táim an-bhuíoch don Cheann Comhairle as an gcúpla focal sin. There is a general acceptance that there is a fairness in this legislation as regards leaving certificate students being given choice. We accept that students, parents and teachers across the board had an incredibly difficult time during the pandemic. I hope we have learned lessons from the difficulties we had...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Marian Harkin: Before and after Christmas, I was contacted by many students, in particular, from the Irish Secondary-Level Students' Union. They were concerned about the plans or lack of plans for the leaving certificate at that point. As a former teacher and a parent, I could fully appreciate their panic because of the ongoing uncertainty. At that time, before any decisions were taken, I suggested a...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: Overall, I am blown away by the positivity towards accredited grades in secondary schools. The system is fair and gives students a choice. Students make the decision themselves as to whether they select accredited grades or sit the leaving certificate examination. It seems to be the consensus this year that leaving certificate students are opting to merge this choice by both sitting...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: Nobody can deny that this is a big week for the leaving certificate. Tomorrow is the last day for the completion of any assessments associated with the accredited grades process. From there, teachers will begin the task of awarding estimated marks to their students, so I am conscious of the stress on thousands of students right now and on their teachers. However, I think we did the fairest...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Murphy for her encouraging comments. We now move to Deputy James O'Connor.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

James O'Connor: I thank the Minister for being here to discuss this very important issue. The main purpose of the Bill is to confer on the State Examinations Commission the necessary powers to run a non-examination based form of assessment to inform students' leaving certificate results. Candidates for the leaving certificate in 2021 can now opt to sit the usual written examination in June or apply for...

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