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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

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

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I have raised this issue on a number of occasions. I have been campaigning on this issue for a number of years, as have the local Labour Party and our local area representative Shane Folan. This impacts some on my colleague, Deputy Duncan Smith, as well, because the issue borders his constituency too. I am referencing the Dublin 13 and Dublin 17 area, where the Minister of State will be...

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

Malcolm Noonan: I am responding on behalf of the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee. The Minister is pleased that budget 2022 reflects the commitment of the Government to ensuring that our communities are safe and that An Garda Síochána has the resources to be an effective and trusted police service. The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to...

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

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I am reassured by the response from the Minister. I do sometimes get a little disappointed with the political reaction as if there is no influence that the Minister can have in this regard. We know that the soft power of a Minister can be quite strong. The Minister needs to be an advocate and a persuader for this. Her office and her Department needs to be fully engaged on the progress of...

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

Malcolm Noonan: I am replying on behalf of the Minister. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine on 24 February and the invoking of the temporary protection directive by the European Union shortly afterwards, the Department has worked intensively as part of the cross-governmental response to the Ukraine crisis. The operational challenges brought about by responding to the conflict are significant. Our...

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

Duncan Smith: On the tribute to the efforts of the Irish people and the outpouring of support and response, I will tell the Minister of State what happens when a volunteer group interfaces with one of the private, for-profit companies that are being brought in by IPAS to run certain reception centres and to protect the basic human rights and dignity of refugees. We have an amazing volunteer group of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Childcare Services (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: The Deputy will appreciate that this is not my specialised chosen subject. I have served on voluntary boards of community-based childcare services for many years, however, so I have a great interest in the sector. I appreciate the points the Deputy raised. High-quality early learning and childcare that is affordable and accessible is a key Government priority. Before the onset of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Childcare Services (14 Jul 2022)

Jennifer Whitmore: I thank the Minister of State. I understand that this is not his area. The response that the vacancy rate in Wicklow is at 16% is quite disappointing. Many parents have contacted me to say the opposite. In fact, one parent said she contacted 46 crèches and minders before she found someone. There is obviously a problem. When we talk about averages, what needs to be reflected is that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Childcare Services (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I agree with many of the points raised by the Deputy. From my experience in volunteering in the sector, there are challenges around the requirements for facilities for children aged under one year. That is perhaps something that has not been responded to by the providers. There is a significant challenge around the actual layout of physical premises in terms of sleeping areas, etc. That...

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

Refugee Resettlement Programme

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

Duncan Smith: We have an absolute crisis with regard to how we are dealing with refugees in this country. We awoke this morning to news of the situations in Dublin Airport, Citywest and beyond. However, those of us who have been engaged on the ground not just since the Ukrainian war but before that in terms of the situation for refugees coming to this country through the international protection...

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