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Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Michael Collins: Community policing has served us well down through the years in west Cork with excellent gardaí such as Damian White and Brigid Hartnett who have been second to none in carrying out their duties and protecting the people they serve. This has not been made easy through the years due to the closure by the previous Fine Gael Government of seven Garda stations in west Cork, namely, those in...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: I call Deputy Connolly.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Michael Collins: The Minister might answer some of my questions.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: We are stuck on the two-hour time limit and are right up against the clock. If there is time at the end, I will allow the Minister in but health and safety rules apply here.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I refer to the direct provision centre in Miltown Malbay, which has been mentioned already. The Minister's response was that he will not rush to judgment, among other things. I ask him, however, to rush to inspection in view of the complaints Deputies have received. I have pictures and detailed accounts which I am not going to go into, but he should certainly rush to inspection because...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Danny Healy-Rae: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. I thank the many gardaí, male and female, throughout this country who uphold law and order and carry out their duties, largely unarmed, in dangerous situations where they come across villains, thugs, drug lords and others involved in serious crime. I thank them for all that they do locally to help the elderly and people living...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: We had a financial crisis.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: The Minister will have his time. Could he give me a second?

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: We had a financial crisis. The Deputy's party at the time did not recognise it and still does not.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: The Minister mentioned the increase in the number of gardaí in County Meath. Yes, the number of gardaí in County Meath has increased in the past couple of years but the population of Meath is skyrocketing so the same point stands. Per capita, the Minister is not maintaining the same pace of growth with the number of gardaí. It is very frustrating as well because the Minister...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: In connection with the protest, it is important that we all recognise, as do I, the right to assembly and freedom of association, both of which are fundamental to any democracy. Having said that, we are in a crisis. This House agreed to the implementation of unprecedented legislation providing powers of a special and emergency nature for An Garda Síochána in the context of the...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: The brutal murder of George Floyd in the US last week was heartbreaking to see on television. The fact that such racism exists in the US in 2020 is both heartbreaking and a cause of deep frustration. For a country such as ours that has such deep ties to the US, to see it burn night after night with such violence is distressing. It is radically important that there is justice for George...

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: Next is Deputy Barry.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: I am sorry, but I would like the answers now.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Mick Barry: Sure.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

John Lahart: The Deputies are sharing time, so the Minister has approximately 45 seconds if we are to move on to the second speaker.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: If the Minister answers the question about the extension of maternity leave, I will take a written answer to the one relating to the Miltown Malbay centre.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: I would be happy to provide the Deputy with a written answer, but let me say that I will not rush to judgment on any particular direct provision centre-----

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: The Minister is eating into Deputy Barry's time.

Covid-19 (Justice and Equality): Statements (4 Jun 2020)

Charles Flanagan: -----until I have further information. It was difficult over the past few weeks to have the type of inspection that the Deputy would like with particular reference to the Covid-19 crisis. However, I expect to be in a position to make a further announcement on this issue within a matter of 48 hours. I will contact the Deputy directly.

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