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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Relations (23 Jun 2022)

Colm Brophy: We are acutely conscious of what is happening in Africa in terms of some of the investment that is going in there and the way in which it is being delivered, particularly with a tie to trade. Both Ireland and the EU try to focus on developing mutually beneficial relationships with Africa, that is, relationships that focus on the development of economic ties and sustainability, particularly...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Trade Relations (23 Jun 2022)

Alan Farrell: Questions Nos. 99, 101, 104, 107 and 114 are related and will be taken together. I am informed there is an error in the list in front of me and I must ask the House if Deputy Murnane O'Connor will be allowed to contribute to the discussion on this group as a questioner as opposed to a supplementary questioner. Is that agreed? Agreed. I understand Deputy Ó Cuív is substituting...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Passport Services

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Brendan Griffin: 99. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will provide a printer for the Cork Passport Office to facilitate in-person one-day rapid renewals there and take pressure and demand off the Mount Street office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33167/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Dara Calleary: 101. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of applications for passports from counties Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal to date in 2022, from each county; the number of passports issued; and the number of outstanding applications for passports currently awaiting processing in each county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: 104. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of passports currently being processed with application addresses in Cork; and the average time for delivery. [32976/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Brendan Griffin: 107. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will ensure each passport application is checked for validity immediately on receipt to allow time for applicants to submit corrected information, if required, as anomalies are too frequently being discovered too late in the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33168/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Aindrias Moynihan: 114. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the measures being considered to have initial checks on all passport applications on receipt to ensure applicants are notified on any issues regarding their application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33204/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Brendan Griffin: There has already been a discussion about the passport service this morning. The specific issue I raise is the possibility of a printer being installed in the Cork office to alleviate pressure on the Mount Street office and provide a quicker service to people in the south and south-west regions. In addition, I raise the issue of the stage in the process at which a passport application is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 99, 101, 104, 107 and 114 together. As there are several questions grouped together, I hope the Acting Chairman will give me some extra time to answer. The passport service is continually working to deliver enhanced customer experience and service delivery to our citizens. As we all know, it has been under a lot of pressure this year. It is experiencing an...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: I take the Deputy's point. We are trying to move the entire system online so that people can interact with the Passport Office from their homes, either through the webchat function or by contacting an efficiently run call centre that answers their calls. That call centre has been under extraordinary pressure in recent months. We have had to add significantly to its size, and that is...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Seán Canney: I accept that. I reiterate my admiration for the staff of the Passport Office and those of the Minister's office. The phone line for Oireachtas Members is fantastic, but it is creating 160 little passport offices around the country. People are contacting several Deputies on particular issues to try to get traction. We are there to help. The Minister has said he will explore the matter....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: We are changing our software system. It will not be concluded until next year but, when we do that, we will have more options, such as potentially working with networks such as the An Post network or social welfare offices, for example. That would broaden the service geographically in terms of where people can apply for passports and so on. The fact is that passports are printed in...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Maritime Jurisdiction

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Michael Collins: 97. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if negotiations will begin immediately with the French Government to cease its military exercise in order to protect fishermen, fishing vessels and the environment, given that Irish fishermen have again been warned of risks to their safety considering the nature of these exercises which will take place off the southern coast of Ireland...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Michael Collins: Last week, the French navy made contact with the Irish Government to state it was carrying out a military exercise off the south coast. This is the second time in a few months that the Government of another country has contacted our country to state it would be carrying out military exercises within Irish territorial waters. Has this French military exercise been put off permanently or for...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: We have been in contact with our French counterparts on this issue and got assurances from them that there will not be any French vessels in the Irish exclusive economic zone, EEZ, during these exercises. It is important to differentiate between Irish territorial waters and the Irish EEZ, which involves international waters for which Ireland is responsible. They are different things....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Michael Collins: I thank the Minister for providing clarity. It is a major concern to Irish fishermen that these activities by other countries are increasing. It is a danger to the lives and incomes of fishermen. They may have to leave a particular area if there is disruption to their fishing activities. Their incomes have been struck down hard in recent years. They cannot take another hit but they are...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Maritime Jurisdiction (23 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: It is not common but it happens. What happened here was not unusual. The Irish Aviation Authority was informed of the exercises via standard procedures and the Department of Transport has issued a marine notice to this effect. As a close partner, however, the Government has remained in close contact with French authorities and will continue to do so in the coming period. I compliment...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Passport Services (23 Jun 2022)

John Brady: There is a crisis. There has been a huge increase in demand but that was not unexpected. To hear that we are still trying to recruit staff to deal with this crisis is concerning. It shows a lack of proper planning. The fact that we are still training and recruiting staff is unacceptable. It must be said that the staff working in the Passport Office are excellent. There is no...

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