Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Reception Conditions Directive: Motion
That is easily done, a Leas-Chathaoirligh. I am only joking.
I call on the Minister to clarify something. I agree with what everyone in the Chamber has said in respect of how restrictive the measure is. Is the purpose of the motion not to sign up to the EU directive in order that we will strengthen the rights of the vulnerable people and the people in direct provision who we are talking about in the long term?I believe I am right in saying that this is copied and pasted from the Employment Permits Act 2003 in respect of the restrictions. That is my understanding. It took the restrictive process from the Employment Permits Act 2003 and brought it into the present. I understand that people fear that this will not remain an interim thing and will become long-term. Will the Minister explain what will happen if we do not sign up to this EU directive? How do we improve the situation in respect of people's right to work if we do not participate in this EU directive? That is the information I am looking for at the minute.