Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Reception Conditions Directive: Motion
It is in line with the limited options available to us to provide access during the interim period. It is important that we all work together. Senators were critical of the Department of Justice and Equality. While the Department is very much involved in this process, there are other considerations as well. We must consider jobs, social protection, health rights, children's rights, education and vocational training. There are nine Departments involved in a whole-of-Government approach to this issue. I am anxious to ensure that this issue can be dealt with in a way that provides access to work under the directive for those who wish to avail of it. In the meantime, I need the permission of the Oireachtas and the European Union requires a four-month compliance process to allow us in.