Wednesday, 11 December 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Senator Gavan made a point on the rise of food banks. It is interesting that there were none in the North of our country a decade ago. There are now 30. That is worth considering in the context of the Senator's conversation.
Senator Swanick raised the issue of direct provision. It is exercising the Government. The McMahon report is being implemented. There is a need to move away from direct provision. I hope it will happen in time but there have been significant changes made. The Minster was here two weeks ago discussing direct provision.
Senator Feighan spoke about the FAI, as did Senator Humphreys, in the context of the development officers. It is important that there be genuine root-and-branch reform of the FAI. Sport Ireland has a role and questions to answer on how it allowed the FAI to carry on its business in the way it did. It is the oversight body.