Written answers

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Driver Licences

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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14. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure asylum seekers are permitted to apply for a driving licence. [48733/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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In line with the Programme for Government, my Department is committed to providing access to the driving licence system for asylum seekers.

As Irish driving licence legislation is based on a framework of EU law, consideration must be given to the relevant EU Directives. While the legislative requirements are being examined, work is continuing on the administrative and technical solutions needed, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Justice, to address the Programme for Government commitment. It is not possible at this time to give a definitive date for when these changes will be in place. However, I am assured that my officials are working hard, in close co-operation with all the stakeholders, to make this happen.


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