This Week In Seanad – 24th Oct

Revised – SEANAD ÉIREANN
Schedule of Business
Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October, 2013

Tuesday
14:30 – Order of Business
15:45 – Statements on The One Percent Difference, National Giving Campaign
[Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government]

Wednesday
10:30 – Order of Business
14:00 – 16:00 Statements on Seanad Reform
[An Taoiseach]
16:00 – 17:30 Statements on the Common Agricultural Policy
[Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine]
17:30 – 19:30 Private Members Business – Text Below
[Senators Jillian van Turnhout, Fiach MacConghail, Mary Ann O’Brien, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Katherine Zappone, Thomas Byrne, Mary Daly, David Cullinane, Terry Leyden, Marc MacSharry, Pascal Mooney, Rónán Mullen, David Norris, Darragh O’Brien, Trevor Ō Clochartaigh, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Denis O’Donovan, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ned O’Sullivan, Averil Power, Kathryn Reilly, Jim Walsh, Mary White, and Diarmuid Wilson]

Thursday
10:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding the Proposal for a Council Regulation on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office – without debate
[Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality]

11:45 – Private Members Business
EU Scrutiny and Transparency in Government Bill 2013 – Second Stage
[Senators Mark Daly, Marc McSharry, Diarmuid Wilson]

Private Members Business

“That Seanad Éireann:

Notes the calls from: civil society organisations; legal practitioners; academics; human rights activists; and Members of the Oireachtas for reform of Direct Provision, the administrative system of accommodating asylum seekers.

According to the latest available statistics from the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) Monthly Report June 2013, there are 4,624 RIA residents “live on the system” of which 1732 are children.

Welcomes the commitment by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, to meet with the Seanad Cross Party Group on Direct Provision, made at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children meeting on 10 October 2013.

Calls on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, to:

• Outline his response to the recommendations of the Government’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, in the Fifth Report (July 2012) for:
i. An examination to establish whether the system of Direct Provision itself is detrimental to the welfare and development of children and whether, if appropriate, an alternative form of support and accommodation could be adopted which is more suitable for families and particularly children; and

ii. The establishment in the interim of an independent complaints mechanism and independent inspections of Direct Provision centres and give consideration to these being undertaken through either HIQA (inspections) or the Ombudsman for Children (complaints).

• Outline the legislative basis for payments to asylum seekers in direct provision accommodation; the effect on these payments, if any, of the Social Welfare and Pensions (No.2) Act 2009 which precludes asylum seekers from being granted habitual residency status; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

• Further to the Minister’s announcement in January 2013 that “[r]eform of the immigration system will be sustained in 2013 and I will be focussing on major legislative and procedural measures such as the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill”, to debate with Members of Seanad Éireann how best to reform Ireland’s reception and asylum system.””

Senators Jillian van Turnhout, Fiach MacConghail, Mary Ann O’Brien, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Katherine Zappone, Thomas Byrne, Mary Daly, David Cullinane, Terry Leyden, Marc MacSharry, Pascal Mooney, Rónán Mullen, David Norris, Darragh O’Brien, Trevor Ō Clochartaigh, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Denis O’Donovan, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ned O’Sullivan, Averil Power, Kathryn Reilly, Jim Walsh, Mary White, and Diarmuid Wilson.

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