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O'Sullivan, Maureen

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: further to Parliamentary Question No. 2 of 14 December 2016, her views on the length of time children will spend in State care before they can be fostered by families and while all necessary protoc...More Button

My question is a follow-up to a previous one. What length of time will a child spend in State care before he or she can be fostered by families and while all the necessary protocols are being put ...More Button

We can all sympathise with the plight of some unaccompanied minors, especially those fleeing war zones, starvation or other particularly difficult situations. Moving those young people into as nor...More Button

Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children (Continued)

I want to acknowledge the progress that has been made. There were some significant cases of reunification outlined in the previous reply. I also want to acknowledge improvements. At the age of 1...More Button

The Minister opened the YPAR conference and met many young unaccompanied minors and other young people. Their status is a major issue because it will determine whether they can go on to third le...More Button

Housing Issues

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on the effects that the housing crisis is having on children in view of the fact that parents in emergency and transitional accommodation are by their very nature in a precarious position...More Button

This question refers to children who are living with their parents in emergency or transitional accommodation, which we can all recognise is a very precarious position in terms of children's educat...More Button

It is good to hear some positive initiatives. I had a fear, given that many issues were taking up the attention of the Minister and the House, that housing and homelessness, in particular how they...More Button

I know about the roll-out of Leap cards, but some people have difficulty accessing them, which may need to be examined. Children also face problems depending on where their homeless accommodation ...More Button

Children are living in appalling private rented accommodation. Some of the homeless and emergency accommodation is better than some of the private rented accommodation I have seen. Families are...More Button

Youth Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on linking in community and youth services with schools in the local area in terms of awareness programmes dealing with the dangers of misuse and abuse relating to drugs, alcohol and gamb...More Button

This question relates to prevention and education programmes on addiction. Is there a way to link more definitely the community and youth services that are rolling out these programmes in other se...More Button

I thank the Minister. I work with a prevention and education sub-committee in the north inner city that has been involved in quite a number of interventions with young people. Recently we had a r...More Button

There has to be a much more holistic approach that takes into account physical education as well as food, nutrition and diet. I will make two points. When a blanket amount of funding becomes avai...More Button

Youth Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her plans to support the youth services sector and acknowledge the work being carried out by organisations within the community; her further plans to increase funding through the youth services gra...More Button