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Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Continued)

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 980 No. 4

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Thomas Byrne: Information on Thomas Byrne Zoom on Thomas Byrne] I welcome the Minister's announcement that it is Government policy that Northern Irish and British students would continue to have the same rights. I welcome and am very grateful for the support he has given for the amendment. However, when I have asked this question before, the Minister has not set out Government policy quite so clearly. I am glad that he has done so today and am delighted this will be included in the legislation. We will support every effort the Minister will make to ensure the continued free flow of students North, South, east and west. It is something Fianna Fáil has put forward, as have I as education spokesperson. We would do this anyway and give the commitment. I felt a long-term commitment was needed on this so that people who are in the UK equivalent of transition year or fifth year now, when they are making their plans, would not be put off coming to this jurisdiction because of this. I am hoping for and looking forward to hearing of the British reciprocating on this through the Minister's negotiations. It is very important.

It is one of the tragedies of Brexit that the young people and students, and those who have been educated, have been denied the exercise of their rights as EU citizens by the Brexit vote. Those who have had a higher education are much more likely to have voted to remain and their futures have been blighted by Brexit. Some aspects of this Bill, particularly my amendment, will contribute significantly to ensuring the continuance of their rights in this area, despite the fact that Britain is unfortunately leaving the EU.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Níl éinne eile ag ofráil ar an ábhar seo. Gabhaim buíochas leis na Teachtaí as ucht na díospóireachta.

  Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Deputy Kathleen Funchion: Information on Kathleen Funchion Zoom on Kathleen Funchion I move amendment No. 38:

In page 22, after line 34, to insert the following:
“(5) That the Minister may establish a specific section within the student support scheme of SUSI to address all potential post Brexit queries from students.”.

Amendment put:

The Committee divided: Tá, 17; Níl, 69; Staon, 0.

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Tellers: Tá, Deputies Kathleen Funchion and David Cullinane; Níl, Deputies Seán Kyne and Tony McLoughlin.

Amendment declared lost.

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