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O'Donnell, Liz

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 Nbr. 3

Refugee Bill, 1995: Report Stage.

I move amendment No. 5:More Button

In page 7, lines 5 and 6, to delete”, where possible in a language that the person understands,” and substitute “or, where necessary, cause such person to be informed in a language that he or she u...More Button

This amendment is aimed at ensuring interpreters are used where necessary rather than where possible, as is stated in the Bill. Section 8 (1) (a) (i) provides that the interview with the person sh...More Button

I thank the Minister for accepting the spirit and objective of my amendment. In the light of what she said and having regard to the Government amendments put forward. I will not move mine.More Button

I move amendment No. 15:More Button

In page 8, line 36, after “declaration” to insert “, or without the consent of the Minister”.More Button

My purpose in tabling this amendment is to address the possibility of the Minister having discretion to allow persons to work while awaiting determination of their refugee status. Under the curren...More Button

A similar provision applies in the case of the United Kingdom where an applicant may apply for permission to work after six months. The argument in favour of allowing applicants to work in their c...More Button

Although I am not sure whether the Minister has such discretion, it appears from the Bill that asylum seekers are not allowed to work until their applications have been processed and a determinati...More Button

In replying, perhaps the Minister will state why it is considered preferable for asylum seekers to depend on the State and receive supplementary welfare allowance — some applicants might be d...More Button

I do not necessarily accept the Minister's hypothesis that the provision could be abused by unscrupulous employers who would coax people to seek bogus refugee status to avail of cheap labour. I d...More Button

I will have to withdraw my amendment but I am dissatisfied with the Minister's response. It seems reasonable to allow people who are willing and able to work to do so after six months if the State...More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I move amendment No. 17:More Button

In page 9, to delete lines 13 to 15 and substitute the following:More Button

“(e) has destroyed his or her identity or travel documents or is in possession of forged identity documents, and such destruction or possession was not, in the applicant's particular circumstances...More Button

Section 9 (8) deals with the power of an immigration officer or garda to entertain a person who arrives at the frontier of the State seeking asylum or protection. Paragraph (e) permits detention of...More Button

In the light of the Minister's acceptance of the principle which I sought to achieve I withdraw my amendment.More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

Amendment No. 18 not moved.More Button

I welcome the Minister's amendments. Given that they deal adequately with the point which was of concern to me in my amendments Nos. 27 and 29 I withdraw them.More Button

Amendment agreed to.More Button

Likewise, we do not see the point in requiring the consent of the Minister if the applicant consented to such publicity. The Bill will be better when the amendment is made. I withdraw my amendmen...More Button

Amendment agreed to.More Button

Amendment No. 60 not moved.More Button

I move amendment No. 61:More Button

In page 22, line 8, after “deceive”, to insert “and such destruction or concealment was not, having regard to the particular circumstances of the applicant or the person, reasonably,”.More Button

Section 20 provides for various offences on the provision of false information and the alteration of identity documents. My amendment aims to introduce the defence of reasonableness, the need for a...More Button

I accept the Minister examined the matter with the draftsperson and, accordingly, I withdraw my amendment.More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

Amendment No. 62 not moved.More Button

I move amendment No. 65:More Button

In page 23, line 20, after “persecution” to insert “or of material change of circumstances”.More Button

Section 21 deals with the revocation of a declaration. Many of the grounds on which a declaration can be revoked require some act by the person to whom the declaration is given to justify the revo...More Button

I welcome the Minister of State's assurance and withdraw my amendment.More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

We had a long debate on this issue on Committee Stage during which many Members expressed concern about the Dublin Convention and section 22. These concerns mainly related to the lack of opportun...More Button

As Deputy O'Donoghue said, those who work at the coalface with refugees are still concerned. Although I am glad to know that there will be some accountability in terms of the Dáil reviewing...More Button

Refugee Bill, 1995: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

I thank the Minister of State, her officials and the non-governmental organisations — experts in this area — who have helped in our deliberations. The Bill generated quite an unusual d...More Button

Written Answers. - Access to Finance Scheme.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the number of companies by employee categories that availed of a loan under the access to finance scheme; and the average loan paid out in each case.More Button

Written Answers. - Public Tendering.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the steps, if any, he has taken to improve the participation rate by small business in public tendering; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button