To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the continued imposition of sanctions on Syria in particular their utility in forcing regime change in that country.
– Clare Daly.
On the 9th of May 2011 the EU agreed to impose restrictive measures, or sanctions, on members of the Syrian regime in order to put pressure on them to end the violent repression of the civilian population in Syria.
Targeted EU sanctions are in place against over 250 people and almost 70 entities which are complicit in the violent repression of the civilian population in Syria. The first person on this list is Bashar Al Assad, whose forces have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
Clare submitted questions to to the Minister for Finance on the tracker mortgage scandal and progress on identifying all those affected. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 30/11/2017
Question Number(s): 38 Question Reference(s): 50802/17
To ask the Minister for Finance further to parliamentary question number 17 of 24 October 2017, the progress of his examination; if an appropriate framework is in place to allow persons a simple and effective route to resolve complaints in regard to financial service providers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Following the conclusion of my meetings with the CEOs of the main banks on the tracker mortgage issue, I issued a statement setting out the position and the next steps I expected to be taken towards resolution of this issue. I have asked the Governor of the Central Bank to provide me with a progress report by around mid-December on whether each of the banks have made acceptable and sufficient progress in line with their commitments. I have also mandated the Central Bank under section 6A of the Central Bank Act 1942 to prepare a report for me on the current cultures and behaviours and the associated risks in the retail banks today and the actions that may be taken to ensure that banks prioritise customer interests in the future.
Clare submitted a question to the Minister on his plans to consult with survivors of abuse in residential industrial schools to develop a survivor-led strategy to provide support for those survivors who need more help and a question on locating a premises for Malahide/Portmarnock Educate together. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 06/12/2017
Question Number(s): 52 Question Reference(s): 51991/17
Department: Education and Skills
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to facilitate requests for consultation talks with survivors of residential industrial schools in order to develop a survivor lead strategy to provide support for those survivors that are looking for more help; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
At a recent meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse. The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make. The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Department officials are in contact with survivors.