Fitzgerald, Tom

Wednesday, 5 May 1999

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 159 No. 5

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Refugee Act, 1996: Motion.

I welcome the debate and the open manner in which it has been conducted. We have been criticised for tabling an amendment because it is apparently unnecessary. However, it is necessary because the mot...More Button

Have they accommodation and food? Are they being treated properly by the law? In the picture painted by Senator Norris, they were deprived of education and were almost in jail. That was the impression...More Button

Every piece of information Senator Norris gave the House came from a newspaper or was hearsay. He even rubbished a reply a person received from the Department by saying it was only a phone call and th...More Button

Senator Norris is a bit of a showman and can act the part. However, we must face reality. What is the problem? I want Senator Norris and the people who support him to name specific cases where the law...More Button

I live in the same county as the Minister, Deputy O'Donoghue, and I have great regard for him and what he has done. There is no more honourable man in the country. He is humane, honest and down to ear...More Button

Asylum seekers must take some of the blame. In his speech the Minister of State said some applicants have failed to attend interview or renew their status without reason and that it is anticipated tha...More Button

I am not stopping anybody from working.More Button

I ask the Senators to give examples and not rely on hearsay or rubbish published in newspapers. They have not given a single example of people being discriminated against.More Button

A normal process must be adhered to if we are to do the best we can.More Button

I welcome these people to our country. Nobody suggested giving them identity cards, which would speed up the process. Yet a move along these lines was made approximately six months ago. I will talk to...More Button

That was only reported.More Button

We are not doing that.More Button

It did not do anything after that.More Button


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