24 Nov 2021, 18.05

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet tomorrow, Thursday, 25 November, to resume discussions on Direct Provision policy and related matters, and to consider petitions from members of the public.

The meeting at 1.30pm in Committee Room 4 of Leinster House will discuss Direct Provision policy with officials from the Department of Justice – Oonagh Buckley, Deputy Secretary General and David Delaney, Chief International Protection Officer.

Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Martin Browne said: “The Committee has held a series of meetings on discussing direct provision policy and related matters with key stakeholders and Government departments and bodies. We now look forward to discussing these issues with the Department of Justice, including the White Paper to End Direct Provision and Establish a New International Protection Support Service.

“The Committee will also discuss a number of petitions from members of the public, including two related to unauthorised developments on the River Shannon, and calls for respectful dialogue, a restart to issuing visitor visas, and support for Tunisia in the COVID-19 crisis.”

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions is a standing Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas and has 11 Members, seven from the Dáil and four from the Seanad.

The meeting in the Committee Room 4 can be viewed live on Oireachtas TV.

Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.

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