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Committee on Public Petitions díospóireacht -
Thursday, 30 Sep 2021

Decisions on Public Petitions Received

I propose that the petitions considered by the committee at this meeting and the previous meeting be published and that the replies from the Departments and other bodies also be published. Is that agreed? Agreed.

We will now consider the public petitions. The first petition P00013/21, is from Ms Molly O’Brien, to create a citizenship route for non-resident spouses of Irish nationals after five years of marriage. The recommendation from the private session is that the correspondence from the Department of Justice be sent to Ms O'Brien for comment. Do members have any views on this or is it agreed? Agreed.

The second petition P00017/21, concerns "Save Shannon Airport" and is from Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne on behalf of Ms Donna McGettigan. The recommendation from the private session is that the correspondence from the Department of Transport be sent to Deputy Wynne on behalf of Ms McGettigan and that this petition is closed for the following reasons: that the Government has clearly articulated in recent months that its policy with regard to Shannon Airport is that it remains part of the Shannon Group. The Government does not consider it appropriate that there be any consideration for reintegrating Shannon Airport with the DAA at this time. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the Government has made significant funding available to Aer Lingus and other aviation enterprises through a range of business supports. It is estimated that by the end of June 2021 the aviation sector will have received approximately €300 million in such supports.

Do the members have any views on this or is this agreed? Agreed.

Could I suggest that we might hold off on the remaining petitions until the next meeting given the attendance for the remainder of this meeting?

I will propose this to the floor. Does the committee wish to hold back the remaining petitions until the next meeting? Is that agreed? Agreed. I will make a note of that and I thank Deputy Devlin.

This concludes our consideration of public petitions. I invite members of the public to submit via our online portal. A petition may be addressed to the Houses of the Oireachtas on a matter of general concern or interest regarding the legislative powers or any issue of public policy.

Would members like to make any final comments?

No. I thank the Chairman.

The joint committee adjourned at 1.35 p.m. until 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 14 October 2021.