Protection Extension for Ukrainians in Ireland and Defence Transformation: Cabinet Discussions
Temporary Protection Extension for Ukrainians
Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee is pushing for Cabinet approval to extend temporary protection for Ukrainians who have fled the war and sought refuge in Ireland. This protection, which was initially extended until March of the coming year, is now being proposed to be prolonged until March 2025 due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Defence Strategy Framework Release
In other matters, Tánaiste Micheál Martin is preparing to unveil the defence strategy framework. This instrument is designed to revolutionize the Defence Forces and prepare them to combat both current and future challenges. The primary stage of this metamorphosis will concentrate on cultural aspects, introducing new governance and reporting mechanisms.
The strategy includes actions to be finalized by the end of 2024, building on several reports, one of which is the Independent Review Group (IRG) report. This report conducted an investigation into the systems and procedures implemented for handling bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment within the Defence Forces.
An Administrative Scheme for Tuam Mother and Baby Home
In a separate agenda, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman will present a memo to the Cabinet regarding the establishment of an administrative scheme. This scheme is designed to allow relatives related to the Tuam mother and baby home to voluntarily provide a DNA sample in preparation for the site’s excavation and exhumation.
National Development Plan Deficit
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan will also submit a memo to the Cabinet, drawing their attention to a €14 billion deficit in the National Development Plan. This deficit will likely require the deprioritisation of some significant infrastructure projects.
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