Introduction

Colette’s International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendement) Bill 2017 has passed all stages through the Seanad and second stage through the Dail. Working closely with Irish Refugee Council, Oxfam Ireland and Nasc Ireland she has secured  significant political support including from the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality which undertook and reported on their scrutiny of the bill in 2019.

 

 Colette served as a member of PACE, the pariamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for 2018. She contributed to debates on Internally Displaced Persons and a report on Children’s Rights. Colette was part of the Council of Europe’s election monitoring mission to Bosnia & Herzegovina in October 2018. She was part of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development (IPCD25) Summit in Nairobi in November 2019.

 

Colette is a member of Brij, a Cork network of volunteers support providing practical support for refugees and people seeking asylum living locally. She has volunteered with Better Together who organise Summer Playschemes for children living in Direct  Provision Centres in the Cork area.

 

Colette also helped fund  ‘Here, there, in between: a collection of creative writing by members of the Kinsale Rd Accommodation Centre Writers’ Group’ , which was compiled by Kathy D’Arcy and Paul Casey, and published in 2018.

Key Actions

  • International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017 passed all stages through the Seanad and second stage through the Dáil. The Bill broadens the category of family member who could apply for ‘family reunification’ and expands the period in which such an application could be made. 
  • In spite of political and parliamentary majorities in favour of the bill in both Houses of the Oireachtas and a recommendation by the Joint Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee “that a money message be granted” and proceed to formal Committee Stage, the Government continues to block further passage of this bill.
  • Colette funded a research paper by lawyers David Kenny and Eoin Daly, on the constitutionality of the money message, read the paper here.
  • She presented a petition by the people of Clones, Monaghan to the Minister of Justice Charlie Flanaghan in the Seanad.
  • The Joint Committee on Justice and Equality which reported on their scrutiny of the bill in 2019.
 

Colette speaking on the Family Reunification Bill