Sun, 10 Dec 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland: Justice Minister Helen McEntee is seeking Cabinet approval to extend temporary protection until March 2025 for Ukrainian refugees who have sought shelter in Ireland due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This extension comes after the government had previously granted protection until March of the following year. Given the persisting Russian invasion of Ukraine, Minister McEntee believes it is crucial to prolong this protective measure.

Additionally, Tnaiste Michel Martin is set to release a defense strategy framework, aligning with the recommendations outlined in the Independent Review Group report from earlier this year. This framework aims to establish a comprehensive strategic plan for the transformation of the Irish Defense Forces, addressing both immediate requirements and those needed to ensure the forces are equipped to face current and future challenges.

In a separate development, Minister for Children, Roderic O'Gorman, will present a memo to the Cabinet regarding the establishment of an administrative scheme allowing family members connected to the Tuam mother and baby home to voluntarily submit DNA samples.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan will issue a memo warning Cabinet members about a significant €14 billion deficit in the National Development Plan. As a consequence, some key infrastructure projects will need to be deprioritized.

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