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 Header Item An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)
 Header Item Sittings and Business of Dáil: Motion
 Header Item Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Instruction to Committee
 Header Item Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Financial Resolutions
 Header Item Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence: Motion
 Header Item Convention on Social Security: Motion

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 980 No. 4

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Deputy Denis Naughten: Information on Denis Naughten Zoom on Denis Naughten In the past eight months, the HSE has disclosed that 84 families in Roscommon and Mayo have experienced serious failings in audiology services provided to their children due to either misdiagnoses or failures to follow up on results. A further 22 young people over the age of 18 years have been impacted upon.

Page 62 of A Programme for a Partnership Government makes specific reference to the issue of open disclosure and no-fault compensation. The number one priority for these 106 people and their families is to get access to educational supports, aids and resource supports. Some of the families and children are getting resource hours, but others are only getting reduced resource hours. We need to see a uniform allocation of resource hours and supports to these young people. Will a dedicated person be appointed within the Department of Education and Skills to co-ordinate on behalf of these 106 people and minimise the impact of this audiology failure on each of them?

The Taoiseach: Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I thanks the Deputy for raising this issue. I know it was raised in the Dáil a week or two ago. I agree with the Deputy's sentiments. The most important thing now is to make sure that those children and adults affected get the health interventions they need and should have got in the past, and the education and welfare supports they need. I am informed that some have, but it has been inconsistent and patchy, and we are keen to resolve that. I have asked someone in my office to pull together the main Departments - Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Education and Skills and Health - to try to resolve the situation.

Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick: Information on Peter Fitzpatrick Zoom on Peter Fitzpatrick I have raised the issue of local needs guidelines numerous times. Since 2005, our local authorities have been using the same guidelines. In 2016, the Government informed the EU that it would be reviewing the local needs situation. On 22 January, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, stated that this had to do with the Flemish decree, his Department was working on the matter and a working group had held a meeting the prior week. He said that he would revert to me with an update on local needs. People in villages and rural areas cannot build on their own lands. This situation has been going on for two or three years. Will it come to an end at some stage?

Deputy Eoghan Murphy: Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy I thank the Deputy for his question. The matter remains as I explained to the Dáil recently. We are operating on the 2005 guidelines. We have been in negotiations with the Commission following on from the Flemish decree. Much of the thinking that is being incorporated as a result of the Flemish decree made its way into the national planning framework, which is being put through the regional spatial and economic strategies. However, it is not true to say that new homes are not being approved depending on local needs. That is happening. We will have the updated guidelines shortly, but local authorities are working to the 2005 guidelines at the moment.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster The ongoing feud between drug gangs in Drogheda resulted in the recent shooting of a man in broad daylight in a public car park at a retail park. It was the second shooting in recent months. There have also been physical attacks, intimidation, kidnappings, threats and attacks on homes. Of the 18 additional gardaí allocated in December, 15 were removed in January, leaving us with just three additional gardaí, which is in no way sufficient to tackle this issue. At last night's meeting of the joint policing committee, elected representatives were told that none of the commitments and promises made by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, regarding the Louth Garda division had materialised and that the division's budget had not seen a cent of an increase.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I thank the Deputy, but can we hear from the Minister, please?

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster When will the Drogheda Garda division-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Can we let the Minister answer?

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----receive the necessary resources to tackle this ongoing feud, or is it the case that-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Please, Deputy. You have gone way over time.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----the Government is waiting for some innocent passer-by-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Can we hear the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, please?

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----to be caught up in one of these shootings? The people of Drogheda are living in fear. It looks like the Minister-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Deputy is way over time.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----could not care less about it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Deputy, please.

Deputy Charles Flanagan: Information on Charles Flanagan Zoom on Charles Flanagan I was pleased to visit Drogheda recently in the company of my colleague, Deputy O'Dowd, where we had a number of important meetings. I understand that the Garda Commissioner was also in Drogheda recently. The House will be aware that the operational issues for and on behalf of the An Garda Síochána are under the leadership of the Garda Commissioner. I keep in close contact with the Garda management team, but the issue of resources is one for the Garda Commissioner himself. I am aware of the seriousness of the situation in Drogheda and am keen to ensure that every effort is made to mitigate the issues raised.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call Deputy Murphy O'Mahony.

Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony: Information on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Zoom on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster I am sorry, a Cheann Comhairle-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl No, Deputy.

Deputy John Lahart: Information on John Lahart Zoom on John Lahart Deputy Munster only gets one stab at it.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster Elected representatives were specifically told-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Deputy, please.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----at the joint policing committee-----

Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony: Information on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Zoom on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Ba mhaith liom ceist-----

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----that the promises made by the Minister-----

Deputy Eoghan Murphy: Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy Respect Deputy Murphy O'Mahony.

Deputy John Lahart: Information on John Lahart Zoom on John Lahart Yes.

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----never materialised-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Will the Deputy resume her seat, please?

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster -----and the division had never seen a cent of an increase in its budget.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Table a Topical Issue matter or something on this matter. We cannot-----

Deputy Imelda Munster: Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster The Minister is just talking rubbish. Spoof and spin.

Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony: Information on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Zoom on Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur ar an Aire Cumarsáide, Gníomhaithe ar son na hAeráide agus Comhshaoil. Táim an-bhuíoch go bhfuil sé anseo inniu. There has been considerable talk lately about the roll-out, or the lack thereof, of broadband, but I wish to ask the Minister about areas with poor or no mobile phone coverage. In large pockets across west Cork, people cannot use their mobile phones no matter what provider they are with. What plans has the Minister to improve the quality of mobile phone coverage in west Cork and the rest of the country?

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton We have a task force, chaired by the Minister of State, Deputy Canney, that works on filling gaps and ensuring closer co-operation in the delivery of mobile and broadband services outside the intervention areas. I will ask the Minister of State to examine the problems that the Deputy has raised and determine whether there is scope to address them.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl That concludes questions on promised legislation. Eight Deputies have not been reached today.

Sittings and Business of Dáil: Motion

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Seán Kyne): Information on Seán Kyne Zoom on Seán Kyne I move:



    That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, or in the Resolution of the Dáil of 28th February, 2019, and unless the Dáil shall otherwise order, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to the sittings of the Dáil on 5th, 6th and 7th March, 2019:
      (a) on Tuesday, the Dáil shall sit later than 10 p.m., and shall adjourn on the conclusion of proceedings on Part 4 of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019, or at 11 p.m., whichever is the later;

      (b) on Wednesday, the Dáil shall sit later than 10.15 p.m., and shall adjourn on the conclusion of proceedings on Part 10 of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019, or at 11.30 p.m., whichever is the later; and

      (c) the proceedings on Committee Stage of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 shall be brought to a conclusion within the times indicated in the timetable below, provided that if a Part concludes earlier than indicated, the next Part may commence at an earlier time, or on an earlier day:
        Date: Proceedings: To conclude within:
      (i) Tuesday, 5th March Part 1 (sections 1 to 3)
      1 hour
          Part 2 (section 4)
      2 hours
          Part 3 (sections 5 to 7)
      90 minutes
          Part 4 (section 8)
      1 hour
      (ii) Wednesday, 6th March Part 5 (sections 9 to 14)
      1 hour
          Part 6 (sections 15 to 60)
      5 hours
          Part 7 (sections 61 to 64)
      1 hour
          Part 8 (sections 65 to 67)
      1 hour
          Part 9 (sections 68 to 70)
      1 hour
          Part 10 (sections 71 to 75)
      1 hour
      (iii) Thursday, 7th March Part 11 (sections 76 to 78)
      1 hour
          Part 12 (sections 79 to 83)
      1 hour
          Part 13 (sections 84 to 87)
      90 minutes
          Part 14 (sections 88 to 90)
      90 minutes
          Part 15 (section 91) and the Title
      2.5 hours
    and where proceedings have not been concluded within the stated time, they shall be brought to a conclusion by one Question, which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, or a Minister of State nominated as substitute on his behalf, and the Question shall dispose of all amendments addressed to the Part of the Bill to which they refer.”.

  Question put and agreed to.

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Instruction to Committee

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Information on Charles Flanagan Zoom on Charles Flanagan I move:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 154, it be an instruction to the Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019 that it has power to make provision in the Bill in relation to F-Gas re-certification for companies and individuals for a limited period post UK withdrawal, and to make other consequential amendments required to take account of these changes.

  Question put and agreed to.

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Financial Resolutions

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Information on Charles Flanagan Zoom on Charles Flanagan I move:

1. THAT section 58 of the Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010 (No. 31 of 2010), which relates to the retail export scheme, be amended in the manner and to the extent specified in the Act giving effect to this Resolution.

2. THAT section 124B of the Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999 (No. 31 of 1999), which provides for a levy on certain premiums of life assurance, be amended in the manner and to the extent specified in the Act giving effect to this Resolution.

3. THAT section 125 of the Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999 (No. 31 of 1999), which provides for a levy on certain premiums of insurance, be amended in the manner and to the extent specified in the Act giving effect to this Resolution.

  Question put and agreed to.

Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence: Motion

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Information on Charles Flanagan Zoom on Charles Flanagan I move:

That Dáil Éireann approves the terms of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence done at Istanbul on 11th May, 2011, a copy of which was laid before Dáil Éireann on 22nd February, 2019.

  Question put and agreed to.

Convention on Social Security: Motion

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Information on Charles Flanagan Zoom on Charles Flanagan I move:

That Dáil Éireann approves the terms of the Convention on social security between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, done at Dublin on 1st February, 2019, a copy of which was laid before Dáil Éireann on 7th February, 2019.

  Question put and agreed to.


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