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Table of Contents

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 1003 No. 7
Unrevised

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Prelude

Household Utility Bills Support: Motion [Private Members]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

Oireachtas Members (Economic Justice) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil

Children (Amendment) Bill 2021: First Stage

Seventh Report of Committee of Selection: Motion

Finance Act 2004 (section 91) (Deferred Surrender to the Central Fund) Order 2020: Motion

Reappointment of the Ombudsman for Children: Motion

Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Act 2020: Motion

Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Written Answers Nos. 1-9

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Citizens' Assembly

Cabinet Committees

Departmental Functions

National Economic and Social Council

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Trading Online Voucher Scheme

Written Answers Nos. 10-38

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Industrial Disputes

Health and Safety Inspections

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Derelict Sites

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Trading Online Voucher Scheme

Employment Rights

Trade Strategy

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Future Growth Loan Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Brexit Issues

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

IDA Ireland

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Work Permits

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Energy Efficiency

Written Answers Nos. 39-65

Energy Policy

National Broadband Plan

National Broadband Plan

Just Transition Fund

Remote Working

National Postcode System

National Broadband Plan

Energy Policy

Environmental Policy

National Postcode System

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Ministerial Meetings

National Broadband Plan

Telecommunications Services

Energy Efficiency

Electricity Generation

Waste Management

Recycling Policy

Environmental Policy

Energy Efficiency

Electricity Generation

Remote Working

Written Answers Nos. 66-93

Energy Policy

National Broadband Plan

National Broadband Plan

Cybersecurity Policy

Energy Infrastructure

Warmer Homes Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Warmer Homes Scheme

Bituminous Fuel Ban

National Broadband Plan

Post Office Network

Bus Services

Electric Vehicles

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Road Projects

Driver Licences

Driver Test

Airport Passenger Data

Driver Licences

Transport Infrastructure Provision

Road Safety

Bus Services

Written Answers Nos. 94-121

Transport Policy

Driver Licences

Driver Licences

Driver Test

Covid-19 Pandemic

Driver Licences

Driver Test

Bus Services

Cycling Facilities

Road Projects

Road Projects

Driver Test

Local Authority Facilities

Cycling Facilities

Driver Test

Driver Licences

Driver Licences

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Driver Test

National Car Test

Pension Provisions

Bus Services

Bus Services

Driver Test

Rail Network

Written Answers Nos. 122-149

Cycle to Work Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Road Safety

Driver Licences

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Proposed Legislation

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

Road Projects

Driver Licences

Road Projects

EU Directives

Community Involvement Scheme

Road Projects

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Road Traffic Offences

Driver Test

Bus Services

Aviation Industry

Aviation Industry

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Written Answers Nos. 150-177

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Driver Licences

Air Navigation Orders

Road Network

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Tax Exemptions

Trade Agreements

Vehicle Registration Tax

Help-To-Buy Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic

Company Data

Revenue Commissioners

Mortgage Lending

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Tax Reliefs

Community Banking

Insurance Industry

Written Answers Nos. 178-205

Tax Reliefs

Student Universal Support Ireland

National Asset Management Agency

National Asset Management Agency

Customs and Excise

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Banking Sector Investigations

Help-To-Buy Scheme

Value Added Tax

Help-To-Buy Scheme

Home Repossessions

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Import Costs

Insurance Industry

Value Added Tax

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Vehicle Registration Tax

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Tax Reliefs

Written Answers Nos. 206-233

Customs and Excise

Tax Exemptions

Tax Exemptions

Primary Medical Certificates

Energy Efficiency

Flood Relief Schemes

Public Sector Pensions

Public Procurement Contracts

Public Procurement Contracts

Charitable and Voluntary Organisations

Flood Relief Schemes

EU Directives

Heritage Sites

Appointments to State Boards

Flexible Work Practices

Cruinnithe an Aire

Broadcasting Sector

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Written Answers Nos. 234-261

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Tourism Industry

Olympic Games

Olympic Games

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Tourism Funding

Tax Credits

Tourism Industry

Tourism Industry

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Olympic Games

Covid-19 Pandemic

Olympic Games

Famine Artefacts

Covid-19 Pandemic

Irish Language

Covid-19 Pandemic

Turf Cutting

Homelessness Strategy

Residential Tenancies Board

Social and Affordable Housing

Written Answers Nos. 262-289

Local Authority Functions

Electoral Process

Repair and Leasing Scheme

Homeless Accommodation

Social and Affordable Housing

Home Loan Scheme

Hare Coursing

Housing Data

Housing Assistance Payment

Planning Issues

Local Authority Services

Emergency Accommodation

Vacant Properties

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund

Heritage Fund

Legislative Measures

Departmental Functions

Construction Industry Register Ireland

Local Authority Functions

Homeless Persons Data

Social and Affordable Housing

Wildlife Control

Wildlife Protection

Written Answers Nos. 290-317

Environmental Policy

Covid-19 Pandemic

Compulsory Purchase Orders

Water Services

Local Authority Housing

Local Authority Housing

Departmental Correspondence

Housing Assistance Payment

Local Authority Housing

Septic Tanks

Covid-19 Pandemic

Local Authority Funding

Local Authority Staff

Water Supply

Social and Affordable Housing

Housing Data

Home Loan Scheme

Trade Missions

Covid-19 Pandemic

UN Security Council

UN Security Council

Irish Aid

Diplomatic Representation

Human Rights

Passport Services

Human Rights

Written Answers Nos. 318-345

Middle East

Irish Aid

Human Rights

Human Rights

Middle East

Foreign Conflicts

Official Engagements

Brexit Negotiations

Irish Aid

Human Rights

Irish Aid

Passport Applications

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Overseas Missions

Defence Forces Strength

Defence Forces Reserve

Defence Forces Reserve

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Written Answers Nos. 346-373

Defence Forces Recruitment

Covid-19 Pandemic

Defence Forces Personnel

Defence Forces Properties

Covid-19 Pandemic

Defence Forces Allowances

Defence Forces Operations

Defence Forces Recruitment

Overseas Missions

Pension Provisions

School Transport

State Examinations

Special Educational Needs

School Closures

School Funding

School Transport

Schools Building Projects

School Accommodation

Education Standards

State Examinations

School Patronage

Covid-19 Pandemic

Special Educational Needs

State Examinations

State Examinations

Written Answers Nos. 374-401

Schools Data

Special Educational Needs

State Examinations

School Accommodation

School Facilities

School Funding

State Examinations

School Curriculum

State Examinations

State Examinations

State Examinations

School Enrolments

School Transport

State Examinations

Citizens' Assembly

Autism Support Services

Schools Designation

Education Policy

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs Staff

School Accommodation

Social Welfare Appeals

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Carer's Allowance

Residential Tenancies Board

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Written Answers Nos. 402-431

Carer's Allowance

Carer's Allowance

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance

Social Welfare Benefits

Fuel Allowance

Youth Unemployment

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance

Disability Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Parental Leave

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Social Welfare Code

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Carer's Allowance

State Pensions

State Pensions

Personal Public Service Numbers

Disability Allowance

Social Welfare Eligibility

Household Benefits Scheme

Illness Benefit

Fuel Allowance

Social Welfare Appeals

Written Answers Nos. 432-457

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Social Welfare Payments Administration

Aviation Industry

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Social Welfare Payments Administration

Social Welfare Payments Administration

Social Welfare Payments Waiting Times

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Social Welfare Application Forms

State Pension (Contributory)

Social Welfare Code

Social Welfare Appeals

Disability Allowance

Widow's Pension

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Departmental Budgets

Community Employment Schemes

Household Benefits Scheme

Community Employment Schemes

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Personal Public Service Numbers

Community Employment Schemes

Irish Sign Language

Written Answers Nos. 458-485

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Parental Leave

Residential Institutions

Residential Institutions

Child Protection

Child Protection

Child Protection

Early Childhood Care and Education

Covid-19 Pandemic

Direct Provision System

Direct Provision System

Covid-19 Pandemic

Direct Provision System

Direct Provision System

Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education

Youth Services

Childcare Services

Refugee Resettlement Programme

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Covid-19 Pandemic

Early Childhood Care and Education

Covid-19 Pandemic

Early Years Sector

Written Answers Nos. 486-513

Childcare Services

Parental Leave

Covid-19 Pandemic

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Dormant Accounts Fund

Early Years Sector

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Refugee Resettlement Programme

Social Workers Recruitment

Direct Provision System

Adoption Data

Childcare Services

Departmental Funding

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Childcare Services

Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Childcare Services

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Childcare Qualifications

Written Answers Nos. 514-541

Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education

Early Childhood Care and Education

Student Support Schemes

Student Accommodation

Student Retention Rates

Work Placement Programmes

Third Level Admissions

Higher Education Institutions

Student Support Schemes

Student Universal Support Ireland

Student Universal Support Ireland

Student Universal Support Ireland

Covid-19 Pandemic

Student Accommodation

Third Level Fees

Third Level Fees

Medical Research and Training

Third Level Education

Apprenticeship Programmes

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ Programme

Written Answers Nos. 542-569

Apprenticeship Programmes

Student Accommodation

Third Level Examinations

Student Support Schemes

Higher Education Institutions

Third Level Fees

Covid-19 Pandemic

Citizenship Applications

Leave to Remain

Covid-19 Tests

Garda Stations

Gambling Sector

Liquor Licences

Crime Data

Crime Data

Road Traffic Offences

Covid-19 Pandemic

Garda Training

Immigration Controls

Citizenship Applications

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Written Answers Nos. 570-597

European Court of Justice Rulings

Covid-19 Tests

Residency Permits

Home Repossessions Rate

Coroners Service

Coroners Service

Covid-19 Pandemic

EU Directives

Leave to Remain

Garda Resources

Naturalisation Applications

Citizenship Status

Court Orders

Courts Service

Visa Applications

Garda Training

Crime Prevention

Family Reunification

Garda Equipment

Citizenship Applications

Garda Procedures

Immigration Controls

Departmental Inquiries

Residency Permits

Crime Prevention

Prisoner Complaints Procedures

Written Answers Nos. 598-625

Prison Visiting Committees

Residency Permits

Visa Applications

Court Accommodation

Closed-Circuit Television Systems

Departmental Schemes

Garda Deployment

Garda Deployment

Covid-19 Pandemic

Mobility Allowance

Health Services

Departmental Schemes

Health Services

General Medical Services Scheme

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Cancer Services

Cancer Services

Health Services

Cancer Services

Health Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Pharmaceutical Sector

Addiction Treatment Services

Departmental Reports

Health Services Staff

Parking Charges

Written Answers Nos. 626-653

Telecommunications Services

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Midwifery Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Tests

Hospital Charges

Maternity Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Nursing Staff

Hospital Staff

Hospital Facilities

Medical Aids and Appliances

Vaccination Programme

Midwifery Services

Vaccination Programme

Ambulance Service

Prescriptions Charges

Primary Care Centres

Primary Care Centres

Audiology Services

Abortion Services Provision

Covid-19 Tests

Hospital Facilities

Written Answers Nos. 654-688

Counselling Services

Hospital Expenditure

Public Sector Pay

Public Sector Allowances

Primary Care Reimbursement Service Payments

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health Promotion

Hospital Services

General Practitioner Services

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Alcohol Treatment Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Burial Grounds

Vaccination Programme

Medical Cards

Medical Cards

Covid-19 Pandemic

Medical Cards

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Eating Disorders

Written Answers Nos. 689-710

Eating Disorders

Primary Care Centres

Primary Care Centres

Primary Care Centres

Dental Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Tests

Mental Health Services

Occupational Therapy

Mental Health Services

Medicinal Products

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Departmental Contracts

Health Promotion

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Written Answers Nos. 711-738

Ophthalmology Services

Ophthalmology Services

HSE Waiting Lists

Hospital Closures

HSE National Service Plan

Maternity Services

Vaccination Programme

Cross-Border Health Initiatives

Health Screening Programmes

Health Screening Programmes

Counselling Services

Counselling Services

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Covid-19 Tests

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Paediatric Services

Industrial Relations

Health Services Staff

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Health Screening Programmes

Covid-19 Pandemic

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Hospital Services

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Written Answers Nos. 739-766

Health Services

Counselling Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Mental Health Services

Health Services Staff

Health Services

Counselling Services

Mental Health Services

Healthcare Infrastructure Provision

Vaccination Programme

General Practitioner Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Dental Services

Nursing Staff

Physiotherapy Services

Hospital Equipment

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Nursing Education

Vaccination Programme

Mental Health Policy

Speech and Language Therapy

Vaccination Programme

Diabetes Strategy

Diabetes Strategy

Written Answers Nos. 767-794

Diabetes Strategy

Diabetes Strategy

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Tests

Vaccination Programme

Animal Welfare

Diabetes Strategy

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Palliative Care Services

Healthcare Infrastructure Provision

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Eating Disorders

General Practitioner Services

Mental Health Services

Written Answers Nos. 795-822

Vaccination Programme

Dental Services

Dental Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Hospital Staff

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Assisted Human Reproduction

Vaccination Programme

Vaccination Programme

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Nursing Education

Departmental Expenditure

Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Boards

Vaccination Programme

Pharmaceutical Sector

Pharmaceutical Sector

Medical Cards

Mental Health Services

Written Answers Nos. 823-850

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Boards

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

HSE Legal Cases

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health and Social Care Professionals Registration Boards

Health Promotion

Medicinal Products

Primary Medical Certificates

Vaccination Programme

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Departmental Legal Costs

Health Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Written Answers Nos. 851-878

Dental Services

Hospital Services

Health and Social Care Professionals

Mental Health Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

HSE Staff

Covid-19 Pandemic

Disability Services Data

Covid-19 Tests

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Hospital Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health Services Provision

Health Services Provision

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Hospital Staff

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health Services Funding

Health Services Provision

Written Answers Nos. 879-906

Health Services Provision

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Hospital Staff

Health Services Provision

Covid-19 Tests

Covid-19 Pandemic

Health and Social Care Professionals

Hospital Procedures

Hospital Procedures

Hospital Procedures

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

Dental Services

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Tests

Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic

General Practitioner Services

Written Answers Nos. 907-934

Fuel Poverty

Nursing Staff

Covid-19 Pandemic

Disabilities Assessments

Hospital Appointments Status

Hospital Services

Hospital Appointments Status

Respite Care Services

Fishing Industry

Foreshore Issues

Fishing Industry

Maritime Safety

Harbours and Piers

Herd Number Applications

Fishing Industry

Fishing Industry

EU Regulations

Beef Data and Genomics Programme

Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme

Felling Licences

Greyhound Industry

Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme

Animal Welfare

Meat Processing Plants

Meat Processing Plants

Departmental Functions

Written Answers Nos. 935-962

Inland Fisheries

Fishing Industry

Fisheries Protection

Animal Culls

Animal Welfare

Fisheries Protection

Fur Farming

Agriculture Scheme Appeals

Forestry Sector

Felling Licences

Horse Racing Industry

Fishing Industry

Forestry Grants

Land Issues

Forestry Management

Beekeeping Industry

EU Funding

Livestock Issues

Teagasc Activities

Beekeeping Industry

Teagasc Activities

Teagasc Activities

Sheep Welfare Scheme

Direct Payment Scheme

Agriculture Schemes

Teagasc Activities

Teagasc Activities

Livestock Issues

Written Answers Nos. 963-989

Census of Agriculture

Agriculture Schemes

Land Issues

Fishing Industry

Felling Licences

Fishing Industry

Fishing Industry

LEADER Programmes

Community Development Projects

Dog Licences

Digital Hubs

Broadband Infrastructure

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Community Employment Schemes

Community Services Programme

LEADER Programmes

Rural Regeneration and Development Fund

Dog Breeding Industry

Library Services

Remote Working

Remote Working

Family Resource Centres

Rural Broadband Scheme

LEADER Programmes


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