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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

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Post-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

I have a slightly different take on aspects of this discussion. We are living every day according to NIAC, NPHET and the HSE. These entities are part of everyday parlance and every time we turn o...More Button

The European Space Agency operates with an annual budget of €6.7 billion. That is a European fund for sending rockets into space. There is plenty of merit to scientific discovery, but perhaps t...More Button

The EU also needs to find out if it has the scientific knowledge in its expert laboratories throughout the member states to allow it, as a political bloc, to have its own vaccine creating and rol...More Button

We also need to look at novel approaches. Time and again in the past three decades, governments in Norway, which is not in the EU bloc, have identified key strategic companies in which to become...More Button

The Minister of State is leading on the digital green certificate in Europe, for which I thank him. We cannot get there quick enough. This is a pathway back to safe international air travel. I...More Button

I have mixed feelings about quarantine. It stymies the spread of aggressive new Covid strains such as the B117 variant that is ravaging Europe at the moment, putting many people in hospital and ...More Button

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

This legislation is important and timely. My colleague, Deputy Jim O'Callaghan, has been to the fore in advancing this over the past several months. My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Br...More Button

The renowned British graffiti artist, Banksy, has often said that one dies twice. The first time is when one stops breathing, loses body functions and one's body shuts down. The second time som...More Button

For many young people killed in a homicide, however, that right has been short-circuited. The moment they die there is a media blackout on naming them. The minute their case gets into the court...More Button

Fianna Fáil welcomes this legislation which deals with an anomaly in the Children Act 2001. The legislation arises from the need to address the Court of Appeal ruling which has prevented parents...More Button

We need to ensure the legislation is expedited and we change the law promptly because it is unfair to the memory of children who have been killed. It is also unfair that identified flaws in the ...More Button

Banking Sector

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will work with the Central Bank to ensure that lodgement ATMs will be put in place in locations in which a bank (details supplied) has withdrawn its physical bank presence.More Button

Value Added Tax

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will seek a revision to the European Union VAT directive in order that tourism activities such as surfing and kayak instruction can be reclassified to Annex III of the directive.More Button

Office of Public Works

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will undertake an urgent review of indoor cafeteria space for OPW staff based on the Scattery Island site, County Clare in order that high standards of safety during Covid-19 can be attained ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the pension proposals for community employment scheme supervisors which is currently under consideration by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

House Purchase Schemes

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if consideration will be given to introducing measures to incentivise single persons to purchase a house given the difficulties a solo buyer will have in meeting mortgage criteria on one salary.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will consider revising the procedures for conducting the 2021 oral examinations and to include the wearing of masks as a precaution in order that the risk of Covid-19 can be reduced; and if ...More Button

Grant Payments

Asked the Minister for Education: the status of an application for the remote area boarding grant by a person (details supplied).More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Asked the Minister for Education: the number of teachers that are missing out on an additional salary allowance due to obtaining a pass grade in their primary degree; the percentage of those that have an honours postgraduate qualif...More Button

Carer's Allowance

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if provisions will be made to ensure the continued payment of carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in a case in which they are in breach of the regular rules.More Button

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if an analysis can be conducted on the back to work enterprise allowance scheme (details supplied) to adapt it to suit the tourism sector.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if persons suffering from long Covid will be considered for priority vaccination; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if provisions will be made to prioritise staff in special schools for the Covid-19 vaccination given that administration staff in non-front-line or contact settings are being vaccinated ahead of th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if consideration will be given to vaccinating all special education staff promptly to ensure the safety of staff and pupils (details supplied).More Button

Hospital Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will review the short-stay charges regime at St. Camilus' Hospital, Limerick in order that medical card holders are no longer charged a weekly rate of €179; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: if an exception will be made to the criteria regarding the treatment abroad scheme for a person (details supplied).More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will urgently consider a revision to the listing of professions involved in international travel that are exempted from mandatory hotel quarantining during the Covid-19 pandemic in order that...More Button