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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

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Covid-19 (Arts): Statements (Continued)

As time is limited, I will raise an issue that has not been raised by any of my colleagues across the Chamber. On 30 June, the Arts Council advertised a tender for badly needed communications advi...More Button

For reasons I shall outline as my contribution develops, I believe the Arts Council has acted in bad faith to such an extent that an independent investigation is warranted into the issue. The in...More Button

Agencies will have put a major effort into the very demanding tender application process. It will have cost them well into the tens of thousands of euro in terms of the commitment of staff and p...More Button

The last body one would expect to mess around with small businesses is the Arts Council, which deals with creatives, artists and small groups. What it has done, four months after the tender was ...More Button

If the Comptroller and Auditor General were examining this issue, his approach would be very technical and he would ask whether the Arts Council abided by the guidelines. That is the approach th...More Button

The excuse given by the Arts Council for withdrawing the tender raises more questions because the first reference in the tender material is to the communications strategy. That is not something ...More Button

Some local authorities have come under criticism recently for cancelling tender processes without good reason. This, too, needs to be examined. It underscores that the last thing one would expe...More Button

It is interesting to note that the three reasons set out by the Office of Government Procurement that State agents may cancel a tender do not include the fig leaf presented by the Arts Council last...More Button

Housing Policy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the reason for ending the eviction moratorium in view of the fact that many industries such as the events, hospitality and related industries are closed and in further view of warnings from senior ...More Button

Departmental Contracts

Asked the Minister for Education: if there was a tender process that secured the contractor (details supplied) for the modelling of the predictive grade system; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the average time from sole traders completing and submitting a form for the €1,000 grant to the local Intreo office to receipt of the funding.More Button

Social Welfare Inspections

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her views on whether social welfare inspectors should be able to enter the homes of local authority tenants to carry out unannounced inspections; her further views on whether the home is private an...More Button

International Students

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: if correspondence was received from this Deputy on 23 September 2020 regarding a letter from international students in Ireland; and if a reply will issue shortly.More Button

Student Visas

Asked the Minister for Justice: if the decision taken on 25 September 2020 to limit all students on a stamp 2 will be reconsidered in view of the fact that it restricts students, including graduating students who have submitted d...More Button

Protected Disclosures

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which whistleblower accounts will be managed now that a service (details supplied) is to close; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the cost of the review of a service (details supplied) undertaken in 2019 by the HSE which last week was reported to stakeholders will not be completed beyond a draft report; and if he will make a ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the stage at which during the review of a centre (details supplied) the decision was made that the investigators had gone beyond the terms of reference; the reason this was not realised at the regu...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the Tusla inspection report on a service (details supplied) published online on 14 July 2020 was a factor in the decision-making to close a centre; and the measures taken by the HSE when it was ...More Button