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Dolan, Aisling, Dillon, Alan , Hoey, Annie, Ward, Barry, Leddin, Brian, Berry, Cathal , Crowe, Cathal, O'Sullivan, Christopher, O'Callaghan, Cian, Kerrane, Claire, Devlin, Cormac, O'Rourke, Darren, Smith, Duncan, Flynn, Eileen, McCallion , Elisha, Currie, Emer, Higgins, Emer, McGreehan, Erin, Duffy, Francis Noel, Ahearn, Garret, Gannon, Gary, Cairns, Holly, O'Connor, James, Carroll MacNeill, Jennifer, Whitmore, Jennifer , Flaherty, Joe , Cummins, John, McGahon , John, Guirke, Johnny , Mythen, Johnny, Boylan, Lynn, Farrell, Mairéad , Noonan, Malcolm, Ó Cathasaigh, Marc, Sherlock, Marie, Wall, Mark, Browne, Martin, Fitzpatrick, Mary, Seery Kearney, Mary, Carthy, Matt, Shanahan, Matt, Carrigy, Micheál, Hourigan, Neasa, Foley, Norma, Crowe, Ollie, Smyth, Ossian, Daly, Pa, Ryan, Patricia , Costello, Patrick, Donnelly, Paul, O'Reilly, Pauline, Tully, Pauline , McAuliffe, Paul , Cronin, Réada, Moynihan, Rebecca, O'Donoghue, Richard, O'Gorman, Roderic, Garvey, Róisín, Ó Murchú, Ruairí, Keogan, Sharon, Clarke, Sorca, Matthews, Steven , Gould, Thomas, Murphy, Verona, Martin, Vincent P., Wynne, Violet-Anne

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

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Irish Sign Language

Asked the Taoiseach: the manner in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the way in which her Department and agencies under her remit meet the obligations of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Commencement of Legislation

Asked the Taoiseach: the details of the Acts falling under his Department that have been signed into law but have not been commenced.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the details of the Acts falling under his Department that have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but not commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the details of the Acts falling under her Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the details of the Acts falling under her Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the details of the Acts falling under her Department that have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the status of the commencement of all sections of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the details of the Acts falling under her Department which have been signed into law but not commenced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the details of the Acts falling under her Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Holidays

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: his views on making St. Brigid’s Day a public holiday; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

UN Conventions

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the role of his Department, if any, in ensuring that the State meets its commitments under the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Thei...More Button

Post Office Network

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: the steps he is taking to ensure a sustainable post office network as a key component of the economic and social infrastructure in rural and urban areas; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Waste Tyre Disposal

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: if his attention has been drawn to persons having to pay a visible environmental management charge on used tyres which were used in silage storage even though the levy was already paid on the tyres...More Button

Legislative Measures

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the details of the Acts falling under his Department which have been signed into law but have not been commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Illegal Dumping

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: the steps he is taking to reduce illegal dumping in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Greenways Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport: the steps he is taking to provide funding to local authorities to conduct feasibility studies for greenways and develop greenway projects to reach a shovel-ready status; and if he will make a state...More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he will address a situation in which a person (details supplied) is waiting over nine months for a driver theory test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Transport: the support he is putting in place for the chauffeur sector, which has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the support being offered to parents of infants and young children with Down's syndrome born during the Covid-19 pandemic who have not been able to access the same range of support due to restricti...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Transport: if the forthcoming legislation on e-scooters includes the requirement to have private insurance and be registered with an appropriate State body; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rural Transport Programme

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of persons who travelled on all rural link routes in County Cork in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Equality Proofing of Budgets

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the steps he is taking to implement equality budgeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Remote Working

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he is facilitating requests for officials in Departments or persons employed in State agencies to work remotely full-time or part-time beyond Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the funding provided by her Department or agencies under her remit annually to family resource centres; the primary funding streams in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the amount of funding provided by his Department or agencies under his remit annually to family resource centres; the primary funding streams in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if he will make ...More Button

Departmental Communications

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the way in which her Department and agencies under her remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the way in which her Department and agencies under her remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the way in which her Department and agencies under her remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the way in which her Department and agencies under her remit are meeting obligations under the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Schemes

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the grants available for private residences to retrofit to enable access for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the funding available to local authorities to retrofit social housing to enable access for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the steps he is taking to address the findings of the European Committee of Social Rights that local authority tenants in Ireland continue to live with inadequate housing standards; and if he will ...More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Asked the Minister for Education: the steps she is taking to enable Irish Sign Language teachers to receive teaching licences from the Teaching Council; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education: the rationale for the different hourly rates payable to individual teachers or supervisors for additional supervision work in circular letter 0053/2020; the reason teachers and supervisors receive ...More Button

Special Educational Needs

Asked the Minister for Education: if a student (details supplied) will be ensured a place in a special school in Cork city; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the steps she is taking in response to her Department’s role in the building of dossiers on children with autism who were involved in legal actions against the State by the Department of Health; an...More Button

Family Resource Centres

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the funding provided by her Department or agencies under her remit annually to family resource centres; the primary funding streams in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the family resource centres in County Cork which receive funding from agencies under her remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the family resource centres in County Cork which receive funding from agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Family Support Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to ensure that public consultation, on the development of a national model of parenting support services, is accessible to individuals with no Internet access, individuals wh...More Button

Disability Support Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to address the low employment rate of persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way in which persons with disabilities, including children, and their representative organisations will be involved and participate fully in the monitoring process of the UN Convention on the R...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the status of the disability participation and consultation network; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to address the low employment rate of persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the steps he is taking to address rates of violence and sexual assault experienced by students with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to address the barriers that women with disabilities experience in accessing health screening services resulting in lower uptake of breast and cervical cancer screening; and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the training offered to health professionals regarding the support needs of disabled persons accessing reproductive services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Domestic Violence Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way in which the State is meeting its commitments under the Istanbul Convention, including the provision of refuge spaces and support services, for the years 2019 and 2020; and if he will make ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to address the absence of targeted interventions with disabled women in the Second National Strategy on Domestic Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2016-2021; and if he will ma...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to address rates of violence and abuse experienced by persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way a gender perspective is being included in the Disability Participation and Consultation Network; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way children and young persons with disabilities are being included in the Disability Participation and Consultation Network; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Protection

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to expand the deployment of services following the Barnahus model nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: if he will make reports relating to a pilot service (details supplied) available including recommendations on the way in which this form of service can be rolled out nationally; and if he will make...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to expand the deployment of services following the Barnahus model nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Safety

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to ensure uniformity regarding the use and quality of parental capacity assessments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disabilities Data

Asked the Minister for Justice: the steps she is taking to address rates of violence and abuse experienced by persons with disabilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: if kitchen staff in restaurants and takeaways are required to wear face masks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will prioritise members of An Garda Síochána to receive Covid-19 vaccinations as front-line workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Education

Asked the Minister for Health: the training given to public health nurses to support the parents of infants and young children with Down's syndrome born during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to provide accessible information across all stages of reproductive decision making; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure disabled persons' voices and experiences are being incorporated into the assisted human reproduction Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure that the ethics committee of the assisted human reproduction regulatory authority includes the voice of disabled persons when established; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Sign Language and Deaf Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure Irish sign language interpretation services are available to all general practitioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure Irish sign language interpretation services are available in all acute hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Services Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which data is collected and examined regarding the provision of reproductive services to disabled persons including abortion services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the mechanisms in place to collect and examine data regarding rates of access to healthcare services by persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons with disabilities who were accommodated in congregated settings by gender in each HSE region in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Screening Programmes

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure that hoists are available in all BreastCheck facilities for persons who need to have an alternative wheelchair to their own when using the mammogram machine; and if...More Button

Mental Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons with psychiatric conditions who are accommodated in congregated settings by gender in each HSE region in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Transport Support Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress on introducing a transport support scheme to replace the removal of the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on opening the motorised transport grant to new applicants until a transport support scheme is established; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Data Protection

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the data breach involving those registered for vaccination; the extent of the breach; the means by which persons impacted have been informed; the mitigation measures put in place; and...More Button

HSE Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the longest wait times experienced by HSE mental health service staff members in CHO4 to have stage 1 and stage 2 grievance hearings arranged in each of the years 2018 to 2020; the longest wait tim...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the percentage of grievances taken by CHO4 mental health service staff that were upheld at stage 1; the percentage upheld at stage 2 of the HSE grievance procedure in each of the years 2018 to 2020...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which clinical and ethical concerns involving service users that have been raised by HSE mental health service staff members are dealt with and recorded by HSE management; the protection...More Button

Occupational Therapy

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to address the waiting lists for occupational therapists given 11,023 children, including 1,727 in the Cork and Kerry regions, have been waiting at least one year for their f...More Button

Departmental Legal Cases

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking in response to his Department’s role in the building of dossiers on children with autism who were involved in legal actions against the State by his Department; and if he wil...More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the implementation of recommendations in the report of the independent review group examining the role of voluntary organisations relating to areas in which his Department has respons...More Button

Pesticide Use

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he is taking to address the detection of pesticides including MCPA, 2,4-D, mecoprop, fluroxypyr, glyphosate and triclopyr in County Cork in 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Basic Payment Scheme

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he is taking to introduce fairness in basic payment schemes in the new CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Common Agricultural Policy

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the European Commission proposal that convergence will continue in the next CAP with all entitlements reaching at least 75% of the national average by 2026; and if he will make a state...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the European Commission proposal to cap direct payments at €100,000 with a gradual reduction for those over €60,000 in the next CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on implementing internal convergence of payment entitlements during the CAP transitional regulation covering the years 2021 and 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position he is taking on addressing the fact that current basic payment scheme entitlements are based on reference years that date back to 2000-2002 in trilogue negotiations on the new CAP; and...More Button

Meat Processing Plants

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on establishing an independent meat regulator with statutory powers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Food Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the progress in establishing a food ombudsman; if the position will be approved by the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on legislation that would require buyers of agri-food produce to incorporate costs of production in price negotiations with farmers and producers; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Forestry Management

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if his attention has been drawn to irregularities in relation to a forestry application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Veterinary Medicines

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the steps he is taking to ensure rules on the prescription and sale of veterinary medicines are aligned here and in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Voluntary Sector

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the grants available for NGOs and community organisations to retrofit their premises to enable access for persons with disabilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the grants available for NGOs and community organisations to retrofit accommodation, refuge services and properties to enable access for persons with disabilities; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the steps she is taking in response to the recommendations in a report by an organisation (details supplied) on the support needs of the non-profit sector; and if she will make a statement on the m...More Button

Sustainable Development Goals

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the status of the actions taken to achieve objective 8 strengthen and build understanding and capacity to support the implementation of the sustainable development goals (details supplied); and if ...More Button