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Murphy, Catherine

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Services Bill 2017: Report Stage (Continued)

The way in which the Bill has been framed gives us a clue about how exactly this will play out. I do not believe anybody in the Chamber is opposed to water conservation. How one achieves it and h...More Button

It is not just about putting meters into the ground, however. It is about taking readings from them, the administration that goes into that and maintaining a call centre. It strikes me that a lot...More Button

There is also very good telemetry available from some councils, which was well used in advance of Irish Water. There was a degree of controlled metering within estates that could pinpoint very l...More Button

I would like the Minister to respond to my question about a cost-benefit analysis. If the Government is to introduce a system such as this, install additional water meters and impose a charge per ...More Button

I move amendment No. 34:More Button

I would have thought that if a national, rather than a commercial body, was established and was named Irish Water that within that there would be a role for oversight. I do not understand why this...More Button

In a reply from the Minister in September, I was told: "State funding to Irish Water in respect of domestic water services, as determined through the regulatory process being channelled in future...More Button

The idea that this is something that has to be pushed off into the future is of significant concern because a number of issues have already arisen at meetings of the Committee of Public Accounts,...More Button

I honestly do not understand why it cannot be embedded in this legislation. It would be entirely appropriate, given it relates to the same matter, the oversight of Irish Water by the Comptroller a...More Button

This amendment would not delay that.More Button

We are pushing something to the future that we can deal with now. I see no reason not to press the amendment.More Button

Maternity Leave

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the way in which women may avail of the reformed maternity leave entitlement that did not reach the criteria for the entitlement due to a premature birth; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Census of Population

Asked the Taoiseach: the progress made to date on composing the next census; and his plans to update and-or amend the questionnaire. More Button

Bank Restructuring

Asked the Minister for Finance: what funds have been approved for the restructuring of a bank (details supplied) after the extraordinary general meeting on 3 November 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Office of Public Works Properties

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the way in which a company (details supplied) has use of a building in St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Multidenominational Schools

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to establish or fund a new educate together school in Leixlip; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to update the arrangements between his Department and Bus Éireann to deliver school transport in view of the fact that the arrangements have not been updated since 1975; and if he will ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to negotiate a service level agreement between his Department and Bus Éireann regarding the provision of school transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the way in which the surplus will be recovered and or used despite the fact that Bus Éireann statutory financial arrangements do not support the position of his Department regarding the funds being...More Button

Prisoner Health

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of cases of tuberculosis, TB, recorded in the prison system in the past ten years, by year and the prison that reported such cases; the procedure and protocol the Irish Prison Service fo...More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will consult the head of pharmacy at the HSE to provide Kuvan in view of the fact that Kuvan received EU regulatory approval in 2009 for use and reimbursement; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1031 of 2 May 2017, if he will provide a historical list of the products added to and removed from the long term illness scheme since its introduction; and if ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will re-establish the entitlement to free testing strips under the long-term illness scheme for persons diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy; the rationale for the cessation o...More Button

Tuberculosis Incidence

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) reported to the HSE by the Irish Prison Service in the past 10 years by year and the prison which reported cases' the procedure and or protocols the HSE fol...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 220 to 225, inclusive, of 24 October 2017, if he will provide updated replies to all questions, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rail Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of consultants engaged by Irish Rail to head up and or oversee internal departments at the company; the duration of their contracts; their salary per annum; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of departments in Irish Rail that have an interim department head; the name of those departments; the expected timeframe to fill the posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to consult with Bus Éireann regarding the 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Straffan to Dublin services in view of the fact that there is a demand for this service that Bus Éireann is not addressing; ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of new buses purchased in 2016 and 2017 by Bus Éireann; the number of planned bus purchases by Bus Éireann in 2018; if new buses will have higher capacity than the current stock; the way...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the known capacity constraints on Bus Éireann services; the services and or routes that currently cannot operate at full capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if his attention has been drawn to an issue regarding the 120 Bus Éireann early morning services in the Straffan area, County Kildare; his plans to intervene and request Bus Éireann to issue a publ...More Button

Rail Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the known capacity constraints on rail services; the services and-or routes that cannot operate at full capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Taxi Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to introduce an incentive scheme for the provision of a greater amount of fully accessible taxi and hackney services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Car Test

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to engage with farming representative bodies regarding a proposed national car test to be introduced in 2018; if he has engaged with relevant stakeholders to date; the criteria regarding ...More Button

School Discipline

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of post-primary students that were placed on a reduced timetable in the 2016/2017 school year; the reason and duration regarding being placed on reduced timetables; and if she will make ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she has issued guidelines to post-primary schools regarding the rationale for placing young persons on reduced timetables; if consent for such a decision is required by the young persons, parent...More Button

Early Childhood Care and Education

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if there is provision to extend the age band for participation on the early years care and education in exceptional circumstances; her plans to review and or extend the scheme (details supplied); a...More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of staff by grade in the scope section of her Department; the details of these figures on a yearly basis in each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the timeframe for processing of claims relating to self-employment by scope section from submission of a claim to the issue of a determination; and the median time for processing of claims relating...More Button

Homeless Persons Supports

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if it is standard practice for homeless persons units to restrict eligibility to register for their services to homeless persons who can produce a PPSN at the time of registration; and if she will ...More Button

Public Services Card Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the country and location that the mobile phone code verification numbers are sent from in the context of the public service card application process stage whereby a person is asked to verify his or...More Button

JobPath Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the amount paid to a company (details supplied) by her Department since the beginning of its contract in summer 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of persons who have remained in sustainable employment for more than 12 months after having been initially referred by her Department to a company (details supplied).More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to a letter sent to her and copied to some members of the Houses of the Oireachtas; if a reply will issue to the person (details supplied); and if she will make a st...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the date on which he plans to introduce a new affordable housing scheme; the way in which it will differ from the scheme of 2011; the criteria of eligibility for the new scheme; and if he will make...More Button

Private Rented Accommodation Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of persons who are registered as both a tenant and a landlord of a residential property; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number and percentage of tenancies ended in the most recent period for which figures are available on the basis of the property being required for refurbishment; the way in which these figures ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number and percentage of tenancies ended in the most recent period for which figures are available on the basis of the tenancy being required for family use; the way in which these figures comp...More Button