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Flanagan, Terence

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the Bill, which introduces measures to restrict access to sunbeds for those aged under 18 years. Sunbeds will also be prohibited in unsupervised premises. I am pleased the Government is...More Button

It is a matter of concern that the sunbed industry in Ireland has been unregulated until now. This legislation will ensure greater safety for sunbed users and is, therefore, welcome. Important ...More Button

Everyone will have a family member or friend who has been affected by cancer. This is a silent killer and one of the leading causes of death. For this reason, any measure that reduces the numbe...More Button

One in ten women in Ireland will develop skin cancer and the incidence of the disease has been increasing each year. Ireland has the fourth highest skin cancer rate in Europe, with 148 people dy...More Button

The dangers of sunbed use are being increasingly recognised. The World Health Organization reclassified sunbed use in 2009 and upgraded it from a group 2A carcinogen to a group 1 carcinogen. Th...More Button

Statistics from the Irish Cancer Society show that people who use a sunbed only once increase their chance of contracting a melanoma by 15%. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer an...More Button

People who use sunbeds before they reach 30 years of age increase their chances of getting melanoma by 75%. Two thirds of sunbed users have reported to the Irish Cancer Society that they first use...More Button

The Bill also imposes an obligation on sunbed operators to display warning signs in their premises, and on sunbeds, regarding the risks of sunbed usage. It is important this provision is include...More Button

It is vitally important that premises that operate sunbeds are regularly checked to ensure that their staff are fully trained. If used incorrectly, sunbeds can cause substantial burns on the bod...More Button

I am aware of the concerns of the Irish Cancer Society that people with type 1 or type 2 skin, which are the two fairest skin types, should be banned outright from using sunbeds. I believe the M...More Button

Another important aspect of this Bill is that it will ban sunbed operators engaging in promotional marketing practices. Sunbeds are often marketed in an appealing way, usually using photographs ...More Button

I welcome the significant fines that will be imposed on salons found to be in breach of the regulations. I am confident that they will act as a deterrent to sunbed operators allowing under age u...More Button

Enforcement of this legislation is crucial. We all know what happened when we fell down in terms of regulation in other areas, in particular in the banking sector. I ask that the Minister confi...More Button

Corporation Tax Regime

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has considered the introduction of a levy on corporation tax in the national interest; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Debt

Asked the Minister for Finance: the size of the national debt over the past five years; the cost of servicing the debt in interest payments for the past five years and for 2014, 2015 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Mortgage Arrears Proposals

Asked the Minister for Finance: if his Department has approved AIB writing off debt by way of split mortgages and other products; his Department's policy in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Schools Building Projects Administration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will list all stages for schools buildings projects; the average length of time it takes a school in each stage; the total average from stage 1 to the building of the school; if there are any...More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plan regarding the removal of religion from the school curriculum; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to include Down's syndrome as a low-incidence disability so that it qualifies for resource teaching hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the cost of including Down's syndrome as a low-incidence disability so that it qualifies for resource teaching hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to increase the maximum number of resource teaching hours provided to each pupil; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the level of funding provided and works required to deal with flooding in Raheny village; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Enterprise Offices Establishment

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the way the new one-stop shop for small business will operate; if he will provide details of its staffing levels and budget for 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Registered Employment Agreements

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the background and content of the framework document he has issued which is aimed at reinstating the registered employment agreement and wage-setting mechanisms in the lower-paid sector of the work...More Button

National Internship Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding the JobBridge scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the financial help available to householders whose homes are flooded; the numbers and the cost of providing help to households flooded over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

National Monuments

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the position regarding the State purchasing and refurbishing the 1916 Moore Street site; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Areas of Conservation Designation

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if Cloonchambers bog in Castlerea, County Roscommon is a redesignated bog; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the reason compensation was not provided to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Renewable Energy Generation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: his plans to generate renewable energy from the seas around Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Energy Prices

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: if the energy regulator ensures that consumers get lower prices for petrol when oil prices fall per barrel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water Charges Administration

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his views on the amount of revenue raised from water charges in 2013 that has been invested into local government; if he will outline the money what this money has been spent on by local government...More Button

Homeless Accommodation Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No. 210 of 16 January 2014, if he will provide a breakdown of the total funding to include a full list of the organisations that received funding under section 10 ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the way in which funding under section 10 of the Housing Act 1988 may be spent; if audits are carried out on the way this funding is spent; if any weaknesses have been identified in these audits ov...More Button

Local Government Reform

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the proposed new role for councillors and management in local authorities in view of his recent local government reforms; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plan to have a directly elected mayor for Dublin; the anticipated role and function; the year in which a directly elected mayor will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Housing Grant Payments

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update on Parliamentary Question No. 220 of 19 December 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the fund set up for former residents of Magdalen laundries in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Charities Regulation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his Department's role in the regulation of homelessness charities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Judicial Appointments

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to reform the way judicial appointments are made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Court Procedures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his proposed reform of the court poor box; the amount collected over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asylum Support Services

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of asylum seekers in State centres for the past five years; the cost of housing for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the amount of outsourcing carried out by the State for asylum seekers for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Community Policing

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to expand the role of community policing and increase the numbers of gardaí involved in community policing in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Crime Prevention

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plan to tackle violent crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Psychological Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide a breakdown of the amounts paid out by his Department and the Health Service Executive to psychotherapy firms in the Dublin North Central and Dublin North East constituencies for...More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to deal with overcrowding at Tallaght and Beaumont hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his plan to tackle the accident and emergency crisis at Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Primary Care Centre Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide details of the planned primary care centre for Coolock; the cost of constructing the new building; the budget for running it; if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the numbe...More Button

Legislative Measures

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013; if he has been notified of terminations taking place under this Act; the discussions and number of meetings between his Depa...More Button

European Health Insurance Card

Asked the Minister for Health: the cost of providing European health insurance cards for the past five years; the number that have been issued over the past five years; the consequence of travelling abroad without one; and if he...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the total number of vacancies in all early intervention teams in Dublin North East and Dublin North Central; the length of time each position has been vacant; his plan to fill vacancies; and if he ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number on waiting lists looking to see all members of intervention teams in Dublin North Central and Dublin North East; the average waiting time on lists; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Public Transport Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide a breakdown of funding provided by his Department for upgrading bus lanes and QBCs on the north side of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on rapid bus plans for Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button