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Collins, Niall

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Work Permits

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if dairy farmers can avail of work permits for persons from India to work on dairy farms; if so, the process for application; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Transport Policy

Asked the Minister for Transport: if a panel (details supplied) will be extended; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Finance: if a decision to refuse the Covid restrictions support scheme application by a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 653, 654 and 676 together.More Button

In recognition of the challenges facing full time third level students the Government has approved once off funding of €50m to provide additional financial assistance in this academic year. More Button

The funding, which was provided in Budget 2021, in recognition of the significant challenges they have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic offered financial assistance to all EU full-time un...More Button

The scheme ensures students;More Button

- Who avail of the SUSI grant, including in Post Leaving Certificate (PLC), receive a €250 top-up in their grant;More Button

- Students who do not avail of the grant but attend publicly funded Higher Education Institutions in the State can reduce by €250 any outstanding student contribution fee payments or receive a €2...More Button

The latter option is designed to ensure students who pay the standard €3,000 in registration fees but are not in receipt of SUSI will benefit from the measure. Students on PLC courses do not pay ...More Button

There are other supports available to PLC students including through the Back to Education Allowance provided by the Department of Social Protection, and the Fund for Student Disabilities. PLC an...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Finance: the status of a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 642, 662, 671 and 673 together.

  Following the most recent Government announcement on level 5 restrictions, renewed guidance was issued by Educa...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 669 and 670 together.More Button

I appreciate that this is a time of considerable stress and concern for third level students and the challenging and stressful circumstances that students are facing are being taken into account by...More Button

Since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, both the higher education, and further education and training sectors, have worked proactively to ensure that appropriate and robust contingencies have ...More Button

The further education and training (FET) sector has responded swiftly to the identified issues of work placement and work practice by putting together a series of contingency proposals to QQI for...More Button

As Higher Education Institutions are autonomous, and as such are academically independent and are entitled to regulate their own academic affairs and administrative processes, including in relati...More Button

  Question No. 671 answered with Question No. 642.More Button

Sports Organisations

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: if she will assist a club request (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Housing Estates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: further to Parliamentary Question No. 305 of 1 December 2020, if a stage 1 submission on a housing project has been received from Limerick City and County Council; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Public Sector Pay

Asked the Minister for Education: her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding pay inequality; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) regarding the early retirement allowance will receive a response.More Button

Early Childhood Care and Education

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: if a person (details supplied) can defer an ECCE place for the person's children; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

Apprenticeships are primarily a contract of employment and it is only once employment has been obtained that an individual may formally register as an apprentice with SOLAS and progress through the...More Button

FastTrack to Information Technology (FIT) is responsible for coordinating three ICT apprenticeships: ICT Associate Software Developer, Network Engineer, and Cybersecurity. The consortium for the...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice: if she will waive a fee (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Cards

Asked the Minister for Health: when the general practitioner visit card will be extended to children under eight years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Education

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of a matter (details supplied) in relation to the student nurse allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cross-Border Health Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the cross-border directive since 1 January 2021 in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Horticulture Sector

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on a matter (details supplied); the potential impact on the horticultural and nursery sectors; the measures he is taking to mitigate the impact; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Animal Welfare

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the measures he is taking to combat animal abuse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Town and Village Renewal Scheme

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the status of an application (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button