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Doherty, Pearse

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Hospital Waiting Lists

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this important matter. I have put it down for the lottery five or six times. Spina bifida affects about one in every 1,000 children born in Ireland. For...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists (Continued)

In November last year, Oisín's ankles had deteriorated and the family was told that the operation now needed was a Grice procedure and a Russian transfer. The family was informed that this might c...More Button

My question is whether Oisín's family is going to have to wait until the next stage of his deterioration for the surgery to happen, which may be too late. At that point, the doctors may need to ...More Button

Will the Minister and the Minister of State, Deputy Feighan, review Oisín's case and work to ensure he gets his surgery scheduled as soon as possible? On the wider issue, will they undertake to ...More Button

I welcome the Minister of State's commitment to take a personal interest in Oisín's case and to review the issues I have raised within his Department. In a reply to me in November, the Minister ac...More Button

This is a very serious case and it is unconscionable to leave wee Oisín waiting any longer for surgery. Every month that goes past, his situation gets worse. I am asking the Minister of State, ...More Button

Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

Ag an uair mhall seo den oíche, ba mhaith liom cúpla focal a rá fá dtaobh den Bhile fíortheicniúil seo, atá á phlé ag an earnáil seo le tamall maith. Cuireann sé iontas orm go bhfuil an reachtaíoc...More Button

Caithfear a rá go bhfuil go leor conspóide fá dtaobh den reachtaíocht seo. Nuair a bhí an tAire Stáit ag cur an Bille seo fríd Tithe an Oireachtais, go háirithe sa Seanad, agus ag labhairt faoin...More Button

As I said, this Bill has been a long time in the making and it is definitely a burning priority for this Government, and not just for this Government but also for the previous Government. Despit...More Button

Having said that, and to reiterate, I refer the Minister again to the example of the Governor of the Central Bank writing to the Minister for Finance in 2015. In that letter, it was stated that ...More Button

We raised several issues regarding this legislation when it was going through the Dáil in 2019. One of our key concerns was in respect of beneficial ownership. I acknowledge that that issue is ...More Button

Some sections of this 2020 Bill contain more detailed provisions than the original 2019 Bill, most notably, as I said, in respect of beneficial ownership. The Bill extends anti-money laundering ...More Button

I refer to bankers such as those in KBC. The Central Bank announced it was issuing one of its largest ever fines against KBC. Despite KBC being instructed by the Central Bank to stop the harm i...More Button

My major point, however, concerns the priorities of the Government. There are many burning issues which I would rather be discussing. The last point I will raise concerns legislation which I ta...More Button

That needs to be dealt with. I am sure that the Minister, in his support for that legislation, will also support it as it goes through the committee process in the coming weeks and months.More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: his plans for an exchange programme for holders of certificates (details supplied) to EU or Irish certificates following Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: when the national broadband plan will be rolled out across County Donegal by townland and yearly quarter in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if the new online urgent driver test service for essential workers is fully operational, with invitations for test dates being sent out; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of urgent driver tests received from essential workers for each driver test centre in County Donegal since the launch of the new online urgent driving test request service; and if he wil...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of driver test cancellations received for each driver test centre in County Donegal since the launch of the new online urgent driver test request service; the number of test date invitat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: if a test date will be offered to an essential worker (details supplied) who registered with the new online urgent test date service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Car Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are no available appointments at NCT centres in County Donegal to facilitate those who require an inspection for VRT purposes; if extra appoin...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: if an appointment will be made available at an NCT centre in County Donegal for a person (details supplied) to facilitate an inspection for VRT purposes in December 2020 to prevent increased charge...More Button

Vehicle Registration Tax

Asked the Minister for Finance: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there are no available appointments at NCT centres in County Donegal in December 2020, which will result in increased charges in January 2021 for ve...More Button

Foreign Birth Registration

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: when a decision will be made on a foreign birth registration application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Personal Public Service Numbers

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when an application for PPS numbers will be processed for persons (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Donegal has to attend for an early-morning Covid-19 test appointment in Mayo hospital four days prior to an appointment in the hospital; the reason ...More Button