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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Covid-19 (Education): Statements (Continued)

It is important to say that the huge and detrimental impact Covid-19 is having on education at the moment is to do with the disastrous strategy this Government has pursued. We argued that it shoul...More Button

Having said that, on the issue of special needs, the Minister should just own up. There is a suggestion in the statement she has just sprung on us that she has got agreement on reopening on 21 J...More Button

I am, as I am sure all of us are, inundated with communications from leaving certificate students who are stressed to bits about not knowing what is happening. They need certainty and the Minist...More Button

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (Continued)

I am sharing time with Deputy Paul Murphy. I will take 50%. I will comment on the leaving certificate briefly. It was discussed earlier. There is no way the Government can guarantee the leaving...More Button

There is therefore no way the Minister can remove the stress and uncertainty from students other than by saying they will not be forced to sit the exam. Where the Minister comes in, it seems to me...More Button

Fees of any description are unconscionable at the moment, particularly when we need more nurses, student nurses, doctors and engineers at a whole range of levels. When the ability of families an...More Button

Lastly, I wish to ask the Minister about the student nurses. I think 6,000 healthcare workers have been out since Christmas. Student nurses will now once again be working just as they did all l...More Button

Consultancy Contracts

Asked the Minister for Finance: the details relating to his Department for outsourcing to consultancies of specific Covid-19-related work, services or advice; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the Covid-19 vaccination programme for general practitioners nationwide (details supplied); if general practitioner representative bodies have been consulted in relation to same; and...More Button