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McDonald, Mary Lou

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí (Atógáil) - Leaders' Questions (Resumed)

In recent days there has been considerable controversy surrounding the recent decision of the Naval Service to dock two vessels because of the continuing recruitment and retention crisis in the Def...More Button

In response to that information making its way into the public domain last weekend, the Minister of State with responsibility for defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe, dismissed it, as he has consistently ...More Button

Does the Taoiseach think it appropriate for the Minister of State to withdraw his remarks given that he was wrong and his assertion was inaccurate? I believe that should happen today. The docki...More Button

That is the potential outworking of this issue. Fewer naval patrols in Irish waters because two vessels are docked means there will be fewer drug seizures and less of a deterrent. That cannot c...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí (Atógáil) - Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

Why then did the Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, contradict Commodore Michael Malone? There have been expressions from very senior levels within the Defence Forces describing the relationship bet...More Button

It was reported in March this year that the rate of turnover in the Defence Forces was 8.1%. That figure now stands at 9%. For the purposes of comparison, the Ministry of Defence in Britain dec...More Button

Will the Taoiseach ask his Minister of State to withdraw his contradictions and inaccurate claims from the public domain?More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Has the Government made a decision on the legislation necessary for the extension of presidential voting rights to the diaspora and people living in the North? When will the legislation be publish...More Button

Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Motion

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

I move and I sit.More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee C (European Union including Brexit) last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I understand a briefing of opposition parties is taking place on the most recent contingency plan for Brexit. There is a feeling of Groundhog Day. At first glance it does not appear that continge...More Button

There is a contradiction at the core of what the Taoiseach is saying and I share the alarm that the June meeting was last year and there has been no meeting this year. The Taoiseach is saying the ...More Button

Freedom of Information Data (Continued)

Over the past year there have been two landmark cases concerning the freedom of information legislation that fundamentally impact on its principles and will, potentially, have far-reaching conseque...More Button

Departmental Operations (Continued)

In late 2015 and early 2016, three whistleblowers made protected disclosures to the Department of Defence outlining concerns on a lack of training and protection from the chemicals used in Casement...More Button

Generally it is just three questions.More Button

That next group is very long.More Button

No. In that case, can I ask another supplementary question?More Button

I believe the Taoiseach is unintentionally brushing me off slightly with the response he gave. I am looking at a question that was put to the Taoiseach by my colleague, Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh, f...More Button

Garda Resources

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the Garda divisions in which a protective services unit has been established to date; the Garda divisions in which a protective services unit is due to be established by the end of quarter 4 of 201...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the buildings, office equipment, cars, technology and trained Garda personnel are in place for each of the divisional protection services units established to date; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Adoption Data

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of adoption tracing inquiries received by Tusla in the past 12 months by domestic and intercountry adoptions in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of adoption information inquiries, including GDPR or subject access requests, received by Tusla in the past 12 months by domestic and intercountry adoptions in tabular form.More Button

Gender Proofing of Policies

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if the national childcare scheme has been gender proofed.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if the Christmas bonus will be available in 2019.More Button