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O'Donovan, Patrick

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

To follow on from Deputy Coffey, I have one concern which the Minister might bear in mind as the legislation concludes. Landowners are concerned about the wayleave that could be given to companies...More Button

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

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. I am glad it is not being opposed and is being welcomed on both sides of the House.More Button

Sunbeds are cancer-causing agents and, as with the case of tobacco, the State has a duty to act in respect of all such agents. Previous speakers noted Government action on the control of tobacco i...More Button

Children of seven and eight years preparing to make their first holy communion are being exposed to ultraviolet radiation in an unregulated manner. This has the potential to cause serious short-...More Button

In 2012, some 156 people died from melanomas and 7,000 others contracted melanomas and survived. Clearly, not all of these cancers can be ascribed to the use of sunbeds and some will have been c...More Button

I welcome the proposal to regulate sunbed use for people aged over 18 years. If adults wish to continue to use sunbeds, so be it, but the Bill provides that they will do so in a regulated enviro...More Button

We must consider the broader of issue of respecting the sun. The weather of recent days makes discussion of the sun appear irrelevant. We should contrast the programmes introduced in Australia ...More Button

This is welcome if overdue legislation as it is probably being introduced too late for many people who may have been exposed to radiation from sunbeds in an unregulated environment. It is a star...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this issue. Given what has happened in recent weeks when flooding has again got the public's attention the quick solution is normally to look at coastal a...More Button

We need to have a national conversation about what we expect from arterial drainage. In 2008 the village of Athea in my area flooded on the same night as Newcastle West. It was clear to everyon...More Button

There are competing agencies throughout the country. There is no worse example of this than the management of the River Shannon, something of which the Minister of State will be aware. From Cav...More Button

I wish to put some proposals to the Minister of State in this regard. In the context of the new rural development programme announced recently by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marin...More Button

In many cases what is missing is an overall management plan. It is depressing to look at the Office of Public Works website and read the manual for arterial drainage with references to all the v...More Button

It is important to point out that I am not suggesting a farmer should go into the river with a Hymac and take out the base of the river. I am suggesting that we need to start thinking about these ...More Button

I agree with the Minister of State that it should be done in an organised fashion. However, if we do not change tack now and realise that the current model is flawed, it will cost a good deal of...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if water is threatening to flood a private dwelling house and the local authority has sourced a solution which involves taking pipes or drains across the property of a third party so as to be drain...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures (Continued)

The OPW only deals with channels on which work has started and it does not take on new channels. Areas at high risk of flooding, of which there are many, are being left to their own devices and th...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to protect an area (details supplied) in County Wexford from further coastal erosion and flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when a file will be sent to the Social Welfare Appeals Office from the disability allowance section in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme payment . More Button

Early Retirement Scheme

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if a person on early retirement from farming with two years remaining can purchase agricultural land while under this scheme for the purposes of leasing it out; if this would contravene the terms o...More Button