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Healy-Rae, Michael

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Accommodation Provision (Continued)

And rightly so.More Button

Brexit: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

At the beginning, I thank Deputies O'Reilly and Ó Caoláin for kindly facilitating me.More Button

Ever since I became Chairman of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs, the impact of the UK's decision to leave the European Union on Ireland and on the European Union as a whole has been...More Button

The committee has been serious and diligent in its work. There are Members with a lot of experience on the committee and we all are clear that this is likely to be the most important public poli...More Button

In order that Members have a sense of the work the delegation did, we had a total 12 meetings over the two days in Brussels. All of them were important and all gave us an opportunity to ensure t...More Button

The committee met the key representatives for us from the three institutions: Mr. Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief negotiator, and some of his team; Mr. Guy Verhofstadt, the Europe...More Button

In all of our meetings, the committee highlighted Ireland's commitment to the European project and was clear that Ireland's future is firmly within the European Union. In all of all our meetings...More Button

We found that most of the key stakeholders already had a general understanding of the unique Irish issues but they were interested in the detail on how it would impact on our constituencies. We ...More Button

We came home with a few key learnings that might be of interest to the House. First, while many of our partners have a clear understanding of the issues facing Ireland and are working at solutio...More Button

Second, there is a need for us, as the Houses of the Oireachtas, to continue to engage directly with those involved in the negotiations. The Government is doing a good job at making sure that ou...More Button

From meeting the Irish MEPs, it is clear that they all are working extremely diligently on our behalf and they are all involved in the European Parliament's work on Brexit. It is important for u...More Button

It is also clear how important Ireland's role is in all this. We joined the EEC in 1973 with the UK. They will leave in two years and we will remain a strong EU member state. In this negotiati...More Button

Since the committee delegation travelled to Brussels, the British Prime Minister has sent the official letter to the European Union of the UK's intent to withdraw and the European Union is now co...More Button

I also thank the Minister of State, Deputy Dara Murphy, for his advice and guidance and the sincere way that he is negotiating with the committee. I came up with a small statistic the other day....More Button

I again thank the Sinn Féin Members for getting me out of a really tight corner this evening. I will not forget it.More Button

Road Traffic Offences

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: to comment on the recent decision by a District Court judge to refuse to hear any motorist prosecution cases involving GoSafe speed detection vans as he stated it was a waste of time to try to pros...More Button

Preschool Services

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will expedite a decision on an application to open a preschool on the premises of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) for assistive technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans regarding the DIP after September 2017 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on pupil-teacher thresholds in schools (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: when a person (details supplied) will be provided with a special needs assistant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Passport Services

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will address concerns with regard to the passport express service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Information and Communications Technology

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding computer issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Organic Farming Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of a farm payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the status of an application for a sports capital grant by a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the status of an application for a sports capital grant by a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child and Family Agency Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the details of funding for counselling for students affected by bereavement (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button