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Barry, Mick

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

We have arranged for a debate to take place about the keeping of files on the families of children with autism who had the temerity to take legal action against the State and I welcome the fact tha...More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Níl.More Button

  Question, "That the proposal for dealing with Wednesday's business be agreed to", put and declared carried.More Button

It is not agreed. I want to see all the former Ministers for Health in the Cabinet taking questions in the debate. I want to put the matter to a vote if that is not agreed.More Button

The four Ministers in the Cabinet, namely, the current Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen, Donnelly, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Deputy Harris,...More Button

To be clear, the proposal is merely that the former Ministers for Health in the Cabinet answer questions in the course of the debate. It is a simple democratic point. The Taoiseach doth protest a...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

Will the Taoiseach confirm that it is the Government's intention to let the blanket ban on evictions and rent increases fall just ten days after the 5 km restriction is lifted, in other words, on 2...More Button

I want clarity on one point.More Button

A direct question was asked, namely, do the rent protections extend beyond 22 April.More Button

I asked a direct question and could not get a straight answer.More Button

This is outrageous.More Button

Outrageous.More Button

Cabinet Committees

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the Cabinet committee dealing with education.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the Cabinet committee dealing with education.More Button

Does the Taoiseach think it was a good idea to break a commitment to teachers about vaccinations less than two weeks before the full reopening of schools? Does his breach of trust put the full reo...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the meeting of the Cabinet committee on Covid-19. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the Cabinet committee on Covid-19. More Button

The Beacon Hospital gave vaccines to staff of the private school attended by the children of its CEO. The hospital gave the jab to staff of Park Academy crèches and the CEO of the VHI. The Iri...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when it next plans to meet.More Button

SouthDoc is paid €7 million annually by the HSE to provide out-of-hours GP care for public patients. Despite this, their centres in Blackpool on Cork's north side and Listowel in County Kerry are ...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the Cabinet committee dealing with economic affairs.More Button

Cabinet Committees (Continued)

The health needs of the people of the north side must not be shoved to one side. When will the Taoiseach and Minister for Health intervene to make sure those doors open again?More Button

Across the country, the State is failing to meet the needs of children with ASD. In Cork, at least 50 children are without a place in Cara Junior School next year. At least a further eight Cara...More Button

Post-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

More than 5,000 peaceful protesters were arrested in just one day in January this year in Russia and the repression has continued since then. I wish to focus on two of the less high-profile cases....More Button

Banking Sector

Asked the Minister for Finance: the steps he will take to defend jobs and services in the branch networks of banks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

What steps does the Minister intend to take to defend jobs and services in the branch networks of banks? I ask him to make a statement on the matter.More Button

Let us recap what we are talking about as regards job losses. In Bank of Ireland there will be 1,400 to 1,700 redundancies. In Ulster Bank 2,800 jobs are in jeopardy, as are 300 at PTSB and 1,500...More Button

I assure the Minister that my interest in the well-being of bank workers is far from new-found. If he talked to some of the bank workers I have assisted in their various campaigns in the 1980s, 19...More Button

This is a test for the Government. There are massive redundancies coming down the line in retail, and post Covid there will be massive redundancies in other industries as well. Now there are mo...More Button

Banking Sector Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on the continuation of the bankers' pay cap; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

What are the Minister's views on the continuation of the bankers' pay cap? Will he make a statement on the matter?More Button

Banking Sector Remuneration (Continued)

In the Minister's exchange with Deputy Doherty earlier, he made the point that Goodbody was not covered by the cap, that the State had no control over the remuneration it paid its top executives an...More Button

Unfortunately, the Minister’s very weak position on this issue is encouraging other senior bankers who want to drive a coach and four through the banking cap and find a way around it. At the Oirea...More Button

Asylum Seekers

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: if he will support the relocation of at least 400 asylum seekers who are currently on Lesvos Island, Greece, and undergoing particular hardship due to the six-month lockdown in the Moria camp; and ...More Button

Immigration Data

Asked the Minister for Justice: the number of persons who were naturalised in 2020; the number awaiting a ceremony; the steps being taken to ensure there is no further undue delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Abortion Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures he will take to urgently ensure that all those facing diagnoses of fatal foetal abnormality will not have to travel to access a termination of the pregnancy; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: the names of the companies that have been awarded contracts to manage detention centres related to mandatory Covid-19 quarantine; the cost of these contracts to the State; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures he has taken to ensure that those who are subjected to mandatory quarantine under the Covid-19 quarantine regulations will have access to consular assistance, legal services and medica...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the training that those working in the detention facilities related to Covid-19 quarantine will be obliged to undertake; if there will be an obligation for human rights training, cultural awareness...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will oblige the managers of Covid-19 quarantine detention centres to report on occasions when they refuse access to medical treatment for a detainee; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will report on measures his Department and the HSE have taken to investigate the factors behind the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in HSE run nursing homes and residential care services; an...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of deaths in nursing homes and other residential care settings run by the HSE in the past year; the main causes of deaths; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the specific measures or set of measures that the HSE brought in in advance of the third wave of Covid-19 that demonstrably reduced in the third wave mortality rate compared to the mortality rates ...More Button