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Connolly, Catherine

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Covid-19 (Drug and Alcohol Services, and Homelessness): Statements

I call the Minister of State, Deputy Feighan, who will share time with the Minister of State, Deputy Butler.More Button

Covid-19 (Drug and Alcohol Services, and Homelessness): Statements (Continued)

To be clear, Deputy Gould's colleagues have five minutes left. Is that it?More Button

The Minister of State is off the hook. I will go back to the Deputy's colleague unless the Minister of State wants to take 30 seconds.More Button

There are two other colleagues to speak. I call Deputy Paul Donnelly.More Button

I am not sure what the Deputy has. I am going by ten minutes. It is between the Deputies and nobody told me.More Button

Before moving on to Labour, I only can work with the slots before me. There was a ten minute slot for Sinn Féin. I will happily divide a slot up if Members tell me. I will move on. I am simply ...More Button

That is okay. We will not take up the time now. I call Deputy Kelly.More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Deputy, it is one issue and one question.More Button

Whatever the Deputy thinks, that is not the case.More Button

Just before the Tánaiste answers, Deputies may raise one issue. To be fair to you, Deputy, the Tánaiste did answer you, but it is setting a precedent for Leaders' Questions.More Button

I understand that. There is no fault on you on this occasion. It is one issue.More Button

Sorry, Tánaiste. The time is up now.More Button

Tánaiste, we are over time.More Button

For clarity, because it puts the Leas-Cheann Comhairle in a difficult position, it is one question, one issue. The Tánaiste has chosen to answer the second issue, so the antigen test question has ...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

I ask for the co-operation of Deputies because there is a long list, and we hope we will get through it. We will start with Sinn Féin. I call Deputy Doherty.More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

The Deputy is using up time. I am going through a list here. If there has been a mistake, we will make it up to the Deputy at some point. Please resume your seat. This is 30 minutes where I met...More Button

I thank the Deputy.More Button

If Deputy Carthy will not co-operate, I do not mind. I am sitting in the Chair doing my best. The Deputy is allowed contribute briefly and if he speaks for a longer time, other Deputies are depri...More Button

I thank the Deputy.More Button

I thank the Deputy and call the Tánaiste.More Button

I thank the Tánaiste.More Button

I thank the Tánaiste. I would ask him for his co-operation.More Button

I am trying my best to keep the time.More Button

I am moving on. I call Deputy Clarke.More Button

This is not on the same issue.More Button

As Deputy Bruton has already spoken, I will call Deputy Cullinane.More Button

I can do nothing about that for the Deputy. He will have to take the matter up-----More Button

I am sorry, but I am moving on to Deputy Cullinane.More Button

Deputies, please. The clock is running.More Button

I thank the Tánaiste for his co-operation. I have five or six Deputies offering. Some have spoken already, so they are off the list. If Deputies co-operate and take just 30 to 40 seconds for eac...More Button

Covid-19 (Enterprise, Trade and Employment): Statements (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to bring a number of matters to the attention of the Minister and I hope I will leave him enough time to respond to one or two of them. I appreciate the supports that hav...More Button

I refer to loan forbearance. The Minister may recall that during the first lockdown the CEOs of Ireland's five retail banks met the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, and a five-point plan was laid out. ...More Button

I would appreciate if the Minister would check that, because that is not my understanding from the businesses that have contacted me. They specifically mentioned AIB, which told them they need a c...More Button

I welcome the coach tourism business continuity scheme, but, as other speakers said, smaller niche companies fall outside of it. I am thinking in particular of buses on the Aran Islands. They d...More Button

The Minister may recall that before Christmas I drew a matter to his attention, namely, the very good spending review carried out by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and...More Button

It drew to our attention that bespoke solutions are required in addition to what the Department has introduced, which I acknowledge are very good. We also need bespoke industries. In particular, ...More Button

I welcome the tourism business continuity scheme through Fáilte Ireland, but it took an effort to get it. It was announced in the budget. One of the two businesses in Killary that have been in ...More Button

There are also the travel agents. I will mention one in Galway because she is the last woman standing. I was going to say the last man standing. We are in level 5 and if we were in level 4, th...More Button

Finally, there is the issue of the trading online voucher. The Tánaiste did not get a chance to respond on this earlier when another Deputy raised it. Again, there has been excellent uptake of th...More Button

It would be remiss of me not to mention the failure to introduce legislation to protect workers in the case of Debenhams, Clerys prior to that and now the Arcadia workers. I have to mention it b...More Button

Land Development Agency Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Four speakers from the Rural Independent Group are sharing time and Deputy Mattie McGrath is the first of them.More Button

Public Transport

Asked the Minister for Transport: his plans to retrofit windows on Iarnród Éireann trains to facilitate greater air ventilation in view of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and the fact that many persons are required to use public...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: his plans for the recruitment of additional staff on Iarnród Éireann trains to ensure that mandatory face covering rules are being adhered to at all times during the journey; and if he will make a ...More Button

Middle East

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: his views on whether the 1993 Oslo Accords did not result in devolved authority to the Palestinians for public health in view of the emphasis he placed on respect for international law and agreed i...More Button

Special Educational Needs

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing section 13 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing sections 10 and 17 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if she will ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing section 8 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if she will make a stat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing sections 3 to 7, inclusive, 9 and 18 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing sections 11, 12, 15, 16 and 38 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing section 39 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the analysis carried out by her Department into the estimated costs of fully implementing section 14 of the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Departmental Legal Costs

Asked the Minister for Education: the legal costs incurred by her Department arising from litigation involving children with special educational needs for each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if ...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Education: her plans for the phased reopening of schools; if the children of essential and front-line workers will be prioritised; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if all persons with medical conditions which put them at high risk of severe disease will be prioritised in the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out rather than being required to wait for their general ag...More Button

Adoption Data

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the way in which survivors of Protestant homes can access their personal records following the closure of an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button