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Smith, Bríd

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Schools Property

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a school (details supplied) will be established on a site in Dublin 10; his plans for the site; if discussions have been held with interested parties; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I hope the Minister will not fob me off and say the closure of the De La Salle school in Ballyfermot is a private matter and there is nothing he can do about it. This school, which is due to close...More Button

I understood the school was to close this September but I note from the Minister's reply that it will close in June when the last group of pupils has completed sixth class. The remaining children ...More Button

This property should not be sold. It belongs to a religious order that is indebted to the State under the redress deal agreed under former Minister, Michael Woods, and to the people of Ballyferm...More Button

It is clear that although the Minister believes in divestment and agrees that the costs in this area should be shared on a 50:50 basis, the Government is prepared to do very little to insist this h...More Button

Garda Commissioner Appointment

I welcome to the Gallery the sole survivor of the Miami Showband massacre and the brother of the three young Reavey brothers who were shot dead in a sectarian attack. They are here because they he...More Button

The appointment of Drew Harris as Garda Commissioner is like sticking a knife in their back. Mr. Harris has a record of blocking truth for the truth and reconciliation process that is needed to ...More Button

When one has a conversation with survivors, families and victims one realises that for many years they have been blocked from finding the truth. The Minister should think about that. How would ...More Button

I have a simple question for the Minister. Could he envisage a scenario in which the Garda Commissioner, namely, Drew Harris, is arrested and taken North to attend a trial that the survivors and...More Button

Garda Commissioner Appointment (Continued)

As usual, I did not get the answer to the question asked. I have got used to not really expecting answers to really difficult questions. I believe, however, that the Minister may have given this ...More Button

On 31 July we will, sadly, commemorate the slaughter of the members of the Miami Showband. On behalf of the survivors, I ask the Minister and the Garda Commissioner to join us at the commemorati...More Button

I also ask the Minister to delay the appointment of Mr. Harris until he meets the families and answers their questions.More Button

Even when it involves the Garda Commissioner.More Button

Will the Minister accept the invitation to attend the anniversary commemoration of the Miami Showband massacre?More Button

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I want to say this as sensitively and as diplomatically as I can. There is an argument and a construct being put before us that somehow the rural Deputies are being set in conflict with the city D...More Button

This Bill does exactly what we do not need. It introduces risks to our environment and to our already endangered species; it introduces a divide between rural and urban Ireland on a very false a...More Button

I am appealing to the Minister to scrap sections 7 and 8 and to open up a public consultation on these issues - one that unites the country and all people with an interest in a society that funds t...More Button

I must admire rural Deputies who are very eloquent in the way they tell stories. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae would have us listening to his lovely Kerry sing-song accent all night talking about the...More Button

-----and that is a dreadful story. By the way, people in cities almost lose their eyes sometimes when they pass by hedgerows and trees that are not cut properly by local authorities. I have every...More Button

One of the conclusions will be that we need to fund the local authorities and control this properly. Most of the Deputies here - including myself and Deputies Boyd Barrett and Gino Kenny - previ...More Button

I want to challenge the idea that minor roads are dangerous. My car gets scraped every night on the roads I come through in Ballyfermot. I am sure rented cars get scraped when they are going th...More Button

Will the Deputy stop?More Button

The Deputy should dry his eyes. He will genuflect.More Button

Deputy Mattie McGrath should dry his eyes.More Button

When the Minister suggested I was causing an urban-rural divide because I mentioned it, her argument was extraordinarily weak. I stated the obvious about what has been going on in this House. Peo...More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to implement a non-ethos based sex education programme in schools as recommended by the Citizens' Assembly; if such plans will encompass the issues of consent and LGBT+ pupils; and if he ...More Button

School Patronage

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will report on the progress in the divestment of church run schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Establishment

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to establish an Educate Together school in Dublin 12 to cater for the growing demand for non-denominational school places; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will meet with parents and campaigners from a school (details supplied) to discuss concerns about places and capacity in non-denominational schools in the area.More Button

Teachers' Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to achieve full pay equality for all teaching grades; the timeframe for achieving same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a colonoscopy requested by a doctor has taken four years to conduct; the waiting times for the procedure nationally and specifically in St. James's ...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to reduce the waiting times in St. James's Hospital, Dublin, for a colonoscopy appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Procedures

Asked the Minister for Health: if there have been changes in operating procedures in St. James's Hospital relating to conducting colonoscopies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Asked the Minister for Health: the laboratories and-or hospitals in which screening tests for colon cancer are carried out; the number carried out since 2010 in each of these locations; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button