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Smith, Bríd

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I am sure like the rest of us the Taoiseach remembers Phil Hogan, who long before he went to Europe and long before "golfgate", was in charge of water services. At the time, as well as threatening...More Button

We must be clear in this House that the workers in Irish Water who co-operated with the establishment of Irish Water, but who did not co-operate with the attempt to push meters on the population,...More Button

The Government may have made a commitment in the programme for Government that Irish Water would remain as a public service, but we have all seen the road that single utilities go down. The same...More Button

I wish to respond to the Taoiseach on a number of issues. I understand there is a statement in the programme for Government to guarantee that water will remain as a public utility, but in fact a c...More Button

The workers employed by the councils are the key people. I personally know many of them. They are friends. They understand the water system. They know where the problems are and where the solut...More Button

An Ghaeilge agus An Ghaeltacht: Ráitis (Continued)

Ag ócáidí mar seo is minic go mbíonn daoine ag labhairt faoin Ghaeilge ar nós nach bhfuil ann ach caitheamh aimsire, mar theanga nach labhraíonn muid ach ó am go ham, nó mar atáimid ag déanamh anoi...More Button

Is le gach duine an Ghaeilge. Is cuma más cainteoir ó dhúchas duine, más cainteoir líofa iad nó más duine iad, cosúil liomsa, atá ag déanamh a ndícheall an teanga a fhoghlaim. Tá fáilte roimh n...More Button

Lárnach in aon phobal teanga tá an óige, agus tá seo fíor freisin maidir leis an bpobal Gaeilge. Tá tábhacht faoi leith leis an óige agus mura bhfuil pobal láidir óige againn ag labhairt na tean...More Button

Dúirt mé níos luaithe nach mbeidh muid in ann pobal láidir Gaeilge a chothú gan reachtaíocht nó gan maoiniú a chur ina threo. Tá sé seo fíor faoi gach gné de shaol na Gaeilge sa tír seo, ach go ...More Button

Tuigim go mbaineann fadhbanna pleanála tithíochta leis an ábhar seo freisin agus aontaím le Conradh na Gaeilge go bhfuil gá anois le polasaí pleanála tithíochta faoi leith don Ghaeltacht. Tuigim...More Button

Níl an Bille teanga atá os ár gcomhair láidir go leor. Caithfimid é a láidriú, mar atá molta ag Pobal Roimh Bhrabús leis na leasuithe atá curtha chun cinn againn. Go háirithe, ní mór don Bhille...More Button

Ní leor go mbeimis ag cur tic sa bhosca leis an Acht teanga seo. Caithfimid cinntiú go mbeidh an Stát ag tabhairt cearta iomlána do phobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta. Arís, ní tharlóidh sé seo...More Button

Reopening Schools and Leaving Certificate Examinations: Statements (Continued)

I am going to try to take four and a half minutes back and forth with the Minister and ensure I leave two minutes for Deputy Mick Barry.More Button

The return to school has been a double-edged sword for our society. On the one hand, there is the sense of joy and relief for children, their parents and teachers about going back but on the oth...More Button

I have heard the Minister attempt to answer the question on whether vulnerable and pregnant teachers are expected back to school on 15 March a couple of times.More Button

I am asking her to give me not a vague and ambiguous answer, but a "Yes" or "No" answer. Are pregnant and vulnerable teachers expected to return to school on 15 March?More Button

I refer to the cohort of 500 families, known as the forgotten families, who were refused supports by the Department because they had vulnerable family members at home and did not send their child...More Button

Has she read the report published by Parents United Ireland, entitled There is Nothing Positive about Positivity Rates in Schools? It shows that there was a tenfold increase in positivity rates ...More Button

What physical improvements has the Department made in schools since they were closed in December? In other words, has it provided extra space for social distancing? Has it increased staffing le...More Button

Health and Safety Inspections

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the number of Health and Safety Authority inspections in each month since September 2020 nationally and specifically in construction sites including the total number of these that were unannounced.More Button

Horse and Greyhound Fund

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the minimum allocation to the Horse and Greyhound Fund is bound by the wording of Part 3 section 12(4) of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001, which specifies an amount equivalent to the rev...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Defence: his plans to ensure Defence Forces personnel fulfilling duties overseas and in areas with high levels of Covid-19 community transmissions will receive the vaccination before embarking on such dutie...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will take steps to reprioritise those who are very high risk and extremely vulnerable, including transplant recipients and immunosuppressed persons, to be included in group 1 of the Covid-19 ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will consider reprioritising persons with disabilities living in care homes in the Covid-19 vaccination schedule; if he will acknowledge that this vulnerable cohort often do not have a voice ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has plans to ensure Defence Forces personnel fulfilling duties overseas and in areas with high levels of Covid-19 community transmission will receive the vaccine before embarking on such duti...More Button

DEIS Scheme

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will address the discrepancy between mainstream primary schools that have received a reduction of one in the staffing schedule and DEIS band one schools that have only received a reduction o...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of confirmed outbreaks of Covid-19 on construction sites and in industry in general.More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: if she will provide the necessary resources such as communications and an index for the Crowe report issued in December 2020 which the new board of Waterford Area Partnership is expected to respond...More Button