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Richmond, Neale

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Shared Island Unit

Asked the Taoiseach: the infrastructure projects that will be prioritised under the shared island fund in his Department.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the next steps to engage young persons in the shared island dialogue in his Department.More Button

Post-European Council: Statements (Continued)

I am delighted to have the opportunity once again to contribute to post-European Council statements. I appreciate the Taoiseach's full debriefing and look forward to the Minister of State's conclu...More Button

I will touch on a couple of matters that have already been raised by other Deputies in this debate, and I was fortunate to have the time to sit in for a little longer than usual. Before speaking...More Button

The ability of the European Central Bank now to issue eurobonds is important to provide that level of solidarity among member states. A Covid recovery needs a collective approach, as other Deput...More Button

An element of reality must be added to this debate. Many people got very excited a week or so ago when the UK launched its vaccine slightly prematurely. People thought it was the start of the p...More Button

The second aspect of this budget is also very important and it demonstrates the power and strength of acting as a Union of 27 member states rather than simply one member state, or even a small me...More Button

Another aspect is difficult for us who are members of Fine Gael. Deputy Smith made reference to the European People's Party and the ongoing connection of the group to Fidesz. I want to be clear...More Button

In saying this I give credit to the Minister of State for his comments at the Institute of International and European Affairs LGBTI+ event this week. It is important to see Ireland standing at t...More Button

One aspect that has not really been referred to in much depth is the conclusions of the European Council on security and the commitment of the European Council to double down on the levels of pol...More Button

There is also the question of organised crime. We will debate legislation later in the Dáil relating to money laundering and counterfeiting and how this is factored into the activities of so man...More Button

Yesterday there was the conviction of a certain individual in the Irish courts for money laundering to fund ongoing drug cartel activity in this State. This activity is fuelled by narcotics, wea...More Button

The House of Commons intelligence and security committee still receives reports of a severe level of threat from dissident terrorism in Northern Ireland. We must also see the importance of cross...More Button

I will devote approximately 90 seconds to Brexit and this is not much less than the level of discussion of the subject at the European Council meeting.More Button

I believe it was ten minutes all-in over dinner. The Minister might be able to go into a bit more detail, not necessarily on the formal discussions but on the informal conversations that happened ...More Button

I welcome the comments by President von der Leyen this morning in the European Parliament that there is a pathway, albeit a narrow one, to a Brexit deal. It behoves all of the actors in this pro...More Button

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to come in with a few questions. I return to the point I made in my earlier remarks about keeping the Houses apprised of any developments, deal or no deal in th...More Button

Community Development Projects

I welcome the opportunity to raise this issue and I am very grateful to the Minster of State for taking this debate, which is extremely important for so many residents in the Dundrum area. Pretty ...More Button

The area requires more supports, amenities and services to support this growth and allow the town to become a true community. Funding has been applied for by the county council under the urban r...More Button

The move towards apartment living to help increase our housing supply in an efficient manner will increase the demand for community, cultural and civic spaces. We absolutely welcome the new memb...More Button

The Dundrum civic offices have been in place for over five years and are simply not customer focused. As the Minister of State understands better than most, with the changing role of local gover...More Button

Community Development Projects (Continued)

I urge the Minister of State to prioritise the funding for this project, one that will be so appreciated, not only by the community in Dundrum, but the wider communities going into Churchtown, Wind...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for that very full and welcome response. I fully appreciate the initial response from his Department under call 1 and very much welcome consideration under call 2. I...More Button

I acknowledge the work of Imagine Dundrum, a group of activists from across the town, some who have only lived there a couple of years and others whose family have been there for generations, bec...More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the total investment in hubs capital infrastructure in the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the total investment in hubs capital infrastructure in the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Remote Working

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the targets set for new remote jobs in Ireland and transitioning existing jobs to remote working across the public sector, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Firearms Seizures

Asked the Minister for Justice: if she has given consideration to following the example of the Home Office in the United Kingdom whereby a three-month weapon amnesty has been launched in circumstances in which those involved are ...More Button

Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will increase the number of medical interns in 2020 in response to Covid-19 and to encourage more graduates to stay in Ireland to train as doctors; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

European Medicines Agency

Asked the Minister for Health: the plans in place to decrease the time between EMA approval and reimbursement of new treatments to promote earlier access in Ireland with the latest innovations in care; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Maternity Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if consideration has been given towards lifting the restrictions on maternity services throughout Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to conduct Covid-19 tests on students before colleges finish for Christmas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button