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Richmond, Neale

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Departmental Staff

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of staff in his Department who have been assigned to the new shared island unit.More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the efforts being undertaken to encourage Irish exporters to avoid using the land bridge through the UK and to ship directly to continental Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the measures that have been taken to ensure continuity of co-operation when it comes to policing on the island of Ireland following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU; and if she will...More Button

Brexit Supports

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the number of calls have been made to his Department’s Brexit helpline for business supports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of calls that have been made to his Department's Brexit helpline for stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of calls that have been made to his Department's Brexit helpline for border control posts at Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of calls that have been made to his Department's Brexit helpline for border control posts at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of calls that have been made to his Department's Brexit helpline for border control posts at Rosslare Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Trade Agreements

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if he will report on Ireland’s position on the reform of rules of origin in future EU trade agreements, for example, Australia and in future reviews of existing agreements with respect to the impor...More Button

Work Permits

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the number of work permits issued in 2020; the sectors these were in; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the breakdown of the nationalities of recipients of work permits that were issued in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: his plans to supply additional broadband fibre cabinets in the Dublin 18 area to allow new houses to access fibre broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Post Office Network

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications: the number of post offices which were permanently closed in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ferry Services

Asked the Minister for Transport: the efforts being made to encourage operators to increase direct shipping routes from Ireland to continental Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Brexit Data

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of calls that have been made to his Department’s Brexit helpline for freight shipping procedures at Dublin Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of calls that have been made to his Department’s Brexit helpline for freight shipping procedures at Rosslare Port; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the number of calls that have been made to his Department’s Brexit helpline for Irish citizens living overseas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the number of calls that have been made to his Department’s Brexit helpline from Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Motor Tax

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he has considered providing an extension to car tax to compensate for the underuse of many cars over the past year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Transport: the stricter enforcement measures that can be taken to protect public transport staff during the latest Covid-19 surge; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: when members of the Defence Forces serving overseas can expect to receive a Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the roles members of the Defence Forces are currently playing in tackling the Covid-19 crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the guidelines published regarding remote teaching; if the recording of classes for children is permitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if those at high risk to Covid-19 aged between 18 to 64 who live in residential care facilities will be placed in a priority group for the Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if fertility services can continue operating through level 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of all Covid-19 vaccine authorisations currently being assessed by the European Medicines Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the engagement he has had with the European Commission on the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the engagement he has had with the European Medicines Agency about its approval of Covid-19 vaccinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the engagement he has had with his counterpart in the UK in relation to the current Covid-19 surge and the impact of newly-detected variants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the engagement he has had with his counterpart in Northern Ireland in relation to a co-ordinated approach to tackle Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which persons can volunteer their service to the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Shared Island Unit

Asked the Minister for Transport: the engagement he has had with his Northern Irish counterpart in respect of the proposed Sligo-Enniskillen greenway in the context of the new shared island fund; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the engagement he has had with his Northern Irish counterpart in respect of the proposed A5 upgrade in the context of the new shared island fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the engagement he has had with his Northern Irish counterpart in relation to the Ulster Canal connection from Clones, County Monaghan to Upper Lough Erne upgrade in the context of the new shared is...More Button

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the engagement he has had with his Northern Irish counterpart in relation to third level opportunities in the north-west region in the context of the new Shared Island Fund; and if he will make a ...More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: his plans to clear the backlog of driving tests when it is safe to do so given the long waiting times; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Arts Funding

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the supports available to independent community theatres to see them through the Covid-19 crisis; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Human Rights Cases

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the efforts that have been made to secure the release of a person (details supplied) from prison in China; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Human Rights

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the actions taken following the mass arrest of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff

Asked the Minister for Education: the turnaround times for exceptional reviews for SNAs for both new schools that have no SNAs and established schools with SNAs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: the number of students who studied a foreign language for their leaving certificate exam from 2010 to 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: her plans to ensure State examinations can take place in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the arrangements being made for leaving certificate oral and aural examinations in the context of ongoing restrictions; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Equipment

Asked the Minister for Education: the measures being taken to ensure remote teaching provides as high a standard of education as possible in view of the restrictions; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: if schools are being equipped with the necessary technologies to allow remote teaching to occur at a high standard; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Free Travel Scheme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if consideration has been given to allow those over 66 years of age who do not hold a public services card due to Covid-19 delays in receiving such to access free travel with other forms of identif...More Button

Childcare Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the childcare facilities that will be in place for children of front-line workers for the duration of level 5 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the supports in place to help childcare providers to remain open during the current Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Erasmus+ Programme

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: if a full report on the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the Erasmus+ scheme will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice: if she has considered fast-tracking citizenship applications of those applicants who worked on the front lines during the Covid-19 crisis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Crime Data

Asked the Minister for Justice: the number of homicides committed in Ireland in each of the years 2015 to 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Domestic Violence Services

Asked the Minister for Justice: if a text alert system such as is operational in the UK for victims of domestic abuse is being considered; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Strategies

Asked the Minister for Health: if a successor to the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020 is being developed; if so, the timelines for same; the way in which he plans to have interested stakeholders contribute to the format...More Button

Disability Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if the progressing disability services plan will include supports for those children who do not receive their therapy in the home but in a special school; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if continuity measures will be put in place under the progressing disability services plan to ensure those children who do receive their therapy and services outside of the home will be supported a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if assurances will be given that children outside of special school catchment areas will be able to transfer to the children's disability network teams associated with the school and to have their ...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if his Department has considered engaging staff from a variety of sectors to speed up to roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the publicly funded model of care for fertility treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Maternity Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which birthing partners are currently permitted to attend the birth of a child and related maternity appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

European Health Insurance Card

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures being undertaken to ensure Northern Ireland continues to have access to the European health insurance card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Food Exports

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide a full report on exports to Canada; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Animal Passports

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the new requirements for pet passports for animals travelling between Ireland and Great Britain and vice versa; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the supports available to community organisations to support them through the Covid-19 crisis; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button