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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

We move now to the Independent Group. Deputy Harkin is sharing time with Deputy Connolly.More Button

Will the Deputies be taking five minutes each?More Button

An amendment has been tabled in the name of the Minister of State. I must deal with the amendment first.More Button

Fair enough. We will proceed.More Button

In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time on Wednesday, 7 October 2020.More Button

  Sitting suspended at 10.03 p.m. and resumed at 10.23 p.m.More Button

Human Rights

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which he, through the EU and UN, continues to engage with NGOs and others involved in seeking an improvement in how refugees are treated internationally; the efforts being made to ens...More Button

This question, like Deputy Brady's question earlier, seeks to focus attention on the deplorable conditions under which refugees and asylum seekers are held in the European Union and on the edges an...More Button

I thank the Minister for the reply and I agree that Ireland makes a solid contribution to alleviating the harsh conditions of refugees through bilateral and multilateral aid. The issue to which th...More Button

I thank the Minister for the content of his reply. I readily acknowledge and commend the Minister on his contribution to dealing with this particular issue in the UN and the EU. I hope that perha...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the precise targets he has identified in respect of the provision of local authority affordable housing to meet the ever pressing needs of those on local authority housing lists and others whose in...More Button

Housing Policy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the extent to which he expects to address the housing needs of families nationwide that are unable to provide themselves with affordable housing on the open market; the extent to which he expects t...More Button

Brexit Preparations

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which he continues to make alternative provisions in respect of the post-Brexit era in the event of no agreement and limited access to the UK landbridge for exporters and importers he...More Button

Local Authority Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if he will identify the precise number of affordable local authority houses he expects to provide by county based on the number of housing applicants in each local authority area; and if he will ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his proposals for direct and rapid build housing as required in each local authority area nationally with a view to making provisions to avoid homelessness in the coming year; and if he will make a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the various locations throughout County Kildare earmarked for local authority or affordable housing by way of purchase or direct build in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the number of families on Kildare County Council housing list; when he expects them to be accommodated through the various proposals before him via the private sector or the local authority; and if...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his plans for the development of private sites as a means of ameliorating the housing shortage by county taking into account the specific needs of each county; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the extent to which he expects local authorities to refurbish void houses in the coming year thereby alleviating the threat of homelessness; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Loan Scheme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the extent to which he expects to ensure the availability of adequate resources through the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme or alternative with a view to addressing the housing shortage directl...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the degree to which he remains satisfied regarding the adequacy of the sewerage treatment works in County Kildare to meet domestic and industrial demands; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Heritage Schemes

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the extent to which he proposes to support, fund and-or develop specific heritage projects throughout County Kildare with particular reference to houses or sites of an historic nature; and if he wi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his plans for the continued protection of heritage houses or sites nationally with particular reference to those threatened or likely to be threatened; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his proposals to protect, preserve and promote various houses, buildings sites or locations of an historic nature throughout County Kildare with potential use for tourism and education in the futur...More Button

EU Migration Crisis

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which he and the international community have engaged with the situation in Lesbos with the objective of addressing the issues arising from the destructive fire there and consequent h...More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which progress is being made between the European Union and the UK in the context of Brexit; the extent to which alternative preparations are being made to facilitate industry here in...More Button

Conflict Resolution

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent of the discussions taking place at EU and UN level to address the situation at various war zones worldwide including the Armenian Azerbaijani strife; if particular initiatives are contem...More Button

Irish Aid

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the degree to which bilateral and multilateral aid from Ireland continues to find the destination for which it was intended; the exceptions to the rule; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which Ireland continues to live up to international commitments in terms of overseas aid, bilateral and multilateral; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

EU Enlargement

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the degree to which discussions between the EU and countries in the western Balkans continue in the context of EU enlargement; the level of agreement reached to date; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which the EU and the UN continue to monitor the activities of Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the degree to which the EU and the UN continue to focus on various trouble spots worldwide in which child soldiers are involved in conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Middle East Peace Process

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the extent to which efforts continue in the Middle Eastern peace process, in particular with reference to the need for permanent structures to encourage progress in Gaza; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the entitlement to the Covid-19 payment in the case a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Third Level Costs

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the procedure to be followed or expected in the case of a person (details supplied) who has been awarded their second choice place in DCU and has now been informed that the course will operate as a...More Button

Residency Permits

Asked the Minister for Justice: the progress to date in the determination of an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Guardians Ad Litem

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) has been issued with a summons in respect of an alleged breach of guardian ad litem regulations given that they were unable to persuade their child otherwise;...More Button

Audiology Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to ensure that audiology services are minimally impacted by Covid-19 with particular reference to ensuring regular testing, as required; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button