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Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Put it into the public system.More Button

In privatising.More Button

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs launched a six-week public consultation on the draft childminding action plan at the end of last August. The plan aims to improve childminding in this ...More Button

The way in which the Government has proceeded with this plan is causing concern to the many thousands of people involved in childminding. Members across the House will have received serious repr...More Button

Officials have admitted that childminders must sign up to strict standards of care or face prosecution. While Garda vetting is clearly essential, is it really necessary for every childminder to ...More Button

Providing a safe and caring environment for children does not necessarily require that level of formal qualification. Many individuals who are currently involved in childminding never had the oppo...More Button

Grandparents.More Button

I welcome what the Taoiseach said. If it migrates into actual policy in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, it will address some of the real concerns but the concerns are real. People i...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

There are over 700 defined benefit pension schemes in the State covering more than 100,000 people. These workers thought they had made provision for their retirement but in recent years there have...More Button

I believe there is a way of achieving both objectives. It is not to make companies insolvent but to protect people by ensuring that solvent companies do not walk away from their obligations.More Button

That is not an excuse to abolish all defined benefit schemes.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on infrastructure last met; and when it is next expected to meet.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the Cabinet committee that discusses agricultural matters; and when it last met.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

It is more than a year since the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, promised that the new national maternity hospital would be publicly owned and run. Twelve months on, there has been absolutely ...More Button

National Economic and Social Council

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the work of his Department with the National Economic and Social Council.More Button

According to the latest census figures, there 79 black spots across electoral divisions in Ireland. These are areas where the average unemployment rate is above 30%, with those between the ages of...More Button

National Economic and Social Council (Continued)

The national training fund, which is meant to fund apprentices, has been allowed to run a cumulative surplus of €460 million in spite of the fact that the NESC recommended its greater use to fund a...More Button

Civil Service Renewal Plan (Continued)

The Deputy will not be surprised that I do not agree with him that the Civil Service renewal programme was over-hyped when it was launched in 2014. It was well presented and it was an important in...More Button

I have two questions for the Taoiseach about ongoing issues. Constant renewal is very important in public administration and one of the objectives we were anxious to achieve was the recruitment ...More Button

My second question is about senior management assessment, which is probably be the most difficult nut to crack. Has it been cracked? Is there a proper evaluation of the conduct and output of th...More Button

Mayo gets extra.More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

We have these debates because all parties looked at how we dealt with European issues after the rejection of a number of European treaties. To make the work of the European Council more relevant, ...More Button

The level of attendance at this debate and the fact that a single Minister of State is here is not in keeping with the seriousness of European issues and how they impact us. I do not mean any disr...More Button

The purpose of the meeting being held tomorrow and Friday is to discuss climate change, the multi-annual financial framework, external relations, economic and monetary union and Brexit. The issu...More Button

The British Labour Party will seek to preserve jobs, workers' rights and environmental protections to a much greater extent and it will seek to remain in a customs union with the European Union t...More Button

If Boris Johnson secures a majority and passes the withdrawal agreement, we face the risk of a no-deal exit by the UK at the end of next year. It is highly unlikely that the UK will conclude a t...More Button

Heads of government are also set to discuss the EU's climate strategy and a target of climate neutrality by 2050 at the European Council meeting. The Taoiseach should push for greater ambition a...More Button

It was suggested before the last European election that the EU would provide funding to support member states to build more housing. I hope the Government is still pursuing that proposal.More Button

Regarding international relations, a range of external issues require greater attention and focus from Europe. The Taoiseach should join others in pushing for the beginning of accession talks wi...More Button

In relation to the EU's economic and monetary policies, there is evidence that some governments and central banks around the world are prepared to allow further deregulation of the banking and fi...More Button

The greatest threat to our economy remains Boris Johnson and the cavalier way in which he is prepared to treat Ireland's concerns about Brexit. Given that the British Labour Party is committed t...More Button

Civil Service Renewal Plan

Asked the Taoiseach: the way in which his Department provides collective leadership to the Civil Service renewal programme.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he or his officials have met political leaders from Northern Ireland regarding the Northern Ireland Assembly.More Button

Forensic Science Ireland Laboratory

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 176 of 15 October 2019, if the contract has been awarded; if so, when the contractors will be on site; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Data Centres

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 141 of 12 November 2019, if tenders have now been invited for the project; if so, the closing date for receipt of tenders; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 183 of 19 November 2019, if the accommodation brief has been finalised; if so, the details of same; when a design team will be appointed; and if he will make a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 169 of 17 September 2019, if authorisation has issued to invite tenders for the project; if so, when tenders will be invited; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 170 of 17 September 2019, if approval has now issued for the invitation of tenders for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 172 of 17 September 2019, if the accommodation brief has been finalised; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 153 of 12 November 2019, the number of tenders received for the building project by the closing date of the end of November 2019; the estimated time it will ta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 156 of 12 November 2019, when work will be completed on the project in view of the fact a contractor is now on site; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 24 October 2019, if a definitive date for completion of phase 1 of the project has been given; when phase two will be completed; and if he will make a st...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 95 of 24 October 2019, if stage one has been completed; if stage 2A has commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Enrolments

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 182 of 19 November 2019, if an application for temporary accommodation has been lodged to deal with the shortage of school places for September 2020; if so, wh...More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 154 of 12 November 2019, if there has been further progress in resolving the technical considerations; if a joint meeting has been held between his Department,...More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 175 of 17 September 2019, if approval has issued for the provision of additional mainstream and specialist accommodation for the school; if so, the details of ...More Button

Garda College

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the planned dates for attestation of probationary gardaí at Templemore in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Landfill Sites

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: further to Parliamentary Question No. 533 of 17 September 2019, if tenders have now been invited for the project; the closing date for receipt of tenders; the number of contractors invited to tende...More Button

Sports Funding

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: further to Parliamentary Question No. 165 of 26 September 2019, when the projects that will be grant aided under the large-scale sport infrastructure fund will be announced; and if he will make a s...More Button