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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

The crisis in our health service shows no sign of abating; rather, it is getting worse by the day. Patients and others in attendance experienced shocking conditions in the emergency department of ...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The waiting lists for children are quite shocking. More than 30,000 of those children and young people have been waiting for more than a year. A significant number of them are in serious pain, wi...More Button

In a report published in May, the Ombudsman for Children stated: "There has been an increase this year in Health complaints relating to long or non-moving waiting lists, and complaints made on be...More Button

The picture is very bleak for children when it comes to accessing our health services. Essentially, the Government is failing the children of Ireland in respect of access to healthcare and thera...More Button

As the Deputy will be very aware, we have a new children's hospital that is very much under construction. It is now at roof level in certain points.More Button

Children need early intervention in almost all cases to avert more serious illness downstream and to avoid conditions becoming progressively worse. The backdrop to this is the extraordinary number...More Button

The numbers are quite staggering. We still do not have the therapeutic services, such as physiotherapy, and other interventions. We knew about the pressures that were going to come. The Govern...More Button

There are no extra beds in Crumlin or Temple Street.More Button

More than 100,000-----More Button

We are committed to providing services for people with disabilities that empower them to live independent lives and provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhancing ...More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

I am sure the Taoiseach will agree that the Road Safety Authority, RSA, has been an essential instrument in significantly saving lives on our roads and reducing the degree of injury on them. I am ...More Button

Is the Taoiseach not concerned about what he read? He read it as well as I read it.More Button

Did the Taoiseach not bother to check with his Minister?More Button

The Road Safety Authority is under the Taoiseach's-----More Button

Since when did Deputy Flanagan become Ceann Comhairle?More Button

On a point of order, was the Minister's intervention in line with Standing Orders?More Button

I am just curious.More Button

Community Enhancement Programme

Last week or the week before, I asked the Taoiseach for figures on expenditure on the north east inner city to determine how much of the spending is new money rather than existing schemes and proje...More Button

Why has housing not been a central focus of the work in the north east inner city? Its omission as a central plank in these initiatives is a serious deficiency. More Button

This is a welcome initiative which brings together various agencies to focus on the needs of the community. If it is making a difference, it should be extended to other areas. Unfortunately, th...More Button

The north east inner city initiative is, effectively, a one-off return to a model which Fine Gael abandoned from 2011 onwards. The Ministers of various states who attended the British-Irish Coun...More Button

Community Enhancement Programme (Continued)

I did not say that.More Button

The Deputy is making a loaded comment and that is not-----More Button

Citizens' Assembly (Continued)

We recognise that the course of Brexit has led to more civic discussion and engagement, North and South, about constitutional change, as provided for under the Good Friday Agreement. The Governmen...More Button

In the near term, the Government is focused on securing ratification and implementation of the withdrawal agreement to allow for an orderly Brexit, including a smooth transition period; preparing...More Button

The facts show that today, the entire peace settlement is in crisis. Brexit has been incredibly destabilising but nobody can seriously deny that the crisis in the peace process began well before t...More Button

I did not at any stage call for it to be collapsed. Does the Taoiseach agree that what we need today is an end to the politics of collapsing democratic institutions and a return of the democratic ...More Button

It is a good model and while it may not be functioning at the moment, it is still the best model for our generation, rather than dividing people and forcing them to choose between territorial unity...More Button

When it comes to the whole issue of a citizens' assembly, as I have said before, it is certainly not something that I rule out and is something to which I will give consideration. At the right p...More Button

One thing we need to bear in mind and ask ourselves is whether unionists would participate in a citizens' assembly. One million unionists make up half the population of Northern Ireland and a si...More Button

Garda Reform (Continued)

In the past few years, every time a Deputy raised an issue about serious crime and anti-social behaviour, the response has tended to be that everything is being attended to but there is no doubt th...More Button

We know that many communities across the country are experiencing a rising sense of fear. That is true all across the country. People believe the State is losing control; that is the perception...More Button

I raised with the Taoiseach previously the recent incident in Cork where 100 youths descended on the city, through social media incitement, wearing balaclavas and so on. The message was, "You on...More Button

Local patrols are being supplemented now by armed support units, and there is ongoing liaison support being provided by relevant sections within the serious crime operations security and intelligen...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at the British-Irish Council meeting held at Farmleigh recently.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the issues he discussed when he met the First Minister of Scotland when attending the British-Irish Council meeting.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the discussions held at the recent British-Irish Council on the future relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom particularly in the areas of education and research.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on discussions regarding tariff and quota-free trade between Ireland and the UK at the recent British-Irish Council meeting.More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if he will report on the launch he attended of the national broadband plan.More Button

Stadium Projects

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will report on the development of a stadium (details supplied); if his Department is involved in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he has met with the development committee established for the development of a stadium (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if capital funding has been allocated to Dublin City Council for the design or redevelopment of a stadium (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the position of workers who will retire in 2020 at 65 years of age but will not be entitled to a contributory pension until 67 years of age; if they will have an entitlement to jobseeker's payment ...More Button