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Naughten, Denis

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Expenditure Response to Covid-19 Crisis: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. I tabled a parliamentary question earlier in the week regarding an issue I raised in the House last week. I refer to the anomaly in respect of t...More Button

We have all received correspondence this week from people within the domestic live entertainment industry, a sector with approximately 35,000 employees. They fall into this category, as have emp...More Button

When I am on the issue of the entertainment sector, the reality is that that sector is the lifeblood of the creative sector of our economy. It is a vital part of our economy and a vital part of ...More Button

What has been frustrating for many people in that sector is that they have been totally ignored until very recently. The issues and challenges in that sector have not even been acknowledged. Al...More Button

Supports have been provided by the Arts Council to part of the creative sector, which is welcome. That does not deal with the entertainment sector, however, because very few of the grants paid o...More Button

We have major challenges to face in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and what is coming down the tracks with Brexit, but this also a great opportunity to do things differently. When the Minist...More Button

I will put to the Minister something on which I worked diligently when I was in his Department, namely, to have all Government services available online. It is important that people have access to...More Button

One problem with the so-called mechanism that is being used for online services at the moment is that there is a failure to acknowledge that a cohort of the population will never use technology a...More Button

A governmental decision was made and a commitment given to put offline Government business through the post office network but, sadly, that has not been implemented since I left office. That is ...More Button

The other side of it is that because more people are now moving to electronic payments, the income for postmasters and postmistresses has dramatically fallen. Any postal worker who has been unfo...More Button

I finally raise with the Minister the retrofitting of homes. I compliment An Post on the action it has taken on the green hub to establish a one-stop shop for people who want to avail of grants ...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands: when the 300 high-speed Internet hubs announced under the National Broadband Plan on 19 November 2019 will be delivered; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

LEADER Programmes

Asked the Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands: if the role that LEADER companies can play in supporting small rural businesses to overcome the challenges posed by Covid-19 has been explored; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: if a candidate has to appeal the calculated grade in a subject in order to be able to sit the exam in that particular subject in November 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: the way in which the class ranking applied to students grades, particularly for students who switched schools in their senior cycle; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button