Dáil debates

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate


3:20 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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We may proceed as the Deputy who submitted the first selected Topical Issue and the Minister of State who is responding are present. Before we start, I am reminded that, for many years, we had a superb individual in the Government Whip's office, Alice Kearney, who had the ability to foresee the future. She always ensured that Ministers and other participants were in the Chamber when the time for the Topical Issue Debate arrived. However, we are where we are. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Fleming, to deal with the first important matter I have selected, which is from Deputy Mairéad Farrell.