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Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak today. I take this opportunity to formally welcome the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Change report on the examination of the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss. I express my thanks to members of the committee, who worked collaboratively and very diligently to produce the report in a...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

The works were completed in January 2022. Earlier this month, Wexford County Council made an application to the OPW under the OPW minor flood mitigation works and coastal protection scheme for further funding to progress the Seaview coastal protection scheme. The council proposes to introduce 155 m of rock armour coastal protection fronting several houses at Seaview on the Wexford coast....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Verona Murphy: I thank the Minister of State. I am glad he provided that to me because I asked the director of services for it last week, but I think he said he was going to play golf or something on Thursday. He did not manage to get it to me by this Thursday. The problem is that much of what we have discussed was set down in a report in 2018 and 2019. I went back over that report and six years later...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: The scoping report on national coastal change management was approved by Government on 26 October last year. The strategy set out in this scoping report involves an integrated whole-of-government approach, with actions across many sectors. My Department will play a key role in co-ordinating and driving this essential work programme. The OPW has been designated as the national lead...

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Citizens' Assembly Report on Biodiversity Loss: Motion (18 Apr 2024)

Brian Leddin: I move: That Dáil Éireann, in accordance with a Resolution of the Dáil of 22nd February, 2022, and the Order of the Dáil of 20th June, 2023, shall take note of the Report of the Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action entitled "Report on the examination of recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly report on biodiversity loss", copies of which were laid before...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I thank the Minister of State for reading out the reply. It is the exact same as I received to a parliamentary question on 6 March 2024. If the Department of Health thinks I am going away, I am not. The reality is the Minister of State addressed the issue at the very end. The script did not address the realities of the issue. I was amused that the officials mentioned the fact that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I will not be disingenuous and read the script in closing because the Deputy is well aware of the response. The issue he is raising is a much broader issue in terms of the reality of living on the islands in this day and age. It is a broader issue for Government and future governments to consider in respect of the economic, financial and other supports that can be put in place to ensure...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Catherine Connolly: This is particularly relevant, given the topic that is coming after this.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Coastal Erosion

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Verona Murphy: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and thank the Minister of State for bring here to respond to the Topical Issue. In fairness, there are two things, in particular, in County Wexford, that we should focus on with regards to erosion. The first is prevention. As we all know, a stitch in time saves nine. In the context of coastal erosion, this phrase is particularly relevant. Proper...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Teachta.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Erosion (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: The Deputy raises a matter that is of extreme concern to us all, and should be. She is correct that it is not only down to climate change or sea level rise that this is happening now, but this certainly is being exacerbated by it. In many parts of the world, retreat and abandonment are becoming part of climate adaptation strategy. It is something that is with us and something we have to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: Regarding De La Salle College in Dundalk, my understanding is that, last October, five students were accepted into its ASD unit for the semester starting in September 2023. However, on 26 March of this year, the school called to state it could no longer offer a place to any of the students. The reason given to parents was that the Department of Education was not providing the promised...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Medical Cards

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Tá áthas orm deis a bheith agam an t-ábhar seo a thógáil anseo sa Dáil. There are 3,000 people living on our offshore islands. It is a very small, but valuable population. There are basic GP services on most of the islands with reasonably large populations, but for all other medical services, islanders must go to the mainland. This imposes all sorts of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Cards (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an Teachta as ucht an cheist seo a cur. Eligibility for a medical card is primarily based on a financial assessment, which is conducted by the HSE in accordance with the Health Act 1970. The HSE assesses each medical card application on a qualifying financial threshold. This is the amount of money that an individual can earn per week and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2024)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: There seems to be a theme in the lack of ASD units and the interaction at times between the Department, the NCSE and schools. When people are looking for extensions, planning permission and so on, it becomes even more difficult. I have been approached by a number of parents looking for their kids to get into what they had hoped would be a second autism unit in De La Salle College in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2024)

Malcolm Noonan: I thank the Deputies for the questions and for giving me an opportunity to outline how the Department of Education and the National Council for Special Education continue to support children with special educational needs. Enabling students with additional needs to receive an education appropriate to their needs is an ongoing priority for the Government. It is a priority to ensure all...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2024)

Mattie McGrath: What is happening with the NCSE and the Department is typical. Is there any joined-up thinking? St. Michael's Junior Boys School has been offering to open a class for the past two years but the NCSE has not approved it so far. It is imperative this be provided in a town the size of Tipperary, where five national schools are available and where a school has offered to accommodate them. I...

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