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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Increasing Wind Power on the National Grid: Discussion (27 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank Mr. Foley for his comprehensive presentation. I have a couple of questions. On the grid generally, one hears different stories about the difficult situation it is in at certain points. Some large electricity users are concerned that there is the potential for outages based on current demands. There is also a recognition that some gas generating compressors are working off grid in...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Increasing Wind Power on the National Grid: Discussion (27 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I will tell the Chairman where I am going with this. It is really relevant. While recognising that it is not in compliance with planning, are there any the circumstances in which the turbine could connect to the grid or could EirGrid purchase electricity from a wind turbine that does not have the benefit of planning permission?

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Staff (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Madigan, for coming to the House to discuss this issue. Clooney National School is a small school in a rural setting outside Ennis, in the greater east Clare area. It is currently a four-teacher school. As a result of a drop in student numbers to 73 this year, there is a threat to its four-teacher status. As the Minister of State knows, the retention...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Staff (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate her being here and, hopefully, taking those comments back to the Minister. In addition to the general appeals system, I ask that special consideration be given this year, in a blanket way, to all schools. Clouna National School, close to Ennistymon, is going from three teachers to two under the staffing schedule. The children in Clouna and many...

Seanad: Post Office Network: Motion (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I move: That Seanad Éireann: recognises that: - post offices are at the heart of local communities, playing a unique and important role in both rural and urban areas; - post offices provide crucial economic, administrative and social services to communities all around Ireland, especially to those in rural and isolated areas; - post offices serve an important function as ‘a...

Seanad: Post Office Network: Motion (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank all Members who have contributed in a positive way to the debate on this motion and I thank the Minister of State for her endurance in listening to all the points. It is now really up to the Minister of State and the Government to take on board all the points she has heard to ensure at long last we reach a point where post offices are seen as an integral part of their community and...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the Minister for a comprehensive opening statement which ensures we do not have to get into too many detailed questions, as he has set out many of the answers. I am little concerned about a couple of areas, the first of which is the restriction in the movement of students brought about by changes to the cost of education in the UK. That does two things. First, it reduces the number...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Is that still 10,000 or is it 20,000?

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: That would be very welcome because, as the Minister will know from his previous ministerial role, the one area that worked well was where students went to Scotland to train for nursing, and the Minister knows better than me about the shortage we have in terms of nursing. Is he looking at other ways of increasing nurses spaces? I am aware this is difficult because of constraints in...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I am sorry to jump in but is that sector-specific in terms of where we need to be? Of course, if one looks globally, we have to find extra places. Sometimes, however, sectors of society need particular disciplines, whether it is engineering, medicine or that very specific area of nursing, which is where we hear about the difficulty. When we are trying to enhance the roll-out of various...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the Minister very much. I will conclude on this. He is absolutely right about that pathway towards a career rather than just an entry based on whatever misguided views a person had as he or she approached his or her leaving certificate. Perhaps it is a good job for all of us that the title "politician" is not on the CAO form. Overall, from a whole-of-government perspective, is...

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: That is the point, yes.

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Responses to Brexit in Further and Higher Education: Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (26 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the Minister. I really appreciate his engagement.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Like others, I offer my congratulations to Senators Horkan and Byrne and look forward to working with them and others over the coming years. I ask the Deputy Leader to try to organise a debate at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss the reopening of society in line with the fall in Covid numbers. I expect an announcement next week with further proposals for the months ahead. It...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank our guests for their presentations. From my perspective and that of my party, we have no hesitation in recommending their continuation in and reappointment to their roles. They have shown a very strong understanding of public transport in their respective companies and that is to all our benefit. I join other members in expressing thanks to the front-line workers, including the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Timmy Dooley: My thanks to Mr. Murphy for the direct answer. For a long time, I have believed that we should have moved towards a model of free public transport as an incentive to get people out of their cars. Now, more than ever, it is obvious that we will have to look at something like that to address the fall-out from the pandemic and, more important, to address the modal shift required if we are to...

Seanad: Living with Covid-19: Statements (29 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: There were two well-known Fine Gael brothers who were both Members of the Dáil, the Mitchells. I cannot remember which one of them was reputed to have said that it is much easier to sound intelligent by being negative. Unfortunately, far too many politicians and commentators have sought to show their intelligence through negativity during this pandemic. It would be fine if it did not...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Decarbonising Transport: Discussion (Resumed) (23 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I thank the witnesses for their presentations. Dr. Windisch has answered most of my questions, particularly as regards electric vehicles. I have a concern, though. While we all want to see a modal shift to public transport, we must recognise Ireland's dispersed rural communities. It is accepted that electric vehicles will be an important component if we are to meet our emission targets. ...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: Like others, I ask the Leader to try to organise a debate in this House, possibly next week, on the issue of living with Covid. As we approach the 5 April deadline where we expect to see some changing of restrictions, it would be appropriate that the views of Senators be heard on this important issue. If we are to hold the people with us, there has to be a credible lifting of some of the...

Seanad: Covid-19 (Tourism): Statements (22 Mar 2021)

Timmy Dooley: I welcome the Minister to the House and I look forward to the engagement with her. I know she has a very clear understanding of what is required, as do others. The tourism sector is in a very different position now from what it was in previously. Even with the potential for some opening up over the summer, the tourism mix is very different. It is very clear we will not have the inbound...

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