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Summer Economic Statement 2018: Statements (20 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: We will talk to the Corkman on Saturday night. There is much talk about the rainy day fund. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are on the same page but we have a different view. Our view is that because of the terrible recession and the mismanagement of the country by successive Governments, there is a need to look after those most in need. We are told we have an education system that is free...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Resources (19 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: 255. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when appropriate funding and resources will be made available to An Garda Síochána for Caherciveen, County Kerry. [26618/18]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank Mr. Percy for his presentation, particularly his reference to 62% of the fleet being inshore or on the smaller scale, with vessels being less than 12 m. Would Mr. Percy agree with what we would argue, which is that if the inequality within the fishing quotas and the fishing sector keeps going the way it is going, unless we do something constructive, in a very short period there will...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank all the witnesses for their presentations. Correct me if I am wrong but did Mr. Francis O'Donnell say his organisation represents 44 boats?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: Does the KFO represent 23 boats?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: Okay. The big thing here, or what is being conveyed to me, is that there appears to be a reluctance to give any of the quota to the island fishermen or the small operator. I am sure that if everybody got together and looked at the benefits this would bring to a disadvantaged area, most people would consider it a good thing to do. We have to find a mechanism here. I understand the concerns...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: Yes, but I am making the point that it should-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: Another issue is the point made by Mr. Boyle about the Government allocating quota. It can reallocate quota. It can do things for the common good if it so wishes. Perhaps that is a way we could find a little bit to give to island communities, perhaps 1% out of a multimillion euro industry for the 40 people, 50 at most, involved on the islands. What would be wrong with that? The witnesses...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank everybody for their contributions. There are concerns and queries but we are open to people sending in amendments. We want to get this Bill passed so that people who are badly disadvantaged will be in a better place.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: The lack of a track record is evident and has discriminated against people who did not have the opportunity, in particular owners of boats of less than 10 m. For example, how could there be a track record when fishermen did not have to log catches and so forth? This has inhibited any type of fairness in the sector's quotas. Mr. Murray stated: "To survive, fishing on the islands needs to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Island Fisheries (Heritage Licence) Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed) (12 Jun 2018)

Martin Ferris: The general public is not aware of the huge decline of the population on our islands, the hardships associated with trying to scrape out a living there and the very fact that they are probably the most discriminated against sector in our society. That will go some way to focusing attention on the future of our islands. It is not going to turn things back to how they were but it will...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (31 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 145. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect to receive an appointment with a rheumatologist at University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24125/18]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Human Trafficking (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 252. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to persons (details supplied) who were victims of human trafficking on Irish-flagged fishing vessels between January and April 2018. [22500/18]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Human Trafficking (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 253. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to outline his plans to review and introduce further regulations to prevent potential victim trafficking in the fishing sector. [22503/18]

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Employment Rights (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 296. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she has reviewed the case of persons (details supplied); and her views on whether the employment practices of their employers were illegal and exploitative. [22501/18]

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Employment Rights (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 297. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if pursuant to section 2B(5) of the Employment Permits Act 2003 she will use her discretion to institute civil proceedings under section 2B(2) in the name and on behalf of the four persons against persons (details supplied) for amounts of moneys to recompense them for work here and on Irish flagged vessels. [22502/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Staff Data (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 335. To ask the Minister for Health the number of staff members contracted to work at University Hospital Kerry who also operate in private practice; and the measures in place to ensure that this does not encroach on the time contracted to treat public patients. [22046/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 355. To ask the Minister for Health when the final report into the review of scans at University Hospital Kerry will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22093/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Primary Care Centres (22 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 382. To ask the Minister for Health his long-term plans for the Kerry community services building at Rathass, Tralee; and if another use for the building has been identified [22231/18]

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