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Palestine: Statements (Resumed) (17 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: People right across the world were shocked by what they witnessed on their television screens this week. A total of 58 people were killed in one day and 2,800 were wounded, including 228 children and a man in a wheelchair, on the pretext that they were trying to invade Israel. Most of the killings were done by Israeli snipers who were located 300 m from the border. I was part of a...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation Provision (16 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 96. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for an extra classroom due to overcrowding. [21509/18]

Leaders' Questions (15 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: They are all doing it.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (15 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 255. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a complaint in relation to the non-provision of a SNA that was lodged with the National Council for Special Education on 15 March 2018 by a school (details supplied) in County Kerry has not been responded to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20953/18]

Topical Issue Debate: Public Liability Insurance (10 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. If the recommendations are implemented, and the Minister of State says they will be by the end of 2019, it will certainly go some way towards addressing this ongoing abuse. I refer in particular to fraudulent and exaggerated claims and to a sharing of data and so on in respect of what I would consider serial claimants who have persecuted...

Topical Issue Debate: Public Liability Insurance (10 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: It will certainly go some way towards helping to reduce insurance costs in order to protect small and medium-sized businesses, social clubs, play areas and even county councils around the country in respect of their public liability. We have seen time and time again that they are being persecuted with fraudulent claims and so forth, but this will go some way towards helping them and I hope...

Topical Issue Debate: Public Liability Insurance (10 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: Recently, my party colleague from Limerick, Deputy Maurice Quinlivan, met with the Alliance for Insurance Reform there. This alliance is a non-political group that brings together 20 civic and business organisations from across Ireland, including charities, representing 35,000 members, over 633,000 employees and 41,300 volunteers. Over many years, the cost of public liability insurance has...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (9 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 207. To ask the Minister for Health the number of echocardiograms carried out in the six months previous to a second echocardiogram scanner being introduced at University Hospital Kerry per week on average; the average per week for the six months following the introduction of the second echocardiogram scanner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20392/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services Provision (8 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 268. To ask the Minister for Health when a child (details supplied) can expect to receive a place in a suitable mental health facility for further supportive interventions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19691/18]

Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (1 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Jim Daly, for the response, even though I do not hold out much hope. Last year, in an independent survey of parents who accessed CAMHS, only 18% of the respondents were satisfied with it overall. Of 177 respondents, only 23 were willing to recommend the services. Only 32% of respondents felt that the service was beneficial to their child. This is not...

Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (1 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: It is correct.

Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (1 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: A friend and constituent of mine, Ms Daniella Russell from my home village of Ardfert, was featured on RTÉ's "The Big Picture - Young and Troubled" broadcast last week after her mother, Joyce, had been forced by the State to bring her daughter to England to be treated on foot of the HSE's refusal to give her treatment in a specialist facility in Dublin. The Minister of State, Deputy Jim...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Nursing Staff Recruitment (1 May 2018)

Martin Ferris: 267. To ask the Minister for Health when the HSE plans to advertise the vacant position of public health nurse for Causeway, County Kerry; and if there are other areas in County Kerry without a dedicated public health nurse. [18848/18]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (26 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: 87. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high level forum on community employment supervisor pensions; if his attention has been drawn to the anger and frustration of community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors; his views on the fact that their contribution to improving the life chances of scheme participants and to...

Topical Issue Debate: Water Pollution (19 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: The way to resolve the issue is for there to be a face-to-face meeting. It could take half an hour. A meeting can take place if the will is there to do it. In a reply from David McInerney to Donnacha Byrne it was said that material should not have been put in the river which is an SAC area and that it is very poor practice. The problem is that an individual dumped construction material...

Topical Issue Debate: Water Pollution (19 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: My two colleagues and I met with a deputation from the piscatorial society during the week. Deputy Funchion has been raising this issue for a considerable period. The society brought the issue to our attention in the interests of the salmon stocks in the river. As Deputy Funchion stated, it has sought a resolution to the issue for a considerable period with the IFI but, unfortunately, that...

Fodder Shortage: Motion [Private Members] (17 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: I support the motion on the fodder crisis and the Sinn Féin amendment. We are trying to come up with constructive ways to address the crisis. We have been through all of this before in 2013. Those who were Members of the House then will well remember the crisis that evolved at that time and the lack of preparation by the Government, the Department and associated agencies. One would...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (17 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: 341. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a student (details supplied) who has provided evidence of a need for a SNA will be considered for such support while waiting for formal diagnosis in order to provide equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. [15166/18]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Direct Provision System (17 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: 561. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if there are, as per the McMahon report, befriending subcommittees in each direct provision centre in County Kerry; and if so, the work they carry out in view of the fact volunteers that are involved in befriending through organisations (details supplied) were not aware of their existence and do not want to duplicate work...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (17 Apr 2018)

Martin Ferris: 642. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14958/18]

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