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Financial Resolution No. 3: Value-Added Tax (9 Oct 2018)

Martin Ferris: All of us are very conscious of the position of small hotels, small guesthouses, pubs and hairdressers in rural areas by comparison with that of big hotels in Dublin, which can increase prices for their own selfish benefit. The measure being introduced is a mistake. In saying that, I do not believe it is realised that people working in the small hotels, guesthouses and pubs are all local....

Financial Resolution No. 3: Value-Added Tax (9 Oct 2018)

Martin Ferris: Will ye stand on your own two feet? Have a bit of balls, stand up and play it by your conscience. That is what you should do.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Oct 2018)

Martin Ferris: Why not go out to the gate?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (2 Oct 2018)

Martin Ferris: 458. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a child (details supplied) has not been seen by an ear nose and throat specialist. [40056/18]

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: As we sit comfortably in this building, 145 of my constituents - 109 adults and 36 children - are sleeping in hostels and bed and breakfasts. Sixteen families are in emergency accommodation because they cannot find homes, and another 13 families cannot find rental accommodation because they are in transition properties. A total of 3,687 people have applied for social housing in County Kerry...

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: Will the Minister of State tell me how many houses Kerry County Council built last year?

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: It built five houses.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: Five houses were built in County Kerry at a time when there are 4,000 people on the housing list.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: The Minister of State has attacked Sinn Féin for tabling a motion against the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, and the Government.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: The Government has failed the ordinary people of this country, including the 4,000 people on the housing list in County Kerry.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: They have failed the 100,000 people on the housing list in the country as a whole. Instead, the Minister of State has come in to this Chamber with his garbage.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: I listened to Deputy Cassells. He was talking about a photocopy, but his gob was on the front page of the paper. He castigated Deputy Tóibín for not being present to get his photograph in the newspaper. Instead, Deputy Tóibín was out helping a constituent who is in mortgage difficulties. He was doing the right thing.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: He was not worried about getting his puss on the front page of a newspaper.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: The Minister of State, Deputy Griffin, is attacking us for doing the right thing. I would much prefer to be standing here in opposition attacking the Minister and holding him to account because that is what must be done. The Government has to be held to account. Fianna Fáil is propping it up and is continuing to prop it up. Fianna Fáil is a disgrace, but it is no different from...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Staff Data (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: 314. To ask the Minister for Health the average ratio of patients to nurses in the emergency department at University Hospital Kerry; and the recommended ratio. [38556/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Emergency Services (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: 315. To ask the Minister for Health the number of extra nursing resources provided to University Hospital Kerry in 2018 to deal with overcrowding in the emergency department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38557/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Emergency Departments Staff (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: 316. To ask the Minister for Health if a pharmacy technician and desk clerk can be provided to reduce the burden on those that are employed in the emergency department of University Hospital Kerry in view of the difficulty nationally recruiting nurses. [38558/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Emergency Departments Services (25 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: 317. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to prepare for the busy winter months at the emergency department at University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38559/18]

Future of the Post Office Network: Motion (18 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: I thank Deputy Stanley for bringing this motion forward. All rural Deputies are very taken by this debate because we know the consequences of the closure of a post office for a small village. If one closes the post office, then one effectively closes the village's only pub and shop. The knock-on effect is quite significant. This is all done in the name of viability with the claim these...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (18 Sep 2018)

Martin Ferris: 388. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect to have cataracts removed at the South Infirmary University Hospital, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37031/18]

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