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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: 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]

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...

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