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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: Apologies have been received from Senator Craughwell, Senator Joe O'Reilly, who is on duty in the Seanad, and Senator Wilson. The subject of our meeting is to meet again with Her Excellency Larysa Gerasko, ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland, and for her to provide an update on the current situation in Ukraine and the wider region, with particular reference to the economic consequences of the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the ambassador for her comprehensive overview. She mentioned a wide range of pursuits, all of which amount to a crisis for the people in Ukraine and some of which directly relate to Ireland's activities on the international stage and the assistance, help and support we can provide, and can continue to provide, in this hour of great need. I will now open matters to the floor.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: We will move to Deputy Berry who will be followed by Deputy Stanton.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: If the ambassador is happy with the replies she has given, I will give the floor to Deputy Stanton.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: The ambassador will note that Deputy Stanton makes an important point in respect of a call from this committee to the private sector to assist in the provision of transport vehicles. The bulk of our meeting is about what the Irish State is doing and what it can do but we are also issuing a direct call to the private sector in this meeting. That is important and I thank Deputy Stanton for...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: Do Deputies Cronin, Barry or Stanton have any concluding comments?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the Deputy. I will now draw matters to a conclusion. I reiterate the apologies from Senator Joe O'Reilly for his inability to attend the meeting as he is in the Seanad, and from Senator Wilson who was unavoidably absent. Both send their continued good wishes to the ambassador and the people of Ukraine. Deputy Carthy is also in the Chamber, as we can see. He, too, would wish to be...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: 109. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if local authorities have been instructed to not proceed to tender on road projects, which have already been approved in the annual road grant notification, without prior approval of the TII; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26173/24]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: 119. To ask the Minister for Finance the options available to a person commuting to work on a daily basis whose company does not participate in the Taxsaver monthly and annual rail tickets or the cycle to work scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26177/24]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Update on Current Situation in Ukraine: H.E. Larysa Gerasko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland (18 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I thank Deputy Berry.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I have received apologies from Senator Joe O'Reilly. I welcome other members and notwithstanding the busy weekend that most of us have had, with the exception of Senator Craughwell. Today we meet with representatives from Dóchas to discuss their pre-budget submission. I especially welcome Ms Jane-Ann McKenna, CEO of Dóchas; Ms Karol Balfe, CEO of Action Aid Ireland; Ms...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the witnesses for their respective presentations. I call Senator Craughwell.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: In the witnesses' submissions there does not appear to be reference to Covid-19, which dominated our proceedings in previous years. What does that mean for Africa? I am sure the consequences are still readily evident. What is the extent to which the immediate battle against Covid, in the context of vaccination and public health preventative measures, is in evidence? Related to that is the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: Can more be done from an Irish perspective based on our expertise in exporting food? Can more be done around partnership with the private sector on research and development such as the major Irish food companies and their research and development departments working on designs in partnership with agencies? Could that be further developed?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: I call Senator Wilson to make a final comment and then we will proceed to our private business.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Dóchas Pre-Budget Submission: Discussion (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: In that regard, I thank the witnesses for coming in and for sharing with us their priorities. We were very keen to hear from them before the summer recess as in recent years we were very keen as an all-party committee to put together a report from this committee directly to the Minister of Finance in advance of the budget negotiations which will take place throughout late summer into the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Healthcare Policy (11 Jun 2024)

Charles Flanagan: 765.To ask the Minister for Health the circumstances in which puberty blockers can be currently administered to children; and whether, in the light of the recent publication of an expert report (details supplied), it is envisaged that any practical or legislative changes are envisaged [25038/24]

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