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Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services (14 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: 178. To ask the Minister for Health the age at which children in County Laois are receiving a first dental intervention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50227/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services (14 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: 179. To ask the Minister for Health the number of children in County Laois currently awaiting dental intervention in each priority group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50228/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services (14 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: 180. To ask the Minister for Health the number of HSE dental surgeon positions in County Laois; the number of vacancies in County Laois for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50229/21]

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: Before proceeding to the business of the meeting I remind members and those in the Gallery to switch off their mobile phones for the duration of the meeting as even if they are on silent they may cause interference with the recording equipment. The purpose of our meeting is to consider the motion referred to the committee by Dáil Éireann on approving the terms of the partnership...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I apologise to Deputies Brady and Clarke for starting the meeting prior to their arrival. I thought they may have been on the line from their offices rather than attending in person. In the normal course of events I would go to Deputy Brady but Deputy Berry indicated that he would like to put a question.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I will take Deputy Stanton before going back to the Minister of State.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: In terms of the work of this committee, prior to this there was an EU affairs subcommittee of this committee. I know that there is a stand-alone Joint Committee on European Union Affairs but there is ample precedent for us to deal with this issue, which would be external to the EU in any event as Singapore is a third country.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: My understanding is that there is precedent for this committee to deal with such an agreement. Perhaps internal EU affairs issues would more properly be dealt with by the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. We are discussing an agreement between the EU and a third country, namely, Singapore, and this type of arrangement has been dealt with by this committee in the past. Therefore,...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: It is fair to say that international agreements would be more particular to this committee than any other committee of the Houses.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: That completes the questions. The Minister of State has heard the serious concerns of the committee on the matter of human rights, on labour law and practice and on international business and human rights arrangements. We trust that he will take these concerns in the context of next steps.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I will make three points in response. First, the Dáil in plenary session on 15 September referred this issue to this committee. Second, I understand there is ample precedent for this committee dealing with such arrangements. Third, given what Deputy Brady has said, I will contact the Chair of the Committee on European Union Affairs. My understanding is that in terms of the CETA...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I imagine it would be a matter for the Dáil to take up that issue once our consideration has been given. I understand from the clerk that we should give appropriate consideration but for us to make further recommendations would not necessarily be within our remit. However, as a Member of the House, if Deputy Brady wanted to propose that at that stage, I am sure the Ceann Comhairle...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I do not think we should put words in the Minister of State's mouth.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: It is a matter for the Dáil.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: There is precedent for this matter being taken further but I am not sure that we are in a position to cite that. It will be a matter for further consideration once the plenary session of the Dáil has it. In the meantime, I believe it is incumbent on us to inform the Dáil that we have given the matter consideration and that is why, in accordance with Standing Orders 90 and 89(2),...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Thomas Byrne, for his attendance.

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Message to Dáil (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: In accordance with Standing Order 101, the following message will be sent to the Dáil: The Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has completed its consideration of the following motion: That Dáil Éireann approves the terms of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and the Republic of Singapore...

Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement Between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore: Motion (13 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: I am not going to ask Deputy Stanton if he is happy with the reply given by the Minister of State. Does the Deputy have anything further to add to his earlier contribution and the position outlined by the Minister of State?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Business of Joint Committee (12 Oct 2021)

Charles Flanagan: Apologies have been received from Senator Joe O'Reilly. I understand that Deputy Brady is in the Chamber and may be some time. In the meantime we will proceed.

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