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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Public Sector Pensions (22 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 129. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the pension abatement of a person (details supplied) who worked on occasions for WWETB after his retirement was calculated on a daily basis; when a daily calculation of days worked, regardless of hours worked, was introduced by her Department for pension abatement purposes; if this method of calculation applies to all employees...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Payments (22 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 187. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if, pending the submission of additional information requested for a disability allowance for a person (details supplied), she will allow continued payment of the allowance until eligibility has been established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8438/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: General Practitioner Services (22 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 275. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware that it is now virtually impossible for any new patient in Wexford town to be accepted by any of the existing GP practices, which are at capacity in terms of service delivery; the plans he intends to put in place to address this critical health issue, which is having a significant impact both on the health and well-being of the existing...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: I welcome Mr. O'Leary back to his old bailiwick, where he was a distinguished public servant, and also his colleagues. For clarity, the Electoral Commission is a brand new organisation. Can Mr. O'Leary give us an indication of the Electoral Commission's current staffing and the allocation of those staff to the various tasks? It seems that under the Act, the Electoral Commission has a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: Excuse me, I do not mean to interrupt but does An Coimisiún Toghcháin see itself as being able to bring in expertise on a contractual basis to deal with some of the issues that are immediate?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: It has already commenced.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: There is direct mailing for people on the register.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: There is data mining first and then direct mailing to a subset.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: That is happening this week.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: There was a High Court case about that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: European law.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: I am sorry for prolonging it but this is an area in which politicians have a deep interest. I wish to ask Mr. O'Leary a question about the electoral process issue he outlined, namely, that of spoiled votes. We are all frustrated. I see several thousand spoiled votes in Wexford every single election. It becomes numbing when you see it at a European election, where there are actually...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: There were by-elections.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combatting Disinformation: Discussion (21 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: We remember it well.

Second Anniversary of War in Ukraine: Statements (20 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: I too welcome to the Chamber the wonderful ambassador of Ukraine to hear this debate. Two years ago, the bloodiest conflict our continent has seen since the Second World War began. There is no end visible to the carnage and wanton destruction. The imperial ambitions of Vladimir Putin which caused him to invade his neighbour, Ukraine, and set out to remove that nation from existence,...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Schemes (15 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 179. To ask the Minister for Finance when the revised disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme will be introduced; when the criteria for issuing a primary medical certificate for his scheme will be revised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7180/24]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Citizenship Applications (15 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 281. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a decision will be made on the application for citizenship by a person (details supplied) who applied to her Department for citizenship on 19 February 2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7194/24]

Recent Developments in Northern Ireland: Statements (14 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: Deirtear gurb é an rud is annamh is iontach. After numerous false dawns and Groundhog Days, finally, the institutions envisaged in the power-sharing arrangements of the Good Friday Agreement have been restored in Northern Ireland. Two years after the people of Northern Ireland elected the members of the Assembly, there is at last a working Assembly and a functioning Executive. The...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Middle East (13 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: 154. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Government accepts that Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territories is a breach of peremptory norms of international law, including in particular international humanitarian law; if the Government recognises the obligation of the State not to recognise the illegal situation created by this breach, and not to...

Death of Former Taoiseach: Expressions of Sympathy (7 Feb 2024)

Brendan Howlin: I am deeply privileged to have the opportunity to say a few words in memory of a very distinguished Member of this House and a fine statesman, John Bruton. I was privileged to serve in the rainbow Government from 1994 to 1997 as Minister for the Environment under the leadership of John Bruton. That Government, as others will recall, had an unusual, if not unique, genesis. It was the only...

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