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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: There are procedures for protected disclosures and how they are dealt with. In regard to the specific case identified, I will raise the fact that the Deputy has raised it with the Minister for Health. However, there are set procedures for dealing with protected disclosures and they should be followed.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising the important issue of public transport in Newcastle and identifying the various routes. We will engage with the NTA and endeavour to get a response from it to see if the situation can be improved. Broadly speaking, there has been an increase in public transport provision. There has been an increase in resources for public transport across the board. We will...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I will follow up on Deputy Ó Cuív's point quickly and discuss it with the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien. I take the point that 75 caravans seems like a low limit if it means only four caravans going to Galway. I will engage urgently with the Minister in respect of that. I will talk to Deputy Ó Cuív subsequently to get the details on that. Aontaím leis an...

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: Next week I will attend the December European Council meeting in Brussels. The agenda for the meeting will cover Russia-Ukraine, energy and economy, security and defence, and external relations. In his contribution this afternoon the Minister of State, Deputy Thomas Byrne, will address a number of the external relations agenda items including the southern neighbourhood. I will address all...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising this pertinent question. The 2020 data that have been published outline that Ireland must transition to a more sustainable circular economy. This is something the Government recognised and actioned before the announcement of these figures. Under the recently published Circular Economy and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2022, Ireland will be able to drive...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue. Through the decade of centenaries, as a country, we have managed to remember, enlighten and give a greater, more informed perspective to our difficult and traumatic past, particularly at the time of the formation of the new State. I gave a more comprehensive and informed perspective on these issues in three significant speeches I gave on the...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I need to check that with the relevant Minister. I do not have exact details on the specific issue the Deputy raised but we will follow it up.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: Legacy is an extremely important issue for all victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and all of their families who seek redress. There is a responsibility on all of those who carried out murders on behalf of the state, the Provisional IRA, loyalists and paramilitaries and any issues of collusion should all be followed through and investigated. People should co-operate with agreed...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. It is not one of resources. Funding has been provided through the Department of Health to the HSE to provide for the recruitment of therapists, particularly in disability network teams. The HSE says it is having particular difficulties recruiting therapists for child disability services. We are not happy with the situation. We have had a series...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue. The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, is engaging with local authorities in respect of this. The 600-page report looks like a hefty one. The issue is financial. The Taoiseach: Firstly, legacy is an important issue for all victims in Northern Ireland of the Troubles and their families who seek redress....

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: The new CEO in the National Council for Special Education and the Minister of State, Deputy Madigan, provided over €13 million to expand the staff up to about 160.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: They are on their way. There is €2.6 billion being spent on special education, which is a further 10% increase over last year's budget. We have over 20,000 special needs assistants, SNAs, in the system, with additional special needs teachers and so forth. There is very extensive provision in special education. I do not think that can be argued with. We have had new special schools...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: Táim buíoch den Teachta as an gceist phráinneach seo a ardú. Tuigim an méid atá ráite aige ó thaobh cabhair agus tacaíocht a thabhairt do mhuintir na dúiche ina bhfuil na fadhbanna. Regarding the cost of boiling water, Irish Water has a strong customer service focus. It outlines the standard of service customers should expect to receive,...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: My understanding is that last week, Deputy Gould informed the House that an interim agreement had been arrived at.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: He said the HSE had communicated with him that it had an arrangement in place. I remember he and Deputy-----

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: Deputy O'Sullivan was in the House but he is not here today to enlighten us.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I think maybe Deputy Gould and Deputy O'Sullivan-----

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I am not going to ask the two Deputies to step outside the Chamber.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: What I would say to the Deputy is that the legislation governing the HSE does not allow for a Taoiseach of the day, no matter who that is, to simply issue instructions to do this or that. That is not the way it works. I hear what the Deputy is saying. It is a localised issue involving the HSE in the Cork area. It needs to resolve this in the best interests of the community of Blarney. I...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Dec 2022)

Micheál Martin: I do, and well.

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