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Ceisteanna - Questions: Commissions of Investigation (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The report is still working on the mechanism in terms of Cabinet confidentiality and more general Cabinet documents and also the degree to which, in the modern era, many documents or many proposals are aired well in advance. There is, therefore, a fairly complex piece of work required to come up to pace with where we are today in terms of what happens with the briefing of a whole variety of...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Commissions of Investigation (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: In relation to the thalidomide issue, the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, has met the thalidomide organisation, as have I in the context of the parliamentary party. We are anxious but again there is a whole range of issues there. It is also the subject matter, I understand, of litigation but we would like to resolve this with the thalidomide organisation on a range of issues...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Commissions of Investigation (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: What I said on the Deputy's second question was that I did not know. On the third question, I said I would come back to him in respect of the separate investigation and the details of that.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Commissions of Investigation (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: On completion, I do not have a date or timeline but I hope it is soon, certainly before the end of the year.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 to 27, inclusive, together. I attended the World Economic Forum in Davos on 25 May. During my visit, I participated in a panel discussion, attended a lunch hosted by The Washington Post, had a number of political and economic meetings, and attended a dinner hosted by IDA Ireland. The panel discussion I participated in was on the theme of European unity in...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----the policymaking or decision-making side of it in government and so on.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I am not talking about manifestos specifically. I am talking about the move to try to transform what would have been the framework for governing taxis and so on. That did not happen, notwithstanding all of the lobbying, which is an important point. In terms of the funding of local employment services, we cannot pre-empt what has happened in terms of the tendering process. The Minister...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I will give consideration to asking NESC to do some work on the central Border region, if it is in a position to do so, and the opportunities for it. The Deputy is correct that the Ulster Canal is a very significant piece of work. I look forward to its completion and I hope we can go to tender on the Narrow Water bridge. We have allocated the money in order that we can go the full distance...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Commissions of Investigation (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 to 17, inclusive, together. Prior to the consideration by the Government of the final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, certain information with regard to matters in the report was disclosed in a newspaper report. In that context, I requested that an investigation be carried out. This investigation is being done in...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputies for their contributions. Deputy McDonald raised the issue of the Ivy Exchange residents and the general issue of poor building and defective blocks. Those builders have responsibilities. Councils have responsibilities. Authorities also have responsibilities and insurance should have a role in all of this. In a unique response the Government has decided in respect of...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The review is an important one. It will feed into the broader review under way regarding the termination of pregnancy legislation. We should have it completed by the end of this year. That will then inform our approach to the Act, and we will see where we take it from there.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: What is the name of the bridge?

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: It is indeed. In fairness to Deputy Griffin, we should do everything we possibly can to identify the issues here. I presume it is a matter for the county council.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy has great access to the county council. Surely-----

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I would have thought the Deputy, as a public representative, would have persuaded the council at this stage to get it done. Anyway, we will dust down the digital files and see where the bridge is.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: There are quite a number of projects like that across the country that need to be done, so we will see will see what the story is.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: Yes. I will follow that up for the Deputy. He is saying it is bouncing around between the Departments responsible for transport, housing-----

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: He tends to be more decisive-----

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: He tends to be decisive, which could mean it is bouncing back somewhere again. The Government made a decision to take Shannon Heritage out of Shannon Group. It was to go to local authorities.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: That would appear to be something that the county council, with the organisers of the fleadh and the local HSE officials, should resolve. I was not aware of this. Normally, those kinds of operational issues are sorted out and organised in advance of such a big event. It will be a very big event. We are always very grateful to the Order of Malta and other such organisations for the work...

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