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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (14 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: Buried in Tuesday's budget documentation was an admission that the national broadband plan is running eight months behind schedule. That is two months more than the timeline presented to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications by the contractor last month. It means that 75,000 fewer homes will have access to high-speed broadband at the end of next year than was originally...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Telecommunications Infrastructure (14 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 30. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce is set to meet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48282/21]

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Telecommunications Infrastructure (14 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 35. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the date of the last meeting of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48281/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cross-Border Co-operation (14 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 165. To ask the Minister for Health the number of patients who have availed of cataract surgery under the cross-Border healthcare directive in each of the past five years; the cost incurred in reimbursing patients for those procedures; the number of patients by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50182/21]

Financial Resolutions 2021 - Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: Inflation makes everyone poorer, particularly those who are on fixed incomes. I want to focus on one aspect of inflation, that is, energy inflation. Gas prices, based on the Department of Finance documentation, are projected to rise by another 50% over the coming months and will then settle at a rate approximately 10% higher than the current prices in the second half of next year. That is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research and Development (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 6. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to improve the interface between the wider research community and the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49175/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research and Development (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: While there are plenty of doctors in our Department of Health, there are few technical postgraduates throughout our public service. I hope the one thing we have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic is a greater appreciation of the need for independent scientific advice within our public service and in the Houses of the Oireachtas. The most immediate and urgent need is for advice to allow...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research and Development (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: We all accept that the field of science and technology is playing an increasing role in our lives, homes, work and even leisure activities. Yet, there remains a poor public awareness of science and opportunities in that regard in Ireland for our people and our economy. I accept that the Creating Our Future initiative is a positive development in addressing that aspect. We also need a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Research and Development (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: I am glad the Minister brought up the issue of Government. During my term in government, I had to deal with a vast array of technical issues right across government. We were far too reliant on external advice. While external advice is important, it must complement the expertise available within government itself. Right across our public service, we need focused incentives for those within...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Research and Development (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 58. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will establish a science and technology policy fellowship within the civil service to provide opportunities to scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in policy development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49174/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 190. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the development of the central sterile services department at Roscommon hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42546/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Facilities (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 191. To ask the Minister for Health the current status of the Portiuncula Hospital 50 bedroom ward block development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42547/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 192. To ask the Minister for Health the status of plans to introduce a no-fault vaccination compensation scheme for severe adverse reactions to State-promoted vaccination programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48277/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Strategies (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 193. To ask the Minister for Health the role of genomic medicine in Ireland; his plans for a national genomics strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48278/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Departmental Data (13 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 197. To ask the Minister for Health the number of capital projects approved under the winter planning within the Covid-19 pandemic October 2020–April 2021 plan; the projected number of additional beds to be provided; the total capital outlay committed; the number of projects completed to date, the additional beds provided; the capital drawn down; and if he will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport (12 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 273. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when she expects the 50% capacity rule for school transport to be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49335/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services (12 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 536. To ask the Minister for Health , further to Parliamentary Question No. 1350 of 9 September, when dental surgery for children will be restored at Roscommon University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49444/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (12 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 550. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment; if they are classed as urgent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49488/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (12 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 614. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for an appointment; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49693/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Social Welfare Eligibility (7 Oct 2021)

Denis Naughten: 15. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the plans she has to reform the criteria for the fuel allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48283/21]

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