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Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (11 Apr 2024)

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Seanad Éireann has passed the Road Traffic Bill 2024 without amendment.

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (11 Apr 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 3.24 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 16 Aibreán 2024. The Dáil adjourned at 3.24 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 April 2024.

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Berry. I understand the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, is sharing time with the Minister of State.

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Colm Burke: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and the Members here today for their kind comments regarding my new role as Minister of State. I look forward to working with all Deputies. As Deputy Shortall knows, I have served a long apprenticeship in the health committee. I think I am one month short of 13 years on the health committee, so I have served a long apprenticeship. I hope it can be of benefit to...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Stephen Donnelly: I want to take the opportunity to warmly welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Colm Burke, to the Department. I am delighted for two reasons. First, he is going to bring huge energy, knowledge and passion about healthcare to the role. Second, he asked some of the most difficult questions at the health committee, and now he will have to answer those questions rather than asking them. I...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I welcome these statements on the 20th anniversary of the smoking ban. There is no doubt that the Tánaiste, Deputy Micheál Martin, deserves great credit for introducing this ban in 2004. He did so, as many of us will recall, in the face of heavy opposition and lobbying from the tobacco industry, publicans and even some members of his own party. There is no doubt that many people...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Cathal Berry: I wish the Minister of State a good afternoon. I join others in wishing him the very best in his role. It is appropriate the Minister of State with responsibility for public health is in the Chamber this afternoon because that is precisely what we are talking about. I welcome the opportunity to make some brief comments on behalf of the Regional Group on this historic occasion. I remember...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I will take this opportunity to give the Minister of State our warmest congratulations on his appointment. I wish him every success.

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Colm Burke: Thank you.

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Patricia Ryan. We know how important these issues are in Kildare.

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Patricia Ryan: They are indeed, and there are lots of important issues. That being said, I, too, wish Deputy Colm Burke the best in his new role. However, I would have preferred to go to a general election and maybe have somebody else in that seat. Let us move swiftly on to the business that is at hand. Ireland has the proud distinction of being a global pioneer by banning smoking in all workplaces,...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Duncan Smith: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the statements marking the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the smoking ban. It is appropriate for me as a Labour Party TD to speak about the key role the labour movement played in the introduction of smoke-free workplaces, as well as acknowledging the Tánaiste's leadership on this issue when he was Minister for Health. The trade union...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Paul McAuliffe: I acknowledge the Minister of State, Deputy Colm Burke, who was a colleague on the Committee of Public Accounts. He added greatly to the body and, in fact, we missed him this morning. I wish him well in his role, in particularly with regard to public health and considering the recommendations of the citizens' assembly on drugs, which I will come back to. It is interesting that Deputy...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We are here to welcome 20 years of the smoking ban. I recall some of the conversation at the time in the public domain. It was like the roof was going to fall in and that it was going to be impossible. I absolutely agree with Deputy Gould when he says that it was a brave move. I congratulate people on the work that has been done. We have seen that it has been transformative. I...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Thomas Gould: I congratulate the Minister of State, Deputy Colm Burke, on his appointment. Obviously, we will have a robust debate over the next 12 months, but I wish him all the best. Where we can work together, we will, because this is a vital area. It is important to introduce legislation and amendments that we can agree on and work together on. Best of luck to the Minister of State. It is now...

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Anniversary of the Introduction of the Smoking Ban: Statements (11 Apr 2024)

Micheál Martin: Táim sásta a bheith anseo inniu chun tús a chur leis na hóráidí seo a bhaineann leis an gcosc a chuireadh le tobac 20 bliain ó shin. I am very pleased to be here to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the prohibition on smoking in the workplace, one of the most significant and memorable days in my own public life. For the past two decades, since 29 March...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (11 Apr 2024)

Micheál Martin: Deputy Kerrane raised the issue of 18 children with no school places for special classes. I will talk to the Minister for Education about that. Much progress has been made in the last three years. Seven new special schools have been established and there has been a massive expansion of SNAs and special education teachers. The basic principle is that children who need a place should be...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (11 Apr 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Tánaiste. That concludes the morning's business.

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