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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Data (14 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 934. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children in primary level education in Dublin 1, 2, 4, 6 and Dublin 6W in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28888/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Data (14 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 935. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children in primary level education in counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28889/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (14 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 1061. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a primary school (details supplied) will receive funding for an additional teacher given that it has the number of students to allow for one, but will be forced to turn the students away if this is not approved. [30853/22]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits (14 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 1128. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will increase the disability allowance in the context of the higher cost of living to allow its recipients to continue to be able to cover the main financial necessities. [30015/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Visa Applications (14 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 1334. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the current student visa processing times at the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara, Turkey; and the reason that some students have been waiting up to six months for an application to be processed. [30148/22]

Urban Regeneration Report: Motion (2 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I thank and commend the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage for its work on this report. Regeneration is particularly important in the south inner city, in particular the constituency of Dublin Bay South. When we talk about regeneration and derelict sites, we have to consider that Dublin City Council has residents living in overcrowded conditions every day on what can...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Child Abuse (2 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I acknowledge and appreciate that the Minister has been very engaged with the process and has met survivors. They have all spoken very highly of the Minister's role in this. I accept that he does not have a direct role in the report and its publication but when does the Minister think the Shannon report will be published? It is essential that it be made public and that survivors have...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Child Abuse (2 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on this important matter. As the Minister, Deputy O'Gorman, may recall, it is not the first time I have raised this particular issue and the concerns I have around St. John Ambulance Ireland in the Dáil. Most people will be familiar with the positive image this organisation aims to promote. When we see them at a wide range of...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (2 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: 234. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the efforts that have been made to improve the Oireachtas Passport Helpline; the position of his Department on the opening of a dedicated Passport Office either in Belfast or Dundalk. [28558/22]

Adaption Grants for Older People and People with a Disability: Motion [Private Members] (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I acknowledge the motion and congratulate the Regional Group. These grants have a huge impact on the quality of life of many older people and individuals with disabilities. These grants are important in keeping people at home. It gives them a chance to live independently and it also keeps the pressure off the hospitals. It is a win-win for everybody. We only have to imagine what the...

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I thank the Minister and the Minister of State for the briefings. Deputy Chambers referred to the aspiration to have 60% participation in sports. One big obstacle to that happening is the Safeguarding 1 course, the child protection course. Every volunteer has to do it. It is a requirement if one wishes to work with children under 18 years of age or vulnerable adults. I have done some...

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: The trouble is that we are losing them and there is a real danger that it will not be solved. I have made Sport Ireland aware of the issue. There is a real concern that volunteers will be lost. I also have a question about clubs that received the sports capital grant. Different clubs received different grants over the last few years, but due to Covid-19 they were unable to progress...

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I absolutely welcome that.

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I hear the Minister of State. There is an issue, however. Clubs have contacted me. There is an issue regarding inflation in that they cannot finish their projects. I would ask that he take on that. As he said, the capital grants people in the Department are looking at that. However, many projects will be under strain because of the inflation. The Minister of State mentioned in his...

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I acknowledge the funding for sport for all and the Minister of State’s commitment to that project. It is important to acknowledge and recognise that. I have one final, brief question. Does the Minster of State have a concern about elected representatives being on the boards of national governing bodies, NGBs?

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I understand.

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: The Minister of State could answer in general terms.

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: I would have questions about whether a Deputy or a councillor should on the board of an NGB. For grassroots clubs, such as St. Pat’s CY or Liffey Wanderers, I would say fair enough. However, when you get up to NGB level, that would have to be examined more closely. If I could just add, Deputy Griffin mentioned UEFA. I echo everything he said. Has the Minister of State expressed...

Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport And Media: Departmental Priorities and Legislation: Discussion (1 Jun 2022)

Chris Andrews: Has the Minister of State expressed his concerns to UEFA?

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