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Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (16 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 16. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on the economy and investment will next meet. [14157/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (16 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 353. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if any grant-aid is available towards improvement works at primary schools (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16617/24]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: I welcome Mr. McCord and his colleagues, Mr. O’Hare and Mr. Farrell. As the Cathaoirleach said, it takes a person of great character and substance to be able to come before a parliamentary committee and outline what his family has been going through since 9 November 1997 when Raymond Jnr was murdered. None of us have the words to comprehend adequately the grief that Mr. McCord and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: I see Deputy Wynne, who was online earlier, is now in the Dáil Chamber. Do other members wish to contribute?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: If Mr McCord does not want to-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: Is this information in the public domain?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: It is already in the public domain.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: We just want to be careful. I am not doubting anything but we do not want to stray into anything that might do damage.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: I thank Mr. McCord very much. I have listened to him on previous occasions and in public forums. He is a person of great strength to be able to come and address an issue that is so personal to him and his family, the terrible loss of his son. The criminal activity that still goes on has been discussed by this committee on a number of occasions. There is a committee, the name of which...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: Legacy Issues: Discussion (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: Mr. McCord may want to leave that issue .

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Development Contributions (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 37. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the current temporary waiver of development contributions and the refund scheme for Uisce Éireann water and wastewater connection charges will be extended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15719/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 57. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the income eligibility limits for social housing in areas such as Cavan and Monaghan will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15718/24]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (11 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 154. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a school will be included in a programme (details supplied) with effect from September 2024; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15805/24]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pensions (10 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 97. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will bring forward amending legislation to address the anomaly whereby retrospective payment to pension claimants is limited to six months, even though her Department has been in possession of all the facts relating to the claimants' eligibility from the date of pension application; and if she will make a statement on...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (9 Apr 2024)

Brendan Smith: 974. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the schemes available at present to compensate farmers who have suffered substantial losses due to ash dieback; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14254/24]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Road Network (21 Mar 2024)

Brendan Smith: I thank the Minister. I cannot emphasise enough that the increases the Minister has given us are welcome but do not match the increase in costs allied to the damage done by rainfall over the past 12 to 18 months. We are not sufficiently protecting the investment that has been made over recent years because councils are not able to carry out adequate programmes. I appeal to the Minister to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Road Network (21 Mar 2024)

Brendan Smith: 75. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure that additional funding will be provided to Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council for much-needed improvement works to the non-national road network in 2024; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13262/24]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Road Network (21 Mar 2024)

Brendan Smith: As the Minister is aware, there is a commitment in the programme for Government to maintain the existing road network to a high standard and fund safety improvements. I am thinking particularly of the non-national road network in Cavan and Monaghan where we have heavy volumes of traffic. We depend entirely on the road network to move goods and people, and for day-to-day commerce and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Road Network (21 Mar 2024)

Brendan Smith: The Minister listened to my Fianna Fáil councillors in Cavan County Council outline their particular concerns about the non-national road network in our county. I say again that Cavan and Monaghan are totally dependent on the road network. County Cavan has a very small proportion of national road network. I think 95% of the road network in County Cavan is classified as non-national;...

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Defence Forces (21 Mar 2024)

Brendan Smith: 31. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if, in view of the lack of an Army barracks in the central Border area, if further consideration will be given to the re-opening of Dún Uí Néill, Cavan, as an Army barracks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13121/24]

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