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Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Industry (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 58. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the actions he is taking to prohibit unfair trading practices in order to strengthen the position of primary producers in the agri-food sector. [38525/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: State Bodies (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 67. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the timeline for the development of the national food ombudsman; and when he expects the office to be established. [38524/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Tourism Promotion (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 183. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the proposals to support the development of monastic trails as an additional tourism product; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38886/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Schemes (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 219. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when income eligibility limits for social housing will be increased in counties Cavan and Monaghan given existing limits are low at present and are unrealistic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38890/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Schemes (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 220. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to amend the tenant purchase scheme to enable persons who are in receipt of a pension and have the financial resources to buy out their council home avail of this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38891/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: EU Membership (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 244. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if enlargement of the EU has been discussed at recent meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council; the present status of the applications of candidate countries for membership of the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38885/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 251. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is satisfied that sufficient school bus capacity will be available for the forthcoming school year in view of difficulties that arose in some areas for the 2020-21 school year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38729/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 256. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 435 of 1 June 2021, if there has been further progress in advancing a building project at a school (details supplied) in view of the concerns of the wider school community regarding delays in having this much-needed additional and upgraded accommodation provided; and if she will make a statement on the...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Gambling Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 304. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when measures will be introduced to curb online gambling in view of the well-documented problems arising from such gambling; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38884/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 413. To ask the Minister for Health if he has requested the HSE and its advisory bodies to consider the mixing and matching of Covid-19 vaccines already being administered in this country in relation to the second vaccination as is happening in other countries in Europe and elsewhere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32817/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 464. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures he will introduce as a matter of urgency to ensure that there is an adequate supply of domestic peat for the mushroom and horticulture sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38911/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 465. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will ensure that the concerns of the mushroom and horticulture sector in relation to the harvesting of horticultural peat are addressed in view of the importance of peat for that sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38912/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Schemes (14 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 98. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Peace Plus Programme; the level of funding to be provided for this programme; the financial contributions to the programme to be provided by the Government, the British Government and the European Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38454/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Northern Ireland (14 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 168. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if there have been discussions with the British authorities since the recent decision of the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service to discontinue the prosecution of a soldier in relation to murders in Derry on Bloody Sunday in 1972 in view of the widespread concerns on these issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (14 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 214. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress to date in finalising the pay and conditions for school secretaries and caretakers; the timeline for the finalisation of these issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38607/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (13 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 123. To ask the Minister for Health if additional orthopaedic capacity will be provided in 2021 to reduce waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28577/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (13 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 128. To ask the Minister for Health if additional orthopaedic capacity will be provided at an early date in view of increasing waiting lists for adult and paediatric orthopaedic surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28578/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (8 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 82. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposals there are to develop opportunities for additional North/South co-operation in the provision of further education and higher education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36831/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Drug Dealing (8 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 124. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if additional measures will be implemented on a cross-Border basis to deal with the illicit trade in illegal drugs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36819/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (6 Jul 2021)

Brendan Smith: 135. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if urgent consideration will be given to concerns in relation to delays in persons being issued with their first learner permit due to unacceptable delays in processing applications due to technical issues on the NDLS site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35767/21]

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