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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Industrial Development (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for his response. Obviously, there is enormous potential here from the point of view having an almost unlimited supply of energy - and renewable energy at that - for the country. That energy is badly needed. Also, there is the potential relating to job creation and the economy. Is the Minister of State aware that we need to have a place where the work relating to...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Industrial Development (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: Am I correct in saying that these demonstrator sites will all be offshore? I am speaking about an onshore centre, such as in the Port of Cork. At present, the latter is not able to operate as an onshore centre. It is not big enough. It needs to expand, and the planning permission is about to run out. The Minister of State might bring that up at the interdepartmental working group the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Industrial Development (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: 57. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to report on his Department's Powering Prosperity: Ireland's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, which was published in March; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23263/24]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Industrial Development (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I ask the Minister if he agrees with the implication in Powering Prosperity: Ireland's Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy, published by his Department, that there are thousands of potential jobs, maybe hundreds of thousands of potential jobs, in this whole area from the point of view of assembling and maintaining the turbine infrastructure, having the upstream and downstream maintenance,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: 16. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department is proposing the provision of a new University College Cork dental school and hospital facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23271/24]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: This question relates to the need for a new dental school and hospital facility in Cork. I was disappointed to learn recently that plans for such a facility were dropped last February. There is a major need in this regard. The current facility is old. It is too small, it is overcrowded and it is located on a busy campus. My information is that funding was the issue. I am interested to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for his response. Will he consider visiting the Cork university dental school and hospital as soon as he can? I am alarmed to discover that funding will be invested in the old building, which has been described as frail, constrained and ill equipped. What is really needed, as I am sure the Minister will agree, is a new building. Planning permission was granted for it,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I acknowledge that good work and it is hugely important but the need for a dental school and hospital remains. If I heard the Minister correctly, I am alarmed that €15 million in funding will be made available to refurbish an old building. For the sake of further, relatively small, investment we could have a state-of-the-art dental school in the south, which is badly needed. I...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for his support and acknowledge the good work in his Department at this level and the progress made. I have supplementary questions on this issue. Will the Minister look at the provision of changing places and toilets in third level institutions? These are toilets used by wheelchair users; they are bigger spaces. It makes a massive difference for people who are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for his positive response. Transport to college is a big issue, as is the availability of wheelchair-accessible places on buses and so on. Perhaps the Minister might take on board the suggestion of a national survey. Will the Minister comment on the view of his Department and the sector in general regarding people with autism attending third level and further...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Artificial Intelligence (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I strongly support Deputy Bruton in what he is saying. This has been called the fourth industrial revolution. I was at the committee meeting to which the Deputy refers. The amount of funding the companies are putting in here is staggering. Billions upon billions of euro and dollars are being spent by the large multinational companies in this area. It is going to change everything and it...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: 13. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to further expand and develop further education courses for people with disabilities and those seeking to avail of second-chance education and training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23290/24]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (23 May 2024)

David Stanton: I want to give the Minister an opportunity to let us know what good work is taking place in his Department and at third level in order to expand and further develop further education courses for people with disabilities and for others who are seeking to avail of second-chance education and training.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: Will the Taoiseach tell us the date on which the call for the next round of the excellent urban regeneration and development fund, the fourth such round, will be made? The people of Carrigtohill and Cobh in my area are very interested in this because it is an excellent fund.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: The Minister of State may have answered the question I was going to ask. How high is the level of awareness of Microfinance Ireland among businesses?

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: I ask because, in my interactions with businesses, I have not heard anybody talking about it. When I bring it up, they seem to be surprised it is there. Is there a plan for some kind of public or business awareness campaign to make it easier for enterprises to interact and do business with the body?

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: To return to the issue of the board, will there be any role in that regard for the Public Appointments Service, PAS, in nominating the persons to be appointed to the board or will the Minister have carte blanche to appoint anyone he or she wants?

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: No. That is one way of doing it but I am not sure that is the reason it has been raised. It is just that the Public Appointments Service is not mentioned in the section; rather, it refers only to the Minister making the appointment. Perhaps there is some overarching policy whereby in respect of all these boards, the Minister appoints whomever the Public Appointments Service proposes.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: Okay. It is just that PAS is not mentioned in the section in any shape or form. A Minister could appoint whomever he or she wishes without any recourse whatever to the Public Appointments Service.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2024: Committee Stage (22 May 2024)

David Stanton: I expect that to be the case but the primary legislation would probably override everything else. Perhaps there is a way to include some reference to PAS before Report Stage.

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