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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (11 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 104. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the POD system in schools no longer has the function that allows schools to enter anonymised data on children accessing SET or additional resources; and the reason this facility was not expanded prior to the review of SET allocations. [29883/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (11 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 115. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the review of school secretaries’ new contracts will be completed; and if that review will be complete before work on new contracts for caretakers begins. [29882/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: European Council (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 8. To ask the Taoiseach to report on his two-day attendance at the European Council on 27 and 28 June 2024. [29223/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: British-Irish Co-operation (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 4. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his attendance at the British-Irish Council. [29222/24]

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Children with scoliosis and spina bifida waiting for spinal surgery have been repeatedly failed by the State. Confirmation that the majority of the €19 million allocated by the Government to tackle surgery waiting lists was not used for this purpose is just another broken promise to these children and their parents. It is scandalous that the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, did not act...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Thanks.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: I think everyone was expecting a prayer. They have all become very holy, a Cheann Comhairle.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Whatever you think yourself.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Entire rosaries and novenas would probably be more in our line.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Absolutely. That would be nice. Yesterday, I raised with the Taoiseach the very shocking case of Tori Towey. Tori is, as he knows, a 28-year old young woman from Roscommon. She is living and working in Dubai as an airline attendant, and she married last March. Since then, Tori has been subjected to sustained and brutal domestic violence and abuse. When she went to the authorities to...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (10 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: I thank the Taoiseach for that update. Let me just say this: Tori is not, as the Taoiseach says, a criminal. She is, in fact, a victim. Our first concern is to get Tori home safely, and that must happen immediately. These charges must be dropped and Tori and her mother Caroline must be allowed to travel home freely and unimpeded to Ireland and to Roscommon. That is the call from this...

Inquiry into the death of Shane O'Farrell: Motion [Private Members] (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: "Every year I say to Shane, this time next year, I'll have justice for you. Each year, I say that to him. And each year we try." Those are the words of Shane O'Farrell's mother, Lucia. For 13 long years she has fought a fight that no mother should have to fight. Alongside Shane's father, Jim, and their family, Lucia has spent more than a decade campaigning for truth and justice for her...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cross-Border Co-operation (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: It is for accuracy.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cross-Border Co-operation (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 10. To ask the Taoiseach for an update on the work of the shared island initiative of his Department. [27975/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cross-Border Co-operation (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: The Taoiseach uttered a jibe earlier around the issue of housing north of the Border, which causes me to raise and remind him that the North is grossly underfunded, which is now a recognised fact. The pressures will be felt most acutely in health and education. We have been clear with people from the get-go on that. I ask that rather than taking potshots at me or Michelle O'Neill...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Constitutional Amendments (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: 1. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his plan for constitutional amendments. [26855/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Constitutional Amendments (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: The matter I want to raise with the Taoiseach is the promise to extend the franchise for presidential elections. As the Taoiseach knows, we are something of an outlier in not allowing any opportunity for citizens living outside of the jurisdiction to participate in any electoral contest. There had been an agreement and wide consensus that the election of the first citizen, Uachtarán...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: I met with the new British Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, in Belfast yesterday. It was a very good meeting, and I hope that the return of the party of the Good Friday Agreement to government in London will prove to be a turning point and an opportunity to rebuild relationships. One of the key issues I raised with the Prime Minister was immigration and the clear need for a bilateral...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: It is not agreed. I want to raise the emergency case of Tori Towey, a 28-year old, who is living in Dubai. She has been a victim of the most gross domestic violence. Her passport has been destroyed and a travel ban has been imposed on her. She went to the authorities seeking protection many times but to no avail. Following one particularly severe beating in which her husband repeatedly...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (9 Jul 2024)

Mary Lou McDonald: Absolutely.

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