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Digital Services (Levy) Bill 2024: Second Stage (19 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I do not like starting a debate by being negative but it was announced that there will be 85 redundancies in PayPal between Dundalk and Dublin, which is very bad news. I am a sitting TD in Dundalk. PayPal is a top company and good employer that still employs a lot of people. I do not know how many times over the past number of years we have had phone calls to tell us this is the last time...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: Over recent years, I have lost count of the number of times I have heard of people going to Newry in the North or even abroad for dental treatment due to the cost and lack of availability of dental services in my constituency of Louth and east Meath. The lack of dental services is having a detrimental effect on children. For example, I spoke to a constituent last week about the orthodontic...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: It is not working. The cost and availability of dental services need to be tackled, as does the orthodontic situation in Dundalk. Going private is not an option, as orthodontists are too busy or not taking referrals. Medical cards are being refused by regular practices. People are waiting extraordinary amounts of time for essential medical treatment. Children are 15 or 16 years of age...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: International Protection (18 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 239. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the rules relating to cross-border movement under the IPAS system (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25985/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport (11 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 302.To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if assistance will be provided to secure school transport arrangements under the school transport scheme for a school in Stonetown, County Louth (details supplied) in order that this school can remain open to the public; her plans to utilise this schools capacity to enrol children given the shortage of places in schools in Dundalk; and if she...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Eligibility (11 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 488.To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the details of eligibility for the rent-a-room scheme for those on a social welfare payment (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25435/24]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Appeals (11 Jun 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 500.To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will receive an answer from the Social Welfare Appeals Office, as this appeal is pending since June 2023; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25555/24]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Tourism Promotion (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I welcome the announcement made by the Minister of State, Deputy Thomas Byrne, that €250 million will be available for sports capital and that every valid application will receive an allocation. I welcome that. I wish to ask about the large infrastructure sports grant, funding from which has not been released since 2018. I welcome that the Government has given €50 million...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Tourism Promotion (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 3. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps being taken by her Department to increase the tourism potential of County Louth and east Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24349/24]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Tourism Promotion (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: What steps are being taken by the Minister's Department to increase the tourism potential of County Louth and east Meath? It has become evident that the tourism market is not only resilient but also evolving to meet the demands of a dynamic world. Could the Minister make a statement, please?

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Tourism Promotion (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: This year will be remembered as one in which businesses struggled with rising costs, labour challenges and increased VAT. While many businesses may be enjoying a good trading year, the performance of tourism has not been even across the country, which shifts in volumes, values and the profiles of businesses across the market. In February, I was delighted to see the Battle of the Boyne...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Fire Safety (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 74. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to the Stardust acknowledgement when the remediation scheme for fire safety defects in apartments and duplexes will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24298/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Septic Tanks (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 84. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will review the criteria for the septic tank grant; if he will acknowledge that many people who want to avail of the grant are not eligible for same as they are not located in the so called “buffer zones”;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24299/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Energy Conservation (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 109. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he plans to allocate more funding to Louth County Council in respect of the retrofitting scheme and housing adaptation grant as there is a significant backlog due to funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24297/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Defective Building Materials (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 118. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Government and Heritage if those undertaking remediation of their properties are accommodated under the defective block scheme in County Louth; if there is a redress scheme for those effected by mica/pyrite in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24295/24]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Defective Building Materials (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 126. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the plan/scheme that is in place for social housing tenants who are still living in pyrite affected homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24296/24]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Sports Funding (30 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: 172. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for an update on the rolling out of the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme in terms of the timeframes, given that applications for sporting equipment have been announced first; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24350/24]

EU Directive: Motion (29 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime that has evolved significantly over the past years. One in five children suffers from some form of sexual violence, offline and online. Both increased online presence of children and technological developments create new possibilities for abuse and raises challenges for law enforcement to investigate this extremely serious and widespread crime. The...

Business Support Package: Statements (Resumed) (23 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: The Regional Group and I have remained steadfast in our commitment to advocating for the prosperity and growth of SMEs within our towns and villages to ensure that the voices and needs of small business owners are not only heard, but also acted upon. Microenterprises and SMEs are not merely a segment of our economy, they are its very pulse. SMEs constitute 95% to 98% of all businesses,...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (16 May 2024)

Peter Fitzpatrick: Based on a recommendation of the report of the child maintenance review group, child maintenance payments were due to be disregarded from the means test for social welfare payments from 1 May under the Social Welfare (Liable Relatives and Child Maintenance) Bill 2023. This means that many lone parents on reduced rates of payment will see their payments increase and others will qualify for a...

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