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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Rachel Barry was brutally abused as a child while she was in foster care in County Galway. She disclosed her abuse and that of another child in 2007, but despite this, other children were left in the same foster home for years. The children were eventually removed from the home when the other child confirmed the abuse. This was an incredible failing on behalf of the State. I asked...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: There is a case before the DPP.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: I used the word "if".

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Beidh mé cúramach. I just want to clarify what I said. The Garda has sent the Tánaiste's file to the DPP, and there may be a case. That is clear and factual. My concern about this is that I have submitted a great many questions to the Minister in regard to the appointment. My worry about the appointment is that it may be the case that the individual may need to give...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: To make it clear, I am not looking to damage anybody's reputation.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: I submitted these questions to the Minister in written format first and they were not answered. I have a responsibility as an Opposition Deputy to look for oversight in respect of appointments of this nature. One of the questions I asked that was not answered - and that has still not been answered today - is: when did the Cabinet become aware of that decision and when did the Minister...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 94. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of times he has met with the Irish ambassador to Britain since he took office. [33477/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: The Minister will agree that the position of Irish ambassador to Britain is very important, especially at this time of crisis in our relationship with Britain. I was surprised to hear of the Minister's decision to appoint the Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, to the position of Irish ambassador to Britain. As Deputies know, there is an investigation into...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Vacant Properties (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 47. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his Department has undertaken a study to determine the current number of vacant houses in the State. [31965/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Data (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 82. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his Department has undertaken any study seeking to quantify the death rate among persons who are homeless in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31966/22]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 144. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will list the countries where Ireland has ambassadors on the ground. [31964/22]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 150. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will detail the process within his Department for appointing persons as Irish ambassadors to other countries; if he will clarify whether such positions are advertised publicly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31963/22]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Diplomatic Representation (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 246. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of new embassies Ireland that have opened globally in each of the past ten years. [33478/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 378. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the total number of persons who died while in the direct provision system in each of the past five years and to date in 2022. [33448/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (23 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: 379. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the total number of children currently in direct provision. [33449/22]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: They would agree.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Make no mistake, Minister, this disaster is an indictment of the Government and not a reflection on the health professionals who carry the weight and burden of Government mismanagement on their shoulders. That is the truth and do not try to deflect it. The Government entered into pay talks with low- and middle-income earners in the public service and the Minister, Deputy Michael McGrath,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: There were 20,000 beds. There are 14,000 now.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: It is 2.5% for low incomes.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jun 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: We would link pay to productivity for senior public servants.

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