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Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report and Final Stages (14 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for giving time for Members to express their concerns on mental health. I congratulate Deputy Brown on bringing the Bill before the House and compliment him on the work he has done so far. It is a great privilege for a Member to bring such a Bill to the floor of the Dáil this morning because every Oireachtas Member deals with mental health issues and suicide...

Questions on Promised Legislation (13 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: The programme for Government makes specific provision in respect of increasing jobs in rural Ireland. I am unsure if the Tánaiste is aware that in Sligo, the IDA is now advising that its site in Finisklin is full of units while other lands it owns at Oakfield are not accessible due to there being no road constructed on the western distributor route. I ask the Tánaiste to give an...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation Provision (13 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 271. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the expected new ASD unit for a school (details supplied) will commence construction on site in Sligo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33691/17]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (13 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 780. To ask the Minister for Health if women who have had breast cancer, who have a medical card and are measured and fitted for two bras per year, can also be fitted for a swimsuit (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34297/17]

Written Answers — Department of Social Protection: Back to Education Allowance Eligibility (13 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 1177. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will remove the means-test requirement for households in which a mature student wishes to return to education; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34308/17]

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Defence Forces Personnel (13 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 1340. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the provisions available to a person of the Defence Forces under (details supplied) the way in which a promotion under this guideline should be made in accordance with the operational guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34815/17]

Questions on Promised Legislation (12 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: The Government will continue to deliver record numbers of Minister-led trade missions around the world and to take a robust position to defend our offensive and defensive interests in respect of trade negotiations. On that basis, could the Taoiseach advise me of the Government's plans to attract new trade deals to this country in anticipation of the damaging effect of Brexit? Could he give...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects Expenditure (12 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 390. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated amount he expects to spend on improving and building local, regional and national roads in each of the years 2017 to 2021 including the already stated Department commitments with regard to the State capital roads investment programme together with all levels of road improvements at a national and county council level; and...

Topical Issue Debate: Garda Stations (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: I thank the Minister for his reply but it does not answer the questions which I raised. The Minister is quite right that the OPW has a major role to play in this. As Minister for Justice and Equality, he will be aware of the needs of An Garda Síochána and the environment in which gardaí work at the moment and he has outlined some of those issues. He will be aware that...

Topical Issue Debate: Garda Stations (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and his office for selecting for discussion what is an important issue on the ground in Sligo and a significant issue for the men and women of the Garda there who have to work day and night in a dangerous, unsafe and outdated station. During October 2015, I was delighted to be able to announce to my constituents that, after much negotiation and representation...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: CLÁR Programme (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 344. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the 2017 CLÁR funding announced recently will be allocated to Sligo and Leitrim county councils; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32247/17]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Taxi Licences (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 666. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider granting taxi licence holders a new grant towards the cost of purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicles for use in their businesses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32441/17]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Taxi Regulations (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 676. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration will be given to introduce a fairer system for taxi drivers that wish to retire and sell their taxi businesses, in view of the fact that this is a unique problem for taxi drivers here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32266/17]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Taxi Regulations (11 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 679. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the Taxi Regulator should consider the need for all taxis operating here to be equipped with both inside and road facing video recording cameras in order to protect the passengers whilst also helping to reduce the cost of insurance for taxi drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32404/17]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence: Humanitarian Crisis in the Mediterranean: Médecins Sans Frontières (6 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: I welcome the witnesses and thank them for their presentation. I congratulate my Sligo colleague, Dr. Conor Kenny, on all the work he has been doing. He has been involved with MSF for a number of years and has carried out many tours of duty. Hopefully, he will be returning to it again. I wish to put on record the work he has done over the years as a young medical doctor from County Sligo....

Questions on Promised Legislation (5 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: The matter of the national broadband plan has been raised on several occasions. It is State infrastructure. I imagine the Taoiseach is aware that it is eagerly awaited in the constituency I represent which covers counties Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan and Roscommon. What is the up-to-date position on the plan?

Order of Business (4 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: The programme for Government states that An Garda Síochána must have the modern technology and resources necessary to detect and investigate crimes. On that basis, will the Taoiseach inform me as to the progress of the implementation of the justice capital plan to date, which aims to update policing infrastructure nationwide? Will he also give an update on the development of the...

Order of Business (4 Jul 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: Is this about promised legislation?

Anti-Malarial Medication: Motion (28 Jun 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: Malaria is a very serious disease and is a serious threat to any military force operating in areas where the disease is prevalent. First and foremost, the decision on which anti-malarial drug to use must be one for medical professionals. This House should not prescribe to doctors what medications they can or cannot provide to their patients. On such matters the priority should always be...

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Dormant Accounts Fund (20 Jun 2017)

Tony McLoughlin: 104. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her future plans for the dormant accounts scheme which is administered by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27515/17]

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