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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Deputy Richmond for sharing the knowledge and the depth of understanding he has on this organisation. While my answer deals with electoral law, the issue of campaigning bodies is something I will bring back to the Minister. I will conclude by reading the Minister's remarks into the record. I again thank the Deputy for raising this important issue. As already indicated, our...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.42 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I will take on board exactly what Deputy Hourigan has requested here this evening. I will articulate it to the Minister, Deputy Donnelly. Perhaps I could facilitate a meeting between Deputy Hourigan, the Minister and our new Secretary General, acting in the Department of Health, who has come from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and who would have a really good understanding...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State for that helpful response.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Standards in Public Office Commission

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Our next Topical Issues matter is the relocation of Leave.EU from the UK and the regulation of its activities as per Irish electoral law.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Neale Richmond: I greatly appreciate the opportunity to raise this extremely serious issue with the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte and the Minister. When reports came out that Leave.EU had relocated or temporarily registered its location from Bristol to Waterford many people met the news with a sense of wry irony that an organisation that has spent the past number of years campaigning to leave the EU is...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Deputy Richmond for raising this question. I hope my answer addresses the question the Deputy has asked. I am here to represent the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien. As Members of the House will be aware, the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, provides the statutory framework for dealing with political donations and sets out the regulatory regime covering a wide range of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Standards in Public Office Commission (14 Jan 2021)

Neale Richmond: I thank the Minister of State for the full and accurate reply, which certainly addressed some of my concerns. I appreciate that some of my concerns and the area I ask about do not fall under the remit of the Minister to whom this matter has been put forward. Some interesting points that will become very relevant in this regard have been made by the Minister on the role of corporate...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Maternity Services

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Neasa Hourigan: I wish to raise an issue today with the Department of Health and its Minister. While I acknowledge they are well aware of the issue, it is so important that it is worth highlighting again. My constituency of Dublin Central is home to the Rotunda Hospital, which is the busiest maternity hospital in Europe. In 2019, more than 8,000 babies were delivered in hospital. In the same year, more...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Hourigan for raising this important matter. I can be forgiven for saying that I am particularly pleased to hear her raising this issue, because I was born in that same hospital, though a little bit after 1757. I call the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Deputy Hourigan for raising what the Ceann Comhairle has noted is a valuable topic. I am taking this issue on behalf of the Minister for Health, whose script I have to hand. I thank the Deputy for giving me the opportunity to outline to the House the position in relation to neonatology services at the Rotunda Hospital. As the House is aware, the Rotunda is one of the world's oldest...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Neasa Hourigan: I share the Ceann Comhairle's fondness for the Rotunda. All three of my children were born there, one with only seconds to spare. It is a place which is very special to many of us. I welcome the response from the Minister of State. The Department of Health has engaged with the management of the Rotunda Hospital. We welcome that engagement. To be clear, the best practice in neonatal...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The national broadband plan contract was signed with National Broadband Ireland, NBI, in November 2019 to roll out a high-speed and future-proofed broadband network within the intervention area, which covers 1.1 million people living and working in more than 544,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms along with 695 schools. The national broadband plan will ensure that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I ask the Minister to deal with the specific questions. Would the Minister support Eir and NBI coming together to expedite the roll-out of fibre broadband in the amber areas that are alongside blue areas where Eir has already rolled out broadband? People are looking over the ditch to their neighbours who have broadband and they do not, and they could be waiting two or three years. Can...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I agree completely with Deputy O'Donnell about co-ordinating in neighbouring areas. Obviously, we would like to see the commercial operators being able to ensure that every single house in the State is covered. There may be efficiencies in dovetailing. That is a commercial matter for Eir or the other commercial operators, such as SIRO, Virgin Media and others. I confirm that I would like...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I thank Deputy Naughten. The Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, has asked me to apologise on his behalf. He cannot be here to contribute to this debate in person for reasons related to the pandemic. I understand that he has been in contact with the Deputy regarding this matter on a number of occasions since 4 January. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Denis Naughten: Minor works are no good here. I ask the Minister of State to take the six suggestions I have put to him back to the Minister and to feed them into the meetings that are going to take place next week. The Minister of State represents the Green Party and a senior Minister of that party, Deputy Eamon Ryan, is here as well. There is something their colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Ossian Smyth: My party leader is indeed here beside me so I am being watched but I will take Deputy Naughten's six suggestions back to the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan. The Deputy clearly cares very strongly about this issue and it is clear that he has engaged extensively with a number of Ministers on this matter. He has also been talking to Deputies Fitzmaurice and Kerrane and Senators Dolan and...

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