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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (6 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the Minister for the information he has given us this evening and the work he is doing. I have had many pregnant women on to me asking who they should contact about the vaccine. I have letters from both GPs and maternity hospitals stating they have got no information on this. People are anxious as there are more than 40,000 women at any one time who are pregnant. Clarification...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Local Authority Funding (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 318. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the supports made available to local authorities to compensate for a loss of revenue resulting from Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23195/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Adaptation Grant (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: 317. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the engagement he has had with local authorities regarding their share of the funding for grant schemes to support persons with a disability and older persons to carry out adaptation works to their homes and the operation of such schemes to ensure as many persons as possible benefit; and if he will make a statement on the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the witnesses for attending this morning. I come from a background where I would have been involved in litigation against the Department of Health in a legal capacity and, therefore, I would be very much familiar with what is involved. Regarding the discovery of documents, where there are a number of Government agencies, including the HSE and the Department of Health and the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: On the defendant’s side, which would be the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the HSE?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: At what stage in the gathering of documentation for a case would a decision be taken as to which body or Department would be in the front line for getting all the documentation together? Would a decision be taken on that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Would there be co-ordination between the Departments and, say, the HSE and would one Department try to co-ordinate that or would it be left to the Chief State Solicitor's office?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Where discovery of documents is made, Dr. MacLellan might explain the extent of that discovery involve? What documents would have to be made available on discovery?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Can we get an idea of what documents would have to be discovered? Would it go back three, five, ten or 15 years? What would be the norm?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: When Mr. Corr was in with us he more or less indicated the Department officials were very worried about discovery and about getting documents - all its ducks in a row, as it were - regarding files. Why would there be such worry by Department officials about the discovery issue?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Is it a case that when proceedings start the State solicitor would advise the Department it should take it for granted that an order for discovery will be made at some stage in this case and, therefore, it would need to be prepared at all times for such an order of discovery? Therefore, the Department would have to be prepared at all times for such a discovery.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Has it----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Whistleblower Allegations: Department of Health (5 May 2021)

Colm Burke: Has it arisen that the Department has been reprimanded for not producing all the documents of discovery?

Covid-19, Mental Health and Older People: Statements (29 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank the Minister of State for her presentation. I join with my colleague in congratulating the Minister for Justice and her husband, Paul, on the birth of their son this morning. I will raise my concern about the number of people who are bed bound. I was given figures at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Health three weeks ago which indicated that 1,600 bed bound people had...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 67. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if additional supports will be put in place for businesses which are major tourist attractions and of economic, cultural and historical significance which have suffered over 90% loss in profit throughout the pandemic but still face significant maintenance costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21825/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Residential Tenancies Board (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 489. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of inspectors employed by local authority to inspect residential accommodation which is made available for letting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22056/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Residential Tenancies Board (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 487. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of properties which are registered with the Residential Tenancies Board in each local authority in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22054/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Residential Tenancies Board (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 488. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of landlords that have been prosecuted in each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021 in each local authority area for failing to register their properties in which those properties are occupied by tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22055/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Rent Data (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 490. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the action proposed to be taken to deal with the non-registration of rented accommodation given that in some local authority areas as little as 40% of rented accommodation is registered with the Residential Tenancies Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22057/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes (28 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: 640. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will carry out a review of the payment made to participants under the community employment scheme in which the current scheme only allows an additional €20 per week on top of the unemployment benefit; if so, if consideration will be given to increasing the payment to €50 per week in addition to the...

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