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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (3 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 557. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of discussions on an agreed funding package for community employment supervisors in relation to the pension and gratuity claim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50156/19]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (28 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I raise the issue of flat rate expenses, which are part of current taxation policy. The expenses cover the cost of equipment, tools, uniforms and stationery for some workers. Revenue recently referred to a review, which normally means cuts, and this is causing confusion and outrage among the many who claim the expenses. The cuts will have a severe impact, especially on low-paid workers....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (28 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Hear, hear.

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Departmental Correspondence (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 121. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a reply will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49236/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 135. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for an operation at St. James's Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49192/19]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Service Provision (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 227. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on an issue (details supplied) which is affecting a rural part of County Waterford; the way in which this issue will be addressed in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49288/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 243. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of clubs and organisations in Waterford city and county that were unsuccessful in their application for funding under the sports capital grant scheme; the number that failed to meet the criteria; the main reason unsuccessful applicants in Waterford city and county were declined; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 246. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications received under the sports capital grant programme for 2019 from clubs and organisations in Waterford city and county; the amount applied for by such clubs and organisations; the amount approved and declined, respectively, for such clubs and organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49245/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Administration (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 244. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a second round of funding under the sports capital grant programme will become available; if so, when the funds may become available; the closing date for additional information and submissions which need to be supplied by clubs and organisations that were unsuccessful in the most recent allocations under the scheme; and if he will...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 245. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications nationally received under the sports capital grant programme for 2019; the amount applied for; the profile of applications in terms of sporting discipline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49244/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (27 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 249. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason an application for sports capital grant funding by a centre (details supplied) was unsuccessful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49249/19]

An Bille um an Naoú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Ceart chun Sláinte), 2019: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Health) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I compliment Deputy Harty on his work in bringing forward this Bill and I welcome the opportunity to speak on it. Fianna Fáil's priority is to put in place permanent and sustainable improvements to our health service. The focus for us must be on what needs to be delivered and what is deliverable. We are committed to a strong public health service where the impact of public expenditure...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Yesterday we had the results of the latest national survey of patients, the national inpatient experience survey, which was carried out in many hospitals. The majority of patients did report positive experiences in hospital; however, several areas needed improvement. Some 450 patients took part in the survey in University Hospital Waterford. Unfortunately, that hospital scored below the...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: -----while fantastic staff work under extreme conditions and constant pressure. Will additional measures be put in place to focus on patient dignity, comfort and respect, and transfer of care? According to the figures released, the number of patients waiting for timely discharge of care correlates with the number of people normally waiting in emergency departments.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Emergency Departments Waiting Times (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 88. To ask the Minister for Health the reason to date in 2019 over 1,190 persons over 75 years of age have endured emergency department wait times of more than 24 hours at Waterford University Hospital. [48764/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Commission Reports (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 122. To ask the Minister for Health the action being taken to ensure that the findings of the Inspector of Mental Health Services report on Waterford department of psychiatry published in October 2019 are acted upon. [48765/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 269. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48581/19]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Business of Joint Committee (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I propose we go into private session to deal with some housekeeping matters. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019 (Resumed): Discussion (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: The committee is meeting to continue its pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the employment permits (consolidation and amendment) Bill 2019. Our first session is with representatives from IBEC and will be followed by a session with representatives from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU. From IBEC, I welcome Dr. Kara McGann, head of social policy, and Mr. Rhona Murphy,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019 (Resumed): Discussion (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Thank you, Dr. McGann. We will take questions from the floor. Deputy Troy is first.

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