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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: That is fine.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I have a question about the loan schemes that were introduced in the past year or two. The level of take-up in respect of those schemes is probably lower than we or the Department would have expected. Many businesses did not want to take on additional debt due to the uncertainty of Brexit. What are the Minister's thoughts on that? Does the Department have any adapted supports for the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: They must be paid back.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: The Minister would not have been facilitated with those submissions. They are committee documents. We asked the various stakeholders for their thoughts to help us formulate some questions. The Minister possibly would not have been able to see them.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: They will go on the website after today's meeting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: IBEC outlined some concerns about the restrictive eligibility criteria for the Brexit loan schemes which, it stated, are overly focused on technological innovation. IBEC, Chambers Ireland and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce highlighted the reluctance of their members to take on additional debt.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: As a result, loan schemes are not the most appropriate instruments to support businesses. At the same time, the money has to be repaid. That is the point we made earlier. The Department was not privy to the submissions beforehand. Further to what Deputy Munster said, they include many good comments that must be taken on board. The situation is very fluid as there is no agreement in the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister and her officials for attending the meeting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Update on Brexit Engagement: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (23 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister and the Deputy. I call Senator Humphreys now.

Child Maintenance: Motion (22 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank Deputy Brady for bringing forward this motion, which is calling on the Government to establish a statutory child maintenance service with enough powers and to link it to Revenue. The current mechanisms available to parents to seek maintenance orders, and their subsequent enforcement, rest with those who are seeking the payment, namely, the single parent in many cases, which places a...

An tOrd Gnó (Atógáil) - Order of Business (Resumed) (22 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: My question is to the Minister for Health. On the waiting list for the nursing home support scheme, I acknowledge that some work has been done, but the numbers fluctuated wildly in September. On 17 September there were 525 on the waiting list. On 30 September, that number had increased to 686, an increase of 30%. The Minister will be aware that 745 people are awaiting discharge from...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Traveller Community (22 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 287. To ask the Minister for Health if he will conduct a national audit of Traveller suicide and consider resourcing a national targeted suicide prevention campaign for Travellers as a priority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42998/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Care Infrastructure Provision (22 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 421. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding capital spending for a centre (details supplied); if part of a site has been allocated for a proposed new build for the centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43529/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (22 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 436. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for a hip replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43624/19]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: Yesterday, Family Carers Ireland protested outside the gates of Leinster House. I went outside to meet its members. They are on their knees. The word they used was "caged". They feel caged in their own homes when it comes to home support hours and respite hours. They feel there is a postcode lottery for services. Rural isolation and desperation were also mentioned. Home carers who...

Road Traffic (Amendment) (Use of Electric Scooters) Bill 2019: Second Stage (16 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on this issue. I commend my colleagues, Deputies Lahart, MacSharry and Troy, who worked very hard to bring the Bill forward. The use of e-scooters is growing in popularity with commuters, and companies in our cities are offering e-scooter rentals to tourists. The Bill is timely. Whether one is a fan of e-scooters, they have...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Diabetes Strategy (16 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 170. To ask the Minister for Health the details of the Waterford thriveabetes project as contained in the recent Sl√°intecare plan; the way in which it will it benefit persons with type 1 diabetes attending University Hospital Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42448/19]

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (15 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: I welcomed the 1 million extra home support hours which were announced last week as part of budget 2020. As we all know, over 7,000 older people are waiting for home care supports. Some of them are in acute hospitals and cannot get a reasonable timeline for transfer of care. The 1 million hours that have been promised equate to approximately three hours for each of these 7,000 people....

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (15 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 358. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for a surgical procedure; if the procedure will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41757/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospitals Data (15 Oct 2019)

Mary Butler: 404. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons that required in-hospital treatment for diabetes-related foot complications and lower limb loss in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form by CHO and by hospital within each CHO; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41922/19]

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