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Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Services (17 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 423. To ask the Minister for Health when the stoma clinic at University Hospital Waterford will be reinstated (details supplied). [53070/19]

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I also compliment my colleague, Deputy Curran, for bringing forward this legislation to tackle the use of children in the distribution of drugs. As my colleague said, we are open to working with the Government and other Members on any constructive amendments they might suggest. The scourge of drugs in modern-day life and society and its far-reaching effects on families, communities and...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: It is Government policy to support older people to stay in their homes with the correct wrap-around supports. I believe it is everyone's policy. Earlier in this year I warned that those waiting for home care supports were facing a winter of discontent. In February of this year there were 6,048 people waiting. Unfortunately, the figure has risen again. As of the end of October it is now...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 289. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress of the community employment supervisors pension claim in respect of the sanctioning of funding for the community employment supervisors pension gratuity claim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51968/19]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Labour Activation Programmes (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 293. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when she will inform major stakeholders on foot of the completed interdepartmental review regarding labour activation schemes; when she plans to publish the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51970/19]

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Business of Select Committee (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: Apologies have been received from Deputies Lisa Chambers and Munster. I propose the select committee goes into private session. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I remind members to ensure their mobile phones are switched off for the duration of the meeting as they interfere with the broadcasting and recording equipment, even when left in silent mode. I welcome the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Humphreys, and the Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Halligan. I thank them...

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister and the Minister of State. I will start with the Minister of State. He spoke about the €5 million Supplementary Estimate for the European Space Agency and said an additional €1.7 million will be paid to the European Southern Observatory. As he is aware, research and innovation are vital for the Irish economy, and membership of international research...

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: To be quite clear, the committee felt that if we took a baby step first it might be helpful to the Department because there is a lot of money involved. The committee recommended that negotiations with CERN start immediately with a view to Ireland becoming an associate member as soon as possible. The committee then recommended that after three years of associate membership the Department...

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I am glad to hear it is a priority because when Professor McNulty was before us the committee was really struck when he showed us a map of Europe and only three countries did not have any form of membership, including associate membership. Not to put the Minister of State on the spot but could we get a commitment today that the Department will look initially at associate membership, which is...

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister of State and I appreciate it.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: If the Deputy wishes or he can go over and back.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: I will let the Minister in to deal with these two questions first and the Deputy can then come back in.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: There are a few questions in each and it might help us not to miss anything.

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: Before we conclude, I have a question on subhead A15 - the humanitarian relief scheme. While the budget for this scheme was the smallest, from a humanitarian point of view it is probably the scheme that had the most effect. I note the scheme provides humanitarian support for small businesses and community, voluntary and sporting bodies which experience flood damage and have been refused...

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Estimates for Public Services 2019
Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
(11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: Obviously, the funding is allocated on a case-by-case basis. If the demand was greater next year, would the Department be able to meet it?

Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Message to Dáil (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: In accordance with Standing Order 90, the following message will be sent to the Dáil: The Select Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation has completed its consideration of the Supplementary Estimate for the public services for the year ending 31 December 2018: Vote 32 - Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Under Standing Order 89(2), the message is deemed to be the report of...

Written Answers — Department of Health: HSE Waiting Lists (10 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 368. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons on the waiting list for a home support house in CHO5 at the end of October 2019; the number waiting zero to three, three to six, six to 12 and more than 12 months, respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51303/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (10 Dec 2019)

Mary Butler: 407. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 310 of 19 November 2019, if an organisation (details supplied) will continue to provide services for children at a school in Waterford city; if not, the person or body that will be providing the service if it discontinues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51599/19]

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