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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cultural Policy (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 16. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has made observations and or submissions on the protection of cultural spaces in Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37878/19]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cultural Policy (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: Has the Minister or her Department made any observations or submissions in respect of the protection of cultural spaces in Dublin, and will she make a statement on the matter?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cultural Policy (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: The Minister met the organisers of the Give Us the Night campaign, who are concerned about the recent closure of the Bernard Shaw pub and the Tivoli Theatre. They feel that, bit by bit, our cultural capital and identity are being eroded by the loss of such venues to make way for hotels, student accommodation and apartment blocks. 12 o’clock We know the Government has not helped...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Funding (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: The review carried out by Theatre Forum found that 30% of performing artists earn less than the national minimum wage of €9.55 per hour that applied in 2018 due, in part, to the fact that 83% of performing artists are paid a flat fee regardless of the hours they work. While it has been the accepted that that is the nature of their work, it is unacceptable that we would expect artists...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Funding (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: I have read into the record the level of funding that was available in 2008.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Funding (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 1. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her budget priorities for budget 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38133/19]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Funding (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: I will begin by wishing everybody involved in Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture the best of luck. I am aware that the Minister, Deputy Madigan, was in Eyre Square last night for the launch. It was wonderful to see RTÉ coverage of the thousands of people who turned out for the launch of what will be a very exciting year ahead for the European capital of culture. I wish Patricia...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Funding (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: With Brexit coming down the tracks, I appreciate that it is incumbent on all of us to be prudent but artists are a huge asset to us nationally and should be treasured. We should also put our money where our mouths are and invest in artists. Budget 2018 was a dismal budget for the arts sector but budget 2019 represented a significant improvement on that. There was, however, one major issue,...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Tax Exemptions (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 21. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has taken steps to extend the artists tax exemption scheme in advance of Budget 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37881/19]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Budget 2020 (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 26. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the priorities for her Department for budget 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37877/19]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Brexit Supports (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 30. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the provisions her Department has put in place to protect the film and television industry in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37880/19]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: EU Directives (19 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 39. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to tackle the loss of biodiversity; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37879/19]

Agriculture: Motion [Private Members] (18 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: Like my colleagues, I have met the farmers, male and female, across Cavan and Monaghan who have stood on the picket lines in recent weeks. It was heartbreaking to stand there and have conversations with them. There were women on the picket lines as well as the male farmers and they were there with their very small children out of love, passion and concern not just for their livelihoods but...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (18 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: In the local and national news this morning, we heard about the deplorable attacks on Mr. Kevin Lunney, the director of Quinn Industrial Holdings. This is the most recent in a spate of attacks on the staff working there. We have seen bombs planted in Wattle Bridge and Cavan and Monaghan are under severe pressure from this type of criminality. In light of the recent announcement by the...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Commercial Rates Impact (18 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 67. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the steps he is taking to support businesses concerned regarding the impact of commercial rates increases on the future of their businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26974/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (18 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 144. To ask the Minister for Health if a surgery appointment will be scheduled for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37794/19]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Benefit Applications (18 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 207. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed and the person advised regarding same; if the case will be viewed as an exceptional case by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37801/19]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Dublin-Monaghan Bombings (17 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 59. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the input by his Department into the ongoing outstanding requests with the UK Government regarding inquiries into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26668/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Transport Appeals (17 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 189. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a Bus Éireann appeal by a person (details supplied); if the response from the company will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37141/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Home Tuition Scheme Administration (17 Sep 2019)

Niamh Smyth: 191. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason children better suited to a home tuition programme and engaging in same are being removed from this setting against their parents wishes and placed into units (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37154/19]

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