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Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (13 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 465. To ask the Minister for Health the reason that a person (details supplied) who needs urgent surgery will be on a waiting list for the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38199/22]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (12 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 273. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the contracts for electrification of the Cork to Midleton and the Cork to Cobh railway lines have been signed; if his Department has signed any procurement contract to purchase new electric trains to service both railway lines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37582/22]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (12 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 274. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has ringfenced moneys from the European Union stimulus plan (details supplied) to fund the new rail work in Cork; the amount that has been ringfenced; if this will also include a number of new railway stations along the existing lines on the Cork to Cobh and the Cork to Midleton railway lines; and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (12 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 275. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when his Department will have approval of all procurement contracts for new electric trains and carriages for the Cork to Midleton and the Cork to Cobh railway lines to be signed off; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37584/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (12 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 376. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in some local authority areas including Cork County Council, recipients of the increased disability allowance payment will have this included in their means testing if they are also in receipt of HAP and will lose out on this increase through their rent contribution; the steps...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (12 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 377. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the work that he is undertaking to ensure that HAP recipients benefit from increases in other social protection payments that they are entitled to and that means testing of income in relation to HAP does not cancel out such increases in future. [37027/22]

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Adding Chefs to the Critical Skills List Now to Save Irish Hospitality: Discussion (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: In October 2021, 350 general employment permits were provided for hospitality but only managers were on the critical skills list. Why is it only managers? Prior to Covid the hospitality sector in the country was huge, with more than 260,000 people working in the industry. I would like to know where they have gone. We are speaking about chefs of all things. As a country we have an amazing...

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Saving the Services of the Owenacurra Centre in Cork: Discussion. (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I thank Dr. Kelleher for her bravery. It is not easy telling her own family's stories. At the outset, I am well aware of the Owenacurra Centre. It is in my own town. Listening to her last statement, there is a mixture of emotions between anger and sadness. She hit the nail on the head in that the HSE is going against its own policy and the Sláintecare policy of a community-led,...

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Saving the Services of the Owenacurra Centre in Cork: Discussion. (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: As I stated, in 2016 there were a few leaks in the building and cracks in the ceiling, and there was some plasterwork to be done. The estimated cost was €1,000 to do the cracks, €3,000 to repair the ceilings, €3,000 to fix the leaks and so on and €300 or so to put in a sink. Those are minuscule amounts of money. Those figures date from 2016, when the HSE had not...

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Saving the Services of the Owenacurra Centre in Cork: Discussion. (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: That is where it breaks down. I am in favour of Senator Buttimer's suggestion. In our game, we listen to both sides of the story and somewhere in the middle is the truth. My bugbear is someone else being blamed for a body's failings over the years. My strong opinion is based on evidence that we have dating back to 2016, as well as the mix and match of reports. When we request fire safety...

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Saving the Services of the Owenacurra Centre in Cork: Discussion. (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I thank our guests. I also thank the committee for listening and giving them a fair crack of the whip. Senator Buttimer was on the previous petitions committee with me. When we established this committee, it was known as "lastchance.com". The voices of the people we represent should be heard. If this is lastchance.com, our guests can see how strong the committee is. Listening to people...

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petitions Received (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I can see how difficult it is. We talked about tourism in the first half of this meeting and about promoting it. We have thatched houses throughout the country for which owners cannot get insurance plus the fact a house cannot be hold without insurance. I would like that to be revisited when the correspondence is returned next year.

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petitions Received (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: That is going to Kildare County Council, back to the petitioner and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petitions Received (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: We should revisit it.

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petitions Received (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I am happy with that.

Committee on Public Petitions: Consideration of Public Petition on Adding Chefs to the Critical Skills List Now to Save Irish Hospitality: Discussion (7 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I listened to how passionate Mr. Nizam Bin Nayan is. We need a strong hospitality sector that complements the tourism sector. That is a no-brainer. I was lucky enough to watch maybe an hour and a half of the pro-am in Adare during the week. There was general commentary from all the television stations about how the people reacted, how the crowds in Ireland, the scenery and so on are...

Cost of Disability: Motion [Private Members] (6 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this motion this morning. I commend Deputy Cairns and the Social Democrats on bringing this motion forward. I also welcome the people in the Gallery. I remember being here in 2018 when we ratified the UNCRPD, although the optional protocol was kind of left out of it. I listened to all the speakers today. From my own experience, unfortunately, a...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Budget Process (6 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 54. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to a pre-budget 2023 submission from an organisation (details supplied) asking for an investment of €941,000 for in-home care, outreach care and mental health supports for children and adults with epidermolysis bullosa; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36598/22]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (6 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: 314. To ask the Minister for Health when the staff at a hospice (details supplied) will receive their €1,000 pandemic bonus payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36593/22]

Back to School Costs: Motion [Private Members] (5 Jul 2022)

Pat Buckley: I thank Deputy Ó Laoghaire for bringing forward this extremely important motion. Back-to-school costs each year shamefully expose the deep divide that exists in our society between rich and poor. What sickens me to the stomach at this time of the year is thinking of children who are all too aware of what their parents are facing and what they have to struggle with, and they can do...

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