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Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Impact of Covid-19: Education – Return to School and School Transport (Resumed) (7 Jul 2020)

Gino Kenny: I thank all of the speakers for their contributions. All indications point to there being extreme challenges for teachers, students and those who will be in the educational system in September. The classroom will look very different in September from what it did in March. Safety for all is paramount. When one considers all of the mitigating circumstances, over the past six months Covid...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Homeless Accommodation (7 Jul 2020)

Gino Kenny: 276. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount spent on providing accommodation for homeless families and persons in hotels and bed and breakfasts in each local authority area from June 2017 up to and including June 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13878/20]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Bodies (7 Jul 2020)

Gino Kenny: 480. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reasons the Citizens Information Board and the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, MABS, restructuring plan has commenced in the south Dublin area despite the Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection’s production of a report in June 2017 (details supplied); the rationale, process and evidence...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Impact of Covid-19: Education – Return to School and School Transport (2 Jul 2020)

Gino Kenny: I thank the three contributors for their submissions. Obviously, People before Profit supports the ideas outlined in the submissions. We cannot forget that schools are a fundamental educational space in the State but they are also a workplace for teachers, students and staff so they must be safe and so forth. Covid-19 has highlighted the great fault lines in public services in terms of...

Vote 38 - Health (Revised) (30 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I will get the niceties out of the way first by wishing the Minister well in his role. I expressed the same wish to his predecessor, Deputy Harris, four years ago. Once that is done, we can go ahead with not being nice to each other. I want to raise a number of issues, the first of which is the effect of Covid-19 on the nursing homes sector. I welcome the additional provision in the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (30 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: 489. To ask the Minister for Health if care workers visiting the homes of sick, elderly or disabled persons will be tested fortnightly for Covid-19 in line with the testing of care workers in nursing homes every two weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13206/20]

Ceapachán an Taoisigh agus Ainmniú Chomhaltaí an Rialtais: Tairiscint - Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government: Motion (27 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: There are times when one has to make a stand, not because it is popular or unpopular but because it is the right thing to do. The omission of the occupied territories Bill from the programme for Government was the time to make that stand. The people of Palestine are tired of platitudes from the EU and the international community. My appeal is that the occupied territories Bill be passed...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Special Needs Education: Impact of Covid-19 (25 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I thank Inclusion Ireland for its presentation. It is probably no exaggeration to say that the past four months have been the most challenging for families and children with special needs. Those difficulties have been amplified by the lack of routine and structure. Those services were a lifeline for children and families and this was suddenly taken away. Some of the news reports have been...

Post-European Council Meetings: Statements (24 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I am sharing time with Deputy Barry. I raised the issue of Palestine with the Minister last week. Israel has vowed to annex the Jordan Valley, which makes up 30% of the occupied West Bank, this time next week. The EU has specifically stated that if Israel makes this move, it will be contrary to international law and decency. If this action takes place, what will the European Union do to...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (17 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: The Minister has accepted that we need changes in our public health service and the Covid-19 public health emergency has shown the cracks in our system, such as bed capacity and staffing shortages. The running down of our public health service over the past number of decades has been hugely detrimental to all citizens in this country. The new programme for Government states that it will...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (17 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: On countless occasions over the past four years I have raised the issue of the medical cannabis access programme. This time last year the Minister announced that the programme would be functional. That was underpinned for, I understand, the first time in medical history by a statutory instrument which allowed people to access medical cannabis legally. The Minister said he expected people...

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: That is a terrible response. The Minister of State is a member of the Government that has refused this legislation, which has been passed in the Seanad and the Dáil. She has an obligation to give me an answer to explain why this legislation is not going into the programme for Government. Fianna Fáil and the Green Party agreed the legislation.

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: The world is watching this country. Can we imagine if this country passed the legislation in question? It would give inspiration to all the people of Palestine and to the world against oppression and brutality. This country can do it as it did in 1986. Why can we not do it now? What is difference?

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: Will the Government publish the Attorney General's advice? Why can-----

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: Okay. Can the Minister of State overrule it?

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: Will it be in the programme for Government?

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: No.

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: I will not raise Brexit but the issue of illegal trade. Last week, I raised with the Tánaiste the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill, which seeks to ban the importation of illegal goods from settlements in the occupied West Bank. His answer was very glib. He said he would not do so. He obviously has form on this. For the record, I think all Israeli goods...

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: It relates to trade.

Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements (11 Jun 2020)

Gino Kenny: There is.

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