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Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 37 and the name of the Member in each case: Deputy Mairéad Farrell - To discuss the provision of a special language class at Scoil Chaitríona, Renmore, Galway. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - To discuss the closing of the pollack fishery and the collapse in...

Local Authority Housing Maintenance and Repair: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: You do not have to take it.

Local Authority Housing Maintenance and Repair: Motion [Private Members] (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Members would appreciate receiving copies of the Minister of State's speech.

Ireland's Recognition of the State of Palestine: Statements (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Sin críochnaíonn na ráitis. That concludes the statements. I acknowledge the presence of the soon-to-be-appointed ambassador from Palestine, the first ever. She has sat through this discussion for almost four hours, which is not easy to do given what is ongoing. I commend her on that.

Local Authority Housing Maintenance and Repair: Motion [Private Members] (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Ireland's Recognition of the State of Palestine: Statements (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the opportunity to say a few words on this. I have just over three minutes so I want to be as precise as possible. First, I welcome the Palestinian ambassador, who in recent months has acted with utter professionalism in the face of genocide and the slaughter of her people. I have found her at every stage to be utterly professional while full of humanity in contrast to the...

Ireland's Recognition of the State of Palestine: Statements (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: The Dáil is suspended for five minutes.

Ireland's Recognition of the State of Palestine: Statements (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Visitors in the Gallery, I understand the strength of feeling and the significance of today, but I ask, please, for your co-operation as we continue. We will show our respect for the speakers, regardless of which side of the House they are on.

Ireland's Recognition of the State of Palestine: Statements (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I call the Minister of State, Deputy Higgins.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: We have come to the point where we are recognising the State of Palestine, where there is very little left to recognise except the determination of the Palestinian people. Palestine has been bombed practically out of existence. The International Court of Justice last week issued a very strong order and Israel completely ignored that. Over the weekend, they dropped a 2,000 lb bomb supplied...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I will finish. In the month after 7 October, the General Secretary of the United Nations told us that Gaza was becoming a graveyard for children and that the nightmare in Gaza was more than a humanitarian crisis; it was a crisis of humanity. Yesterday, he affirmed that there was no safe place in Gaza, demanding that the horror must stop. I apologise for going over time.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (28 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Fillfidh mé ar cheist na Palaistíne. Cuirim fáilte roimh chinneadh an Rialtais aitheantas a thabhairt don Stát mar stát neamhspleách. Is céim chun cinn é sin ach tá gá le briathra eile agus le réimse leathan gníomhartha a dhéanamh anois chun beart a dhéanamh de réir ár mbriathar. I am returning to Palestine....

Business Support Package: Statements (Resumed) (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the opportunity to speak. Unfortunately, we did not receive copies of the Minister's speech. He referred to small businesses being the backbone of society, something that has also been said in press releases. This is repeatedly said, and I fully agree with it. I also agree that small and medium businesses are the lifeblood of towns and villages the length and breadth of the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Nursing Education (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: I am trying to get in as many people as possible.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Artificial Intelligence (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Before the Minister comes in, there are a number of supplementary questions.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Artificial Intelligence (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Deputy Bruton had his two supplementaries but he can make a comment if he likes because we are not under pressure.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Artificial Intelligence (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: The Minister is not getting the last word as we are moving on.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: Before we move on, I point out that Priority Questions are moving quicker than expected and we are now on Priority Question No. 3. Deputies should be forewarned.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Student Accommodation (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: 39. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 50 of 27 February 2024, for an update on the plans to provide additional student accommodation units for students at the University of Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23053/24]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (23 May 2024)

Catherine Connolly: 48. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 45 of 27 February 2024, the status of the proposed new further education college in Galway city; the status of the review by SOLAS and his Department of the project proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23052/24]

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