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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (11 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Minister of State. Regarding offshore energy, many companies and people are making great strides already in this field. I commend Shannon-Foynes Port for the work it has done to date and for its Vision 2041 strategy that laid out in detail many of the challenges and potential available from offshore energy, especially in the mid-west region. The port is in proximity to the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (11 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Minister of State. As I have said before, the development of offshore wind energy can be our generation's Ardnacrusha moment. We either act now or fall behind our competitors, which are basically Scotland, Germany and other countries. We can harness this energy and export the excess Ireland does not need or we can import it from abroad. That is the choice we are facing. It is...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (11 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: 5. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps being taken to ensure the enterprise sector can harness the potential of offshore wind and wave energy. [30882/24]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Generation (11 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: Offshore wind and wave energy have the potential, if harnessed, to make the State an exporter of energy. There is potential to create thousands of jobs, especially in coastal communities. While the investment required is steep, it can create a whole new economic sector and guarantee the creation of new jobs. Our island is surrounded by natural resources. I am confident we have the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Staff (11 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: 339. To ask the Minister for Health the reason the recommendations of the expert review body on nursing and midwifery, relating to the extension of CNM2 salary scales by an additional scale point, and the introduction of a long service increment, have not been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30528/24]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: Today we will have a discussion on sub-minimum rates of the national minimum wage. The National Minimum Wage Act allows for lower or sub-minimum rates for those aged under 20. The minimum wage for those aged 19 is 90% of the prevailing rate, for those aged 18, it is 80% and for those aged 17 and under it is 70%. This committee is currently carrying out detailed scrutiny of the National...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank Dr. Redmond. I now invite the members to make their contributions and speak to the representatives here. I call Deputy O'Reilly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: The Senator is going to run out of time.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: The Deputy is way over his time. We will move on to the next slot, which is Solidarity-People Before Profit. Uniquely, we have the Bill's sponsors here so I will give them a little additional time. They have ten minutes between the two of them.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: He scored the best goal of the tournament.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I ask the Deputy not to mention any particular companies. They are not here to defend themselves.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: Companies can be mentioned but do not name a company.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: Briefly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank Mr. McDonnell and Deputy Paul Murphy. We will now move on to the next slot. It is Sinn Féin again. I call Senator Gavan.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I am cutting off this exchange. Mr. McDonnell also wishes to speak.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the representatives for assisting the committee in its consideration of this important issue. I propose we move to private session to consider our other business. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sub-Minimum Rates of the National Mininimum Wage: Discussion (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Senator. The next slot is a Fine Gael slot.

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Departmental Schemes (10 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: 82. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment about the uses of the trading online voucher scheme; and if this scheme can be used to avail of artificial intelligence products and research; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30504/24]

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (9 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I first spoke on the issue of the community access support team in 2021, not long after it was announced that it was to be trialled in Limerick. I was told at the time that it was going to be operational in 2022. Unfortunately, this did not happen. My colleague Deputy Ward asked the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, about it in 2022. He was also told that the community access support...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services (9 Jul 2024)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate her response, but it seems that we do not have a cast-iron guarantee about when the unit will launch. She will excuse me for having concerns about the date of quarter 4 of 2024, because we have been told different dates on numerous occasions, but we will wait. I do understand that progress has been made. For the first time, there are definite...

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