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Youth Homelessness: Statements (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: The number of young people experiencing homelessness has doubled in the past three years. That is before we get into the hidden homeless - those who have not presented as homeless to a local authority and who are staying on the couches of relatives or friends. We do not know how many young people are homeless but it is much higher than the number officially reported in February. I want to...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Election Monitoring Missions (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 51. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of male and female applications, respectively, received from Irish election observers for the OSCE observation mission covering the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine; the number of male and female observers, respectively, sent for the first round; his views on whether this is in line with the policy of having an...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Childhood Obesity (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 156. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the recommendation of the healthy weight for children (zero-six years) framework calling for obesity impact assessments for new planning developments that impact children and their families; if he will consider same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18308/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Childhood Obesity (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 182. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated funding needed to implement the HSE healthy weight for children (zero-six) framework; the funding that has been made available for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18170/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity Levels (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 178. To ask the Minister for Health the progress on meeting the targets as set out in A Healthy Weight for Ireland in regard to a sustained downward trend as measured by a survey (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18166/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 179. To ask the Minister for Health the funding being provided to support family food initiatives nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18167/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 180. To ask the Minister for Health if a similar initiative to an initiative (details supplied) will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18168/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 181. To ask the Minister for Health the costs that would be associated with developing a healthy start programme here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18169/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 183. To ask the Minister for Health the health promotion programmes operational under Healthy Ireland; the funding earmarked for each of the programmes for each of the past five years; if evaluations have been carried out of the programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18171/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff Data (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 184. To ask the Minister for Health the number of dedicated paediatric dietetic HSCP whole-time equivalents for all acute hospitals; the number for the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18172/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff Data (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 185. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of recruiting one whole-time equivalent dedicated paediatric dietitian per primary care network; the estimated cost based on recruitment from the current base; the estimated cost of developing the service from the beginning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18173/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff Data (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 208. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of recruiting child health development officers in each CHO to provide leadership and co-ordination for the national healthy childhood programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18306/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff Data (18 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 209. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of recruiting and appointing community nursing staff to allow public health nurses to focus on child health and well-being; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18307/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Data Protection (16 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 380. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the policy paper regarding options to seal the breach of the data protection legislation regarding Guthrie cards retained without consent and for the future retention, storage and potential secondary uses of the cards; the timeframe for the publication of the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17678/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: National Driver Licensing Service (16 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: 498. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider adding the SPSV licence to the NDLS list of acceptable forms of identification which can be used when a person is renewing or replacing an existing driver licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17840/19]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: What I am taking from this is that this committee has to go to the relevant people and tell them that a body or forum has to be set up, bringing all of the agencies together, to find a policy or a direction. Is it correct to say that is one of the recommendations to emerge from this meeting? How can placements be found for these students? It is a major issue. I do not know how anyone is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: Where are they going?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: If a student gets a placement, what would be involved? Would students be given caseloads? Who would look after a student's well-being? Some cases may be pretty horrific for somebody on a placement. What supports are such people getting on placements?

An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Neodracht) 2018 : An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (9 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle.

An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Neodracht) 2018 : An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (9 Apr 2019)

Denise Mitchell: Ceart go leor. Irish neutrality has been an important principle since the founding of the State but, unfortunately, in the past few decades it has been eroded by successive Governments. The beginning of that can be traced back to 1997 when Fianna Fáil signed this State up to NATO's so-called Partnership for Peace and the deployment of Irish troops on NATO-led missions. Since then,...

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