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Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (28 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 205. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of childcare facilities registered with his Department that have opened in each of the years 2020 and 2021 and to date in 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47460/22]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Illegal Dumping (27 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 32. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will ensure that funds are made available as requested by Dublin City Council to tackle the illegal dump at a location (details supplied). [46592/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (27 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 228. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there are plans in place to build new secondary schools in Dublin 5, Dublin 13 and Dublin 17, or to expand capacity of existing schools in the coming year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46590/22]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Fuel Poverty (27 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 302. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department will review the status of a fuel allowance application by a person (details supplied). [46868/22]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (27 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 430. To ask the Minister for Health if he is considering lifting the ban on water births; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46591/22]

Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I welcome the Bill, which is not before its time, considering we have already been fined by the EU for our failure to implement the audiovisual media services directive. The media commission is a much-needed expansion of the role of broadcasting authority. Ireland is playing catch-up with how media have evolved. The Law Reform Commission first mentioned the establishment of something...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I start by welcoming this Bill. I thank the Minister of State and his team for the commitment they have given to it, and now we finally have it up and running. This is a very important Bill and it removes a significant block that prevents women standing for election. I know it is welcomed across all our female councillors. I am looking for clarification on a number of questions. The...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: Has the Minister of State an approximate timeframe around when he thinks these regulations will be ready?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: On the regulations, does the Minister of State have any detail about what he is looking at putting forward?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: Regarding the temporary substitution in head 8, 19A(1)(c), which the Minister of State briefly touched on with Senator Fitzpatrick, what type of circumstances would be covered? I know he mentions absences due to illness or in good faith or another reason.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: On administrative supports, just so I can get this straight in my head, there are two choices been given here. The councillor can have a clean break, take the 26 weeks, and a substitute nominated by the council team will take their place. With regard to the administrative staff, is that staff member employed by the councillor? Is there going to be a procedure for appointing these staff?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: If I were a councillor on maternity leave, would the person who would take my place be on the same committee? I am wondering this and want to find this out. When we get into the nitty-gritty, what happens with committee positions or if I am a member of a strategic policy committee, SPC?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: On the provisions, when councillors return to work, will any provisions be made in the regulations regarding breast-feeding?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I know the Minister of State established up the subgroup. I thank all those who participated on it, from all parties. In fairness, they raised many other issues as well. Will we be progressing to dealing with the other issues they raised, such as paternity leave, parental leave and miscarriage leave?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: The work is continuing.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Local Authority Elected Members) Bill 2022: Discussion (22 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I thank the Minister of State.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 25. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the current average waiting time for practical driving tests, broken down by centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46118/22]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Test (21 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 26. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the current average wait time for driver theory tests, broken down by centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46119/22]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Sports Organisations (21 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 50. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss improving stadiums and academy infrastructure for clubs participating in a competitive league; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46121/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Mayoral Election (21 Sep 2022)

Denise Mitchell: 52. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when he expects the Local Government (Directly Elected Mayor with Executive Functions in Limerick City and County) Bill 2022 to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46126/22]

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