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Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 109. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, almost 18 months after publication of the White Paper on Ending Direct Provision, a record 11,689 people, including nearly 2,800 children are currently living in direct provision, an increase of more than 40 per cent on the same time in 2021; the actions he will...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Disability Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 117. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a research report published on 29 June 2022 by family carers Ireland found that 70% of respondents experienced difficulty accessing services for at least one of the people they care for; the actions he will take in response to this finding; and if he will make a...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: This measure is a massive step forward. It is the four-year anniversary of when we voted to repeal the eighth amendment. Part of the commitment to the people of Ireland at the time were the ancillary recommendations from the Citizens' Assembly and the Oireachtas committee, which included free contraception for all. We waited for four years and we are now rushing this through. I accept the...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I do not know what the legal opinion is. The Minister is not showing it to us. There is a major contradiction in us being able to provide termination of pregnancy, free of charge, to people under the age of 17, but we are not prepared to provide them with the contraception that would prevent pregnancy in the first place. I find this bizarre. I will not push it to a vote either because...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: Likewise, I think this should have been separate legislation. It is very important legislation. Many of us participated in the committee that looked at repealing the eighth amendment of the Constitution, as did the Minister. The recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly dealt with this issue quite substantially. One thing that we know substantially reduces crisis pregnancies is the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 25. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will clarify the proposed changes to the DART servicing Howth under DART+ Coastal North plans; if he will outline the impact to DART services at Howth, Sutton and Bayside; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36458/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Educational Disadvantage (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 130. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason that a school (details supplied) has been refused DEIS status; the way that other schools in the same area and the same building have successfully received DEIS status; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36552/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Educational Disadvantage (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 131. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the avenue that is open to a school (details supplied) which has failed in an appeal over its DEIS status; if there is any other forum or appeal mechanism left open to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36553/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 16. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the Government plans on domestic violence policy will see the 490 refuge spaces suggested under the Istanbul Convention being provided in the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35991/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 42. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the new policy on domestic violence will ensure each county in the State will have a fully staffed and resourced refuge for victims of domestic violence; if overall numbers of spaces provided will be compliant with the Istanbul Convention; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35990/22]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 302. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps that a person can take in circumstances (details supplied) to obtain a passport; if the requirement to have used their surname for two years and or documents proving the new name usage is reasonable in cases in which an Irish citizen wants to travel in the interim; the options for this person who needs a passport to open a bank...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Eligibility (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 384. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department has any discretion in relation to income threshold qualification limits for eligibility for the fuel allowance; if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reconsidered for access to the scheme given the circumstances of their refusal, their age and circumstances; and if she will make a statement on...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medicinal Products (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 823. To ask the Minister for Health if he will meet with the parents of children excluded from access to the cystic fibrosis drug Kaftrio as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36089/22]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greyhound Industry (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 907. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of greyhounds in the racing dog pool as recorded on the race management system for each of the years from 2015 to date in 2022. [36145/22]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greyhound Industry (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 908. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of racing greyhounds exported to the United Kingdom for each of the years 2010 to date in 2022; the number of racing greyhounds exported to the UK that were registered on the race management system in Ireland; and the value in euros of these exports. [36146/22]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greyhound Industry (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 909. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the provisions in place to track dogs that fail to produce a qualifying time and are therefore not presented for racing on the traceability system operated by Rásaíocht Con Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36147/22]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greyhound Industry (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 910. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if only racing greyhounds with at least one race record in Ireland will be tracked by the new traceability system operated by Rásaíocht Con Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36148/22]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Anaerobic Digestion: Discussion (5 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I apologise to the Chairman. I was just about to send him a text because I have to do an interview at 1 p.m. I will ask the question and listen back for the answer. I thank all our guests for the presentations. I put it to all of them that while the technology works, would they agree that simply supporting the sector with this technology is no substitute for actually cutting the usage of...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits (30 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 212. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will detail the full costs of a doubling of the electricity or gas allowance component of the household benefit package for a full year for those not in receipt of the fuel allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31245/22]

EirGrid, Electricity and Turf (Amendment) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (29 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: Does the Minister deny that this State is an outlier in respect of the percentage of generated power used by data centres compared to other states? The average across the globe is 2% to 4% of the national grid. We are looking at a situation in which 30% of the national grid could be used to feed data centres. To echo what Deputy Whitmore said, a recent report by the Irish Academy of...

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