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Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Question put and agreed to.

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 4.18 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 27 Feabhra 2024. The Dáil adjourned at at 4.18 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 27 February 2024.

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: I thank the Minister and my boss, Deputy Martin, for her contribution, as well as the other Deputies, Deputy Costello, in particular, for their contributions. I am like Deputy Ó Snodaigh in that I remember "Hall's Pictorial Weekly", and this summer I visited north-west Cork with Deputy Michael Moynihan. We came to the town of Newmarket, which I had never been in before, but I...

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I would not have thought the Minister of State would have been born at that time.

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: It was shown after I was born but it was definitely recorded before I was born. It was shown into the eighties; there is no question about that. Some of us are destined for these types of careers from an early age. There is no question of the importance of archives and preserving and conserving the wealth of content which public service broadcasters produce. It is the history of the...

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Patrick Costello: I welcome the Government's decision not to oppose the Bill. I welcome the commentary and feedback. For me, one of the clear things here is this is already done in many other countries. I appreciate what is being offered as concerns about the Bill. I highlighted some of these. However, it would be a tragedy if we allowed them to become roadblocks. Other countries have overcome them....

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: In principle, I support this Bill, as I do the access to many of the archives we hold throughout our nation. The more access people have to archival material, the more they understand the past. I have no problem with that. However, it is a big undertaking, and as the Minister just said, it is not as simple as the passage of this Bill. I hope it gets to Committee Stage and the...

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: Humour changes.

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Looking back at "Reeling in the Years", sometimes snippets of it captures the imagination. A little sketch can capture a year's history very quickly. Another aspect that was brought to mind when, as a committee, we visited Raidió na Gaeltachta and saw the huge archive there is that it is not the archive of the programmes, it is the archive of all the recordings of all those...

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Catherine Martin: I thank Deputy Costello for bringing forward this Bill. I welcome the opportunity to speak on it. The Government will not be opposing the Bill and will allow it to progress for detailed debate on Committee Stage. While the intention of the Bill is laudable, and I agree with the principle behind it, there are number of difficulties which may arise from application of the Bill if enacted....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

Paul McAuliffe: I thank the Minister of State and appreciate the additional information he has provided to the House. As with everything, we have to rely on experts. On the issue of gender, the evidence clearly shows that is not an appropriate ground to consider. Unfortunately, the defence the Department is relying on for the second factor, relating to complex needs, is that the data being returned by the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: I reiterate what I said earlier. In order to ensure that schools are not negatively impacted by these issues, all existing hours assigned for complex needs are being maintained for each school, which is an important point to remember. Approximately 98% of all children, including those with special educational needs, are educated in mainstream classes. We recognise there are children for...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State and all the Deputies for dealing with those Topical Issues.

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (22 Feb 2024)

Patrick Costello: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I thank the Minister, Deputy Catherine Martin, for her time. I am delighted to bring forward the Bill to Second Stage. It is almost a year to the day since I introduced it, and the past year has certainly been interesting for broadcasting. It has perhaps shown the need for the Bill and made the need for it even more pertinent. The Bill is...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Transport (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: In answer to the first question on what the Minister is doing about this, in my reply I outlined the quite considerable work that is going on in the full root-and-branch review of the school transport scheme.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Transport (22 Feb 2024)

Jennifer Whitmore: That was in September. The review has not been published.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Transport (22 Feb 2024)

Thomas Byrne: That is important because the school transport scheme has run for a long time. There were fairly transparent rules around it and, quite frankly, all of us in the House try to get our constituents on a bus when the rules do not provide for that. In recent years, the rules have been extended, through the temporary alleviation scheme, to allow as many children as possible to get on school...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

Special Educational Needs

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (22 Feb 2024)

Paul McAuliffe: I am very happy to raise this issue because many schools and parents have been in touch with me about their concerns regarding the recent circular on special education teaching, SET, hours. As the Minister of State knows, five criteria are currently considered, namely, enrolment, gender, the profile of the school, the degree of complex needs and the level of deprivation in the area. The...

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