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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 491. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there is scope for more public private partnership in the design of upskilling courses to meet rapidly changing skill needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29187/21]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: School Enrolments (27 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 78. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if the forecast decline in primary school numbers creates the opportunity to see new community based childcare options co-locating in primary school campuses; and if an agreement will be undertaken with the Department of Education to develop this possibility. [28062/21]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Qualifications (27 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 80. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his views on whether the childcare support schemes give sufficient recognition to the need to recognise qualifications and develop a career path for childcare staff; and if he is reviewing that aspect of the schemes. [25555/21]

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (26 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome this important debate. I know Deputies on all sides of the House are concerned about some of the implications of the sorts of powers that have been taken. It is important that we scrutinise these issues and look at ways in which we can gradually return to greater normality through the legislation we enact. There is no doubt that some of these powers are truly exceptional....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (26 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome the fact that climate action was on the EU Council agenda yesterday. I wish to ask three succinct questions. Do we support the extension of the emission trading system, ETS, to new sectors so that those who produce carbon efficiently can deliver European needs more effectively? What is the Irish ask in respect of effort-sharing, in respect of which we did have a lower target...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (26 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 191. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his Department has communicated with soft play centres in relation to utilising the facilities as childcare facilities; and the regulations that would be involved in a soft play centre becoming a childcare facility. [28467/21]

International Travel and Aviation: Statements (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I agree with Deputy Creed that, listening to this debate, it is hard to believe that this is the same Opposition which was demanding zero Covid and total mandatory quarantine for every country. The reality is that we have the most restrictive travel regime in Europe. Non-essential travel is not permitted in any circumstance. Quarantine is required for 100% of the people flying into this...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Illegal Dumping (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 68. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has received reports on the enforcement against illegal dumping activities in Dublin; and the progress being made in addressing the problems in particular at a large illegal dump in Dublin 17. [27562/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Sports Funding (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 220. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when allocations will be announced for the sports capital grant in 2021; and if the size of the allocation for each county has been decided. [27561/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 244. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he has assessed the request by an organisation (details supplied) for a family homelessness strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27532/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Planning Issues (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 245. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the advance planning by the LDA will be affected by the process of reviews of city and county development plans which are now under way and which are unlikely to be completed before 2023. [27563/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 455. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the list of traditional apprenticeships and new apprenticeships, respectively which are now available for participation; and the number of places on each for participation. [27558/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 456. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the areas in which further new apprenticeships are in development; and the planned number of places on each. [27559/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 457. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the approach he plans to take to develop a central hub in which applicants for apprenticeships and employers in the relevant sectors could be matched off; and the way in which he plans to attract employers to use such a hub that might have used less formal routes of recruitment before. [27560/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: An Garda Síochána (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 484. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position in relation to the plan to build a new Garda station for the Coolock district. [27556/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: An Garda Síochána (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 485. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the approach being developed for intensive engagement to divert young persons from the risk of slipping into the drugs environment in pilot areas known as green towns; and the experience of successes from such projects to date. [27557/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Probate Applications (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 490. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position in relation to the delays in the issuing of probate from the Probate Office. [27676/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank Mr. Lynott and his team for their presentation. The Government has stepped up its ambition for 2030. Can ambition from the electricity sector be upped from where it is, that is, 70%, and at what marginal abatement cost is it at per tonne of carbon? On the issue of microgeneration, is policy settled on the price the system will pay those microgenerators? Where will that land? That...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (25 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: Could Mr. Douglas clarify what difference it would make if they were included and who has discretion to include them?

Questions on Promised Legislation (20 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: In the context of build back better, yesterday I published a draft framework for a circular economy as a rapporteur which, I believe, should be a central spine on our climate action planning. I do not need to remind the Minister that Ireland has 22% more waste than the rest of the EU. Our food waste would be the equivalent in climate impact to 1 million vehicles being taken off the road if...

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