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Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 128. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will outline the issues at WTO governing intellectual property rights in Covid-19 vaccinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24146/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 141. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the obligations of takeaway venues in respect of waste management; and if he plans to introduce new measures which would reduce the amount of throwaway containers and create greater obligations to contribute to litter management. [23650/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 207. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if roads investments are subject to individual tenders; and if a panel of approved contractors can be used to deliver projects as they arise against a standard cost profile. [24509/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Covid-19 Pandemic (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 270. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has tracked the rate of closure over the years of live cultural venues nationwide; if initiatives are under consideration to address the matter; and if she foresees further closures after the lengthy disruption caused by Covid-19. [23649/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 357. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if housing investments are subject to individual tenders; and if a panel of approved contractors can be used to deliver projects as they arise against a standard cost profile. [24510/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Visa Applications (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 399. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the process whereby some embassies have refused to process visa interviews due to the fact Ireland is still in maximum level 5 restrictions; and his views on whether it would be appropriate to confirm to with embassies the activities that are safe to undertake at the various opening dates which have been...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Wards of Court (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 650. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps she is taking to ensure that there will be a smooth transition for wards of court into the new system with no diminution of their assets. [24272/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 824. To ask the Minister for Health if vaccination for pregnant women is now being arranged. [24243/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Advanced Healthcare Directives (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 828. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to establish a register for advance healthcare directives as part of the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 [24259/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 823. To ask the Minister for Health the changes being made in the arrangements for partners to attend a birth. [24242/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disability Services (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 858. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the threat to a care home (details supplied); and if he has identified a way in which residents can be guaranteed continuity of service while the issues are being resolved. [24393/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (11 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I will confine my questions to two speakers. That might speed things up. I agree completely with Dr. Berrow that this is a race against time. We must devise the correct role for the State, which is to align public and private activity in the delivery of the public good. Does Dr. Barrow believe the State currently has the capacity within it, by which I mean the skills and ability, to do...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I will start with a quote, with which I am sure that Ceann Comhairle is familiar: There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. Shakespeare put those words in the...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 50. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he has reviewed the effectiveness of the public procurement process for the delivery of housing projects in terms of duration and best economic value; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22674/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Land Development Agency (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 91. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the way that the size of the capital and borrowing limits for the Land Development Agency has been decided; the estimated level of forecast construction and creation of a land bank in the key growth centres that this could support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22673/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Tourism Industry (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 243. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has assessed the impact of the tourism crisis on town centres and the problems they will face in the short and medium term. [22586/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Print Media (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 244. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has assessed the pressures on the local print media and the challenges it faces in the short and medium-term; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22587/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Special Educational Needs (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: 499. To ask the Minister for Health if there are proposals to change the method of needs assessment for children with special needs; if so, the reason for the proposed changes; if consultation on the changes has taken place; if his attention has been drawn to the objections of members of the relevant professions to some of the changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22576/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Workplace Relations (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021: Waiver of Pre-legislative Scrutiny (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank Ms Coogan and Ms Maher for presenting. Unfortunately, I missed the previous briefings so maybe I will go over ground that has already been covered. I would first like clarification that there is no need for retroactive provision in respect of case that have already been determined, there is no way in which there is any frailty for those. My second question relates to what the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Workplace Relations (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021: Waiver of Pre-legislative Scrutiny (5 May 2021)

Richard Bruton: No, that is fine. I thank Ms Coogan.

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