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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Ports Development (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 308. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has assessed the development plans on which Dublin Port is now consulting; his views on the possible impact on other users in the Dublin Bay area; and the way it fits in with optimal development of the city. [18348/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Environmental Policy (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 575. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has made an assessment of the trend in carbon price which is consistent with the new enhanced EU target for the reduction in greenhouse gases; and the way in which this will be built into policy on the public finances. [1503/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Data (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 725. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the location of the first 440 cost rental homes; the criteria that will be used for the allocation of same; and the way persons that are not first-time buyers but have a housing need will be accommodated. [19070/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 825. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he plans to increase the income threshold on Rebuilding Ireland home loans in view of the difficulty for those earning over € 50,000 to €75,000 purchasing with bank mortgages. [20766/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Applications (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 891. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the reopening of the Passport Office as an essential service is now being considered given the backlogs and difficulty in categorising urgent cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20579/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: UN Security Council (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 853. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the plan which has been developed for Ireland’s period on the UN Security Council; his main priorities; and if specific initiatives are planned to highlight human rights abuses. [19117/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 854. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade whether or not it would be possible to extend the life of passports as has been done with other public certificates in view of the difficulties at level 5 of processing applications. [19145/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 1075. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide information in relation to each of the school planning areas covering an area (details supplied). [20496/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Admissions (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 1076. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the provisions within the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 governing the termination of waiting lists and preference in admission to Gaelscoileanna for those who speak Irish in the home are yet in place; and if so, the way in which they are now influencing admissions. [20497/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Eating Disorders (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 1870. To ask the Minister for Health if plans for public treatment facilities for eating disorders have been stalled; the reason for the delay; and if he has plans to get them back on track. [19185/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (21 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: 2287. To ask the Minister for Health if persons who have immunity from having had Covid-19 will be able to enjoy the benefits of reductions in restrictions for those who have been vaccinated. [20446/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Loan Guarantee Schemes Agreements (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland) Bill 2021: Waiver of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: Just taking up on Senator Ollie Crowe's point, has any sort of a quota been set for lending other than through the major retail banks? Does the Department hope to provide developmental advice in the context of this lending? People are taking on the climate change challenge, looking to diversify their markets and introduce new technologies. There may be a role for combining lending with...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Loan Guarantee Schemes Agreements (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland) Bill 2021: Waiver of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the witnesses.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Revised)
(20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: I congratulate the Minister on his appointment. I really enjoyed my time in the Department. There are some fantastic people who are working with him. I wish him well. The 500,000 retrofits at BER B2 is a very ambitious target. Considering the new climate target of 51% compared with what was in the climate action plan, does the Minister envisage having to step up activity very...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Revised)
(20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: When is the liquid natural gas strategy statement expected?

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Revised)
(20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: No.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Revised)
(20 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: The environmental fund has suffered the problem of success in that the plastic bag levy no longer raises money. Is that 64% reduction in the allocation from it impacting on important programmes? I would not like some of the initiatives under it to be lost. The programme for Government intends that the just transition fund will move to a more permanent legislative basis. What is the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: My first question is for Mr. Carroll. What level of turnover does the industry experience with employees who come in on work permits? This is in the context of the suggestion by MRCI that we should move away from restricting the right of a person on a work permit to move jobs. It is a reasonable request in that if a person is tied to his or her employer, his or her ability to exercise his...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank our guests for those answers. I apologise for encroaching on my colleague's time.

Vaccination Programme and Covid-19: Statements (1 Apr 2021)

Richard Bruton: I support the prioritisation of older people and those at higher risk. The CSO data have been showing for weeks that the risk to people with underlying health conditions is 44 times higher than it is for those in younger categories. For those in their 60s, the risk is 18 times higher. Therefore, the prioritisation is absolutely justified, but the arrangement should not have been sprung...

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