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Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Postal Voting (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 127. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if there are plans under consideration to amend Irish arrangements for postal voting. [38366/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 236. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn the fact that actors can get very sporadic access to work which would force them to sign off PUP but which would not represent a sustainable opportunity to re-establish their self-employed income on a medium term basis; and if a special category under PUP or some other mechanism could be...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Nursing Homes (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 311. To ask the Minister for Health if he plans to extend temporary support to the nursing home sector to ensure the continuance of the highest levels of protection to residents. [30791/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Trade Between Ireland and the Palestinian Territories: Discussion (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the witnesses for coming in. There is widespread discontent with the policies being pursued in the settlements in the occupied territories. The issue is what way should Ireland go about addressing this. I would like whether the witnesses support what the Irish Government is trying to achieve in making progress on this ongoing and difficult situation, which is causing so much hardship.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Trade Between Ireland and the Palestinian Territories: Discussion (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: What worries me is that members of Mr. Lovatt's organisation has described our ambassador in Israel as a Zionist. That is not helpful to developing policy in this arena. While there can be clearly different views about what the best approach should be, it is not right that when an Irish civil servant presents the Irish Government case that should be the reaction. I do not know whether Mr....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Trade Between Ireland and the Palestinian Territories: Discussion (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: I understand that members of Sadaka have made such a contention. That is not helpful to any way of progressing this.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Trade Between Ireland and the Palestinian Territories: Discussion (14 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: That is certainly reassuring because I am told and I saw a tweet in which that was said by someone who is, as I understand it, a member but I take Mr. Ó hAinmhire's evidence. The fundamental issue is with regard to the issues being sought in that the legal adviser to the Government, the Attorney General, has said they are not possible. Are there elements of the case Mr. Ó...

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: Did I concede too soon?

Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome this Bill. It is important that a tax like this be updated regularly. We are eight years on from the original evaluation in 2013. There is never a good time to update the valuations but we saw the consequence of not doing that. The revaluation of commercial property caused untold controversy because valuations that had been set years ago on the basis of rental values were...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Substance Misuse (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 61. To ask the Minister for Health his latest assessment of trends in the use of illegal drugs in Dublin city and county; and the success of strategies in place. [28089/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 156. To ask the Minister for Health the way the locations will be chosen for a disadvantaged area in which a special health strategy will be implemented; the method which will be adopted in those areas to maximise the impact on health inequalities; and when the first such programme will be put in place. [28088/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 252. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the exact details of the way the domestic vaccination pass for travel from 19 July 2021 can be obtained by prospective travellers; when public notices will be issued in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37890/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Civil Service (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 291. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is a delay in concluding reviews of civil service pensions as in the case of a person (details supplied) for which the review commenced at the end of 2020 but has not yet concluded. [37894/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Environmental Policy (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 364. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the recent fires such as that on Howth Hill requires any rethinking of protection measures or the provision of resources to contain such instances when they occur. [37896/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank our guests for those fantastic presentations. The question I am interested in was also raised by Dr. Caulfield. If it is true that 20 cars are idle for every one that is moving, there is a massive gain to be had if we can develop a shared vehicle model. I am just trying to get an understanding of how we can radically shift that. That seems to be the easiest thing we could do....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: Are employer-led schemes the way to go if that is one of the key uses? How do we cut into this and get rid of some of those 15 cars?

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (8 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 158. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the local authorities that have applied for funding to the SEAI to roll-out electric vehicle chargers; the number for which they have applied; and the number which have been installed and the grant paid in tabular form. [36936/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (8 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: 159. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of fast chargers and their capacity put in place by the ESB; and the progress that it has made in installing new electric vehicle chargers under the support scheme from the Climate Action Fund. [36937/21]

Companies (Rescue Process for Small and Micro Companies) Bill 2021: Committee and Remaining Stages (7 Jul 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Minister of State for bringing forward the Bill so promptly. I know this idea has had a long history and was strongly resisted within the Department over many years. It is a credit to the Minister of State and the Government at large that this was pushed through because we have long seen in Ireland a very expensive and inaccessible system of examinership that has not facilitated...

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