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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Jun 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I raise the issue of the crisis in the home care sector. I would welcome if it would be possible for the Leader to arrange a debate on this subject. It is widely accepted that older people live longer and happier lives when they are in their own homes and communities. Home care packages are essential to facilitate this. I understand that more than 5,000 people are waiting on a carer to...

Seanad: Proposal for a Directive on Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: Motion (22 Jun 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I move: That Seanad Éireann approves the exercise by the State of the option or discretion under Protocol No. 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to take part in the adoption and application of the following...

Seanad: Proposal for a Directive on Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: Motion (22 Jun 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I welcome the Minister back to the House and congratulate her on her recent personal news. I wish her and her family good health and happiness for the future. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I support this motion. As the Minister said, it is good to see that we are not being led by the EU on this. We are doing it ourselves and leading the way with legislation in this important...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Services (14 Jun 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit go dtí an Teach seo inniu. I am again calling for the extension of opening hours and indeed opening days for the minor injury unit at Monaghan Hospital. Including Monaghan, there are ten minor injury units located throughout the country. Minor injuries are unlikely to lead to hospital admission. A super service is provided in Monaghan. I...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Services (14 Jun 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I thank the Minister of State for the response. I welcome the positive response from the Minister for Health in that he is willing to engage with the RCSI Hospitals Group and the HSE with a view to extending the opening hours and the days of opening in terms of the minor injuries unit. I compliment the staff at the hospital on the fantastic service they provide in this area and throughout...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Disability Services (25 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: At the outset I thank the Minister of State most sincerely for her recent visit to Monaghan, which was very well received. The feedback has been extremely positive. I wish to take this opportunity to thank her for her ongoing work within her portfolio. This morning, I am urging the Minister of State to get the HSE to reconsider the transport charge that is being levelled at several juniors...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Disability Services (25 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I thank the Minister of State for her response. I join with the Minister of State in complimenting all those involved in the Local Link service. It is a fantastic service and there is serious potential to expand that even further, as the Minister of State outlined, and I look forward to that. I am heartened by the Minister of State's comments on her input into having a look at the charge...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Dublin-Monaghan Bombings (17 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. The Minister is very welcome to the House for this very important debate. As the Cathaoirleach said, today, 17 May, marks the 48th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. As he said, I attended a wreath laying ceremony earlier today on Talbot Street, along with the Taoiseach, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland, and the cathaoirleach of...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Dublin-Monaghan Bombings (17 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I thank the Minister for her comprehensive response. One line that struck me and stuck with me when I heard it was that to be forgotten is to die twice. That is why I feel it is imperative that there be a resolution of the blockage the Minister referred to and the problem An Garda Síochána now finds itself dealing with in the context of awaiting clarification from the Office of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: Next Tuesday will be the 48th anniversary of the Monaghan and Dublin bombings. Every year for the past 48 years the families of the victims have been searching for answers as to who was behind the awful atrocity that occurred in 1974. An investigation is currently under way. It is headed by Mr. Jon Boucher, a former chief constable in the UK. His team is seeking documentation from both...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I had the pleasure this morning of attending a pre-budget submission on behalf of the Irish Men's Sheds Association. As many will know, there are something like 450 men's sheds throughout the country and each week, approximately 10,000 men pass through their doors. The sheds have an open-door policy to men of all ages. It does not matter whether someone is 25 or 95, there will be a smile...

Seanad: Protocol No. 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: Motions (11 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: The Minister of State is welcome back to the House. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I am delighted to support these three motions which have been clearly outlined by the Minister of State and Senator Ward. It is essential we have the highest possible level of co-operation with our nearest neighbour and with our EU colleagues when it comes to crime prevention, investigation and,...

Seanad: Protocol No. 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: Motions (11 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I move: That Seanad Éireann approves the exercise by the State of the option or discretion under Protocol No. 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to accept the following measure: Council Decision (EU) 2021/430 of...

Seanad: Protocol No. 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: Motions (11 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I move: That Seanad Éireann approves the exercise by the State of the option or discretion under Protocol No. 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to accept the following measure: Regulation (EU) 2021/2260 of the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Construction Industry (5 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. The Construction Instruction Federation has highlighted the considerable impact hyperinflation is having across the building industry. The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has shown that the annual rate of construction inflation was 13.4% during 2021. Increasing materials and energy prices have been the driving forces behind the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Construction Industry (5 May 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I also extend a céad míle fáilte to our visitors. I hope they enjoy their day. I thank the Minister of State very much for the response. He outlined a number of the public projects that are being affected, which include housing projects. We all know that there is a chronic need for housing. As I said earlier, many contractors entered into contracts two to three years ago...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Planning Issues (28 Apr 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I welcome the Minister of State and thank him for taking time out of his schedule to be here. Recently published reports I have seen indicate we need approximately 50,000 homes to be built every year for the next 30 years. That information was published before we welcomed thousands of Ukrainians fleeing the war in their country to our shores. Trying to find homes for our young people is...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Planning Issues (28 Apr 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: I thank the Minister of State for his response. I am hugely disappointed with it. Most of the reference here seems to apply to developers. I am not talking about developers, but about young people who are trying to build a one-off house, many of whom reside in the Minister of State's constituency as well. A pandemic the like of which we have never seen, inflationary issues we have not...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Apr 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: Along with colleagues who have paid tribute to a number of former Members of this House who have passed away in recent times, I offer condolences to the families of Michael O'Kennedy and, closer to home for myself, Jimmy Leonard. Jimmy was a Member of this House for a period and a Member of the Lower House for many years. He served the people of Monaghan and the Cavan-Monaghan constituency...

Seanad: Automated Data Exchange for Police Co-operation: Motion (26 Apr 2022)

Robbie Gallagher: The Minister is very welcome to the House. She outlined very clearly in her contribution the reasons we should support this proposal. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil grouping, I will certainly do so. Senator Ward mentioned a high-profile case that was in the media recently. If one were looking for an example of a high-profile case where co-operation among police forces throughout the...

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