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Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Custodial Sentences) Bill 2021: Second Stage (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this important and timely debate on this legislation. I thank the Minister of State for bringing it to the House. Like my colleague, Deputy Catherine Murphy, I agree that at some point we need to look at the process of keeping up with the transposition of European directives and ensuring that Ireland is not a laggard when it comes to...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: Last week, the French Government, in an act of solidarity and gratitude, fast-tracked and granted the citizenship applications of 12,000 front-line workers. If France can do it, why can we not do it?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Infrastructure (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: As a final supplementary question, I am quite enthused by the Minister's closing comments on the potential for similar projects in the future. The fact this could come on stream by 2026 and in a total project time of 15 years is remarkable. The real importance of this project is in ensuring we have energy connectivity with the European Union. That is vitally important post Brexit. We do...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Infrastructure (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 6. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the Celtic interconnector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43992/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Infrastructure (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: In light of Brexit and the increased focus on connectivity and energy security, will the Minister please provide the House with an update on the progress of the Celtic interconnector project?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Energy Infrastructure (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: I very much appreciate that full update and reply regarding what is probably one of the most important projects under way between Ireland and another EU member state. It is also a project that has been going on for more than a decade now. While I appreciate the process is lengthy and that much funding has been put in place, the opportunities this presents and which similar projects could...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Litter Pollution (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 34. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the supports for local authorities in terms of litter awareness and anti-dumping; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43991/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 99. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to expand capacity on the Luas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43994/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (16 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 104. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the trial use of hydrogen powered buses in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43993/21]

Confidence in Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence: Motion (15 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: I support the motion of absolute and full confidence in the Minister, Deputy Coveney, continuing as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence at this crucial time for our State and the European Union. Like a number of others in this House, I have been fortunate over the past four years to work extremely closely with the Minister as this State faced one of the gravest challenges...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (15 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: I will speak about Question No. 5, which is in my name. I thank the Taoiseach for his ever-fulsome response about his recent meetings with the First Minister and the leader of the DUP in Northern Ireland. However, when will he meet them next? Will there be a next meeting before there is an assembly election? What can the Taoiseach do in the office he holds to ensure those meetings take...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (15 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 5. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his most recent discussions with the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland. [43739/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Trade Missions (15 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 129. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will report on the recent trade mission to the UK, France and Germany; the number of Irish companies that have expanded into these markets during the Covid-19 pandemic period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43727/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 18. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to issues in recruitment within the homecare sector which is believed to have been worsened by the decision to not allow providers to recruit staff from outside the EEA; if he has taken steps to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41967/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 23. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he has a draft timetable for full preparations up to and including the necessary referendum on the European Unified Patent Court system which Ireland signed up to and is now expected to be operational in 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42435/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 24. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the status of the preparations to host an Irish local division of the Unified Patent Court; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42436/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 25. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if there are plans in place to develop a strategy to market the Irish local division of the Unified Patent Court internationally to ensure it is successful and delivers on its full economic potential; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42437/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 26. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he is considering making a bid to host the central division of the Unified Patent Court system given that the UK’s withdrawal from the agreement means that the central division court destined for London will have to find a new home (details supplied); if there have been discussions with the enterprise agencies on this...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Policy (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 48. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of work into developing a policy statement on the importation of fracked gas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41972/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (9 Sep 2021)

Neale Richmond: 68. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if, as part of the target of reducing 51% of emissions over 12 years includes specific annual targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42563/21]

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