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Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I should make mention of our close relationship, like everyone else has done. I am from County Louth, where we have the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford. The last time we were lucky enough to be able to go to events, I was there and met General John de Chastelain. Obviously there are very close relationships between Ireland and Canada and I do not think that decoupling ISDS...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: My argument and the question I put is that the tide is going out with regard to ISDS. The fear is that if the State wants to introduce legislation, it has the chilling effect on the basis that the State has left itself open to being sued because the corporation has the legitimate expectation of profit. While that is fine, if we want to introduce legislation for the public good, for example...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I mentioned the Energy Charter Treaty, which Canada has not been signed off on the basis of the ISDS element. People are stepping away from it for fear of corporations suing. Regarding article 8.10, enough has been said regarding fair and equitable treatment but creating a legitimate expectation. The chilling effect is what we are still talking about. That is obvious. We have...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I am not sure we have full protection as regards the chilling effect. I asked whether there is any obstacle to continuity of the provisional application. A large number of countries, particularly in the EU, are not making major inroads on ratification of the ICS.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Is anything stopping this provisional application continuing in the near future without ratification of the ICS?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I thank the three speakers and I will move this on as fast as I can.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Members may have missed the greatest speech ever given but I can start again. This comes down to the investor court system and the fact we do not want to leave ourselves exposed to be sued by large corporations. Dr. Ankersmit said earlier that it will not exactly be small or medium enterprises taking these sorts of action. I would like some sort of detail on corporations' success rates in...

Project Ireland 2040: Motion [Private Members] (1 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I thank the Rural Independent Group for tabling this motion and giving me this opportunity. I will initially deal with Sinn Féin's document, Our Rural Future, and particularly the part of it which relates to optimising digital communications. We had much conversation in the Chamber earlier about investment in remote working and broadband provision. The national broadband plan is the...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (1 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I have to agree with Deputy Duncan Smith. We are in the realm of farce. On the issue of remote working, remote working hubs and broadband provision, how has the Tánaiste got on in terms of his conversations with National Broadband Ireland, NBI, regarding the acceleration of the roll-out? Beyond that, has he spoken to private operators about possible interim solutions for areas that...

Post-European Council Meeting: Statements (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I welcome the Minister of State breaking down the 360 million vaccine doses. Is it possible to get a timeline on when in the second quarter they will be delivered and if we can get the specifics for this State? That would be beneficial. I understand there will not be a pile of time for the work of Commissioner Thierry Breton, specifically with regard to the contracts between the EU or...

Post-European Council Meeting: Statements (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Many states across the European Union are experiencing a new wave of Covid-19. This is terribly frightening. The European Commission has admitted to the mistakes it made in procurement and we know of the issues with follow-up and contracts. It is fair to say there was an element of naivety in trusting the likes of AstraZeneca. One point on which I will agree with Boris Johnson is the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Shared Island Unit (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 29. To ask the Taoiseach the priorities of the shared island unit specifically in relation to new initiatives regarding north-south schemes. [13249/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Economic Policy (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 100. To ask the Minister for Finance the engagement he has had on the recently launched Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor Report; his views on the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17207/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Insurance Costs (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 124. To ask the Minister for Finance the engagement he has had in relation to public liability insurance specifically the lack of provision and high premiums; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17206/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Telecommunications Services (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 218. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has engaged in discussions or commissioned reports in relation to subsidising household broadband services to tackle educational disadvantage and narrow the digital divide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16679/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 378. To ask the Minister for Finance if his Department is considering plans to include outdoor activity providers with no fixed business premises in the Covid restrictions support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43685/20]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 379. To ask the Minister for Finance the engagement he has had with other relevant Departments on businesses that might not be eligible for the Covid restrictions support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1847/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Broadband Service Charges (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 585. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she has engaged in discussions or commissioned reports in relation to subsidising household broadband services to tackle educational disadvantage and narrow the digital divide; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16693/21]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Youth Services (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 696. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he received correspondence from a person (details supplied) regarding funding; if so, the steps he has taken following the request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16505/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (31 Mar 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 872. To ask the Minister for Health the expected date therapy services will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16365/21]

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