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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I welcome Mr. Walsh. His opening statement is quite comprehensive. I will start with employment support, which is the big issue. We all accept that for an island like this connectivity is paramount. We are told throughout this period that it is all about maintaining capacity, particularly in aviation. When we get to the tail end of this, it is important we are able to maintain that...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: That was a comprehensive answer.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I asked about the corridor with America and if there has been communication with the other side, which operates its own restrictions.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: There is some information technology work to be done to ensure we are ready for action.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I am taking this slot as Deputy O'Rourke is at-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Issues Affecting the Aviation Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (19 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: He is at a briefing by the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications on the National Cyber Security Centre and the ransomware attack. The minute that is over, he will come in.

Recent Cyberattack and its Impact on the Health System: Statements (18 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I wish to add my thoughts on our dealings with Mr. Ciarán Ó hÓbáin at the committee meeting earlier. We certainly did not get the answers we were looking for. We obviously accept a criminal entity has made a dreadful attack on this State but a question is being asked about capacity in the NCSC. I want to deal with this, in particular. We welcome the review. We need it...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Sports Organisations (18 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We all accept that safety is paramount. We accept what the Minister of State has said with regard to the working group, the process and the engagement to date. However, the IMMAA believes that it is caught and that there are obstacles in its way. The Minister of State spoke about the Global Association of International Sports Federations, GAISF, requirement. This association believes that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Sports Organisations (18 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: This is a straightforward ask. The Irish Mixed Martial Arts Association, IMMAA, which was established in 2017, needs a roadmap in order to get recognition as a national governing body. It has engaged with the Executive in the North, including the former Minister, Ms Carál Ní Chuilín, and the Minister for Communities, Ms Deirdre Hargey. Its engagement in the North has been...

Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We support the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2020. I acknowledge that it is a technical Bill but there are anomalies in it that need to be addressed in the context of the particular situation in which we find ourselves with the Covid pandemic. I am sure that every Deputy in the Chamber and outside it has encountered multiple people who find themselves in the type of situation this...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Táim an-bhuíoch don Cheann Comhairle as an gcúpla focal sin. There is a general acceptance that there is a fairness in this legislation as regards leaving certificate students being given choice. We accept that students, parents and teachers across the board had an incredibly difficult time during the pandemic. I hope we have learned lessons from the difficulties we had...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I bring up the issue of the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. We need to accept the disparity between a huge military power like Israel and the Palestinian people. We have also had the de factoannexation and stealing of Palestinian land. We can only consider this a continuity of a plan for Israeli expansion. What will the Government propose in relation to our seat on the UN Security...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Defence Forces (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 30. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the commission on the future of the Defence Forces report will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25079/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 99. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the projected plans for secondary school provision throughout County Louth including provision within the Irish language education sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25082/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (13 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 148. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the plans in relation to the guidance for the 2021 summer provision programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25083/21]

Loan Guarantee Schemes Arrangements (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland) Bill 2021: Second Stage (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Ní fadhb ar bith é. Sinn Féin supports this legislation. Everybody accepts the absolute need for SMEs to have ease of access to necessary moneys. I hope the Minister of State, Deputy English, will consider Deputy O'Reilly proposal on further engagement with businesses and all the relevant stakeholders. We need to offer schemes that are fit for purpose. In this context,...

Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2016: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I commend Deputy Ó Laoghaire who pointed out in 2018 that there was insufficient or no regulation of some private security firms. He brought that to the attention of the Minister for Justice and, along with Deputy Martin Kenny, he later introduced legislation on the matter. In fairness, the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, and the Minister of State, Deputy James Browne, did not...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 43. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the Covid-19 business supports that are available for event caterers excluded from current Covid-19 supports due to the rateable and fixed premises criteria; the supports being considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24944/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Data (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 121. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of properties to date in rent pressure zones per local authority in respect of quarter 1 2021 data that have been identified as potentially in breach of short-term lettings regulations; the number of site inspections that have taken place; the number of change of use planning applications received; the number of...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Departmental Data (12 May 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: 204. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community policing gardaí by rank attached to each station in County Louth in each of the past five years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24945/21]

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