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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Enterprise Support Services (30 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: 762. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when he will announce the release date of the enterprise support grant for businesses impacted by Covid-19. [19907/20]

Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) (29 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I congratulate the Minister on his new position and welcome the stimulus package, even though it does not cover everything that I need. It is to be hoped amendments can be introduced so that it can work for all of the people in Ireland. Publicans were told that they could open two weeks ago. They stocked their bars and sanitised their pubs in preparation for opening. The Government...

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020: Second Stage (28 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I congratulate the Minister on his appointment and look forward to working with him in the future. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have looked to Departments to show leadership and guidance to the public but they have not done so. Clear and concise instructions need to be given and some parts of this Bill require clarification. For example, tenants who have taken pay cuts across the board...

Ministers and Secretaries and Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) (24 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: This legislation will create a new Department with responsibility for further and higher education, research, innovation and science. From a rural perspective, the support it would provide is vital in assisting not only the promotion of study in sustainable agriculture but the transition of rural students into highly populated university campuses and further research academies. The social...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (24 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I congratulate the Leas-Cheann Comhairle on her appointment. She has made history and yesterday was a great day for women and for the House as she is the first woman ever to have been elected to the position. When GPs refer people for swabbing and they do not turn up, what can be done? Should penalties be put in place? When people are supposed to turn up for a swabbing but do not so,...

Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) (23 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I thank the Cathaoirleach. We are discussing children up to the age of 13 having access to GP and surgical services free of charge. I welcome this. I am sure it is greatly needed, but are we ready for it? I will share a number of conversations with the House. I have a lady in my constituency who has two children who have a complex need and have received cancellations for blood tests...

Revised Estimates for Public Services 2020 (23 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: 3 o’clock Restaurants, pubs and hotels are calling for the continuation of the temporary wage subsidy scheme to be able to keep staff employed over the autumn and winter lean period. I am sure it is more important to have people working than unemployed. They are also calling for a reduction of VAT to a minimum of 9% and refer to Northern Ireland, where it is at 5%. Will the...

Debenhams Ireland Redundancies: Motion [Private Members] (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: When I grew up in Limerick, at the time Roches Stores had a unit there. I remember as a young lad that the first escalator in Limerick was in Roches Stores. It was a treat to go in and to go up and down this escalator, as it was the first one. Roches Stores ceased business and Debenhams took over. Debenhams workers, some of whom were also Roches Stores workers, had as much as 40 years of...

Post-European Council Meetings: Statements (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: As noted at the European Council meeting, in addition to the €1.824 trillion approved by the EU, there is €5 billion in the Brexit reserve. It is earmarked for unforeseen consequences in the most affected member states and sectors. Surely this will be passed on to Ireland. I hope that this matter is being examined by our MEPs in addition to what is required to meet the Covid...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I agree with everything the Taoiseach said but the best way forward in respect of this matter is to take an all-island approach. There should be a link to the passport number of anyone leaving this country by air or by ferry. This is the fastest way to police matters. Using the passport system to police the pandemic is the fastest way to track anyone leaving the country or coming into it....

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: In the programme for Government, I highlight the section on building stronger and safer communities on page 84. It states: Community safety is at the heart of the ongoing transformation of An Garda Síochána. The new Government will ensure that this will be a key part of our social contract with citizens. An Garda Síochána is enriched by its resilient links in the areas...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Prison Accommodation (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: 189. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the construction works on the new refurbishment of Limerick Prison. [17695/20]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Funding (22 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: 238. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding funding for neurology services at University Hospital Limerick [17694/20]

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Impact of Covid-19: People with Disabilities (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: In mid-March, disability day services, including the intellectual disability services, were closed with a small number of exceptions. In May and early June, Inclusion Ireland surveyed the people who use these services and their families to establish the impact of the closure of services. In total, 291 family members answered the survey, as did 55 people with intellectual disability. The...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Impact of Covid-19: People with Disabilities (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: We have homecare agencies that give support to the elderly and people with disabilities in their houses. They were offering to work and looking for more hours and they were not allowed to work. The people who wanted to work had their hours reduced but their hours were kept to a bare minimum to stop them getting the carer's Covid payment.

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Non-Covid Healthcare Disruption: Waiting Lists and Screening (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: Mary Fogarty, a nurses' representative, says there is no social distancing taking place in the hospitals. On Monday, 13 July, there were 56 patients on trolleys in one area in the regional hospital with a capacity of 20 patients. This has increased now to 40 patients. Some patients are sitting on chairs. There is no social distance and staff are exposed. The INMO has asked for an...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Non-Covid Healthcare Disruption: Waiting Lists and Screening (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: My second question is: why there is such a high turnover of nurses in certain hospitals compared with others? In certain hospitals around the country there is a massive turnover of nurses who are not staying within the hospital system. Is this not a clear indication that in some of the hospitals there is a breakdown of management or communications to let the nurses do their job properly?...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Non-Covid Healthcare Disruption: Waiting Lists and Screening (Resumed) (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I brought this up earlier and the witness mentioned that facilities for 100 beds are being built in Limerick at the moment. On 13 July some 56 patients were on trolleys in one area in University Hospital Limerick, UHL, with capacity for 20 patients. This number has increased to 40. Some patients are sitting on chairs with no social distancing and with staff exposed. The Irish Nurses and...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Non-Covid Healthcare Disruption: Waiting Lists and Screening (Resumed) (17 Jul 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: I am asking about Limerick specifically.

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