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

Cathal Berry: I very much welcome the publication by the Government of the Private Security Services (Amendment) Bill 2021. It is long overdue. I recognise and acknowledge the work and contribution of Deputy Ó Laoghaire in the initial drafting of the Bill some time ago. I am heartened by the fact there is cross-party support for it. There is good reason for that support. I am happy to say that I...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: I thank the Minister. Again, that was a very useful response. My point is just to encourage the use of the Defence Forces, these State assets we have, when appropriate. Many of the tasks the Minister listed would be well within the Defence Forces' comfort zone, for instance, armoured protection, bodyguard services, medical support and, crucially, critical communications as well. The...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: 50. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if private security firms have been appointed to secure Irish embassies and diplomats in unstable regions abroad; if so, the cost of such arrangements; if they provide armed protection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24517/21]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: Have private security firms have been appointed to secure Irish embassies and diplomats in unstable regions abroad? If so, what is the cost of such arrangements, do they provide armed protection and will the Minister make a statement on the matter?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Diplomatic Representation (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: I thank the Minister for that very useful response. More than €1 million seems like quite a large outlay for such a bespoke service. Has any consideration been given to resourcing and tasking the Defence Forces to provide such a service on a more permanent basis rather than just on an ad hocbasis? I ask that for a number of reasons. First, Irish embassies overseas are sovereign...

Europe Day: Statements (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: I am delighted to be here to speak on Europe Day as a member of the Regional Group. Ireland joined the European project in 1973. I was born in 1977 and as such I am one of Ireland's lucky generations really. We were the first generation to be born within the European Union, the first generation to benefit fully from its membership and the first generation to witness first-hand the...

Written Answers — Department of Defence: White Papers (11 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: 416. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if Irish military attachés will be appointed to a small number of Irish embassies abroad as outlined in the White Paper on Defence 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24518/21]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: I thank the Tánaiste for the response. I welcome the acquisition of two new CASA 295 maritime patrol aircraft in 2023. What I would say is that they are to be for maritime patrol and should be used exclusively for that purpose, especially given the fact we have two ghost ships in Cork because the Naval Service cannot put them to sea because of a crewing problem. We still very much...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 May 2021)

Cathal Berry: It is amazing how time flies. Next week is the anniversary of a useful exchange the Tánaiste and I had in the Dáil Chamber in Leinster House during a debate on the lack of strategic airlift capability in this country. I remember being quite heartened by the Tánaiste's response at the time. He specifically said: Military air transport is a real weakness for us. We are...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Counselling Services (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 568. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary school children awaiting emotional counselling and therapeutic supports; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21714/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Counselling Services (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 569. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of post primary school children awaiting emotional counselling and therapeutic supports; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21715/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: National Educational Psychological Service (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 570. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current level of service from NEPS at primary and post-primary level; her plans to increase NEPS support to schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21716/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 571. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to pilot workshops on well-being and resilience including trauma in order to inform approaches for school leaders in primary and post-primary schools; the way in which schools will be selected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21717/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 572. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if schools with additional educational needs will be included in pilot workshops on well-being and resilience including trauma; the way in which schools will be selected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21718/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 573. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she plans to conduct a comparative study in relation to which countries perform well in the area of trauma-informed school strategies and restorative practices for students, educators and school communities and assess the way Ireland compares; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21719/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 574. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department will adopt initiatives used or proposed internationally due to traumatic events such as a pandemic that focus on schools and education systems; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21720/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 575. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the supports needed by the wider school community, that is, teachers, SNAs, caretakers and bus drivers to understand trauma-based supports and restorative practices; the way in which to implement same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21721/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 576. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the provision of additional training of trauma-informed school strategies and restorative practices for all educators and school communities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21722/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education Policy (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: 577. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will support and implement trauma-informed school strategies and restorative practices for all students, educators and school communities commencing in the new school year 2021-2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21723/21]

Ireland's participation in MARSUR III: Motion (22 Apr 2021)

Cathal Berry: I thank the Minister for coming to the Chamber to debate the final stages of this motion on the EU maritime surveillance programme. It is a project that I am very much in favour of. I am in favour of it for three reasons, primarily. First of all, it is very simple. From Ireland's perspective, it consists of just a single computer and a single telephone in the naval base in Cork, which...

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