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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Apr 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I thank the Chairman and our guests. I welcome certain aspects of the legislation. We should definitely try to get something done about the seasonal employment permit of between six and nine months. I also welcome the provision of training and innovation, supports and streamlining. I echo one or two of the comments made by other Deputies about increased inspections by the Workplace...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Apr 2021)

Matt Shanahan: Will the witnesses address the question on the below-cost selling of meat through multiples. Will the MRCI talk about points advocacy?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Apr 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I welcome Mr. Healy's comments regarding inspections, to which I alluded earlier. I ask the witnesses from MII share to the information gleaned from the rapid antigen test pilot programme with me and the committee. In respect of the overall beef market, in the context the abolition of milk quotas there has been quite a ramp up in milk production and consequently in beef capacity. Does...

Vaccination Programme and Covid-19: Statements (1 Apr 2021)

Matt Shanahan: Yes, a couple. First, I thank the Government for following through on the proposition to build a second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford which was announced in recent days. I addressed this with the Taoiseach yesterday. I look forward to engaging with the Minister in coming months to ensure the recruitment of staff and to get the lab operational as soon as it is commissioned. ...

Children (Amendment) Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (31 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I welcome the Bill. I thank Senators McDowell, Boyhan and Craughwell, as well as Deputy Jim O'Callaghan, for the amendments they have proposed and their work on the Bill. It will receive wide support from the House. This legislation will be very much welcomed, particularly by lobby groups, parents and survivors' groups. I commend the policy it seeks to implement. Many of us have heard...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (31 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: In 2016, the Taoiseach stood in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford and pledged that he and his party would deliver 24/7 cardiac care to the people of the south east. In recent days, he and his Minister for Health took a significant step in honouring that pledge by committing funding to a cardiac catheter lab at University Hospital Waterford. I thank the Taoiseach for that step,...

Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: As a member of the Regional Group I am very happy to be in the House this evening to support this proposed amendment to the Civil Liability and Courts Act. I thank the Minister, Deputy Michael McGrath, for his work in the area during the previous Dáil. Many members of the public, and especially people in private industry, were shocked, in the past 12 months particularly, to hear...

Residential Tenancies Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: Rental tenancies have become a very emotive subject over the past 20 years in Ireland with the fallout of the Celtic tiger followed by an economic upswing, which failed to deliver a commensurate rise in new house building and residential property supply. Even before Covid, rents were on an upward trajectory requiring rent pressure zones in an effort to contain further price increases. The...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Sport Ireland (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 56. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the additional funding her Department expects to provide to Sport Ireland to assist high-performance athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15990/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Crime Data (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 146. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of armed robbery cases reported to An Garda Síochána within the Waterford Garda division in each of the years 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021. [15987/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Garda Equipment (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 147. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new marked Garda vehicles allocated to the Waterford Garda division in 2019 and 2020; the breakdown by type of vehicle; the number of marked Garda vehicles withdrawn from the division during the same periods; and the breakdown of vehicle type and the year of initial registration. [15988/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Home Help Service (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 168. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated full-year cost of providing an extra 1.3 million home support hours; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15985/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Waiting Lists (25 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 169. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for both inpatient and outpatient appointments at University Hospital Waterford in 2019 and 2020, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15986/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 145. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the supports available under the Covid-19 business aid scheme for those without commercial rates contributions (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14046/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 1357. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department or HIQA have examined the possibly introducing Ivermectin as a possible Covid-19 treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14047/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Internships (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 1358. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to issues in relation to students radiographers (details supplied); his plans to standardise allowances, placement grants and payment for work carried out; if he will meet with representatives of the group to discuss the challenges being faced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14048/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Staff (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 1359. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he is prepared to take to rectify a matter in relation to non-consultant hospital doctors (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14049/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Tests (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 1360. To ask the Minister for Health if he has taken steps to review and recommend antigen testing to screen test pupils in schools (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14050/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disability Services Provision (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 1750. To ask the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding changes to the organisation and provision of health services to children and young persons with developmental delay and disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15310/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Wildlife Conservation (24 Mar 2021)

Matt Shanahan: 2018. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider legalisation calling for an immediate and outright ban on the importation of non-native bee species to help protect Ireland’s native stock of honeybees, reduce the risks of pest species and to reduce the risk of hybridisation due to mating of non-native and native species (details supplied); and if he...

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