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Seanad: Planning and Development Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed) (17 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I thank the Minister, Deputy O'Brien, for being with us today. This is an incredible commitment by the Government which will revolutionise planning and development across the country. It has been in preparation for four years and I again compliment the Minister, the Ministers of State and their team in the Department. It is one national planning statement, three regional assemblies, 31...

Seanad: Planning and Development Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed) (17 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: This discussion is on the county development plan. The county development plan is looking at a number of these sections, including: sustainability and regeneration; economic development; housing; the creation, improvement and preservation of sustainable places; environment and climate change; and the conservation of natural and built heritage. We talk about balanced regional investment but...

Seanad: Better Planning for Local Childcare Provision: Motion (17 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I second the motion.

Seanad: Better Planning for Local Childcare Provision: Motion (17 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I welcome the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth. I have seconded the Fine Gael motion on better planning for local childcare. I thank Senator Currie for her work on this, her continuous efforts to support families and her determination to find solutions. This is of course an innovative approach. The Government has made strides in supporting parents to...

Seanad: Planning and Development Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I will focus on the national planning statements that will be presented to the Minister. We are discussing amendments relating to the provisions in Chapters 3 and 4 of the Bill. My questions specifically concern the regional spatial and economic strategy. The Northern and Western Regional Assembly released its regional infrastructure tracker just yesterday or the day before. The...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (15 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: It was a fantastic weekend. Gaillimh abú. It was a thrilling performance and a fantastic win for Galway. It was a little more difficult on the Donegal side of things, but I know Donegal will be back again. The players gave everything and we really cannot wait for the all-Ireland final. There is huge demand for the regional bus network. I call for a review of Bus Éireann's...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Schools Building Projects (10 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: The Minister of State is very welcome to the House. Scoil an Chroí Naofa in Ballinasloe was established in 1996 with an understanding at that time from the Department of Education that there would be a new school build. Families, teaching staff and the board itself have been waiting 28 years. This is a school with more than 300 children. It is really a shocking indictment of delays...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Schools Building Projects (10 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I appreciate that the Minister of State is taking this Commencement matter on behalf of the Minister for Education but the Department has responsibility to the families in that school and the people of Ballinasloe. It said itself that is the most significant project the town needs. I do not see the urgency. I would like the Minister of State to ask the Department what resources are being...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Crime Prevention (10 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, for taking so many of our Commencement matters this morning.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Swimming Pools (10 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: The Minister of State, Deputy Byrne, is very welcome here today. He is taking the Commencement matter for Senator Lombard.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Swimming Pools (10 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I thank the Minister of State and Senator Lombard.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: This is a very sad week in which we have lost an absolute giant in the world of sport and politics, John O'Mahony. Our deepest sympathies go to John's wife, Geraldine, his daughters and all the O'Mahony family on their loss. Many Oireachtas colleagues knew him well and have spoken of their feeling of loss. His death is shocking to many because he was only in his early 70s. He grew up with...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Moving Together: A Strategic Approach to Improving the Efficiency of Ireland’s Transport System: Minister for Transport and Communications (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I thank the Minister for providing more than €400 million for safety on the Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue road in County Roscommon. This was an extremely dangerous road on which lives were lost. I acknowledge the attention given to this matter. We also have a brand-new Local Link service from Castlerea to Mountbellew and Ballinasloe. I was in Galway last week and saw the new X51...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Moving Together: A Strategic Approach to Improving the Efficiency of Ireland’s Transport System: Minister for Transport and Communications (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: And the electric buses.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Moving Together: A Strategic Approach to Improving the Efficiency of Ireland’s Transport System: Minister for Transport and Communications (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: Westmeath and Roscommon are the two county councils for Athlone. The regional spatial strategy coming from the Western Development Commission and also from the East Midlands Development Commission has nominated Athlone as a growth town. The population is predicted to grow to 30,000 by 2030, which is only a few years away. We are looking at a train station and a bus station. I take the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Moving Together: A Strategic Approach to Improving the Efficiency of Ireland’s Transport System: Minister for Transport and Communications (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: It is where everybody goes swimming.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Moving Together: A Strategic Approach to Improving the Efficiency of Ireland’s Transport System: Minister for Transport and Communications (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: Yes, and how it can be showcased and opened up. Our towns sometimes turn their backs on the river and on the lake, in Loughrea, for example. I thank the Minister for his time.

Seanad: Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2024: Second Stage (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I welcome the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, to the House to talk about the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2024. The rent-a-room relief scheme is crucial. That programme has been brought in for people to have additional income, of course, and to be able to give a space to others. I see it in my home town. Nurses and doctors who come to work in Portiuncula Hospital for...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Engagement with the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I congratulate our new Minister, Deputy Peter Burke. As a Senator representing Roscommon and Galway, we have Athlone in common. We can see how both Westmeath County Council and Roscommon County Council work together to ensure the development of Athlone as a centre for the live sciences. Only recently, Athlone was nominated as a growth town and that is through the Western Development...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Engagement with the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (3 Jul 2024)

Aisling Dolan: I thank the Minister for his time.

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