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National Parks and Wildlife Service Strategic Plan: Statements (Resumed) (19 May 2022)

National Parks and Wildlife Service Strategic Plan: Statements (Resumed) (19 May 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: It is fitting, on National Biodiversity Week, an initiative run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, that we are having these important statements on the new strategic action plan. Like other speakers, I want to start by not just commending the Minister of State for the action plan itself, but by making a very clear statement that if it was not for the Minister of State's...

National Parks and Wildlife Service Strategic Plan: Statements (19 May 2022)

National Parks and Wildlife Service Strategic Plan: Statements (19 May 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak today on my strategic action plan for the renewal of the National Parks and Wildlife Service and to hear the contributions of Deputies from across the House on this vital subject. In 2019, Ireland became one of the first countries to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. Many countries have since taken similar steps to acknowledge the...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Roderic O'Gorman: The Government provided huge support to the childcare sector during the crisis through a range of funding mechanisms, particularly through the availability of the employment wage subsidy scheme, EWSS. That supported the amazing work done by childcare providers in staying open for the most vulnerable children and children of essential workers, even during some of the toughest times of the...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: I want to ask about the scandals at the top of An Bord Pleanála. The terms of reference of the review have been published and they leave a lot to be desired. They are extremely narrow, dealing with only three particular decisions of the board and only one of the board members, Mr. Paul Hyde. The terms of reference do not include the 2019 case in which Mr. Hyde approved the deeply...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I responded to a question on this from Deputy Cian O'Callaghan earlier, so I do not want to expand too much on what I said. I want to reiterate that these are serious allegations, and serious allegations should be investigated seriously. People are entitled to due process and fair procedure, and that will happen. It is a matter for the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, to consider whether...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Emer Higgins: I would like to raise the shortage of childcare places particularly in Lucan and Newcastle. I have been contacted by parents who cannot find a place for their child and are met with really long waiting lists. Sadly, in some cases, this means that one parent, invariably the mother, decides to change her working hours because she cannot find appropriate childcare. I have also been...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Roderic O'Gorman: The chief way we are supporting the industry is through core funding, the massive investment of €221 million across a full year, which is designed to support capacity. The Deputy has highlighted that capacity is missing in certain areas. The funding is designed in ways to recognise that there are gaps, particularly for younger children under the age of one. Where a service provides...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: We are over time but as there are two Members left, I will allow them to contribute with the co-operation of the House.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I want to raise the issue of a family resource centre for Erris, which is absolutely imperative. We fought for more than ten years for a family resource centre there. The steering group has the strategic plan together. It has done the needs analysis. It is a beautiful area but it is severely disadvantages. It is classed as disadvantaged or very disadvantaged according to the Pobal HP...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: The last time I stood up here, I asked a question about the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill, which had gone through the previous Dáil and was to be reintroduced. I was promised a reply and I have not received it. Will the Minister give an assurance that the assisted decision-making (capacity) (amendment) Bill will be published in this session? It is a very important Bill and it is long overdue.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Roderic O'Gorman: I can commit that the assisted decision-making (capacity) (amendment) Bill will be published in the next two weeks. We look forward it being passed by the end of this session, with the co-operation of both Houses. I am happy to engage further with Deputy Conway-Walsh on the issue she raised. Tusla is currently undertaking a review of all its family support services, including the place...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Will I get a reply on the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill?

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: I thought I had written a reply to the Deputy. We will endeavour to get the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill back on the Order Paper. It fell with the last Dáil but it is ready to go and we would like to get it through the Houses.

Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Developments) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Leave to Withdraw [Private Members] (19 May 2022)

Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Developments) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Leave to Withdraw [Private Members] (19 May 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I move: That leave be granted to withdraw the Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Developments) (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Developments) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Leave to Withdraw [Private Members] (19 May 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Planning and Development (Strategic Housing Developments) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Leave to Withdraw [Private Members] (19 May 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar fionraí ar 1.08 p.m. agus cuireadh tús leis arís ar 1.48 p.m. Sitting suspended at 1.08 p.m. and resumed at 1.48 p.m.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Leddin for the question. I am a strong supporter of the plans of the Minister, Deputy Ryan, for commuter rail in Limerick and Cork. It could really make a big difference for the cities in terms of the climate, quality of life and future development. The new Shannon task force has just been appointed. One thing I have asked it to do is engage with the three local...

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