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Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: Instruction to Committee (15 Dec 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I move: That pursuant to Standing Order 233, Standing Order 187 is modified to provide that it be an instruction to the Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in relation to the Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021, that the Committee has power to make amendments to the Bill which are outside the scope of the existing subject matter of the Bill, in...

Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: Instruction to Committee (15 Dec 2021)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Senator Pippa Hackett): As Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, I am pleased to have the opportunity to address the House on the importance of planting of trees, and in particular our native trees. The Climate Action Plan 2021 sets an ambitious afforestation target when compared with recent afforestation...

Animal Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021: Instruction to Committee (15 Dec 2021)

Matt Carthy: I welcome any proposals aimed at increasing native tree-planting and encouraging smaller levels of afforestation among those who may not be willing or able, in the current climate, to take a leap towards greater levels of planting. Even so, the manner in which this proposal has been brought forward so late in the day, as an amendment to legislation that will ban fur-farming, is a matter of...

Ceisteanna - Questions (15 Dec 2021)

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Census of Population

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 1. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on discussions with the Central Statistics Office, CSO, with regard to the 2022 census. [60670/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Jack Chambers: The CSO's official interactions with the Department of the Taoiseach concerning the census relate to the formal preparation of Government decisions. With the current census, this relates to the decision to approve the holding of a census in 2021, the decision on the census 2021 form content and the deferment of the census for a year due to Covid-19. The CSO, as an independent office, acts...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Do I have a bit longer than a minute and a half?

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We have 15 minutes for the question but the Deputy does not have to use them all, unless he feels the need.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I am not planning to use them all. Do not worry. I just wanted to clarify we have 15 minutes. Something interesting has come to my attention about the census. Given the scale of the housing crisis in this country, there has quite correctly been a focus for quite some time, extending to years, on the question of vacant and derelict properties in the country. Many people, including me,...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Jack Chambers: I thank the Deputy and acknowledge the points he raises. There was a consultation process and pilot survey and the Government decided on new questions and structure for the census that was meant to run this year. The questions have already been set, as agreed by the Government in 2019, and the process is being operationalised. Much of the material being used by the enumerators has already...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Census of Population (15 Dec 2021)

Sitting suspended at 1.28 p.m. and resumed at 2.28 p.m.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Michael McGrath: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. The Government welcomes the decision of the UK Supreme Court this morning in respect of the hooded men case. We will, of course, study the findings of that judgment very carefully. I am sure the Deputy will be aware that in the course of their campaign, the Government has met and engaged with the men and, indeed, has supported their case,...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I welcome the announcement this morning by the Minister, Deputy McConalogue, of €3.7 million for charities that deal with animal welfare. I know he is currently reviewing the animal welfare strategy in his Department. What does the Government plan to do in its lifetime in terms of improving rights for animals? I refer in particular to the issue of horse welfare in my constituency....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Michael McGrath: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue and for his continued interest in this matter. I will raise the specific issue with the Minister, Deputy McConalogue. The additional funding he has provided will be very much welcomed and put to good use. It is important to state that there is already extensive legislation in place that imposes clear legal obligations in the context of animal...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Paul Kehoe: There has been much talk in recent weeks about closing schools early because of the concerns relating to Covid and, specifically, the new Omicron surge. I ask the Minister to confirm that schools will remain open until the last day of term, which is in the middle of next week. A significant number of experts have stated in recent weeks that this should be used as a circuit-breaker, but the...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy. The time is up.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Paul Kehoe: When will the Government announce the roll-out of vaccines for five- to 11-year-olds?

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Michael McGrath: I thank the Deputy. The roll-out of the vaccine for five- to 11-year-olds who are immunosuppressed and the most vulnerable will start next week. In fact, the vaccines of the particular paediatric Pfizer dose arrived in the country today. That will start next week. For all other five- to 11-year-olds, it will start in early January. The Government has no plans for schools to close...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (15 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister. We are out of time. There are four Deputies remaining. We will take 30-second questions from each Deputy.

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