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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Peter Burke: I acknowledge all the work that Deputy Whitmore has done in this area. The Government will not oppose this Bill. The Deputy’s passion and concern for protecting basking sharks is very clear and indeed is shared by the Government. My colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, shares the Deputy’s desire for greater protections. He and the Department are supportive of...

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We all wish to be associated with that message of sympathy to Deputy Whitmore. It is a very difficult time for her. There is unfortunately nobody else listed to speak on this matter. Deputy Gannon as the proposer may respond to the Minister of State's comments. The Minister of State then may give a further response, if he wishes to do so.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: I thank the Minister of State for his contribution. I intend to be quite brief. I listened to the Minister of State's comments and I drafted some notes. I welcome the Minister’s contribution, but it has taken 12 months to get to this point. The fact that it is still being said that work is underway does not instil a huge amount of confidence in me. I note that the Minister of...

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Peter Burke: As I stated, the work is at an advanced stage. I know that the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, is recruiting an additional 120 rangers, which is double what was there in 2020. Therefore, there is a lot of good work ongoing in this space.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 7.38 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 17 Bealtaine 2022. The Dáil adjourned at at 7.38 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am delighted to be able to take part in the Second Stage debate of my colleague Deputy Whitmore's Wildlife Bill 2021, a day before National Biodiversity Week commences. She could not be here today due to a family bereavement. All our thoughts are with her on the loss of her sister, Lilian. I am standing in for her today and, in doing...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Deputies for raising this important matter. On behalf of my colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, I reaffirm the Government's commitment to children with disabilities and their families. As Minister of State with responsibility for disabilities, Deputy Rabbitte is fully committed to the development and enhancement of services for children with disabilities. She...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I will quickly revisit the issue of the autistic four-year-old. There was a family intervention meeting and the mother was told that no therapies would be possible for a couple of months. This child is not toilet trained and that is creating specific difficulties. The problem is that the child cannot get a place in a special school or in a regular school until that is resolved. The only...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: In the first instance, I commend Siobhán Campbell and Rachel Martin from Families Unite for Services and Support, FUSS, Ireland, who have been energised, despite everything that is going on in their lives and all their responsibilities, to organise and agitate with parents of children with disabilities in County Meath. It is a huge undertaking. They have clear requests and I will put...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Frank Feighan: Once again, I thank the Deputies for their contributions and for their concerns about this matter in their counties. Deputy Ó Murchú referred to workforce planning. That is quite a reasonable suggestion. Progressing children's disability services is the policy underpinning children's disability services. The Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, believes in the overarching aim...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Members for raising those important matters of topical interest.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We will now proceed to the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021. The Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Peter Burke, is here to deal with this. You are our expert on wildlife.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Peter Burke: And basking sharks.

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: Is this area in the portfolio of the Minister of State? Does he have responsibility for it?

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (12 May 2022)

Peter Burke: I do, indeed, in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Heritage forms part of the direction on this.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Verona Murphy: I did not expect anything else and I am not saying that I doubt the bona fides of the Minister of State, but the answer is always the same. The answer is always just another network or it is a staffing issue, but we never seem to get to grips with the staffing issue in such a way that we would outsource it or consider critical skills permits. I have been saying this so repetitively on the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Deputy for articulating the details relating to this very difficult issue. As stated, progressing children's disability services is the policy underpinning children's disability services. All 91 CDNT teams are now established and while I know they are challenged with recruitment and retention issues, they are in place and the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, is continuing to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (12 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I do not think anyone could question the commitment of the Ministers of State, Deputy Feighan and Deputy Rabbitte.

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