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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: 117. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce primary legislation to establish an unfair trading practices enforcement authority. [26982/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I want to ask the Minister about the expected timeframe in respect of his proposed legislation to establish an unfair trading practices enforcement authority; when he considers each stage will be progressed through the Dáil; and when he expects the final legislation to be concluded.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Carthy for the question. As he is aware, the unfair trading practices enforcement authority was established by my Department in April of last year when I signed a statutory instrument transposing the EU unfair trading practices, UTP, directive directly into Irish law. I want to assure the Deputy that this enforcement authority has been assigned all the necessary legal powers,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I say with assurance that the Oireachtas committee on agriculture will, as I know from our discussions, be keen to scrutinise this Bill in an efficient way. Yet, it is very important that we do it in a robust way. The Minister will know that I was part of the discussions at a European level in relation to the unfair trading practices regulation. I was extremely disappointed with the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I have been advocating for this since my time in opposition. Indeed, I put it forward as part of our platform at the last general election. I welcome the recent support from Sinn Féin for the principle of the establishment of an office to ensure fairness and transparency. It is important that we see the Oireachtas agriculture committee do that pre-legislative scrutiny. I look forward...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: I am sure that the Minister will agree the last thing we need is another quango. We need an organisation that has real teeth. In the first instance, therefore, we have to ensure that unfair trading practices are outlined, identified and outlawed. That means that the current list of outlawed practices needs to be widely expanded, in my view. Second, we need to see that the enforcement...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Agriculture Industry (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: This is a quite unique initiative that the Government and I are bringing forward with the objective of ensuring that primary producers, in particular farmers and fishers, get respect and that they get paid properly a fair margin of what is available in the marketplace for their massive amount of work over one or two years to produce an animal for market. As a country that exports 90% of the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: There is no doubt that more is needed. We have this short-term measure and we have the review, but more needs to be done. We are also looking at training and retention of dental graduates. We are looking at both the numbers graduating and the mix between EU and non-EU graduates who are coming in and training. That has to be looked at. We are looking at that for medical students as well,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Dental Services (26 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Before we move on, cuirim céad míle fáilte roimh na ndaltaí scoile thuas staighre.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Disability Services

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 13. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to address the delays in assessments of need and the subsequent roll-out of services to children with developmental delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26977/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Frankie is two. His parents, very worried, came into my office this week because a paediatrician and their own observation established that Frankie has very serious developmental delays, is non-verbal and is showing all the signs of severe autism. They got a letter stating he would be assessed within the legally required time, and then they got a phone call shortly afterwards from the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Mary Butler: I thank the Deputy for raising this question. I offer my apologies on behalf of the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, who is not able to be here. We hear stories such as Frankie's all the time, and the Minister is acutely aware of the current situation. The new standard operating procedure for assessments of need was implemented for all new applications for assessments of need from 15...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I certainly will refer it to the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte. I have also been talking to one of the barristers who is taking many of these cases and the situation is very bad. This story suggests the establishment of the disability network teams is not making any difference; it is just another layer. We have assessments of need, disability network teams, CAMHS and NEPS. It is all...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Mary Butler: I wish to point out an important point. The assessments are being done. There have been 10,000 assessments done over the past two years. Obviously, the court ruling has challenged that. There were 1,719 assessments done in the first quarter of the year. My understanding is the assessments are being done and that children are being referred on to different multidisciplinary teams and the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: A preliminary assessment is not an assessment of need. That is the point and that is what the judge ruled on. It was a way of appearing to tick the box of assessment without actually giving the assessment necessary or the diagnosis. I see the Minister shaking his head. Why do Frankie's parents get a letter stating they will get their assessment by May? This is a tick box the law requires...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Deputy Boyd Barrett has spoken about the fact we need early interventions. I raised a Topical Issue matter on this and spoke about Louth and Dundalk and the lack of occupational therapists, OTs, and speech and language therapists in the area. There are people who have been assessed and who are being told they will not get services for a year or two years. Obviously, that is not on. I am...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Mary Butler: It is acknowledged there are serious challenges in the filling of therapy posts due to the availability of new opportunities across the health and social care sector. As I have said, 475 posts have been developed since 2019. I reiterate that assessment of need reports will no longer be issued on the basis of a preliminary team assessment, and the HSE will engage directly with the families...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (26 May 2022)

Alan Farrell: We have a couple of minutes left. I could allow Deputy Connolly's question to be answered briefly.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Inspections (26 May 2022)

Hospital Inspections

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