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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rural Schemes (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue here today. The LEADER programme has been a very successful initiative for 30 years in Ireland. I am in no doubt that there is real value in the continued support for bottom-up locally-led initiatives that address the needs of communities all across the country and this is the hallmark of the LEADER approach. In fact, this direct link to local...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Belturbet Bombing (16 Dec 2021)

Belturbet Bombing

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Belturbet Bombing (16 Dec 2021)

Brendan Smith: I appreciate the Ceann Comhairle selecting this important issue for discussion here this evening. We are now approaching the 49th anniversary of the bombing in Belturbet, County Cavan, that caused the deaths of two young innocent teenagers, Geraldine O'Reilly from Belturbet and Patrick Stanley from Clara, County Offaly. On many occasions, I have raised the issue of this heinous crime,...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Joe Carey: I thank the Minister of State for his response. I am surprised that the report is confidential, will not be published and that we cannot see its recommendations. I have no doubt that the Government has supported Shannon. It put €23 million into the airport last year. We need certainty and to get into the regional airports programme on a permanent basis. The Minister of State...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: The Deputies' message is clear and straightforward. I will convey it to the relevant Ministers. So far this year, to the end of last month almost 325,000 passengers used the airport. This is an 80% reduction on the same period in 2019, when approximately 1.7 million passengers used the airport. While passenger numbers remain suppressed, it is welcome to see that passenger numbers for last...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rural Schemes (16 Dec 2021)

Rural Schemes

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rural Schemes (16 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: I appreciate being given the time to raise this important issue. The indicative LEADER budget for 2023 is €180 million for the period 2023 to 2027. The new programme is €36 million per year, as opposed to €50 million. No matter how we dress this up, that is a reduction. The Irish Local Development Network, ILDN, made a submission to the Department of Agriculture, Food...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Rural Schemes (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. The LEADER programme has been in operation in Ireland for 30 years. To mark this anniversary, the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Humphreys, recently launched the national rural network networks booklet of LEADER case studies. Case studies are excellent examples of the impactful and innovative initiatives that the LEADER programme has...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Aviation Industry

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: The Minister for Transport, Deputy Eamon Ryan, and the Minister of State, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, undertook to commission a review of the financial situation of Shannon Airport, which was carried out by NewERA. I understand that, according to that report, there is a need to continue to provide financial supports for Shannon Airport into 2022. The regional airports programme, which has...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Joe Carey: I am disappointed that neither the Minister for Transport nor the Minister of State, Deputy Naughton, are here for this debate. I understand that the Minister brought to Cabinet a report that was carried out by NewERA on the financial situation of the Shannon Group, including Shannon Airport. It is important that the report is published and that the recommendations are made known and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: I thank both Deputies for their questions on this matter. Regarding the review carried out by NewERA, this is a requirement under the code of practice for the governance of State bodies. Within the first six months of each financial year, commercial State bodies, including the Shannon Group, are required to submit to their relevant Ministers a draft annual rolling five-year business and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Aviation Industry (16 Dec 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I am a little surprised that this report was given to the Department last July. I am also surprised that the Minister of State said it was confidential and commercially sensitive because I read about its contents in the Irish Examiner. The article stated, "A review of Shannon Airport has found that the group should continue to receive State funding, the Cabinet has heard." I am a Deputy...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Zone Management (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. The relevant legislation that allows for the removal of abandoned vessels in Irish waters such as that referred to by the Deputy is the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993. This Act gives effect to the International Convention on Salvage of 1989, to which Ireland is a signatory state. Section 40 of the Act provides that the Minister...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Zone Management (16 Dec 2021)

Pat Buckley: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. He mentioned the section of the Merchant Shipping (Salvage and Wreck) Act 1993, which gives effect to the International Convention on Salvage of 1989. However, it says that the Minister for Transport has the power to appoint an official, known as a receiver of the wreck, to organise the process of dealing with it. If I go back to where we are...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Zone Management (16 Dec 2021)

Joe O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for the points he has raised. While the legislation in question that deals with salvage and wreck matters outlines roles and responsibilities for an appropriate authority, it does not specify provisions in relation to the costs associated with the removal of a wreck or the sale of that wreck. It is not possible when the owners of the vessel cannot be located, as has...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Collins very much. The Minister of State, Deputy Madigan, will conclude the debate for us.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Josepha Madigan: I thank Deputy Collins for her contribution. I will be speaking very briefly about special education but I will bring her comments back to Minister, Deputy Donnelly. With regard to the TRIPS waiver, the Government has noted the decision made by the Seanad last night. There is ongoing engagement at a European level in that regard. I know the Tánaiste is also aware of it. I wish...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: You cannot kill a bad thing.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Josepha Madigan: You cannot kill a bad thing. It is very positive that he is well and thank God for that. Deputy Ó Laoghaire, who was here earlier, also recovered from Covid-19, as did a number of other Senators and Deputies. None of us in this House, therefore, including staff, are immune to suffering the effects of Covid-19. We are all human beings at the end of day. I wish the Ceann Comhairle...

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