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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Mattie McGrath: That is a pathetic reply. It is no wonder the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, or the Minister of State, Deputy Naughton, would not come into the House and read it out. Have the Government Ministers and the RSA board a brain among them? That board is arrogant and out of control. It cares nothing about young people, old people or anybody. It is outrageous that this is the answer we get. Why...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Michael Collins: I have spoken to driving instructors in west Cork. They feel they were disowned in this crisis. The responses given by the RSA to instructors were either non-existent or were childish during this pandemic. The RSA takes a fee of €250 per instructor every two years for registration. It never answers regarding what that money is spent on. It is definitely not spent on correspondence...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: I am very disappointed with the Minister of State. He said a theory test is not essential. What about the harvest this year? What about the farmers whose sons and daughters want to help to bring in the harvest? That is essential. Those sons and daughters can get their theory tests when they are 16 years old and can then drive tractors on their own farms. The Minister of State thinks...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Michael Healy-Rae: I will sum this up in a couple of words. The Minister of State knows sweet damn all about cutting silage. If he did, he would not have made the statement he did here on the record to disgrace himself and the Government he is supposed to represent. It is easy for the RSA to criminalise, penalise, demonise and paint the young people of Ireland as a target for increased revenue for the State,...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy. I think he may have been a little harsh on the Minister of State. I doubt he realised that he was going to have to explore the challenges of cutting silage when he came in to take this Topical Issue matter. I am sure the Minister of State will convey the messages he has received to his colleagues. He also has a further response.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The Ceann Comhairle was very kind to defend me, but I really am fine. I thank all the Deputies for their contributions, and particularly the constructive suggestion from Deputy O'Donoghue that we bring our driver theory tests online, as they should be. I am very happy that it is starting this month, and that there will be approximately 3,000 tests per month for cars and that it is also...

Estimates for Public Services 2021: Message from Select Committee (6 May 2021)

Estimates for Public Services 2021: Message from Select Committee (6 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Select Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimates for public services for the year ending 31 December 2021: Vote 30.

Message from Business Committee (6 May 2021)

Message from Business Committee (6 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The standing Business Committee has completed its consideration, under Standing Order 30, of the request by the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to waive the requirement for pre-legislative scrutiny, under Standing Order 173, of the general scheme and draft heads of the Workplace Relations (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2021, and has agreed thereto.

Message from Business Committee (6 May 2021)

Written Answers are published on the Oireacthas website.

Message from Business Committee (6 May 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 9.10 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 May 2021.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Anti-Social Behaviour (6 May 2021)

Frank Feighan: The Deputy is justifiably concerned about antisocial behaviour in Dublin and its effects on local communities. Antisocial behaviour can radically change the complexion of where each of us calls home and can make us feel distressed and unhappy. It can pose a serious threat to community safety and weaken collective resilience. Strong community engagement and services are critical in reducing...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and Jill Gray in his office for facilitating this Topical Issue debate. We have been raising this matter with the Tánaiste, the Taoiseach and everyone else. The dogs in the street are aghast about it. Why is there such inertia in the Road Safety Authority, RSA, and the Department of Transport in dealing with this issue? A lady in my constituency has had...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Michael Collins: There are people all over west Cork trying to get theory tests and driving tests. The whole system seems to be blocked up and flawed. One lady told me she had her 12 lessons done but the system would not allow her to register them, which meant she could not book her test. This is mainly about young people's lives. Priority must be given to getting a more efficient system going. We blame...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: In my constituency of Limerick, theory tests could have continued the whole way through the pandemic because they are done on a portal system. It would have been very easy. Other businesses kept going. This was a very easy system that could have been kept going to get the theory test out of the way so people could get their licences. It is so important to get the theory test done so...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Michael Healy-Rae: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing this very important debate. Prior to the pandemic, we had an issue with the waiting times for driving tests and theory tests. It is an issue I have highlighted time and again, as have my colleagues. Now the waiting list and the backlog of people who are eligible to take the test and want to take it is out of control. The Department of Transport and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is, and the Deputy has made the case very clearly.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Driver Test (6 May 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I thank the Deputies for raising these important questions. All Deputies in this House will have been contacted by constituents asking when this vital service will be brought back online. I am answering questions on behalf of my colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton. She sends her apologies. Driving tests for essential workers will continue to be the priority for...

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