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Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: 9. To ask the Taoiseach the membership and terms of reference of the National Security Committee chaired by the Secretary General of his Department. [29521/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: 10. To ask the Taoiseach if he will provide a list of the membership of the National Security Committee; and when it last met. [29776/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

James Lawless: 11. To ask the Taoiseach the details of the National Security Committee. [33007/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Catherine Murphy: 12. To ask the Taoiseach the membership and terms of reference of the National Security Committee chaired by the Secretary General of his Department. [33042/21]

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 to 12, inclusive, together. The National Security Committee is chaired by the Secretary General to the Government and it comprises representatives at the highest level from the Departments of Justice, Defence, Foreign Affairs, the Environment, Climate and Communications and from An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces. The secretariat to the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: Can the Taoiseach tell us what interaction the National Cyber Security Centre has with the work of the National Security Committee? Is the centre represented on the committee and did either advise the Taoiseach of high-level cybersecurity threats following Government formation last year? As the Taoiseach is aware, the budget and staffing of the National Cyber Security Centre came under...

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: The last Government had a Cabinet subcommittee on national security. Why was it dropped? Is it not even more pertinent now we have such a Cabinet subcommittee? We have the National Security Committee. I do not want the details, but I presume Ministers attend that. Can the Taoiseach tell us how often it meets and at what level? Where are we at as regards the cyberattack on the HSE? Have...

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Devlin on behalf of Deputy Lawless.

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I thank the Taoiseach for his reply to that question. Are there any plans to develop a national security strategy? The previous Government went to develop a national security strategy in 2019, with the process led by the national security analysis centre. I understand there was also a short consultation process undertaken at that time, over three weeks which included Christmas holidays....

Ceisteanna - Questions: National Security Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I wonder if we are unnecessarily secretive about this committee. In Germany, for example, the citizens get a briefing on the equivalent committee. They know the full composition and what is deemed to be a threat. That helps people on the non-governmental side in terms of their level of preparedness. We know what the State knows are threats, like hostile states, hardline dissidents and...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Mick Barry: At a meeting this morning of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, the Aer Lingus CEO, Ms Lynne Embleton, was asked whether she would keep 200 Cork workers on the books for ten weeks that Cork Airport is to be closed for runway repairs in September, October and November. She replied that at the time of the decision to announce the layoffs, there was uncertainty...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: I too raise the ESRI data published yesterday and urge the Taoiseach to form and launch an ambitious, thoughtful and far-reaching recovery package for young people and young workers because all the data reflect that they have been hardest hit and the damage will remain for some time. Social Justice Ireland, the OECD and many others have recognised this fact. The Government's efforts thus...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: To respond to Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan, URDF funding will be substantial, at more than €300 million, for the docklands in Cork, which encompasses the south docks as well as the northern side. It will create employment overall in the region, which will be of great significance for the infrastructural works that will facilitate both residential and commercial developments in the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Thank you, Taoiseach. I am afraid we have to move to the next set of questions.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Mick Barry: We have not had any answers.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: The ESRI has stated that we should, and need to, build up to 33,000 houses a year. On the taxi question, if I may continue, a €6.5 million package was provided last week for taxi, hackney and limousine operators following my meetings with them and my engagement with the Minister for Transport. That involved €3 million for the continued waiver of vehicle licence fees in...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We need to move to Question No. 9, I am afraid. We are out of time.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Micheál Martin: These supports include the PUP and enterprise support grants, many of which can be accessed by taxi drivers.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

(Interruptions).

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 Jun 2021)

Mick Barry: Why can we not have more time?

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