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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Johnny Mythen: As the Tánaiste is aware, there is a large backlog for driver theory tests across the State, with 25,000 appointments for June alone. I welcome the Government's commitment to start reopening the 40 centres on 8 June, albeit on a phased basis. However, my constituency is facing further disruptions to its already overloaded system due to the closure during the week of the driver theory...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I appreciate the need to get driver testing going again, both the theory test and the practical test. This is being provided for as part of the reopening that will occur across June and July. Approximately 40 more driving testers are being recruited. I am not familiar with the issue at the centre the Deputy mentioned, but I will let the Minister of State, Deputy Naughton, know that he...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Alan Kelly: For a number of weeks now, I have been raising an issue on behalf of more than 500,000 people, those who have got their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. These are mostly 60-year-olds to 69-year-olds but they also include some over 50s, some of whom are in cohort 4 and some healthcare workers who got it earlier. These people are in some cases the most vulnerable but they will have the...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: We have updated advice now from NIAC which is recommending that we can go back to an eight-week interval between AstraZeneca doses. That is welcome news for healthcare workers and others - people in their 50s and 60s who have received AstraZeneca and would like to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. We want them to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible. The recommendation from NIAC...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Holly Cairns: It is hard for many to understand why one of the mother and baby home commissioners participated in an Oxford University seminar yesterday to discuss the commission's report but would not come before the Oireachtas committee. I welcome and totally agree with what the Tánaiste said that there is no excuse for this. I have written to the committee requesting that it invite them in again....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: As I said earlier, and I know the Deputy would agree with this, there is a difference between evidence and testimony on the one hand, which may well be true, and proof of fact which is something different. Obviously, any commission of inquiry or investigation would have to have a burden of proof that is above the level of testimony or evidence. It would have to be challenged. It would have...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Gino Kenny: This segment is about promised legislation. What I will ask the Tánaiste today was promised and was legislated for but it was never implemented. The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act dates back to December 2015. This was welcome legislation that replaced antiquated laws around the wards of court. Incredibly, after five and a half years, it has not been implemented. Things...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I am told that pre-legislative scrutiny is now done and the heads are now being prepared. I am afraid I do not have a timeline for the Deputy but I will ask the Minister to write to the Deputy about it.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Verona Murphy: I have stood on the floor 15 times since being elected in as many months to request that a child psychologist be appointed to the child and adolescent mental services in Wexford, in Arden House. I am pleased to say we are at the stage where a letter of offer has been made and that position will be filled by July. I thank the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Butler, and...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I am glad to hear that news, by the way. I hope the offer is accepted and that the post is filled as soon as possible. I recognise the Deputy's consistent advocacy in seeking that that post be made available for the children and people in Wexford who need it. I will have to take up the point about the dietitian with the HSE. Ultimately, those decisions are operational ones for the HSE....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I cannot emphasise enough the problems for the agriculture sector in this country. Everybody - even city people - is only a generation away from this sector. The Tánaiste's family farm is down in Dungarvan. The importance of the talks at present under CAP is vital and there is a huge fear out there that the Minister, Deputy McConalogue, is at sea. We have been devastated in...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The importance of the outcome of these talks cannot be underestimated for rural Ireland and for our farmers and our food industry. They are ongoing and I am limited in what I can say. Perhaps the best thing might be, if he is available, for the Minister to come before the House when we resume in a few days' time and give a briefing and take questions on it.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Pringle: My constituency office in Donegal is inundated with calls from anxious people who have had to apply for or renew medical cards. With the systems down due to the cyberattack, it is very frustrating and worrying for people, and they are not even applying for medical cards. As a GP, the Tánaiste will be aware that there is a facility available through GP surgeries to issue medical...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I will certainly mention that to the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly. We are aware of problems, obviously related to the cyberattack, that have caused delays in processing medical cards. As the Deputy rightly states, it is possible for GPs to issue emergency medical cards. It is not something we particularly encourage, by the way, but sometimes it is necessary. This...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. In a few months time, provided the virus does not surprise us again, we will be in a very different place as an economy and society. We will see a really rapid recovery in our economy due to Government investment, pent-up demand and deployment of the €12 billion or €14 billion in savings now in our banks above where we were in 2019. We will find ourselves...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: The first thing the Government did wrong was the felling licences, the second was the carbon tax and the third was voting against the amendment tabled by the Rural Independent Group on the 2040 plan, which would have delayed the process of houses. Now people are panicking and this is putting more pressure on supply and demand. I thank the Tánaiste for his thoughts but I do not want...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: Let me burst the Deputy's bubble again. The Government is not responsible for Brexit. Brexit is something that happened when the people in the United Kingdom decided they were going to leave the European Union and it has consequences. It has consequences in terms of checks on imports into this country and on the taxes that must be levied.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: What about the felling licences and roofs of houses?

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Allow the Tánaiste to respond.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (3 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy knows this was down to a decision made on environmental grounds in the courts and the Government is now responding to it.

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