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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Hourigan for raising this important matter. I can be forgiven for saying that I am particularly pleased to hear her raising this issue, because I was born in that same hospital, though a little bit after 1757. I call the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank Deputy Hourigan for raising what the Ceann Comhairle has noted is a valuable topic. I am taking this issue on behalf of the Minister for Health, whose script I have to hand. I thank the Deputy for giving me the opportunity to outline to the House the position in relation to neonatology services at the Rotunda Hospital. As the House is aware, the Rotunda is one of the world's oldest...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (14 Jan 2021)

Neasa Hourigan: I share the Ceann Comhairle's fondness for the Rotunda. All three of my children were born there, one with only seconds to spare. It is a place which is very special to many of us. I welcome the response from the Minister of State. The Department of Health has engaged with the management of the Rotunda Hospital. We welcome that engagement. To be clear, the best practice in neonatal...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The national broadband plan contract was signed with National Broadband Ireland, NBI, in November 2019 to roll out a high-speed and future-proofed broadband network within the intervention area, which covers 1.1 million people living and working in more than 544,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms along with 695 schools. The national broadband plan will ensure that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I ask the Minister to deal with the specific questions. Would the Minister support Eir and NBI coming together to expedite the roll-out of fibre broadband in the amber areas that are alongside blue areas where Eir has already rolled out broadband? People are looking over the ditch to their neighbours who have broadband and they do not, and they could be waiting two or three years. Can...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I agree completely with Deputy O'Donnell about co-ordinating in neighbouring areas. Obviously, we would like to see the commercial operators being able to ensure that every single house in the State is covered. There may be efficiencies in dovetailing. That is a commercial matter for Eir or the other commercial operators, such as SIRO, Virgin Media and others. I confirm that I would like...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I thank Deputy Naughten. The Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, has asked me to apologise on his behalf. He cannot be here to contribute to this debate in person for reasons related to the pandemic. I understand that he has been in contact with the Deputy regarding this matter on a number of occasions since 4 January. The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Denis Naughten: Minor works are no good here. I ask the Minister of State to take the six suggestions I have put to him back to the Minister and to feed them into the meetings that are going to take place next week. The Minister of State represents the Green Party and a senior Minister of that party, Deputy Eamon Ryan, is here as well. There is something their colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Ossian Smyth: My party leader is indeed here beside me so I am being watched but I will take Deputy Naughten's six suggestions back to the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan. The Deputy clearly cares very strongly about this issue and it is clear that he has engaged extensively with a number of Ministers on this matter. He has also been talking to Deputies Fitzmaurice and Kerrane and Senators Dolan and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

National Broadband Plan

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: National Broadband Plan (14 Jan 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I thank the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, for coming in and taking this debate. The national broadband plan is very significant. It is the rural electrification of its time. Broadband is as important in this modern age as electricity was decades ago. I refer to high-quality fibre broadband in particular because of its speed and the amount of...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Harkin for her questions. My information regarding the Connacht-Ulster alliance and the application for technological university status is the same as the Deputy's. We are expecting that application imminently. My Department, I, as Minister, and the Government are very supportive of it. The north west needs this university which offers really exciting opportunities in terms...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Marian Harkin: I am really pleased with the Minister's response. He is taking a regional perspective, which is absolutely essential for the development of the region and of course, for my own particular issue of concern, namely balanced regional development. My second question relates to a specific query from a constituent who is doing a bachelor of arts degree in social care in NUIG. As part of this...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Simon Harris: The answer to the Deputy's final question is "Yes", but I do not hold all of the levers relating to this matter. I could give the Deputy a long answer about how all higher education institutions are autonomous and academically independent. There are, as the Deputy points out, also the professional regulators, including CORU but common sense is needed here. We cannot have a situation where...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (14 Jan 2021)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Flood Risk Assessments

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Flood Risk Assessments (14 Jan 2021)

Denis Naughten: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this very important issue. A very serious situation has arisen as a result of the continually rising waters of Lough Funshinagh in County Roscommon, with three homes and farmyards under imminent threat of flooding. There is a risk to a total of seven homes and six farmyards due to the elevated levels of this turlough. As of 4 January 2021, levels...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Niall Collins: I thank Deputies Devlin and Matthews for their queries on the subject of apprenticeships, which is a major part of our programme for Government. We are very keen, as a new Department, to destigmatise the apprenticeships area and put these centre stage in our further education and training sphere. We hope to make this a very viable, attractive and rewarding career path and way of finding job...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Michael Collins: If the Minister cannot answer all my questions in the time available, he might respond to me in writing. What action will the Minister take to ensure the return of accommodation fees, which were paid in good faith at the start of the academic year, given that because of Covid-19 restrictions, the majority of third level colleges are carrying out lectures online and students are no longer...

Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (14 Jan 2021)

Mattie McGrath: I wish the Minister and the Minister of State the very best in this dynamic and interesting portfolio. Sixth-year students of last year and those in first year this year have had a very traumatic time. Their families have had a traumatic time. It has not been easy on any of those in the third level sector either. There are difficulties arising from non-return of fees. Parents have been...

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