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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (19 Nov 2020)

Emer Higgins: I want to raise the need for the Government to rethink its Covid-19 advertising strategy. The message is not tough enough and it is not cutting through. The HSE's advertising campaign has become stale, predictable and it is not hitting home with the entire population. Back in March, we knew very little about Covid-19 or the impact it would have on all of our lives. The message then was...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (19 Nov 2020)

Mary Butler: I thank Deputy Higgins for raising this really important issue and for her valid questions concerning the role of advertising and the Government's response to the pandemic. She made a number of significant points about the effectiveness of hard-hitting advertisements and whether the ones currently being used have become ineffective at this stage. As we all know, Covid fatigue has set in and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Pyrite Incidence (19 Nov 2020)

Malcolm Noonan: The Department would need to see the substantive information the Deputy mentioned that supports Clare County Council's request for an extension of the scheme to County Clare. There is an opportunity for Clare County Council to take the lead and, first, demonstrate that the issues in Clare are, in fact, due to the presence of excessive levels of deleterious materials, whether mica or pyrite,...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (19 Nov 2020)

Hospital Services

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (19 Nov 2020)

Joe Flaherty: I bring to the attention of the House concerns over the staffing issues that will affect the diabetes clinic service in Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Several constituents have contacted me this week over concerns that the service could cease at the end of the month. Patients were told when attending this week that there is uncertainty about the future of the service, and none of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (19 Nov 2020)

Sorca Clarke: This vacancy was first advertised in December 2019. This is not a new issue. The management of the hospital knew this retirement was coming down the line. In fairness to the nurse, she stayed on to support those families who are heavily reliant on the service and speak incredibly highly of the team in place there. I want to put this into perspective. I spoke to the parent of a child...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Services (19 Nov 2020)

Mary Butler: I thank the Deputies, on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, for raising this issue and giving me the opportunity to provide an update to the House on concerns over the future of the diabetes service at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Diabetes, as we all know, is a complex condition that affects people from all walks of life, from the very young to the very old, and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Pyrite Incidence (19 Nov 2020)

Pyrite Incidence

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Pyrite Incidence (19 Nov 2020)

Michael McNamara: Before I commence, I want to welcome what the Minister of State said, namely, that while wind farms and renewable energy are essential for our future, that cannot be to the detriment of the existing ecosystem and environment. There was almost a race to zone areas suitable for wind farms by local authorities, all of whom were acting with the best of intentions. Some of the areas zoned are...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Pyrite Incidence (19 Nov 2020)

Malcolm Noonan: I appreciate the issue of defective concrete blocks is a particularly emotive one for households and I sympathise with all who are caught in this distressing situation. It is very worrying for those affected. The issue came to light in 2013 when significant cracking of external walls was recorded in houses in Donegal and Mayo. An expert panel was established in 2016 to investigate the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Pyrite Incidence (19 Nov 2020)

Michael McNamara: I greatly welcome the confirmation from the Minister of State that officials in his Department are in communication with Clare County Council regarding evidential data requirements. Nobody could possibly take issue with that. We have to establish that the problem arises from concrete blocks. 6 o’clock I believe that will be established in the facts of the cases in Clare. Many...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Johnny Guirke: At the wind farm construction site in the Finn Valley in Ballybofey, County Donegal, there was a large-scale bog slide recently that, as Deputy Pringle mentioned, polluted a salmon and trout river and a fish farm. This happened because of the disturbance of lands during the wind farm's construction. In south Galway, the State has incurred fines of €10.5 million, and rising, because...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Malcolm Noonan: I thank the Deputies for raising this issue. We have all been taken aback by it and the scenes we have witnessed are shocking. My Department and I are aware of last weekend's peat slide near the Meenbog wind farm, which is currently under construction close to Barnesmore Gap south of Ballybofey, County Donegal. The matter is being actively investigated by a number of statutory agencies led...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Thomas Pringle: I thank the Minister of State for his response. Unfortunately, it was the response we expected. Interestingly, he outlined a long list of agencies and acronyms that are getting involved now. Where were they during the planning stage? I would be interested in knowing that. I would also be interested in knowing what communications Donegal County Council had with the developer prior to what...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Johnny Guirke: We did not hear much from the Minister of State about other wind farms. I listened to the Taoiseach yesterday when he stated that the future of wind energy was offshore. I agree with him. If turbines need to be 180 m to 200 m tall, which is twice the height of the Spire in Dublin, to get the requisite wind speeds because of the low-lying nature of the lands in question, surely these...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Malcolm Noonan: I chaired the interagency group in the wake of the Drumkeeran landslide. We have met on a number of occasions. We have an excellent report, which I have read. It has some very good recommendations that we can learn from. There is no doubt that weather-related events seem to have had an impact, in particular a very dry spring followed by heavy rain falls in respect of Drumkeeran. As I...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (19 Nov 2020)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Wind Energy Generation

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Wind Energy Generation (19 Nov 2020)

Thomas Pringle: As the Minister of State, Deputy Malcolm Noonan, knows, this last week has seen a devastating bog slide at Meenbog, near Ballybofey. Thousands of tonnes of peat have slid down into the river on the mountain. This peat will make its way to the Derg river. It has probably killed thousands of salmon at this stage, ultimately compromising the Mourne and the Foyle river systems. This is the...

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (19 Nov 2020)

Sitting suspended at 5.19 p.m. and resumed at 5.38 p.m.

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