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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Paul Donnelly: In the programme for Government, there is reference to an inclusive vision for education. Inclusion in and access to education is the foundation for a more just and equal society. I raise the issue of Riversdale Community College and Danu Community Special School. There is a strong desire to support each other. Particularly, the Riversdale board of management supports Danu Community...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I thank the Deputy.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Paul Donnelly: -----along with the teaching staff, are concerned about the future of the school. I ask the Minister-----

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: No, Tánaiste to respond.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Paul Donnelly: -----to appeal to the ETB to go back to their original agreement with Riversdale and Danu.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are over the time. The question has to be put before the minute is up.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The original plan was, as the Deputy described, that Danu would move into part of Riversdale Community College temporarily and a new building would be built either for the school or for Danu. I still think that is the right response and I know the Deputy and all the Deputies in the area do too. I still think that is the solution we will work towards and I am working with the Minister of...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Johnny Guirke: I raise an important issue at St. Mary's Special School in Navan, County Meath, which is attended by 80 kids with mild to severe needs. Parents have been told that, from 1 September, hot meals will no longer be provided. This service has been in place for the last sixteen years. The community employment, CE, scheme is no longer providing staff, at the direction of the Department of Social...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: Home Building Finance Ireland was set up by the State to provide funding for small builders to build homes for first-time buyers. We learned from media reports this week that €300 million of State funds channelled to Home Building Finance Ireland has gone to large developers to build homes that are then sold on to investment funds to rent out. In these instances, we are talking about...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I will ask the Minister for Finance to give the Deputy a more detailed reply on this, but my understanding from the Minister is that Home Building Finance Ireland, HBFI, was established to do exactly that. It provides finance, which of course has to repaid, to large, medium and small builders to help them fund the construction of new homes for people to buy. My understanding is that there...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Mick Barry: Extraordinary powers have been given to the State during this pandemic. Young people up and down the country, but especially in working class communities, are reporting an increased level of harassment by members of the Garda. In a recent report, the Policing Authority states: "Young people were reported as believing that COVID-19 [has] been used by ... Gardaí as an excuse to conduct...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: We have passed some extraordinary laws in this House and signed into law some extraordinary regulations I never thought we would because of the pandemic. We have curtailed people's freedom in a way I never thought we would in the past year or so and we have given the Garda powers to do things I never thought we would give it the power to do. However, this is an unprecedented situation....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Seán Canney: I raise an issue very pertinent to regional development and housebuilding, which is the forestry industry in the State. At the moment, 1,980 licences awaiting approval by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine from an ecology assessment point of view. At the current rate, it will take two years to clear the backlog, never mind dealing with new applications. The appropriate...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I agree we need to resolve this issue quickly. Many people in Ireland feel that they can neither plant nor fell a tree. That situation cannot persist for too long. We need the timber for construction and we need to plant more trees in order to help us meet our climate ambitions. The Government accepts that an appropriate assessment procedure is needed for forestry-related licences and we...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Mattie McGrath: The CEO of the HSE, the Minister for Health and many other Ministers have said they want the current restrictions on partners visiting maternity hospitals lifted. I wrote to my hospital in south Tipperary, which is an excellent hospital with excellent maternity and neonatal wards. All my children and my eight grandchildren were born there. The letter I received from the hospital stated...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I appreciate this is an ongoing issue causing much distress to people, both mothers and their partners. The national guidance is that partners should be able to attend the birth of their child and the 20-week scan, and should have full access to the neonatal ICU if there are any problems after birth and their child has to be there. It is still possible for hospitals at local level, for...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Marian Harkin: Sligo County Council has written to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, stating that several hundred homes, mainly in rural Sligo, are affected by pyrite. As the Tánaiste knows, this has a catastrophic effect on the stability of homes. Sligo County Council has asked that Sligo be included in the defective concrete blocks grant scheme, which...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The Government is engaged in a huge programme of capital investment in public infrastructure under the banner of Project Ireland 2040. It is €10 billion a year, money which we may struggle to spend this year because of the delays in construction but still a massive budget of €10 billion a year. It is the biggest ever investment programme in public infrastructure, creating jobs...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I would be quite happy to sit in on Cabinet meetings to see whether not being at the Cabinet table has an influence. I believe reporting from Departments is inadequate for the House to discharge fully its responsibilities of budgetary oversight. The Government needs to do more in demonstrating equitable investment decision making and providing the evidence that supports it. I point out to...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I broadly agree with the remarks of the Deputy. We do, of course, have systems to monitor capital spending, not just the Committee of Public Accounts but also the Comptroller and Auditor General, although that is largely retrospective, and also the Project Ireland 2040 delivery board. There are mechanisms in place. Could there be greater transparency or can they be improved? I think they...

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