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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: As we both know, Tipperary is a very large county geographically and has benefited from increased Garda resources in recent years. I agree with the Deputy that more will be necessary. He can be confident that will be the case. The number of people going through Templemore is going to increase very significantly in the coming months. I cannot comment on the issue of the chief...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Johnny Guirke: In early January, the Government announced plans for a special tax-free €1,000 pandemic bonus payment for front-line workers who worked in Covid-19 environments, risking their lives and those of their families to keep the rest of us safe. Nearly nine months later, thousands of workers who are not paid directly by the HSE, such as those working in the private sector, in nursing homes,...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: As I said earlier, I am not satisfied with the rate at which this payment is being rolled out to staff in nursing homes. I have asked for it to be prioritised for the Defence Forces, the fire brigade and other public sector workers but also for those who worked in the nursing homes. The HSE is concerned because it does not have the level of transparency over these private businesses that it...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Martin Kenny: I raise the issue of section 39 workers, some of whom are considering taking industrial action in the coming weeks because of the situation they are in. They cannot get a pay rise or increments. We all know and understand that the work they do is vital to our society. They work with people with disabilities, children with autism and so on. Most of them are professionals who are very...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. Section 39 bodies and agencies are a very diverse group. They range from very big healthcare providers, hospices or disability service providers to some very small charitable groups with only a small number of employees. It is a complicated area. I think both the Deputy and Ministers across Cabinet would agree that in the real world, if the HSE...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Paul McAuliffe: As Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Tánaiste will know we have nearly 2.5 million people working in the country and record low levels of unemployment. That is posing a recruitment challenge for organisations right across the country, including community employment organisations. I have been approached by Erins Isle, my local GAA club, and by many other community...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: There are three groups of people involved and I am not satisfied with the progress regarding the group whose payments are still outstanding. The vast majority of people working within the public system have now been paid. I believe the figure is 97% or higher. There is another group of people comprising non-HSE staff. This group includes Defence Forces and fire brigade personnel and...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The time is up.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: May I just finish on this? I have asked the HSE to turn it the other way, that is, to have the private nursing homes assess themselves, to make the payments and to then carry out an audit to make sure the payments were correct.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Cathal Berry: I raise with the Tánaiste today the matter of the deliberate and outrageous ramming of a Garda car in Cherry Orchard on Monday evening, which I utterly condemn. Is it a disadvantaged area? Yes, for sure. Is that an excuse? No. There are plenty of disadvantaged areas across all our constituencies where that type of behaviour would not be accepted or tolerated. Of particular concern...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Berry for raising this issue. We have all seen the video footage of what happened in Cherry Orchard. We are all taken aback and rather shocked at the scenes we saw and unreservedly condemn what happened. I have visited Cherry Orchard on a number of occasions. I spent time there with the former Minister of State, Catherine Byrne, before the pandemic and I have spoken to...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Michael Collins: I have spoken here in the Dáil about how Ireland can become fuel independent like other parts of the world. Drilling off Barryroe is our biggest hope. The company, Providence, is ready to go but this Government is holding it up. In response to Deputy Mattie McGrath last week, the Tánaiste said that Providence needs to demonstrate its financial capital if it is to be accepted for...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I am not directly involved in this area. It is a licensing issue between the company and the Department. Despite what some have suggested, it is not a matter for the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, to decide yes or no on. It is a licensing matter between the Department officials and the company. As the Deputy pointed out in his remarks, it relates to issues around finance. The company says...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Catherine Connolly: My question relates to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017. Built into that Act was a provision for review, particularly of the operation of Part 4. Here we are five years later and that review has not been completed although I understand an independent reviewer is in place. What is the status of the review? When will it be completed and published? Is it going to take into...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I am afraid I do not have an up-to-date note on that. I will ask the Minister, Deputy McEntee, to contact the Deputy directly.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Alan Farrell: Like Deputy Berry, I will refer to the incident in Cherry Orchard this week, which the Commissioner has described as "disgraceful" and in which two female gardaí were subjected to a horrifying ordeal when their car was rammed. Gardaí have questioned the deterrents available. It is appropriate to mention that Deputy Griffin proposed a Bill to deal with and specifically address this...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. I neglected earlier to convey my best wishes to the gardaí subjected to this unprovoked and highly dangerous attack and to the people living and working in the area who I have no doubt were very frightened by the scenes we have all seen. With regard to Garda resources, the total budget will be decided in the Estimates and we will know what it...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Seán Crowe: The inability of people to access a driving test in south Dublin is an issue I have been raising for years. At the moment, 10,000 people are on the waiting list for the testing centre in Tallaght. This is the longest waiting list in the State. It represents 12% of the State-wide waiting list. The centre in Deansgrange in Dún Laoghaire has the third longest waiting list. In June...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: A number of backlogs built up over the course of the pandemic, including in the areas of passports and work permits. We have managed to get through most of them. The passport situation is much improved and delays in getting work permits are now down to four to five weeks. This is clearly one area in which there is still a backlog and that needs to be dealt with. I do not have detailed...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Fitzpatrick for raising this important issue, which is a matter of great interest to newly qualified teachers, in addition to school management and school communities. As teachers returned to their classrooms a few weeks ago to meet their students after the summer break, we were once again reminded of the significant and valuable role teachers play in our communities. For the...

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