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Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Matt Carthy: I commend my colleague Deputy O'Rourke, along with Deputies Quinlivan and Cronin, on tabling this Bill. I thank the Minister for being here and for the response. I commend the fact that we are finally moving towards having a hydrogen strategy for the State. I would argue forcefully that it needs to be an all-Ireland strategy insofar as is possible. I am sure many will be surprised to hear...

Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I am delighted to see this Bill, introduced in February along with my colleagues, Deputies O'Rourke, Guirke and Cronin, reaching Second Stage today. The amendment from the Government would delay the Bill for six months. I would rather it was not delayed but we will accept that amendment and move forward. It is positive that the Government is listening to what we have put forward. We are...

Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Réada Cronin: I am also delighted to be co-presenting this Bill with my party comrades, given the urgency of the climate crisis we are in and the need to adapt to clean green technology as soon as possible. I have noted the Government's amendment. Normally I would be very disappointed with such an amendment but I acknowledge that we are having a public consultation with interested stakeholders. It is...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Réada Cronin: With regard to delivery of the school's permanent accommodation and the promised refurbishment, works have not started yet. The school has been aware of this for several months according to the parents in Maynooth. I can tell the Minister of State that you could not move anything with regard to their children's education without the parents of Maynooth knowing. It actually has not started...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

James Lawless: I thank the Minister of State for the update. As has been said, the refurbishment works are overdue and need to progress. While they will be welcome when they do take place, these works are really a sticking plaster. Some clarity on the long-term plan is needed. It is not a bad idea for the school to occupy the site of the old post-primary school but, as I have said, it is not suitable in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: As the initial notes stated, the Department has approved funding to KWETB to undertake refurbishment works. If they have not commenced, it may be a local matter regarding getting contractors to carry out the work.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Réada Cronin: Perhaps it is imminent.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: We can find out locally. It is positive that the options study was furnished to the Department. That gives a chink of light. The Department is assessing and examining those proposals. It is important that all of the Deputies keep a bit of friendly pressure on the Minister to get this really important matter advanced as a matter of priority.

Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I welcome the opportunity to move this Bill on Second Stage. I thank my co-sponsors, Deputies Quinlivan, Cronin and Guirke. I note the Government amendment which states that this Bill will be deemed to have been read a second time this day six months, that is, in January 2023. I understand the rationale for this amendment and hope the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate his comments on the volume of passport applications being received but that is no succour to people stressing over being unable to travel aboard for holidays. Providing a passport is a basic function of the Department of Foreign Affairs and, unfortunately, it is often shambolic and a national embarrassment when people have put in applications on...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: The Passport Service is experiencing significant levels of demand but there are indications these are starting to decrease. Many countries have experienced that rise in demand after Covid restrictions eased. The Government and the Passport Service have responded. Demand for passports fell by 30% in June, when just over 100,000 new applications were received, compared to 146,000 in May....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Réada Cronin: I expect Deputy Lawless, my constituency colleague, to join me. I hope he is running across the corridors as we speak. Tá an t-ádh linn scoil cosúil le Gaelcholáiste Mhaigh Nuad a bheith againn i dtuaisceart Chill Dara. Is scoil iontach í. Cuireann sí go mór le deiseanna oideachais i Maigh Nuad. I am glad to share my time and am glad that an Teachta...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

James Lawless: I am sharing time with my colleague, Deputy Cronin, and we send our best wishes to Deputy Durkan. Deputy Catherine Murphy supports the motion as well. We in Kildare tend to work together on these issues, which is a good and collaborative way to finish out the term. It is very much a team effort. The points have already been outlined. Gaelscoil Chill Dara, which took a long time to get...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Oideachas trí Ghaeilge (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Gabhaim buíochas leis na Teachtaí as an gceist seo. I am taking this question on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Foley, who is regrettably unavailable. I send best wishes to Deputy Durkan and Deputy Catherine Murphy and thank the Deputies for working on this issue together. It is admirable. I will outline to the House the position with regard to the provision of permanent...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Claire Kerrane: I thank the Minister of State for his response. It is important that he made reference to the fact that Mr. Pether's wife and children are living here and they are, indeed, Irish citizens. All four members of the family are Irish citizens and while we and the family understand that consular assistance has to come from Australia, we too have a part to play. I acknowledge what has been done...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): International Relations (14 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Gabhaim buíochas arís. As the Deputy said, this is a challenging and concerning case and I thank her for raising it. It is significant that she has raised it here in our Parliament and that is important to maintain that pressure. The Department of Foreign Affairs will continue to closely monitor the case of Mr. Pether and his Egyptian colleague, Mr. Khalid Radwan. We...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla (Atógáil) - Topical Issue Debate (Resumed): Passport Services (14 Jul 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I wish to raise the issue of the passport service because of the sheer volume of queries my office has received from people on a daily basis who are anxious to have their passports returned to them in advance of their travel dates. I acknowledge the tremendous work the staff have been doing. When I have spoken with them, they have been both professional and courteous on every occasion....

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