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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I will talk to the Minister in respect of the issue the Deputy has raised. I just want to get clarity as to what-----

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Some fine day the Deputy will stand up and raise biodiversity and the need to restore it with me. I await that day.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: We will come back to Deputy Costello on the energy charter treaty.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: We are putting more money into rural Ireland than ever. The Deputy knows that-----

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----and he welcomed it as well.

Report of Committee of Selection: Motion: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 7, inclusive, together. I had a short courtesy meeting with European Commission Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the digital age and competition, Margrethe Vestager, on 30 September. This year marks 50 years since the Irish people voted to join what is now the European Union, and Ireland and Denmark became members on the same day, 1...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Attorney General has advised on this particular issue and perhaps has a different legal perspective to the legal person the Deputy referenced in his contribution, and it would have a far wider range of application than just specific cases. The argument would be that any initial case would encompass the wider issues of family as well. I will seek further legal advice in respect of it and...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I will come back to the Deputy on it.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue. I know she has been a great supporter of St. Clare's food kitchen and has worked to highlight the service it provides in Carlow on a continuing basis. The Minister and the Department of Social Protection have provided significant additional expenditure in respect of the school food and meal programme. We will continue to do that. We have expanded...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy has raised this issue for quite some time. I will talk to the Minister for Justice and get her response.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: This is a bit confusing because the Deputy just said the RSA stated it was not closing the centre but then asked me to clarify the matter.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The RSA is not closing the centre. Does the Deputy accept that?

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: I do not know who is creating the speculation. The Deputy could be creating it himself.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: God forbid, I would suggest the Deputy is doing so.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: How many people work in the centre at present?

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Is one person gone?

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: Okay, but the centre will get a second person. We will talk to the RSA about that. It is a two-person centre at present and one person has moved on for other reasons. The more critical issue the Deputy has raised is of whether we can get the tests accelerated. We do not want people to wait that length of time for tests.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Minister is examining these issues in terms of how best we can deal with that situation. Toll revenue is generally used for motorway maintenance and maintenance of the wider national road network. The Minister told me this morning that many Deputies have requested an increase in resources for roads in Cavan-Monaghan and the entire country. It is a balancing of that. The other point is...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: This Government is not neglecting childcare. We are investing approximately €1.25 billion in childcare. This means the first of five investment targets, €1 billion by 2028, has been achieved five years ahead of schedule. This year's budget allocation will support a reduction of up to 25% in childcare fees. This measure will put close to €2,100 every year back in the...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Nov 2022)

Micheál Martin: On Deputy McDonald's issue I want to put on the record of the House my thanks to our public servants and my recognition of the work they do across government and the massive effort that has and continues to go into making sure those who have come to our country seeking refuge have speedy access to the shelter and support they need. We do not have an option but to avail of all offers of...

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