Seanad debates

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

2:30 pm

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I could not let the day pass without wishing the outgoing Taoiseach, his wife, Fionnuala and their family well and thanking them for all their service to both Fine Gael and the country. By any reckoning, having restored the country's finances, the party's fortunes and our reputation internationally while making serious progress on social issues, he has succeeded on all levels. We all accept there is much work left to do.

I stand over the quotes attributed to me regarding the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, and I made it clear earlier that I want an investigation into the circumstances that led to a citizen of this country heading to Dublin in the belief that she was going for a procedure only to find herself incarcerated. That is utterly unacceptable and I want the truth of what precisely happened exposed. Laws and protocols are in place to prevent that from happening and I would like to know precisely what happened.

I call on the Leader to ask the Minister for Education and Skills to come to the House to explain why a community school project in Lusk which commenced in 2011 with phase 1 completed in 2013 and phase 2 to have been completed in 2014 remains unbuilt with planning permission only granted in 2016. A tenderer still has not been appointed. We were told that a tenderer would be appointed by July and that may be the case. However, this means with an 18-month build that this facility for Lusk, with a population of more than 10,000, will not be ready for occupation until September 2019. The local children started their education in the secondary school in 2013 in anticipation of continuing their education to the end in this facility. This is important in the context of keeping the community of Lusk together.


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