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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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National Car Test

Fergus O'Dowd

194. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the additional resources which are being made available to NCT services to address the significant and unacceptable backlogs in bookings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39635/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Public Transport

Fergus O'Dowd

195. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide direct intervention and assistance in respect of the recent reduction in public travel costs and the matter of reductions not applying to private operators; if any consideration is being given to subvention in cases in which a private operator runs a service in which there is no public transport alternative which will provide equality to constituents in more rural areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39645/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Budget 2023

Fergus O'Dowd

335. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Finance if a budget submission from an organisation (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39893/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Prize Bonds

Fergus O'Dowd

371. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Finance the total number of prize bonds which have been issued to date that have never been cashed in; the total figure received through prize bonds since its establishment; the total figure paid out from the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40603/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Fergus O'Dowd

1048. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education if she will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied) in relation to the special leave with pay for Covid-19 payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39819/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Budget Process

Fergus O'Dowd

1198. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection if a budget submission from an organisation (details supplied) will be examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39894/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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International Protection

Fergus O'Dowd

1371. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his views on concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied) in respect of a recent International Protection Accommodation Services policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40725/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Further and Higher Education

Fergus O'Dowd

1425. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he will consider direct intervention to provide additional financial support to personal assistants currently working in colleges of further education throughout the country, who have consistently highlighted the discrepancy and inequality between SNAs in primary and post primary schools and personal assistant contracts which is creating an unsustainable financial situation (details supplied); and if any consideration is been given to the situation. [39654/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Nursing Homes

Fergus O'Dowd

1642. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the report into a nursing home (details supplied); when this report will be made public; when the families and whistle-blower can expect a copy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39637/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Nursing Homes

Fergus O'Dowd

1662. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will request that with regard to older HIQA reports on long-term care residential facilities that have been removed from the database, that the older reports are put back on its website without delay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39736/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Medicinal Products

Fergus O'Dowd

1684. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if a budget submission from an organisation (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39892/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Animal Diseases

Fergus O'Dowd

2061. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if advice will be provided on the best way forward for farmer (details supplied) in respect of issues which occurred on their farm; if the case will be reviewed; and if the appropriate Department officials will contact the person directly. [39694/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Agriculture Industry

Fergus O'Dowd

2063. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on an emissions document published by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39753/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Agriculture Industry

Fergus O'Dowd

2092. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on concerns raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding agriculture sectoral ceilings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40727/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Social Welfare Payments

Fergus O'Dowd

146. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection if her Department can outline if any consideration has been made with respect to commencing the fuel allowance scheme earlier than anticipated to help deal with the cost-of-living crisis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34719/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Social Welfare Schemes

Fergus O'Dowd

153. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection if there has been any further consideration to review the household benefits package due to the increases in the cost-of-living; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34718/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Fergus O'Dowd

119. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will order an inquiry into the circumstances of all Covid-19 deaths at a healthcare setting (details supplied); and the number of persons who died at the setting in 2020. [37651/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Childcare Services

Fergus O'Dowd

659. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if a response will issue to the serious concerns that have been raised in relation to childcare policy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37085/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Early Childhood Care and Education

Fergus O'Dowd

663. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will advise on matters raised in correspondence (details supplied) in relation to the early childhood care and education scheme rules which are disadvantageous; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37130/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Medicinal Products

Fergus O'Dowd

1029. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if the cost of the drug Ozempic will be refunded under the drugs payment scheme if it is prescribed by a doctor to prevent the development of diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37935/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Victim Support Services

Fergus O'Dowd

23. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice the amount of funding that has been allocated for victims of crime in 2022 and each of the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35720/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Gambling Sector

Fergus O'Dowd

53. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice if he will provide an update on work carried out to establish a gambling regulator; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35721/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Housing Schemes

Fergus O'Dowd

244. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if a response will issue to matters raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding the shared equity scheme and the significant price cap difference between counties Louth and Meath, which adversely affects applications in Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36061/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Home Help Service

Fergus O'Dowd

752. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health the developments to date in the provision of a statutory home scheme as promised in the programme for Government; the number of staff in his Department involved in the development of this scheme; the Civil Service grades of each; the expected timeline for implementation of this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35694/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Home Help Service

Fergus O'Dowd

753. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health the number of complaints in relation to home care that were received by the HSE by CHO area in the past two years; the way that these complaints are classified and dealt with; the actions that have been taken as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35696/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Nursing Homes

Fergus O'Dowd

757. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he has required HIQA to undertake an investigation on the grounds that there is a serious risk to the health or welfare of a person in a nursing home, as a result of failure or negligence by the HSE, a HSE funded provider, a provider of a designated centre or the person in charge of a designated centre since the enactment of the Health Act 2007 and with particular reference to section 9(2) of the Act; if so, the details of such order and the outcomes of such investigations; if any request to a Minister under this section of the Act to carry out or order such an inquiry has been refused; if so, the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35715/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Nursing Homes

Fergus O'Dowd

758. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that HSE safeguarding and protection teams will have the statutory legal right of access to private nursing homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35717/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Nursing Homes

Fergus O'Dowd

759. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that independent advocates will have appropriate access to residents in private nursing homes under agreed protocols and on request from residents or family next of kin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35727/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Health Services Staff

Fergus O'Dowd

843. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health the position in relation to the occupational therapy waiting list for children and separately for adults in County Louth; the number on the waiting list for each of the past three years; the number of occupational therapists and other staff employed each year by the HSE to provide this essential service; the protocols that are in place to find temporary cover either by direct hiring or contracting out the service to other providers if staff are on leave, have retired or left their position; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36142/22]

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Thu, 30 Jun 2022

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Schools Building Projects

Fergus O'Dowd

26. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education the current status of the much anticipated permanent school building project for a school (details supplied) in Drogheda; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34721/22]

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Thu, 30 Jun 2022

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Educational Disadvantage

Fergus O'Dowd

80. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education the status of the much-delayed DEIS appeals, in particular for schools located in Drogheda that were highlighted in the Geiran report and have been recommended for additional posts and DEIS status; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34720/22]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2022

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Fergus O'Dowd

185. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will respond to matters raised in correspondence by a person (details supplied) in relation to the special leave with pay for Covid-19 payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34723/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Common Security and Defence Policy

Fergus O'Dowd

88. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Defence the benefits that Ireland has received from joining PESCO since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33622/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Defence Forces

Fergus O'Dowd

113. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Defence the number of persons who have left the Defence Forces since 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33621/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Passport Services

Fergus O'Dowd

303. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if assistance will be provided in relation to a passport application by a person (details supplied) given that they have been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming European Basketball Championship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33565/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Northern Ireland

Fergus O'Dowd

387. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps that he and his Department have taken to assist in re-establishing the Northern Ireland Executive following the Northern Ireland Assembly elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33792/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Departmental Correspondence

Fergus O'Dowd

594. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education if she will seek an urgent response from the terms and conditions section in relation to the matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33625/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Fergus O'Dowd

744. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health further to the Dáil Éireann debate on 25 January 2022 (details supplied) in respect of this Deputy's calls for a commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 23 loved ones in a nursing home in April 2020 given that it was the only nursing home in the country where the HSE took over operational management due to the severity of the situation, and the Taoiseach's response in which he states that his Department is examining a variety of options as to how best to respect and meet the needs and concerns of families of those affected; and if he will provide an update on whether his Department has reached a final decision on how to support the families or provide the options under consideration. [33511/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Medical Aids and Appliances

Fergus O'Dowd

754. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will respond to a request from an organisation (details supplied) on behalf of its approximately 700 members who require coaguchek meters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33666/22]

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Thu, 23 Jun 2022

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Local Authorities

Fergus O'Dowd

214. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of the senior executive officer roles that were assigned to both Drogheda and Dundalk in 2020; if Louth County Council made a request to extend the roles in either location; if he will also provide details on whether similar roles were offered to local authorities across the country, and if so, if he will advise the number that were offered and the number of SEOs that were approved by location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33272/22]

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Thu, 23 Jun 2022

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Departmental Priorities

Fergus O'Dowd

352. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education her views on the Budget 2023 submission from an organisation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33450/22]

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Thu, 23 Jun 2022

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Departmental Funding

Fergus O'Dowd

392. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice if an application by a service (details supplied) will be examined and expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33393/22]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2022

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Environmental Schemes

Fergus O'Dowd

3. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will expand the eligibility for the new €55 million Green Transition Fund to smaller businesses that are not supported through Enterprise Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32900/22]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2022

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Primary Care Centres

Fergus O'Dowd

177. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if he will consider the inclusion of diagnostics such as x-ray and ultrasound to be included in the range of services in the new east Meath primary care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32988/22]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2022

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Health Services

Fergus O'Dowd

235. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Health if an urgent response will issue and if he will address the decision to downgrade the north east doctor on call services (details supplied) which was put down to HSE underfunding and the proposed downgrading of Navan accident and emergency and intensive care unit services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33227/22]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

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Tourism Policy

Fergus O'Dowd

42. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she will provide details on her engagement with Government colleagues regarding recruitment and retention challenges in the tourism sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32184/22]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

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Tourism Policy

Fergus O'Dowd

60. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she will provide details on the Governments strategy to help rebuild Ireland’s tourism sector which had achieved record numbers of visitors prior to the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32185/22]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

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Commemorative Events

Fergus O'Dowd

78. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Taoiseach if he will ensure that a veteran sailor (details supplied) receives an invite to the National Day of Commemoration Ceremony as per previous years. [32512/22]

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Thu, 16 Jun 2022

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Departmental Policies

Fergus O'Dowd

10. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Finance if further measures are being considered to help with the cost of living given the decrease in consumer spending in the first quarter of 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31335/22]

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Thu, 16 Jun 2022

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Cost of Living Issues

Fergus O'Dowd

43. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Finance his views on the slight decrease in consumer spending in quarter one 2022; the possible reasons for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31334/22]

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