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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Broadband Infrastructure

John McGuinness

123. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he has given consideration to implementing a programme similar to the shared rural network as was recently rolled-out in the UK, to address mobile coverage black spots; if he will consider the State taking a portion of the funds from the next spectrum auction to support the deployment of a shared rural network, as is the case in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40949/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Housing Provision

John McGuinness

698. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his estimated targets for cost rental homes for each of the years 2022 to 2025; and if he is confident that these targets will be met. [40729/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Defence Forces

John McGuinness

1022. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Defence if he will reinstate the arrangement between a sports club (details supplied) and James Stephen’s Barracks, County Kilkenny; and if he will expedite a positive decision. [40960/22]

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Tue, 26 Jul 2022

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Third Level Staff

John McGuinness

1466. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the guidelines and circulars issued to institutes of technology and the new university entities on the structure of pay scales for lecturers from 2003 to date in 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40951/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Legislative Measures

John McGuinness

325. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason that he has inserted an amendment to a piece of legislation (details supplied). [38980/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Legislative Measures

John McGuinness

326. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the contributions that this Deputy has made in Dáil Éireann with respect to the case of a person (details supplied) among others; and if the very late insertion of an amendment to the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022 at s2B of the Principal Act was not a targeted measure to seek to deprive whistle-blowers, specifically including the person, of the protections which the proper transposition of the protections of European Union Directive (2019/1937) would otherwise provide in Irish law. [38983/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Legislative Measures

John McGuinness

327. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address matters in relation to legislation (details supplied). [38984/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Legislative Measures

John McGuinness

328. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the way that the constitutional provisions he has referred to in his representations to Seanad Éireann, Article 15.1.1 have the effect of depriving whistle-blowers whose cases are already before the Courts of the protections with respect to the extension of the presumption of causation specifically envisaged by European Union Directive (2019/1937); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38985/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Legislative Measures

John McGuinness

329. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter related to legislation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38987/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Health Services Staff

John McGuinness

530. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason that the south east regional drug and alcohol task force has not had a full-time coordinator for over two years; the action being taken to ensure that the full time position is restored; if the person that was in the full-time position is still being paid by the HSE; if so, if he will resolve the issues preventing that person from returning to work; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38847/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Social Welfare Eligibility

John McGuinness

537. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection the if back-to-school allowance will be paid to a person (details supplied). [38976/22]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2022

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Social Welfare Eligibility

John McGuinness

538. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if an application for disability allowance now under review will be approved as a matter of urgency in respect of a person (details supplied). [38977/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Health Services

John McGuinness

95. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the number of persons currently waiting for an occupational therapy assessment in each LHO area in CHO5; the number waiting for treatment in each LHO in CHO5; the number in each category who have been waiting over a year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37512/22]

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Tue, 12 Jul 2022

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Mental Health Services

John McGuinness

123. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the way that it is proposed to address the current challenges that people are experiencing securing consultations with psychiatrists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37511/22]

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Thu, 7 Jul 2022

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Brexit Supports

John McGuinness

191. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total amount of funding in the Brexit reserve fund (details supplied); the way that it has been allocated to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36881/22]

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Thu, 7 Jul 2022

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National Children's Hospital

John McGuinness

318. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the current projected total cost of the National Children’s Hospital; the amount by which it has increased since 2018; if the contract has been amended to allow for inflation; if the contractor has an entitlement to seek an increase in the contract amount in view of the inflation experienced in 2022; if the current contractual position is compliant with procurement law; if a price variation clause that is, the right to claim for inflation was agreed recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36883/22]

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Thu, 7 Jul 2022

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EU Funding

John McGuinness

338. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the application by the Government to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund; the date that the application was submitted; the timeframe for consideration of the application and final approval; the potential amount available to Ireland under the fund; the way that it might be allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36882/22]

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Wed, 6 Jul 2022

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

John McGuinness

309. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the number of health workers who qualify for the pandemic bonus payment; the number of workers who have already been paid; if all section 38 disability employees have been paid; if section 39 organisations will be paid; if he will provide a complete overview on the status of the pandemic bonus payment relative to the cohort of workers who have been paid, those who are awaiting payment, those who have been excluded and those who are pending a decision. [36567/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Fisheries Protection

John McGuinness

110. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will apply the lower rate of exploitation for catch and release of salmon on the rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir as recommended by the commission; if he will meet a person (details supplied) in relation to the current rate being applied and the impact that the rate is having; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35835/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Health Services Staff

John McGuinness

781. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the number of addiction counsellors employed or contracted by the HSE in each of the past five years in counties Carlow and Kilkenny; his plans to develop this service for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35828/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Animal Welfare

John McGuinness

890. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will reopen the investigation into the general health of horses owned by a person (details supplied) given that the original problem was never resolved and persists; if an independent authority will be appointed to review his Department’s files on the case; if so, if the authority will be given a remit by his Department to investigate all available options to eradicate the disease; if the use of equine or similar treatments has been considered as a possible solution; if his Department will engage immediately with the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35706/22]

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Tue, 5 Jul 2022

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Farm Inspections

John McGuinness

893. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all of the reports and the results of investigations carried out by his Department on the farm of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed by an independent qualified professional with a view to comparing the circumstances pertaining now on the farm relative to the period in the past when the initial investigations were undertaken; if this request will be considered in the context of things that can be learned from the process that may be of assistance to his Department and farmers should issues like those experienced by the person occur again elsewhere in the future and to add value to the money already spent by his Department on said investigations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35823/22]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2022

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Special Educational Needs

John McGuinness

97. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education if a place will be provided at a school for a student (details supplied); and if speech therapy, occupational therapy and other services will be provided for them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34785/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Rail Network

John McGuinness

192. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport the action that he is taking to provide wheelchair access at the railway stations in Carlow and Kilkenny by way of the use of the existing lifts to the platforms which are not operating currently or in any other manner; if the lifts are in the ownership of another party if he will negotiate a permanent solution for each site; if he is satisfied with the standard of the public facilities available to customers at Bagenalstown, Carlow, Thomastown and Kilkenny railway stations; the planned investment for the next three years for each of the four locations mentioned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34011/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Scoileanna DEIS

John McGuinness

597. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education if DEIS Band 1 will be approved for a school (details supplied); and if she will expedite the matter [33725/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Disability Services

John McGuinness

828. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the services and supports that are available in counties Carlow and Kilkenny to parents that have a child with Down's syndrome; if he has plans to expand the services available and improve existing services; if funding is in place for the next three years to achieve the improvements and expansion necessary; the funding that was provided over the past three years; and the headings under which the funding was spent relative to Down's syndrome services. [34094/22]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2022

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Immigration Support Services

John McGuinness

954. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to the possibility of the closure of immigrant services (details supplied) due to the lack of funding for the support officer; if the funding required of €20,000.00 will be sanctioned as a matter of urgency given the importance of this work and the new challenges arising from the intake of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34099/22]

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Thu, 23 Jun 2022

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Harbours and Piers

John McGuinness

453. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will ensure that the harbour authority at Dunmore East will fully engage with a club (details supplied) relative to the traffic management plan being proposed and in particular the access issues for the club arising from the proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33323/22]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2022

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Water Services

John McGuinness

41. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if an application for funding submitted by Kilkenny County Council under the developer provided water services infrastructure scheme relative to Brookfield Estate, Ballyhale, Kilkenny, will be expedited and approved given that the application was made in 2021. [33027/22]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

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School Enrolments

John McGuinness

551. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education if she will review a case being made by a school (details supplied); and if a positive response will be expedited. [31942/22]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2022

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Disability Services

John McGuinness

746. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 1748 of 26 April 2022 and the response issued by the HSE on 4 May 2022, relative to the care that is urgently required by a person (details supplied) if his attention has been drawn to the fact that their consultant psychiatrist has been advocating for a decade for the need for a specialist residential service for the person and has advised in a letter dated 5 April 2022 of the absolute urgency of the case; if his Department or the HSE will provide specific funding to resolve this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31937/22]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2022

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Special Educational Needs

John McGuinness

134. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education if she will outline the process in place for extra hours to be allocated to special needs assistants that are already in place in schools and that have expressed interest in taking on more hours in their allocated school or another school; if she is satisfied that the current system is efficient, cost effective and delivering the service to all those in need; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31063/22]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2022

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Social Welfare Benefits

John McGuinness

154. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) will be approved for an invalidity pension as a matter of urgency based on their medical reports. [31194/22]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2022

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Health Services

John McGuinness

224. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if an immediate BreastCheck appointment will be arranged for a person (details supplied) at University Hospital Waterford. [31190/22]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2022

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Rural Schemes

John McGuinness

245. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of applications that have been received by each county council for the streetscape enhancement scheme; the total amount of funding allocated to each council; the amount of funding drawn down by each council; if all approved applicants were paid; if she will allow each council to administer grants to applicants who have a genuine reason for being late in claiming the grant based on the work being completed before 30 April 2022; if there is an appeal process for the scheme; and if not, if she will introduce one. [31195/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Ukraine War

John McGuinness

390. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance if registered companies in Ireland availing of section 110 tax arrangements with connections to Russia and whose administrative functions are being undertaken by corporate service providers are compliant with all aspects of the law and Central Bank regulations; if the Revenue Commissioners have audited these firms; if so, the period of time and the numbers audited; if he will provide details of the tax benefits that accrue to Russian companies registered in this way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30014/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Ukraine War

John McGuinness

391. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance the total value of assets held by special purpose entities in each of the past five years; the total number of these entities; the number that are connected to Russia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30017/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Ukraine War

John McGuinness

392. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance the value of the funds raised by section 110 firms connected to Russia in each of the past five years; if there is a similar figure for the same period relative to funds raised on the Dublin Euronext; if funds raised in this way or through banks was for the purpose of investment in Russian Railways or the Russian military; if he intends to freeze or confiscate any assets held by these firms that are connected to Russia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30025/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Ukraine War

John McGuinness

393. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance the reason that the Central Bank has not been empowered to regulate section 110 firms; if it is his intention to regulate the firms in question; if the data collected from the firms by the Central Bank will be published on a regular basis; if he or the Central Bank is concerned in any way by any of the information that has been collected to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30045/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Social Welfare Appeals

John McGuinness

1085. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if the invalidity pension appeal of a person (details supplied) will be expedited and approved given the fact that the person has sufficient contributions from his or her employment with an organisation since 2001 and that his or her first registration with the Garda National Immigration Bureau for a stamp 1 that is only issued when a valid work permit exists was on 5 April 2001. [29184/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Social Welfare Benefits

John McGuinness

1146. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will confirm that the information that is outstanding relative to the claim for an increase in pension for a qualified adult in the case of a person (details supplied); and if the matter will be reopened and expedited. [30635/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Dental Services

John McGuinness

1456. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the actions that he is taking to ensure that persons with an intellectual disability and who are medical card holders have access to dental services; the reasons that some dental practices in County Kilkenny are refusing medical card holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29196/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Medical Aids and Appliances

John McGuinness

1877. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if an appropriate wheelchair head-rest will be provided and fitted for a person (details supplied); if the matter will be expedited as they cannot travel to work until the matter is resolved; the reason that adequate notice was not given to them; the reason that the service was terminated so abruptly; the status of a business case made by an organisation to his Department to provide residential care for them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30631/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Horse Racing Industry

John McGuinness

1965. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the level of funding allocated by Horse Sport Ireland to the sport horse industry in each of the past five years; the number of staff employed by the organisation over the past five years; if there is a large turnover of staff; if exceptional costs were incurred by the organisation in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29180/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Horse Racing Industry

John McGuinness

1967. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the written complaints being made to Horse Sport Ireland in relation to the allocation of funding to various events and projects in the wider horse industry; if he has sought a report from the organisation and the board in relation to all of the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29225/22]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2022

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Farm Inspections

John McGuinness

1984. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of Department inspectors permanently employed to carry out farm inspections relative to the schemes operated by his Department; the number of persons contracted by his Department to carry out the same type of work; the number of permanent employees and persons on contract attached to the special investigation unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30603/22]

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Tue, 31 May 2022

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Social Welfare Payments

John McGuinness

452. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if an application for the domiciliary care allowance relative to a person (details supplied) will be expedited and approved based on the medical reports provided and the outline of the daily care that is given by a person. [27373/22]

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Tue, 31 May 2022

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Protected Disclosures

John McGuinness

657. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the status of an investigation into the death of a person (details supplied); if the protected disclosure made by a health professional relative to this case has been fully investigated; if An Garda Síochána was informed by the HSE of the allegations made by the whistleblower; if the health professionals at St. Patrick's Hospital, Waterford and the whistleblower were ever interviewed; the status of the protected disclosure; the timeline of meetings and correspondence between the whistleblower, the HSE and the legal representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27354/22]

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Tue, 31 May 2022

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Hospital Staff

John McGuinness

658. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the total number of staff, their qualifications and the number of staff in each category who are required to provide services at the department of psychiatry, St. Luke's Hospital Campus, Kilkenny; if there are vacancies in any category; if so, the length of time that each vacancy has existed; the efforts that have been made by the HSE to fill each vacancy; if he will set out the level of funding provided in each of the past five years to improve the services and the physical infrastructure of the department of psychiatry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27365/22]

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Tue, 31 May 2022

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Health Services Staff

John McGuinness

659. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health the total number of staff, their qualifications and the number of staff in each category who are required to provide services at Kilkenny and Carlow child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS; if there are vacancies in any category; if so, the length of time that each vacancy has existed; the efforts that have been made by the HSE to fill each vacancy; if he will set out the level of funding provided in each of the past five years to improve the services and the physical infrastructure of CAMHS (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27366/22]

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