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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Health Services

Michael Lowry

573. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health when funding will be provided for the provision of a meaningful respite service attached to a centre (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49572/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Michael Lowry

594. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health if he will examine the Covid-19 funding allocated to a service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49636/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Taxi Licences

Michael Lowry

188. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Transport the number of illegal taxi operators detected in 2019 and 2020; the number of illegal operators detected in each county; the number of illegal operators prosecuted in each county in tabular form; the efforts that the National Transport Authority and his Department have taken to address the issue of illegal taxi operators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48776/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Agriculture Industry

Michael Lowry

454. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he plans to introduce measures to address concerns raised by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48770/21]

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Wed, 6 Oct 2021

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Agriculture Schemes

Michael Lowry

172. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department will extend the deadline for farmers to submit their Beep-S dung samples beyond 1 October 2021; if he will take into account that in 2020 the deadline to submit these samples was 1 November; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48529/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Passport Services

Michael Lowry

357. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of a passport application by a person (details supplied);; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48239/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Passport Services

Michael Lowry

358. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of a passport application by a person (details supplied);; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48240/21]

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Thu, 30 Sep 2021

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Passport Services

Michael Lowry

4. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the measures that have been implemented to support and assist the management and staff of the Passport Office in dealing with the backlog of applications; the plans that can be introduced to avoid recurring delays, given that inordinate delays result in inconvenience and stress to waiting applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46866/21]

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021

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Vaccination Programme

Michael Lowry

633. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health if he will provide the vaccination status and appropriate data for the number of pregnant women and their partners who have or are currently attending maternity services in University Maternity Hospital Limerick from January 2021 to September 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45017/21]

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021

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Environmental Impact Assessments

Michael Lowry

678. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details involved in preparing an EIA further to circular 5 of 2021; the minimum anticipated cost of preparing an EIA for such dead or dying crops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44520/21]

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

679. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the date on which files (details supplied) were received by the Forest Service of his Department in tabular form; the reason the files were not returned to the applicants if not up to the standard at the time of receipt of the application by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44521/21]

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021

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Airport Policy

Michael Lowry

175. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Transport if he will investigate the activities and conduct of the executive management team of the Irish Aviation Authority (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44241/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Defective Building Materials

Michael Lowry

343. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will report on the pyrite remediation scheme; if he will consider properties in County Tipperary for inclusion in the pyrite remediation scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42241/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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School Staff

Michael Lowry

642. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education the progress to date in finalising the pay and conditions for school secretaries and caretakers; if the finalisation of these issues will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43052/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Social Welfare Eligibility

Michael Lowry

693. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will investigate the provision of making free travel passes available to persons with epilepsy who are temporarily barred from driving for one year due to having a breakthrough seizure; if she will consider uncoupling the free travel pass from other qualifying payments to ensure that there is a direct application process for a free travel pass (details supplied); if she will consider this request as part of her Department’s Budget 2022 proposals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42273/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Community Employment Schemes

Michael Lowry

710. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will investigate the issues facing rural community employment schemes (details supplied) in terms of the difficulties in the recruitment of community employment workers by these rural community groups; if community employment scheme participant eligibility will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42472/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Health Services Staff

Michael Lowry

1235. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health the number of psychologists currently working within HSE services in south County Tipperary; the efforts south Tipperary HSE services are making to find a qualified psychologist to cover upcoming maternity leave in the area; the HSE's position on the recruitment of psychologists to cover maternity leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42161/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Hospital Services

Michael Lowry

1262. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health when the Health Service Executive will increase diabetic services at University Hospital Limerick (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42257/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Nursing Homes

Michael Lowry

2219. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health if the temporary assistance payment scheme payable to nursing homes will be extended; his views on whether that to end such supports now is contrary to advice received from the Covid-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel and HIQA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36999/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Health Services Staff

Michael Lowry

2288. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health the number of psychologists currently working within HSE services in south County Tipperary; the efforts South Tipperary HSE services are making to find a qualified psychologist to cover upcoming maternity leave in the south County Tipperary area; the HSE's position on the recruitment of psychologists to cover maternity leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37258/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Health Services Staff

Michael Lowry

2331. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health the number of environmental health officers currently working within HSE services in north County Tipperary; the efforts the HSE are making to allocate environmental health officers an office space in a new community primary care centre on Mitchel Street, Thurles, County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37387/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Vaccination Programme

Michael Lowry

2854. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Health if children that refused the HPV vaccine when originally offered same in their first year of secondary school education can now avail and register to receive the vaccine during the 2021-2022 vaccine programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39382/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

3372. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 634 of 13 July 2021, the level of grant aid and premium support and tax incentives specifically which is taken into account in the income foregone calculations, income from sale of carbon by forests owned by private entities and persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39362/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Common Agricultural Policy

Michael Lowry

606. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 355 of 30 June 2021, if all current members of the CAP Consultative Committee were invited onto the committee by him or his Department; the reason an organisation (details supplied) was not invited onto the committee at the outset; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37388/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

607. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 362 of 30 June 2021, the minimum level of annual afforestation necessary from 2021 to ensure the entire estate does not become a temporary source of carbon (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37389/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

608. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 366 and 367 of 30 June 2021, the reason there is no representative from the forestry sector on the CAP Consultative Committee given that afforestation is clearly the largest opportunity in the land use sector to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; the way the afforestation opportunity in the sequestration of carbon possibly can be delivered upon in the next CAP given the knowledge regarding the last CAP and inter alia the drop in afforestation during the term of GLAS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37390/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

609. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 346 of 30 June 2021, the number of times the Forest Policy Group chaired by the Minister of State has discussed forestry and specifically afforestation in the context of the next CAP and membership of the CAP Consultative Committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37391/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

611. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 505 and 506 of 1 July 2021, his plans to ensure better integration between the agri-environment schemes and the next forestry programme is achieved. [37394/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

612. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 332 to 334, inclusive, of 30 June 2021, when he will instruct his Department to seek the necessary permissions in view of his reply that to make the submissions public his Department would first have to seek the permission of the consultees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37395/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

613. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 335 of 30 June 2021, if it is planned to change the current definition of a forest as laid out in his answer (details supplied) in any new forestry regulations or in the proposed scheme to plant trees along rivers and watercourses to act as carbon sinks and interceptors of nutrients currently being prepared; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37396/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

614. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 336 of 30 June 2021, if riparian planting and any new scheme including REAP to plant trees along rivers and watercourses to act as carbon sinks and interceptors of nutrients currently being prepared in which the size of the planting is less than 0.1 hectares in size cannot be accounted and reported under Ireland’s international reporting requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37397/21]

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Tue, 13 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

634. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a voluntary agreement was brought forward by a section or sections of the private sector using woodland carbon code as the basis for calculating sequestration rates; if that would preclude afforestation grant and premium support payment by his Department whilst accepting there is a distinct separation between the rights and value of carbon and the said grant support and also accepting the carbon accounting and reporting must be clear to avoid double counting for reporting purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37971/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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School Transport

Michael Lowry

278. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education if school transport support will be secured for a child (details supplied) and other students who attend the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35785/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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School Accommodation

Michael Lowry

279. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education the status of an application for additional school accommodation in a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35786/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Michael Lowry

281. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education if her Department has put in place a Covid-19 response plan of the 2021-2022 academic year; the estimated cost of implementing such a Covid-19 response plan and any additional Covid-19 protection measures which may be required across all primary and secondary schools for the 2021-2022 academic year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35788/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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Schools Building Projects

Michael Lowry

282. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education further to Parliamentary Question No. 405 of 1 June 2021, regarding the position of a building project at a school (details supplied), if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the design and location of this building project which was submitted by the school has not yet been approved by her Department; the reason for the delays in approving the design and location submitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35808/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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Animal Diseases

Michael Lowry

578. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review and assist a farmer (details supplied) in County Tipperary whose herd is affected by TB; if his Department will accept a veterinary scan as proof that reactor cows and in-calf heifers identified as having TB were in calf; if the veterinary scan can also be used to determine the amount due to the farmer under the TB eradication scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35987/21]

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Tue, 6 Jul 2021

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Animal Diseases

Michael Lowry

579. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review the current guidelines for the TB eradication scheme in cases in which a heifer cow is identified as been in calf; if the current guidelines in which a veterinary inspectorate at the meat factory are required to carry out pregnancy checks at post mortem on reactor cows and in-calf heifers can be substituted with a scan from a qualified veterinarian; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35988/21]

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Thu, 1 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

503. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he plans to visit any ash plantation in the immediate term during the growing season to see first-hand the rate at which ash plantations are dying and rotting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35607/21]

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Thu, 1 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

504. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has considered issuing a health and safety warning to the public on walking in ash woods which are potentially infected by ash dieback, similar to that which his Department issues regarding fire danger; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35608/21]

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Thu, 1 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

505. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 294, 295 and 296 of 27 May 2021, if the Forestry Service district inspectors and Forestry Service ecologists will be involved in the approval and inspection of areas planted along riparian margins which is part of the new scheme to plant trees along rivers and watercourses to act as carbon sinks and interceptors of nutrients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35609/21]

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Thu, 1 Jul 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

506. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 294, 295 and 296 of 27 May 2021, the scale of the introduction of a scheme to promote at scale the planting of trees along riparian margins that is anticipated in terms of hectares planted; if it is envisaged that this new scheme will be part of the next CAP; if not, if it will be completely removed from the next CAP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35610/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

331. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 197, 198, 199 and 203 of 19 May 2021, if he will complete a needs analysis survey of the industry to develop metrics of the requirements for licensing and scheme approvals in the private sector which can inform project woodland given that it is not possible to say with any certainty, the number of licenses that must issue to achieve various targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35020/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

332. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209 and 210 of 19 May 2021, if he has informed working group 2 of the failure in public consultation procedures that occurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35021/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

333. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 204 205, 206, 207,208, 209 and 210, of 19 May 2021, if, given that many of the comments were just suggested textual changes to improve the practical implementation of various measure set out in the documents; the reason for not releasing the submissions received to the public domain to prove same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35022/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

334. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209 and 210 of 19 May 2021, if any TFL issued with conditionality of adhering to the standards for felling and reafforestation are enforceable by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35023/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

335. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 358 and 359 of 20 May 2021, if the proposed scheme to plant trees along rivers and watercourses to act as carbon sinks and interceptors of nutrients currently being prepared by the Minister for State will be considered afforestation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35024/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Forestry Sector

Michael Lowry

336. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 358 and 359 of 20 May 2021, if the proposed scheme to plant trees along rivers and watercourses to act as carbon sinks and interceptors of nutrients currently being prepared by the Minister for State will facilitate the owner of the land being the beneficial owner of the carbon and environmental services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35025/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Departmental Schemes

Michael Lowry

337. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he plans to revise the ash dieback reconstitution and underplanting scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35026/21]

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Wed, 30 Jun 2021

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Departmental Schemes

Michael Lowry

338. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549, 550, 551, 552 and 553 of 25 May 2021, if no commitment is given by his Department in the farmers charter or any other Departmental protocol that commits his Department to writing directly to each applicant for the reconstitution and underplanting scheme to update them on their application and the requirements of circular 5 21 on their application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35027/21]

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