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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Child and Family Agency

Patrick Costello

173. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the amount of the €183 million funding for his Department announced in Budget 2022 that will be used to establish therapeutic services internal to Tusla; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51392/21]

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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Child and Family Agency

Patrick Costello

174. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the amount of the €183 million funding for his Department announced in Budget 2022 that will be used to establish a support service for parents of children that have been taken into care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51393/21]

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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Further and Higher Education

Patrick Costello

178. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the timeline for the publication of the next national access plan; if there are plans to incorporate the introduction of a designated staff member for care leavers in higher education into the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51394/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Vaccination Programme

Patrick Costello

210. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health if he has explored the potential to trade excess vaccines in Ireland which are approaching their expiration date with other states in need of vaccine supplies. [43477/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Special Educational Needs

Patrick Costello

558. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Education if a new ASD school (details supplied) in Dublin 12 has on-site therapists and a behaviour therapist. [50649/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Child and Family Agency

Patrick Costello

662. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth when pay restoration will be granted to section 56 and 59 workers employed by Tusla in line with recent restoration of section 39 workers pay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51314/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Cycling Policy

Patrick Costello

74. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide details of the current regulations regarding the use of bicycle lights; if there is a minimum or maximum flash rate that these lights must adhere to (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49278/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Special Educational Needs

Patrick Costello

266. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Education when ASD classes are set to open in schools (details supplied). [49268/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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School Staff

Patrick Costello

271. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Education the reason for the recent Departmental decision to stop the banking of special education teacher hours lost by a lack of substitute availability to cover special education teacher absences; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49308/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Education Policy

Patrick Costello

378. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the timeline of the formulation of the national access plan for 2022-2026. [49411/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Citizenship Applications

Patrick Costello

411. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice the purpose for which a Garda Síochána or PSNI report would be requested from an application of Irish citizenship through naturalisation. [49187/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Employment Support Services

Patrick Costello

41. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of the proposed privatisation of local employment services. [47684/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Fuel Prices

Patrick Costello

56. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will assess the income eligibility criteria for fuel allowance to only apply to the applicant’s income as opposed to other adults' resident in the property whose income is not necessarily pooled with the applicant for the purpose of general expenditure and as such has no impact on their ability to meet heating costs. [47855/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Traffic Fines

Patrick Costello

193. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport if he plans to use his power to increase by statutory instrument the fixed charge penalty notice fine for offences such as parking on a footpath, driving on a pedestrianised street, driving in a bus lane and to also introduce penalty points for such egregious offences. [48836/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Social Welfare Payments

Patrick Costello

251. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will amend the eligibility criteria that bar persons in receipt of illness benefit from receiving the fuel allowance and the bonus week payment at Christmas. [48311/21]

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Thu, 7 Oct 2021

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Departmental Data

Patrick Costello

342. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice the breakdown of fixed charge penalty notices issued for illegal parking offences issued in 2018, 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021 with a breakdown of such notices issued per offence in each period, for example, parking on a footpath, parking at a bus stop, parking on a cycle lane and so on. [48835/21]

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Wed, 6 Oct 2021

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Departmental Priorities

Patrick Costello

2. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the timeline for the completion of the latest critical skills and ineligible occupation lists. [48497/21]

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Wed, 6 Oct 2021

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Office of Public Works

Patrick Costello

26. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff employed in the OPW with training or experience in universal design. [48494/21]

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Wed, 6 Oct 2021

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Legislative Process

Patrick Costello

83. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the timeline of the full commencement and implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. [48496/21]

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Wed, 6 Oct 2021

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Health Services Staff

Patrick Costello

139. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health the number of staff in the HSE with training or experience in universal design. [48495/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Online Safety

Patrick Costello

13. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the status of the Online Safety and Media Regulations Bill 2020; and if she plans to bring this Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas in the coming session. [47935/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Arts Policy

Patrick Costello

68. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the way the arts sector has used Departmental funding to advance and support the artistic community over the past year and the resulted benefits to the arts community and wider communities across Ireland; the way she plans to support resources for the arts community going forward (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47936/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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State Pensions

Patrick Costello

443. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection the details of any proposed change in calculating the State pension (contributory) moving from the total contributions approach and yearly average methods to the total contributions approach only method; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47731/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Departmental Inquiries

Patrick Costello

512. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice the details of any inquiry into the allegations made by an organisation in its mission to Ireland in 1977 which specifically references the case of a person (details supplied). [47615/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Departmental Inquiries

Patrick Costello

513. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice the details of any inquiry into the findings of oppression against the State by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 1980 which led to the successful appeal by persons (details supplied) of their sentences in 1980. [47616/21]

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Thu, 30 Sep 2021

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United Nations

Patrick Costello

35. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on adding a human rights observation mandate to MINURSO when it is renewed in October 2021. [42383/21]

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Thu, 30 Sep 2021

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Northern Ireland

Patrick Costello

47. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the status of the implementation of the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval contained in the Stormont House Agreement which requires legislation to be passed through Dáil Éireann in the context of the current discussions in relation to legacy issues regarding the Troubles prompted by British proposals of a general amnesty. [42382/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Driver Licences

Patrick Costello

243. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport if he will re-examine licensing laws surrounding mopeds recognising the excessive qualification criteria for use in Ireland which are out of step with the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46055/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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Special Educational Needs

Patrick Costello

87. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Education the steps her Department has made to further the availability of ASD education in Dublin 8. [45689/21]

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Wed, 22 Sep 2021

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Patent Applications

Patrick Costello

76. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the current approximate wait time for first-time passport applicants to receive their passport; and when his Department estimates the wait time will return to its pre-pandemic duration. [45328/21]

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021

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Childcare Services

Patrick Costello

419. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will consider making it mandatory for all crèches to undergo inspection from Tusla upon their opening and to have regular inspections taking place once operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44438/21]

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021

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Electricity Generation

Patrick Costello

20. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the commencement date of the feed-in tariff scheme for the national grid. [43479/21]

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021

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Bus Services

Patrick Costello

127. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport if he has instructed the NTA to engage with local residents and business owners in Kimmage in relation to the BusConnects plans following a recent Dublin City Council motion and signed letter from locals and elected representatives. [43478/21]

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Wed, 15 Sep 2021

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An Garda Síochána

Patrick Costello

537. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Justice if she plans to request an inquiry into the treatment of persons (details supplied) in police custody; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43321/21]

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Wed, 15 Sep 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Patrick Costello

606. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health when phase 2 of the digital vaccine certificate programme will begin which will allow citizens vaccinated outside the EU to obtain a digital certificate. [43323/21]

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Wed, 15 Sep 2021

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Substance Misuse

Patrick Costello

729. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health the action he and his Department are taking in view of a recent judicial review which overturned permission for medically supervised injection centres in Dublin city to ensure that these important services are offered without delay. [43979/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Good Friday Agreement

Patrick Costello

425. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will provide an itemised list of sections of the Good Friday Agreement; and the status of the implementation or lack thereof of each section. [42055/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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State Examinations

Patrick Costello

618. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Education when the stakeholder process on planning for an alternate sitting of the leaving certificate 2022 will commence; if she will ensure that an organisation (details supplied) is central to this process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42718/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Social Welfare Eligibility

Patrick Costello

718. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection her position on budget proposals submitted to her by an organisation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42719/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Health Services Staff

Patrick Costello

748. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth further to Parliamentary Question No. 42 of 8 September 2020, the status of the 13 trainee psychologists who were being funded in September 2020; and if any additional psychologists have been funded for training and or employed since that date. [41804/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Child and Family Agency

Patrick Costello

749. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the amount of the total budget for Tusla in 2021 that was set aside for counselling services. [41805/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Child and Family Agency

Patrick Costello

765. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the estimated cost of extending aftercare supports to persons up until the age of 26 years. [42333/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Children in Care

Patrick Costello

785. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of relative and non-relative carers, respectively approved in each month for the past 36 months by Tusla area. [43011/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Children in Care

Patrick Costello

786. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the number of private foster placements in each of the past 36 months by Tusla area. [43012/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Healthcare Policy

Patrick Costello

1222. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health when his Department will publish the second National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2021- 2025; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42111/21]

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Thu, 9 Sep 2021

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Healthcare Policy

Patrick Costello

1223. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Health if his Department will move to abolish the current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood and the introduction of an individualised risk assessment system for all prospective donors, similar to that now in place in the UK and Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42113/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Patrick Costello

227. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Transport the specific guidance he has given the operators of the Luas tram service to limit capacity in line with public health advice given the fact that entry and exit to the Luas system is generally unmanned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40263/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Departmental Schemes

Patrick Costello

611. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will consider establishing a financial support system for citizen resident in buildings (details supplied). [39278/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Hydraulic Fracturing

Patrick Costello

805. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if Ireland will jointly place a resolution before the UN General Assembly in advance of the COP26 Summit calling for a global ban on fracking; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39097/21]

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Tue, 27 Jul 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Patrick Costello

810. Deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the provision that has been made for EU Digital COVID Certificates for Irish citizens who have been vaccinated in Canada and the United States of America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39207/21]

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