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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Community Pharmacy Services

Róisín Shortall

152. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the unwinding of FEMPI for community pharmacists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52199/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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National Maternity Hospital Status

Róisín Shortall

268. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the plan to relocate the National Maternity Hospital to the grounds of St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin; the timescale for a response from the Vatican for the divesting of the site; if the site and hospital building will be publicly owned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52434/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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National Maternity Hospital Status

Róisín Shortall

269. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the proposed governance structure that will apply in the new national maternity hospital in view of his commitment that it will be a public hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52435/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Applications

Róisín Shortall

340. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a partial capacity benefit claim by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52298/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Public Procurement Regulations

Róisín Shortall

126. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the requirements set down by the Office of Government Procurement or other bodies for contracting parties to publish details on an annual basis or at other intervals of its activities in respect of public procurement using Article 20 of the 2014 EU public procurement directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52014/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Public Procurement Contracts Social Clauses

Róisín Shortall

127. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe the social considerations advisory group is working towards for completion of its work on the incorporation of social considerations into public procurement projects; the progress made by the group on social considerations in respect of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52015/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Higher Education Institutions Staff

Róisín Shortall

140. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the staff to student ratio in publicly-funded higher education institutions here; the corresponding ratios from 2009 to 2014; the comparator figures from benchmark EU countries such as Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52012/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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HSE Reports

Róisín Shortall

178. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 350 of 15 October 2019 and 160 of 23 October 2019, if he has received a briefing from his officials on the HSE valproate response project report; if a decision has been made to publish or not publish the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51897/19]

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019

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Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Róisín Shortall

349. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure the ongoing provision of a position (details supplied) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in view of the fact that the current specialist is due to leave by year end without a replacement provided for; if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of families whose children are attending Crumlin for pain management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51265/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Budget 2020

Róisín Shortall

98. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 24 October 2019, the Department or State agency which commissioned official promotional material in respect of budget 2020 which was widely promoted on social media after the budget; the costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50861/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Róisín Shortall

99. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans in respect of the long-promised provision of pensions for community employment supervisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50873/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Educational Disadvantage

Róisín Shortall

112. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address educational disadvantage; if the principle of the DEIS approach to targeting resources at such schools in order to counter the impacts of poverty and social exclusion on educational attainment will receive a commitment; if so, the reason class sizes in DEIS band 1 schools have not been reduced in view of the fact other schools have benefited from such reductions; and if the issue will be addressed. [50830/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Language Schools

Róisín Shortall

113. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans in respect of the regulation of English language schools in respect of both pay and employment conditions for teachers in the schools and the setting of educational standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50832/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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School Curriculum

Róisín Shortall

118. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances in which a campaign (details supplied) is providing health messaging to school students in respect of alcohol; if he has sanctioned the activity; his views on the appropriateness of the alcohol industry being involved in educational content; the existing arrangements for health education in respect of substance misuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50860/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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School Curriculum

Róisín Shortall

119. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of the provision of the SPHE programme in schools, by county and school, in which the programme is not being provided; the steps he is taking to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50875/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Juvenile Offenders

Róisín Shortall

138. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of minors referred to the national office on juvenile crime by Garda division in each of the past three years to date in 2019; the number referred to the youth diversion programme for prosecution or other in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50870/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Question Heading for question(s) 139

Róisín Shortall

139. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he is taking to open up the education and training for solicitors and barristers in order to achieve greater accountability, independence and competition in these sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50871/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Orthodontic Services

Róisín Shortall

200. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason for the long delay in publishing a report (details supplied) into the orthodontic service; the action the HSE has taken in respect of the issues relating to children that were covered by the report; and if, in the interests of openness and accountability, he will undertake to publish the report without further delay. [50863/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Róisín Shortall

201. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the research which has been carried out here on the health impacts of nitrates in processed meats; the consideration which has been given to World Health Organisation research on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50865/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Hospital Waiting Lists

Róisín Shortall

202. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of child waiting lists for scoliosis treatment by hospital and length of time on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50869/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Hospital Services

Róisín Shortall

203. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of appropriate treatment for a person (details supplied); if a care plan has been agreed for them since the meeting of their family with the hospital on 4 October 2019; the timescale for the treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50874/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Equine Industry

Róisín Shortall

306. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking and the funding being provided to address the proliferation of horses being bred here especially in respect of urban horses many of which are treated cruelly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50867/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Warmer Homes Scheme Data

Róisín Shortall

312. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding allocations to each community-based organisation, CBO, in each of the past three years and in 2019 for the purpose of carrying out energy efficiency retrofits on the homes of persons on low incomes; the number of homes which were upgraded by each CBO; and his plans in respect the continuation of the work. [50862/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Childcare Services

Róisín Shortall

349. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she will take to ensure that the national childcare scheme will not penalise certain categories of lone parents in which it will act as a disincentive to taking up training, education or employment as identified by a group (details supplied); the action she will take in relation to same in the coming years and not merely the arrangements in 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50864/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Early Years Sector

Róisín Shortall

350. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on a proposal by an organisation (details supplied) for the establishment of an early years and school age agency to replace Departments and agencies in order to ensure a streamlined, seamless and all-encompassing system in order that early child education and welfare issues are responded to appropriately and to achieve better value for money; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50868/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Róisín Shortall

400. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to address the issue of pensions for community employment supervisors which has been promised for some time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50872/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Róisín Shortall

155. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the need in the context of the housing crisis to reform the operation of the fair deal scheme in order to encourage participants in the scheme to make their homes available for letting in order to alleviate the housing shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50486/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Rehabilitative Training Allowance Payments

Róisín Shortall

160. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if disability organisations will be provided with funding to allow them to pay the full Christmas bonus to recipients of the rehabilitative training allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50530/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Róisín Shortall

259. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will arrange discussions with the Minister for Health regarding the need in the context of the housing crisis to reform the operation of the fair deal scheme in order to encourage participants in the scheme to make their homes available for letting in order to alleviate the housing shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50487/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Planning Guidelines

Róisín Shortall

267. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to introduce new planning regulations to ensure that cinemas must have railings and or strip-lighting on gangways to assist those with visual impairment or other disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50529/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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National Drugs Strategy Implementation

Róisín Shortall

164. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views on the recent joint statement from each previous Minister with responsibility for the drugs strategy calling on him to give greater priority to supporting drugs task forces in their work and ensuring that agencies and Departments play their part in the response to the escalating social problems associated with drug misuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49571/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Provision

Róisín Shortall

165. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the severe shortages of services for children with mental health problems in the north-western areas of Dublin in which there are now significant waiting lists for assessments in primary care and for therapy; and the specific steps he will take to address the matter. [49572/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

Róisín Shortall

166. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a group (details supplied) and its campaign to eliminate deficits for section 39 organisations in the adoption of the recommendations of the independent review group in the sector and to fund the full restoration of pay for the organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49574/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Building Regulations

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to a newly formed group (details supplied) representing home owners in many developments with serious construction defects; if the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Safe as Houses, of January 2018 will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49573/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Fiscal Data

Róisín Shortall

93. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the way in which the costs associated with pay restoration for section 39 workers in 2019 and 2020 were factored into the fiscal space calculations for 2019 and 2020, respectively; the way in which the costs have been factored into future fiscal space projections, that is, if the estimated costs are included in the pre-committed amounts for public pay detailed in summer economic statements in 2019 and 2020 or if they are factored in elsewhere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49278/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

Róisín Shortall

124. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost in each remaining year to complete the pay restoration process for section 39 health and disability type organisations by pay costs and associated pension costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49277/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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HSE Staff

Róisín Shortall

156. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 345 of 5 February 2019, 201 of 19 June 2019, 497 of 9 July 2019 and 344 of 24 September 2019, the position regarding the staff breastfeeding in the workplace policy for HSE staff; if the policy has been signed off on by the HSE leadership team; the reason for the time delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49276/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Healthcare Professionals

Róisín Shortall

42. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the timescale for the full reversal of financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, for GPs and the ending of the two-tier pay scales for consultants; the other steps he plans to take to address the issue in view of the severe shortage of GPs and hospital doctors and the serious impact which this is having on patient care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49074/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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School Therapy Services

Róisín Shortall

182. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a pilot project (details supplied); his plans for the future of this intervention model; his plans to roll out the project nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48659/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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School Therapy Services

Róisín Shortall

198. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a pilot project (details supplied); his plans for the future of this intervention model; his plans to roll out the project nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48658/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Disability Services Funding

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the position regarding funding for a State supported accessible holiday resort (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48577/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Early Childhood Care and Education Data

Róisín Shortall

436. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of applications for AIM payments received in each year since the scheme was introduced; the number of applications in each year that were received before the programme year commenced; the average waiting time for processing payments; the number of payments that were made for the full programme year for applications that did not require a setting visit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48656/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Early Childhood Care and Education Funding

Róisín Shortall

437. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the unacceptable delays in processing requests for AIM assessments and subsequent payment approval processes; if her attention has been further drawn to the negative impact that the delays are having on children in view of the fact that services are unable to retain AIM workers or subsidise payment delays; the reason for the refusal to backdate approved payments to the date the AIM worker commenced in the setting; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48657/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Local Authority Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

509. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to circular 15/2019 of 17 April 2019, the updated cost guidelines for South Dublin County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48660/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Road Traffic Legislation

Róisín Shortall

109. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he is taking to address the widespread and dangerous use of scramblers; the dates on which the inter-agency group on this issue met since the group’s inception; the outcome of its deliberations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48422/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Róisín Shortall

153. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to address the severe shortage of hospital consultants by which there are over 500 current vacancies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48423/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Cross-Border Health Initiatives

Róisín Shortall

154. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the total expenditure on the cross-Border directive since its inception; the organisations which are participating in the operation of the directive; the role of the HSE in operating this directive; the companies with which it is operating in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48424/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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National Minimum Wage

Róisín Shortall

252. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the payment of the national minimum wage as recommended by the low pay commission with specific reference to legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48425/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Planning Issues

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the rights of the public in respect of access to details of new planning applications online; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council frequently takes up to three weeks to put documents on their website thus greatly reducing the time for members of the public to make submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48421/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Social and Affordable Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

267. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of the affordable rental scheme which he and An Taoiseach launched in County Cork in recent days; the unit cost of developing these units with a breakdown of the site and build cost; the qualifying criteria for future tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48426/19]

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