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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Richard Boyd Barrett

5. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on Covid-19 last met and will next meet. [47961/21]

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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

12. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on Government co-ordination last met and will next meet. [47962/21]

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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

19. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on the environment and climate change will next meet. [47963/21]

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Wed, 20 Oct 2021

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Human Rights

Richard Boyd Barrett

113. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the six Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike to protest their administrative detention and imprisonment without charges or formal trial; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51389/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Cross-Border Co-operation

Richard Boyd Barrett

7. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of the shared island unit. [50785/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

18. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on Europe will next meet. [46801/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

22. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on Europe will next meet. [50786/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Mental Health Services

Richard Boyd Barrett

138. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the rationale for restricting the funding of mental health to below 6% of the health budget when the ask of mental health campaigners is to increase it up to 12% of the total health budget in line with the average across the OECD; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50799/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Hospital Waiting Lists

Richard Boyd Barrett

152. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health his plans to clear the outpatient waiting lists; the timeline for so doing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50800/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Departmental Staff

Richard Boyd Barrett

384. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Departments that have sanction to run internal competitions for promotions; the number of internal competitions that were held by these Departments during the Covid-19 pandemic; the number of promotions that were appointed during the Covid-19 pandemic by Departments with their own sanction; if these competitions were audited or overseen by an independent body; when a processed audit of any Department with their own sanction to run competitions was last conducted; the way in which the transparency of the shortlisting process for these competitions is monitored; if the Government has faith that cronyism does not exist in Departments running competitions under their own sanction other than through the Public Appointments Service, PAS; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50358/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

433. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the social welfare payments that are calculated for the purpose of the assessment for social housing; if he will provide details of the payments that are exempt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51041/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

435. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if the 20% discretionary HAP uplift can be applied to an ongoing tenancy in which a tenant has received a rent increase and cannot afford to pay any further top up to the landlord; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50372/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

475. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the way that income is assessed for the purposes of social housing support, including details of income limits, allowances per child, payments that are included in calculation and if the working family payment is included for the purposes of the calculation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51039/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

476. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the income limit for a family of two parents and six children registered on the housing lists in Dublin to be eligible for social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51040/21]

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Tue, 19 Oct 2021

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Asylum Seekers

Richard Boyd Barrett

695. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice the assistance that can be provided in the case of persons (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50729/21]

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021

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Student Accommodation

Richard Boyd Barrett

13. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science his plans to address student poverty particularly poverty arising from extortionate costs of accommodation and the burden of fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49872/21]

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021

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Further and Higher Education

Richard Boyd Barrett

89. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he will address the multiple problems faced by trainee psychologists including the difficulty of supporting themselves thought their doctorates, the lack of availability of appropriate and funded placements for educational and counselling trainees, the cost of registering an MSc from abroad and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49873/21]

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021

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Social Welfare Payments

Richard Boyd Barrett

149. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person who received the fuel allowance while on the jobseeker’s allowance and continued to receive fuel allowance when they went on a community employment scheme will retain their fuel allowance when they transfer from a community employment scheme back onto the jobseeker’s allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49995/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

121. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Finance if he has plans to extend the help to buy scheme to include second-hand homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49446/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

176. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he has plans to deal with the growing problem of persons on HAP receiving rent increases in cases in which their HAP payments remain fixed and they are required to make top-up payments but cannot afford them, particularly social welfare recipients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49399/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Medical Cards

Richard Boyd Barrett

474. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if a grant or assistance is available to a medical card holder towards the cost of electricity for a COPD machine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49128/21]

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Tue, 12 Oct 2021

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Medical Cards

Richard Boyd Barrett

524. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if a new medical card can be applied for retrospectively for a medical bill in circumstances in which the person applied for the card within eight weeks of the treatment but did not receive the card until after eight weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49412/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Film Industry

Richard Boyd Barrett

43. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media her Department's role in the certification of section 481 film relief and in monitoring compliance with the quality employment and training conditions of that relief; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47960/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Budget 2022

Richard Boyd Barrett

58. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if she will support the demands by groups (details supplied) for the implementation of the universal basic income for those working in arts, music and entertainment and the other additional supports that they are requesting in advance of budget 2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47959/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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School Funding

Richard Boyd Barrett

374. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education if she will consider re-establishing the school library fund that was cut in 2008 in Budget 2022; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47471/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Third Level Education

Richard Boyd Barrett

498. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he will provide details of the breakdown between online and in-person learning that each of the higher education institutions are providing; the rationale for same; if he is providing guidelines for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47491/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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General Practitioner Services

Richard Boyd Barrett

547. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined and a general practitioner allocated to them in view of the circumstances of the case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47467/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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General Practitioner Services

Richard Boyd Barrett

559. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if there is an onus on the HSE to inform medical card patients that their doctor is retiring from treating medical card patients; if so, if the HSE plan to inform the patients of a doctor (details supplied) in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47509/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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Mental Health Services

Richard Boyd Barrett

628. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health the community schemes or job initiatives available to persons with a disability or mental health issue such as schizophrenia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47774/21]

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Tue, 5 Oct 2021

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General Practitioner Services

Richard Boyd Barrett

629. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Health if there is another general practitioner who accepts medical card patients in the Dún Laoghaire area, particularly for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47777/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

7. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee that deals with children and youth affairs will next meet. [45088/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

8. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on social affairs and equality met last; and when it is next due to meet. [45089/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Departmental Functions

Richard Boyd Barrett

14. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of the public service, justice and police reform division of his Department. [46799/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Social Dialogue

Richard Boyd Barrett

19. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the work of the social dialogue co-ordination unit of his Department. [46800/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

39. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee that deals with transport will next meet. [43763/21]

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Wed, 29 Sep 2021

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Pension Provisions

Richard Boyd Barrett

153. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Social Protection if the method of calculating contributary pensions will change in 2022; if retirees who would achieve a better pension payment under the current averaging system will be allowed to continue having that criteria and method used; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [47011/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

3. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on education will next meet. [43762/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

13. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on housing will next meet. [43761/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Cabinet Committees

Richard Boyd Barrett

26. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health will next meet. [45087/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Rental Sector

Richard Boyd Barrett

133. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will consider effective rent controls that will both reduce rents and maintain them at an affordable level in view of the failure of the rent pressure zones to make rents affordable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46414/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Housing Policy

Richard Boyd Barrett

146. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when he plans to make the long-promised changes to the income levels for eligibility for social housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46469/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

399. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of the affordable housing in the area of Cherrywood, Dublin as a result of the local infrastructure housing activation fund, LIHAF, funding; the number of units, the size of units and whether they will be affordable purchase or affordable rental; the cost or rent in each case; when they are scheduled for delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46831/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Housing Policy

Richard Boyd Barrett

400. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of all Part Vs delivered over the past five years, by local authority including the cost to the local authority or approved housing body; if these units are being leased or bought; if they are being leased or bought by an approved housing body or local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46832/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Housing Schemes

Richard Boyd Barrett

401. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of the retrofitting programme for local authority housing by number of units to be retrofitted each year to 2030; the cost for each unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46834/21]

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Tue, 28 Sep 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Richard Boyd Barrett

559. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if he will put in place measures that would see colleges refund students who are being forced to take lectures online given that vaccination rates amongst persons over 18 years of age are high; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46618/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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Budget 2022

Richard Boyd Barrett

39. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will make the funds available in Budget 2022 to bring funding for education up to the OECD average of 4.9% of GDP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45646/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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School Facilities

Richard Boyd Barrett

121. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education if she will work with a school and an organisation (details supplied) to ensure that the pitches used by the college for generations are kept for use of the college, the local community and sports clubs into the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45643/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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Departmental Expenditure

Richard Boyd Barrett

127. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education the measures she is planning to take to ensure that spending is at least brought into line with the OECD average of 4.9% of GDP in view of the recent OECD report that ranks Ireland lowest in education spending; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45644/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Richard Boyd Barrett

214. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the practical measures he will make to reward essential workers for the contribution they made to the fight against Covid-19; if these measures will include raising the minimum wage to €15 per hour, a four day working week, more public holidays and statutory holiday entitlements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43776/21]

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Thu, 23 Sep 2021

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School Staff

Richard Boyd Barrett

262. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education if the funds will be made available in Budget 2022 to ensure that school secretaries receive a public sector pension entitlement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45645/21]

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