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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Official Engagements

Willie Penrose

106. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to invite his Spanish counterpart to Dublin in early 2020 for a bilateral meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53336/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Ministerial Meetings

Willie Penrose

140. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Finance the number of times he has met either the CEO and-or the chairperson of each bank located here to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53334/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Tax Credits

Willie Penrose

142. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Finance the steps he will take to ensure a person (details supplied) receives their appropriate tax free allowances in view of the fact they have returned to work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53416/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Garda Station Refurbishment

Willie Penrose

154. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when phase 2 of the refurbishment works at a Garda station and Garda water unit in Athlone, County Westmeath will be fully completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53330/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Ministerial Meetings

Willie Penrose

290. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of times to date in 2019 he has met with his US counterpart; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53331/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Departmental Expenditure

Willie Penrose

538. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated full-year cost of recruiting three additional full-time archaeologists for his Department, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53332/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Online Safety

Willie Penrose

573. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the appointment of a digital safety commissioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53333/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Employment Rights

Willie Penrose

724. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to update the Terms of Employment (Information) Act 1994; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53329/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility

Willie Penrose

727. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the insurance contribution record of a person (detail supplied) will be provided; if they qualify for a State pension, the level and amount of arrears payable to them; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53415/19]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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National Concert Hall

Willie Penrose

792. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met formally with the CEO of the National Concert Hall in the past two months; if so, the issues discussed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53337/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Hospital Appointments Status

Willie Penrose

274. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be admitted to the Mater Hospital as soon as possible to have surgery carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52473/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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National Broadband Plan Implementation

Willie Penrose

306. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when broadband will be provided to the greater Ballinagore area, County Westmeath (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52472/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Defence Forces Transport

Willie Penrose

50. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of armoured logistics vehicles purchased for the Defence Forces in each of the years 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; if extra armoured logistics vehicles will be purchased in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50951/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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EU Meetings

Willie Penrose

55. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if EU security issues were discussed at the October 2019 EU General Affairs Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50948/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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International Relations

Willie Penrose

56. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has spoken recently to the new Canadian Foreign Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50950/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Schools Building Projects Status

Willie Penrose

121. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be ready for completion and occupation; the date for occupation of the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51009/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Prison Service Expenditure

Willie Penrose

140. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the transport budget for the Prison Service in 2019 and 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50952/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Garda Transport Data

Willie Penrose

141. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda public order unit vans that came into the fleet in 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50953/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Garda Equipment

Willie Penrose

142. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if funding has been secured in 2020 for the upgrade of existing boats or extra boats for the Garda water unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50954/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Ministerial Meetings

Willie Penrose

154. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the bilateral meetings she has had with her EU counterparts to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50955/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Sports Capital Programme Applications

Willie Penrose

323. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when a decision will be made in relation to applications by Westmeath County Council (details supplied) for funding under the large-scale sports infrastructural fund; when funding will be given in order to allow the project to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51010/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Social Welfare Benefits Applications

Willie Penrose

404. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to ensure that an application for a contributory widower's pension by a person (details supplied) will be processed as quickly as possible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50947/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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State Pension (Contributory) Applications

Willie Penrose

407. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the steps she will take to ensure that a State pension application by a person (details supplied) is dealt with. [51012/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Meteorological Services

Willie Penrose

417. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated full-year cost of recruiting six extra full-time meteorologists and six extra full-time meteorological posts in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50949/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Willie Penrose

421. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the housing income limit for eligibility to be considered for social housing will be reviewed in the context of ongoing developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51011/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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State Pensions Reform

Willie Penrose

38. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to review the qualification age for the contributory and non-contributory State pension; the number of persons who will be impacted by the increase in the qualification age for the State pension in 2021; the number who have 20 or more years of PRSI contributions; the transition measures she plans to put in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50651/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Live Register Data

Willie Penrose

51. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons on the live register who had previous stated employment in the construction sector; the breakdown of the figure for areas termed as unemployment blackspots; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50365/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Unemployment Levels

Willie Penrose

62. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of unemployment blackspots nationwide; her activation plans to increase employment in these areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50364/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Willie Penrose

68. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when she plans to address the status of community employment supervisors and provide for their payments as per the Labour Court recommendation of 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46862/19]

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Tue, 3 Dec 2019

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Defence Forces Representative Organisations

Willie Penrose

104. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he will take to facilitate a group (details supplied) to achieve affiliate status to a union on the basis that it has publicly committed to never strike if such affiliation is granted. [49686/19]

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Tue, 3 Dec 2019

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Banking Sector

Willie Penrose

137. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Finance when a report (details supplied) into local public banking will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50136/19]

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Tue, 3 Dec 2019

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Company Registration

Willie Penrose

295. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to significant issues that arose recently for companies that must register their beneficial owners with the register of beneficial ownership (details supplied); if this system can be streamlined in order to ensure the file of the registration details is informed of the precise reason for rejection; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50410/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Defence Forces Remuneration

Willie Penrose

66. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will reintroduce a Gleeson style commission on the Defence Forces to examine terms and conditions to include a comprehensive review of contracts, duty allowances and technical payments for the members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49594/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Residency Permits

Willie Penrose

113. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will take steps to expedite an application for residency by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49593/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Beef Industry

Willie Penrose

35. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps taken to ensure the beef market task force issues are progressed; when he expects a meeting to be held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49336/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Thalidomide Victims Compensation

Willie Penrose

174. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health the Departments that have been obliged by court orders to provide discovery in respect of the action initiated by an association (details supplied); the number that have done so; if a review of the data necessary to achieve delivery of the required discovery documentation has commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49442/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Beef Industry

Willie Penrose

193. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking to get the beef task force up and running; when the first meeting will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49392/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Beef Imports

Willie Penrose

194. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the quantities of chilled and frozen beef imported from Poland in 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49393/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Beef Industry

Willie Penrose

195. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the outcome of the tender process for the three independent studies to be conducted as a result of the beef agreement reached in September 2019 will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49394/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Food Promotion

Willie Penrose

196. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps being taken to counteract vegan propaganda which is particularly damaging to Ireland and its rural communities in view of the unique production and export capacity for beef here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49395/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Grant Aid

Willie Penrose

298. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if there is grant aid available for persons wishing to construct a granny flat at their residence which would enable a young couple to reside in the existing dwelling house and the elderly parents to reside in a new granny flat (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49443/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Guardian's Payment Applications

Willie Penrose

499. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the steps she will take to expedite an application for a guardianship payment by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49077/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Hospital Appointments Delays

Willie Penrose

152. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health if he will take steps to ensure that a person (details supplied) is admitted for an appointment with the consultant rheumatologist at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore without delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48412/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Afforestation Programme

Willie Penrose

184. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the factors taken into account by his Department when giving technical approval for an afforestation licence; the evaluation process used in respect of such an application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48517/19]

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019

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Pharmacy Services

Willie Penrose

192. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health the rationale for the decision of his Department to propose significant cuts to pharmacy fees from January 2020 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48001/19]

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Wed, 20 Nov 2019

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Carer's Allowance Eligibility

Willie Penrose

321. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will take steps to ensure that a carer’s allowance is restored to a person (details supplied); if same will now be addressed without delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48006/19]

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Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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School Services Staff

Willie Penrose

81. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to improve pay and conditions of school secretaries funded through the ancillary services grant system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47489/19]

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Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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EU Regulations

Willie Penrose

504. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to ensure an application for recognition by an organisation (details supplied) pursuant to Article 14 and 16 of Regulations (EU) No. 1379/2013 is reviewed on the basis that its rejection was based solely on the fact that it failed to meet the mandatory criteria enforced at the moment; the steps he will take to ensure that the organisation is recognised as a producer organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47861/19]

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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Consumer Rights

Willie Penrose

54. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to a report by an organisation (details supplied) which states that moving to a cashless society mainly benefits banks and card issuers and will lead to financial and social exclusion; his plans to ensure consumers have a continued non-discriminatory right to use cash; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46553/19]

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Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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Defence Forces Allowances

Willie Penrose

93. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated full-year cost if the explosive ordnance disposal duty allowance was increased by a further 20% based on 2018 figures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46704/19]

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