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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Pension Provisions

Paul Murphy

148. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Transport when he will sign the Statutory Instrument to implement the enhanced benefits to the CIÉ regular wages scheme pension as proposed by the WRC in December 2019 and agreed through secret ballot by the CIÉ worker-members of the regular wages scheme in June 2020. [11746/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Pension Provisions

Paul Murphy

149. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Transport if he will make provision in the Statutory Instrument regarding the changes proposed by the Workplace Relations Commission to the CIÉ regular wages scheme pension in order that those members of the scheme who have retired since the date of the members ballot in June 2020 which agreed to those WRC proposals receive back payment of the enhanced benefits agreed under the WRC proposals to the date of their retirement. [11747/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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DEIS Scheme

Paul Murphy

440. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education if she will urgently introduce a reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio for the staffing schedule for all DEIS band 1 schools and in particular for DEIS band 1 junior schools of at least the same percentage reduction of pupil-teacher ratios provided for the mainstream schools in recent years to address the needs of the most disadvantaged children in the school community. [11446/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Education Policy

Paul Murphy

472. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education if provision will be made for remote learning to continue for leaving certificate school students in circumstances in which their parents who they live with are highly vulnerable, for example, if they have cancer and their oncologist advises it is not safe for their child to return to school. [11685/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Social Welfare Appeals

Paul Murphy

550. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection if the record will be corrected regarding the statement by the chief appeals officer of the Social Welfare Appeals Office to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection that the office does not use test cases in view of the fact this contradicts a letter of 9 January 2019 taking into account that the answer of the former Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection of 18 December 2019 did not constitute a correction of the record, given that the Minister stated that the chief appeals officer does not consider that a contradiction has occurred but is happy to clarify the position as outlined (details supplied). [11642/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Stardust Fire

Paul Murphy

689. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if she will address a matter (details supplied) regarding recognition of professional researchers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11757/21]

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Wed, 3 Mar 2021

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Electronic Cigarettes

Paul Murphy

840. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health the measures that are being or have been taken to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under 18 years of age. [11471/21]

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Wed, 24 Feb 2021

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Diplomatic Immunity

Paul Murphy

357. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of flights given diplomatic clearance since the beginning of 2021. [10118/21]

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Thu, 18 Feb 2021

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Civil Service

Paul Murphy

102. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether a social media policy for public servants referred to in an article (details supplied) undermines the right of those public servants to freedom of expression; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9033/21]

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Thu, 18 Feb 2021

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Departmental Expenditure

Paul Murphy

135. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the details of expenditure for each of the years 2016 to 2020 and to date in 2021, showing consultancy, financial, legal, recruitment, quality assurance and training fees incurred by the election observation programme in tabular form; the amount involved for each service; the name of the suppliers; the nature of the services provided; if public procurement procedures were followed for these services; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to the operation and management of the programme; his views on whether the programme would benefit from an independent investigation to assess the programme against international best practice; if he will direct that an independent investigation be carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9035/21]

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021

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Light Rail Projects

Paul Murphy

90. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Transport if he has considered the submission made to him by a group (details supplied) in December 2020 on the terms of reference for the feasibility study on the continuation of the MetroLink to south-west Dublin; his views on the concerns raised by the group about the terms of reference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8268/21]

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021

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Animal Sales

Paul Murphy

999. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department monitors advertisements for the sale of puppies on websites such as a website (details supplied) or other advertising websites to check that dog and puppy vendors are licensed as a registered breeding establishment or that the puppies offered for sale are from a licensed registered breeding establishment; if his Department has received reports in the past two years of unlicensed breeders or vendors offering puppies for sale; if so, the number of such reports; the number of inspections; and the number of prosecutions carried out by inspectors of his Department or other inspectors since 1 January 2019 of unlicensed breeders or vendors who are offering puppies for sale. [8039/21]

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021

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Greyhound Industry

Paul Murphy

1000. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the fact that organisations (details supplied) are presenting misleading information on their websites to the effect that greyhounds exported to China are still owned by persons in Ireland; if such sales or transfers of ownership from Ireland to China have been recorded in line with section 10 of the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011; if prosecutions and or penalties have been imposed on persons who failed to comply with section 10 of the Act; if he will cease such exports to China; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8040/21]

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Wed, 17 Feb 2021

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Agriculture Schemes

Paul Murphy

1012. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he plans to introduce grants for those farmers wishing to transition away from animal agriculture. [8267/21]

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Thu, 11 Feb 2021

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Children First Guidelines

Paul Murphy

211. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will urgently review and amend the Children First national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children in Ireland to be inclusive of all children who are at risk, including children deemed to be a risk to themselves regarding acknowledged behavioural conditions; if he will add to the child protection register a fifth such category of risk to the four categories already specified in the guidelines and thereby guide all the relevant bodies in their provision of appropriate protective and support measures to children who are deemed to be a risk to themselves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7651/21]

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Thu, 11 Feb 2021

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Visa Applications

Paul Murphy

235. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice if, in a context in which many English language students have made a significant contribution to Irish society by working during the Covid crisis, including deliveries, cleaning, caregiving and childcare, and in which restrictions on international travel are likely to remain in place for a significant period, she will act to retain this needed workforce and grant a 12-month visa extension for all stamp 2 workers from 30 April 2021 until 30 April 2022. [7544/21]

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021

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Public Sector Staff

Paul Murphy

246. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the groups of public sector workers to which the updated social media policy which includes the instruction not to comment on or like social media posts which would undermine the Minister, the Department, the Government or Government policy has been sent to; and the groups of public sector workers to which it applies. [7011/21]

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021

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Special Educational Needs

Paul Murphy

459. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education the arrangements for the return of children with special educational needs to mainstream schools, including proposed special staffing arrangements and additional resources; the planned phasing arrangements; the proposed dates and timelines for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7120/21]

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021

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Special Educational Needs

Paul Murphy

460. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education the date for the reopening of special schools and the planned phasing of that reopening; the special staffing arrangements for same; the additional resources she plans to provide to these schools (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7122/21]

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Wed, 3 Feb 2021

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Revenue Commissioners

Paul Murphy

169. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Finance if donations to non-SIPO-registered far-right political entities through online crowdfunding platforms are counted by the Revenue Commissioners as taxable income; the income that has been declared to the Revenue Commissioners by non-SIPO-registered far-right political entities since 2016; the amount the Revenue Commissioners have collected from taxable income in the form of donations to non-SIPO-registered far-right political entities since 2016; the initiatives which have been or are being taken by the Revenue Commissioners to collect any such tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5034/21]

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