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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Christopher O'Sullivan

455. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide supports for the hotel industry to pay towards the extra staffing costs required to maintain hygiene and social distancing standards during the reopening phase of the Covid-19 pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11448/20]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Medical Cards

Christopher O'Sullivan

687. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if he has considered extending the carer’s general practitioner visit card to carers in receipt of the carer support grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11446/20]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Christopher O'Sullivan

1019. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the pandemic unemployment payment and temporary wage subsidy scheme will continue for event and arts workers until the mass gathering bans and social distancing are not required for medical safety. [11444/20]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Commercial Rates

Christopher O'Sullivan

1047. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has considered requesting the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to remove commercial rates for empty places of entertainment and warehousing of event equipment. [11453/20]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Christopher O'Sullivan

1093. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if access could be opened to the islands in a phased manner with the development of phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business seeing free movement within counties. [11443/20]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Christopher O'Sullivan

1109. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has considered funding of an industry assistance programme to cater for the mental health and well-being of event and arts workers during the Covid-19 crisis. [11445/20]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2020

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SOLAS Training and Education Programmes

Christopher O'Sullivan

176. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered resuming safe pass courses in view of the fact they can be conducted with social distancing in place; the reason they have not been restarted in view of the reopening of the construction sector; and if he has considered extending to the start of the year, a reprieve on expired safe passes in order that workers that missed the 1 March 2020 cut-off can get back to work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10249/20]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Christopher O'Sullivan

294. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she has considered making supports such as the business restart grant available for non-rate paying businesses such as bed and breakfasts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10250/20]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Christopher O'Sullivan

674. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to ensure the pandemic unemployment payment end dates will be addressed on a sector by sector basis in acknowledgement that some sectors of the workforce will take longer to get back on their feet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10248/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Value Added Tax

Christopher O'Sullivan

93. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider a reduction in the VAT rate to 21% on goods to help small and medium enterprise businesses compete against online shopping outlets. [9115/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Health and Safety Authority

Christopher O'Sullivan

464. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will instruct the HSA to engage in supportive dialogue with business owners in the first instance if it deems a business needs enhanced social distancing measures and that it would do this as an extra step before reporting. [9116/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Christopher O'Sullivan

654. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the way in which the recommended social distance can be reduced to 1.5 metres in line with the European average pending health advice and continuous decreasing rates of transmission. [9113/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Dental Services

Christopher O'Sullivan

655. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in outfitting private practice dentists with appropriate PPE gear; the steps being taken to outfit them with correct PPE in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9114/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Driver Test

Christopher O'Sullivan

939. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider the recommencement of driver tests for those that need a full licence for work purposes or to finish their apprenticeships. [9112/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Social Enterprise Sector

Christopher O'Sullivan

1046. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if a grant aid package will be made available for social enterprises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9118/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Employment Rights

Christopher O'Sullivan

1059. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will extend workplace protections such as holiday pay and sick leave to school secretaries paid by boards of management. [9117/20]

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Wed, 27 May 2020

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Maternity Leave

Christopher O'Sullivan

311. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if maternity leave and the maternity benefit will be temporarily extended in view of the interruption to patient and new baby support groups caused by the Covid-19 crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7810/20]

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Wed, 27 May 2020

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Liquor Licences

Christopher O'Sullivan

312. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on provisions for distilleries that do not have a licence to sell directly to the public to be able to make online sales and keep their business afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic and to support a necessary change in excise regulations to achieve this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7812/20]

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Wed, 27 May 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Christopher O'Sullivan

441. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will revisit the distinction between homewares and hardware stores with regard to reopening under the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business and encourage them to implement safety procedures and initiate reopening as soon as possible; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7811/20]

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Wed, 27 May 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Christopher O'Sullivan

820. Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Covid-19 mobility framework; and the reason the process was started two months into the pandemic and not at the outset. [7813/20]

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