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Thu, 24 Sep 2020

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Mortgage Lending

Mick Barry

100. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance his views on protecting those with home loans with a bank (details supplied) in the event of a sale of the mortgage loan book of the bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26105/20]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020

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Banking Sector

Mick Barry

101. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance his plans to meet with representatives of the employees of a bank (details supplied) to discuss concerns over the withdrawal of the bank from the market. [26106/20]

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Thu, 24 Sep 2020

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Credit Unions

Mick Barry

102. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance if he will intervene with the Central Bank in relation to credit union regulations that require a majority of members to sign up to a death benefit scheme in order for the scheme to be continued by a given credit union in order that these regulations are amended to allow for the schemes to be continued for those that wish to avail of it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26116/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Cabinet Committees

Mick Barry

7. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on housing will next meet. [25166/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Work Permits

Mick Barry

131. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if measures will be put in place to ensure that persons born here post-2005 who are not Irish, UK, EEA or Swiss nationals will not need to apply for work permits or other authorisations to work here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25388/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Public Sector Staff

Mick Barry

277. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the programmes in place to provide beginner, intermediate and advanced Irish language training for staff in the civil and public service in view of the commitment in the Programme for Government to increase the use of the Irish language in the civil and public service; if beginner level classes are available to all civil servants at all grades; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24753/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Public Sector Staff

Mick Barry

278. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number and percentage of civil servants that are from Traveller, Black Irish and non-Irish citizen backgrounds; his plans to increase diversity in the civil service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24754/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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School Curriculum

Mick Barry

404. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education if she will clarify that the right not to attend religious instruction can be availed of by students in primary and second-level schools and that they can have appropriate supervision or alternative classes outside of that religious instruction class; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24752/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Student Support Schemes

Mick Barry

622. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if measures will be put in place to ensure that students that were born here and or have been long term resident in Ireland but are not Irish, UK, EEA or Swiss citizens will be able to avail of the free fees scheme and apply for SUSI grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25385/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Naturalisation Certificates

Mick Barry

675. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the number of certificates of naturalisation issued in 2019 to persons that were born here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25386/20]

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Tue, 22 Sep 2020

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Naturalisation Certificates

Mick Barry

676. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the number of certificates for naturalisation that have been applied for on behalf of persons under 18 years of age in 2019; and the number of these applications that were for persons born here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25387/20]

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Wed, 16 Sep 2020

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Naturalisation Certificates

Mick Barry

109. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice the number of cases in which naturalisation has been granted using section 16(a) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956 in each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24230/20]

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Thu, 10 Sep 2020

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Garda Reform

Mick Barry

2. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice if she will reverse the decision to transfer the powers to hire and promote gardaí from the Policing Authority to the Garda Commissioner in view of the recommendation from the Smithwick tribunal to remove this power from the Commissioner given its potential to discourage whistleblowing; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23203/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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Civil Service

Mick Barry

320. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of applicants for the executive officer competition underway; the number of positions available at the grade from the competition; his plans for further competitions for the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21661/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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Foreign Policy

Mick Barry

457. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his engagement with the Ambassador of Morocco in 2019; the actions Ireland has taken in relation to the various well documented human rights abuses in Morocco (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21660/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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Working Holiday Programmes

Mick Barry

463. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when the temporary suspension of the working holiday authorisation scheme will be lifted given the limited public health threats should entrants to the State comply with quarantine requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22506/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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State Examinations

Mick Barry

541. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education the reason for the gap between the publication of the leaving certificate results and the publication of the predicted grades by teachers; if the grades from teachers will be published at the same time or shortly after the results of the exam; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21846/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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State Examinations

Mick Barry

542. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education the further measures that will be required regarding the adaptions which provide more choice in exam questions to the 2021 leaving and junior certificates should the 2020/2021 academic year be disrupted due to further Covid-19 related restrictions; the contingency measures for the leaving and junior certificates 2021 in such a scenario; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21847/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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State Examinations

Mick Barry

543. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education the stakeholders who were consulted on the adaptions to the 2021 leaving certificate and junior certificate examinations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21848/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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HIV-AIDS Programmes

Mick Barry

1305. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide information regarding PrEP and U=U in information campaigns on HIV prevention including television and billboard advertising; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22047/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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HIV-AIDS Programmes

Mick Barry

1306. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if he will consider extending the clinic hours and range of services to facilitate greater access to appointments for those in work in relation to the HIV clinic at Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22048/20]

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Tue, 8 Sep 2020

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HIV-AIDS Programmes

Mick Barry

1307. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health when PrEP and the necessary follow-up tests will be available free of charge in Cork city and the southern region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22049/20]

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Thu, 30 Jul 2020

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State Examinations

Mick Barry

9. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the postponement in publishing the results of the 2020 leaving certificate in view of the fact schools have submitted their information regarding grading on schedule; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19334/20]

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Thu, 30 Jul 2020

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State Examinations

Mick Barry

28. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to expand the choice in exams in the leaving certificate 2021 in view of the loss in teaching time due to Covid-19; if the alternations will be carried out across subjects in a similar manner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19333/20]

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Wed, 29 Jul 2020

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Employment Rights

Mick Barry

24. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on employees of a company (details supplied) seeking an enhanced redundancy package; if legislation and additional measures will be introduced giving effect to the Duffy Cahill report that will better protect the interests of workers in liquidation scenarios; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15769/20]

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Wed, 22 Jul 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Mick Barry

74. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will issue specific Covid-19 return to work guidelines to driver instructors in view of the nature of their profession which entails being in a confined space with their student; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17556/20]

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Wed, 22 Jul 2020

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Driver Test

Mick Barry

80. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will make provision in driver test centres for driving instructors to avail of indoor facilities while their students are undergoing their driver test; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17555/20]

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Tue, 21 Jul 2020

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Fur Farming

Mick Barry

519. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on prohibiting fur farming; the progress on legislation regarding the prohibition of fur farming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17062/20]

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Thu, 16 Jul 2020

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Economic Growth Rate

Mick Barry

12. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance his views on the latest European Commission forecast for economic growth and the implications for the fiscal position of the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16229/20]

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Thu, 16 Jul 2020

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Economic Growth Rate

Mick Barry

28. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance his views on the latest IMF World Economic Outlook forecasts and the implications for the fiscal position of the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16228/20]

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Wed, 15 Jul 2020

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Cabinet Committees

Mick Barry

3. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the convening of Cabinet committees. [16087/20]

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Wed, 15 Jul 2020

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Taoiseach's Communications

Mick Barry

7. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the discussions he has had with other Heads of Government since he assumed his position. [16088/20]

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Wed, 15 Jul 2020

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Tax Code

Mick Barry

36. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the measures that will be introduced over the next year pertaining to a carbon tax. [16053/20]

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Wed, 15 Jul 2020

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mick Barry

43. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the projection of emissions for the period 2019 to 2040 published on 8 July 2020 by the Environmental Protection Agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16052/20]

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Tue, 14 Jul 2020

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Care of the Elderly

Mick Barry

1303. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if the HSE can take over a nursing home (details supplied). [15990/20]

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Tue, 7 Jul 2020

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Foreign Birth Registration

Mick Barry

340. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of processing times of foreign birth registrations; if a delay has been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; his plans for the service in the coming period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14123/20]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic

Mick Barry

559. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects restrictions on airlines providing services for passengers that are to commence regular non-essential work here will be lifted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9895/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Student Visas

Mick Barry

332. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the period of working entitlement will be extended for non-EEA and Swiss nationals with a student visa on the third level graduate scheme who graduate or have graduated with a degree from a university here in view of the Covid-19 crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8392/20]

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Wed, 3 Jun 2020

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Redundancy Payments

Mick Barry

1073. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the situation being faced by the former workers of a company (details supplied) who are awaiting redundancy payments after being laid off prior to the Covid-19 crisis and are facing the issue of their former employer cutting off all contact with former staff including their elected employee representative committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8520/20]

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Wed, 20 May 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Mick Barry

72. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider an adjustment to the Covid-19 wage subsidy payment to allow for more flexibility to include those workers that had just commenced employment in the weeks prior to the crisis; if the average wage calculation for those workers could be calculated on a period other than January to February; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5871/20]

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Wed, 20 May 2020

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Third Level Admissions

Mick Barry

336. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the CAO will allow flexibility for students that may have missed the 1 May 2020 deadline in view of the situation in which sixth year students have not been in schools with direct contact with career guidance teachers; if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined in relation to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6608/20]

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Wed, 20 May 2020

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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Mick Barry

1358. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will consider recommending an extension of the measures to prevent evictions, serving notices of termination and rent increases due to public health measures remaining in place beyond the current deadline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6384/20]

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Tue, 17 Dec 2019

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Taxi Regulations

Mick Barry

582. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider providing a representative to the board of the Taxi Regulator for taxi drivers from County Cork in view of the unique challenges faced by drivers and the industry in the Cork area and in the interests of regional balance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52741/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Arts Funding

Mick Barry

4. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the measures she is taking to double arts funding by 2023; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52178/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Traveller Culture

Mick Barry

19. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the resources being given to Traveller culture; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52147/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Community Pharmacy Services

Mick Barry

246. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if he will consider a moratorium on the changes to the fees paid to pharmacies due to be implemented on 1 January 2020; if he will negotiate with pharmacists with a view of reversing the cuts made to the fees received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52352/19]

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019

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Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Mick Barry

173. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider measures to reduce the class sizes in DEIS schools in view of evidence such as the study Addressing Education Disadvantage by the Educational Research Centre, that children have better outcomes from smaller classes sizes; the measures he will take to bring class sizes below 20 pupils for primary education; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51210/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Social Welfare Benefits

Mick Barry

454. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to ensure that workers (details supplied) are able to access their social insurance benefits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48860/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Home Loan Scheme

Mick Barry

514. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will consider amending the criteria of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme to allow for those who have declared bankruptcy previously to be allowed to be considered for the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48859/19]

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Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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Special Educational Needs Staff

Mick Barry

210. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if status of the allocation of an additional SNA to a school (details supplied) in Dublin 24, in view of the fact the special education needs officer has observed the needs in the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47714/19]

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