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Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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Free Travel Scheme

Mick Barry

193. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the representations he has made to the Department of Social Protection regarding the subsidy paid to fund free travel for senior citizens which has not kept pace with demographic changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33259/16]

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Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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Cycling Facilities Provision

Mick Barry

194. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding he is making available for the improvement of cycling lanes; his views that there should be a prioritisation of the provision of segregated and continuous cycle lanes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33260/16]

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Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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Trade Agreements

Mick Barry

213. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she accepts that the negotiations between the EU and Canada over the CETA have now ended without agreement in view of its rejection by the Walloon Parliament; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33261/16]

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Thu, 3 Nov 2016

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Legislative Programme

Mick Barry

214. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to amend the legislation governing the work of the Low Pay Commission so that the minimum wage it recommends falls into line with the living wage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33262/16]

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Wed, 2 Nov 2016

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Fishing Vessel Safety

Mick Barry

48. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will introduce legislation to enforce a safety regime in fishing vessels whereby only Bord Iascaigh Mhara safety cards will be deemed acceptable from any fishing crew following a response issued to a representative from the International Transport Federation by a representative from the Marine Survey Office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32203/16]

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Thu, 27 Oct 2016

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Employment Rights

Mick Barry

17. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding the raids conducted by gardaí and Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, staff on fishing vessels, as reported in the media on 5 October 2016, if the Marine Survey Office shares intelligence with the Garda Síochána and the WRC regarding the optimum manner in which to target their raids in order to best uncover suspect abuses of non-EU undocumented migrant fishing crew; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32202/16]

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Wed, 26 Oct 2016

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Cabinet Committee Meetings

Mick Barry

4. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on the economy, trade and jobs last met. [31819/16]

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016

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Arts Funding

Mick Barry

8. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if the Government is committed to increasing the budget for the arts to at least the European Union average of 0.6% of gross domestic product; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31142/16]

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016

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Arts Funding

Mick Barry

46. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her reasons for not retaining funding into 2017 in view of the positive experience of a modestly increased arts and culture budget for 2016 and in view of the lower than European average funding the State gives to the arts and culture; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31143/16]

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016

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Labour Employer Economic Forum

Mick Barry

34. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the matters discussed at the Labour Employer Economic Forum which he chaired on 5 October 2016. [30638/16]

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016

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Nursing Staff Recruitment

Mick Barry

63. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health the way in which the budget announcement that 1,000 additional nurses will be recruited to the health care system will be achieved in the context that many graduate nurses are leaving the country citing pay and conditions. [30297/16]

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016

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Mental Health Services

Mick Barry

98. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health his views on the Economist Intelligence Unit's mental health integration index which shows Ireland lying in 11th position out of the EU 15 and 14th overall of the 30 countries studied (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30619/16]

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016

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Departmental Legal Services

Mick Barry

312. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 446 of 27 September 2016, if he will reconcile the reply he provided with a claim subsequently made to this Deputy's office via social media, that Scope has been legally represented by the Chief State Solicitor's Office and a person (details supplied) in at least one previous appeal similar to the one described in the question, and that the reason for seeking this representation was because the appellants were like a case (details supplied) accompanied by legal representation. [30259/16]

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016

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Direct Provision System

Mick Barry

25. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to plans by the owners of Ashbourne House direct provision centre in County Cork to develop the centre into apartments which would lead to the displacement of the residents of the centre; if she will provide the end date of the current contract between the Reception and Integration Agency of her Department and the owners of the centre; if her Department has engaged in negotiations to renew the contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30174/16]

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016

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Departmental Expenditure

Mick Barry

74. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills when plans to restore the capitation grant to schools as set out in the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 will be realised and if the restoration will include a prohibition on the practice of schools seeking so-called voluntary contributions from parents (details supplied). [30187/16]

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016

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Refugee Resettlement Programme

Mick Barry

36. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to when she spoke at the UN summit on refugees and migrants in New York when she indicated the Government will have resettled 870 migrants by the end of 2016, the reason for the disparity between this figure and the Government's commitment to accept 4,000 people from Syria; and the way the figure of 4,000 can be both achieved and surpassed. [29706/16]

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016

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Broadband Service Provision

Mick Barry

565. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps his Department will take to ensure broadband services will be provided in an area in correspondence (details supplied). [29707/16]

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Thu, 6 Oct 2016

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Departmental Agencies

Mick Barry

23. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on the work of an agency (details supplied) on behalf of his Department; if he has studied the equivalent role this agency plays in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28789/16]

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Thu, 6 Oct 2016

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State Pensions

Mick Barry

46. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection his views on the establishment of a universal single-tier State pension rather than the existing two-tier structure, which gives a lower rate for those who have been out of work caring for family members or in training for a longer period in their working life; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28788/16]

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Thu, 6 Oct 2016

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Tax Code

Mick Barry

83. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance the rationale behind the charging of VAT on the public service obligation item on utility bills; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29067/16]

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Wed, 5 Oct 2016

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British-Irish Co-operation

Mick Barry

4. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the last British-Irish Council. [28715/16]

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Wed, 5 Oct 2016

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Private Rented Accommodation

Mick Barry

28. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he has had discussions with the Minister with responsibility for housing on tourism-related measures to alleviate the housing crisis; if he has considered prohibiting the advertisement on a company's website (details supplied) of professional lettings of whole apartments or houses in the greater Dublin area, similar to measures recently introduced in Berlin and under consideration in New York; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22521/16]

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Wed, 5 Oct 2016

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Homelessness Strategy

Mick Barry

68. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to tackle child homelessness in the next year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23029/16]

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Tue, 4 Oct 2016

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Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Mick Barry

34. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the concerns of a group of parents whose children attend a school (details supplied) that classes are too big in the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28388/16]

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Tue, 4 Oct 2016

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Industrial Disputes

Mick Barry

43. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the indications from the ASTI that it will ballot for strike action on the grounds of the use of financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, legislation against it. [28389/16]

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016

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State Aid Investigations

Mick Barry

27. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance if, in view of the European Commission's findings that the State breached EU rules regarding the tax treatment of a company (details supplied), he has identified any other corporations which are based here for tax purposes that may have a similar tax liability; if so, the number of corporations that have been identified and the amount of the liability involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27620/16]

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016

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NAMA Investigations

Mick Barry

50. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance if, in view of the ongoing investigations of the sale of NAMA's Northern Ireland portfolio, he favours halting any more sales of NAMA portfolios; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27621/16]

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Mick Barry

1. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent meeting with the Chancellor of Germany, Ms Angela Merkel. [22241/16]

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Mick Barry

2. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach his plans to meet with the newly announced UK Prime Minister, Ms Theresa May. [22242/16]

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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Departmental Legal Services

Mick Barry

446. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection if his Department will be defending findings with the assistance of legal professionals with regard to a case (details supplied). [27307/16]

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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Low Pay Commission Report

Mick Barry

949. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to respond to the recommendation of the Low Pay Commission that the minimum wage be raised by 10 cent per hour; when Dáil Éireann will vote on the recommendation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27306/16]

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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Budget 2017

Mick Barry

201. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Finance the rationale for choosing 21 June 2016 as the starting point for eligibility for the proposed reintroduction of the first time buyers' grant; and the way he will respond to those persons who bought new properties a mere few days or weeks prior to this date who feel aggrieved that they will not be able to avail of this grant despite incurring similar costs to those who are eligible. [25107/16]

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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Disability Act Employment Targets

Mick Barry

813. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection the proactive measures his Department is taking to encouraging diversity in the workplace specifically with regard to the employment of persons with disabilities; and the legislative underpinning which exists to achieve greater workplace participation on the part of persons with disabilities. [26192/16]

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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Health Insurance Cover

Mick Barry

1447. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health the advice he would give to a person (details supplied) who cannot obtain affordable insurance given the particular anomalies of their situation under the current regulations applying to the private health insurance market. [26194/16]

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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Horse Racing Ireland Staff

Mick Barry

1490. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will reconcile his answer to Parliamentary Question No. 449 of 12 July 2016 regarding the reappointment of the chief executive officer of Horse Racing Ireland (details supplied) and the subsequent denial by board members of HRI that the matter was discussed by the board and any such business case was submitted to him. [26193/16]

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016

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Departmental Staff Recruitment

Mick Barry

1897. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the proactive measures her Department is currently taking to encouraging diversity in the workplace specifically with regard to the employment of persons with disabilities; and the legislative underpinning which exists to achieve greater workplace participation on the part of persons with disabilities. [26191/16]

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016

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Youth Unemployment Measures

Mick Barry

20. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the measures she plans to take to tackle youth unemployment, if she will provide an update on the implementation of the Youth Employability Initiative; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23030/16]

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016

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UK Referendum on EU Membership

Mick Barry

2. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Taoiseach to report on his recent meetings with political leaders in Northern Ireland following the United Kingdom's referendum on leaving the European Union. [20701/16]

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016

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Employment Rights

Mick Barry

51. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the actions of a company (details supplied) which has replaced its directly employed staff with staff whose contracts deem them to be nominally self-employed and paid by delivery with the result that their hourly earnings are on average less than the minimum wage. [22791/16]

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016

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Industrial Disputes

Mick Barry

52. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the lockout of workers at Waterford Airport. [22792/16]

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016

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Social Welfare Appeals

Mick Barry

237. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection when making an appeal to the social protection appeals office, if a person has the legal right to speak with a medical advisor instead of an appeals officer if requested when there is a medical dimension to the appeal. [23122/16]

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016

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Social Welfare Appeals

Mick Barry

238. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Social Protection when making an appeal to the social protection appeals office, if a person has the legal right to demand that the social protection appeals office does not use the private and confidential information as a case study on their website regardless of name removal. [23123/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Health and Safety Inspections

Mick Barry

46. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has considered the offer of the International Transport Federation to carry out health and safety inspections on fishing vessels at no cost to the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22523/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Cycling Policy

Mick Barry

47. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to increase the amount of safe cycle routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22520/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Industrial Relations

Mick Barry

64. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the level of precarious work and low pay in the hospitality sector in light of the research shown in Enforced Flexibility? Working in Ireland today, by the Think-tank for Action on Social Change (details supplied). [22522/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Public Transport

Mick Barry

80. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has discussed with senior management in CIE the wage claim that has been lodged by the National Bus and Rail Union on behalf of Dublin Bus workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22519/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Health Services

Mick Barry

573. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health his vews on the quality of treatment received by a person (details supplied). [22031/16]

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016

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Health Services Charges

Mick Barry

640. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) who is a recipient of a jobs initiative payment can have their bill for treatment in Beaumont Hospital waived in view of the circumstances. [22364/16]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016

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Media Pluralism

Mick Barry

31. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he has received the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland report entitled, Ownership and Control of Media Businesses 2012-2014, published on 22 June 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21621/16]

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016

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National Broadband Plan

Mick Barry

33. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the measures he will take to ensure future investment in the broadband network infrastructure, once ownership has been transferred to a private company after the 25 year national broadband plan contract has expired; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21620/16]

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