Archive for the ‘Oral Questions’ Category
Clare asked the Minister for Justice about the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Ireland despite the lack of hard evidence connecting Russia to the Salisbury attack; she also asked him for an update on the progress of the statutory inquiries initiated as a result of the Independent Review Mechanism. Unfortunately neither question was selected from the lottery for debate on the floor of the House, but you can read the written responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 17/04/2018
Question Number(s): 64 Question Reference(s): 16538/18
Department: Justice and Equality
To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has requested the Garda Commissioner to explain when and the way in which the information contained in the intelligence report that led to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat came to light regarding the activities of the person concerned; the number of meetings that took place between An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces and other organisations in relation to completing the intelligence report; and if he is satisfied that An Garda Síochána has been appropriately monitoring this reported security threat.
To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his department has reviewed the recent settlement in a Defence Forces lariam damages case and is giving consideration to a redress and compensation scheme for members of the Defence Forces harmed by lariam in view of the outcome of that case.
Clare Daly T.D.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018.
To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Defence Forces prescribing policy in regard to lariam as the first choice anti-malarial will change in view of the recent substantial settlements in cases here and in the United Kingdom for army lariam damage.
– Clare Daly T.D.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018.
As I have indicated to this House in the past, fundamentally the choice of malaria chemoprophylaxis for use in the Defence Forces is a medical matter that should be decided by qualified medical professionals. In the Defence Forces these are decisions for highly qualified Medical Officers, having regard to the specific circumstances of the mission and the individual member of the Defence Forces.
Clare submitted questions to to the Minister for Finance on the tracker mortgage scandal and progress on identifying all those affected. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 30/11/2017
Question Number(s): 38 Question Reference(s): 50802/17
To ask the Minister for Finance further to parliamentary question number 17 of 24 October 2017, the progress of his examination; if an appropriate framework is in place to allow persons a simple and effective route to resolve complaints in regard to financial service providers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Following the conclusion of my meetings with the CEOs of the main banks on the tracker mortgage issue, I issued a statement setting out the position and the next steps I expected to be taken towards resolution of this issue. I have asked the Governor of the Central Bank to provide me with a progress report by around mid-December on whether each of the banks have made acceptable and sufficient progress in line with their commitments. I have also mandated the Central Bank under section 6A of the Central Bank Act 1942 to prepare a report for me on the current cultures and behaviours and the associated risks in the retail banks today and the actions that may be taken to ensure that banks prioritise customer interests in the future.
Clare submitted a question to the Minister on his plans to consult with survivors of abuse in residential industrial schools to develop a survivor-led strategy to provide support for those survivors who need more help and a question on locating a premises for Malahide/Portmarnock Educate together. Unfortunately her questions were not selected from the lottery for debate, but you can read the Minister’s responses below.
For Oral Answer on : 06/12/2017
Question Number(s): 52 Question Reference(s): 51991/17
Department: Education and Skills
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to facilitate requests for consultation talks with survivors of residential industrial schools in order to develop a survivor lead strategy to provide support for those survivors that are looking for more help; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
At a recent meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse. The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make. The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Department officials are in contact with survivors.