Dáil Issues

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Dáil Issues, Finance, Health, National, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Finance if the National Surplus Reserve Fund will be used to fund cost overruns at the national children’s hospital.


The “National Surplus (Exceptional Contingencies) Reserve Fund” which is also referred to as the Rainy Day Fund, is intended to be an economic buffer available for drawdown in the event of a sharp economic downturn. It is intended to allow the Government of the day to mitigate the effects of such a downturn.
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Dáil Issues, Education, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a new national school for south Swords area of Fingal will be delivered in temporary accommodation at a location (details supplied) for the commencement of the September 2019 school year; if so, the number of classrooms which will be provided; and if other facilities such as physical education, school bus and special needs unit will be included. – Clare Daly T.D.

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the planning assessment process will be completed with regard to the delivery of a new national school for an area (details supplied) in County Dublin. – Clare Daly T.D.
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Climate Change and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Environment, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his strategy for banning the purchase of single use plastics with regard to public contracts in which single use plastics are used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Clare Daly.


On 3 January 2019, the Government decided that Government Departments would no longer purchase, directly or indirectly, single use plastic beverage cups, cutlery or straws. From 1 March 2019, this policy will also apply to all public bodies. Certain limited exemptions are in place for reasons of public health and hygiene.
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Health, Human Rights, Parliamentary Questions, Women's Rights

To ask the Minister for Health his views on the operation of a three day waiting period for women that will seek abortion services in view of a discrepancy between his previous statements and that of the chief medical officer – Clare Daly T.D.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 15 January, 2019.


As the Deputies are aware, Section 12 of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 provides that a termination of pregnancy may be provided after a period of not less than three days has elapsed from the date on which a medical practitioner has certified that the pregnancy concerned has not exceeded 12 weeks of pregnancy.
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