10. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to the fact that the Attorney General is examining the possibility of settling pending cervical smear claims following the successful legal action of a person (details supplied), if a similar approach is being taken regarding outstanding Lariam cases in view of the successful legal action in the first Lariam case before the courts in 2017. (Question 20410/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Clare Daly: The Minister of State is aware that in December last year the State settled the first case for Lariam damage brought by a member of the Defence Forces. No witnesses were called and there was no evidence to defend the case. The man was attacked and it took him four long years before he got the settlement. In light of the decision of the Taoiseach to request the Attorney General to consider withdrawing from the legal actions in the cervical cancer cases, has the Minister of S...

12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the purpose of the presence of three Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline on 27 and 28 March 2018. (Question 20411/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Foreign Naval Vessels)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question relates to the presence of three British Royal Navy patrol and training ships in Haulbowline in March. It is part of a thread of visits involving vessels from foreign navies, including NATO warships. We had a visit from HMS Illustrious, an Invincible class aircraft carried which was involved in the Iraq war, and, in 2016, a flotilla of NATO warships was present during the centenary celebration for the 1916 Rising, which was quite ironic. Why are we allowing Ir...

29. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the estimated costs of the establishment of the competent authority under EU 598/2014; the amount spent to date; and if funds have been or will be paid to Fingal County Council or other organisations in 2018. (Question 17724/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - EU Regulations)

Deputy Clare Daly: A number of months ago, to the surprise of the community and many of its representatives, the Minister announced that he would appoint Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanála as the competent authority and appeals body for the implementation of EU Regulation 598/2014. What is the status of that? What is the budget? How much has been spent? What progress has been made? We have not received much information since the announcement.
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53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he has taken to review the supports available to Garda whistleblowers, particularly in view of GSOC’s acknowledgement of its lack of resources in fulfilling this function; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5652/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question relates to the adequacies, or rather inadequacies, of GSOC with regard to its ability to deal with its function as the recipient of protected disclosures from Garda whistleblowers. This is a matter Deputy Wallace and I have raised on repeated instances, even at the time the legislation was brought forward. We are heartened by the fact GSOC now agrees with us and has itself issued a call to have its powers, resources and ability beefed up. Is the Minister conce...

7. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the suspension by Norway of arms sales to the UAE; and if he will discuss this suspension with his EU counterparts with a view to agreeing to pursue a similar EU wide suspension of arms sales to the UAE and other members of the Saudi led coalition attacking Yemen. (Question 3665/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Arms Trade)

Deputy Clare Daly: In December of last year, Norway suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates, UAE, as a precaution because of its concern over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, not because of any of its military exports had actually been used. When we raised this issue before, the then Minister, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, referred to trade missions and all the rest of it. That is unacceptable. I am wondering whether we can follow the lead of the Norwegians and advoc...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the LÉ Niamh will redeploy as part of Operation Sophia following its return from deployment on 20 December 2017. (Question 3348/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Naval Service Operations)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I seek an update from the Minister of State on what interaction, if any, the Defence Forces have, directly or indirectly, with the Libyan authorities, specifically the Libyan coast guard. I have asked many times what the European Union programme that provides funding to Libya to hold refugees within its borders is doing to the large number of human beings who are fleeing desperate circumstances. Not only do we have an extremely dodgy relationship with the Libyan coast guard ...

73. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, officers monitoring illegal activity of digging out burrows; and if her Department will allocate further resources to counter the digging out of foxes and badgers from burrows across the country. (Question 2998/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Deputy Clare Daly: The question has been tabled against the backdrop of some very alarming evidence that has emerged online regarding the escalating and organised nature of some barbaric digging out of foxes, in particular, as well as badgers. Horrific brutality has been displayed in online imagery. In that context, how many NPWS officers are monitoring this activity and are there plans to increase that number?
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30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the continued imposition of sanctions on Syria, in particular their utility in forcing regime change in that country. (Question 53196/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Syrian Conflict)

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Deputy Wallace has been given permission to take Parliamentary Question No. 30.
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47. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to make provisions for post-2013 Defence Forces members who are mandatorily retired at 58 years of age and who are not eligible to receive a contributory State pension until 66 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52735/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Pensions)

Deputy Clare Daly: There has correctly been much talk recently about the pay and conditions of Defence Forces personnel, but I wish to raise the issue of the Defence Forces pension system, which is a total mess. Rules which have been changed over the austerity years are simply having a brutal impact on retired members. Those who entered the Defence Forces as officers from 2013 and who will have no choice but to retire at 58 or 60, will face the loss of the value of their contributory pensions....

50. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if, in the event that Ireland becomes a signatory to the permanent structured co-operation framework, PESCO, a request from his Department for an increased budget will be necessary to fund the increase in defence spending envisaged by the mechanism and the associated European Defence Fund. (Question 52736/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Expenditure)

(Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am pleased to inform the House that yesterday, at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Ireland joined the other 24 EU partners in collectively launching PESCO. Joining PESCO does not involve an additional cost to the Exchequer. Additional costs may arise in respect of participation in specific PESCO projects similar to the case where the Defence Forces participate in European Defence Agency projects. As the projects will relate to the ongoing development of ...

38. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress on addressing problems in regard to the distribution of financial assets in a pension scheme (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50585/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Pension Provisions)

Deputy Clare Daly: I sympathise with the Minister as, like her, I am following so many pensions investigations and I am not sure what she thinks this question is about or even what my office thinks it is about. In my head, it covers two elements. The first is a progress report on the investigation sought by the Minister from the Pensions Authority into the Aer Lingus second supplementary pension scheme. It could also potentially address the review of the annuity matter we discussed in a Topic...

46. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the continuing absence of proper drug testing protocols in the horse racing industry; and the measures he plans to introduce to rectify these failures. (Question 46929/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Horseracing Industry)

Deputy Clare Daly: I am beginning to wonder whether the Minister does not want to answer my question. Against the backdrop of the revelations of drugs being used in the greyhound industry, what are his thoughts on the continuing absence of proper drug testing protocols in the horse racing industry? Is he concerned about this deficit and what does he intend to do about it? The position is in sharp contrast to the way in which humans involved in sports are tested. As I stated, the question is ...

10. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 233 and 234 of 10 October 2017, his plans to rethink his strategy regarding women in respect of the building of a larger prison facility and the promotion of step-down facilities rather than non-custodial alternatives and supported independent living. (Question 44225/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Prison Service Strategies)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question arises on foot of previous parliamentary questions I have submitted regarding our attitude to penal policy in the context of the incarceration of women. I have concerns about the fact that the Minister is investing resources in larger facilities for women prisoners. While everybody agrees that there needs to be a new facility in Limerick, why does it have to be so big? Why are we putting resources into step-down facilities and where is the evidence that this i...

32. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has satisfied himself that all correct procedures were followed prior to the nomination of a person (details supplied) for election to the position of chair of the European Union Military Committee. (Question 44216/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - EU Bodies)

Deputy Clare Daly: My question is about the procedures followed in making the decision to nominate the Chief of Staff as chair of the European Union Military Committee. The decision was taken on 18 September, two days before we resumed after the summer break, without any consultation with the Dáil. There was an arrogance in the timing and the fact that the House had not been consulted. No doubt the Minister of State will tell me that, strictly, no rules were broken, but it was an affront to o...

37. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views regarding the nomination of a person (details supplied) as chair of the European Union military committee, in particular the way in which this nomination fits with Ireland’s stated military neutrality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43973/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Military Neutrality)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question is similar to my earlier one but such is the bounce of the ball in the Priority Question lottery. It relates to the nomination of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces to the position of chair of the European Union military committee. When the nomination was announced, the Minister of State told us proudly that Ireland is one of the strongest contributors to common security and defence policy operations and that the nomination provides a positive and valuabl...

50. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the participation of the Defence Forces in Operation Sophia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43974/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Operations)

Deputy Mick Wallace: Operation Pontus, the search and rescue mission, was established as a humanitarian mission with the primary focus being on saving lives. Wonderful work was done and almost 16,000 lives were saved in the Mediterranean. The recent Dáil motion to bring Operation Pontus within the remit of Operation Sophia was a terrible development. The day before the motion was considered, a House of Lords inquiry in the United Kingdom concluded that Operation Sophia had failed in its manda...

35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the 572 adult retrospective reports of abuse that were unallocated by Tusla in June 2017; and if the number of unallocated cases in this category has increased or decreased in the period since June 2017. (Question 43745/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Child Protection)

Deputy Clare Daly: The Minister told me in September that at the end of June, 572 retrospective abuse cases were awaiting allocation. Actions had been taken in respect of just 4% of those cases at that time. At that stage, 70% of cases had been live for at least two months. Does Tusla have any plans for a system-wide approach to change that? What is the status of it now? Are any efforts being made to clear the backlog?
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9. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the IAA remains the first choice as competent authority under EU Regulation 598/14; if not, the reason therefor; and when the decision will be finalised in the context of the ongoing development of the new runway at Dublin Airport. (Question 42143/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Irish Aviation Authority)

Deputy Clare Daly: This time last year, the Minister promised me that legislation would be before us by Christmas to give effect to EU Regulation 598/2014 installing the Irish Aviation Authority, IAA, as the competent authority dealing with aircraft noise. In the year since then, the Minister has told us that it was the organisation best placed to do that job even though nothing is in place to bring that any nearer to completion. Is that still the Minister’s preference, and when will we see le...

10. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps he has taken and contact he has had with the Israeli ambassador in relation to the organised and pre-prepared deportation of four persons (details supplied) from Israel on 9 September 2017. (Question 39694/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Humanitarian Access)

Deputy Clare Daly: After midnight on 9 September, 37 people, most of whom were Irish citizens, landed in Tel Aviv for a week-long trip to the West Bank. It was a trip that some of them had been making for over a decade. By 5.30 a.m. that morning, four of those people - Elaine Daly, Stephen McCloskey, Joan Nolan and Fidelma Bonass - had been deported on spurious grounds of preventing illegal immigration and a danger to public safety. That is an outrage and I ask what the Department of Foreign ...

32. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will condemn the human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya people of Myanmar and call on the political authorities there to take immediate steps to end the violence against the Rohingya people and provide humanitarian aid to prevent further harm. (Question 39695/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Human Rights)

Deputy Joan Collins: Will the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade condemn the violence and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar? What action does he plan to take to hold the Government of Myanmar to account and stop this humanitarian crisis? What are his views on a call for the freedom of Dublin city to be stripped from Aung San Suu Kyi?
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47. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Question No. 262 of 30 March 2017 and the clarification of 13 June 2017 (details supplied), the year in which the Defence Forces was first of the view that the specific reactions of anxiety, restlessness or confusion, if declared by a member of the Defence Forces to be present, would necessitate withdrawal of mefloquine. (Question 32348/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Clare Daly: This follows a previous question that was answered thanks to the good offices of the Ceann Comhairle, about listed side effects of Lariam. We asked the Minister of State to say whether they were deemed minor, tolerable or intolerable. This is important because that is the basis upon which the Defence Forces define whether someone can serve or not, and whether Lariam should be withdrawn.
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68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will begin the process of withdrawing Defence Forces personnel from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights in view of recent comments by a person (details supplied) and given that their presence is being used by Israel to legitimise its annexation. (Question 32347/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Deputy Lisa Chambers: It appears from reports we are hearing back from the UNDOF mission in the Golan Heights that a full-scale offensive is taking place in Quneitra. Since I tabled this question last week, it has emerged in media reports that heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base in the Golan Heights and that mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. I understand that during five days of intense local fighting, Irish troops were forced to take cover...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the introduction of primary legislation or a statutory instrument in respect of the implementation of EU Regulation No. 598/2014; and the likely timescale for same. (Question 29944/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - EU Directives)

Deputy Clare Daly: For 16 months, I have been asking the Minister about the transposition of EU Regulation No. 598/2014 by way of primary legislation or statutory instrument. It is a critical issue for residents affected by night-time noise around Dublin Airport, particularly in the context of the new runway and the impact of noise in terms of sleep disruption and so on. Will the Minister clarify whether he is introducing legislation and, if so, when? Will it be a statutory instrument?
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59. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the actions agreed by the mobile phone and broadband task force implementation group are on course to deliver broadband coverage for the Oldtown area of north County Dublin and other rural areas without adequate broadband access; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29483/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Deputy Clare Daly: I listened to the Minister’s earlier reply on broadband provision. Conscious of the consistent promises of 100% coverage, I raise the specific example of Oldtown, a village in north County Dublin less than 30 km from Dublin city centre. When I asked the Minister previously about this issue in November 2016, Oldtown was in the amber category on the broadband implementation map, which indicated an area marked for State intervention to be included in the State’s programme. The...

41. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the agreement between the OPW and Caranua on the charging of rent for the use of office space; the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26231/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - State Bodies Expenditure)

Deputy Catherine Connolly: Will the Minister clarify the arrangement between the Office of Public Works and Caranua? What contract, if any, has been entered into? What are its details and value? The Minister is fully aware of the controversy about Caranua taking on a rent obligation that it did not have before. It was set up in January 2013 and did not pay rent until recently. Will the Minister clarify the position?
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