6. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to stop the purchase of Israeli-made drones by the Defence Forces. (Question 20430/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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8. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of contracts with Israel for the purchase of arms to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20432/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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36. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of purchase of Israeli-made drones to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20431/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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12. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to oversee the regulation of sulky racing in view of its significance in Traveller and working class culture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10101/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Harness Racing)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister to make a statement on the sulky racing and horse ownership traditions in Traveller and working class communities.
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50. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the Israeli ill-treatment of Palestinian children in military detention, highlighted by UNICEF as being widespread, systematic and institutionalised; if he will raise the case of a person (details supplied) with his Israeli counterpart; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14133/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Human Rights)

Deputy Gino Kenny: What is the Tánaiste view on the detention of Palestinian children in apartheid Israeli jails?
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20. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to acquire a site (details supplied) in view of its cultural and historic importance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10193/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Heritage Sites)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: I thank the office of the Ceann Comhairle for what it described as the procedural fluidity for allowing me to take Deputy Gino Kenny’s question this morning.
The Luggala House and estate are a jewel in a truly breath-taking location in the spectacular setting of the Wicklow mountains. The thought that this location, which should be enjoyed by walkers, tourists, locals and others, might be bought by some international property investor sends shivers down my spine. M...

24. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps she will take to highlight Traveller culture in a positive and meaningful way in view of the fact that Travellers are a distinct ethnic minority; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10100/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Traveller Culture)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: On March 1 last year there was an historic, if belated, acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity and culture. Beyond the symbolic importance of the recognition of Traveller ethnicity and culture, what practical steps and policies is the Minister with responsibility in the area of culture going to take to practically celebrate, acknowledge and promote Traveller culture as a crucial part of Ireland’s historic identity and culture?
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31. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade whether he will make known his views on President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and acknowledge the potentially destructive consequences for the region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53037/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Middle East Peace Process)

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: I call Deputy Gino Kenny.
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48. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will use his discretionary powers in a humanitarian manner to allow relatives of Syrian residents here, who may be in equally dangerous situations as those of refugees, apply for family reunification under the family reunification humanitarian admission programme; his plans to redefine “family member” using the broader terms proposed in the International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will consider setting aside a budget to pay the administration and travel costs of bringing the family members of refugees that often have no means here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51496/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Refugee Resettlement Programme)

Acting Chairman (Deputy Frank O’Rourke): Deputy Kenny has 30 seconds to introduce his question.
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49. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that women who are victims of domestic abuse and in receipt of social welfare payments are being informed by her Department that they are in danger of losing their single parent payments unless they try to obtain maintenance from their abusers and that women in these situations are being put at risk by having to contact their abusive partners for financial support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50469/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Child Maintenance Payments)

Deputy Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 49 together.
We had a conversation about this under an earlier question. The Family Law Acts are the civil legislation that requires a man or woman, who wants to claim maintenance from their spouse, to go to family mediation or seek redress through the courts. There is a condition in the one-parent family payment in my Department that a parent must make all reasonable efforts to get maintenance from the other parent for the upbring...

50. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the lack of primary school teachers available to fill both long-term and short-term posts (details supplied); his plans to rectify this through setting up supply panels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44858/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Teacher Recruitment)

Deputy Richard Bruton: The question is similar to that asked by Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan. I am pleased to have been in a position to significantly expand the recruitment of primary teachers, with 1,093 new primary teachers recruited in 2016-17 and 1,160 in 2017-18. The 2016-17 posts have been successfully filled and the process for filling the additional posts in the current year is almost complete. With regard to the 637 primary posts announced in budget 2018, my Department estimates there ...

29. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will be attending the Bonn COP conference in November 2017; if he will be able to give a commitment that the State will meet its obligations under the Paris treaty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41844/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Speaking of Ardnacrusha, that was a moment when the State made a radical decision which worked to build a hydro-electric energy station.
3 o’clockWill the Minister be attending the Bonn climate conference and will he have to admit there that on the critical question of climate change, the Government is failing to take the kind of radical action necessary to avoid massive fines for the State’s failure to meet emission targets, and to take seriously the move to transit...

10. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views on whether the crisis in housing shows the need for a massive programme of social and public house building funded by the State and local authorities in view of the failure of the market and various incentives to deal with the crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33385/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Local Authority Housing)

(Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Government’s Rebuilding Ireland action plan for housing and homelessness is focused on increasing housing supply across all tenures. I believe this is the key to tackling the housing challenge in a sustainable way. The aim is to achieve total housing output of at least 25,000 homes per year by 2020 and all of the available indicators point to a significant increase in activity towards that target. Good progress is also being made in delivering social housing units ...

46. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the steps he will take to ensure voluntary housing agencies that are recipients of State funds do not raise their rents out of line with rents charged by local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33386/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Voluntary Housing Sector)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I am asking a question on voluntary housing agencies which is being answered along with a similar question from Deputy Gino Kenny. The substance of the question is to find out if the Minister is aware of very serious rent hikes being implemented by voluntary housing bodies because of methods they use to calculate rents, and if the Minister has any intention of investigating this matter or imposing more structures and restraints on how voluntary housing bodies and approved hou...

1. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on health will next meet. (Question 30165/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: The Cabinet committee on health last met on 30 May. A date for the next meeting has not yet been confirmed. I have said that I intend to reconfigure the Cabinet committees into a smaller number. I expect to do this shortly.
The committee provides a basis for the political oversight of the development and delivery of key health service reforms in line with the commitments in A Programme for a Partnership Government.
The programme’s priority is access to safe and timely care that...

33. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will report on the findings of the survey on income and living conditions, SILC, report; if he will make changes to the one-parent family payment as a result of this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8441/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Poverty Data)

Deputy Gino Kenny: Will the Minister for Social Protection report on the findings of the SILC report and make changes to the one-parent family payment as a result of those findings?
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40. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Social Protection when he expects to have his report on the changes to the homemaker’s credit that he committed to in the course of the Social Welfare Bill 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8442/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Homemakers Scheme)

Deputy Bríd Smith: With regard to the pensions and the homemaker’s scheme, when we were moving an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill, the Minister promised he would issue a report within six months on the question of social protection and the homemaker’s credit. Perhaps the Minister would issue a statement on the matter. I know that the six months is not yet up, but the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, is coming under a lot of scrutiny and pressure on this issue because many people are falling int...

30. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if, in view of the record number of acutely ill persons waiting on trolleys in emergency departments in January 2017 and the threat of strike action by nurses due to unsafe staffing levels, he will allocate emergency funding of €1.2 billion to urgently address the deficits in hospital beds, medical staffing and primary care services in the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4857/17 asked on 01 Feb 2017 - Health Services Funding)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister for Health whether, given the record number of acutely ill people who are waiting on trolleys in emergency departments in January this year and the threat of strike action by nurses due to unsafe staffing levels, he will allocate emergency funding of €1.2 million to address this problem urgently.
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71. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump’s, plan to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; and that this planned move is a reversal of existing US policy (details supplied); if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the move is a violation of Resolution 181 of the UN General Assembly and that senior Palestinian officials warn that the move could provoke regional violence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3029/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Middle East Issues)

Deputy Bríd Smith: This will be one of the most urgent discussions we could have. Following the amazing demonstrations across the planet after the inauguration of President Trump, one of the most feared factors connected to his presidency is the question of his promised move of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will notice that all the international diplomats clued into this in any way are warning of a major provocation in the region an...

4. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if her attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who was killed in 2011 in a hit-and-run incident; if her attention has been further drawn to the family’s concern that if the guilty party had been properly dealt with before the fatal incident, the person would not have been killed, and that the family allege there is evidence of failure, cover up and corruption at the level of the Garda, the courts, her Department and the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP; if she will call for a public inquiry into the circumstances of the person’s death and its aftermath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40592/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Garda Investigations)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for facilitating me. I will abbreviate my question to the Minister. Has her attention been drawn to the case of a person who was killed in 2011 in a hit-and-run incident? Has her attention been drawn to the family’s concerns that if the guilty party had been properly dealt with before the fatal incident, the person would not have been killed? The family alleges there is evidence of failure of inquiry.
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11. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views as to whether there is a legal barrier in view of the lack of any barrier to ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from a legal perspective and only from a policy point of view; the policy of Government that has informed the failure to ratify the convention; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40440/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views as to whether there is a legal barrier in view of the lack of any barrier to ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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4. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the preparations he is making across his department to ensure rights will be vindicated for the persons with disabilities in the care of the health service and under his area of responsibility in view of the imminence of the Government’s commitment to ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38167/16 asked on 01 Dec 2016 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister for Health the preparations he is making across his department to ensure rights will be vindicated for the persons with disabilities in the care of the health service and under his area of responsibility in view of the imminence of the Government’s commitment to ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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31. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the presidential decree of law 140 was submitted again for a person (details supplied) in August 2016 and that there is limited time this decree can remain effective; if he will put adequate pressure on the Egyptian Government to ensure the person can be released as many inmates have recently received a presidential pardon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30281/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Consular Services Representations)

Deputy Eamon Ryan: The Ceann Comhairle will be aware of the motions that were brought before the Dáil and Seanad calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa. I am particularly interested in hearing an update from the Minister on what the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is doing to help secure his release, given Mr. Halawa is approaching his 21st birthday, having been imprisoned without trial for more than three and a half years since his arrest at age 17 and that under Egyptian law, as a ...

32. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the reports of statesanctioned death squads and vigilantism in the Philippines under President Duterte; the assistance being offered to a person (details supplied) and his or her family in an appeal in the Philippines against a 12-year prison sentence for a trivial offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30277/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Diplomatic Representation)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the reports of state-sanctioned death squads and vigilantism in the Philippines under President Duterte; the assistance being offered to a person - details supplied, which I will name now in a second - and his or her family in an appeal in the Philippines against a 12-year prison sentence for a trivial offence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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8. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Social Protection if he is still of the view that the one-parent family payment was not cut by the previous Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28732/16 asked on 06 Oct 2016 - One-Parent Family Payment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: Does the Minister for Social Protection stand over his assertion that the one-parent family payment was not cut by the previous Government, and will he make a statement on the matter?
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