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Brexit

Brexit

In the Dáil this week, I spoke to Minister Thomas Byrne in relation to a variety of important issues relating to Brexit. Brexit is fast approaching. In less than 30 days, Britain will leave the EU. We must work now to limit the impact on our businesses and on our country.

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Progress for the Reserve Defence Force

Progress for the Reserve Defence Force

Very productive Oireachtas Committee meeting on Foreign Affairs & Defence last week. The positive developments will not only allow Reserve troops to officially travel abroad for training, ceremonial and sporting events, but will also legally permit them to deploy on operations at home and on Peace Support ...

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Air-Sea Rescue Contract

Air-Sea Rescue Contract

Leaders’ Questions – Air-Sea Rescue Contract The Air-sea rescue contract is worth €600 million over a ten-year period. Rather than funding a foreign private helicopter company, I believe we should properly invest in the Irish Air Corps to provide this service instead. This would ensure better value for money ...

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Brexit

Brexit

In the Dáil, I raised a number of important issues in relation to Brexit. In less than 50 days Britain is leaving the EU, whether there is a deal in place or not, and we are going to be facing a major shock to our trade relations with our nearest neighbour. We must act now to reduce the impact on our businesses and on ...

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Finance Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed)

Finance Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed)

In the Dáil, I spoke about the Finance Bill 2020. I focused on the provision relating to the Naval Service Sea-Going Personnel tax credit. I raised the following points with the Minster. Is this tax credit going to be continued to be rolled over into the future of is it just for a couple of years? I ...

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Security & Defence aspects of Budget 2021

Security & Defence aspects of Budget 2021

I raised a number of issues relating to the Security & Defence aspects of Budget 2021 including - Increase in Garda numbers with the intake of 620 new trainees and a big investment in the vehicle fleet. Garda Infrastructure - need to invest from a refurbishment and new build perspective across the ...

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Financial Support for Kildare, Laois & Offaly

Financial Support for Kildare, Laois & Offaly

In the Dáil, I asked the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, about the possibility of providing additional financial supports for Kildare, Laois and Offaly to support businesses following the local restrictions that were imposed in the three counties recently.  

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Dr. Cathal Berry – Issues affecting the Defence Forces

Dr. Cathal Berry – Issues affecting the Defence Forces

 I spoke to the Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney about a number of immediate issues facing the Defence Forces. Removing the requirement for a person to purchase their discharge from the Defence Forces following line service. Improving sea-going pay for the Naval Service. Troops should be ...

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Fri, 24 July 2020 | Covid-19 (Health): Statements

Fri, 24 July 2020 | Covid-19 (Health): Statements

This afternoon in the Dáil, I got the opportunity to raise the following questions with the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, in relation to COVID-19: ✅ How many community testing facilities do we have currently operational in the country? ✅ Are we still using the International Laboratory in Munich, Germany ...