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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 ...

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Wed, 15 July 2020 | Cybersecurity Policy

Wed, 15 July 2020 | Cybersecurity Policy

I got the opportunity to question the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan. I questioned the Minister in relation to: ✅ The ability Ireland has to prevent and protect itself from cyberattack. ✅ The National Cyber Security Strategy and the capacity review that is ...

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Thurs, 11 June 2020 | Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements

Thurs, 11 June 2020 | Covid-19 (Brexit): Statements

I got the opportunity to question Minister Helen McEntee in relation to Brexit negotiations. I raised concerns regarding: ⏺ The urgent manpower crisis in the Naval Service and the fact that two Naval ships, approximately one quarter of the fleet, are tied up in the harbour and are unable to be put to sea due to ...

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Wed, 03 June 2020 | Covid-19 (Defence): Statements

Wed, 03 June 2020 | Covid-19 (Defence): Statements

I questioned Minister Paul Kehoe in relation to a variety of Defence matters. I raised my concerns regarding: ⏺ The current Re-Enlistment Pathway. ⏺ The Army Nursing Service. ⏺ Naval ships in Cork Harbour and the lack of personnel. ⏺ Flights home for our Troops in Lebanon.

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Wed 20th May 2020: Covid-19 (Education & Skills): Statements

Wed 20th May 2020: Covid-19 (Education & Skills): Statements

  I took the opportunity to question the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh. I highlighted the chronic need for a new school building for Coláiste Íosagáin in Portarlington, St. Paul’s in Monasterevin and a new school for the Newbridge/Curragh/Athgarvan area. I also highlighted the area of ...

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Thurs 14th May 2020: Covid-19 (Taoiseach): Statements

Thurs 14th May 2020: Covid-19 (Taoiseach): Statements

In the Dáil today, Cathal Berry TD raised the following issues in relation to the Defence Forces: 1. Our 300 Troops who are currently stranded in Lebanon. 2. The establishment of an independent statutory and standing pay review body for Defence Forces personnel. 3. The current re-enlistment pathway for ...