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Military Air Transport – Leaders’ Questions

Military Air Transport – Leaders’ Questions

In the Dáil this week, I asked the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar if the Government would consider acquiring a strategic airlift aircraft for the Defence Forces. I have previously raised this issue with the Tánaiste. Military air transport is a real weakness for Ireland. Throughout the pandemic alone, we’ve had ...

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Maritime Security

Maritime Security

Dáil debate this week on maritime security. Our sailors protect us, now we must protect them. The time for words is over; the time for action has come.

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The Commission on the Defence Forces

The Commission on the Defence Forces

The Commission on the Defence Forces was before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee this afternoon. I raised the following points with Chair Aidan O’Driscoll - The need for overtime to be paid to military personnel for rostered duties Paying at least the national minimum wage to serving ...

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Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2021

Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2021

In the Dáil this week speaking in relation to Insurance Fraud. The Insurance crisis here in Ireland is a cross-cutting issue affecting schools, crèches, public amenities and small businesses right across the country. This Bill is not just about prosecution but rather about prevention and aims to help challenge ...

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Issues affecting the Defence Forces

Issues affecting the Defence Forces

I spoke in the Dáil today with Taoiseach, Micheál Martin and raised a number of issues relating to the Defence Forces. 🔹 I thanked the Taoiseach for his personal intervention to ensure that all peacekeeping troops receive the Covid-19 vaccine prior to deploying on a 6-month tour of duty. 🔹 I raised the Defence ...

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Investment needed for Military Housing

Investment needed for Military Housing

I spoke in the Dáil this week about the Land Development Agency Bill 2021. This Bill will accelerate the rollout of housing across the country which will ease the current housing pressure. I focused in particular on two former Military Barracks - Devoy Barracks, Naas and Columb Barracks, Mullingar. Housing ...

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Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020 – Support for Aer Lingus

Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020 – Support for Aer Lingus

In the Dáil this month, I spoke about Aer Lingus. The company is under massive financial liquidity stress at the moment. We must provide meaningful support and financial intervention for our national carrier. The Irish State needs a strategic aircraft to move our people around, evacuate citizens from abroad and ...

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Covid-19 Vaccination Rollout

Covid-19 Vaccination Rollout

In the Dáil, I spoke to the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in relation to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. As of today, more than 77,000 people have now been vaccinated in Ireland, bringing us above the EU average. However, changes need to be made to improve the rollout of the vaccine especially in relation to the IT ...

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Motion on Mental Health

Motion on Mental Health

Today the Regional Group TDs have brought forward a motion on mental health to the floor of Dáil Éireann, which I am pleased has been accepted by the government. Mental health is such an important issue which requires absolute focus and commitment to solving# the issues that we have. We need to properly ...