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Report on the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals 2023

Report on the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals 2023

Full Transcript An Ceann Comhairle I call on Deputy Ó Cathasaigh, the Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands. Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh I move: That Dáil Éireann shall take note of the Report of the Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the…

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Research and Innovation Bill

Research and Innovation Bill

Transcript of Dáil debate contribution from Dep. Ó Cathasaigh: I will pick up on a couple of the points made by Deputies Cullinane and Sherlock. This is welcome legislation. The Minister, in a relatively new Department, has made a habit of producing substantial and consequential pieces of legislation. I think back to the Higher Education…

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State Funding for UNRWA in Gaza

State Funding for UNRWA in Gaza

Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh Over the course of the weekend a number of allegations surfaced relating to a small number of workers with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA. The allegations are serious in nature and I am in no way well placed to make an adjudication on whether they are well founded…

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SETU and Teacher Training Education

SETU and Teacher Training Education

Waterford TD believes that the SETU campus in Waterford could become a “centre of excellence for teacher training education” in an exchange with Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education. Deputy Ó Cathasaigh was questioning the Minister in the Joint Oireachtas Committee of Education on issues around SETU and regional balance in the context…

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North Quays, Waterford City

North Quays, Waterford City

“Quarter 2, 2026” is when we can expect to see trains start to use the new Waterford’s new train station on the North Quays, according to Irish Rail CEO Jim Meade in response to questions raised by Green Party TD for Waterford Marc Ó Cathasaigh. Mr Meade was speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on…

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Barrow Bridge & Waterford-Rosslare Rail Line

Barrow Bridge & Waterford-Rosslare Rail Line

“Irish Rail’s Plans to repair and automate the Barrow Bridge brings the reopening of the Waterford-Rosslare line another step closer to realisation” according to Waterford TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh. Deputy Ó Cathasaigh was speaking after a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport session in which the Waterford Green Party TD questioned Jim Meade, the CEO of…

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Record-breaking 2023 for Public Transport in Waterford and nationally

Record-breaking 2023 for Public Transport in Waterford and nationally

Green Party T.D. for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed figures released by the NTA showing record-breaking numbers of passengers using public transport in 2023, saying it proves the old line ‘build it and they will come’. Figures released by the NTA today shows a 133% recovery in passenger numbers since 2019, equating to 304…

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Recruitment of Bus Drivers to ensure better public transport services

Recruitment of Bus Drivers to ensure better public transport services

I draw the Minister’s attention to an issue we are encountering around recruitment of qualified bus and haulage drivers. It is a real constriction point within the economy. We have access to an excellent pool of qualified bus and haulage drivers from abroad but some of the quirks in the system mean that the people…

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