Ferris, Martin

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Sinn Féin opposes the Bill for many reasons. Obviously, we are all very conscious of having to protect our environment and wildlife, and of road safety. I grew up in a rural area and am very much...More Button

I am very concerned over the decline in the bird population. One figure suggests that our bird population has declined by a quarter over a number of years. Much of that is down to irresponsible...More Button

An aspect of it goes back to what was called progressive farming - removing ditches and hedges to make huge fields for convenience to accommodate the type of machinery that is used nowadays. The...More Button

Frequent cutting has also done damage to bees owing to the decline in the flowers they need to produce honey. Fewer flowers result in fewer bees.More Button

I was very impressed by Deputy Ó Cuív's contribution on consultation and having focus groups sit down to decide on how to move forward. The consultation between the Department of Culture, Herita...More Button

It would be good if all the lobby groups came together to argue out their case. We all want to protect our wildlife, to ensure that our roads are safe and that needs to be done in a responsible ...More Button

I do not accept that the powers are not there for local authorities and others to deal with areas which are a danger to the public, irrespective of the time of year. They have the legal authority ...More Button

Sinn Féin will be voting against the Bill but we want to offer constructive criticism. It is not just about scoring points. Collectively, all of us here want to do the right thing. We want to ...More Button

Special Educational Needs

Last Monday night Deputies John Brassil, Michael Healy-Rae and I met with the parents of the Nano Nagle school in Listowel. They articulated in a very painful way what they are encountering regard...More Button

The way it has worked in the past is that, in September, school leavers are identified for the coming year and support services carry out an assessment and report to the adult day services. This...More Button

Special Educational Needs (Continued)

I thank the Minister of State for his response. It is essential that his colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Finian McGrath, meet the Kerry Deputies so that we can bring to his attention the ...More Button

Besides the parents and the school, those who attended were led to believe that there was a lack of funding for these services. This is something that we will need to raise with the Minister of ...More Button

I welcome that the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, will try to ensure that a meeting takes place. Hopefully, we will be able to meet next week, given that we intend to report to the parents...More Button