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Martin, Catherine

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Private Rental Sector Standards: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

Tá an Comhaontas Glas sásta tacaíocht a thabhairt don rún seo. Last Thursday's "RTÉ Investigates: Nightmare to Let" presented a stark and appalling reality of renting in Ireland in 2017. It was a...More Button

This is not only a question of quality of life. The conditions that we saw in the programme on Thursday clearly constituted serious threats to public health and the health and well-being of thos...More Button

One in five people resides in private rental accommodation, yet we only have 65 employees in the building control sections of local authorities across the country. Local authorities have an insp...More Button

If landlords are not detected or among the 4% investigated, they will continue to have nothing to fear because the local authorities are simply not armed with anything like the necessary resource...More Button

If landlords are not properly aware of the prospect of having their properties inspected and the prospect of heavy penalties for breaches, they will continue to let overcrowded, substandard accommo...More Button

The Government must seek to introduce robust regulation to specifically tackle overcrowding. Threshold has stated this can be done by a ministerial regulation but the question to the Minister of...More Button

The Government might only have become aware of the situation since last Thursday but this is and has been the reality of daily life for many renters across Dublin and the country. The need for s...More Button

Home Renovation Incentive Scheme

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to amend the conditions of the home renovation scheme to make it available to apartment owners, especially those carrying out repair work to remedy defective construction in their buildin...More Button

Property Tax Exemptions

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to introduce relief from local property tax for house and apartment owners dealing with the consequences of defective construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: if an interdepartmental committee is still in operation examining the possibility of taxing civil servants' car parking as a benefit in kind; the length of time it has been in existence; when it la...More Button

Electric Vehicles

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the mileage rate payable for 100% electric vehicles; if this rate is consistent with climate action goals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Office of Public Works Properties

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the opening hours of St. Mary’s Abbey, Dublin 7; and his plans to increase the opening hours in order to promote more tourism in Dublin’s north inner city.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the schools with autism units in Dún Laoghaire; if these autism units are located in boys' schools, girls' schools or co-educational schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of site access negotiations for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 did not qualify for a school bus in view of the fact that it was moved to a new site at a campus in Churchtown; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason parents of students at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin have not been contacted regarding their application for a school bus; if the school is eligible for a bus; if not, the...More Button

Schools Healthy Living Strategies

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there are departmental guidelines for the provision of snack and drink vending machines in primary and secondary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he has discussed the civil war in Yemen with that country’s diplomatic representatives; if he has discussed it at European level; and the measures he will take on this issue.More Button

Garda Youth Diversion Projects

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: further to Question No. 152 of 17 February 2017, the status of the new Garda youth diversion project service delivery model which has been introduced in County Kerry; if the evaluation has been und...More Button

Legislative Programme

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans to bring all animal-related legislation under the responsibility of one department rather than three separate departments as currently is the case; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Legislative Measures

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans to introduce regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 to ban wild animal circuses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Projects Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the date and costs of the partial construction of unfinished motorways (details supplied); if the proposed motorway service stations at these locations are due to go ahead; the date on which they w...More Button

Transport Infrastructure Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to provide a pedestrian bridge from the Ashington estate, Dublin 7 across the Royal Canal towards Broombridge Luas station; and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that for a pers...More Button

Rail Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the options for improving rail services and investing in rail infrastructure outside the greater Dublin area in view of the commitment in the national low carbon transition and mitigation plan to i...More Button

Rail Services Data

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of new train sets that are in storage at Inchicore, Dublin 8; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rail Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that since late September 2017, Irish Rail has had to halve the size of trains travelling to Longford in order to provide extra carriages on trains going...More Button

Dog Breeding Industry

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: following the public consultation which closed in February 2017, when the new guidelines associated with the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 will be published.More Button

Local Authority Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the €20 million threshold for mandatory cost-benefit analysis on local authority housing projects represents a significant imposition and incurs tim...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the resources available to support local groups seeking to meet their housing needs through the co-operative housing model; his plans to issue a circular to local authorities encouraging support fo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the progress made in regard to the introduction of an affordable housing scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Planning Guidelines

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: his plans to make changes to the planning regulations to allow persons have a greater input into the planning process (details supplied)More Button