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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

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Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

One of the biggest challenges we face as a country is to ensure that people can access housing that is affordable and secure. The peace of mind that comes from having somewhere people can call hom...More Button

The lessons from Covid are clear. We need high-quality housing and sustainable communities with good infrastructure, amenities, parks, open spaces, schools and public transport. There must be n...More Button

Let us be very clear. A housing crisis is exactly what we have. Almost 9,000 people have become homeless and are living in emergency accommodation. More than 2,500 children are living without ...More Button

Renters in Ireland have faced some of the highest levels of rent increases in the European Union. Rents have increased by over 40% in the past 13 years, which is double the European average.More Button

Rents have skyrocketed. The average rent in Dublin is now more than €2,000 a month, which puts a great strain on families, especially those working in lower-paid jobs. The very people who have ke...More Button

Housing that is affordable to buy or rent remains beyond reach for many families. New homes provided by private developers are sold at approximately twice the build cost with land costs, profess...More Button

Mortgage costs in Ireland are also considerably higher than in other European countries. A family with a mortgage of €300,000 in Ireland will pay €80,000 more in interest than a family with a si...More Button

On top of this, only approximately 16,000 homes will be built this year when we need at least 35,000. The model of relying on private developers and speculative developers is broken. It does no...More Button

The shortage of social housing has caused havoc for people who are unable to afford increasing rents in the private rental sector and has led to unprecedented numbers of people becoming homeless....More Button

Likewise, the Government is paying over the odds for Part V social housing units. In one extreme example, developers sought to sell just 14 apartments to a local authority for more than €9 milli...More Button

We need a budget that works for people and families and which will give hope to those who are struggling to pay rent and who are living in fear of eviction and becoming homeless. We need a budge...More Button

There is no shortage of available funds as they can be borrowed at historically low interest rates to fund the construction of housing that is affordable to buy and rent. It is clear from this b...More Button

Building Regulations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if he will investigate the safety of window restrictors, which are difficult to open, to ensure they comply with standards under the scope of his Department (details supplied); and if he will make ...More Button

Company Liquidations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the protections that are in place to stop companies from moving assets to other holding companies thereby reducing the potential for employee redundancy payments if the trading company becomes inso...More Button

Motor Tax

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he will provide provisions for coach and bus services that have been asked to pay back tax for several months as a consequence of being taken off the road and have not paid motor tax during the ...More Button

Departmental Bodies

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: further to Parliamentary Question No. 333 of 15 September 2020, in respect of the national coastal change management strategy steering group, if the steering group will welcome direct testimony (de...More Button

Youth Homelessness Strategy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if his attention has been drawn to the recently published report into LGBTQ+ youth homelessness (details supplied); if he will implement the recommendations as set out in the report; and if he will...More Button

Planning Issues

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if he will issue guidance to local authorities to take prior breaches of building regulation into account under section 35 of the Planning and Development Act 2000; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if his attention has been drawn to planning applications that have been refused based on past failure to comply as provided for in Section 35 of the Planning and Development Act; and if he will mak...More Button

Rent Pressure Zones

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the number of investigations that have been carried out for breaches of rent pressure zones; the number of same that were initiated by the RTB without a complaint made by a tenant; and if he will m...More Button

Electric Vehicles

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if guidelines will be issued on the need for electric car charging points in new estates; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in some high density estates in which persons do not have ...More Button

Traveller Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the Minister of State within his Department that is responsible for Traveller accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Overseas Development Aid

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: if he will preserve and enhance the Overseas Development Aid budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Act Employment Targets

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: if there is provision for persons with a disability in the rapid response and election observer public competitions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: his plans to reform the election observation roster; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: further to Parliamentary Question No. 109 of 23 September 2020, if the application forms of roster members that contain their addresses have been retained; if so, if he will provide a breakdown bet...More Button

Public Sector Staff

Asked the Minister for Education: if injury at work leave will be provided to teachers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Support Schemes

Asked the Minister for Education: if funding and resources will be provided to enable schools to provide for students who need access to technology and the internet outside of the classroom; if her attention has been drawn in parti...More Button

School Textbooks

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will issue best practice guidelines to teachers on the best way to approach textbooks that contain racist language or racial slurs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Youth Work Supports

Asked the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration: if an additional €4.7 million in funding for youth work services in 2021 will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Childcare Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration: if his attention has been drawn to reports from parents that some crèches are no longer accepting the national childcare scheme (details supplied); the percentage of crèches availing of the scheme;...More Button

Youth Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration: if he will increase investment in youth services including services such as an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice: if automatic renewals of visas for Venezuelans whose passports expired will be provided, similar to what is currently provided in the UK; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Abuse

Asked the Minister for Health: the percentage of allegations of child sexual abuse that are recommended as unfounded each year by St. Clare’s Unit in Temple Street Hospital in each of the past five years; and if he will make a s...More Button