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Murphy, Catherine

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

Today, the Minister for Finance came in here to deliver what he believes to be a prudent and caring budget but in doing so, he used headline figures and very large numbers - billions and millions. ...More Button

In 2008, €493.5 million of the housing budget went on subsidising private rents. In 2018, payments to landlords stood at almost €1 billion and with the Minister's commitment of an extra €121 milli...More Button

Additional funding for this flawed scheme will do absolutely nothing to address the issues that already exist within the scheme, such as the low thresholds despite ever-raising rents, and the fac...More Button

Watching "RTÉ News: Six One" earlier, I was infuriated to see how RTÉ had presented these measures. The report said that funds had been allocated to build 10,000 social houses in 2019. That sum...More Button

The entire Budget Statement is an exercise in language decoding. The Minister told us that in the past year, 5,000 households have exited homelessness. He means that they are either in homeless...More Button

There is a revolving door situation with homelessness based on manipulation of numbers and classifications of what does or does not constitute being homeless. We now see routine reclassification...More Button

While the Minister wants to blow his own trumpet regarding balanced books and prudent budgeting, he seems oblivious to the fact that reliance on schemes like HAP is the worst kind of financial ma...More Button

I also question whether the Minister has fully thought through the implications of some of the housing measures announced today. For example, the 100% relief for landlords may actually further d...More Button

The opportunity was there to deliver a large-scale, truly affordable, public home building scheme. The moneys being put into the so-called rainy day fund are misplaced. For so many people exper...More Button

The same can be said regarding this budget’s handling of the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report yesterday was stark to say the least. The climate change perfor...More Button

Instead of committing the funds required for key infrastructural improvements that would help us reach the targets to which we have signed up, we have pretty much conceded that we will miss the 2...More Button

The Social Democrats alternative budget identified funding to help deliver solutions for Ireland to meet its responsibility in safeguarding the environment if the political will to so do existed....More Button

That scheme and others, for example, proper regulation in price competitiveness among energy suppliers, would mean people have the incentive to retrofit. The incentive would be enough to get large...More Button

The same decoding is required to understand fully the Minister's childcare proposals. Of course, we welcome the increased thresholds and the extension of parental leave. However, it cannot be r...More Button

While there are, of course, aspects of this budget that are welcome, the reality is far too much of it is coded language. This will be evident over the next few days as we see the departmental b...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if he or the HSE has reviewed an application for funding by a group (details supplied) for a multiple sclerosis care centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has met with a group (details supplied) to discuss funding arrangements for a centre in order for it to open on more weeks per year; if the granting of funds has been considered in the contex...More Button

National Dementia Strategy Implementation

Asked the Minister for Health: the community supports for persons with dementia here; his plans to expand the support levels for persons with dementia; his further plans to meet dementia advocacy groups to discuss increases in f...More Button

Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to a recent survey regarding whether funding for extra community based podiatrists in County Kildare to support the diabetes community will be made available in the ...More Button

Disease Incidence

Asked the Minister for Health: if annual data on the number of persons presenting and being diagnosed with Lyme disease is being recorded; the steps he has taken to address any increases in cases; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Disability Services Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the level of unmet personal assistant hours; the level of met personal assistant hours; his plans to undertake research on the matter in order that planning for future budgets can be costed; and if...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if he or officials in his Department met or corresponded with a company and or persons (details supplied) in the context of an aspect of the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the context to his meeting in New York with a person (details supplied); the number of officials that attended the meeting with him; the reason the meeting was convened; the venue of the meeting; t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if a member of the NBP tender evaluation team in his Department accompanied him to a meeting with a person (details supplied) in New York in July 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Broadband Plan Administration

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if all expressions of interest in relation to the national broadband plan that did not submit a final bid in the tender process will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if a process of due diligence on all companies (details supplied) that are part of the consortium bidding for the national broadband plan will be conducted; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Official Engagements

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if he will provide a copy of his ministerial diary for the June, July, August and to month end September 2018 and a schedule of all meetings he has had during that time period; and if he will make ...More Button

Carer's Benefit Applications Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the delays in the issuance of carer's benefit following a first application, in terms of days and weeks; the number of applicants awaiting the processing of a claim for carer's benefit; the number ...More Button

Carer's Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when an application for carer's benefit will be assessed in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Staff

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if assessments of resources are conducted in her Department in respect of staffing in order to cover telephone inquiries, administrative workflows and volumes adequately; if the areas in which reso...More Button

Environmental Impact Assessments

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if a ministerial order under section 160 that an environmental impact assessment which would be mandatory under the codified EIA Directive 2011/92/EU is not required in view of the European Court o...More Button

Water Pollution

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to an instance of water contamination below ground level in an area (details supplied); if the matter has been investigated; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Abbey Theatre

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No. 627 of 2 October 2018, the schedule of the quarterly meetings with Wicklow, Kildare, Meath and all Dublin local authorities since the beginning of 2018 and tho...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No. 627 of 2 October 2018, the reason a single stage process was not used for this project in view of the fact that it falls under both thresholds in the criteria,...More Button