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Doherty, Pearse

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputy Mairéad Farrell.More Button

Today's budget comes at a time like no other, a time of great uncertainty and, for many, hardship. Covid-19 has upended and disrupted the lives of us all.More Button

Táimid ag déileáil leis an cháinaisnéis seo ag am iontach annamh. Seo am ina bhfuil a lán neamhchinnteacht agus do go leor, seo am an chruacháis. Bhí tionchar ag Covid-19 orainn uilig agus tá á...More Button

It has impacted people in different ways. Citizens with disabilities face unprecedented challenges, with many at breaking point. Families have seen their incomes drop and they worry how they wi...More Button

The Government will defend this budget with worn-out excuses and will say it is all it can afford. It will say it cannot tackle the major cracks in our society just at this time and that we must...More Button

Bhí an deis againn inniu rud neart difriúil a dhéanamh. Bhí an deis againn lámh chuidithe a thabhairt d'oibrithe ag am na neamhchinnteachta agus geilleagar na tíre seo a atógáil ar bhealach a bh...More Button

The risk is not that we do too much, it is that we do too little, and we can see that in the Government's plan. Indeed, close to €6 billion is unallocated in the Government's plan because it doe...More Button

Nowhere is this more true than in our health service. Our hospitals and healthcare staff are under immense pressure. A decade of underfunding, mismanagement and neglect under Fine Gael has left...More Button

Limited capacity in our hospitals has undermined our ability to respond to this virus. What is the Minister planning to deliver for 2021? We are told there will be 66 ICU beds, which is an increa...More Button

Today also could have been the day to end two-tier pay in the public sector. This is the day it could have come to an end. Despite all the fine words from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green P...More Button

As I said in my opening remarks, the pandemic has affected our people in different ways. It has affected no one more than our citizens with disabilities. These are the forgotten people of this ...More Button

Covid-19 has caused an earthquake for our economy. In the second quarter of this year, the State suffered the second-highest level of job losses in Europe. In September, our unemployment rate s...More Button

Instead of protecting these workers and families, this Government has left them vulnerable. As the Minister, Deputy McGrath, was signing off on ministerial orders to give super junior Ministers ...More Button

The cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment should be reversed and the top rate payment brought to €350. The Government has today made those cuts permanent. Thousands are set to see their inc...More Button

Too many pensioners are seeing their weekly fixed incomes eroded as a result of the cost of living crisis. The Minister decided in today's budget to leave thousands of them with no relief. They...More Button

Tá an ceart ag oibrithe éirí as agus pinsean a bheith acu ag aois 65. Ní ghlacfaidh Sinn Féin lena dhath níos lú ná seo. Under Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party, thousands of 65-year-o...More Button

As the Minister's Government has made cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment irreversible, it has ploughed ahead with a 29% increase in carbon tax. The Department of Finance recognises that t...More Button

At the same time, the Government has hiked up motor tax on older and diesel and petrol cars. Sinn Féin believes that a transition to electric cars is an essential step in moving towards a greene...More Button

With bills piling up and mortgage and rent payments due to the bank or the landlord, families face the threat of increased household debt. They needed relief and could have got it under this bud...More Button

At the same time, the Government has continued to allow loan sharks to hit struggling families with interest rates as high as 187% annual percentage rate, APR. The cost of living had already cut t...More Button

The pandemic has exposed the market's failure to measure the real value of work and care in our society. Those once labelled as unskilled were recognised as essential, and rightly so. For Sinn ...More Button

Despite that fact, vested interests have always had access to the corridors of power over ordinary people and their representatives. If we needed proof of that, we only need to look at what happ...More Button

Are we surprised that the Government has extended that tax break in the budget today? No, we are not at all, because that is what this Government does. Perhaps one of its members is auditioning...More Button

Jobs lost as a result of the public health measures have been concentrated among low-paid workers. This is seen especially in areas of hospitality, retail and tourism. These workers and small b...More Button

The Minister has extended that scheme today, a scheme which fails to meet the needs of struggling businesses, and has proposed no plans to increase the level of wage supports for those most highl...More Button

What was needed by our SMEs, which employ more than 1 million people in this State, was certainty. I do not refer to certainty that they will all survive, because no Government can provide that ...More Button

Since the onset of this crisis, the Government's response to small businesses has been one of delay. Our small businesses and their workers have suffered as a result of that delay. Take the Tán...More Button

Today, the Government finally adopted Sinn Féin's proposal to reduce the rate of VAT from 13.5% to 9% for the hospitality and tourism sector. We welcome that, but it is a support that comes late...More Button

What our small businesses needed today was not a contingency or a maybe. They needed a guarantee. We can see this throughout the budget, where there have been many figures that will bamboozle u...More Button

Sinn Féin would have acted differently, by implementing a support package that our small businesses could rely on throughout 2021 to compensate for the cost of any future restrictions. We would ...More Button

These stimulus measures I have outlined would have increased the chances of firms surviving, and therefore the chances of jobs surviving. With cuts to wage supports having now been confirmed int...More Button

Today was an opportunity not only to protect jobs but to create them. A decade of Fine Gael in power created a housing crisis that has not gone away, as well as road and rail networks and infrastr...More Button

This investment was nowhere more needed than in the housing market. Despite a demand for change by the people in the election in February, this Government is determined to continue with the fail...More Button

At his party's conference, the Tánaiste and leader of Fine Gael, Deputy Varadkar, said that Fianna Fáil was a party with no ideas, no policies and no alternatives. That was true then and is defi...More Button

Our broken housing system was exposed by this pandemic. Not only should this budget have been a radical departure from the failed policies of the past, but it should have provided immediate prot...More Button

It gets worse. The Minister has secured funding for just 593 real social homes above what is already committed to in 2021. This is an insult to the thousands of homeless families and tens of th...More Button

At a time of great uncertainty for workers and families, the budget needed to respond by protecting them and giving them certainty that their incomes would be supported, that the Government would...More Button

While no one could have predicted this pandemic, our public services were ill-equipped and under-resourced after decades of neglect under Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. That neglect has left our hos...More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if a driver test will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: if a driver test will be expedited in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Tests

Asked the Minister for Health: the procedures in place for Covid-19 testing for staff and residents at two facilities in County Donegal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) will receive a date for a procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) will receive cancer treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) will receive a date for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Transfers

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) will receive a hospital transfer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which a person that is an Irish citizen that requires long term care that is resident in a nursing home in Northern Ireland can apply for the fair deal scheme and return to live here; th...More Button

Medical Cards

Asked the Minister for Health: the timeframe for the implementation of the commitment to raising the income threshold on medical cards for persons over 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: when a company (details supplied) in County Donegal can expect a decision for the community and voluntary stability scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button