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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

Power, particularly now, is money. Everything else is just decoration. If the Government is cutting budgets for local authorities to provide and maintain social housing while at the same time say...More Button

There will be no pressure on them to reduce rents; let us be clear about that. The only pressure will be to increase rents. That is what will happen. The logic is very similar to what is being...More Button

It will. There is no question but that it will go up. The pressure on local authorities who are having their central funding reduced will increase. That will also happen with rents. Talk of Sta...More Button

If the Minister of State is concerned about having the input of local authorities on the setting of rents it could be done at a national level. We could have inputs from all local authorities on a...More Button

Without that rents will increase, which is unacceptable. I will press the amendment.More Button

The main arguments have been made. I am glad that the Minister of State accepts the general thrust of the argument, if not the actual amendments, in stating her own commitment to a harmonised and ...More Button

Therefore, it has been confirmed in Galway and Kildare. Deputies are nodding in agreement. This is evidence that we need to move urgently to a harmonised and fair system. If the Minister of Stat...More Button

Deputy Catherine Murphy has pointed out that in her consultations the Minister of State mentions the Department of Social Protection, her own Department and county managers. Where are the public...More Button

There should also be consultation with public representatives on local authorities, as well as managers. I will press the amendment on the grounds that the Minister of State is not limiting the di...More Button

Further Education and Training Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

On a minor point of order before I make my substantial comments on the amendment, why are amendments Nos. 11 and 12 grouped with amendments Nos. 13 and 14? They are separate issues, are they not? ...More Button

They seem to be distinct issues.More Button

I am curious about that. I welcome the Minister of State's acknowledgement of the issue that is the subject of my amendment No. 14. Like his amendment probably is, my amendment is a result of lob...More Button

I hope this commitment in the legislation will also be backed up with resources and with the implementation of such a strategy. It is an important issue. In passing, I note that the cuts or cha...More Button

All of those issues require resources. While it is a welcome step that this is included in the Bill, I hope the Government and the Minister of State can assure us it will be backed up with resou...More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Asked the Minister for Finance: in view of the exemption from the local property tax for residential properties owned by a charity or a public body and used to provide accommodation and support for persons who have a particular n...More Button

Felling Licences Conditions

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans for re-planting trees in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, to prevent soil erosion, in view of the amount of tree-felling currently underway.More Button