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Canney, Seán

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak on the budget, which I consider to be a wartime budget. It is a situation we never thought we would have to face. The level of spending is remarkable.More Button

My first concern relates to the complete absence of a medium-term plan for the next five years. In essence, the State is working in the dark with no clear direction of travel. The programme for...More Button

There is no doubt that the State needs to support people. The expenditure so far this year and that included in budget 2021 is on people, the economy and supporting businesses. There is a lot t...More Button

Rural pubs feel abandoned by the Government. That is what is stated on billboards all over County Galway. The pubs opened in September and closed in October. The restart grant will not help th...More Button

Another issue which must be addressed is that of anomalies in the pandemic unemployment payment. People aged over 66 got no support, but those under 66 got €350 in the form of the Covid payment....More Button

Two groups that deliver services to communities and need recognition are school secretaries and community employment, CE, scheme supervisors. The Ministers, Deputies Donohoe and Michael McGrath,...More Button

Yesterday I met a professional Irish dancing teacher. Her profession is lost in this crisis. This issue has not been discussed by previous speakers. There are no financial supports available t...More Button

I note that it was decided to increase the income threshold for medical card applicants over the age of 70 in the budget. I believe that measure was included in the budget last year but has not ...More Button

The situation with regard to post offices is getting worse. I do not know whether any provision has been made in the budget for dealing with it. It is a big problem that will face us in the com...More Button

The carbon tax increase will have a greater negative effect on people in rural areas where there is no public transport available. They have no choice but to use a car. It is essential. There ...More Button

I note the LEADER programme is getting an additional €4 million funding. As Members are aware, the programme is due to finish in December of this year. The next programme will not come into bei...More Button

Before I left Tuam in County Galway this morning, I met three plumbers who were going to work. They asked me whether I was going to Dublin for the budget and I told them I was. They told me not...More Button

In the context of the budget and the situation faced by the State, it is imperative that we seek to ensure there is balance in what is being done. We must ensure that it is possible to deliver o...More Button

Primary Medical Certificates

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has suspended the applications process for primary medical certificates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Schemes

Asked the Minister for Finance: the recourse available for lenders that have disputes with financial institutions in circumstances in which loans have been sold off on a number of occasions and there is a dispute as to who owns t...More Button

Waterways Issues

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if a single authority to manage the River Shannon will be appointed to address issues including water level and maintenance of channels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Management

Asked the Minister for Education: the status of members of boards of management members for both primary and secondary schools in view of the escalation of restrictions to level 3; if boards can meet during the current level 3 rest...More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education: the progress being made in regard to the issue of school secretaries pay inequality; the date on which an acceptable proposal will be put forward; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Third Level Institutions

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: the provisions that are being made to assist the 20,000 leaving certificate CAO applicants who sat their exams in previous years and are now at a disadvantage as a result of the 2020 points inflati...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to support amputees with the financial cost of prosthetics in view of the fact that they are not included on the long-term illness scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a stateme...More Button