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 Header Item Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Companies Act 2014 (Section 1313) Regulations 2017: Motion

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 945 No. 1

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Deputy Dessie Ellis: Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Deputy Coveney, promised he would bring forward a report on vacant houses. There are almost 200,000 vacant housing units across the country. Recent statistics have shown that there has been no let-up in the housing crisis and that there has been an increase in the number of people who are homeless. It is urgent that we address this issue, get to the bottom of how and why there are so many vacant units and discover whether any of these can be utilised. In light of the fact that urgent action is needed, when will this long-overdue report be issued?

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I understand that work on the programme is ongoing. This has not stopped the Minister taking action, however. He has put in place an initiative to bring vacant properties back into use. I see from today’s newspaper that six different areas in Dublin city have been identified and the council is engaging with voluntary housing agencies to undertake this work in order that housing might be delivered. There is tangible work going on in this area.

Deputy John Brady: Information on John Brady Zoom on John Brady The Government has committed to producing a report on the impact that discriminatory cuts to jobseeker’s benefits for under 26s had on young people. Budget 2017 facilitated ridiculously tiny increases in the benefit of €2.70 for those aged 18 to 24 and €3.80 for 25 year olds. The report was promised for the second quarter of 2016. It is now 2017 and we have still to see any report on the discriminatory cuts and the impact they have had on young unemployed people. Where is the report? When will we see it and when will action to reverse those cuts be taken?

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The report is being done externally, so it is not yet ready for publication. I anticipate that it will be ready for publication within a matter of weeks. From recent information from the Central Statistics Office, the Deputy will know that unemployment is falling rapidly, particularly among young people. Youth unemployment is falling much faster than unemployment in general. Some of the policies we are implementing must be having a positive effect. Work is always better than welfare.

Deputy John Brady: Information on John Brady Zoom on John Brady Yes, but it must be proper work.

Deputy Tom Neville: Information on Tom Neville Zoom on Tom Neville The programme for Government refers to funding for areas of natural constraint being increased by €25 million in 2018. Will the Government commit to providing that funding in 2018? Will it also explore an increase in that funding and restoring it to pre-2008 levels in light of the backdrop of Brexit and the current review of the areas of natural constraint scheme?

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I am not in a position to answer the Deputy’s question but I will get a reply for him.

Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty Pursuant to Standing Order 27E(8), it is proposed that No. 11, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Companies Act 2014 (Section 1313) Regulations 2017, be taken now without debate.

  Question put and agreed to.

Companies Act 2014 (Section 1313) Regulations 2017: Motion

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty I move:

That Dáil Éireann approves the following Regulations in draft:
Companies Act 2014 (Section 1313) Regulations 2017,
copies of which have been laid in draft form before Dáil Éireann on 9 February 2017.

  Question put and agreed to.


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