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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 971 No. 1

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Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The Deputy should have gone into Government.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett The Labour Party did not do it.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney We need to increase the investment in water infrastructure. I am glad, therefore, that the Deputy focused on what is needed and not on the argument he has been making for years, which is that we should have stuck with the old system of local authorities doing it all alone. I hope that even Deputy Boyd Barrett sees the logic of moving to a single utility which can deal with the economies of scale and develop the skill sets that come from that and plan nationally for how we move water around this island to ensure we do not have the kind of water shortages with which we are threatened.

Deputy Mick Barry: Information on Mick Barry Zoom on Mick Barry Underinvestment, Tánaiste.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The pressures we feel today remind us of the logic of the need for excess usage charges. If people are blatantly wasting water, is it fair that their neighbours should pay for it?

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett There is no evidence of that, so why does the Tánaiste keep saying it?

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Is it fair that during a summer-----

Deputy Dessie Ellis: Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis The Tánaiste said there was no evidence earlier.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Will Deputy Ellis please allow the Tánaiste to respond?

Deputy Dessie Ellis: Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis He is contradicting himself.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Generally, when I get a response like that, it is recognition that the Deputy's own approach is fundamentally flawed.

Deputy Dessie Ellis: Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis The Tánaiste is draining us.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Time is up.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Sinn Féin's approach to water charges has been inconsistent and a joke, quite frankly.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan Hear, hear.

The Tánaiste: Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney It would certainly not deal with the serious challenges the country faces this week, next week and later in the summer. Once again, I thank Irish Water for its work and the co-ordination it is providing. I reassure Irish Water that the Government will continue to fund the capital infrastructure that is needed. To the public, I note that while the vast majority of people are enjoying the good weather, it brings pressures we need to respond to collectively as households and businesses.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin It sounds like a general election.

Order of Business

Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle Tuesday's business shall be No. 13, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Employment Equality Act 1998 (section 12) (Reservation of vocational training places) Order 2018, referral to committee; No. 14, motion re air service agreements with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, referral to committee; No. 15, motion re establishment of a special joint committee on climate action; No. 29, Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 30, Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 31, Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, in the name of Deputy Alan Kelly - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages. Private Members' business shall be No. 57, Urban Regeneration and Housing (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage, selected by Independents 4 Change.

  Wednesday's business shall be No. 32, statements post the European Council meeting of 28 and 29 June pursuant to Standing Order 111; No. 29, Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 30, Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 31, Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, in the name of Deputy Alan Kelly - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 7, Home Building Finance Ireland Bill 2018 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage. Private Members' Business shall be No. 194, motion re pathway to redress for victims of convicted child sexual abusers, selected by Fianna Fáil.

  Thursday's business shall be No. 30, Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 33, Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Bill 2018 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 31, Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, in the name of Deputy Alan Kelly - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 7, Home Building Finance Ireland Bill 2018 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage; and No. 1, Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 - amendments from the Seanad.

  Friday's business shall be No. 34, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Report Stage, resumed, and Final Stage; and No. 1, Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 - amendments from the Seanad.

  I refer to the report of the Business Committee dated 28 June 2018. In relation today's business it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 10 p.m. and shall adjourn not later than 11.30 p.m.; Nos. 13 and 14 shall be taken without debate and any division demanded shall be taken immediately; and No. 57 shall conclude within two hours, if not previously concluded.


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