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 Header Item Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)
 Header Item Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage
 Header Item Health (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed)

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 1004 No. 6
Unrevised

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Chris Andrews: Information on Chris Andrews Zoom on Chris Andrews] I ask the Minister to provide the data that support not allowing children to train outdoors in a controlled environment. People need to see those data. What preparations are being put in place to prepare for a return to sport?

Deputy Thomas Gould: Information on Thomas Gould Zoom on Thomas Gould On the same issue, an announcement was made two hours ago by the GAA that the Munster post-primary schools competition has been cancelled for the 2020-21 season. This will have a very serious effect on young people in school and the same could happen with many other sporting organisations. What plans are in place to support young people in sport and the arts, particularly in the context of their mental health? This is a serious issue affecting our young.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I agree with both Deputies. I recall that in the last long and difficult lockdown in November, we made an exception to the rules to allow young people to train and take part in sport. I do not want to promise ahead because we must wait and see what happens in the coming weeks. However, in terms of the opening up that will occur if the numbers continue to come down, one of the first priorities will be the ability of our young people to engage in sport, which is so good for their health and well-being. Our health officials recognise that and it is one of our key priorities.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl That concludes questions on promised legislation. More than 20 Deputies have not been reached.

Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021: First Stage

Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh: Information on Rose Conway-Walsh Zoom on Rose Conway-Walsh I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to make provision in relation to certain tenants’ obligations to pay rent in respect of dwellings used for accommodation during academic term times, to make provision in relation to the maximum period of notice required by such tenants to terminate a tenancy, to oblige certain landlords to refund relevant payments in certain circumstances relating to Covid-19, for those purposes to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and to provide for related matters.

I thank the Union of Students in Ireland, USI, and my Sinn Féin colleague, Deputy Ó Broin for the work they have done on this important Bill and the 56 Opposition Deputies who have signed it.

  The pandemic has exposed the severe economic injustices students face in the rental market. Thousands of students and their families have been forced to pay for accommodation they were prohibited from using. It is no longer acceptable for the Government to act as spectator while wholesale financial exploitation of students continues. The speedy and successful passing of this legislation is vital to ensure students of third level institutions are protected. It is incumbent on all Oireachtas members to right the wrong that has facilitated the fleecing of students and their families when it comes to student accommodation refunds. Time and time again the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Deputy Harris, has said that he does not have the tools to do anything. We are providing him with the tools in this legislation and now it is up to him.

Deputy Duncan Smith: Information on Duncan Smith Zoom on Duncan Smith I thank the USI and Sinn Féin for tabling this Bill. For too long students have been treated like a cash cow when it comes to rent and rental accommodation. An entire industry has built up which is geared towards the exploitation of students in the context of rental accommodation. This Bill will tackle this issue in a real way and the Labour Party is proud to co-sign and support it. I look forward to its passage and hope the Government will not only give it a sympathetic ear but will prioritise it in terms of debating time.

Deputy Cian O'Callaghan: Information on Cian O'Callaghan Zoom on Cian O'Callaghan The Social Democrats support this Bill and we are very happy to co-sign it. This legislation is very important in ensuring that students are not penalised for complying with public health measures, which is what happened last year. Students who could not avail of accommodation they had paid for several months in advance were charged in full for it. In effect, they were penalised for complying with public health measures. This is important legislation and I hope there will be cross-party support for it, including from the Government parties. It is good to see Opposition parties co-operating on this and I thank Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éireann-Union of Students in Ireland for the work it has done to highlight this issue.

Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle I fully endorse this Bill. The fact that a wide variety of Opposition Deputies have spoken in favour of the Bill shows that it is necessary legislation. I hope the Government will take that on board and ensure that young people are not screwed again as they were in the past. This is the second year in a row in which they are facing that prospect. It is an honour for me to support this Bill on behalf of my group and I look forward to its speedy passage.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett I thank USI for continuing to campaign on this important issue. It is great that many parties of the Opposition are uniting to support students in order to end the disgraceful situation whereby students do not enjoy the protections to which they are entitled in terms of their accommodation. Indeed, when one looks at all of the purpose-built and extremely expensive student accommodation popping up all over the city, it is clear that a certain group of people think that students' accommodations needs are to be exploited while their rights as tenants are denied. This Bill is an important attempt to address the unfairness and lack of protection that students are experiencing at the moment.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is the Bill being opposed?

Minister for Transport (Deputy Eamon Ryan): Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan No.

  Question put and agreed to.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh: Information on Rose Conway-Walsh Zoom on Rose Conway-Walsh I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

  Question put and agreed to.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I must now deal with a postponed division relating to Second Stage of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2021. On the question, "That the Bill be now read a Second Time", a division was claimed and in accordance with Standing Order 80(2) that division must be taken now.

Question put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 125; Níl, 5; Staon, 0.

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Information on Chris Andrews  Zoom on Chris Andrews  Andrews, Chris. Information on Mick Barry  Zoom on Mick Barry  Barry, Mick.    
Information on John Brady  Zoom on John Brady  Brady, John. Information on Richard Boyd Barrett  Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett  Boyd Barrett, Richard.    
Information on Colm Brophy  Zoom on Colm Brophy  Brophy, Colm. Information on Gino Kenny  Zoom on Gino Kenny  Kenny, Gino.    
Information on James Browne  Zoom on James Browne  Browne, James. Information on Paul Murphy  Zoom on Paul Murphy  Murphy, Paul.    
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Bríd Smith  Zoom on Bríd Smith  Smith, Bríd.    
Information on Pat Buckley  Zoom on Pat Buckley  Buckley, Pat.      
Information on Colm Burke  Zoom on Colm Burke  Burke, Colm.      
Information on Peter Burke  Zoom on Peter Burke  Burke, Peter.      
Information on Mary Butler  Zoom on Mary Butler  Butler, Mary.      
Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas.      
Information on Jackie Cahill  Zoom on Jackie Cahill  Cahill, Jackie.      
Information on Holly Cairns  Zoom on Holly Cairns  Cairns, Holly.      
Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara.      
Information on Ciarán Cannon  Zoom on Ciarán Cannon  Cannon, Ciarán.      
Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe.      
Information on Jennifer Carroll MacNeill  Zoom on Jennifer Carroll MacNeill  Carroll MacNeill, Jennifer.      
Information on Matt Carthy  Zoom on Matt Carthy  Carthy, Matt.      
Information on Jack Chambers  Zoom on Jack Chambers  Chambers, Jack.      
Information on Sorca Clarke  Zoom on Sorca Clarke  Clarke, Sorca.      
Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins  Collins, Niall.      
Information on Catherine Connolly  Zoom on Catherine Connolly  Connolly, Catherine.      
Information on Rose Conway-Walsh  Zoom on Rose Conway-Walsh  Conway-Walsh, Rose.      
Information on Patrick Costello  Zoom on Patrick Costello  Costello, Patrick.      
Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon.      
Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael.      
Information on Réada Cronin  Zoom on Réada Cronin  Cronin, Réada.      
Information on Cathal Crowe  Zoom on Cathal Crowe  Crowe, Cathal.      
Information on Seán Crowe  Zoom on Seán Crowe  Crowe, Seán.      
Information on David Cullinane  Zoom on David Cullinane  Cullinane, David.      
Information on Cormac Devlin  Zoom on Cormac Devlin  Devlin, Cormac.      
Information on Alan  Dillon  Zoom on Alan  Dillon  Dillon, Alan.      
Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty  Doherty, Pearse.      
Information on Paul Donnelly  Zoom on Paul Donnelly  Donnelly, Paul.      
Information on Stephen Donnelly  Zoom on Stephen Donnelly  Donnelly, Stephen.      
Information on Francis Noel Duffy  Zoom on Francis Noel Duffy  Duffy, Francis Noel.      
Information on Bernard J. Durkan  Zoom on Bernard J. Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J.      
Information on Dessie Ellis  Zoom on Dessie Ellis  Ellis, Dessie.      
Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.      
Information on Alan Farrell  Zoom on Alan Farrell  Farrell, Alan.      
Information on Mairéad  Farrell  Zoom on Mairéad  Farrell  Farrell, Mairéad.      
Information on Frankie Feighan  Zoom on Frankie Feighan  Feighan, Frankie.      
Information on Joe  Flaherty  Zoom on Joe  Flaherty  Flaherty, Joe.      
Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles.      
Information on Sean Fleming  Zoom on Sean Fleming  Fleming, Sean.      
Information on Norma Foley  Zoom on Norma Foley  Foley, Norma.      
Information on Thomas Gould  Zoom on Thomas Gould  Gould, Thomas.      
Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel.      
Information on Brendan Griffin  Zoom on Brendan Griffin  Griffin, Brendan.      
Information on Johnny  Guirke  Zoom on Johnny  Guirke  Guirke, Johnny.      
Information on Simon Harris  Zoom on Simon Harris  Harris, Simon.      
Information on Seán Haughey  Zoom on Seán Haughey  Haughey, Seán.      
Information on Martin Heydon  Zoom on Martin Heydon  Heydon, Martin.      
Information on Emer Higgins  Zoom on Emer Higgins  Higgins, Emer.      
Information on Neasa Hourigan  Zoom on Neasa Hourigan  Hourigan, Neasa.      
Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.      
Information on Heather Humphreys  Zoom on Heather Humphreys  Humphreys, Heather.      
Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul.      
Information on Alan Kelly  Zoom on Alan Kelly  Kelly, Alan.      
Information on Martin Kenny  Zoom on Martin Kenny  Kenny, Martin.      
Information on Claire Kerrane  Zoom on Claire Kerrane  Kerrane, Claire.      
Information on John Lahart  Zoom on John Lahart  Lahart, John.      
Information on Brian Leddin  Zoom on Brian Leddin  Leddin, Brian.      
Information on Michael Lowry  Zoom on Michael Lowry  Lowry, Michael.      
Information on Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  Zoom on Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig.      
Information on Josepha Madigan  Zoom on Josepha Madigan  Madigan, Josepha.      
Information on Catherine Martin  Zoom on Catherine Martin  Martin, Catherine.      
Information on Steven  Matthews  Zoom on Steven  Matthews  Matthews, Steven.      
Information on Paul  McAuliffe  Zoom on Paul  McAuliffe  McAuliffe, Paul.      
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Information on Helen McEntee  Zoom on Helen McEntee  McEntee, Helen.      
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Information on Aindrias Moynihan  Zoom on Aindrias Moynihan  Moynihan, Aindrias.      
Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael.      
Information on Imelda Munster  Zoom on Imelda Munster  Munster, Imelda.      
Information on Jennifer Murnane O'Connor  Zoom on Jennifer Murnane O'Connor  Murnane O'Connor, Jennifer.      
Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.      
Information on Eoghan Murphy  Zoom on Eoghan Murphy  Murphy, Eoghan.      
Information on Verona Murphy  Zoom on Verona Murphy  Murphy, Verona.      
Information on Johnny Mythen  Zoom on Johnny Mythen  Mythen, Johnny.      
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Information on Hildegarde Naughton  Zoom on Hildegarde Naughton  Naughton, Hildegarde.      
Information on Carol Nolan  Zoom on Carol Nolan  Nolan, Carol.      
Information on Malcolm Noonan  Zoom on Malcolm Noonan  Noonan, Malcolm.      
Information on Darragh O'Brien  Zoom on Darragh O'Brien  O'Brien, Darragh.      
Information on Joe O'Brien  Zoom on Joe O'Brien  O'Brien, Joe.      
Information on Cian O'Callaghan  Zoom on Cian O'Callaghan  O'Callaghan, Cian.      
Information on Jim O'Callaghan  Zoom on Jim O'Callaghan  O'Callaghan, Jim.      
Information on James O'Connor  Zoom on James O'Connor  O'Connor, James.      
Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  O'Dea, Willie.      
Information on Kieran O'Donnell  Zoom on Kieran O'Donnell  O'Donnell, Kieran.      
Information on Richard O'Donoghue  Zoom on Richard O'Donoghue  O'Donoghue, Richard.      
Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  O'Donovan, Patrick.      
Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd  O'Dowd, Fergus.      
Information on Roderic O'Gorman  Zoom on Roderic O'Gorman  O'Gorman, Roderic.      
Information on Louise O'Reilly  Zoom on Louise O'Reilly  O'Reilly, Louise.      
Information on Darren O'Rourke  Zoom on Darren O'Rourke  O'Rourke, Darren.      
Information on Christopher O'Sullivan  Zoom on Christopher O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Christopher.      
Information on Pádraig O'Sullivan  Zoom on Pádraig O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Pádraig.      
Information on Eoin Ó Broin  Zoom on Eoin Ó Broin  Ó Broin, Eoin.      
Information on Marc Ó Cathasaigh  Zoom on Marc Ó Cathasaigh  Ó Cathasaigh, Marc.      
Information on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire  Zoom on Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire  Ó Laoghaire, Donnchadh.      
Information on Ruairí Ó Murchú  Zoom on Ruairí Ó Murchú  Ó Murchú, Ruairí.      
Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.      
Information on Thomas Pringle  Zoom on Thomas Pringle  Pringle, Thomas.      
Information on Maurice Quinlivan  Zoom on Maurice Quinlivan  Quinlivan, Maurice.      
Information on Anne Rabbitte  Zoom on Anne Rabbitte  Rabbitte, Anne.      
Information on Neale Richmond  Zoom on Neale Richmond  Richmond, Neale.      
Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael.      
Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Ryan, Eamon.      
Information on Patricia  Ryan  Zoom on Patricia  Ryan  Ryan, Patricia.      
Information on Matt Shanahan  Zoom on Matt Shanahan  Shanahan, Matt.      
Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock  Sherlock, Sean.      
Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.      
Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.      
Information on Duncan Smith  Zoom on Duncan Smith  Smith, Duncan.      
Information on Niamh Smyth  Zoom on Niamh Smyth  Smyth, Niamh.      
Information on Ossian Smyth  Zoom on Ossian Smyth  Smyth, Ossian.      
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Information on Peadar Tóibín  Zoom on Peadar Tóibín  Tóibín, Peadar.      
Information on Pauline  Tully  Zoom on Pauline  Tully  Tully, Pauline.      
Information on Mark Ward  Zoom on Mark Ward  Ward, Mark.      
Information on Jennifer  Whitmore  Zoom on Jennifer  Whitmore  Whitmore, Jennifer.      

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Brendan Griffin and Jack Chambers; Níl, Deputies Mick Barry and Paul Murphy.

Question declared carried.


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