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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

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Housing Shared Equity Loan Scheme: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

People locked out of home ownership deserve a better quality of debate and better evidence concerning the types of proposals being discussed than we have had so far today. The Minister's contribut...More Button

The main hysteria in the Chamber thus far today has been in the comments of the Minister. There was a lack of the evidence in defence of his scheme. Most of the time, he was attacking the Opposit...More Button

When the Minister did get to defending his scheme, a key part of his comments was that it would boost supply. All the experts, from the Central Bank to the ESRI and the Department of Public Expe...More Button

Before today, the main evidence referred to by the Minister, which was ditched from his comments in this debate, was a report from the UK National Audit Office on the UK scheme. It is not surpri...More Button

The other part of the Minister's defence of this was to say this is just €75 million, or 2.3% of the overall housing programme and budget. That has been a principal defence of the scheme but let...More Button

As for the increased demand that the scheme will cause, I ask the Minister to publish any evidence or independent expertise or analysis to show this will produce supply and not demand.More Button

Every group that has commented on this scheme, including the Economic and Social Research Institute, ESRI, the Central Bank and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, says that it will in...More Button

This represents an unfortunate return to the bad old days of Fianna Fáil not heeding the warnings of experts and independent advice and instead implementing policies sought and lobbied for by dev...More Button

With regard to this scheme, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said: "Apart from the concerns we already voiced at [senior officials group] around the appropriateness of the shar...More Button

The UK scheme that the Minister has, up until today, referenced quite heavily to defend his scheme has been critiqued by the Bank of England, the London School of Economics and the UK's National ...More Button

We need the Minister to scrap this scheme and instead to put the €75 million allocated to it into direct-build affordable homes to increase supply while not increasing house prices or developers'...More Button

EU Directives

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he supports the legal implementation of public country-by-country reporting with regard to the proposed EU directive discussed at the Council of Ministers that aims to improve tax transparency a...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is no exemption under Covid-19 restrictions for construction work to take place when to not do so would lead to damage of a property such as t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has considered allowing a special exemption to restrictions in lower levels of the National Framework for Living with COVID-19 similar to that in Scotland to adults in relationships who do no...More Button

Foreign Birth Registration

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the number of pending foreign birth registrations; the current processing time; the steps he is taking to make the process more efficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

DEIS Scheme

Asked the Minister for Education: if she supports calls to include all DEIS band one schools and classes in the planned class size reductions and not just in senior classes; the steps being taken to address same; and if she will ma...More Button

School Catchment Areas

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will provide an up to date map of the Dublin school catchment areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will address a matter raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Childcare Services

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: if he will make childcare providers who are in receipt of national childcare scheme eligible for the Covid-19 standard operating payment in order to waive and refund fees; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Pharmacy Regulations

Asked the Minister for Health: when the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest cuts made to pharmacies will be reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if severe eating disorders are included in the severe mental illness category of the new cohort 5 in the Covid-19 vaccine allocation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Health: his response to the January 2019 Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health report on the new standard operating procedure for assessment of need under the Disability Act 2005; if steps have been and are...More Button