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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

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

I have two minutes. The number one issue for people my age is access to affordable housing. This Government will change that through four new initiatives: the shared equity services scheme; build...More Button

Last year, housing supply was less than 60% of what was needed. That one statistic is why so many families are going through such trauma right now. It is why 35 is now the average age of first-...More Button

That is exactly what this shared equity scheme will do. It will take less than 2% of our national housing budget and invest it in a short-term measure that will increase supply and enable young ...More Button

Right now, there is planning permission for 40,000 homes in Dublin alone. Yet, planning permission is no use to house hunters. They need planning permission applications turned into actual home...More Button

It is easy to sit on the sidelines and criticise. It is easy to oppose measures like the help-to-buy scheme, a scheme that has enabled over 19,000 to get a foot on the property ladder. It is ea...More Button

I do not believe public housing is the answer. I believe that a combination of social and affordable and private housing is the answer. No scheme will ever be perfect but waiting on the sidelin...More Button

Reopening Schools and Leaving Certificate Examinations: Statements (Continued)

This week 320,000 students returned to their classrooms for the first time since before Christmas. In our current circumstances, facilitating the safe return of so many pupils and staff has been a...More Button

Parents needs clarity. Parents have undertaken Trojan work and become master jugglers during the crisis that is this pandemic. They have not only been facilitating home school but have become e...More Button

The mood of the country has been low. For many people the reopening of schools this week has brought hope. Another thing that has lifted people's spirits this week is the prospect of the World ...More Button

In January we told students with special educational needs that their return to education would be prioritised. While we prioritised the return of special schools, the reality is that a young pe...More Button

We all accept this pandemic has had a disproportionate effect on children with special educational needs. Caregivers have no doubt done their best to help their children to keep progressing, but...More Button

These students need to be prioritised and they need to be back where they belong, receiving the education they deserve. We need to get them over this final hurdle.More Button

I take this opportunity to remind the Minister about the school building crisis in my constituency of Dublin Mid-West. There is a need for new school buildings for second level schools in Lucan,...More Button

Schools Building Projects

Asked the Minister for Education: the plans for a post-primary school in Newcastle, County Dublin.More Button

Primary Care Centres

Asked the Minister for Health: the timeline for approval on the planned primary care centre in Citywest, Saggart, County Dublin.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if those with Addison’s disease will be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination given their underlying health condition; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will consider allowing couples getting married that are choosing, for health and safety reasons not to have a reception and instead to limit their celebration to their church service, to have...More Button