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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

Page 86 of the programme for Government contains a commitment to tackle the issue of human trafficking while page 98 makes reference to equality and the inclusion of marginalised groups. Do these ...More Button

I have been working with members of the Seán Ross Abbey in Roscrea, especially Teresa Collins and Mike Donovan, and they deserve answers. At first, they were told that a small number of deaths t...More Button

The former Minister, Katherine Zappone, was to publish a report on two different occasions but, as with many other reports, this was delayed.More Button

It is scheduled to be published by 30 October at the latest but can we expect it earlier? Will the Taoiseach make a statement on this matter and assure these families that there will be no more de...More Button

Will the Taoiseach give a commitment in this regard?More Button

Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The Bill falls short of what many businesses in Tipperary have told me they need. A key requirement for the businesses to which I have spoken is for a stimulus package that would not get them into...More Button

The Bill falls short of what is needed. We have done the sums and found the overall package equates to a ratio between debt and grants of 4:1. This ratio favours the financial institutions more...More Button

A grant package was something the tourism industry in particular appealed for, given that many in the sector cannot avail of the restart grant. While it was extended to other sectors and the rat...More Button

I also want to talk about debt warehousing. The Bill provides for the warehousing of PAYE and VAT debts for businesses severely impacted by Covid-19, which have experienced a significant drop in...More Button

Let us talk about the poor version of Sinn Féin's staycation voucher, the stay and spend initiative. We proposed a proper and more equitable voucher system but the Minister opted for the measure...More Button

While a reduction in VAT is a welcome initiative, what was needed by the domestic sector was a reduction from 13.5% to 9%. The Minister should not claim the stay and spend initiative will make u...More Button

I raise the challenges confronting our musicians and those involved in the arts and entertainment industries. They have told me that what they need at this stage is a survival package and not th...More Button

The Government needs a few words of advice. Instead of fleecing financial victims of the crisis at the airport while at the same time awarding Ministers handsomely, it should understand it is su...More Button

Perjury and Related Offences Bill [Seanad] 2018: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

The Bill is important as laws protect our general safety and ensure our rights as citizens against abuses by other people and organisations. In order that they work, laws should be effective, capa...More Button

Perjury is defined as the offence of wilfully telling an untruth or making a misrepresentation under oath. The High Court recently stated that it is "a sworn statement that the maker knows to be...More Button

The purpose of this Bill, to place perjury on a statutory footing, is to be commended as it would make the offence easier to prosecute. I also welcome the inclusion in this Bill of the subornati...More Button

Deputy Pearse Doherty has pursued the issue of high insurance costs for some time. While fraudulent claims contribute to the cost of insurance policies, they are nowhere near being the cause of ...More Button

Before making my next point, let me emphasise that the insurance industry is broken because of the industry itself. Any notion that unjustifiable increases in people's policies are mainly due to...More Button

Criminal prosecution is another issue in which this matter has relevance. Blatant disregard for truth is something that those who have no respect for the law rely on to evade the charges against...More Button

I commend all those who have contributed to the Bill in the course of its way through the Houses. I give it my full support.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to persons experiencing more persistent and prolonged unemployment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that will be most affected by the decision to reduce the pand...More Button

Aviation Industry

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: his views on the crisis facing workers at an airline (details supplied) in terms of redundancies and job cuts; if he is considering measures to resolve the situation; if he has been in contact with...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the position regarding the recommendations by the aviation taskforce; his plans to implement the recommendations of same; if there is a deadline by which the decision must be made; and if he will m...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the amount that has been made available for housing adaptation grants for older people in each of the years since 2016 to date; the amount that was availed of in each year by county; the amount rem...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns regarding the way in which funding is being provided for private nursing home admissions rather than providing 100% home adaptation grants, which cou...More Button

Beef Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the progress made to date by the beef market task force; the intended role of a beef ombudsman; the way in which the role of same will be of potential benefit to producers; his plans to meet with m...More Button