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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

This is a budget like no other. It is being introduced in the context of events that are largely beyond our control. Certainly, no one would have chosen the circumstances in which we find ourselv...More Button

People who face insecurity, Covid-related and non-Covid health concerns, loss of income and worries about schools and all kinds of services will look to this budget to see what certainty the Gove...More Button

We are approaching this task with a radically changed attitude and approach by the European Central Bank, ECB, and the European Commission. It would seem that lessons have been learned at a Euro...More Button

The consequences of decades of underinvestment in public services and an often cavalier approach to public provision have been laid bare as a result of this pandemic. It was patently clear that ...More Button

The presence of Covid, the escalation in the rate of infections, the implications and fears associated with the virus and the response to it are things that dominate our lives and are likely to d...More Button

Why are we not seeing clear messages tailored to different cohorts to ensure the public health advice is getting through to people? Why, after ten years, is the recommended number of critical ca...More Button

New demands on service delivery, infection prevention and control measures and social distancing requirements have put further extreme pressure on a system that was already operating way over cap...More Button

The Sláintecare plan sets out two key elements which relate to the very principles of a properly functioning public health service. First, we must ensure that we shift activity away from the acu...More Button

It is only at the point where we grasp those fundamental principles for having a proper national health service that we will start to make progress. The Government has signed up to Sláintecare but...More Button

In childcare, Covid-19 has exposed the extreme precariousness of a privatised model of childcare where the State had to step in to pay the wages of staff and subsidise providers during the pandem...More Button

In the area of education we are now counting the cost of having an underfunded education system, leaving us with the highest class numbers in Europe. We know only too well of the inequality in e...More Button

Chronic underfunding of social care and the light-touch regulation of the privatised nursing home sector have clearly failed older people over many years, not only during the Covid crisis when it...More Button

I turn now to employment. We entered Covid-19 with an economy with high levels of insecurity, a prevalence of low pay and a real lack of certainty for many workers in their working lives. We ne...More Button

Rather than kicking the can down the road, the Government should bring employers and workers around the table to thrash out a fair sick pay scheme. This is a matter of public health, particularl...More Button

On mental health, the severe adverse impact of Covid-19 on the nation’s physical and mental well-being cannot be overstated. A recent surge in referrals as a result of Covid-19 has put new and e...More Button

The pandemic has presented challenges across all of our society, but people with disabilities, their carers, and the organisations that provide social care and disability services have felt its a...More Button

My colleague Deputy Cian O'Callaghan will refer to the issue of housing in detail shortly. Nothing illustrates the failings in public policy by successive Governments like this country's approac...More Button

I turn now to income supports and the two big policy responses that were the introduction of the pandemic unemployment payment, PUP, and the employee wage subsidy scheme, EWSS.More Button

These were introduced at great speed, which was the correct policy response at the time. However, there is a clear danger that withdrawing those schemes too early or reducing the rates or terms of...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3 - Value Added Tax: Motion (Continued)

Obviously we need to support businesses during this difficult period but there are problems with this approach. I am not going to vote against this resolution but the Government could have provide...More Button

The second point is that there are more effective ways of supporting this sector. If the businesses involved are not generating turnover, then a reduction in VAT is not much good to them. It pr...More Button

There are questions as to how targeted this approach is and what businesses are included. It has been confirmed this evening that hairdressers are included but it is not clear whether spas and b...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the price range of homes to be available under the affordable housing scheme for first-time buyers; if a 10% deposit will be required by applicants; if a grant or targeted financial supports will b...More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will address a matter regarding a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 who is in receipt Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment is eligible to take up a free Springboard course and keep their payment at the same time; and if ...More Button

Third Level Institutions

Asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of approved posts for adult and paediatric audiologists; the number of posts filled; the number of posts vacant by community healthcare organisation, CHO, area, in tabular form; and if h...More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans for improving access to treatment for persons with gambling addictions; if he will consider the results of a study of the nine community healthcare organisation, CHO, regions (details sup...More Button