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Smith, Brendan

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Expenditure Response to Covid-19 Crisis: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

With the permission of the House, I will give four minutes of my time to Deputy Sherlock. The Exchequer returns demonstrated very clearly the huge public expenditure that has been necessarily incu...More Button

In recent weeks in particular, nervousness has increased among the business community and in sectors that had closed down or partially closed down. I refer to people who had hoped to reopen to s...More Button

The substantial additional expenditure for education was very welcome also in ensuring that the 1 million children and young adults got back to education at preschool, primary, post-primary, furt...More Button

The July jobs stimulus package was necessary and impactive in a number of areas. To take the area of housing, there was additional activity and substantial funding for the voids programme, which...More Button

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath, has stated that budget 2021 will be set in the context of Covid-19 and Brexit. He outlined the necessity, which all of us ...More Button

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I thank the Acting Chairman because I am conscious of the time. The Minister also spoke about the national recovery fund and the national recovery plan. The Government must ensure that there is a...More Button

I mentioned that the Minister, Deputy McGrath, spoke about budget 2021 in the context of the pandemic and Brexit. Since 2015, a year before the British referendum, I spoke in numerous committees...More Button

The result of the Brexit referendum knocked the stuffing out of communities along the Border. I had the privilege of representing those communities in the bad days prior to the peace process and t...More Button

I understand the position very well. I represent communities that very much depend on their neighbours north of the Border. Thankfully, since 1998 businesses that had no base in Northern Ireland...More Button

I welcome again the commitments of senior political figures in the United States regarding the attitude they will take to a possible trade deal with Britain if there is damage done to the Good Fr...More Button

I referred to the need for greater regional balance. It is disheartening that it has taken so long to roll out proper broadband and telecommunications infrastructure throughout the country. Peo...More Button

Deputy Calleary spoke about the need to upgrade our regional and local roads. In the area I represent, Cavan–Monaghan, most of the many small indigenous businesses, particularly in the food, eng...More Button

Just as I did here in April and May, I compliment the officials of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in particular, and all the staff in the HSE and the front-line worke...More Button

Vacant Properties

Asked the Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands: if specific measures will be introduced to assist in the upgrading of vacant premises to provide living accommodation in smaller towns and villages in rural communities in view of the fact such inv...More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Asked the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht: when details of the next sports capital programme will be announced; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Projects

Asked the Minister for Education: when a proposed building project (details supplied) will proceed to the next stage; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Facilities

Asked the Minister for Education: the progress to date in respect of the provision of new facilities at a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Forestry Sector

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the measures he will implement to deal with delays in felling forestry which is causing serious problems for the timber industry and shortage of supplies for other sectors; and if he will make a st...More Button