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O'Brien, Darragh

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Water Services

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when a referendum will be held regarding the State affording constitutional protection to the supply of water services; the status of preparations to hold a referendum in this regard; and if he wil...More Button

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Future Funding of Domestic Water Services in April 2017 recommended that a referendum on public ownership of Irish Water should be held. That is a recommendation ...More Button

The Minister mentioned Deputy Joan Collins's Bill, which is on Committee Stage. I have discussed this with Deputy Joan Collins and indeed other colleagues from the Opposition side, including Deput...More Button

I refer to the proposed amendments which the Minister sought to have drafted on, as he mentioned, 11 November last. How many amendments is the Minister looking to make to that Bill? I have hear...More Button

Water Services (Continued)

I do not think that would be rushing it. I understand it is complex. All of us understand that. What I am trying to understand, however, is how complex this is. I am also trying to get a good h...More Button

Does the Minister believe we will be able to hold a referendum this year? I have met officials from unions, such as SIPTU, representing water services workers in local authorities. They are, un...More Button

If not, will the Minister seek, through Government and in conjunction with his Cabinet colleagues, that this issue be made an absolute priority within the Office of the Attorney General? All of ...More Button

Does the Minister have any idea when that will be done?More Button

Is the Attorney General going to come back to the Minister?More Button

Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when he will publish regulations for the affordable purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social and Affordable Housing (Continued)

I thank the Minister. I am glad we are discussing this again. I have raised this issue with the Minister on a number of occasions. As the Minister is aware, Fianna Fáil made the delivery of an a...More Button

The Minister is being a bit disingenuous there.More Button

It does not bring affordability.More Button

I do not know either.More Button

The Minister is being deliberately disingenuous in part of his response there. The Fianna Fáil affordable housing scheme is the one we have actually pushed for.More Button

That is the scheme the Minister has not yet delivered. We had to drag €310 million out of a kicking and screaming Fine Gael. People are interested in knowing when they can apply and buy affordabl...More Button

The Rebuilding Ireland home loan is a decent product.More Button

The Government has not done it.More Button

The Government has not delivered a single affordable home.More Button

The Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, said in his budget speech that he would review the income limit of €75,000 for a couple. Has that review happened? Is it happening as part of this?More Button

The Minister for Finance said he would review it.More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Expenditure

The Minister of State may be aware that Irish Water and the Government is proposing to locate a regional sewage plant on a 40 acre site at Clonshaugh in north County Dublin. The planned developmen...More Button

I held a meeting with Irish Water last June in which I was informed that its priority is the continuing upgrade of the Ringsend facility, bringing new technologies to that plant and increasing ca...More Button

I would be greatly obliged if the Minister of State could advise what has been spent to date and what the Government's plans are for the Irish Water strategic funding plan 2019 to 2024. Has the ...More Button

I know the Minister of State is not the direct line Minister for this project, but I have to say with respect that the question has not been answered at all. I asked for the costs incurred to date...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Expenditure (Continued)

I am also calling for those responsible to halt now and look at it before we have a situation like what has happened at St. James's Hospital where the State has run away with itself and wasted €1.4...More Button

Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I agree with Deputy Daly that this grouping is rather strange. Taking amendment No. 44 separately, amendments Nos. 54, 67 and 73 arise out of work we did on Committee Stage. I am glad the Ministe...More Button

While I accept that we will vote on the amendments individually, the grouping is slightly problematic because the Minister also referred to amendment No. 59, which would be a helpful amendment beca...More Button

As we debated on Second and Committee Stages we are left with a Bill very late in the day that had been flagged for nearly two years. We are dealing with an imperfect situation. On Committee Stag...More Button

We have further amendments to take noise insulation away from DAA which is a sensible approach and to make sure the independent regulator actually has an independent function. When Deputy Munste...More Button

Any future changes will go to An Bord Pleanála. I am better assured now by the insertion of WHO 2018 noise guidelines. That is crucial. That is a big step forward. The clarification given thi...More Button

Could the Minister repeat that?More Button

I could not hear the Minister; I was not just interrupting.More Button

The Minister made reference to the insertion of those amendments and I could not hear it during his contribution. I would appreciate it if he could circulate that note so that we could read it.More Button

The amendments should be taken individually.More Button

We are talking about the night flight restrictions. Deputy Brendan Ryan knows that.More Button

Deputy Brendan Ryan knows that it will. That is all he is saying. He should let Deputy Troy speak.More Button

Someone is going to go to the board and the Labour Party Deputies know it.More Button

Urban Development

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of applications for the Project Ireland 2040 urban regeneration fund; the status of the applications; the value of grants that will be issued in 2019; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Home Loan Scheme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of applications to the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme processed by the Housing Agency; the number recommended by the agency; the number refused; the number sent back for further inf...More Button

Mortgage to Rent Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of applications made since the introduction of the mortgage to rent scheme; the number of applications successfully granted since the introduction of the scheme; and if he will make a st...More Button