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Kelly, Alan

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

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If ever there was an example of a budget that was preparing for an election, it is probably this one. It is short-term rather than long-term in its outlook. No hard decisions have been made. It ...More Button

We have had a huge amount of social change in the last number of years. Social change has been brought about because the people are ahead of politicians and many people in this House on many iss...More Button

We are one of the few countries that has climate change legislation. The failure to kick on from that and bring about measures to change behaviour will not go down well with the public because i...More Button

Workers will pay huge fines into the future. There was a lack of foresight of measures that could have been brought forward. The Minister for trying to be everything else except the Minister for ...More Button

There is a total lack of investment in what is required for water and waste. Why do I say that? Not everyone may be aware that water and waste are major user of energy, which need to be moderni...More Button

There are so many companies in this country that are innovative with new technologies in the clean technology and green energy sector. I support Lisheen mine, which is making great progress in b...More Button

As another colleague of mine, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, tweeted earlier, a fitting adage for the Government in this regard is "Lord, make me good, but not just yet." Why is that? It is because the...More Button

I wish to explain the new figures from the changes to income tax and USC. A worker on the minimum wage, that is, the new rate of €9.80 per hour, who works full time at 39 hours per week, will ea...More Button

A worker on the living wage of €11.90 who works a 39-hour week will earn approximately €24,500 annually. He or she will gain €20.32 from the USC changes but nothing from income tax, which is the...More Button

On health, as my colleague, Deputy Burton, said earlier, we all fell over last week when the Minister of Finance stumbled across €1 billion, which just happened to fall out of the couch and which...More Button

The allocations for Sláintecare, about which I helped to draft a cross-party report, are simply not anywhere near enough. On capital and the area of acute services, we all know we need bed provi...More Button

I welcome the support being given for HPV testing for cervical cancer and CervicalCheck. I wish to remember Ms Emma Mhic Mhathúna today. I also welcome the moves for section 39 workers on pay r...More Button

There is provision in this budget to deal, somehow, with the backlog of assessments, particularly for children who have needs. I do not see how the staff are going to be provided to be able to eve...More Button

I also have a concern with the provision of funding on disabilities. There is little specific detail on how it is going to be used. Are we just going to throw it out to the section 38 and 39 or...More Button

I know a couple over the road. They have 30 hours a week care but they can only get ten hours because the staff are not available. That is a real issue. I welcome the provisions in respect of ...More Button

I will move on to childcare. I welcome the proposals to increase the thresholds for the affordable childcare scheme. However, it needs greater clarification to understand what one has to do to ...More Button

-----why, in the name of God, are they being announced in this budget? They are coming in November 2019. They will not have any impact between now and the time whoever stands up here at the next ...More Button

It will have no impact. Why is it being announced?More Button

That is it exactly. It is for votes, or the lack of votes. When it comes to education, it is very disappointing. The Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton, has not got his slice of th...More Button

There is no additional funding to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio at primary or secondary level, as my party proposed in our budget submissions. There is also no extra funding to genuinely delive...More Button

Turning to rural Ireland, we have the €53 million for the town renewal scheme. That is welcome but it is tokenistic toward rural Ireland if we divide it out. To be honest, this is a type of a m...More Button

On travel behaviour, I have also spoken about Irish Rail. We have money for greenways in the measures for smarter travel. I acknowledge that. It is not enough. Measures to deal with the issue...More Button

I will speak briefly about VAT on tourism and the change to 13.5%. I thought there would be some commensurate measures in this budget to help with the small, family-owned restaurants and busines...More Button

There is no way that the budget provisions for justice can ensure that the 50 recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland can be implemented. It is impossible given the ...More Button

On business, I welcome the allocation of €10 million for the IDA property portfolio. I suggest that it should be targeted and not follow the along the lines of the 2040 strategy, which is a comp...More Button

On housing, the measures introduced for landlords are incredible. So that the public is not deceived, the changes relating to interest that can be deducted by landlords for loans - up to 100% - ...More Button

We have heard much talk from Fianna Fáil about affordability and the measures to be brought forward. We have no detail on the proposals, however. How are we going to ensure that this subsidy is...More Button

The example of the infamous granny flat grant proposed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, shows what a mockery is being made of housing under this Government and is on...More Button

I have a funny feeling the selected property will be in Rathdown.More Button

Ministerial Communications

Asked the Taoiseach: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if there is a policy on ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in her Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if the Department has a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business; and, if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: if the Department has a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in her Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in her Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

Official Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the Europ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from the Ryder Cup organisation or the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he and or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the Europ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he and or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she and-or officials in her Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if she and-or officials in her Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if she and-or officials in her Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the ...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will address a matter in relation to correspondence from his Department concerning a person (details supplied); and the way in which the opinion of the HSE can be disregarded.More Button

Garda Deployment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the allocation of gardaí to Nenagh divisional district and the rank of each in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Communications

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published.More Button

Ministerial Functions

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; the days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the E...More Button

Housing Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of social housing units that will be made available to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as a result of a purchase by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...More Button

NAMA Social Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: his plans to engage with Dublin City Council and NAMA, further to the motion passed recently at the council to transfer a site (details supplied) into State ownership to build cost rental and affor...More Button

County and City Managers' Association

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the detail of an association (details supplied); the function and role it has vis-à-vis Government; the body which funds it on a day to day basis; the amount of funding it receives annually from th...More Button