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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee E, health, will next meet. More Button

I wish to ask the Taoiseach again about the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016, whether it was discussed at the health committee meeting and the decision of the Government and its repr...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

That is just one example - I could quote more but I do not have time - of where the actual medical experts have given evidence, although ignored by the health committee, directly counter to the rec...More Button

And ignored all the other advice.More Button

Government Information Service (Continued)

Irish Water.More Button

Housing: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I wish to formally move our amendment.More Button

One of the important parts of the motion, which is included in our amendment as well, is to call this a national emergency and to declare a national emergency. I put that in all seriousness to the...More Button

While some of the measures the Minister has announced may make a difference, they will not address the fundamental crisis we face. The key to resolving this issue is to embark on an emergency prog...More Button

I asked the Minister's officials for figures on the number of new applicants for housing in recent days. I have still not received them and I would like to get them. The figure of 91,000 people...More Button

Against this background, Rebuilding Ireland proposes that 21,000 new homes will be constructed directly by councils or approved housing bodies, with the remainder consisting of refurbishments and...More Button

One of the many cases I am dealing with involves a couple with eight children - they have another child on the way - who are housed in a hotel in Shankill. Before the Minister decides to move th...More Button

Even if the Government achieves its target, the HAP scheme will cost between €800 million and €1 billion per annum in payments to private landlords. Further, it will provide housing that is not ...More Button

Against this background, the Minister continues to speak of public private partnerships. Under PPPs, up to two thirds of public land and housing stock, all of which could be public, will be flog...More Button

Water Services Bill 2017: Second Stage (Continued)

They would never do that, would they?More Button

I am sharing time with Deputy Paul Murphy.More Button

We should commence our contribution by taking a drink of water because the people who wanted to bring in water charges - Fianna Fáil first and then Fine Gael - wanted to put a price tag on this gla...More Button

Exactly, although there probably would have been subsidised prices for water in the Dáil.More Button

They might have been subsidised prices here but they would have been charging us for the water. That is what people recognised.More Button

Setting aside all the disingenuous propaganda from the Government about the environmental reasons for bringing in water charges, people knew, and they were right, that the real agenda was to put ...More Button

Belatedly, after all the expenditure on water meters, all the political confrontation, debate and so on, the expert group finally confirmed something we had been saying right from the beginning, ...More Button

That situation worsened after the economic collapse in 2008 when one of the first things to be hit was spending on infrastructure, including water infrastructure. The big drop in investment came...More Button

It was not pragmatic politics that finally resolved this. It is almost three years to the day since the political establishment of this country were shocked on 11 October 2014 by a demonstration...More Button

While I often criticise this place as being at bit of a talking shop that does not achieve much, the first meeting of the Right2Water campaign happened in LH2000. I organised the meeting and it ...More Button

Then we come to this Bill. Finally, the establishment is forced to capitulate but is trying to leave the door open, still using the same disingenuous arguments about water conservation and exces...More Button

All the way along, dishonesty and disingenuousness has characterised the Government's approach but the people found it out and they defeated it. We will resist the attempt in this Bill to leave ...More Button

Child and Family Agency Investigations

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will investigate with Tusla the steps taken regarding a report in 2016 of mental, physical and sexual abuse by other service users and staff circa 2010 to 2012 at a charity made by a person ...More Button