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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee A (economy) last met.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee B (social policy and public services) last met.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I wish to ask the Taoiseach about precarious employment, the creation of meaningful jobs and, in particular, the large amounts of public money being put into the film industry. I do not expect him...More Button

I would love it if the Irish Film Board or Screen Producers Ireland would provide clarity on this issue. How many people are working in the film industry in Ireland today, 4 July? It is likely ...More Button

I asked a question about the film industry.More Button

Or raise it through-----More Button

As the Taoiseach said, this committee also deals with the area of arts and culture so I will continue to draw his attention to the film industry because €80 million goes out in grants from the Iris...More Button

There is something rotten in the Irish film industry. The law governing section 481 requires that section 481 tax relief - €70 million per year - provide "an effective stimulus to film making in...More Button

Twelve companies are the recipients of this money. I went to the trouble of meeting the Comptroller and Auditor General for two hours two weeks ago to ask him to look into this. That is how ser...More Button

I am asking the Taoiseach to look at this. While we should give lots of money to arts and film because it is a very important industry, it must be an industry where there are some rights for emp...More Button

It is not clear that it does.More Button

National Economic and Social Council

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on recent engagements with the National Economic and Social Council.More Button

On an issue I have already raised, the NESC's report refers 12 times to the problem of precarious work. When talking about economic benefits, one needs to look at the prevalence of precarious work...More Button

With reference to the report, Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland's Broken System and so on, Deputy Mick Wallace brought up these issues last night, while I brought...More Button

There are vulture funds sitting on perfectly good empty units. I have cited two examples several times in the House because they are staring me in the face every week in Dún Laoghaire. A vultur...More Button

National Economic and Social Council (Continued)

Including those owned by the vulture funds.More Button

European Council: Statements (Continued)

Yes. I am sharing my time with Deputy Barry.More Button

The forces of hate and racism and even those who associate with outright fascism are on the rise in Europe. As important as Brexit is to this country, it pales into insignificance compared to th...More Button

The fact that this guy Kurz from the Austrian Freedom Party, which is openly associated with and was set up by former Nazis, now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, that th...More Button

It makes me think of the policies of appeasement and ignoring developments in the run-up to the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1930s where people ignored what was going on and played footsie with ...More Button

It was very annoying to hear Deputy Micheál Martin saying, obviously with a sideswipe at the left, that people were not jumping up and down about the Russians in Syria. Some of us were. I did n...More Button

Deputies Wallace and Daly were not. That was their choice. We disagree.More Button

I have no doubt about the rotten role of Russia in Syria but the rotten role of the European powers and the United States of America in bombing Syria is not mentioned, nor is the role of European p...More Button

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

The story told by Deputy Michael Healy-Rae is horrific and was tragic for the lady involved. There is no doubt that hedgerows should be maintained such that they are not a danger to people such as...More Button

This debate has taken an unfortunate acrimonious twist, unnecessarily personalised in some cases. I agree with Deputy Breathnach that we should be able to come up with practical solutions that gua...More Button

As is very often the case with important and controversial issues in this country, there is a perfunctory public consultation and not a proper one. In many cases, public consultation is a box-tick...More Button

The Government has made a mistake by driving this Bill through without a proper consultation process.More Button

School Patronage

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the need to accelerate the separation of church and State in the area of education and in particular to ensure that no particular religious ethos compromises the objectivity of education in scho...More Button

Third Level Charges

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to reduce or abolish the student contribution for third level students; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to remove apprenticeship fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to reduce the non-adjacent rate of the grant below the current 45 km; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Support Schemes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if part-time and further education students will receive the same supports as full-time students in the same circumstances; if a hardship fund will be made available; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Health: when the Bill to legislate for access to abortion here will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the legal advice he has received on the publication of the legislation to allow for abortion here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button