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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the reports he is considering changing the rules in relation to offers of accommodation to social housing applicants which may result in an applicant being suspended from the list if they refuse tw...More Button

One of the most unpalatable aspects of the shameful housing and homelessness crisis is the attempt by officials and by Government to blame the people who are the victims of the housing crisis. We ...More Button

That is an absolute disgrace but it is typical of a Government trying to divert attention away from its failure to provide public and affordable housing and to essentially blame the victims. I wil...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing (Continued)

If the number is small, where the hell did this come from? I will tell the Minister where it came from. It came from a rotten prejudice that was expressed by Owen Keegan at the weekend in his dis...More Button

He said it publicly.More Button

He said homeless accommodation was attractive to people and was a magnet, an absolutely outrageous statement he made in public, an insult to people who are stuck in homelessness. This betrays a ro...More Button

Choice-based letting.More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Excuses, excuses.More Button

The Taoiseach did not address the Deputy's arguments about holding the Bill hostage.More Button

It is the Taoiseach's Minister of State and his Chairman.More Button

It has nothing to do with Members from the Taoiseach's party or with his Ministers. Will the Taoiseach give us a break?More Button

Those Senators were not even there for the debate.More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

Last night I spoke to Vera Twomey, a woman whose daughter, Ava, suffers from the extremely debilitating Dravet's syndrome. More than anyone in the country, Vera has brought to public notice the ur...More Button

Departmental Operations

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the work of the social policy and public service division of his Department.More Button

Departmental Operations (Continued)

In the debate later on the motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, we will discuss the litany of failures in the area of health. However, the one I cannot understand and...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on recent or planned meetings with church leaders.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

Outside the count centre in Citywest on the day we waited for the results of the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment, the Taoiseach and I had a brief conversation about the likely result. I ...More Button

Since that much-trumpeted announcement of the divestment programme, a grand total of 11 schools have been handed over, while there was only one last year and ten in the few years before that. Di...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee D, infrastructure, will next meet.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

The most elementary infrastructure necessary for the maintenance of society and the existence of humanity is our natural environment. The Taoiseach’s highly disingenuous response to Deputy Bríd Sm...More Button

Rather than slagging off the left, which is actually trying to do something about it, as the Taoiseach did earlier today, why does he not actually do something to address these issues, like deal ...More Button

Well below target.More Button

Confidence in Minister for Health: Motion (Resumed) (Continued)

People Before Profit will vote no confidence in the Minister for Health, not just because of his failures but because of the collective political failures of Fine Gael and three of its Ministers to...More Button

There were 512 people waiting on trolleys yesterday; 700,000 people on hospital waiting lists; a CervicalCheck scandal where the Minister, despite repeated appeals, refuses to identify the labora...More Button

The Minister should ask himself this very simple question. If I was Minister for Health and he was in opposition, and I was responsible for that litany of crises and failures, would he vote conf...More Button

Presentation and Circulation of Further Revised Estimates 2019: Motion (Continued)

I asked at the Business Committee, of which I am a member, for this debate on the Revised Estimates, which were going to be just pushed straight to the individual committees. This was according to...More Button

That is part of the problem that has led us to the mess of the bigger issue of the hospital. There is too much public relations management and not enough scrutiny of detail, of the management of p...More Button

Now that we are discussing expenditure, there a few issues we need to consider. It is not credible for the Government to appear in the Chamber week in, week out, while we appeal for often much s...More Button

Could the Minister for Finance honestly blame us for being a bit sceptical about that, given what has happened with the hospital? Could he blame us for finding it somewhat incredible? We then h...More Button

As for the bigger picture, before the committees get down to the line items, what will be the knock-on consequences for the next number of years? That is not being factored into what the Governm...More Button

One can trace the scandal all the way back to the public relations imperative to announce the project and have ribbons cut, which is doubtless what was happening. As a result, the Government doe...More Button

Incidentally, I think the Minister is hardworking and I accept that much of the problem predates him. Circumstances have improved, not just because of Fine Gael but also because of pressure from...More Button

Many questions remain unanswered. What happened to the €35 million that was invested in the design brief before the project was moved to the St. James's Hospital site? I was speaking to an arch...More Button

The Minister referred to the two-stage process. Deputy Bríd Smith tabled a parliamentary question asking why it was chosen and so on. In reply, we received a load of gobbledygook about competit...More Button

What about profit? The Minister might give a little information about the profits being made by BAM and the other contractors. I note that Mr. Tom Costello, who resigned-----More Button

My point was only that he resigned. He was the guy in charge of the project board and he resigned. It is in the public domain and has been printed in the newspapers.More Button

His name has been printed in all the newspapers and everyone has read it but I cannot use his name. The guy who resigned was previously working for Sisk in Poland, where there was a massive overru...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the thresholds for entitlement to social housing will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button