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McNamara, Michael

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

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I agree with the previous speaker that this budget and the Government's approach to it have been all over the place. It is a little bit like the "Late Late Show" in that there is something for eve...More Button

I will focus on a couple of points before returning to general matters. One is the announcement of funding for mental health. Some €38 million is provided for additional services. On the face ...More Button

We also need clarity as to whether that budget is ring-fenced. The last Minister of State with responsibility for mental health who had a ring-fenced budget, as far as I am aware, was Kathleen L...More Button

There are a couple of other things on which I want to focus. Crèches and the lack of funding for childcare services was one of the issues to dominate the last election. It has now become even m...More Button

The issue of family carers is similar. They are under great pressure. Even now, only 35% to 40% of the services normally available to people carers look after are open. The Government hopes to...More Button

There is one other issue on which I would like to focus and that is the issue of broadband. This has been mentioned by various Deputies. There are two major problems with broadband in Ireland. ...More Button

The second problem with telecommunication providers is the appalling level of customer service provided by existing telcos. ComReg is mentioned three times in the programme for Government. I se...More Button

The general backdrop to the budget is bizarre. I agree with Deputy Danny Healy-Rae about the number of members of An Garda Síochána who were ordered to go out and sabotage the economy last week....More Button

It is the first time, that I am aware, that states have taken this approach. Ireland is not unique in this respect. It is not a change from a capitalist economy to one that is centrally planned, ...More Button

National Broadband Plan

Asked the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications: if a person (details supplied) will be facilitated for broadband connection; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he will address the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport

Asked the Minister for Education: further to Parliamentary Question No. 519 of 29 September 2020, when a person (details supplied) will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: further to Parliamentary Question No. 520 of 29 September 2020, the reason persons (details supplied) have not been facilitated with school transport; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: the exact guidelines the schools applied to predict grades and ranking; if this was properly proofed; if this includes the junior certificate for 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Refugee Resettlement Programme

Asked the Minister for Justice: if a fairer share of refugees from the Moria camp, Lesbos, Greece, will be accepted here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dental Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if funding will be provided for personal protective equipment for dentists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Forestry Sector

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the way in which the conditions set out in the replanting order (details supplied) adhere to circumscribed powers set out in the Forestry Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button