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Healy-Rae, Michael

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2019 (Continued)

Given the day that it is, I place on the record my sincerest sympathies at the passing of Ms Emma Mhic Mhathúna in her adopted home in west Kerry. It is a sad day for her family, relatives and fri...More Button

On the budget, it is only proper to acknowledge, since the Minister of State, Deputy Moran, is the man in the hot seat at present, that the day before he was made a Minister of State, I invited h...More Button

If he could deliver money, he did. If he could not, he said he could not. To be honest, when a person is dealing with the Minister of State, a person sees what he or she is dealing with. I ackno...More Button

We are looking forward to a couple of more projects securing funding from his Department. It has a big hand to play in Kerry and there is no doubt about that. If we take, for example, the Office ...More Button

I will deal with the housing budget first of all. There had to be an increase in the housing programme but I am worried as to the effect that will have on people on our housing lists. Kerry Cou...More Button

At the end of the day, everybody is looking to see if this will help their own circumstances. In respect of the additional €121 million for HAP in 2019, I am disappointed that there are people w...More Button

On the health budget, while it is larger than ever, the biggest in the history of the State, nothing is changing or is likely to change. The HSE is too top heavy and there are not enough on-the-...More Button

I was in a very busy accident and emergency department for a good few hours some nights ago. I saw at first hand, as I did all during the summer, how hard people work on the ground. I marched w...More Button

The €25 increase in the weekly income threshold for GP cards is welcome. Having said that, people are put through so many hoops to get a medical card. I refer to the level of scrutiny people wh...More Button

I welcome the 50 cent reduction in the prescription charges, from €2 to €1.50, for all medical card holders over the age of 70. The €10 reduction in the threshold for the monthly drug payment sc...More Button

I have started a new initiative of taking people to have their hip and knee operations done in the North. I am ashamed to say that a person has to go to that length to have a procedure that shou...More Button

The increase in SNA posts up to 950 in 2019 is very welcome, as is the increase in the new apprentice programme by another 10%, with over 1,200 additional crafts and "earn as you learn" places.More Button

I believed all along that the Government would increase social welfare payments. People living on very low incomes need this increase and the restoration of the Christmas bonus. That is only ri...More Button

In respect of social insurance benefits for the self-employed, for far too long self-employed people have been let down in this country. They have not been taken care. While everything was fine...More Button

Increasing the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance by €25 is very welcome, as it is badly needed.More Button

I also welcome that diesel and carbon taxes have not been increased further because that would have been detrimental. I do have to say something in respect of the VAT increase on the hospitality...More Button

These people and businesses are being attacked. It is a massive attack on rural Ireland. The word "rural" is mentioned six or seven times in the budget, which shows that the Government was not re...More Button

On agriculture, while €57 million has been provided in additional funding, and I welcome the three-year extension for the young farmer stamp duty relief, our beef sector is in a terrible state. ...More Button

There was not much in the Minister's speech about rural Ireland. We desperately need community banking, but we did not see any commitment to it in the budget. We are saying that our post office...More Button

On justice, the budget of An Garda Síochána was increased by €60 million, and I welcome the recruitment of 800 gardaí. However, at the weekend there was a skeleton staff of gardaí in Kerry which...More Button

Projects including a new courthouse for Tralee in County Kerry have not been allocated money. I will continue to lobby on behalf of projects such as that. Various commitments have been made in ...More Button

I am very glad to see that payments will finalise for the Kerry sports academy at Tralee Institute of Technology, which will be completed this year. This will be a state-of-the-art facility and ...More Button

The budget has provided tax reductions for low and middle-income earners, but those people will be no better off. People on the minimum wage are getting an increase, but once taxes are taken out...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 3: Value-Added Tax (Continued)

I will do my best, but this is an important subject. In the past few weeks and months I have certainly been contacted by many people who are working in the sector and who tonight have been left re...More Button

I heard the word "hypocrite" being used. I will put it this way. I am keeping my word to the people of County Kerry who lobbied and asked me to make sure the VAT rate would not be increased from ...More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding pension reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Design

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the way in which the SUSI grant is calculated (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Immigration Status

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the status of applications by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the status of citizenship for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Oversight

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the delay in relation to the case of a person (details supplied) will be addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when the policy change in relation to speed limit vans on motorways (details supplied) was changed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Budget 2019

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a pre-budget submission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if budget requests from an organisation (details supplied) will be allocated in budget 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) can receive treatment in University Hospital Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the HPV vaccine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if a care centre (details supplied) will be opened for 52 weeks a year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a HSE position; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a budget 2019 request; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of a cataract operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of an areas of natural constraint scheme, ANC, payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of an ANC payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of an areas of natural constraint, ANC, payment for a persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Aquaculture Licence Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding an aquaculture licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Basic Payment Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of a BPS payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the status of a balancing payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Support Grant

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the status of a carer's support grant for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Property Registration

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he will address a matter regarding a mapping error in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Budget Submissions

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if she will address a matter (details supplied) regarding a budget 2019 submission; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button