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Murphy, Paul

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

It is not agreed.More Button

I do not see how we can have a Dáil sitting today that does not debate the rejection of the clear public health advice by the Government and the Tánaiste's undermining of that public health advice ...More Button

That is the Government's proposal.More Button

One point I had made was the idea that sitting until midnight on Wednesday in some way comes from the Opposition. It does not. That is a proposal from the Government at the Dáil reform committee,...More Button

The other point I make is that Deputy Boyd Barrett wrote to the Business Committee today. Obviously, what has happened in terms of the Government decision yesterday is new. It happened since th...More Button

Many people will have been surprised to see the Tánaiste last night become a new convert to concern about poverty, mental health and ordinary workers. If they thought that was real, they will be q...More Button

Cabinet Committees

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee which addresses the economy will next meet.More Button

Cabinet Committees (Continued)

In the summer the Government had the opportunity to follow New Zealand and crush Covid. Instead, it turned a blind eye to the outbreaks in meat factories, ignored the calls for sick pay for worker...More Button

Does the Taoiseach not accept that it is likely that the Government will be forced to go to level 5 in any case but later, for longer and after more deaths? NPHET in its letter to the Government...More Button

Yes.More Button

It is in our budget statement.More Button

They are not imaginary. They are corporations.More Button

The virus kills people.More Button

It was not graduated.More Button

The decision is about ideology.More Button

We will be back to level 5.More Button

Then it will be later and longer. There will be more damage-----More Button

But our ICU capacity-----More Button

That is not what NPHET says.More Button

Rent Controls

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if the ban on evictions will be reinstated in view of the reinstatement of Covid-19 restrictions and the increase in cases.More Button

We have a frightening second wave of coronavirus. The country is moving to level 3 tonight and I believe it is only a matter of time before we move to level 4 and then level 5. The Government too...More Button

The Minister is trying to tell us black is white. He lifted the eviction ban. The consequences are beginning to come through now and all the spin in the world will not change that reality. The s...More Button

I will give a concrete example that shows how landlords will continue to get around this. A woman, let us call her Jane, who lives in Knocklyon was subject to an eviction attempt by her landlord...More Button

I have another two cases in Tallaght of people who have notices to quit from their landlords. In this case, the excuse the landlord is going for is that they are selling the property. I do not ne...More Button

Housing Policy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if he will ensure that public land is reserved for the building of public housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I presume the Minister of State, Deputy Peter Burke, will take this question. This is the same question that Deputy Joan Collins asked a moment ago. I am somewhat bemused by the answer, which see...More Button

It is clear what the Government is doing.More Button

The truth is that what the Minister of State has put forward is some public homes on some public land with the rest of it to be used for private homes. That is what the Government is doing. To ta...More Button

Can I have a simple answer, please? Is the Government committing to having zero private, open market houses built on all of the LDA sites? If that is the case, I will welcome it but I do not thin...More Button

Homelessness Strategy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his views on the causes of the recent increase in homelessness; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would like to ask the Minister about the recent increase in homelessness among single adults. The number increased by 171 nationwide between February and the end of August, with the majority, 13...More Button

Homelessness Strategy (Continued)

The Minister was given five minutes to respond.More Button

There are two issues, the first of which is the general homeless figures. I welcome that they are decreasing. That is a consequence of the eviction ban for which we have called for many years. U...More Button

Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

Covid is brutally exposing existing vulnerabilities in individuals but also in our society as a whole. This is very true in terms of our disability services and the effect the coronavirus is parti...More Button

All of these are the consequences of ideology and of underfunding, underinvestment over decades and a model based on the hollowing out of public services and, in reality, giving responsibility to...More Button

There are many issues. Disability services are in crisis and I echo the point made by Deputy Boyd Barrett on Saint John of God services. That is not our model but the fact that it is speaking a...More Button

A particular point was drawn to my attention by a constituent, Lorraine, about a meeting that the National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers had with the Minister of State looking for extra...More Button

I pay tribute to those campaigners who have fought and continue to fight on the issue of disabilities and dragged this State to sign the UNCRPD. I also pay tribute to groups such as Enough is En...More Button

As Deputy Boyd Barrett asked, will the Minister of State ratify the protocol to give people the right to complain about breaches of the UN convention and to take legal action on that basis? Will...More Button

Direct Provision System

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if he has been consulted on the role his Department can play in ending direct provision.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if a scheme will be put in place for private sector rent write-offs for tenants who have lost income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.More Button

US Presidential Election

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: if he discussed the upcoming US presidential elections and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement during his visit to Washington, DC; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the position of Ireland on the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he will consider instructing the Road Safety Authority to install sheltering facilities such as ultra cabins at driver test centres in which approved driver instructors can await the return of t...More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will amend the measures which provide for staycation payments to render them payable as a grant rather than as a tax rebate in order that persons on pensions or other benefits whose incomes a...More Button

Human Rights

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: his views on the widespread detention of prominent human rights activists, journalists and opposition leaders in Bahrain in view of the deteriorating situation in terms of human rights in the count...More Button

Medical Records

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will request that St. James's Hospital expedite the provision of medical records by the hospital as required by a patient for Tallaght Hospital and as requested under freedom of information b...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: if a provision can be made in relation to the case of persons (details supplied)More Button