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Barry, Mick

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2021 (Continued)

There is no argument that this is a big budget, with €86 billion in overall expenditure, an increase of €4 billion in health spending and €19 billion in borrowing next year. Some of the spending i...More Button

The spending splurge must be paid for by those who profited most from the Covid-19 crisis and who also happened to be those in society who are best able to afford to pay for this. These are the ...More Button

I will make a couple of points about youth unemployment as this will be an increasing issue in our society. I want to raise some questions on the measures the Government has adopted in this rega...More Button

There are 80,000 training places and internships in cybersecurity, software programming, medical technology, digital marketing and customers services etc. What will those young people be paid? ...More Button

Young people are a large cohort of the people in this State on minimum wage. The Government is proposing an increase of 10 cent per hour in the minimum wage, which amounts to less than 1%. Low-...More Button

A group comes together to estimate what is known as the living wage every year. It is a decency threshold, a standard below which it is estimated it is not possible to have a decent life or stan...More Button

I sat in court No. 3 of the High Court this morning and saw an injunction being granted to KPMG against ex-Debenhams workers. That injunction is a blow against the right to picket effectively. ...More Button

These workers are very clear on the matter and lay the blame on this Government and at the door of the Fianna Fáil Party in particular and the Taoiseach, Deputy Micheál Martin.More Button

They rightly feel they have failed to seize the opportunities in recent months, particularly in the past month, to resolve this dispute. The budget represents another missed opportunity. The Stat...More Button

I will make some brief final points to which I might return later. It is extraordinary that carbon tax is not only being increased to €7.50 per tonne; it is being written into legislation that i...More Button

Finally, I note that one intensive care unit, ICU, bed was available in Cork University Hospital yesterday at 6.30 p.m. That was one of just 33 critical care beds available in the State. Does t...More Button