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O'Reilly, Louise

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Working from Home (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I am sharing time. I thank the Deputies for introducing this legislation and providing the opportunity to have the discussion. Before I get into the substantive issue of the right to disconnect a...More Button

I will now address the issues raised by the legislation. Covid-19 has turned people's lives upside down. That is an established and unassailable fact for many workers, who may have been seeking...More Button

Another effect of the move to home working was that it exposed the conditions that many people live in. It is all very well for the Deputies to say somebody should have the right to a desk, but ...More Button

The Tánaiste will be aware, because we have engaged on this on a number of occasions, that I think we need to consider providing remote hubs for people, not in industrial estates but in the main ...More Button

I might just mention legislation I will publish later in respect of the carry-over of annual leave. Similar legislation was brought in by the British Government. The UK Organisation of Working ...More Button

I hope that other parties will support our legislation when it is tabled because it is important to be able to carry forward annual leave if the person has not been able to take it in this leave ...More Button

The issue of remote working and the right to disconnect is one the Tánaiste and I have discussed previously. I acknowledge the work done by the Financial Services Union, the Communication Worker...More Button

It is all very well to say that, but without the right to do that there can be consequences.

  It is important that we are having this debate. I welcome the Deputies tabling the...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

Do not be afraid to say it.More Button

Rural and Community Development: Statements (Continued)

Sometimes people forget just how diverse Dublin is. It is not all city, although that is a significant part of the county. North County Dublin covers a huge area and it has some significant towns...More Button

In Swords, for example, one of the greatest problems we have with development is a lack of school places at primary and secondary levels. School planning is one of the most straightforward and e...More Button

Other issues that need to be addressed across Swords are broadband, connectivity and better transport infrastructure. Many people in Swords, when we are not in a pandemic, travel to Dublin city ...More Button

Balbriggan also has many of the Internet connectivity and transport issues mentioned above. We have a train into Dublin city centre but the town should be connected by the DART. Bringing the DA...More Button

Doubtless the growth in north County Dublin brings the difficulties that I am sure are present in all of our big towns across the State. Towns clearly need more gardaí and these resources have l...More Button

As with other areas, school places and additional investment in sports and community facilities would be of huge benefit to towns such as Rush, Lusk, Donabate, Malahide and Portmarnock, but it is...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the plans being made regarding the redundancy moratorium; and if his Department has engaged with workers and the trade union movement regarding the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the supports that are in place for shopping centres affected by the public health restrictions.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if there are grant supports are available for shopping centres affected by the public health restrictions.More Button

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the reason Fáilte Ireland is informing shopping centres that they are eligible for the Covid-19 adaptation fund only to discover upon submission of application that they are not.More Button

Labour Court

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: when his Department will sign and implement the employment regulation order for contract cleaning and security industries.More Button

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some employers are basing the new wage subsidy scheme off workers contracted hours rather than hours worked or 2019 weekly earnings and that this is...More Button

Single Euro Payments Area

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on whether SEPA payments made through UK-based providers will be unaffected in January 2021; if an examination has been carried out at the potential number of Irish consumers that would b...More Button

Sports Facilities

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: if Portmarnock swimming pool and swimming pools in general will be allowed to operate at set times to allow elite swimmers preparing for future Olympic and European competitions to train given that...More Button

Gambling Sector

Asked the Minister for Justice: if her Department will be bringing forward legislation to regulate the area of online gambling and gambling advertising given the lack of regulation combined with scale and nature of problem gambli...More Button

Employment Rights

Asked the Minister for Health: if her Department and the HSE will ensure that workers' rights and decent pay and conditions are adhered to in circumstances in which they spend public money on externally contracted services, spec...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: if reflexologists and other personal health and well-being therapists are allowed to operate under level 5 restrictions.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if plans and guidelines are being drafted regarding the selling of Christmas trees under the different public health restriction levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button