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Ó Broin, Eoin

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to a Home) Bill 2020: First Stage

Tairgim:More Button

Tairgim: "Go dtógfar an Bille in am Comhaltaí Príobháideacha."

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."More Button

Covid-19 (Arts): Statements (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity speak about what is essentially a crisis in the arts, culture and entertainment industries. The Minister is correct that more than 35,000 people are employed across a ran...More Button

There is also a lot of people who are not directly employed but whose livelihoods depends on large events, be they culture, arts, entertainment or sports. Taxi drivers are probably the most obvi...More Button

The biggest problem for the people in the industry with whom I have spoken is the lack of a roadmap. Everybody knows that they cannot go back to work now but this is an industry which, in the ma...More Button

It gives me no pleasure to say this, but there has been a lot of angry reaction to the Minister's claim that the €5 million performance fund has been the product of consultation. What I am heari...More Button

To conclude, the budget is coming up. I know there are many demands and that the Minister is fighting with her colleagues for ever scarcer resources, but given the scale of this industry and its...More Button

House Purchase Schemes

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the status of the affordable housing plan.More Button

On five occasions in July after he was appointed, the Minister made a very public commitment to announce both the details, targets and regulations of his new affordable housing scheme in September....More Button

House Purchase Schemes (Continued)

We will all judge the Minister by what he does and not what he says, and he would say exactly the same thing if the tables were turned. My question, however, was on when the scheme will be publish...More Button

The focus has to be on bringing down prices, both to rent and to buy. I have made a number of suggestions to the Minister and his predecessor, including amending the capital advance loan facility,...More Button

Homelessness Strategy

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his policy response to the increase in the number of deaths of persons accessing emergency homeless accommodation and-or sleeping rough.More Button

As the Minister knows, we have had a significant increase in the number of tragic and untimely deaths of people accessing emergency accommodation or sleeping rough. By August of this year, we had ...More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. We need something more and specific on this particular problem. We have had some of the most appalling deaths. We have had rough sleepers beaten to death o...More Button

What connects all of these deaths - the Minister is right that each is an individual tragedy - is that the young people in question have an added vulnerability. The fact that they are rough slee...More Button

A good place to start would be to establish the number of these deaths annually. The information is based on media reports. While we have some data for Dublin, we do not have data from other citi...More Button

I also encourage the Minister to look specifically at the recent increase in those deaths to see if there is something underlying it and if it requires more specific attention. It is six years s...More Button

While much has happened, some of it good and some bad, in housing and homeless policies, the number of people dying has increased. In the context of his engagement with the NGOs and his official...More Button

Housing Policy

It is important to note that on the Shanganagh Castle site, which predates the Land Development Agency, we do not know if the purchase homes will be affordable because the LDA does not yet have a p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the status of his review on co-living.More Button

Housing Policy (Continued)

On all the line sites.More Button

I am not trying to shout down the Minister of State. It is just-----More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if additional financial support will be made available to local authorities to make up for the shortfall in non-rates revenue and additional expenditure due to Covid-19.More Button

As Sinn Féin has stated previously, we welcomed the significant revenue the Government is providing for local authorities to fill the loss of rates revenue. We are still unclear about what will ha...More Button

Local Authority Funding (Continued)

I thank the Minister for his reply. As he knows from what I said at the committee meeting, we will support the Revised Estimate tomorrow. I understand the CCMA has, in very detailed discussions w...More Button

The Minister is correct to emphasise that not all local authorities are affected in the same way. Smaller, rural and more tourism-dependent local authorities, such as that in Kerry and others al...More Button

Homelessness Strategy (Continued)

While I welcome the call for housing, although we will have to wait to see what it produces, the real problem is that we are not producing enough one-bedroom units in the social housing pipeline. ...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if the capital advance leasing facility rules will be amended to allow approved housing bodies to provide both social and affordable homes particularly when acquiring turnkeys from the private sect...More Button

Defective Building Materials

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if provision will be made in budget 2021 for a latent defects redress scheme.More Button

Housing Assistance Payment

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: his views on the increasing length of time it is taking to process HAP applications; and his further views on the impact the delay may be having on tenants.More Button

Trade Agreements

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the status of the publication of a report commissioned on the economic and sustainability impact assessment for Ireland of the EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement.More Button

Housing Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the number of Rebuilding Ireland home loans approved in principle and drawn down in each local authority area in the first two quarters of 2020, in tabular form.More Button

Commercial Rates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: if businesses that are accessing the commercial rates waiver can continue to do so if they are also on the vacant sites register.More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the reason he has extended the pyrite mediation scheme to County Limerick while refusing to do the same for homeowners affected by pyrite in County Clare.More Button

Local Authority Housing

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: the number of properties that have been secured to purchase arising from his call for housing; a breakdown of the number of houses secured by local authority type and number of bedrooms.More Button

Greyhound Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the way in which funding for the greyhound industry was spent in each of the years 2015 to 2019 and to date in 2020, for example, the amount spent on welfare and on which initiatives, in tabular fo...More Button