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Canney, Seán

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Proposal re Agreement with Danish State on Statistical Transfer of Energy from Renewable Sources: Motion (Continued)

It is a bit of a shock to the system that we must pay out €50 million for nothing. What I mean is there is no return to us. We are paying €50 million to two other countries, namely, Denmark and E...More Button

It has been pointed out that €50 million could do many things in this country. I believe, however, it is much deeper than just the cost alone. We must examine why we are so far behind and why w...More Button

The authorities in our port in Galway will tell the Minister of State one of the big issues we have is foreshore licenses, which can take years, and there is no timeframe by which a person will r...More Button

Like the Minister, I am from the west of Ireland. We know the potential of the Atlantic for us and for the west of Ireland to develop a proper offshore wind energy industry. It should be the ga...More Button

I suggest that is the starting point for us today. It has cost us €50 million to pay for the sins of this year. What do we need to do? We must make sure that people who want to take on offshor...More Button

We also need to shake up the whole area of retrofitting of houses. A person who is in fuel poverty and who applies for a grant for a house is told he or she must wait two years before getting th...More Button

Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I am sharing time with Deputy Tóibín.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to speak to the motion and thank the Rural Independent Group for bringing it forward. I pay my respects to the 2,134 people who have lost their lives through Covid and ...More Button

We have to acknowledge what people have done to try to contain this virus and pandemic. It has been an enormous sacrifice, with many aspects of life, rural and urban, greatly affected by it. Ou...More Button

As for the health service, I get many calls from people on waiting lists. I received a reply from the HSE the other day stating that the audiology service in Galway has a waiting time of 80 week...More Button

Our schools - national and secondary - have been a beacon of light. School secretaries have made enormous efforts and their call for equal pay needs to be properly addressed as a matter of urgen...More Button

In Claremorris, the principal of a school has been left out to dry. The Minister for Health and the Minister of State, Deputy Butler, might talk to the Minister for Education to see whether they...More Button

Another issue that arises in my office relates to the cohesion of the message on restrictions and how it is delivered. I ask that the HSE, along with all Departments, have a common message that ...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I wish to raise an issue with the Taoiseach regarding the temporary wage subsidy scheme, TWSS, which was introduced last March to help small businesses, and all businesses, to try to keep their emp...More Button

I thank the Taoiseach for his positive reaction. The important thing is that when these businesses were availing of the scheme, Revenue stated that it did not consider that any business needed to ...More Button

Planning and Development Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)

I am sharing time with Deputy Fitzpatrick.

  I am delighted to be able to speak on this legislation. As I was a councillor before being elected to the Dáil, I know the vagaries ...More Button

I ask the Minister to look at that because several issues arise. One concerns people from a farming background not being able to build a house on that land, unless they are farming it. That is un...More Button

Planning and Development Bill 2020 [Seanad]: Instruction to Committee (Continued)

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak again on this Bill. I wish to raise a number of matters. The first relates to the housing assistance payment, HAP, scheme and how we are dealing with it...More Button

I have encountered a great deal of uncertainty. Many of the landlords I know never wanted to be landlords but ended up in that position. They end up in a situation where they are trying to pay ...More Button

When we think about planning and the goals of planning, it can be very complex. We must unblock some of the system to ensure it becomes less complex. Issues arise for various reasons when tryin...More Button

This legislation is being introduced to solve some immediate problems, partly due to Covid-19 and partly due to the Derrybrien situation. It is only the first step. I would support the Minister...More Button

I appreciate that the Minister has been in the job for six months. He has a major job to do given all the responsibilities he has. I will support every positive move he makes to ensure the loca...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to allow yoga to recommence during Covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button