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Connolly, Catherine

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Cabinet Committees

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Rental Sector

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount paid out by her Department in rent supplement each month from January 2020 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Is ceist shimplí dhíreach í, a Aire. It is a very simple, direct question. How much money has been paid out by month in rent supplement from the Minister's Department?More Button

I welcome the flexibility from the Department regarding this matter. I also welcome the flexibility regarding victims of domestic violence. I have no difficulty with any of that.More Button

I look forward to looking at the detail of the Minister's answer but rent supplement was to be abolished, is that not right? It was to be phased out and was only supposed to be there in temporar...More Button

Rental Sector (Continued)

We are at more than €600 million and rising in relation to direct benefit to the private market while the housing crisis intensifies. I realise that is not the Minister's direct responsibility, bu...More Button

I fully agree with the Minister that rent supplement should be a temporary emergency measure. I fundamentally disagree with the Government's policy since 2014 of moving people into HAP, which is b...More Button

Galway has an emergency task force on housing, which I welcome. The minutes are not even available from the June meeting. There is no recognition that there is a problem here.More Button

Community Safety and Fireworks: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I am not sure which Deputy from Sinn Féin is speaking, but he or she has ten minutes. Deputy O'Reilly is mentioned first in the list I have, but it is Deputies Andrews, Paul Donnelly and Martin Br...More Button

Three speakers remain and just six and a half minutes. I call Deputy Paul Donnelly. He will be followed by Deputies Martin Browne and Louise O'Reilly.More Button

The remaining Sinn Féin speakers have a minute and a half each.More Button

Let the Deputy speak.More Button

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Go raibh míle maith agat, a Theachta Gannon. Táimid ag bogadh ar aghaidh anois go dtí an Teachta Brid Smith.More Button

To be fair to the Minister, there is no provision for her to speak again. Go raibh míle maith agaibh, sin deireadh leis an seisún.More Button

In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time on Wednesday, 23 September 2020.More Button

  Sitting suspended at 8.43 p.m. and resumed at 9.03 p.m.More Button

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Fergus O'Dowd and Ged Na...More Button

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Haughey; Fergus O'Dowd and Ged Nash; Louise O'Reilly; and Mattie McGrath have been selected for discussion.More Button

Electricity Generation (Continued)

I went overboard earlier.More Button

National Broadband Plan

I ask for co-operation so that we can get through the questions with as many Deputies as possible.More Button

Minister, my role is to accelerate the time, so we get as many questions as possible in. An Teachta Ó Cuív has one minute.More Button

I beg your pardon, Minister. Deputy Ó Murchú wishes to come in.More Button

North-South Interconnector

The Minister will have one more minute.More Button

I thank the Minister but I have to stop him as we are way over our time.More Button

I do not mean to be rude to the Minister but we will not get to the other questions otherwise.More Button

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Deputy, please-----More Button

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Deputy Carthy-----More Button

It is difficult to let in an extra speaker if Deputy Carthy does not comply with the time requirements. I have discretion and have used that discretion to let him in. I ask him to please comply w...More Button

Let the Minister reply.More Button

National Broadband Plan (Continued)

Question No. 70 is in my name, but I will leave it until Deputy Durkan is in the Chair.More Button

  Question No. 71 replied to with Written Answers.More Button

Climate Action Plan

Asked the Minister for Climate Action and Communication Networks: the engagement he has had to date with the North Atlantic Seaboard Climate Action Regional Office particularly in relation to climate adaptation at local level; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

What interaction have the Minister or his Department had with the Climate Action Regional Office, CARO, which deals with c##ounties Mayo, Galway and Donegal?More Button

I left out County Sligo; there are four counties in the region. I have been looking at the local newspaper which has the headline: "Council coffers Covid collapse". There is no money in Galway ci...More Button

I appreciate the Minister's goodwill, but the newspaper is telling us that Galway will not balance its budget next year. The report from Galway County Council is telling us it has the mitigation p...More Button

On the amendment to the 2015 Act, perhaps the Minister will clarify what his response is to the quashing of the National Mitigation Plan by the Supreme Court. Will he be bringing forward another...More Button

Climate Action Plan (Continued)

It is not part of my question but now that the Minister has mentioned the amendment of the 2015 Act I will ask where is the mitigation plan that has been quashed. What assessment has been done of ...More Button

JobPath Programme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the details of her plans to extend JobPath beyond the end of 2020; if contracts with providers Turas Nua and Seetec will be extended beyond 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Climate Change Policy

Asked the Minister for Climate Action and Communication Networks: when the Climate Action Council will undertake a comprehensive review of the climate mitigation potential of forests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Asked the Minister for Finance: the position regarding the payment of the temporary wage subsidy scheme with particular reference to the way in which it applies to workers of a company (details supplied); and if he will make a st...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 111 of 9 September 2020, the reason the flood defence system installed in 2014 failed in the Clifden area of County Galway on 1 and 2 September 2020; if the lo...More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education: the number of teacher predicted leaving certificate grades which were downgraded in the standardisation process by more than 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 percentage points, respectively; if an analysis ha...More Button

Exceptional Needs Payment

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount paid out by her Department in exceptional needs payments in each month from January to September 2020, by payment type; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount paid out by her Department in urgent needs payments each month from January to September 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Reviews

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when the external consultants review of all current contracted public employment services will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Labour Market

Asked the Minister for Justice: the number of applications that have been received for a labour market access permission since the European Communities (Receptions Conditions) Regulations 2018 came into effect on 30 June 2018; th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the average processing time for applications for a labour market access permission pursuant to the European Communities (Receptions Conditions) Regulations 2018; and if she will make a statement on...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the longest period of time it has taken to process an application for labour market access permission pursuant to the European Communities (Receptions Conditions) Regulations 2018; and if she will ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice: the percentage of applications for labour market access permissions that have taken longer than one month to process; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Coillte Teoranta

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if the chemical pesticide glyphosate is used on lands owned and managed by Coillte; the quantity of glyphosate used on Coillte’s lands in 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020; the quantity of land in hec...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if the chemical pesticide cypermethrin is used on lands owned and managed by Coillte; the quantity of cypermethrin used on Coillte’s lands in 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020; the quantity of land in...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the pesticides and insecticides currently used by Coillte; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Trade Agreements

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if his Department engaged in consultation with the EU Commission regarding the recent limited EU-US trade deal which plans remove tariffs on American lobster imported to the EU; and if he will make...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if his Department engaged in consultation with the fishing industry here regarding the recent limited EU-US trade deal which plans to remove tariffs on American lobster imported to the EU; and if h...More Button