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Smith, Bríd

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Homeless Persons Data

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of children in emergency accommodation in each local authority area; the average period of time spent by children in accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Services Staff

The issue of school secretaries was previously discussed in the House. I understand that an insulting and paltry increase of 1.5% was offered at the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, and the ta...More Button

School Services Staff (Continued)

What the Minister is saying to the school secretaries is, "Happy Christmas and good luck to you". They are planning further industrial action on 10 January next, and it is not for the reasons the ...More Button

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I attended the launch of Dr. Johnny Connolly's report this morning in Dublin South Central and I recommend it. It makes for very interesting reading and reflects many communities around Ireland wh...More Button

I would like to focus on the socioeconomic issues in this report. Dr. Connolly illustrates very well that areas with higher deprivation ratings - E and F - such as Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot an...More Button

Dr. Connolly also discussed in his report the under-reporting to the Garda from within these communities. He interviewed people and much of the reason for that under-reporting is down to a disbeli...More Button

The report of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, published yesterday morning, showed that 140,000 children are living in cold because of fuel poverty. That reiterates the message to people in t...More Button

The clear messages that need to be heard are those that Dr. Connolly mentioned in his report. The response to this problem must be driven, in the first instance, by the human rights of the commu...More Button

If we are to accept those recommendations, things that are currently happening to drugs projects and youth services in those areas must stop. For example, the withdrawal of funding and the HSE f...More Button

Domestic Violence: Statements (Continued)

If anybody has looked at the Women's Aid website on the 16 facts for the 16 days, they are, indeed, stark. One in two women murdered in Ireland is killed by her partner or ex-partner. One in thre...More Button

We also have a situation where nine out of the 26 Counties in the so-called Republic do not have a refuge. Women have to travel for secure refuge, uprooting children from school and taking thems...More Button

The number of unmet requests for refuge services in 2018 was 3,256. I do not have the figure for 2019. With only 21 refuges in the country, we provide a mere 31% of that recommended in the Ista...More Button

My cousin worked for almost 30 years as an assistant for Women's Aid. She was appointed to take women and their children to the courts. She retired recently. She said that the saddest aspect f...More Button

I will mention two particular instances. County Carlow does not have a refuge. Women's Aid states that an independent report launched last year and commissioned by Carlow county development was...More Button

Something our Councillor Adrienne Wallace pointed out to me when she wrote and asked me to raise this was the €60 million of funding that was ring-fenced for children in need and handed back by t...More Button

Like Deputy Coppinger, I was inspired by the feminist uprising that is taking place from India to Chile, to France, to Italy, to Spain and which I hope spills over here. Women are now demanding ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if income limits for access to the social housing waiting lists will be examined in view of recent reports that show the difficulty of persons accessing affordable housing and the inability of many...More Button

Help-To-Buy Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to extend the first-time buyers help to buy incentive scheme to cover second-hand houses and apartments and not just new builds; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Budgets

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the funding and expenditure not spent by each Department and returned to the Exchequer in 2019.More Button