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Naughten, Denis

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and congratulate her formally on her election. It is great to see a woman from the west of Ireland in the seat that she now holds.More Button

I thank the Minister for taking this debate. I welcome the stimulus package as in principle, it should be welcomed. While I have concerns that it may not be as focused as it needs to be, the in...More Button

One of my concerns is the temporary wage subsidy scheme. I had advocated that this should have been more extensively used than the pandemic unemployment payment. I welcome that it is now being ...More Button

When the Minister is engaging with Bord na Móna, I would be grateful if he could raise another issue. Last October specific funding was set aside for Bord na Móna. We had legislation before us ...More Button

I welcome the €10 million provided in the business continuity fund for the coach operator industry. However, I believe it is insufficient. As the Minister knows, coach operators have lost out on ...More Button

I want the Minister to address another issue that is not dealt with in this legislation, which is disappointing. The Government is now actively encouraging people and families not to go on holid...More Button

I will turn to the tourism sector and the new support package being introduced. I welcome that investment is being made in the tourism sector and the scheme involves some innovation. That said,...More Button

There also needs to be a mechanism put in place that does not discriminate against my part of the country. Fáilte Ireland has made a substantial investment in marketing Ireland's Hidden Heartlan...More Button

Fáilte Ireland has spent a substantial amount of money marketing our region. We can easily provide social distancing because we do not have the large populations that other areas have. The amen...More Button

The situation now is that I can bring my family on holidays, we can buy a burger and chips and claim tax relief on that expenditure but if I go with Airbnb or self-catering accommodation that is ...More Button

I plead with the Minister to take action if he is serious about promoting balanced regional development, ensuring we have tourism in the Hidden Heartlands in the middle of Ireland and encouraging...More Button

Perjury and Related Offences Bill [Seanad] 2018: Motion [Private Members]

I move:More Button

Perjury and Related Offences Bill [Seanad] 2018: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

Yesterday, the 2020 long list for the Booker Prize for fiction was published. Sadly, some affidavits that go before the courts would be in competition for the prize. This has implications, partic...More Button

We are not claiming that the Bill is a panacea for all of the ills in the insurance industry, and have never promised that it is. However, it will put it up to the insurance industry because it ...More Button

This is not just about insurance. Rather, it is about people literally getting away with murder. It is about consumers and businesses losing money due to white-collar crime. It concerns family...More Button

People need to remember that the courts are a very formal process and should be a point of last resort. If someone gives evidence in court, that can have very serious consequences for other peop...More Button

Evidence given under oath in court can have significant consequences. That is why it is always important to recognise if someone is wrong and is telling lies, and prosecute them for that. More Button

I thank the former Senator, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, agus Cáit Nic Amhlaoibh for their efforts on this legislation. I also want to put on record that Deputies from the Regional Group are supportive of t...More Button

This Bill is about sending out a clear statement in terms of the definition of perjury. To perjure one's self is, first, to make a statement, either verbally or in writing, that has been lawfull...More Button

I thank the Aire agus an tAire Stáit for their commitment to both pieces of legislation and I hope this legislation will be expedited. As a member of the Business Committee, I will work to ensur...More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

  Motion, as amended, agreed to.More Button

Carer's Allowance

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if she will consider allowing discretion on the 18.5 hours per week employment exemption under the carer's allowance scheme in circumstances in which it has no impact on the level of care provided;...More Button

Social Insurance

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if she will provide a training and education credit to the PRSI system similar to the homemakers' credit to encourage upskilling; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the specific supports included in the July stimulus package for small coach operators in view of severe financial pressure being placed on these businesses; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Tax Data

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of PAYE taxpayers issued with a tax refund in each of the past five years; the value of refunds in each year; the measures he is taking to ensure that taxpayers avail of tax reliefs; and...More Button

Nursing Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: when nurses offered permanent posts in Roscommon University Hospital in 2019 will be formally appointed; the reason for the delay; if an embargo on appointments has been in place; and if he will ma...More Button

Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of staff appointed to each hospital in the Saolta University Health Care Group in the period from March to July 2020; the posts they were appointed to; and if he will make a statement on...More Button