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Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes: Statements (13 Jan 2021)

Michael Lowry: I am sharing time with Deputy Canney. Today is a day that will be recorded in the history of our country. Today we lay bare a chapter that is already soaked in the tears of many of our citizens. Today is the day that we publicly acknowledge the shame and suffering inflicted on countless women and their children. Today should have come a long time ago. Last October, I voted for...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Value Added Tax (13 Jan 2021)

Michael Lowry: 231. To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding VAT on church candles (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45137/20]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Disability Services Provision (13 Jan 2021)

Michael Lowry: 823. To ask the Minister for Health when rehabilitation and disability services will be re-established to a seven-year-old child (details supplied) in County Tipperary who suffered an acquired brain injury in 2019 due to stroke; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44946/20]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: As the Taoiseach is aware, garden centres, nurseries, soft fruit growers and the horticultural industry in general rely to a great extent on the availability of milled peat. Bord na Móna currently has stocks of milled peat and a proportion of it was earmarked for the horticultural sector. Recently, it has become apparent that Bord na Móna has diverted a lot of peat to export...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Water and Sewerage Schemes (15 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: 286. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of the new sewage treatment scheme announced recently in local media in County Clare for the village of Broadford to be administered by local authorities; if it is still possible to have Mullinahone, County Tipperary, included as a pilot scheme; the criteria or competitive process used to select Broadford as the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Nursing Home Accommodation (15 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: 604. To ask the Minister for Health if additional on-standby payments made to nursing home staff who have agreed to be on call 24 hours a day in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak can be reimbursed to nursing home facilities (details supplied) through the temporary assistance payment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43447/20]

Mental Health Policy: Motion [Private Members] (9 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: This pandemic has touched the lives of everyone. Life as we knew it was snatched away and replaced by a new normal, one that nobody wanted. Even the strongest among us struggled to cope. Even the hardiest did not escape unscathed. The advice of health experts focused primarily on protecting ourselves and others from becoming infected. This emphasis is to be expected during a pandemic....

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Carer's Support Grant (3 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: I agree the provision of family care at home is desirable for many reasons. It is also the preference of most people in need of care. This level of care comes at a cost. Many carers dedicate their lives to providing love, care and attention to those in need. This quality care enables people to remain in their own homes. Carers often provide this service at great personal sacrifice. They...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Carer's Support Grant (3 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: 4. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to enhance financial supports for persons in receipt of the carer’s support grant in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40462/20]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Carer's Support Grant (3 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: I ask the Minister, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the plans, if any, she has to increase financial supports for people in receipt of the carer's support grant. Despite her genuine efforts in budget 2021, it is not the case that all additional costs associated with the pandemic are covered by current rates of pay.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Carer's Support Grant (3 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: Family Carers Ireland is asking for the payment of the carer's support grant to be made in two instalments - €925 in the first instalment paid this month and the second one as normal in June 2021. As part of just transition measures, carer's allowance should be included as a qualifying payment for the fuel allowance. Family carers incur significantly higher and unavoidable energy...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (3 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: 235. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to enhance financial supports for carers in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40463/20]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (2 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: The position with forestry licence appeals has progressed from being a crisis to complete chaos. Forestry owners in this country are beside themselves with worry and anger. At the year's end, we are without a satisfactory resolution to this ongoing problem, and despite legislation and relaxation of regulations, we are still looking at a period of up to two years for the backlog of appeals...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (2 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: One other aspect of this is forestry owners, who are required to have forests certified to access the market. They have been refused access to panel builds in Tipperary and elsewhere around the country with uncertified timber. This is a market requirement that will have real implications for small forest owners throughout the country. Forest management certification can lead to...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (1 Dec 2020)

Michael Lowry: A number of credit unions across Tipperary and indeed the country have been in contact with Deputies to say that because of Covid they are unable to hold AGMs. Under regulation, the payment of a dividend to members needs to be passed in advance at an AGM and this is not allowed by virtual means, so the dividend cannot be paid to the members. We are talking about sometimes €200 or...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (26 Nov 2020)

Michael Lowry: Since last Monday's comments by the Taoiseach, Tipperary publicans have been distraught and demoralised. We all want to have a Christmas and enjoy it, but the policy of the continued closure of pubs over Christmas has destroyed Christmas for publicans and their dependent families. It spells financial disaster for them. Unlike other countries across Europe, Ireland has victimised publicans....

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (26 Nov 2020)

Michael Lowry: I ask the Tánaiste to see what can be done to assist publicans in the next 24 hours.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 Nov 2020)

Michael Lowry: I wish to address the issue of social media. No one can dispute the fact that social media has changed our lives beyond recognition. It has now become the centre of many people's lives, so much so that it is now a medically recognised addiction. In fewer than 14 years it has morphed from being a way of expanding our social network to being a means to destroy people's credibility,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 Nov 2020)

Michael Lowry: When the term cyberbullying is used, most people think it refers solely to children and teenagers. This is a misconception. The harassment and abuse of adults, particularly public figures, can be equally cruel and damaging. Those involved in high profile roles in media, entertainment, sports, medicine, teaching, politics and even the church are considered to be immune to the vitriol thrown...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Value Added Tax (25 Nov 2020)

Michael Lowry: 55. To ask the Minister for Finance if the proposed changes to the retail export scheme can be postponed in view of the difficulties caused by the ongoing restrictions to small businesses that avail of the scheme; his views on proposals to reduce the retail export scheme’s proposed threshold to €75 as this will do nothing to protect the retail and tourism sectors; if his...

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