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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: He is tabling the Bill on the basis of politics and to be popular. He proved that with his opening line when he asked who is against reducing rent. Nobody is against that.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy produces legislation, puts it up on the wall and then claims the Government is voting against reducing rents. The Deputy can claim his party is voting for it and they are, therefore, the virtuous ones. That completely ignores the reality on the ground in terms of the non-implementability, to coin a phrase, of the Bill. It is not doable. It is as simple as that. We have rent...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: It is no surprise to me that Sinn Féin and People Before Profit together will work very hard to have a motion of no confidence passed. They are working hand in glove on many of these issues in opposition to the Government. I put it to the Deputy that People Before Profit's economic platform, and Sinn Féin's, is one that would undermine the capacity of many working people to afford...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----the anti-enterprise agenda of Sinn Féin and People Before Profit will undermine workers' incomes.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The bottom line is this Government has delivered an exceptionally strong economic recovery.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The truth hurts, Deputy Ó Broin. The Deputy is not the leader of his party and should allow Deputy Boyd Barrett to speak. I know Sinn Féin wants to take over and subsume People Before Profit into Sinn Féin but the least he can do now is to allow Deputy Boyd Barrett to have his say.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising what is a very important issue. The background is very clear, as she will be aware. In May 2018, the Irish people voted, overwhelmingly, to repeal the eighth amendment. The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 was introduced in December of that year, in line with the amendment and the debate. It is important to make that point. An...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: It is important that we examine the review in its full context and take on board all of the research that will be undertaken to feed into the review. There is further work to be done. I am satisfied the Minister is bringing forward the general scheme of a Bill on safe access zones. That is important, but getting it legally right was also important, as was getting the template right from a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I did give my assessment. I have made it consistently clear that housing is the number one priority. The Government is two years in office. It has produced a very comprehensive Housing for All strategy designed to ramp up house construction in this country, particularly social housing. We will have a record number of social houses built in 2022.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: We will also provide additional affordable homes. The first home shared equity scheme will help teachers.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: It will help many people in terms of affordability. The scheme has been launched. Many people are already applying to join the scheme. The help-to-buy scheme has also been very effective for many people who have genuine, challenging situations with regard to affordability. It is not just teachers. It is many other professions and workers as well.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I know you did but I am making the point. This is a broader issue.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: We have to solve an issue with housing.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I know there are similar problems in the North.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: Sinn Féin's housing Minister in the North said it would take ten years to resolve it.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: That was Sinn Féin's position in charge of housing.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: Admhaím go bhfuil géarchéim ann ó thaobh cúrsaí tithíochta. Is príomhaidhm an Rialtais é i bhfad níos mó tithe a thógáil agus a chur ar fáil. Níl aon amhras ach go bhfuil deacrachtaí faoi leith ag múinteoirí agus ag an-chuid daoine eile maidir le cúrsaí tithíochta. Tá plean...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cabinet Committees (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 was established to assess the social and economic impacts of Covid and oversee the cross-government response. The Cabinet Committee last met on 28 February. However, Covid continues to be considered at the Cabinet Committee on Health and I meet with the Minister for Health on an ongoing basis to discuss Health matters including Covid. Over recent months the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Contracts (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: In the period from 1st January 2020 to date, a total of €17,412 was incurred by my Department for training and development services provided by Carr Communications. This included staff attendance on training and development courses provided through the Civil Service Shared Learning and Development Centre known as OneLearning. My Department has not engaged the services of the other...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Schemes (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Shared Island Fund is allocated to Government Departments to support delivery of approved collaborative North/South projects that implement the Government’s commitments and objectives on Shared Island as set out in the Programme for Government and the revised National Development Plan (2021-2030). Shared Island projects are delivered through all-island partnerships, including...

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