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Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Duncan Smith: I thank the Minister for tabling the Bill in the House for debate. He seems to have shifted on the Bill following the discussion in the Seanad, and there will be more shifts on Committee Stage in terms of Part V developments. I look forward to further detail on same. I wish to speak about affordability and what is happening in the market. House prices are increasing all over the...

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I said it.

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Duncan Smith: It has increased by ten years. We all meet people who, since their early to mid-20s and through two recessions, have been painstakingly saving and operating in a fluctuating and regulatory environment to try to get on the market. They hope and pray that a house in a particular estate opens up, and when one does, there is the traditional bidding war between first-time buyers and other...

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Dessie Ellis: Tá an-áthas orm go bhfuilim ag labhairt ar an mBille seo. Tá sé an-tábhachtach ar fad. The programme for Government promised to deliver an affordable housing scheme to help out first-time buyers and, in exceptional circumstances, those who lost their homes in the financial crash as well as those who were forced to sell their homes as a result of a relationship break...

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: The Bill has been two and a half years in gestation. Considerable work on the legislation and the ideas behind it started a year before the previous Government fell. As I understand it, the working group continued to work on it during the interregnum and modest changes, in my view, have been added by the Government. This means the legislation before us in fact does not represent the...

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Affordable Housing Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (24 Jun 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am very pleased to be here today to speak on Second Stage of the Affordable Housing Bill 2021. This has been the culmination of nearly a year's work by me and my departmental officials, along with members of the Oireachtas committee, who did much work to get us to this stage. The Bill has been passed through the Seanad, as Members...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I will certainly raise the matter with the Minister, Deputy Humphreys, and let her know he raised it in the House. I understand there is a review under way at some level but I am not across the details of it. I had the pleasure of walking a section of the Beara-Breifne Way around Millstreet. I would love to do the whole length of it, from north to south, some time. It is a walk with huge...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Gino Kenny: I want to raise an issue I have raised numerous times with the Tánaiste and his colleagues, and one which is also in the programme for Government, namely the commitment to the medical cannabis access programme. Obviously there was good news in January from the Minister for Health that the funding would be obtained via the HSE service plan. Will the Tánaiste give campaigners a...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I am afraid I cannot give him a date here. I would like to be able to give him a date and a clear commitment but it is just not an area directly under my responsibility. I am very aware of the Deputy's advocacy on this issue and his commitment to it. I will certainly let the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, and the Minister of State, Deputy Feighan, know it was...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are out of time now but with the Tánaiste's co-operation, I will take the last speaker, Deputy Ward.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Mark Ward: Go raibh maith agat, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. This week I met the Therapists for Change group, which represents psychotherapists. Its main concern is the HSE's over-reliance on charities to provide mental health services, where the prevailing culture is that pre-accredited and post-accredited psychotherapists are expected to work for nothing. Pre-accredited counsellors and therapists are...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The best way to bring this forward is probably for the Minister of State, Deputy Butler, to meet with the group. I will let her know he raised this matter today and ask her to do that.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Sitting suspended at 1:13 p.m. and resumed at 1:55 p.m.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Thank you, Deputy.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I have a quick question for the Tánaiste. The Government is looking at increasing the capacity limits on public transport from 50% to 100% as we go into August.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are over time, Deputy.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: Currently, school transport is operating at 50% capacity. Bus Éireann has informed me that if the capacity on school transport is not increased, it may not be able to facilitate students.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: The Deputy must put his question. We are way over time.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (24 Jun 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: Will school transport capacity be reviewed?

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