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Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Question put and agreed to.

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 3.53 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 21 Bealtaine 2024. The Dáil adjourned at at 3.53 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 21 May 2024.

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: I will keep it brief because I would only be reiterating what was said already. I am grateful for the opportunity to make some brief closing remarks on what has been a fascinating discussion. I thank Deputy Ó Snodaigh for initiating this Bill and the effort to address an issue that can become both serious and distressing for some in our communities, where they are in dispute with their...

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I will start where the Minister of State finished. This legislation was drafted in advance of the Mediation Act, but that is not to say that it should end because the Mediation Act has passed. There is a need for mediation and in fact the local authority in the city here often acts as a mediator where there is an antisocial tenant or a row between neighbours, especially in an estate that it...

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: No.

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Nor do kids.

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: They grow. That is their purpose, and it is the same with hedges. Kids are the same. They are not as dainty either. Most people would cut their hedge back every year but will not touch trees. For trees, you have to be capable of going up a ladder and able to manage all the safety of cutting down a tree and so on. Sometimes it happens when a new estate is being built and because it looks...

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Next to speak is Deputy Ó Murchú. Is there a problem with trees in Dundalk?

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Yes, we have a problem with most things in Dundalk. I thank Deputy Ó Snodaigh for bringing forward the aptly-named Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill. I thank the Minister of State and the Government for not opposing it. Everyone agrees that this is the sort of thing that can become a big issue for neighbours and for many of us as elected representatives. I remember as a...

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: I am pleased to attend the debate to set out the Government's position on the Bill. I thank Deputy Ó Snodaigh for initiating the Bill, which is an effort to address the difficult matter of disputes that arise between neighbours over vegetation causing a nuisance. The Bill provides for mediation on neighbour disputes and formal adjudication, if necessary, by adjudication officers...

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: This is the Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017. I hope the neighbours are not disputing over cabbages or anything like that, but I am sure Deputy Ó Snodaigh will tell us. The Government has indicated it is not opposing the Second Reading.

Neighbour Disputes (Vegetation) Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (16 May 2024)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCeann Comhairle. Tá sé go maith go bhfuil an deis seo againn agus nach bhfuil an Rialtas ag cur ina choinne seo. Tá súil agam, amach anseo, go mbeidh muid in ann tacú leis le déanamh cinnte de gur reachtaíocht é. Is mian liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil le...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: I thank Deputy Whitmore for raising this important issue. The Minister of State, Deputy Chambers, has been delayed. I was on standby to take this and I was under the impression that the Minister of State would be here. I have taken note of the issues raised by the Deputy and I hope the script will be able to provide some of the answers. From the outset I want to clarify that the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (16 May 2024)

Jennifer Whitmore: I do understand that the Minister of State, Deputy Butler, has been handed this document but unfortunately the Department is unable to predict the specifics of my questions, so a lot of what I have asked has not been answered. Perhaps the Minister of State will make sure the Department provides answers. That would be welcome. It is disappointing as well that there is no specific date for...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: In fairness to the Deputy - and I believe the Ceann Comhairle will agree - as she had already suspended this particular question, and as I am not in a position to answer fully the Deputy's response, I will ask that one of the officials meet with the Deputy and she can discuss her issues in detail. I will try to organise this for next week. The Deputy has already deferred this Topical Issue...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (16 May 2024)

Jennifer Whitmore: Okay. I thank the Minister of State.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Bus Services (16 May 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State for being here to deal with these matters and I thank the Deputies who tabled Topical Issues matters for today.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Urban Development (16 May 2024)

Mary Butler: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue, an important one to many Deputies living in Dublin and to the general population. Dublin city centre has always been a vibrant destination for the locals, visitors and tourists who come here to enjoy all the wonderful amenities it has to offer. Recently, however, the social and cultural character of the city centre has changed, with increased...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Urban Development (16 May 2024)

Chris Andrews: Listening to that, I cannot help feeling the Departments of Justice and of the Taoiseach are deluded as to what is happening for families living in the inner city. In recent years, the communities of Pearse Street and City Quay have been terrorised by gangs who travel from all over Dublin to have recreational gang fights on the bridge at City Quay. The local communities, gardaí and...

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