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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: Again, I need to address a number of those issues. First, I will address the issue of regulations. The Deputy will be familiar with projects in his area that were built to a poor standard. In fairness, I know he is not a supporter of the latter. I wish to clarify to everyone here that there is no intention of changing the regulations such that we will have a poorer standard of property...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Robert Troy: I referred to the certification process.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: We entered government with a regulation process that had allowed too many developments to be built to a very poor standard. A lot of my time is spent working with people in Donegal and Mayo living in homes affected by mica, people in our counties whose homes are affected by pyrite, and people in apartment blocks in Dublin that are built to a poor standard. We are not going back to that.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Robert Troy: That is not what I said. The Minister of State should be fair.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: I am not stating that it is what the Deputy said. I will be very clear, however: there is no intention of relaxing regulations. We want top-class, quality houses, and that is what people are investing in. There are too many people out there who have high mortgages on poor-quality houses. That cannot happen again. The certification process is often blamed here. It is claimed it is too...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.05 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Housing Policy

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Robert Troy: As the Minister of State is aware, the deputy leader of Fianna Fáil raised this issue during Leaders' Questions today with the Tánaiste following reports in today's newspapers that a further 295 houses in Leopardstown will be sold directly to an institutional investor. What this does is reinforce how Fine Gael favours financial institutions and big corporations over ordinary...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: I thank Deputy Troy for raising this issue in a formal capacity so we can have a debate around it and bring some rationality to the conversation. Like Deputy Troy, I spend a lot of time meeting people for many different reasons on a weekly basis. There is a misunderstanding of what is happening in some parts of the housing market. When one spends time with people and has the chance to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Policy (18 Apr 2019)

Robert Troy: The Minister of State is not saying anything new. Nobody is saying that it involves 100% of the market but institutional investors' share of the market is growing rapidly because they are buying more and small landlords are getting out. The reason why small landlords are getting out is because they are taxed to within an inch of their lives. A total of 52% or 53% of the rent a small...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Community Banking (18 Apr 2019)

Willie Penrose: According to the Public Banking Institute, "[a] public bank is a chartered depository bank in which public funds are deposited. A public bank is owned by a government unit - a state, county, city, or tribe - and mandated to serve a public mission that reflects the values and needs of the public that it represents." Public banks come in a variety of models. A public bank might be...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Community Banking (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: I thank Deputy Penrose and I know his heart is close to this issue of public banking. I want to be clear. As I mentioned in my opening remarks on behalf of the Department of Finance, the Government recognises that there are a number of positive principles underlying the concept of local community banking in general and that includes the public banking concept the Deputy has put forward....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Funding (18 Apr 2019)

Dara Calleary: I am afraid the response confirms all our fears. It is extraordinary. The HSE recruited for positions in 2018. The reason it recruited was because of extraordinary waiting lists but it did not plan for the resources of those extra positions during the 2019 budget. What kind of dummies are doing the accounts here? That is basic accounting. When one expands a service, one resources it to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Funding (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Byrne: As the Minister for Health has previously stated, he recognises the need for individual hospital groups and CHOs to operate within their allocated budget considering the national service plan approved for 2019 and respects the prudent approach being adopted. He has also pointed out that the HSE's overriding requirement is to prioritise the delivery of safe services within the available...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Community Banking (18 Apr 2019)

Community Banking

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Community Banking (18 Apr 2019)

Willie Penrose: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this important issue for debate this evening. I want to record that the Deputy Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, supports my contribution, on behalf of the Labour Party, on this issue. One of the myths used to explain why Ireland failed to develop economically between independence and the 1960s is that there was a lack of capital for investment....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Community Banking (18 Apr 2019)

Damien English: I thank Deputy Penrose for raising this issue and giving us a chance to make a statement on it. I apologise that the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, could not make it this evening. I am happy to take this matter on his behalf and pass on the views of the Department in answer to the Deputy's question. I will pass on the Deputy's concerns to the Minister as well. As Deputy Penrose...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2019)

Louise O'Reilly: I note the Minister of State's reply that he met a group of parents from Dublin 15. I represent Dublin Fingal in north county Dublin and I am talking about parents in Swords, Skerries, Balbriggan, Lusk, Rush and surrounding areas. They are being told there is a 33-month wait for early intervention. It cannot be considered early intervention if there is a three-year wait; that is anything...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs (18 Apr 2019)

John Halligan: I spoke to the Minister, Deputy McHugh, earlier this afternoon on this and went through a couple of points. He told me that the Department is committed to ensuring that all children in that area can access the education suitable for their needs. I am aware of the powers under the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act. The Minister has stated categorically that there will be a fix in this...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Funding (18 Apr 2019)

Health Services Funding

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