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Business Support Package: Statements (Resumed) (23 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: There is no doubt that some small businesses in particular sectors like hospitality, small cafés, some retail and so on are struggling. We all come across them. There are certainly plenty of businesses in Dún Laoghaire town that are struggling and deserve and need assistance. However, I warn strongly against any idea that the way to help those struggling businesses is to attack,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (23 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Yes, but this needs a whole-of-government approach. It cannot just be the Minister. If we do not have early intervention for children with special needs, the costs down the line for the rest of society will be huge. There has to be holistic thinking. If we get people trained in areas like the allied health professions and as nurses, doctors, teachers and so on, we will save society a lot...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (23 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 6. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is considering further funding to abolish higher education tuition fees and move to a fully free public education system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19521/24]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (23 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I have never thought that fees for higher education made any sense. Why on earth would one ration access to higher education, college or university? But when we are looking at absolutely chronic skills and labour shortages in just about every sector of our society at the moment, is it not time to remove all obstacles to people getting trained, skilled and educated in key areas where we need...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (23 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: These are under-pressure, slow and incremental moves by the Government. We are in a very serious situation, however, and we need a bit of bold and radical thinking. Take, for example, the area of special needs which I and others have been campaigning on, particularly over recent times because of such a dire situation there. There is a lack of teachers, special education teachers,...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Foreign Conflicts (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Is it seven minutes or two minutes?

Ceisteanna - Questions: Foreign Conflicts (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We probably would not have enough time.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Foreign Conflicts (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The people of this country in their majority have long recognised Palestine. Finally, the Government has caught up with the people. It is a pity it has taken seven months of a genocidal massacre in Gaza and decades of ethnic cleansing by Israel, illegal occupation, the siege of Gaza and brutal suppression of Palestinian rights, but it is a step forward. It will mean very little if it is...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Climate Change Policy (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Any sensible person knows there is a climate and biodiversity emergency and that, if we do not address them, we will be in trouble. As much as the far right want to deny it, the impacts will cost our society very dearly. We have to recognise that large numbers of people have become alienated from the climate action and biodiversity action agenda because they see climate action as a...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Foreign Conflicts (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 15. To ask the Taoiseach to report on any recent discussions he has had with other world leaders in connection with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [22692/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Climate Change Policy (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 11. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the final Climate Action Plan 2023 progress report, published by his Department in March 2024. [22691/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 2. To ask the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on social affairs and public services will meet next. [21751/24]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: This is a local issue but it speaks volumes about a bigger one. I was pretty shocked by an advertisement I was sent last night relating to Dalkey Garda station, which is up for sale. It has been sitting derelict for about a decade. I cannot believe it is being sold. Local community groups and other organisations are crying out for spaces to use, we have a massive housing crisis, there is...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Apartheid does not.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Israel is an apartheid-----

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We do not agree with that.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: As equals.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Let us have 50% social and affordable on all developments, as we have asked for.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Let us have 50% social and affordable of all housing.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Seven months of public outrage and protests have finally forced the Government to recognise the state of Palestine. I hope that is going to be accompanied by sanctions. I wish to discuss another protest that will happen this Saturday at the Customs House over the Government’s failed housing policies. This comes at an appropriate moment, given that the Housing Commission has...

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