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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Fees (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: What are the Minister's plans to reduce the student contribution charge in budget 2023? By how much will it be reduced?

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Employment Rights (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 22. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to the practice in which employers that pay top-up to maternity benefit can force an employee who moves employment to repay their maternity pay; his views that this practice should be banned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25356/22]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Joint Labour Committees (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 63. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will ensure that the decision to reduce the VAT rate for the hospitality sector to 9% until 2023 is conditional on obliging employers in this sector to engage in collective bargaining for pay rises through the Joint Labour Committees ensuring the benefits of the VAT cuts are shared with employees; and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Living Wage (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 78. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when he intends to publish the report on the introduction of a living wage submitted by the Low Pay Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25355/22]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Labour Market (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 87. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his Department has carried out research on the impact on the labour market if stamp two visa holders whose visas expire on 31 May 2022 were forced to leave the country; his views that the best solution for the workers, the employers and the industry is for those visas to be extended until September 2022; and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 116. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of adult education tutors and the lack of engagement from his Department and the Department of Education on aligning them onto a public sector pay scale, despite clauses in numerous national agreements and an outstanding Labour Court recommendation from March 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25385/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 174. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm, following his announcement of a policy on future funding, when the oversight group will meet to discuss the detail behind this policy; if trade union representatives will be invited to take part in this engagement; if so, the details of their intended membership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25384/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 143. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he intends to automatically link increases in the rates of SUSI grants to increases in the cost of living; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25386/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 145. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to cases in which students are being excluded from SUSI grants on the basis of income from the pandemic unemployment payment; if he can clarify the measures that are in place to prevent students who otherwise would qualify for a SUSI grant being excluded on the basis of pandemic unemployment payments; and if he...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 154. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his plans to ensure Dundalk Institute of Technology becomes a technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25383/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Site Acquisition (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 273. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that her Department is taking to work with the Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage and Fingal County Council to resolve the delay in providing a permanent site for a school (details supplied) due to the failure of a planning application on a site; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25434/22]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (19 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: 276. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the controversy over the refusal of an early intervention centre for autism in a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25487/22]

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: This amendment completely misses the disgusting nature of the intent of an employer not to pay sick pay. What kind of employer are we dealing with who would resist paying sick pay for his or her employee? In the original legislation we discussed previously, the penalty of 20 weeks seemed to me to be commensurate with the disgust we should have for such an employer. It is clear, given that...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: This provision in the Bill will do more damage than anything else to its potential for success. If I am sick and I am less likely to admit to that because I will get less money and I will be paid less, I will just go to work sick. As has been outlined, it is an expensive business being sick in this country. Not only do people have to pay for a GP visit, because we do not provide that for...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 23: In page 7, line 4, after “day” to insert “,which shall be their full daily rate”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 17: In page 6, line 27, to delete “3” and substitute “10”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 19: In page 6, line 29, to delete “3” and substitute “10”.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: I move amendment No. 20: In page 6, to delete lines 31 to 35 The amendment seeks to delete the section that gives the Minister 12 months to improve the lot of workers. If it was in the mind of the Minister to move from the stated three days to five days or ten days, it should be open to the Minister to do that within six months and not to have to wait for 12 months. We propose that...

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: We debated this on Committee Stage as well. We feel this is a reasonable position for the Minister to be enabled to improve the situation and not to have to wait 12 months to do so. That is the purpose of the amendment.

Sick Leave Bill 2022: Report and Final Stages (18 May 2022)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: On a point of order, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Deputy Paul Murphy is making a very important point but I cannot hear him.

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