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Seanad: Appointment of Members to Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges: Motion (9 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 98 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the following members be appointed to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges: Senators Ivana Bacik, Lisa Chambers, Paul Daly, Alice-Mary Higgins, Seán Kyne, Michael McDowell, Niall Ó Donnghaile, Pauline O’Reilly, Diarmuid Wilson.

Seanad: Appointment of Members to Seanad Committee of Selection: Motion (9 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 97 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the following members be appointed to the Committee of Selection: Senators Lisa Chambers, Martin Conway, Gerard Craughwell, Emer Currie, Paul Daly, Róisín Garvey, Paul Gavan, Lynn Ruane, Marie Sherlock, Diarmuid Wilson.

Seanad: Order of Business: Motion (7 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, the Order of Business be taken now.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the taking of the Order of Business, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; and Nos. 2 and 3, motions regarding the election of the Leas-Chathaoirleach, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1 and to be discussed together.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Cathaoirleach can certainly see that there is no shortage of work, and willingness to work, by the Members of this House. I will answer in the round for today. All of the requests for debates, and all of them very much needed, will be addressed as soon as we possibly can. I will liaise with regard to forthcoming legislation and we anticipate anything between six and eight Bills being...

Seanad: Order of Business: Motion (7 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Order of Business shall be taken at the commencement of public business on each sitting day until 31st July, 2020.

Seanad: Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach (7 Jul 2020)

Regina Doherty: We will adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, in the Seanad Chamber in Leinster House.

Seanad: Election of Cathaoirleach (29 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: You should not apologise, a Chathaoirligh. This is your day. On behalf of the Government parties I wish you sincere congratulations on your appointment today. We very much look forward to working with you in the coming years. I genuinely appreciate the welcome to this House that I received from the father of the House. I fully recognise that my cards have been marked for previous actions...

Seanad: Date for Election of Leas-Chathaoirleach (29 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: We propose next Tuesday, 7 July at 2.30 p.m. in this venue, the Convention Centre.

Seanad: Minute's Silence for Detective Garda Colm Horkan and former Senator Terry Brennan (29 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Before I propose the Order of Business I suggest we have a minute's silence to honour the memories of Detective Garda Colm Horkan and our very much loved former colleague, Senator Terry Brennan.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (29 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 5, motion regarding suspending temporarily Standing Order 29, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 6, motion regarding the Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998; and No. 7, motion regarding the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009. It is proposed that Nos. 6 and 7 will be discussed together, at the conclusion of...

Seanad: Standing Order 29: Motion (29 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, Standing Order 29 shall stand suspended until 31st July, 2020.

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Employment Rights (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 948, 960 and 967 together. The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 sets out the key parameters around the taking of annual leave and payment of same. The terms and conditions of individual employment contracts may provide additional specifics within those parameters such as stipulations in relation to the entitlement to extra days' leave above what is...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: To receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP), a person must have been in employment or self-employment in March, and must have lost their employment as a result of the public health emergency. The only jobseeker payment recipients who have received a PUP payment are those who were in part-time or casual employment who lost their employment due to the pandemic.  Jobseeker numbers...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I am advised that my Department does not have data on  persons in receipt of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), or of those living in social housing.  The requested figures for recipients of both Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) and Rent Supplement are presented in the following table.   This table is based only on 2018 earnings data, and...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: I propose to take Questions Nos. 951, 985 and 988 together. On Friday 5th June the Government approved the extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment until 10th August. The rate of payment will remain at a flat rate of €350 until 29th June when a two-level payment structure will be introduced to link the pandemic unemployment payment level to gross prior earnings. This change...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The implications of the changes to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) announced on June 5th 2020 is currently being evaluated by my Department in respect of all recipients of this payment. I am advised that at this juncture it is not yet possible report on the number of persons due to have their pandemic unemployment payment adjusted from 30 June 2020 that were earning...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The implications of the changes to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) announced on June 5th 2020 is currently being evaluated by my Department in respect of all recipients of this payment. However, I am advised that based on the Pandemic Unemployment Payments issued on June 9th, a total of 43,790 recipients were under 25 years of age and had weekly earnings of less than...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is an emergency payment introduced by the Government for an initial 12 week period for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The 2020 Revised Estimates, passed by the Dáil on 28 May 2020, provides for an allocation of €2.23 billion for the Pandemic...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Job Losses (16 Jun 2020)

Regina Doherty: Firstly, I would like to say that my thoughts are with all CityJet workers who are faced with job losses at this difficult time.  I wish to assure the affected workers that my Department is available through its Intreo service to assist them in whatever way we can in terms of income supports and job-seeking over the coming weeks and months. When selecting a particular employee for...

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