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Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister, the Minister of State and all the Members for their diligent attendance. It has been a long day. It strikes me that we have a lot of work to do to create a family-friendly working environment, given that we are still here at 10.30 p.m. I thank all the staff, including the Civil Service and the staff of the Houses, for being unfailingly helpful and diligent in our...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 10.32 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 7 December 2021.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Joan Collins: I genuinely would like to be standing here welcoming an increase in the basic welfare payments. I cannot do so, however, because the budgets for 2020 and 2021 provided no increase in those payments. Given inflation, they were, in effect, a cut in the payments and a continuation of the austerity affecting the most vulnerable in our society. Before the pandemic, 630,000 people in Ireland...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I thank all Deputies for their contributions. Like all Members, each week I meet people in my constituency office and discuss with them the issues that impact their lives. I fully recognise the importance of our social protection system. As a former credit union manager, I know too well the real-life examples of people who, when they fall on hard time, need the support of the Department of...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Denis Naughten: I warmly welcome the announcement made by the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, on undocumented workers. This is a significant announcement. Many of us in this House over a long period have looked for these changes that have been announced today. It concerns people who have been sadly living in the shadows in this country and I welcome the measure because it is a positive step for...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Heather Humphreys: It has.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: Has it?

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Joan Collins: It has been backdated.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: The means test has been changed.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Heather Humphreys: It has been backdated.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: There you go. Great. You get somewhere eventually in this place.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Denis Naughten: The Deputy is making progress.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: Literally as we speak.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Durkan: The Deputy cannot receive good news properly. He should put up his aerial.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: That is fantastic. I am very happy to hear that. I will call my constituent who has been battling away on that issue immediately once I am out of the Chamber. He will be delighted. The €5 and the increase in means test thresholds are still extremely minimal, but we will take them. You have to put pressure on in this place. It takes a long time to get even a fiver for people. ...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Thank you, Deputy Murphy. Would you like to withdraw your allegation against the Taoiseach accusing him of misleading the House? You seemed delighted with the clarification.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Paul Murphy: Yes, I will, in light of the change of facts on the ground. I recognise that.

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Durkan: I will not delay the House long because it has been a long day and a long night. I compliment the Minister on the dedication and the single-mindedness with which she set about the task she has had for the past year in the face of the advancing Covid pandemic and on being able to respond to so many people so quickly, turning around applications so quickly. It is a great tribute to her and...

Social Welfare Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Sorca Clarke: In light of the restrictions to the pandemic unemployment payment announced earlier, I ask the Minister to urgently publish details of payments to those involved in the arts and entertainment sectors, including people working front of house and in supporting roles, and those who will be affected by the introduction of 50% capacity at indoor events. This will be a major hammer blow...

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