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Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility (13 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 357. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if consideration is being given to allowing applicants to combine work-related PRSI contributions and home care time credits in cases in which the period of time working at home was extended due to additional caring responsibilities which prevented the applicant from returning to the workforce in the context of the new...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Homeless Persons Supports (13 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 361. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the rationale behind basing officers from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in offices of a homeless agency in Dublin further to a media report on 3 March 2019 (details supplied); and the role these officers will undertake in this location daily. [12564/19]

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: Page 28 of A Programme for a Partnership Government features a commitment to a State-wide review of building standards and improving fire safety standards. It was worrying to read in a report by Barry Whyte in The Sunday Business Postthis weekend that 75% of Dublin Fire Brigade planning conditions have been overturned or significantly changed on appeal to An Bord Pleanála. Equally...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Climate Change Policy (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 71. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 111 of 5 March 2019, the number of grants made versus loans, that is, quantity and monetary value regarding loans; the amount of interest applied; and the main receivers of the climate finance. [12163/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Irish Prison Service (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 180. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the smoking ban is not being enforced in prisons including Wheatfield Prison, Clondalkin, Dublin 22; and the steps he plans to take to address the matter in order to protect the health of those working in the prison. [11528/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Student Visas Data (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 216. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in considering applications under the special scheme for non-EEA nationals who held a student permission during the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2010; and when the remaining applicants can expect a decision. [12246/19]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Direct Provision System (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 219. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if the tendering process for direct provision services within 40 km of Newbridge, County Kildare, has concluded; if so, the details of the successful bidders; if not, when it will conclude; when the successful bidders will be announced; and the effect the outcome of the process will have for the future of a direct provision...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Dublin Bus Fleet (12 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: 562. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects to have phased out completely the use of diesel buses from the Dublin Bus fleet in view of the commitment not to purchase more diesel buses. [11677/19]

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: Families and service users in Clondalkin, Lucan and the surrounding areas have received some very bad news in recent weeks. One such piece of news concerns the potential moving of the HSE's adult community mental health team from Clondalkin to Tallaght due to difficulties with the current premises, and the second is the proposal to merge the young persons' mental health support service,...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: Anybody who is raising this issue, whether on the ground in the community or in this House, is doing so because he or she wants to ensure that the community continues to enjoy the services it rightly deserves. It is unfortunate to use the word "unhelpful" and suggest that those of us who are raising it are doing so for reasons other than a desire to ensure our community has those services....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: I have three questions. Since the Government took office, the level of homelessness among adults and children has increased by 61%. At a time when the Government is claiming that more money is being spent on social housing than at any other time in the history of the State, the level of homelessness has increased by 61%. Since the Minister was appointed to this portfolio, it has increased...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: Before the Minister moves on, can I come back on the homelessness issue?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: I have two quick points. What the Minister is saying about family presentations in Dublin is not accurate. There is no such trend. The figures from January to December last year went up and down. There were 60 families presenting in one month and 40 in another. That figure dropped to 30 and then rose again. There is no trend. It is correct that the last three months of last year were...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: We have graphed annual trends. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the graph rose very steeply and, over the course of 2018, the rise was less steep and then reached a plateau.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: My point is there was no straight trend last year from January to December.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: This is the point I am making. The trend goes up and down and up and down. It is not correct to say that, in the last number of months, there has been a trend of reduced presentations to emergency accommodation.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: It shows the overall numbers of people in emergency accommodation increasing.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: So it is not correct to say that those are all people who have left emergency accommodation. Some have left emergency accommodation and some were prevented from becoming homeless through access to homeless HAP.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness: Discussion (6 Mar 2019)

Eoin Ó Broin: Does the Minister have the breakdown of that figure?

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