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European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State. Sinn Féin will support the motion. The issue the motion relates to and the directive itself are enormously important in having an EU-wide set of minimum standards for protecting individuals, journalists, human rights advocates and, more particularly, residents' associations, and environmental and non-governmental organisations, which is vital. Given...

European Parliament and Council Directive on Protecting Persons who engage in Public Participation: Motion (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I will make no apology for this. It is in the public domain, it has been reported in the newspapers and it is a matter before the courts. These are precisely the kind of cases - I will not name any individuals - where company names have been reported in the public domain. I want to repeat them in the Chamber. I will not go beyond anything that is in the public domain, if that is okay....

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 74. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the other supports, if any, that are available to assist with rental payments in order for a family to avoid homelessness in the instance that the family is removed from the social housing waiting list as a result of the income threshold being met and that the family is in receipt of only a payment from the Department of...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Visa Applications (6 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 174. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the process by which a person (details supplied) can obtain a re-entry visa in order to be able to travel freely with their family. [36315/22]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 176. To ask the Minister for Finance the current rate of VAT on construction for Government-funded social and affordable housing schemes; and if there are any legal impediments to reducing or zero-rating VAT on such schemes. [35787/22]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Code (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 177. To ask the Minister for Finance the current rate of VAT on construction for refurbishment of vacant properties; and if there are any legal impediments to lowering this rate of VAT for refurbishment of vacant properties when such refurbishments meet other Government policy objectives, including those set out in the climate action plan's town centre first policy. [35788/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Maritime Jurisdiction (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 214. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the establishment of the maritime area regulatory authority; and when he hopes it will be established. [35424/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 219. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if local authorities have received any advice or guidance from his Department in recent years on the length of time a person should be living in a local authority area to meet the eligibility conditions for social housing support; the details of this advice; and the basis of the five-year rule in many allocation schemes....

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pensions (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 397. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the plans, if any, that her Department has to ensure people in receipt of only a State pension as income are protected from the increasing cost of living. [35538/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Naturalisation Applications (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 497. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the current timeline in relation to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service for the processing of applications in respect of minors; and the number of minor applications that are pending at this time. [35279/22]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Naturalisation Applications (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 498. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the action, if any, that has been taken by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service to improve the application process; and if any action has been taken in recent months to address the delays in processing as a result of Covid-19. [35280/22]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 805. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been further drawn to staff shortages in the public health nursing service in Dublin West; if his attention has been drawn to persons receiving correspondence from the HSE advising that the PHN service cannot deliver child health services for developmental assessments at 3 months, 9-11 months, 21-24 months and 46-48 months; and the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Right to Housing: Discussion (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank both the professor and Home for Good for their presentations. Senator Fitzpatrick is correct: this is the second hearing in this Dáil but in fact we have been discussing the matter for six years, since 2016. The special Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness had a very significant discussion of these issues. This is the third programme for Government that has a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Right to Housing: Discussion (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: This is a good conversation so maybe I will continue it a little. It is important to recognise the State already has lots of definitions in statute of what adequate housing is with respect to minimum standards, overcrowding, etc. In some senses, while we can argue whether those standards are adequate, there are some already there. For example, the State has been found to be in breach of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Right to Housing: Discussion (5 Jul 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Some of us would argue that it is poorly designed policy with respect to the private rental sector that has led to the crisis in that sector and all of the unintended consequences that flow from that but we will debate that another day. One could say that there is a case to be made that private sector landlords might see the right to housing in the Constitution as a positive thing. One...

Remediation of Dwellings Damaged By the Use of Defective Concrete Blocks Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I welcome homeowners from Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal, who are in the Gallery today. I commend all of them, and all affected homeowners, many of whom have been campaigning for a decade. In particular, I commend them on the incredibly intense level of campaigning over the past 12 months, on the streets and on social media, and their engagement with the Minister and his...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (30 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 153. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the total number of affordable purchase homes that have been delivered to date; the local authority areas in which they have been delivered; the sales price of the properties and the income limit for eligible purchasers for each size and type of home in tabular form. [35135/22]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (30 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 154. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the total number of affordable cost rental homes that have been delivered to date; the local authority areas in which they have been delivered; and the rents being charged by each size and type of home in tabular form. [35136/22]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco Control Measures (30 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 295. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department has plans to regulate the e-cigarette market. [35133/22]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Tobacco Control Measures (30 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 296. To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the commitments made in the programme for Government related to e-cigarettes, including the proposed ban on the sale of these products to persons under 18 years of age; and the proposed licensing system for the retail sale of nicotine inhaling products. [35134/22]

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