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Youth Homelessness: Statements (18 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: Before I proceed, I wish to place on record the fact hat my family business in Glendalough has been used previously to house children in family homelessness. During my previous contribution on child and family homelessness in our Republic, I concluded by pleading to the Government to immediately declare homelessness a national emergency. Our homelessness national emergency needs a massive...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Services for People with Disabilities (18 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: 160. To ask the Minister for Health the status of ongoing actions regarding a service (details supplied) in Bray and Wicklow in view of the published failings in several HSE reports and inquiries; the way in which complaints by service users and their families have been dealt with; the nature and detail of consultation with the families of service users; the status of governance issues with...

Building the Housing of the Future: Motion [Private Members] (10 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: I am sharing time with Deputies Scanlon, Aindrias Moynihan, Murphy O'Mahony, MacSharry, O'Loughlin and Troy. Fianna Fáil welcomes and supports the motion. Fine Gael has overseen a crisis marked by homelessness which is reaching unprecedented levels. Surging rents are at historic heights. Home building numbers are tens of thousands behind where they need to be, while some 130,000...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: The programme for Government includes reference to climate change. A controversial decision was taken by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for a large-scale wind farm on the iconic hills around Aughrim. In making the decision, the board used what we all agree to be the outdated wind energy guidelines that go back to 2006 and ignored the views and concerns of the people of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Home Insulation Grants (4 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: 279. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans for grant funding to be provided to home dwellers to insulate their houses using Irish wool (details supplied) in view of the number of houses here that have poor BER ratings; the similar initiatives that could help to revive the prospects of the sheep and wool sector here; and if he will make a statement on...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: I thank Mr. Hogan for his opening statement. When I contend that a more professional approach has come to the fore over the ten-year period since the establishment of the NECG, I am probably answering a question I intend to ask later in my contribution. I will begin by focusing on local authority fire services. Regretfully, there have been a few significant incidents in County Wicklow....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: Such conditions did not materialise. I ask Mr. Hogan to make a general comment on how the system is working. I fully understand that it is very hard to make a call for the whole country. Every county is different. I would like to pick up on an issue mentioned by Deputy Barry. As an employer, I am probably coming at it from the other point of view. If I insist that my workers come to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: The condition that one should not do something that creates a risk is where the doubt comes in. Clearing snow leaves ice behind. Does that create a risk given that it is safer to walk on snow than on ice? That is the issue.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: These events bring communities together and one sees a great community response. As a country, we should be proud of that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: Sometimes they are not four-wheel drive vehicles.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: I am okay for the moment.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: I have a quick follow-up question. From my time as a councillor, I am aware that when it comes to reacting to severe weather events, it is important to know if funding will be available when making decisions. The costs of engaging in some responses can be significant and sometimes a delay arises. When I was a local councillor we always provided for winter maintenance in the budget....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: There will not be a tariff on it so that will make it too expensive.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: The Chairman mentioned drones. They caused problems in Bray in respect of the operation of helicopters.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: Yes. While we all accept technology, there is another side to it that can impinge on the services getting there, which is something we probably need to look at.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Update on the National Emergency Co-ordination Group: Discussion (3 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: The Chairman raised that issue. The other issue that came out-----

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Assistance Payment Data (2 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: 590. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of housing assistance payment recipients benefiting from discretionary payment increases, by county; the number of homeless housing assistance payment recipients benefiting from discretionary payments; the average increase per county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15096/19]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Assistance Payment (2 Apr 2019)

Pat Casey: 591. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the housing assistance discretionary payment is exempt from rent pressure zone criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15097/19]

Residential Tenancies (Prevention of Family Homelessness) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (28 Mar 2019)

Pat Casey: Solutions to the housing crisis are needed now more than ever. The plight of over 10,000 homeless people underlines the pressing need to address the housing crisis. However, it can only be done with consistent policy, resources and honesty, not through silver bullets or magic beans. This Government has shown repeatedly that it simply is not facing the seriousness of housing in Ireland....

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