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Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 963. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a research report published on 29 June 2022 by family carers Ireland found that 71% of respondents reported they feel left out of society; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36733/22]

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I thank the Minister of State for coming in. Just so we are clear, all this extra funding is about facilitating extra gas generators for the winter of 2023-24. We were strongly opposed to this idea. This is mainly because we think, even if we cannot do this immediately, we will be able to improve the situation in the near future when we get the answers. Most of these funds will be going...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: To clarify, will the Minister of State tell us how much of the extra funding in the context of the community and residential energy efficiency schemes is coming from the carbon tax?

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: Some of it, however, is coming from the carbon tax.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: It is important for us to get that figure. The big debate about carbon tax when we were devising the climate action plan was on the question of it being used to bring about a reduction in emissions and to bring benefits to communities and households in respect of a just transition in this context. Clearly, however, it is being used for the opposite, to ramp up-----

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: The Minister of State has made my case. If that is what he believes, and he clearly does, then why would funding be taken from the carbon tax to facilitate gas generators? It would fly in the face of everything he stands for. The Minister of State did just say that some of the money is coming from the carbon tax.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I will repeat the question. I know the Minister of State does not have them in front of him, but can we get the figures for how much of the extra funding in the context of the community and residential energy schemes is coming directly from the carbon tax revenues? I refer not just to the increased bit of the carbon tax fund, but all of it.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Estimates for Public Services 2022
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications (Supplementary)
(12 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: Please.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: In a shameful decision yesterday, the European Union voted to greenwash fossil, gas and nuclear power. I note that all, bar one, of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil MEPs voted the wrong way. The Green Party MEPs voted the right way, in other words, not to greenwash fossil, gas and nuclear power. There are four days, until 11 July, for the Irish Government and the Minister, Deputy...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: The Minister’s figures are interesting. While it is very good that 96% of providers have signed up to the scheme, that still leaves 4% who have not. The figures the Minister gave me referred to approximately 9,000 places in Dublin City and in Cork and in Limerick, but there are another 12,000 places nationally and the relevant providers have refused to sign up to any scheme. Those...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I still maintain that there are 12,000 places in respect of which providers have not signed up. I suspect that they are probably, in the main, the more commercial and bigger childcare providers. That information is not in the answer, so I cannot elaborate on it. We are still left, though, and this is the problem, with a dysfunctional, fragmented and piecemeal approach to childcare. The...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 88. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will clarify in relation to the 9,000-plus childcare places in Dublin where the provider is refusing to accept the State subsidy, if parents who have no alternative to these places can be supported in some way; if he has plans to support them in the coming period; and if he will make a statement on the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Childcare Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: My question relates to the situation whereby there are 9,000 childcare spaces the providers of which have refused to accept participation in any of the schemes that are available. The condition that providers must not raise fees does not apply to them. I am seeking clarity on the position of parents, particularly in parts of Dublin in which spaces are very scarce and there is a real problem...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 128. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he will meet with small childcare providers to discuss the impact of recent changes on their provision of care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36735/22]

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Direct Provision System (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 109. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the fact that, almost 18 months after publication of the White Paper on Ending Direct Provision, a record 11,689 people, including nearly 2,800 children are currently living in direct provision, an increase of more than 40 per cent on the same time in 2021; the actions he will...

Written Answers — Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Disability Services (7 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 117. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a research report published on 29 June 2022 by family carers Ireland found that 70% of respondents experienced difficulty accessing services for at least one of the people they care for; the actions he will take in response to this finding; and if he will make a...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: This measure is a massive step forward. It is the four-year anniversary of when we voted to repeal the eighth amendment. Part of the commitment to the people of Ireland at the time were the ancillary recommendations from the Citizens' Assembly and the Oireachtas committee, which included free contraception for all. We waited for four years and we are now rushing this through. I accept the...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: I do not know what the legal opinion is. The Minister is not showing it to us. There is a major contradiction in us being able to provide termination of pregnancy, free of charge, to people under the age of 17, but we are not prepared to provide them with the contraception that would prevent pregnancy in the first place. I find this bizarre. I will not push it to a vote either because...

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: Likewise, I think this should have been separate legislation. It is very important legislation. Many of us participated in the committee that looked at repealing the eighth amendment of the Constitution, as did the Minister. The recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly dealt with this issue quite substantially. One thing that we know substantially reduces crisis pregnancies is the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (6 Jul 2022)

Bríd Smith: 25. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will clarify the proposed changes to the DART servicing Howth under DART+ Coastal North plans; if he will outline the impact to DART services at Howth, Sutton and Bayside; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36458/22]

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