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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Interim Report on Mortality in Single Homeless Population 2020: Engagement with HSE (24 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I thank Dr. O'Carroll.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Organic Farming: Discussion (Resumed) (22 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: First, I welcome our guests and particularly Professor Boyle, who I also wish well. He is back and is a great man for bouncing back. I have two or three points to make. Many of the issues have been covered. We have now heard a lot about participation in organics. I have a lot of admiration for Bord Bia, which has huge budgets. In one of this committee's discussions, we touched on the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: General Scheme of the Electoral Reform Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (22 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister of State and his officials. This is very important legislation. We are all aware that the integrity and the independence of our elections are critically important to all of us. We all share that common goal and objective. I have always advocated for empowering local authorities, but this case is the exception. I am not supportive of the retention and the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I commend Senator Buttimer and support everything he has called for. I also acknowledge An Post. I do not know if anyone saw them as they were coming in this morning, but some of its letterboxes have been decorated in the rainbow. It is imaginative and it is great when big organisations embrace Gay Pride, diversity and respect for everyone. That has to come from the centre of corporations...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I move amendment No. 3: In page 8, between lines 33 and 34, to insert the following: "(6) In performing its functions under subsections (1) and (5), a housing authority shall— (a) prepare and publish plans relating to periods of three, five and ten years (in this section referred to as a “housing authority affordable housing plan”) which shall specify measures the...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I welcome the Minister to the House. I know this is only one strand of his very important work on affordable housing in all its shapes and forms and I look forward to the Bill completing all Stages in both Houses. As the Minister has said, having affordable housing on offer this year is a strong strapline. Amendment No. 3 was first tabled and withdrawn by the Minister's colleague, Senator...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I have a lot of respect for the Minister but I cannot accept what he said. On Committee Stage, Senator Fitzpatrick said that she withdrew her amendment "on the basis that the Minister of State will incorporate it in the next Stages". This is Seanad Éireann. We do not deal with that much legislation and, as the Minister knows, this business is being guillotined today. This is the last...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I am not getting into a fight across the Chamber.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I agree with both speakers but what Senator Higgins has raised is important. To be fair, this happens anyway with proper planning and sustainable development.Our planners are exceptional across the entire planning sector in all of our 31 local authorities. They are keenly aware of these issues, as are the elected members. Do not underestimate our local authority members. They are on the...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: We really need to define open market dwelling. I share Senator Cummins's sentiments about housing but we must also have value for money and we cannot keep talking about targets. On the news last night, a reference was made to Rebuilding Ireland, a term we do not hear very much in this House. One of the parties has been in government for ten years. At one point, Rebuilding Ireland was in...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second it.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: Although I am speaking to amendments Nos. 8 and 9, I will concentrate on the latter, having heard what Senator Higgins said. The Minister might say that of course I would say so, given that I am proposing it, but it is one of the most important amendments to the Bill.It is not something I dreamed up. It came out of a lot of discussion and engagement with a lot of housing advocacy groups,...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I am trying to impress upon him because it is he who will respond to me on this. I want him to afford me the same respect I afford him.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: The amendment proposes a 35% cap on what can be charged for affordable housing with regard to an applicant's net income. If people are paying over this amount each month to have a roof over their heads it is simply not affordable. I refer to the Minister's reference to the affordable bands and the suggestion of €450,000 for Dublin. This is not affordable housing and it is important...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I move amendment No. 9: In page 12, between lines 31 and 32, to insert the following: “(9) Regulations under subsection (7) will have regard to: (a) ensuring that the proportion of the applicant’s net income represented by housing costs not exceed 35 per cent of the total, and; (b) ensuring that the applicant’s income falls within the bottom 40 per cent of...

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Affordable Housing Bill 2021: Report and Final Stages (18 Jun 2021)

Victor Boyhan: I second the amendment.

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