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Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: The Minister is talking about a different Bill.

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: The Minister said the Government wants to bring in strong law and that the Government wants to protect tenants' rights. I believe the legislation will create strong law but to protect vulture funds and landlords and not tenants. The Bill is about profit. That is what it is about. I am here, as are many other Deputies who have tabled amendments, to stand up for people, families and...

Residential Tenancies and Valuation Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: I support the amendment as well. The protections we have put in place during the Covid-19 crisis have led to a reduction in the homeless figures. In Cork and the south-west, we have seen those figures reduce from 111 people in January to 84 people last month. That shows that the protections we put in place worked. Why would we row back on them now? That is why this amendment is so...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: I support Deputy Grealish's. In my own constituency, as is the case for many other Deputies, the issue of whether pubs can remain viable in the long term is a cause for concern Even if they do reopen under the next phase, when one takes into account the social distancing requirements, for a lot of pubs, especially smaller ones, reopening might not be feasible. Pubs and bars employ more...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 55. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for a purpose-built school building in view of the fact it is temporarily based in unsuitable accommodation. [18122/20]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 86. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if special consideration will be given to children awaiting an assessment of needs to secure an ASD unit placement in September 2020 in view of the delay in assessments of needs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. [18123/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 225. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding allocated to Cork City Council for the implementation of cycling infrastructure from 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020. [19787/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 226. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration will be given to increasing funding to Cork City Council over the term of the Government to improve cycling infrastructure. [19790/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Facilities (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 227. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to a group (details supplied) and its campaign to connect Cork city hospitals through a cycle network; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19791/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Policy (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 245. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the cycling manual will be updated; the way in which investments currently being implemented are cost effective in view of the length of time since the update of the infrastructure guidance document; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20181/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 246. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the statutory obligations to be implemented prior to the return to school to assure safe routes to school in view of the fact that these were included in the Sustainable Mobility Programme 2010-2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20182/20]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycle to Work Scheme (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 247. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to expand the bike to work scheme or implement a similar scheme, in view of the fact that its limited nature excludes large groups including older persons, disabled persons, persons without citizenship, school-going children and carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20183/20]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: House Prices (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 300. To ask the Minister for Finance if persons whose contractor has drawn down mortgages issued under the help to buy scheme are exempt from the increase provided in the July stimulus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20433/20]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Road Traffic Accidents (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 1035. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of road traffic collisions involving pedestrians in Cork city from 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [19788/20]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Road Traffic Accidents (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 1036. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of road traffic collisions involving cyclists in Cork city from 2010 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in tabular form. [19789/20]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (30 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 1106. To ask the Minister for Health if the case of persons (details supplied) will be addressed [19820/20]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (29 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: I also welcome the safe reopening of schools. One of the biggest issues on which I am being contacted by the people of Cork North-Central is that of children's access to autism spectrum disorder, ASD, units. There is a complete shortage of such units at the moment. This morning and yesterday, parents have told me that, although schools are to reopen in four weeks' time, their children have...

Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020: Second Stage (29 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: I will be very brief. I wish to raise the help to buy scheme. There is a significant error in the legislation. I was contacted by a woman, Susan Brackett, and her partner who signed a contract in January 2020 under the new help to buy scheme. Her husband, like many other people, will not get his quarterly bonus as a consequence of the pandemic. Susan was on the PUP but has now gone back...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (29 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 67. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if measures have been taken to ensure that publicans that were due to reopen their establishments on 20 July 2020 can remain on the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment until 10 August 2020. [18125/20]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (29 Jul 2020)

Thomas Gould: 70. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will consider contacting organisations (details supplied) with the intention of re-establishing the Covid-19 hardship grant for cocooning persons over 70 years of age. [18124/20]

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