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Seanad: Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (16 Jul 2021)

Seán Fleming: ...regard, the new basis for calculating LPT liabilities builds on the existing band structure and is a variation of one of the approaches examined in the 2019 LPT review, which was listed as scenario 5 in the report. The new approach will maintain the number of bands at 20. Band 1 will be expanded from €0 to €200,000 and band 2 will contain valuations from €200,000 to...

Seanad: Mandatory Hotel Quarantine Extension: Motion (16 Jul 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen Donnelly: ...circumstances. Up to 13 July, 8,420 people have quarantined in designated facilities. Latest figures show that 376 residents have tested positive for Covid-19. Cases were recorded in travellers from 35 countries. If these people had not been in mandatory hotel quarantine, it is likely to have resulted in a significant number of additional cases in the community. We know that variants...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Community Development Projects (15 Jul 2021)

Joe O'Brien: ...is provided to each local authority area and is distributed by the local community development committees, LCDCs, on the basis of local need. In 2020, the CEP received a total fund of €7.2 million, including €5 million as part of the Government's July stimulus package for repairs or upgrades to community centres and community buildings. This year, on 10 May, I launched the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Departmental Schemes (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: .... The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the local authorities. I launched the 2021 local improvement scheme on 14 May with an announcement of funding of €10.5 million, representing a 5% increase on last year's funding. As part of the our rural future policy, the Government committed to ensuring that the local improvement scheme is funded into the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Schemes (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: ...funded for repair works since the scheme was relaunched in 2017. Prior to then there was no funding for this scheme for a number of years. I launched the 2021 LIS on 14 May with funding of €10.5 million. This represented a 5% increase compared with last year. As part of Our Rural Future, the Government committed to ensuring that the local improvement scheme is funded in the...

Seanad: Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (15 Jul 2021)

Mary Butler: ...of the scheme, thereby preserving access to care for those who need it. It is important that we ensure the sustainability of the scheme. It costs €1.4 billion a year, a vast sum to support 22,500 people in nursing homes. That brings me to the issue of home care, which was raised by Senator Garvey and others. We made a significant breakthrough in home care this year, with a total...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...Hackett and I are engaging intensively with all parties to try to resolve the issues. Many measures have been put in train to progress felling licences within the Department. Approximately 75% of homegrown roundwood that is processed by the sawmills in Ireland comes from Coillte forests and approximately 25% from private forests and it is therefore important that both Coillte and the...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...few weeks. To date this year (9thJuly), 1,836 forestry licences have issued – 1,164 tree felling; 308 afforestation and 364 forest road works licences. This represents 40% of the target of 4,500 licences to issue in 2021. The afforestation licences cover 2,695ha of potential new forestry. This is an increase of 21% on the area licensed to the same date in 2020 and a 5% increase...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...weeks. To date this year (9th July), 1,836 forestry licences have issued – 1,164 tree felling; 308 afforestation and 364 forest road works licences. This represents 40% of the target of 4,500 licences to issue in 2021. The afforestation licences cover 2,695ha of potential new forestry. This is an increase of 21% on the area licensed to the same date in 2020 and a 5%...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Digital Hubs (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: ..., with an additional 49 hubs in the process of being onboarded. Furthermore, the number of hubs identified through the Western Development Commission's hub discovery process has increased to 505. These are in the process of being verified before they are mapped online at www.connectedhubs.ie. This website provides an interactive map of hubs which provides useful information in relation...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: National Broadband Plan (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: ..., with an additional 49 hubs in the process of being onboarded. Furthermore, the number of hubs identified through the Western Development Commission's hub discovery process has increased to 505. These are in the process of being verified before they are mapped on connectedhubs.ie/nationalhubsmap.html. This interactive map provides useful information in relation to each of the hubs and the...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Digital Hubs (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: ..., with an additional 49 hubs in the process of being onboarded. Furthermore, the number of hubs identified through the Western Development Commission's hub discovery process has increased to 505. These are in the process of being verified before they are mapped on connectedhubs.ie/nationalhubsmap.html. This interactive map provides useful information in relation to each of the hubs and the...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Customs and Excise (15 Jul 2021)

Leo Varadkar: As the Deputy may be aware, the European Union imposed safeguard measures on steel imports into the EU in July 2018 in response to the United States applying a 25% tariff on steel imports originating from 3rd Countries, including the European Union. As a consequence of the US measures, there was an increased risk of steel originally destined for the US market being diverted to the EU market...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Policy (15 Jul 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: To date, Serviced Sites Funding of almost €200 million has been approved in principle in support of 40 infrastructure projects in 14 local authority areas across 9 counties, which will assist in the delivery of almost 4,200 affordable homes for purchase or for rent, all of which will be delivered on local authority land. Affordable Cost Rental homes will also be delivered by...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Provision (15 Jul 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: To date, Serviced Sites Funding of almost €200 million has been approved in principle in support of 40 infrastructure projects in 14 local authority areas across 9 counties, which will assist in the delivery of almost 4,200 affordable homes for purchase or for rent, all of which will be delivered on local authority land. Details of 35 SSF projects which received approval in principle...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Voluntary Housing Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: ...with payments based on the number of inspections undertaken. Significant progress was made across the sector with the number of inspections more than doubling from 19,645 in 2017 to 40,728 in 2019. €6 million was made available to local authorities in 2020 and €10 million in 2021. However, restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic have greatly impacted on inspection...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Industry (15 Jul 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I propose to take Questions Nos. 472, 474, 475 and 477 together. I am very aware of the contribution of the meat and dairy sectors to Irish agri-food as a whole, supporting significant levels of direct employment as well as their role in supporting rural economies and the wider national economy. The Department and I continue to prioritise supporting the sustainable development of these...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Departmental Schemes (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 488, 491 to 495, inclusive, and 504 together. My Department delivers a wide range of policies and measures to support urban and rural communities. All policy is underpinned by broad consultation with a wide range of stakeholders including rural and urban stakeholder groups, young people and the wider public, Government Departments and State Agencies. This...

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