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Mother and Baby Institutions: Statements (25 Nov 2021)

Roderic O'Gorman: ...in my Department to lead on this work, and a professional archivist has been appointed and is working within that unit to focus on the preservation of and public access to those records. Action 5 of the action plan ensures general data protection regulation, GDPR, rights of access to the commission's archive. Since the archive was transferred to my Department, we have received 411...

Planning and Development (Amendment) (Large-scale Residential Development) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (25 Nov 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: ...my comments on section 4 on additional information. The wording in the Bill seems better to me than was originally signalled. I am concerned, however, about how much it could be curtailed. I have a particular concern that section 5 could potentially go against the principle of use it or lose it, on which the Minister has been very strong both since taking office and in opposition....

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (25 Nov 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I acknowledge the simple fact that our public health service is too small for a population of 5 million people, which is also an ageing population. That is not the only reason but one of the reasons too many people have to wait too long for the health care they need. I fully acknowledge that. The Deputy asked me if I have the stomach to reverse the cuts to our health...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Education Schemes (25 Nov 2021)

Aisling Dolan: ...the DEIS, that is, delivering equality of opportunity in schools. Schools have not been assessed for years for DEIS and, as such, schools cannot get DEIS status. This has been going on since 2015. A small number of schools were added in 2017 but no schools have since been added to the DEIS programme. This is a huge issue. A Department of Education report states that schools in higher...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Nov 2021)

Aisling Dolan: ...in her lifetime. At times of crisis levels of violence and abuse rise. We have seen this throughout Covid-19 and during the pandemic. Earlier, the Minister for Justice announced funding of €445,000 for 18 domestic abuse services in towns throughout Ireland. This funding has a special focus on ensuring services are rolled out in regional areas outside of our city centres and...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Fuel Poverty (25 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Heather Humphreys: ...of the housing stock. My Department provides a range of supports to assist people with their fuel costs. Fuel allowance is currently paid to over 369,000 at an estimated annual cost of €323 million in 2021. As part of the overall welfare budget package of €600 million in increases which I secured for 2022, I was pleased to be able to increase the fuel allowance payment...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits (25 Nov 2021)

Heather Humphreys: The Fuel Allowance is a payment of €33.00 per week for 28 weeks (a total of €924 each year) from October to April, to 369,000 low income households, at an estimated cost of €300 million in 2021. The purpose of this payment is to assist these households with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towards the energy costs of a household. It is not...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (25 Nov 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 89 and 102 together. The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children. The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them....

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Benefits (25 Nov 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 36 and 50 together. The Fuel Allowance is a payment of €33.00 per week for 28 weeks (a total of €924 each year) from October to April, to 369,000 low income households, at an estimated cost of €300 million in 2021. The purpose of this payment is to assist these households with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Energy Prices (25 Nov 2021)

Heather Humphreys: ...or who satisfy a means test. The package is also available to some people under the age of 66, who are in receipt of certain welfare type payments. My Department will spend approximately €265.48 million this year on HHB for over 480,000 customers. In 2021 the estimated cost of the gas and electricity element of the package is €195.31 million. The gas and electricity...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (25 Nov 2021)

Heather Humphreys: The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children. The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them. The programme is an important component of policies to...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Poverty Impact Assessment (25 Nov 2021)

Joe O'Brien: ...incomes, families and poverty. This informs decision-making leading up to the Budget and ensures that the most vulnerable are protected. Budget 2022 included a Social Welfare package worth €558 million, providing across-the-board increases of €5 to weekly payments to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and working age people, with proportionate...

Covid-19: New Measures: Statements (24 Nov 2021)

Alan Farrell: ..., ECDC, chart proves that. It shows the level of vaccinations with Ireland at the top of the graph at 93%. Bulgaria is at the bottom with 29%. However the stark reality is that Ireland has 15 deaths versus Bulgaria's 325 per million. The populations are 5 million here and 7 million there, so it is not far off in being an appropriate comparator. The ECDC also reported on the case...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (24 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 11, inclusive, together. The Cabinet committee on health oversees implementation of programme for Government commitments on health, receives detailed reports on identified policy areas and considers the implementation of health reforms, including Sláintecare. The Cabinet committee last met on Monday, 8 November. It is intended that it will meet...

Seanad: Companies (Emission Reporting) Bill 2021: Second Stage (24 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Garret Ahearn: ...world. The new climate action Bill includes an acceleration of measures to achieve the level of decarbonisation now required in the industry sector. The target is for a reduction of 7.9 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2018 to about 5 million tonnes in 2030. Under the Government's Climate Action Plan 2021, an increase in energy efficiency in Irish enterprises of 50% by 2030 will be...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (23 Nov 2021)

Seán Fleming: ...tourism sector by instancing the case of a single restaurant having nearly 2,400 cancellations. That is a phenomenal blow to any business. The funding for tourism in budget 2022, amounting to €288.5 million, represents an increase of €67.6 million over the 2021 allocation. It includes €50 million for further tourism business continuity supports to assist strategic...

Climate Action Plan 2021: Statements (23 Nov 2021)

Ossian Smyth: ...and future generations can live sustainably in a low-carbon and climate-resilient world. In line with EU ambition, the programme for Government, Our Shared Future, commits to achieving a 51% reduction in Ireland's overall greenhouse gas, GHG, emissions from 2021 to 2030, and to achieving net-zero emissions not later than 2050. These legally-binding objectives are set out in the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Nov 2021)

Mary Fitzpatrick: ...to Dr. Tony Holohan. He clearly stated that nobody has yet been infected, has been hospitalised or has, sadly, died in December. With 80% of the population vaccinated and with more than 7.8 million vaccines administered, with the booster campaign already delivered to the most vulnerable who we are protecting, and with the Covid-19 certificate being more widely used and accepted, a...

Seanad: Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (23 Nov 2021)

Michael McDowell: ...the Senator is coming from with her amendment. All of this is going to kill off an entire sector. It will expropriate an entire class of landlords. Whether it is the Minister's amendment to section 5 or this amendment, I want to put on the record of the House that I know I am in what is perhaps a minority of one, but I think this Bill is a disastrous mistake. In five or ten years'...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Schemes (23 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ...;Partial grants are available for individuals that can afford to contribute to the cost of upgrades as well as free energy efficiency retrofits for people at risk of energy poverty. Since 2000, over 450,000 homeowners have upgraded their homes with support from these schemes, representing nearly one home in four across the country. This has resulted in warmer, healthier and more...

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