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Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Budget 2022 (19 Oct 2021)

Mary Butler: I thank the Deputy for his question. This year saw the largest budget allocation to mental health in the State's history at €1.149 billion. The year 2022 will see an additional €47 million for mental health services, comprising the €24 million the Deputy mentioned for new developments, €10 million for mental health initiatives in response to Covid and €13...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Emergency Departments (19 Oct 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank the Deputy for his question. As he mentioned, emergency department attendances have reached 2019 levels and exceeded them in some places. In 2019, 1.34 million people attended emergency departments and approximately 350,000 of them were admitted. I acknowledge the work of our front-line staff in keeping the emergency departments open throughout the pandemic. Our figures for...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Disability Services (19 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: I am delighted to have the opportunity to answer this question. I will break it down as quickly as I can. The first €50 million is for the existing level of services. Another €55 million is for new developments. These new developments will be made up of a suite measures in different areas. I want to talk about therapy posts and administrative work. Approximately €9...

Access of Competent Authorities to Centralised Bank Account Registries: Motion (19 Oct 2021)

Mark Ward: ...will work to stop young people from falling into a life of crime and drug use. Communities are not asking for handouts. They are simply asking that the money is returned to where it originally came from. Over €5 million was seized by CAB last year and it is really welcome. I know how community groups in my area and right across the State would spend this to build community...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cross-Border Co-operation (19 Oct 2021)

Micheál Martin: ...but there is no such caution in civil society and those in business and industry are also engaging. On industrial relations, the Labour Employer Economic Forum, LEEF, had a plenary meeting on 5 July. That is the forum for Government to engage with representatives from employers and trade unions. It has developed a work stream to look at shared island issues, labour market dynamics...

Seanad: Flood Risk Management: Motion (19 Oct 2021)

Róisín Garvey: ...problem in one place just moves the problem somewhere else, be that to farmlands or the next village or town. Prevention is better than cure. If we do not move towards proper whole river and catchment-based solutions as soon as possible, we will waste millions of euro blocking holes in a colander instead of investing properly in upstream and design solutions for entire areas. We need...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and COP26: Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications (19 Oct 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ...relaunch of the SEAI grant system in a new national retrofitting scheme, which I hope to announce and deliver shortly. It will build on good work. In the budget, I believe we agreed €109 million for the warmer homes scheme next year. That funding is 100% targeted at people on low incomes. There is an extensive report on it. There is a backlog and people are frustrated that it...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills: Leaving Certificate Reform: Discussion (19 Oct 2021)

...loan system, that is an awful case. It is just not right. This person wanted to do medicine. The European Stability Mechanism is lending for education purposes. A Romanian bank has borrowed €5 million from it for lending to students. That is a possibility. By the way, the interest rate is 2%. The Romanian bank is charging 11%, the reason being the level of default on such...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Early Childhood Care and Education (14 Oct 2021)

Anne Rabbitte: ..., Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is carrying out a comprehensive review of the operating model for early learning and childcare in Ireland. This follows on from the commitment in First 5, the whole-of-government strategy for babies, young children and their families 2019-28, to undertake this review with a view to developing more consolidated and streamlined planning,...

Financial Resolutions 2021 - Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (14 Oct 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Martin Browne: ...chose to continue its old ways by prioritising landlords. However, it does not stop there. The lack of rental properties means that many renters are living in unsuitable accommodation. Of the 765 private rental properties inspected in my own constituency of Tipperary last year - an inspection rate of only 10% - only 91 were compliant with minimum standards. That is the result of the...

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (14 Oct 2021)

John Lahart: ...and Kerry; (3) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss pay and conditions for school secretaries; (4) Deputies Paul McAuliffe and Cormac Devlin - to discuss the return of the night-time economy in Dublin; (5) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss funding from budget 2022 for the refurbishment and maintenance of mental healthcare facilities; (6) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the urgent need in the...

Financial Resolutions 2021 - Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (14 Oct 2021)

Joe Carey: ...this Dáil has been recovery of the aviation sector, which is not only essential but is vital to the recovery of the tourism sector for the entire mid-west and west. I very much welcome the €126 million aviation package and the €60 million of capital investment. We must ensure this package is invested in a fair and regionally balanced way, in line with the aims of the...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Domestic Violence (14 Oct 2021)

Joe O'Brien: ...aid for victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Expenditure on victim supports for people who have suffered domestic, sexual and gender-based violence is also set to increase by €5 million, bringing total funding to €13 million, inclusive of €1 million to improve Garda divisional protective services units. These units are now operating in every Garda...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Social Welfare Schemes (14 Oct 2021)

Malcolm Noonan: ...welfare recipients. On 27 September 2021, the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Heather Humphreys, announced the start of the national fuel scheme for the 2021-22 season. A budget of €292 million has been set aside for this season to pay an estimated 370,000 households. The purpose of the payment is to assist the households with their energy costs and the allowance...

Seanad: Finance (European Stability Mechanism and Single Resolution Fund) Bill 2021: Second Stage (14 Oct 2021)

Paschal Donohoe: ...estimated in November 2014. Ours will be, or was at that point, €1.815 billion. However, following a review of risks in the European banking system our contribution was revised downwards to €815 million. The second element is the reform of the precautionary conditioned credit line, PCCL. This involves the modernisation of the ESM's financial assistance toolkit. This...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites
(14 Oct 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

...income and expenditure relating to those functions are included in the appropriation account for that Department in Vote 33. Total gross expenditure under the Vote in 2020 amounted to €428 million, some 21% or €113 million below the budgetary allocation of €541 million, which included capital carryover. The Covid-19 pandemic impacted expenditure across all...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Departmental Budgets (14 Oct 2021)

Heather Humphreys: The revised estimate for my Department for 2021 provides for a gross allocation of €351 million, with a gross capital allocation of €168.6 million. In addition, €13.18 million of unspent capital funding has been carried forward from 2020 giving a total capital allocation of €181.8 million for 2021. As of 11thOctober 2021 the total capital spend amounted to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (14 Oct 2021)

Norma Foley: I propose to take Questions Nos. 121 and 122 together. As part of the COVID-19 supports provided to schools in 2020, additional funding of €41.2 million was allocated to provide primary schools with substitute staff. This funding allowed for the expansion of the Substitute Teacher Supply Panel from a pilot scheme consisting of 6 base schools to 132 Substitute Teacher Supply...

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Community Development Projects (14 Oct 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 245, 247, 252 and 258 together. My Department delivers a wide range of policies and measures to support urban and rural communities. Funding strands include the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, LEADER, Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), Community Services Programme, Community Enhancement Programme, CLÁR Programme, Local...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Circular Economy Bill 2021: Discussion (Resumed) (14 Oct 2021)

...practice from across the EU and developments in Brussels. Targets were raised in the last meeting. Knowing the extraction of natural resources causes more than 90% of biodiversity loss and at least 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, the most important thing the circular economy can achieve is to reduce our consumption of natural resources. Ireland does not report on material footprint in...

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