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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I agree with the Tánaiste that the most important thing here is communication. I welcome that PayPal is going to engage with its workers today. Rumours of these jobs being transferred to India do not help at all. The Tánaiste knows more than most people the amount of money the Government and the Industrial Development Agency, IDA, invested into PayPal coming here. It is very...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy can be assured that I will continue to engage on this matter. PayPal has given us the commitment that it will be retaining 2,000 staff in Ireland, which is very significant, and that it will put a good redundancy package in place for the staff who are being let go. The Government will provide the staff who are being let go with whatever support it can provide in respect of...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I think he said earlier that language is important and that is right. Perhaps the language used yesterday was not the best language. No parent wants to be told his or her child is being offered a stopgap solution. I particularly do not like the use of the term "autism centre" because it sounds othering. It sounds like children are going to be bussed away to a special...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Mick Barry: Good afternoon Tánaiste. He is back from the luxury ski resort. I am sure he did not do a Eugene Murphy and sleep in the back of a car, so I am curious to know how much the rooms cost in Davos this year and what was the all-in price of the trip. For some time the Tánaiste has been solemnly warning about the dangers of a wage-price spiral. It seems his analysis is up to serious...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I spent Monday and Tuesday in Davos representing the country at the World Economic Forum. I was happy to do so. The Taoiseach is there now. It is important we are represented and it gives us an opportunity to tell our story, whether in relation to the protocol, what is happening in Northern Ireland or to our own economy. I flew commercially and stayed in four-star...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Like Robert Watt's.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Employers who give pay rises often fund them by increasing the prices they charge their customers for the goods and services they produce. If a company with a few hundred employees increases pay by say, 7% or 8%, it will seek to fund that, at least in part, by increasing what it charges ordinary customers and people for the goods and services it produces. That is why we want to try to avoid...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Mick Barry: It is interesting the Tánaiste has gone back half a century and used the 1970s for his analysis of inflation. He did not engage with the examples I gave him. They are real, new, fresh and are coming from the US and Europe, including from members of the executive board of the ECB. That in itself says much, as the Tánaiste engages with the Minister, about the weakness of his line...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I was interested to hear him cite the US. Many economists, including ones from both left and right, would say one of the reasons the US is facing such high levels of inflation, that are much higher than what we are experiencing here, is at least in part due to the level of spending by government there through the fiscal stimulus and also the extent to which the Federal...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: On the back of a piece of paper, I can think of rents, mortgage interest costs, childcare costs, insurance premiums and healthcare access. These are all areas where Irish workers and families were already paying among the highest rates in the world under the Tánaiste's Government, and all of that has been added to by the soaring cost of electricity and fuel prices that are quite simply...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Again, I acknowledge that the cost of living in Ireland is high. It was high before the current inflation crisis, compared with our peers. The cost of living in Ireland is about 30% or 35% higher than it is in similar countries. Our wages and salaries are also about 30% or 35% higher than in similar countries, which is important to bear in mind. While the Deputy's party has given us...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Duncan Smith: Yesterday during Leaders' Questions, I raised specific questions about the provision of special school places for children. I asked how many children are waiting on a place and whether every child will be guaranteed one. Eighty children in Dublin alone are waiting for a special class, with many more in the rest of the country. I got no acceptable answer yesterday from the Minister, Deputy...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I reiterate the Government is absolutely committed to upholding the right of children with special educational needs to have a good education, a quality education and one that is provided in their community. Our policy is one of integration. If we are going to have an integrated society, we have to start with integrated schools, and as much as possible, children with special or additional...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Duncan Smith: What the Minister of State said last week was not there was a willingness to use section 37A but that this was a new policy direction and that it was going to be the direction of Government policy, not that there was a willingness to use it as a last resort, as now seems to be the case. I welcome the news for those Dublin 15 families and children who have places, and it is great to have a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: I want to pick up on the point about regulation with respect to nitrogen. We regulate nitrogen primarily to protect our rivers. Is the Minister looking at regulating nitrogen to reduce greenhouse gases as well? It is important to put that on the record of the House. The Minister did not talk about rewetting peatlands. The CAP strategic plan identifies 40,000 ha of peatlands and the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Water quality is essential. We have to take steps to improve it and the regulation of nitrogen and fertiliser is important in that regard. It also delivers in reducing emissions. There will be great potential over the years ahead to work towards using more clover in swards and multispecies swards, which reduces significantly the need for chemical fertiliser but is also beneficial from a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Common Agricultural Policy (26 May 2022)

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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Matt Carthy: At this stage, we are running out of words to describe the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on ordinary workers and families. Households simply cannot keep up. They are struggling to make it to the end of the week. Their hard-earned money is going out faster than it came in. While people watch every cent they spend and do everything they can to provide for their children, they also...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (26 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for the question. At the outset, I acknowledge that Ireland, and the entire world, is facing a cost-of-living crisis driven by inflation, which is largely caused by international factors beyond our control, as the Deputy acknowledged. The cost of everything is going up and the cost of very little is going down. People can see that in their utility bills, when they go to...

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