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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: There has been an increase in social welfare rates. That occurred in January and was done in response to the fact that we had a return to inflation. There had not been increases in social welfare rates in some previous budgets. Since then, there have been other increases in social welfare. For example, we brought forward changes to the working family payment and we also brought in an...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: We know that two separate investigations are now under way into allegations of conflict of interest in decision-making of the deputy chair of An Bord Pleanála, Paul Hyde. One of the investigations is being carried out by Remy Farrell, senior counsel, while the other is an internal audit. The terms of reference for Mr. Farrell's inquiry were published by the Government exactly one week...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. These are very serious allegations and serious allegations need to be taken seriously and properly investigated, but people are entitled to due process as well. I am sure the Deputy will acknowledge that. His questions are specific and deserve an answer. I might ask the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, to revert to the Deputy with specific answers to his questions...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. I will narrow it down to two fairly general questions that I think he will be able to answer. First, will the scope of the investigation be widened so that all the allegations that are in the public domain will be investigated? What is his view on that? Should it be widened so that all allegations that are in the public domain will be investigated?...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: As regards the scope of the investigation and whether it should be widened, that is a matter for the Minister, Deputy O'Brien, to consider. Obviously, he will need to see whether the additional allegations have substance and, on foot of that, will need to make a decision as to whether the terms of reference need to be changed or the investigation widened. That is really a matter for the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: The British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, has been accused of saying that a no-deal Brexit in Ireland would only affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks. Some people might say that is just Tories being Tories, but it does give an insight into the ignorance at the heart of the British bad faith when it comes to Brexit and the North of Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Is féidir teacht ar Cheisteanna Scríofa ar www.oireachtas.ie. Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Pearse Doherty: Níl dabht ar bith ach go bhfuil smacht caillte ag an Rialtas ar an ghéarchéim costais maireachtála. Tchímid go bhfuil méadú de 28% tagtha ar bhillí leictreachais, go bhfuil méadaithe os cionn 50% tagtha ar bhillí gáis agus go bhfuil an costas d'ola chun tithe a théamh beagnach dúbailte le bliain anuas. Tá cíosanna...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising this important issue. I acknowledge that we face a cost-of-living crisis, that inflation is at levels not seen in a very long time and that people are feeling the pinch and more than a pinch. Many are struggling to make ends meet. It is affecting households and families, as well as businesses in terms of the cost of energy. People see it when they fill their...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (19 May 2022)

Pearse Doherty: The Tánaiste missed the point. We recognise what happened in the budget and the measures taken. We had to push the Government repeatedly even to move in respect of petrol and diesel. It still did not go far enough. I can tell the Tánaiste, hand on heart, that the people who come into my constituency office and those of my colleagues are not ranting to us when they tell us they...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: The target of the national retrofitting scheme is 500,000 houses. It is an extraordinary target. It really needs a Marshall Plan effort to reach it given its complexity. We are nowhere near that. Is there a co-ordination point within the Department to ensure all the courses - the Minister of State mentioned a figure of 60 - are delivering the places we need? A commitment was made at...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Niall Collins: I thank Deputy Calleary. This is of high priority. Our Department is engaged actively and proactively through each of our ETBs. There have been several reports arising from the work of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and also the work on having a zero-carbon economy. They have produced targets in respect of which we are trying actively to create awareness and ensure that all...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: I reiterate my call for a central point. Someone needs to take charge of this in the Department. The person should be co-ordinating all the activity to ensure somebody has the target in mind. I note the list of centres the Minister of State gave in his initial answer. There is no centre planned for the west coast. It is all about the midlands. In the west, we have houses that need...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: The ETBs are mentioned only twice in the national apprenticeship plan, which concerns me. I visited Ballina last week. Wonderful work is being done there on apprenticeships in electrical work, butchery and several other trades. We need an office for further education and training and apprenticeships to protect the integrity of the trades. I am really concerned about what I hear. We have...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Niall Collins: In reply to Deputy Calleary, an NZEB centre in Sligo is being worked on and is to be opened soon. On Deputy Conway-Walsh's concerns, we will talk to the national apprenticeship office.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Technological Universities

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Gerald Nash: 110. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps that he and the Higher Education Authority are taking to progress the process of obtaining technological university status for Dundalk Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24104/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Gerald Nash: The securing of technological university status for Dundalk IT is fundamental to the economic and social development of County Louth and the rest of the north east. As the Minister knows, there are only two institutes outside consortia: Dundalk IT, DkIT, and the Institute of Art Design and Technology, IADT. The Minister recently visited Dundalk IT, for which I thank him. I am somewhat...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter and arranging for me to meet members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland when I visited DkIT. I was delighted to do so and will be delighted to have a further meeting with them in due course. As the Deputy is well aware, DkIT is currently pursuing a trajectory to achieve technological university status. Let me be very clear: the north east must...

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