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Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Go raibh maith agat, a Theachta. Nice haircut. I call Deputy Duncan Smith.

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Duncan Smith: Even compared to this morning's debate, right now feels like a very sad time. The people that have been on to me this afternoon, particularly in the past hour and a half, are angry but also disconsolate and sad about where we are going with this virus. They have known for a number of weeks that we have been heading towards restrictions. The figures have been too high in respect of case...

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Mark Ward: I wish to put on the record that I support public health measures and advice. Sinn Féin has been consistent in our approach on Covid and public health. I also commend the public on how they have carried themselves right throughout this pandemic and how they have looked after themselves and others. This is despite the mixed messages, kite-flying and sometimes off-the-wall regulations...

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

John Lahart: What about the funerals in the North?

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Mark Ward: I will not interrupt Deputy Lahart if he does not interrupt me. It seems to be one rule for some and other rules for the piglets. We have tabled several amendments to this Bill and if they are not accepted, we cannot support the Bill. The Government has had plenty of time to address our concerns. Covid is an absolutely horrible virus. I can speak at first hand of how nasty it is,...

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

David Cullinane: It is a very disappointing day for all of us for a number of reasons. First, we are again being asked to keep on the Statute Book, and keep in use, emergency powers that we all hoped would be long gone. It is equally disappointing because of the recommended changes that have come from NPHET, which the Government will have to decide on over the next number of hours and days. I say that in...

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I move: "That the Bill be now read a second time". I welcome the opportunity to present the Health and Criminal Justice (Covid-19) (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2021 to the House. The purpose of this Bill is to extend the period of application of certain emergency provisions that have been key to the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency provisions that are to...

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is interesting the last speakers spoke about the need for a debate on the planning system. It is certainly one we might facilitate in the next Dáil session. Like Deputy Durkan, I would need to be manacled to stay silent during such a debate if it happens. The Minister of State will wrap up this important business.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Members for contributing to the debate and for the points they raised. It is interesting that a number of Deputies said the legislation was meaningless and would not serve its intended purpose, and yet they were very clear they are voting for the Bill. At the outset that seems very strange. I refer specifically to Deputy Cian O'Callaghan's comments on the number of Bills we...

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank Deputy Fitzmaurice for those words of wisdom. I call the Minister of State. The floor is his.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I thank the Deputies for raising important issues.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Durkan: Excuse me, but is there any possibility of speaking for a few minutes?

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy wants to come in. I am sorry, we would love to hear Deputy Durkan.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Durkan: I could speak for hours on this subject, as could the Ceann Comhairle.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: You could, but hopefully you will not.

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Durkan: It remains to be seen if we will achieve the objectives that we want to. However, I agree entirely with the opinions expressed by my colleague just a few minutes ago. It is sad. We have had many debates on this subject and we still do not seem to be able to break through the glass wall. We know what should happen. We all talk about it. Yet we do not seem to make it happen. With no...

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. As the Minister of State and everyone around the country knows, even in areas where there was never a problem with rents, it is becoming a problem. Even in small towns where three, four or five years ago there was not a problem, it is now a problem to get a house. Thankfully, we see some families moving to such areas, which is welcome....

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021 [Seanad]: Second Stage (3 Dec 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: As has been stated by Deputy Ó Broin and others, we will not oppose the Bill, but we do not believe it will cut the mustard and deal with the situation of hard-pressed renters. The rent pressure zones failed, as will this legislation. It is almost as if it is legislation for a situation that is not as dysfunctional as the one with which we are dealing. RPZs failed to deliver on 4%;...

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