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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Mary Lou McDonald: I very much welcome that. I think we are of one mind across the Dáil that all this is completely unacceptable. As the Taoiseach has described, the families have been through losing a precious child, a loved one, and then experienced the horror of discovering that their organs were disposed of in this manner, alongside, as I said, medical waste. This can never, ever happen again. We...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: Aontaím leis an Teachta. Tá sé dochreidte go bhfuil sé seo fós ag tarlú sa lá atá inniu ann. Déanaim comhbhrón arís leis na teaghlaigh go léir atá ag fulaingt de dheasca an mhéid a tharla. Caithfimid dul i ngleic leis seo agus an scéal a réiteach. On the review being shared with the families in Cork, I have...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Catherine Murphy: This week we are seeing a new low when it comes to rushed, reckless, haphazard and confused legislation from the Government. Last September the housing committee was asked to do pre-legislative scrutiny of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2022. It ran to 18 pages. More than ten months later, late last Thursday, an amended version of the Bill was circulated by...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue. There are two separate issues here but I accept there is a connection in terms of overall planning. On the amendments coming forward to the Planning and Development Act, four sets of amendments were initially considered for inclusion by Government in the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill. All four sets of amendments were identified...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We are out of time.

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We are not. I have one minute and 30 seconds. The Government says it is not possible to anything about all of this and yet, Berlin did it. Berlin brought in rent-cap legislation in 2020 to do precisely what we are looking to do, which is not to allow rents go above levels that are affordable. It was brought in throughout Germany in 2020. In Paris, it was brought it in 2018. If there...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Question put.

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time this evening.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Mary Lou McDonald: Last year, the parents of 18 babies born at Cork University Maternity Hospital were informed that their children's organs were sent to Belgium for incineration, without their knowledge or consent. This happened on two occasions between March and April 2020. The bereaved parents had believed that the organs of their babies, who had been subject to autopsy, would be cremated or buried in a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I express my deepest sympathies to the families involved who, having experienced the tragedy of losing a beloved child or loved one, have that grief compounded by the wrong and inappropriate disposal of organs. It is unacceptable and very distressing for the families concerned. In many respects, it is incomprehensible given that there was a major inquiry nearly 20 years ago which covered...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Gino Kenny: Landlords have never had it so good, to coin a phrase. Corporate landlords are having it really good. Corporate landlords were brought here after the crash by Fine Gael for one reason only, which was to make huge amounts of money. This is what they are doing. They own huge portfolios of apartments and houses throughout the State. In some cases they are getting paid by the State after...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We have an absolutely dire rental and housing crisis. For a Bill that we table to try to address these extortionate rents we get sent the Minister of State with responsibility for heritage, electoral reform, local government and planning. The Minister with responsibility for housing does not even bother to come in. I find that really sickening. Yet again, I do not get an answer, although...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Thomas Pringle: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on this important and necessary Bill. I absolutely support this legislation establishing a national rent authority and reducing rents to affordable levels by limiting them to a maximum of a quarter of households' monthly incomes. As we all know, this is the last week the Dáil will sit before the recess. Although we have unnecessarily rushed...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis na Teachtaí go léir. I thank all the Deputies. I do not have time to respond to all the issues raised. Deputy Gino Kenny raised the issue of income thresholds. The review is now complete and the Minister of State, Deputy Peter Burke, and the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, are considering the findings with a view to making...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Michael Collins: Every weekend my clinics, like those of all Deputies, are full of people looking for help with housing, including families who work hard but will never be able to afford to purchase a home of their own and families who do not qualify for any State help. These are the people falling between the cracks. The Government's Housing for All plan is nothing more than a rebranding of old Fine Gael...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Michael Healy-Rae: First, I will declare that for many decades I have been involved in the rental market. That puts me in a good position to talk about this very important subject. I welcome the debate, but some of its content will not help to solve the problem. What we have heard from an awful lot of the Deputies to the right is the demonisation of people who have properties they rent out. They are...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: I thank People Before Profit for allowing us this discussion. I appreciate that everyone is trying to do their best but, sadly, I see in this proposal a lot of nonsense that just will not work. The Bill does not state whether it is referring to local authorities or otherwise. In my view, the local authorities assess income and treat people on lower incomes accordingly. Those people pay...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Joan Collins: I thank People Before Profit for introducing the Rent Reduction Bill, which I support. I think many will consider the proposal in the Bill to reduce rents in the private rental sector revolutionary, but a revolutionary approach, a practical and realistic proposal on behalf of renters, is what is required. The right to a secure, affordable place to live, a home, is an essential human right...

Rent Reduction Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (13 Jul 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: I support the premise of the Bill. The idea that people are paying 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, and sometimes 70%, of their income on rent is incredible. There needs to be a tight relationship between the income people earn and the rent they pay for accommodation. This proportion is way out of whack in terms of people's ability to live. The Bill seeks to reduce rents by limiting them to a maximum...

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