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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Dec 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: I want to be associated with the Ceann Comhairle's remarks, especially the thanks he has given to all the staff here. I will ask about the latest house price increases. They have increased by 13.5% in the past year and rents have increased by 7%. Almost 9,000 people are living in homeless shelters, including 2,500 children. The Government has failed abysmally to meet any of its housing...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: It is planned to bring in a vacant property tax in the budget, so it will, in essence, be legislated for this year and will most likely be applied from 2023. Revenue is collecting data at present as part of the current revaluation to find out why places are vacant. There is not very accurate data on how many vacant properties there are or why they are vacant. They can sometimes be vacant...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (16 Dec 2021)

Gino Kenny: I will associate myself with the Ceann Comhairle's earlier remarks on fellow Deputies and staff. They have done a tremendous job in an extremely difficult year. Earlier this year, the Government brought in legislation around ticket touting that banned above-price resales. It was progressive legislation, but there is also a practice going on, which I never heard of until recently, called...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I am sorry to hear those stories. I know so many people who work in the night-time economy and they had been looking forward to a very different Christmas one where they could do their job, practise their art and maybe make a little bit of money for Christmas and for the year ahead. They now find themselves in a very difficult position. We want to make sure those...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I notice the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media coming into the Chamber. As she is present, jobbing musicians, entertainers and performers on the ground have been appealing for a meeting with her to explain the particular difficulties they are facing, including the anomalies, inconsistencies and refusals.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Catherine Martin: That is happening.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Okay. I talked to them this morning and they still felt there was no movement. Many of them are being denied. Whatever the Department is telling the Tánaiste, I tell him they are being refused on spurious grounds around PRSI contributions that they could not possibly show. If their gigs have collapsed for December, they are being asked in for an interview and being told they must...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Catherine Martin: I met its representatives last week and departmental officials met them on Monday.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: They are telling me there has been no movement.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: There needs to be some controls and some checks and balances.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: There are none on the EWSS.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: This is ultimately taxpayers' money. As the Deputy will know from the published reports, there have been very large overpayments of the PUP and there has also been fraud related to it. This is taxpayers' money and we must ensure we minimise that. Among the checks and controls is asking people to show evidence that they were self-employed. Anyone who is self-employed makes PRSI class S...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: At the end of the year.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: -----but I hear what the Deputy is saying. There are people who work in the night-time economy and who have had the devastating news in the past few weeks that that sector of the economy is being shut down again until we do not know when. We need to make sure they get the money they need to get through Christmas and thereafter. I will certainly take this up with the Minster, Deputy...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I wish the Ceann Comhairle and everyone else a happy Christmas. Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital put a plan in place for orthopaedic surgery, especially for children with scoliosis, spina bifida and other conditions. The new plan put in place by Mr. Connor Green and his team estimates they will be able to increase output by approximately 400%. There are 100 children on their...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. On behalf of the Government, I reiterate that reducing the scoliosis waiting list and the spinal surgery waiting list is a priority for Government. It is important to say the HSE's service plan for 2022 has not yet been approved or published. The HSE is aware of the level of priority the Government, and indeed all parties, attach to this issue. The Minister for Health...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Michael Fitzmaurice: I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. If the HSE and successive Governments have been aware of the situation over the past number of years, as they should have been, it is very unusual the HSE would leave this out of a draft plan. The Tánaiste is correct that money does not always solve everything but if somebody like Mr. Green and his team put a draft plan together to increase...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I caution the Deputy. We need to be careful about making allegations certainly against named families, even though they may be beneficial owners of companies or corporations. We just need to tread warily, please.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Leo Varadkar: Cognisant of what the Ceann Comhairle said, I am not going to make any particular remark about any particular company or any particular individual. What I can say in the round is that it is my view that companies that have recorded substantial profits this year or are in the position to pay substantial dividends should refund the money they received under the employment wage subsidy scheme,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Gerald Nash: I agree but the type of behaviour I outlined from corporate entities, which is on the record - and I believe there may be more revelations in coming days - should have been made unlawful in the first place as has been the case in Austria and some other countries against which we like to compare ourselves. No conditionality whatsoever was attached to the temporary wage subsidy scheme, TWSS....

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