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Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: We now move to the Independent group.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: The independent Independents.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: The independent Independent group.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I will share time, five minutes and five minutes. I thank the Minister for his initiative and pay tribute to the work done by his Department. More particularly, I want to pay tribute to community and voluntary groups. As my time is limited, I will limit my gratitude to those few words. I fully appreciate the work being done. Today I want to zone in on one particular scheme. I ask for...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Healy-Rae: First, I thank the Minister and the people working in the Department for the excellent work they have been doing. The Minister is a very strong advocate for rural Ireland and I appreciate that, as he knows. I have no problem in acknowledging that. I want to highlight the concerns I and many others have about rural businesses. The Minister knows of the difficulties we were having already,...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Matt Shanahan: In terms of outdoor recreational infrastructure, I think the specific brief is around cycleways and walkways. I may be on the wrong track but I am also thinking of waterways. We had two initiatives in Waterford, one on a blueway and another on amalgamating old houses and river walks. This is an area for future tourism development throughout the country around which a separate initiative...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Ring: The Deputy is referring to the outdoor recreational scheme. I have worked with Waterways Ireland and I must compliment it on fantastic projects in Leitrim and in the Border counties with which we have collaborated. That has worked out very well. This is a fantastic scheme. One thing that has worked very well in the past few months when people have been restricted to 2 km and 5 km is the...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Carol Nolan: I acknowledge at the outset the launch of a €40 million support package for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, which I wholeheartedly welcome. I also acknowledge this includes €35 million Covid-19 stability funding to qualifying organisations most in need which have seen their trading or fundraising income drop significantly during the...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Ring: On the town and village renewal scheme, on this occasion I am examining the scheme in the context of social distancing in public realms. In light of the rules around social distancing we need to introduce new rules and regulations. I have asked the local authorities to make provision for this when submitting their plans. The Deputy raised the issue of the stability package. He is...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Ring: We do not fund free legal aid. That is a matter for the Department of Justice and Equality. I have overall responsibility with regard to Pobal, but it deals directly with the Department of Justice and Equality. The Deputy wrote to the Minister for Justice and Equality. I will ask my officials to raise the Deputy's concerns with the Minister again. I am glad the Deputy raised the issue...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Matt Shanahan: I am deputising for a colleague at short notice so I apologise in advance if I am not fully au faitwith the Minister's brief. Regarding the town and village renewal scheme, I think everybody would agree that it is a great opportunity to develop towns and cities, but I wonder about the idea of drawing up the strategic plans around it, particularly for community groups. Has the Minister's...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: In the few seconds remaining I would like to ask if the case I have made about the study in the US and the statistics coming from the CSO are a cause of concern to the Minister given his responsibility for rural affairs, if not for meat.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Ring: I am always concerned about what is happening in rural Ireland and I can stand over my record. The investment made by this Department in rural Ireland has been substantial over the last number of years. There is no doubt about the fact that my Department has helped to create jobs in the context of the rural regeneration scheme. One can go to many parts of rural Ireland where people would...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: That is not the case.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Ring: I can use the same statistics as the Deputy. There are more people working and living in rural Ireland now than since the foundation of the State.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Murphy: I wish to raise three issues with the Minister, the first of which is not an area under his direct responsibility. However, it is an urgent issue so I will raise it with him now. I have written to the Minister for Justice and Equality about it and ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development to raise it with him as well. I refer to the conditions inside the direct provision centre...

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: Next is Solidarity-People Before Profit. Is Deputy Bríd Smith sharing time?

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: Yes, with Deputy Paul Murphy.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bernard Durkan: Is that agreed? Agreed.

Covid-19 (Rural and Community Development): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: I wish to raise the recent CSO statistics with the Minister. The CSO identified a slight decline in cases of the virus in cities but an increase in the number of cases in urban towns. It examined the figures for counties like Cavan and Monaghan. The number of cases hit its peak in April when Cavan had a high of 182 cases per week and Monaghan recorded 176 new cases per week. According to...

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