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

Bernard Durkan: As there are four minutes left in the slot, it is up to Deputies whether to leave time for replies or get written responses.

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

Pauline Tully: One of the biggest problems facing rural Ireland has been the lack of investment in our towns and villages that over decades has resulted in the depopulation of once vibrant communities. My county, Cavan, has, like most of the Border region, endured an unprecedented level of decline, not least in those towns and villages where several empty, and sometimes derelict, buildings blight the main...

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

Bernard Durkan: There will only be time for written replies, unless we have space at the end. I call Deputy Browne.

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

Martin Browne: I will concentrate on three things, though I would love to have time to do more. I raise the issue of the N24 which connects Limerick and Waterford and passes through several towns in Tipperary. This route is vital to the connectivity of the region and to regional development as it is the link between Shannon Airport and Rosslare Harbour. However, past Governments from both Fine Gael and...

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

Michael Ring: I will not be able to answer all of the questions in one minute, but I will do my best to answer some of them. Deputy Calleary raised the issue of the stability fund. The Deputy is correct. My plan is to roll it out as quickly as possible. The funding is in place and more than 1,000 applications have been received. I want the funding to be paid out as quickly as possible. We did have to...

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

Bernard Durkan: Unfortunately, time has caught up with us. Every effort is being made to facilitate everybody. The time allocation is in members' hands. If members want full answers, the time is available for that. The next tranche of speakers is Deputies Rose Conway-Walsh, Martin Browne and Pauline Tully of Sinn Féin, who are sharing 15 minutes.

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

Rose Conway-Walsh: Go raibh maith agat. I welcome the Minister, Deputy Ring, and this opportunity to get answers to some questions. I thank the Minister for the funding that has been made available to the community and voluntary sector and I commend the meitheal of volunteers that have done Trojan work throughout the country. We need to examine the value of the community and voluntary sector. I refer the...

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

Jackie Cahill: I agree with Deputy Calleary about the significant work that community and voluntary organisations have done throughout the Covid-19 crisis. We must welcome the €40 million package of support for these organisations, charities and social enterprises announced on 8 Mary 2020. Many of these community and voluntary organisations have seen their incomes decimated because of the Covid-19...

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

Aindrias Moynihan: I wish to focus on three areas, namely, the community and voluntary sector, transport and mobility and broadband. Broadband is a major issue for so many rural communities and has been thus for many years. The recent increase in working and studying from home has further intensified the problems and has highlighted the broadband black spots. While additional bandwidth has been made...

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

Bernard Durkan: I thank the Minister. His time has expired. He may refer to the rest of his speech in the course of his questions and answers. Is that okay?

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

Michael Ring: That is grand.

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

Catherine Connolly: Is there a copy of the speech?

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

Bernard Durkan: It is being circulated. Fianna Fáil is next with 15 minutes. Who is Deputy Calleary sharing with?

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

Dara Calleary: I am sharing with Deputies Cahill, Moynihan and Ó Cuiv. There are a couple of others in the slot. We will manage the time.

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

Bernard Durkan: It is going to be very difficult to manage the multiplicity of interventions. I ask everybody to keep to the time as much as possible.

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

Dara Calleary: I thank the Acting Chairman. I join the Minister in acknowledging the huge effort that has been put in over the past number of weeks in the first phase of Covid by the local development sector, local authorities, organisations such as LocalLink, RSS and Tús, CE workers, and sports organisations in communities across the country. Truly meitheal was part of our defence against the...

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

Bernard Durkan: I call Deputy Michael Moynihan. We will take all the answers at the end, otherwise the last speaker will have no time at all.

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

Michael Moynihan: I will make my contribution and the Minister can reply to me in writing afterwards. I want to make a few points in the limited time we have. I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. I want to pick up on Deputy Calleary's point regarding the 5 km limit. For many urban dwellers, this limit does not impede them at all because they can do all of their business within a 5 km radius...

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

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

Bernard Durkan: I call the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Deputy Ring, for questions and answers on Covid-19. The Minister has ten minutes. Fianna Fáil will have 15 minutes, as will Sinn Féin. We then revert to ten minute slots for everybody.

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