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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Regional Development (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: The Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, and the OPW are looking at how they can identify suitable State-owned properties which are no longer being used and could be passed over to the community. It could be, for example, an old Garda station lying idle. Rather than letting that property fall into disrepair, why not give it to the community? Through schemes like the town and village...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Regional Development (15 Jul 2021)

Claire Kerrane: The list of 75 vacant properties in the possession of the OPW went to the Department. Has the Minister had any engagement with the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, or the OPW on the use of those properties for community purposes in rural towns and villages? Some of them are going up for auction this month. That is regrettable, especially if some level of engagement between the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Regional Development (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I have had engagement and meetings with the Minister of State on the issue of properties. Some of these properties could be acquired for remote working hubs or a number of other uses. It is up to local communities and local authorities to work together. When they make propositions, I am never found wanting. Good projects always get funding and different streams of funding are available. ...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Regional Development (15 Jul 2021)

Question No. 88 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Island Communities (15 Jul 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I am delighted that the Minister and Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann had an opportunity to give presentations. I welcome the fact that some progress has been made and that the Minister hopes for the draft policy to be published by the end of the year. It is important to put this in context. Some 24 years ago, there was an interdepartmental report which acknowledged what was...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Island Communities (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy. I agree with her. I come from a landlocked, inland county but I hope the Deputy accepts my bona fides in being absolutely committed to supporting island communities. It is my plan to visit a number of islands the week after next to meet the residents and to have conversations with them to see at first hand the issues, challenges and opportunities they are presented...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Island Communities (15 Jul 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I thank the Minister. I accept her bona fides. I hope she will visit Galway, where there are a number of islands including the Aran Islands and Inishbofin. Huge progress has been made on ecotourism and dark skies on Inishbofin but the island is struggling for something as basic as a primary care centre. That is just one example. The Minister has made progress on the business case for...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Island Communities (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I am happy to look at the model employed in Scotland and to learn from the things that have worked there. I am absolutely committed to delivering this policy for the islands. A number of agencies are involved. It cuts across Departments. As the Deputy will know, it does not only involve my Department, but a number of Departments. We are consulting with them. The Deputy mentioned a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Public Procurement Contracts

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Brian Stanley: 86. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if her Department has considered the role that social and labour procurement clauses could play in the development of economies in rural Ireland. [38307/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

John Lahart: This question, in the name of Deputy Stanley, is being taken by Deputy Mairéad Farrell.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Mairead Farrell: In public procurement, social clauses are legal obligations which require contractors to create some form of added value as part of the contract. That can come in the form of labour activation, promoting the participation of SMEs, an obligation to provide a living wage and so on. What consideration has the Minister's Department given to the role that social and labour procurement clauses...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. As she will be aware, responsibility for public procurement lies with my colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Ossian Smyth. However, socially responsible public procurement is a whole-of-government priority. It is critical that public funds are used for the maximum benefit of society. Social clauses can also play an important role in rural...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Mairead Farrell: I am aware the Minister's Department has done work on social clauses. It is one of only seven Departments to have done so. The Minister has mentioned the involvement of social enterprises in the provision of sensory facilities and equipment in public libraries. I welcome and acknowledge that. I also acknowledge that a public body under the Minister's Department, Pobal, has also done work...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy. I absolutely agree with her on the benefit of including social clauses. It is important and, where possible, there should be social benefits. My Department is particularly focused on social enterprises. We have a strategy to promote these but it a question of how to get that other aspect into the public procurement process. As the Deputy will know, the Minister of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Departmental Programmes (15 Jul 2021)

Heather Humphreys: I do not have specific information on the area the Deputy raised. Many playgrounds have been funded, however. I have had the pleasure to visit many of them and I have seen the benefits they bring to schools and communities. In addition to the funding that is provided through my Department, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Deputy O'Gorman, launched the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Voluntary Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Voluntary Sector

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Voluntary Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Paul Donnelly: 84. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if it will be ensured that a dedicated training and development strategy is developed and fully funded for the charitable, voluntary and community sectors in budget 2022. [38989/21]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Voluntary Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Paul Donnelly: Will the Minister ensure that a dedicated training and development strategy is developed and fully funded for the charitable, voluntary and community sector in budget 2022? As we know, training is not a luxury. It is essential for all community, voluntary and charity sector projects to enable them to deliver a quality service.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Voluntary Sector (15 Jul 2021)

Joe O'Brien: Building capacity and training opportunities for the community and voluntary sector is key to realising the intent of sustainable, inclusive and empowered communities, the Government's five-year strategy to support the sector. The strategy details clear commitments in respect of training. Action 2.1 commits to support community groups and organisations to identify and meet their training...

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