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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: I hear the Deputy quoting selectively about a decade ago as to why these houses were not built in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: Ask the Taoiseach's brother how he voted.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: What he fails to note is we were under an IMF programme. The State was spending 50% more than it was taking in income. We were locked out of the markets. Any borrowing was as high as 14%. Two local authorities in Dublin and the local authority in Westmeath were piloting the mortgage-to-rent scheme because we were saturated with debt in our local authorities. The Deputy ignores all of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: Answer the question on housing please.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: I will not accept that from a party which objects-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: The question is on housing.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: -----day after day and week after week. We have a record budget. We are in the business of building houses for all of our citizens. We will do this and we will deliver on it.

Estimates for Public Services 2021: Messages from Select Committees (3 Jun 2021)

Estimates for Public Services 2021: Messages from Select Committees (3 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimates for public services for the service of the year ending on 31 December 2021: Votes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimates for public services for the...

An Bille um an Naoú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Ceart chun Tithíochta) 2020: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Housing) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Jun 2021)

An Bille um an Naoú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Ceart chun Tithíochta) 2020: An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-ninth Amendment of the Constitution (Right to Housing) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Jun 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Tairgim: "Go léifear an Bille don Dara hUair anois." I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." It is worth noting that we originally tabled this Bill in the previous Dáil in September 2017. At that point, not surprisingly, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael voted against it and, as a result, it did not pass. In the context of the earlier debate, let us be absolutely clear: we...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Library Grant (3 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: As I listened to the Deputy and the Minister of State speak on this, I was minded of the hugely important work of one of our leading psychologists, Dr. Maureen Gaffney, which looks at the importance of early access to books by young children on their progression in life. The fourth important item has been submitted by Deputy Thomas Gould, who wishes to discuss the special article...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Housing Provision

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: Today the ESRI published a report detailing the need for the State to take a new approach to housing. The approach outlined is to borrow money and build houses. Sinn Féin has been calling for this strategy for years. While the ESRI's calculations are on the conservative side, it still found that the most effective and viable option to solving the crisis is to borrow and to build. ...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank Deputy Gould for tabling this Topical Issue matter. It is a very serious issue. I remind the Deputy that the best way to build houses is, if he could advise his colleagues, to stop objecting to houses. The Deputy quotes the ESRI, but it is very interesting that he does not quote the ESRI on the property tax, which is a progressive tax the Deputy is also against, and he is against...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Housing Provision (3 Jun 2021)

Thomas Gould: The Minister of State accuses me and Sinn Féin of quoting the ESRI when it suits us, but is this not what he is doing? The ESRI stated that the Government needs to double its expenditure on housing if we are to solve the housing crisis. That is what it stated. Does the Minister of State not accept that as a bona fide fact, or does he say that the ESRI and Sinn Féin are incorrect?...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Library Grant (3 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy for those words of wisdom.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Library Grant (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter of library funding, which is very important. He set out a very strong case for the reinstatement of this funding stream. The Department of Education has responsibility for primary and post-primary education and is charged with facilitating individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and to contribute to Ireland's social, cultural...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Library Grant (3 Jun 2021)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister of State for the response and doing the work for me in that he contacted the Minister, Deputy Humphreys, as well. I appreciate his proactive work. Our public libraries are great facilities for all our kids and they play a role in making books available to all our students across cities and counties. I am speaking about libraries in schools specifically because, as I...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: School Library Grant (3 Jun 2021)

Peter Burke: As I have said, Deputy O'Sullivan makes a very strong case. The budget for the Department of Education is approximately €8.9 billion this year, which is an increase of 5%. With such a strong budget, one hopes something could be worked out. We will try to press the case for the Deputy. Teaching children and giving them this skill as opposed to them watching television, etc. can...

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