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Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: There is absolutely no passing of the parcel. Last week, I told the Deputy the truth, that is, that the legislation is equality legislation. If the Deputy does not take my word for it, which seems to be common practice every time we have an interaction, she only has to Google the legislation to see it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Equality. I will outline where the...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: I understand that. The Minister gave me an extensive answer, and what she is saying now is written in that answer. I accept the women can avail of compassionate leave, parental leave and all sorts of things and that they can jump through hoops but I am going to argue with her strongly that we have extended, changed and adjusted legislation in this emergency for all sorts of things,...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Deputy clearly does not believe what I am saying to her so I ask her to Google the legislation. On doing so, she will see it is the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Equality. There was legislation passed in March by both Houses, but that was when we had a Seanad. Right now, we do not have one. I am not sure how the Deputy suggests we could proceed without one even if...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We shall move now to the Regional Independent Group. I call on Deputy Tóibín.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: I encourage the Ceann Comhairle to get one of those Zoom mute buttons for the Dáil in the future to make his life a little bit easier. It is 110 days since the general election and still the Dáil remains in a democratic twilight zone. I do not mean this in a personal way - I do not imagine the Minister is particularly comfortable or satisfied with the situation either - but it is...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Now we move to Deputy Bríd Smith.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: Is Deputy Ryan not performing?

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Eamon Ryan: I am listening.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: Okay.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Everybody is being very kind to Deputy Eamon Ryan today. They are fierce anxious to keep the Deputy onside.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: That is because he will probably be a Tánaiste or something. We are all licking up to the Deputy.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Is the Deputy trying to get on the right side of him early?

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: No, thanks. I am on the left side of him. I get ten minutes, do I?

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: No. The Deputy gets eight minutes.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Bríd Smith: Okay. First of all, I want to repeat something that has been said here all day. There have been many Members denying in this House that there was a concerted campaign by the Government - some members of the Government and some Fianna Fáil backbenchers - to create this mythical cohort of workers who are doing much better on the pandemic unemployment payment than they were before when...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Catherine Murphy: I appreciate that. I need to ask some further questions. If rent assistance is the primary focus, more resources are required because it is picking up the slack for the work that would have been done by local authorities through housing assistance payments. Many people who have never experienced unemployment are contacting me and asking questions about their rent. Those people never...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: I was not saying that we are not increasing supports and money for rent supplement because we absolutely are. Today's Revised Estimates see that figure go up to €70 million. However, it is not our job to take over if the local authorities around the country are not providing HAP because they also have a job to do. HAP was going up and rent supplement was coming down and we are only...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: As the Deputy heard earlier from the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, he will bring a memorandum to Cabinet tomorrow and that wage subsidy anomaly will be resolved. As regards maternity benefit, I do not know how many women are involved, but a number of women whose maternity benefit had finished came to us and we in the Department sanctioned them for the Covid...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Catherine Murphy: This is the third time this week I find myself talking to a very nice set of curtains and a couple of television screens and it does not feel any better the more I do it. I am sure the Minister would rather be in the Chamber than the committee room. I wish to record my appreciation for the work that was done in getting those two payments up and running so quickly. I thank the staff in the...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: I agree that this set-up is weird, but life is a bit weird at the moment. I would be grateful if this were the least of our worries. I am not in negotiations with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government over rent supplement and HAP because we were asked to respond to need. We took a 28-page application form, which requires large volumes of information, and revised it to a...

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