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

Regina Doherty: I will begin by responding to Deputy Ellis, although there was not really a question. When he expresses concern that Ministers are making decisions, he is obviously referring to me, in particular, as an unelected Minister. I do not make decisions. The Cabinet makes decisions and, thankfully, it is a collective responsibility. I hope the decisions we have made in recent months have been in...

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Perhaps the Minister could take Deputy Ó Murchú's questions before we conclude with Deputy Gould.

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

Regina Doherty: That is no problem. I was asked why we established the pandemic payment in the way we did. The pandemic legislation is based on unemployment legislation that is currently the law of the land. The EU regulations are the regulations of the European Union. These determined the age categories between the ages of 18 and 66 to which we could pay the Covid-19 PUP. The EU regulations govern...

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Was a directive changed or was that a mistake on the part of the person who spoke to me? Perhaps the Minister could answer in writing. I would also like an answer to the specific question about someone who falls under the aegis of EU Regulation No. 883/2004. By my reckoning, the worker I have mentioned should be able to avail of this payment on the basis that she cannot get a benefit in...

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Can the Minister correspond with the Deputy on that matter?

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

Regina Doherty: Absolutely.

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

Thomas Gould: Hopefully, I will be able to give the Minister some time to answer my questions. I will be as brief as possible. Disabled people are one of the groups most negatively affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Will the Government provide financial support for disabled people who are self-employed? We are looking for the Government to give more support to self-employed people to get them back to...

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

Chris Andrews: In the coming weeks and months we will have an opportunity to create a much fairer society. There are many opportunities as we move out of the pandemic, but in order to achieve that we must make choices because it is about choices. For instance, we must choose a one-tier health system, which will allow equal access for everybody so that access is not determined by the size of one's wallet...

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Would it be possible for me, a Cheann Comhairle, to take my questions now? I do not wish to be difficult but it would make things a bit easier.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There is no guarantee then that Deputy Gould will get in.

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I will be very fast. Deputy Gould trusts me implicitly.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: All right. That is okay. The Deputy can proceed.

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

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Partition is the gift that does not stop giving, or should I say, taking. It has been put on the record that many Northern workers have not been able to avail of the pandemic unemployment payment, PUP. We are obviously talking about people who have paid USC and PRSI in the South. Some of them have only worked in the South, which creates a difficulty with seeking benefits in the North....

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Paul Donnelly is next. I must check the Minister can hear me.

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

Regina Doherty: I could not.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There are five speakers in this slot. We will hear them; whether there is time for the Minister to respond is a matter for those putting the questions.

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

Paul Donnelly: Undoubtedly, we are in a difficult time but there are also opportunities to reboot our social welfare system to ensure that it helps all those who are most in need both during the crisis and afterwards. The €350 Covid payment is a clear recognition by Fine Gael and others that this is the least amount needed to keep a person's head above water when they lose their job. However, kite...

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There is little time left: eight seconds. We will have to ask the Minister to correspond with the Deputies in respect of their questions. We move to Sinn Féin now, which has-----

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: A Cheann Comhairle-----

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Yes.

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