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

Éamon Ó Cuív: One of the tragedies of what is happening in the Dáil is that accountability in this House has gone to nothing. Dáil weeks are very short as they are and it is an awful pity when an earlier session ended that we could not have had the extra time and split it up.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: While I was not here for the last session, I understand that the last session ended early because of lack of participation. The party groups decide how many people they send in to take up the time allocated. In an ideal scenario, Members would ask questions and get answers. If so many people ask questions that they consume all the time, there is no time left for the Minister to answer,...

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: We accept that. If one is in a party, for example, with 37 Teachtaí Dála, and there is a party with six that has the same time, it is obvious that the pressure on the bigger party will be greater because there will be more offering.

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

Gerald Nash: That is because you have six talking at the same time. We do not.

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: I think these issues need to be addressed.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I appreciate that dilemma. The allocation-----

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: There are a lot more-----

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: For the record, the allocation in this slot is 20 minutes each to Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and Fine Gael, ten minutes to the Green Party and eight minutes to everyone else.

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: If it is taken proportionately, it is a lot less.

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I know, and we could do the maths. I understand the Deputy's frustration and I thank him for highlighting it. We need to move on. We have five Sinn Féin contributors beginning with Deputy Ellis who is sharing with his colleagues.

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

Dessie Ellis: We will take four minutes each. We have been through challenging times before, most recently when the economy crashed and brought in an era of austerity. The austerity measures brought in often targeted the most vulnerable in society. Savage cuts were made to benefits, including the back-to-school allowance, the jobseeker’s allowance, the one-parent family allowance, the...

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

Jackie Cahill: The €350 Covid payment had to be introduced for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. We have to try to get small businesses back to work. It was referred to by a couple of speakers earlier in this slot. Our banks and the way small businesses are treated has to be addressed and changed immediately. Some €6.5 billion was provided to help businesses to...

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

Robert Troy: We are supportive of the Revised Estimate. We are complimentary of the urgency and the speed of delivery with regard to the two schemes. I welcome the fact that clarification was provided earlier on the extension of the schemes and also to the fixing of the anomalies such as the maternity benefit but I want to raise wider issues with the Minister in respect of the Government response to...

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

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: In fairness to the Deputy's two colleagues, I think I will call them and then the Minister can answer.

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

Éamon Ó Cuív: I am sorry that I was delayed. I was not expecting this session to start so early. On the maternity leave, there are two issues. If a person does not go back to work but is available for work, does he or she get the Covid payment? The second is the possibility of extended maternity leave being introduced. I understand that would take legislation. The Minister might tell me if it would...

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

Pádraig O'Sullivan: Unlike my colleague, Deputy McAuliffe, I have no problem repeating myself or repeating what has been said earlier in the House. First, I acknowledge that the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, agreed earlier that something will be done to allay the concerns of women returning to work after maternity leave cover. I welcome that response. Perhaps the Minister would elaborate on what is to...

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

Regina Doherty: First, the Deputy raised the anomaly that exists for people returning from maternity leave to the wage subsidy scheme. From what I can gather, and I only heard it at the same time as the Deputy when the Minister for Finance said it in the last session, the Minister is bringing a memorandum to the Cabinet tomorrow. The issue has been resolved and the announcement of how it is to be resolved...

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil (28 May 2020)

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Before proceeding with the third session of today's discussion, the House must agree the arrangements for next week's proceedings of the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response. Those arrangements were notified in the report of the Business Committee on next week's business, which was circulated earlier today. Can we take those arrangements as read and, if so, are they agreed, so that we can...

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

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