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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Pensions Reform (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: There is a recommendation in the pensions commission's report on family carers and we will take that into consideration in totality with the other recommendations in the report. I am confident that the Government will agree a response to the commission's report. We will do so in order that people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s can retire in the knowledge that there will be a State pension...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Social Welfare Schemes

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: 72. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss the issues that are facing disabled artists particularly related to the recently launched basic income for the arts pilot scheme. [24938/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: My question is to ask the Minister if she will meet with an organisation, Disabled Artists & Disabled Academics, to discuss the issues facing disabled artists in particular regarding the recently launched basic income for the arts pilot scheme. The Minister will be aware of the pilot scheme, which was launched by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: The pilot basic income scheme for artists, which the Government launched in April, is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht, and Media, Deputy Catherine Martin. Her Department is leading this project, including the associated stakeholder engagement, and any requests for meetings to discuss the pilot should be directed accordingly. Officials from...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Family Support Services (17 May 2022)

Claire Kerrane: This report has been long-awaited by many Members of the House, who had asked for many years for child maintenance to be examined. The establishment of this review group was very welcome, and I am glad it has reported and that the report is with the Minister. With regard to bringing the report to Cabinet when the Minister has gone through it, and I appreciate that she will have to engage...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Family Support Services (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: In fairness, I am aware that the Deputy has a strong interest in this matter and she has raised it with me a number of times in the House. I have the report now. It runs to a couple of hundred pages. The group and the chair, Judge Catherine Murphy, took approximately 18 months to examine this. They asked for a time extension and we gave it to them. It is clear from the report that they...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Family Support Services (17 May 2022)

Claire Kerrane: I welcome that this report has been published and I acknowledge the hard work of everyone who took part in that work. It will be extremely important for the future. We have put forward proposals on many occasions for a statutory child maintenance service. That is what we would like to have, and to see it taken off the shoulders of lone parents who end up having to go to court in some cases...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Family Support Services (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I intend to bring a memorandum to the Government with the full report and our proposed response. I can assure the Deputy that this report is not going to sit on a shelf anywhere in the Department of Social Protection. I am coming to this with an open mind, as I have said previously. My priority in all this is the mothers and the children. The Deputy and I have discussed this on a number...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Social Welfare Code

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: 70. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department has engaged in research in respect of the need to devise a disability-related payment to deal with the effects of long Covid. [24811/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: Has the Minister's Department engaged in research in respect of the need to devise a disability-related payment to deal with the effects of long Covid? I acknowledge the existence of the Covid-19 enhanced illness benefit payment and that it will be in place until the end of June 2022. My reason for raising this is that we seek clarity as to whether there will be continuity of that payment...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy for raising this. My Department provides a suite of income supports for those who are unable to work due to an illness or disability. Entitlement to these supports is contingent on the extent to which a particular illness or disability impairs or restricts a person's capacity to work. It is not dependent on the nature of the illness or disability. As a result, I do...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I thank the Minister for her response. If I interpret her correctly, I can understand her retaining the status quobecause the nature of the illness benefit is clearly defined in terms of what a person must do to meet the criteria. However, what is happening now in this country, and there is robust clinical evidence for this, is that hospitals such as Cork University Hospital, CUH, in the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Please do not play the long game on the question.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: -----because there will have to be a recognition of long Covid as a qualifying condition.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Stick to the time.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I appreciate the point the Deputy is making. I recognise that Covid-19 impacted people differently. Some people who had it felt it was just like a bad cold and there were others, particularly those with underlying conditions and older people, on whom it impacted very seriously. All the measures the Government took over the last two years, including the various restrictions and so forth,...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Code (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: The answer to my question is "No"; that is the short answer the Minister is giving. I acknowledge that but I will continue to bang the drum on this. I am worried that there is a statistically significant cohort of persons who ordinarily will go from the enhanced payment to illness benefit, the clock will tick down the two years and then they potentially will fall off the cliff if they are...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

David Cullinane: I thank all the Deputies on both sides of the House who spoke in this debate. I finish as I started by stating that I want to see a new national maternity hospital. I want it to be built as quickly as possible and to ensure it is a public hospital in public ownership. It is absolutely breathtaking and amazing to see the lengths to which the Government will go to sell what I see as a bad...

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