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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Louise O'Reilly: Next week, Sinn Féin will meet Anne Marie Cagney, assistant commissioner for the Dublin metropolitan region, to discuss the issue of antisocial behaviour in Dublin city and county. I am sure the Tánaiste, like all other Members, has seen social media videos of incidents in Malahide and other areas and I am sure constituents of his who are gravely concerned have contacted his...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy makes a very good point and suggestion. We released a plan to have an outdoor summer and that may have issues that need to be dealt with. Local authorities are providing more bins and public toilets. I welcome that. We need more of that from local authorities. As regards gardaí, the budget for the Garda and the number of gardaí have never been higher. We are at...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Alan Kelly: There are reports that the national immunisation advisory council, NIAC, is expected to clear the way for the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and possibly the AstraZeneca vaccine, for the 45 to 50 age cohort. In terms of the detail of this, there are issues relating to timing as regards cohorts, so this would be very positive news. I understand the Tánaiste told his...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I can confirm that the Government target has not changed. That target is that 82% of adults should either have had one dose, be fully vaccinated or have been offered a vaccine by the end of June. I was speaking yesterday about the possibility of opening the portal to all adults before the end of June so everyone will be able to book their appointment. They might not have the vaccine by the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Mick Barry: Palestine is burning. There are 72 people dead now in Gaza, 16 at least of whom are children and the death count is rising. This follows on from the mass expulsion of Palestinians in east Jerusalem, which amounted to ethnic cleansing, the brutal assault on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the far-right lynch mobs now roaming the streets of Israeli cities looking for Palestinians to attack. We have a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I thank the Deputy for staying within his time limit.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for his questions. The Government is committed to a two-state solution in the Middle East of a democratic Israel living side-by-side with a democratic Palestine, peacefully co-operating together. Like the Deputy, I have been to the region, have met people who are Israeli and Palestinian and I admire their culture very much. It is impressive to see the state that has been...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Mick Barry: The Tánaiste is like a Kerryman. When a question is asked of him, he asks a question back. I will take the opportunity then to give a reply before posing my questions again. The Palestinian people are an oppressed people and have a right to organise their self-defence, including armed self-defence. They have the right to fight for their own national and social liberation. The...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy again and I welcome his criticism of Hamas and of its ideology. I note that he has yet to say anything about the other occupations that exist around the world and I often wonder why so little is said about them and so much about this particular one. That does not, however, in any way take away from the fact that what is happening in Israel and what the Israeli Government...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Matt Shanahan: I first want to associate myself with the remarks that the Tánaiste has made just now on the treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli Government. The commitments made to our national recovery include one of the largest tranches of capital investment ever announced in the State. Some €10 billion is to be spent on capital projects this year with Government projections...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I do, but I am bound by Cabinet confidentiality and I am not in a position to discuss them with the Deputy until they are agreed by the Cabinet next Tuesday. The Deputy knows that well, so he should stop the theatrics. The Government is making progress on housing. It is not enough, and I accept that. Family homelessness is at its lowest level in five years. The Deputy did not acknowledge...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Gabh mo leithscéal a Theachta Kelly. Tabhair dom nóiméad amháin. Caithfear cloí leis na srianta ama. Tá sé i bhfad níos éasca nuair a oibrímid as lámh a chéile.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Alan Kelly: I wish to raise a sensitive issue. John O'Meara is my neighbour from Toomevara in County Tipperary. He is a self-employed agricultural plant contractor. He has three young children, Aoife, Jack and Tommy, aged from nine to 13 years. His partner, Michelle Batey, was 42 years old. She was from Nenagh and was a bank clerk with AIB. She was a couple of years behind me in school in Nenagh....

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Kelly for sharing that story. Often, it is only when we look at individual and real life examples that we understand how our policies and laws affect people and, sometimes, how they must change. I express my condolences to John, his family and the wider community in Nenagh. If I understand what Deputy Kelly said correctly, John does not qualify for the widower's pension,...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Alan Kelly: I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. It is a very sad case. I have been working with John to try to help him through the various issues he must deal with and some of the bureaucracy involved. In his situation, he does not qualify for widower's pension. He does not qualify for one-parent family payment because it is means tested on the preceding year. He does not qualify for...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: Social protection is an area that is very much defined in law and by regulation. There is little or no discretion for Ministers in that regard, with the exception of exceptional needs payments. He might have already applied for that, but perhaps not. That might be one option as an interim solution. Without knowing the details of the case, I do not wish to comment on it in detail, but it...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I know some Deputies are waiting but, unfortunately, that completes Question Time for today. I thought I might get to another few Deputies, but the Tánaiste is here so we will move on.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Special Educational Needs (13 May 2021)

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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (13 May 2021)

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