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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: The budget provides for a significant increase in spending on education and staffing levels next year, including a reduction in the staff-pupil ratio by one in primary schools, in addition to the €5 million fund mentioned by the Deputy. I will have to ask the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Foley, to revert to the Deputy with details in that regard. I think I know the...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Violet Wynne: In County Clare, there are still several issues with Bus Éireann and school bus tickets for children. There are ten children in Corofin who do not have a seat on a bus. I know the Minister, Deputy Foley, stated that she would engage with a steering group due to the fact that the review of the school bus transport scheme was not done last year. Can anything be done here and now for...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Darren O'Rourke: To follow on from that point, replies I have received to parliamentary questions confirm that there has never been a greater demand for school bus transport than this year and there have never been more refusals. It is wrong to state that this is related to Covid and that there is no demand. There has never been more demand for school bus transport and never have more children been refused.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: There has never been more funding for school transport either, but obviously we are in a complicated scenario given the requirement to reduce numbers and have social distancing and so forth on buses. I will ask the Minister for Education and Skills to revert to the Deputies on their specific comments.

Latent Defects Redress Bill 2020: First Stage (22 Oct 2020)

Latent Defects Redress Bill 2020: First Stage (22 Oct 2020)

Eoin Ó Broin: I move: That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to establish a Latent Defects Redress Board, the functions of which shall be, inter alia,to provide resolution to ordinary owners who purchased homes in good faith, in order that such owners have an opportunity to seek mediation or adjudication in relation to non-compliance with building regulations. As Deputies are aware,...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The idea of catwalks in marts is a new one on me, though I live in a rural constituency myself.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Imelda Munster: Travel agencies throughout the State have effectively been living under level 5 restrictions since March. They have no destinations to sell and nobody to sell them to. They are in dire straits. The Tánaiste recently said on the radio that travel agencies would qualify for the Covid restrictions support scheme. Two days later, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, said...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: The Tánaiste made reference to the Covid restrictions support scheme earlier. I know he was hoping for a chance to expand on the issue. The scheme is to run from 13 October. The details are to be included in the finance Bill which is to be published shortly. However, thousands of businesses are locked out from today. When will they be able to apply for the scheme? Can they apply...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputies. Travel agents are required to close under level 4 or level 5 restrictions, so they were covered by the Covid restrictions support scheme from midnight last night. Whether they are covered under level 3 is a matter for debate, but that no longer matters as we are now under level 5. As such, travel agents are covered. They will now receive the weekly Covid restrictions...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: About six weeks ago I submitted a document to the Minister for Education outlining the measures we believe are necessary to ensure that schools stay open in a safe and sustainable way, which we all agree is a priority. Unfortunately serious issues with the tracing regime have arisen. The tracing system was one of the priorities we identified. It has been described by one union leader as...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. The HSE is adding about 70 staff to its contact tracing teams each week. The tracing staff are very busy and are under a lot of pressure. They had to deal with a real surge in cases in the last couple of days. That recruitment is happening. We anticipate having hundreds of staff on a permanent basis contact tracing within the next couple of weeks. Off the top of my...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Gerald Nash: It is nauseating to see stores that should be closed because of level 5 restrictions remain open on the basis that they sell essential products when these essential products account for 1% or 2% of their trade or floor space. New regulations have been developed overnight. Will restrictions be put in place to curtail those practices, which I think the Tánaiste will agree are unfair?

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Nash. I think he is spot on. I met with representatives of the retail industry yesterday alongside the Minister of State, Deputy Damien English. We outlined the rules and received the industry's assurance that it would abide not only by the letter but by the spirit of the rules If a supermarket or other store is allowed to open that is because it sells essential products...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Rose Conway-Walsh: Some 33,301 leaving certificate grades were appealed this year on behalf of 12,215 students. Only 18 of those students received increased grades. Was it worthwhile to hold an appeals process, thereby giving these students false hope? Will the leaving certificate resits take place in November now that we are under a level 5 lockdown?

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: As far as I know the leaving certificate resits will go ahead. Schools are going to stay open, so I imagine the exams will go ahead as planned. If there is any change we will certainly alert the House. The appeals process was a useful exercise for the 18 students that got an upgrade, though not for the vast majority of students who appealed. There was a very different leaving certificate...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Johnny Mythen: Under the heading of "Public and Social Housing", page 62 of the programme for Government states "a safe home is a cornerstone of a decent quality of life". If this is the Government's belief, and I have no doubt that it is, why are councillors around the State now saying that they cannot proceed with priority 2 and priority 3 works under the housing adaptation grant for people with a...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. I will have to ask the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, to respond to him.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Mark Ward: The primary medical certificate is a requirement for the disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme. A Supreme Court decision in June resulted in uncertainty about the current legal basis for these assessments. Currently the HSE is not processing applications. Is there a timeline for when people can expect these assessments to resume? If legislation is required, it is essential that...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (22 Oct 2020)

Paul Murphy: Two and a half weeks ago, when the National Public Health Emergency Team, NPHET, advised the Government to go to level 5, there were 31 outbreaks in nursing homes and there are now close to 200 such outbreaks. We are hearing a horrendous story about 26 of 28 residents in a nursing home having tested positive for Covid-19. There has only been one nurse and one carer available in the home for...

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