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Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Ivana Bacik: Last week another report from Daft revealed record rents and serious shortages of supply. I was in Limerick yesterday and I heard that only five properties are available to rent in the entire city. We need to ensure our stock of housing is being used more effectively along with ensuring more supply of homes coming on-stream. Is the Government taking any action to ensure an effective vacant...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I have raised the case of a particular woman multiple times. This week after a long fight, it was confirmed she has lost nearly a decade on housing waiting list because her income went €38 over the income threshold. Another family of six only earns €31,000 but because of an averaging of income earned by another member of the family over the previous year will now be evicted...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy's time is up.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I know of another couple who have just been cut off from the housing list because of their income.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy's time is up. I call Deputy Paul Murphy.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: When will the Government raise the income thresholds for social housing as I have repeatedly requested over five years?

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: Public transport fares have recently been reduced for the first time since the Second World War. As a consequence, we have seen an increase in passenger numbers which is very welcome. Imagine what moving to free, fast and frequent public transport could do. We know that cutting fares saves people's money, reduces congestion and cuts CO2emissions. More than 100 cities and towns across the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Mick Barry: When the pandemic raged, bus drivers kept society on the move, risking their health day after day as key front-line workers. How are they being repaid? They are being repaid with a kick in the teeth. Bus Éireann is threatening to freeze their wages, not just for 2022 but for next year as well. While prices continually increase, this represents a massive pay cut. What does the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Paul McAuliffe: Last week Dublin City Council, the HSE and the ETB launched a plan for public homes on public land with infrastructure to match. It will include a primary care centre and an increase in all-weather sporting facilities along with 100 homes. These facilities along with the new family resource centre in the area will be crucial to support the community in Finglas. Will the Taoiseach ensure...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: Affordable housing regulations require that 70% of the units advertised must be allocated on the basis of priorities. This only leaves 30% of the units for the local authority based on the local criteria. In the last private housing scheme to come on the market in Carlow, 26% of the units were sold to people who were not resident. It meant that because of the criteria the Carlow people did...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committees (17 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: Deputy Cian O'Callaghan raised the issue of the local property tax in respect of vacancies. Vacancies and dereliction are two separate concepts. In a recent analysis, 96% of all apartments in Dublin were occupied despite all the commentary that lots of apartments are empty. I think that was in the Daft report; I will check the source of that. We need to be careful with our descriptions...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Mick Barry: Supporters of the militarisation of Europe were in full voice at the recent Conference on the Future of Europe. Emmanuel Macron, Ursula von der Leyen and others linked what they saw as the need to militarise with changes to the European treaties, including an end to unanimity clauses. Where is the Government in this debate? Will the Taoiseach support a two-tier Europe and if so, which tier...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Darren O'Rourke: The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn is staffed and funded by 34 countries, including Ireland, which is classed as a sponsoring nation. The central steering committee consists of one voting representative from each of the sponsoring nations, the membership status available to what are termed as "NATO allies". Can the Taoiseach clarify if Ireland is represented...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Seán Haughey: Security and defence matters loomed large in the Taoiseach's discussions with the Prime Ministers of Finland and Estonia following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is Putin and his actions that are dividing the world into blocks once again and, as we know, Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO. This will leave Austria, Malta and Ireland as the only non-aligned nation states in the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Paul McAuliffe: The Opposition was surprised at the timing of the Taoiseach’s visit to two countries on the edge of the Russian Federation at a time when it has invaded another one of its neighbours. I am not at all surprised and the timing was correct. Today's vote in the Finnish Parliament to join NATO, by 188 votes to eight, is a sudden move but it is understandable from a Finnish perspective....

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: Deputy Boyd Barrett again chose his words carefully. When he suggested that the timing was interesting the clear implication was that I was going there because of NATO and Finland's application to join it, which was not the case at all. Both countries offer significant insights and they are both members of the European Union, by the way. I hope there is no problem with visiting fellow...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: The establishment parties.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: That language, or the word "establishment", conveys that there is some sort of elite there that has no connection with anybody. Those governments are elected and I met the elected governments.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: Like the Taoiseach is elected.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (17 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: No country has navigated an extraordinary relationship with Russia over such a long period of time peacefully and in co-existence more than Finland has. The Prime Minister of Finland told me that everything they were taught during their school days about the potential fear and threat of what could happen was realised in the invasion of Ukraine. Given that it is physically on the border of...

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