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Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Paul McAuliffe: The Opposition Members who have spoken so far have called for considered debate and claimed nothing has changed in the past year. Those accusations were made by people who are no longer in the Chamber. These are not tropes that should be thrown back and forth but it seems to be what is happening. This issue is too serious for that and we need to consider it more holistically. It is not...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Chris Andrews: Housing for All is a good name but it is not delivering for all. It is not delivering for families and workers in the flat complexes. It is not delivering for families and workers in the flats who are paying significant rents. They do not get them for free. I know the Minister of State knows this but it will be a surprise to many. There is an assumption that people living in the flats...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: The contributions we heard recently from Government backbenchers on this subject have been meaningful and considered. They have made some valid comments on vacancy, dereliction, the problem of local authorities not using the one-stage approval process for social housing projects worth under €6 million, and the contrast between what local authorities are saying and what the Department...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I was the Acting Chair for the first hour of the debate, so I have had time to reflect. While there are difficulties out there and undoubtedly there is a crisis in not just the rental side of things but the overall general housing picture, Housing for All has had some positive impact on the crisis and that is sometimes lost in these debates. We can all probably name different schemes across...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Denise Mitchell: It has been over a year since the Minister, Deputy Darragh O’Brien, launched the Government’s housing plan, but very little has changed. We see families across Dublin languishing on social housing lists for more than 15 and 16 years. Only last week, we saw more than 10,800 people presenting as homeless, a new record. Some 3,220 of those homeless are children. That is some...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Brendan Griffin: I appreciate the opportunity to speak on this issue. It is the most pressing issue facing the country at the moment and has been for a number of years. It really is proving extremely difficult to improve. I acknowledge the pressures in respect of the rapidly growing population and the war in Ukraine, but I certainly feel that much more can be done and needs to be done. I welcome the...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Mairead Farrell: I wish to raise three specific issues with the Minister of State concerning the housing crisis and how it is impacting on Galway. One can only describe the housing situation as grim. It is completely and utterly grim for families and of course individuals. It used to be the case that if you were 11 years on the housing list in Galway city, you had a fair chance of being offered something....

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Pauline Tully: The stated aim of Housing for All is that everyone in the State should have access to a home, to purchase or rent at an affordable price, that is built to a high standard, in the right place and offers a high quality of life. The reality for most falls well short of that. Every week in my constituency office I have people coming in who are facing eviction. They are frantically looking...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Gerald Nash: At the start of this debate I thought I had stumbled into the Fianna Fáil Ard-Fheis. It was quite an extraordinary defence, with all respect to the Acting Chairman. I am sure he was there and I am sure he enjoyed it. The defence of Housing for All is quite extraordinary and does not tally with the lived experience of the people I and most of us in this House represent. I am talking...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Pa Daly: I spoke to the housing officer in Kerry a fortnight ago who told me that three families in Kerry are becoming homeless every week. That is three families who have, by and large, been in rented accommodation for the past ten, 12 or 15 years and now face going into one room in a homeless shelter before they can get somewhere else, if they can get somewhere else. The housing crisis in Kerry is,...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: Every week, I meet people in my clinic in my constituency office in Limerick and the number one issue by a country mile is housing and homelessness, which is creating desperation among so many families. Homeless shelters in Limerick are full. There is a waiting list to access what is supposed to be emergency accommodation and some people, even those who have been approved for emergency...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Imelda Munster: I could say that I do not think the Minister and his Government have any idea of the real stress that their housing policy is causing people but, at this stage, I believe they really could not care less. People are languishing on housing lists for up to 12 years. There are people who are unable to afford asking prices for rent. They cannot afford a place to live. People in receipt of HAP...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: There was a moment where I felt I must have knocked my head and woken up in a parallel universe because what I have just heard over the past half an hour does not reflect the reality for tens of thousands of people on the streets. As they say, self praise is no praise, with the greatest of respect to the Minister and his party colleagues. The Government has now been in office for almost...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Minister has not read ours obviously.

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: It is delivering for our people and is taking hold in challenging times. We will continue to drive that forward because we have provided the most substantial housing plan. It is not only a plan, but a plan that is being implemented. It is a plan that is taking hold and will work.

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: During the debate, the Minister will hear the current homelessness figures quoted a lot and rightly so. The homelessness figures are too high and we need to do everything to tackle that. He is also going to hear about the impact of homelessness on a lot of families and that is only right too. I know that he is well aware of many of these issues. He is going to hear a lot about the lack of...

Housing for All Update: Statements (4 Oct 2022)

Joe Flaherty: I thank Deputy O'Sullivan and the Minister for sharing time. I commend the Minister on Housing for All. It is probably one of the most ambitious plans we have seen in the history of the State. It is a huge plan, in terms of volume and aspiration but more importantly, in terms of the money and real commitment the Government has put behind it. The Minister has energised the plan and the...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (4 Oct 2022)

Paul Murphy: But, in Britain, it is 60%. It is not like they are. I checked it.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (4 Oct 2022)

Micheál Martin: We are not comparable. Our taxation system is one of the most progressive in Europe. Those who earn the most in Ireland pay the most in income tax. If the Deputy looks at the Department of Finance documents on that, he will readily see how the top levels pay by far the vast amount of income tax in this country.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (4 Oct 2022)

Paul Murphy: They earn the most income.

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