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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Insurance Industry (22 Sep 2022)

Brendan Smith: The Government brought forward proposals that were enacted by the Oireachtas, which have brought benefits to people buying insurance cover generally. The voluntary and community groups that take out public and employers liability insurance have not benefited from the changes to the extent that they should have. This is an area that needs to be addressed.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Insurance Industry (22 Sep 2022)

Seán Fleming: The programme for Government recognises that insurance costs are a significant issue for some businesses, motorists, and households, as well as for sporting, community, and voluntary groups. Accordingly, the Cabinet committee subgroup on insurance reform was established to prioritise this area for further action. This reform work is being driven through the action plan for insurance reform,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Insurance Industry (22 Sep 2022)

Brendan Smith: I will make a quick comment and maybe the Minister of State will reply to me in writing to enable other colleagues to get their questions in. Over the past 18 months public and employers liability insurance has increased by 16%. We need new insurers and the benefits of reform are not being passed on to business insurance of voluntary and community groups.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Pauline Tully: 105. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide an update on progress in the review of the disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46247/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Pauline Tully: I ask the Minister for an update on the progress that has been made to date on the review of the disabled drivers and passengers scheme.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy will be aware, I gave a commitment to the House that a comprehensive review of the scheme would be undertaken. I am working with the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Deputy O'Gorman, on this and we both agree that the review should be brought within a wider review under the auspices of the national disability inclusion strategy. This work is...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Pauline Tully: As the Minister said, all the members of the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal resigned at the end of last year after expressing repeated concerns that the criteria for access to the scheme were way too stringent. The Minister said he is in the process of putting a new board in place but there are mounting numbers of people awaiting appeal and they are being left in limbo with nowhere...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Michael Moynihan: I support Deputy Tully. We are constantly hearing about this at the Joint Committee on Disability Matters. The issues of disabled drivers and mobility need to be treated as a matter of extreme urgency by Governments and Departments to try to get a resolution to it. These people need a resolution of this point.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: I take the points that have been raised by the Deputies. The working group has met on a number of occasions throughout the year and its next meeting is coming up in a number of weeks. I will play my role in trying to make progress on this issue because I accept that too many of our citizens are waiting for too long to know where they will be with the provision of valuable supports. We must...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Disability Services (22 Sep 2022)

Is féidir teacht ar Cheisteanna Scríofa ar www.oireachtas.ie. Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 103, 108 and 111 together. The programme for Government includes a commitment to facilitate and support remote working. As part of the national remote working strategy, in 2021, the tax strategy group reviewed the tax arrangements for remote working in respect of both employees and employers. That paper is now available on my Department’s website. ...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: An interesting point will be interplay between the retention of the deduction and any other changes that Government introduces with regard to energy supports more broadly and how that works out for individuals. It is extraordinary how external events impact behaviour in a collective way, whether it is the change to remote working and how much that has been of benefit to people, particularly...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I thank the Deputy. We will take questions from Deputies Michael Moynihan and Alan Farrell.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Michael Moynihan: On Question No. 108, to expand on the points on working from home that have been made, the Department and Minister must take recognition of the benefit of working from home for people and to society. People had long commutes and then started working from home. We must accept as a State that working from home which, for want of better English, was a by-product of Covid-19, has such huge...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Alan Farrell: I thank the Minister for his response. A very fortunate several hundred thousand people got to stay home on what was a wet and horrible morning while more than 2 million people got into their cars or on trains, bicycles or otherwise to go to work, school or third-level institutions. As other Members said, this is about harnessing what Covid-19 brought us, which I believe to be of benefit,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: I thank the Deputies for the points they made. It is probably a little too early to know what the equilibrium will look like in terms of working from home. Even if we did not have the energy price change that is occurring and we were living in - to use that phrase we used for a long time - a "new normal", I still think it would be early to see what the new patterns will be regarding where...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: The Minister is quite right that the State cannot be the first port of call. There is, however, a general supervisory role and level of communication with businesses, in particular, to try to effect a degree of co-ordination that works for their employees. I spoke with one city centre business owner who has a core day on Wednesday. Everybody comes into the office on a Wednesday for the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Flexible Work Practices (22 Sep 2022)

Michael Moynihan: I take the point regarding the State but we also need to take recognition of the State employees who can work from home, provide the same service and do the same job equally well from home a number of days per week. The State needs to examine this and make sure it has have every incentive in place in order that people are not commuting from the likes of my area in Duhallow to other large...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Tax Code (22 Sep 2022)

Paschal Donohoe: As I said, I understand the important issues the Deputies are raising and I hope I have been clear in the responses I have given. We will continue with our work on preparing the budget.

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