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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Réada Cronin: I raise the decision by Maynooth University not to proceed with the student centre, for which a levy was put on students in recent years. This morning, students in the university staged a walkout in protest, as part of its Where’s my Levy campaign. I have had so much contact from students and parents who paid into the levy and from the wider academic community as well who live around...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Harris: I will respond.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Réada Cronin: Will the Tánaiste respond to the question?

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Harris: It falls within my remit. I have some information for the Deputy. I assure her that none of the student levy money has in any way been lost. Her colleague, Deputy Conway-Walsh, raised the issue with me yesterday. I spoke with the chair of the governing authority today on the matter. I hope a satisfactory solution can be found. It is an autonomous decision taken by the governing...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

James O'Connor: Covid-19 had many knock-on impacts across public services in the country, but the Government will be familiar with one particular area where there was an impact, namely driving tests. Unfortunately, people are waiting an extremely long period to get driving tests across many areas of Munster. In places like Wilton, Mallow and Dungarvan, which are very important centres in my constituency of...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I am very much aware of the problems people are facing. We need to get on top of it as it is impeding people from getting to college if they need to drive to college and getting to work if they need to drive to work and the situation is not at all acceptable. I know the Minister of State, Deputy Naughton, is working on the matter with the Road Safety Authority, RSA, which is trying to hire...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

John Brady: I raise the student registration fee and the decision that was taken in the budget to reduce it by €1,000 for this academic year. That is something I welcome, but there seems to be some confusion within colleges as to how the reduction is to be applied. I have been contacted by a number of students who make the payment twice over the course of a year. They have been hit with a bill...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I thank Deputy Brady and call on the Tánaiste to respond.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

John Brady: -----I have heard it from a number of colleges. There are serious concerns as to how thisis going to be implemented.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Simon Harris: I am very happy to get information on any specific cases the Deputy has come across. From the Government's perspective, the situation is very straightforward. If a student is levied with an undergraduate registration fee of €3,000, the fee has now fallen to €2,000. If the fee was paid in full, which approximately 20% of students have done, they get a €1,000 rebate....

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Richard Bruton: In recent years there has been a seachange in support for childcare, which is a credit to both the current Minister and his predecessors. We used to have just three hours per day in term time for just two years and now we have 45 hours for up to 14 years and it is year round. It is worth up to €63 per week. That is very important. However, our policy lab has done extensive work and...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I agree that it must be a principle of this Government that every child gets a fair start in life and the best start in life that is possible. I am familiar with the work of the Fine Gael policy lab and also the care of the child document, which sets out a roadmap as to how we can improve services and supports for children. The reduction in childcare fees of approximately 25% next year is...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Thomas Gould: After 28 years Gaelscoil Pheig Sayers got the good news this year it will get a new school building, but then it was shocked to find out that the new school hall would be 195 sq. m, which is too small. It is a disgrace. It turns out that it is now Department of Education policy to build school halls of this size for primary schools. When the school approached the Department, it was told to...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I will send details to the Tánaiste. It has been done in France.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Holly Cairns: Successive governments have not capitalised on the incredible renewable energy potential in our coastal waters. Not only could we take significant climate action, secure energy sovereignty, prevent future crises like this price crisis and threats to blackouts, but we could be selling energy to other jurisdictions. In the past year two major energy companies have withdrawn from the Irish...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: We are up to the point now where we are producing about 40% of all of our electricity from renewables. Not that long ago it was only a few percent. We are now up to 40% and we intend to get to 80% by 2030. That is hugely ambitious and something that we can achieve. We will do it through the ESB and other State companies and also through the private sector. Having both the State and the...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We are in an absolutely dire state with homelessness and evictions. We have record levels of people in emergency accommodation and a massive spike in people being evicted through no fault of their own because of the sale of properties by landlords. I note that even Fianna Fáil backbenchers, somewhat belatedly, are now calling for what we have been calling for some time, which is a ban...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Thankfully, evictions in this country are relatively uncommon. They need to be done through courts and judges look very favourably on very difficult situations in that regard. Notices to quit are a bit different but if somebody is given a notice to quit, they have rights and they are given a period of time before they have to leave the property they are in. The difficulty with a blanket...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Buy the houses.

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy is right that part of the solution is buying some of these properties. He raised this issue with me in the Chamber not too long ago. I raised it with the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, and a circular now has issued to local authorities stating that if somebody is served with a notice to quit and there is a risk that they could be evicted into homelessness the local authority...

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