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Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Alan Kelly: That is not the debate.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: People want the programme for Government to be implemented. They want to see through the political commitments that have been made. That was a major turning point in how Government works in terms of the use of special advisers. In the Northern Ireland Executive, the role of special advisers is strong and I have no difficulty with that. We know that special advisers in Northern Ireland...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Alan Kelly: The previous Government had no advisers for Ministers of State.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: I do not agree with that. There is a need and Government is becoming wide-ranging. There are areas, such as insurance, that need specialist attention. As we heard on the Order of Business, it is a key area and it is a good idea to have a Minister of State, together with senior Ministers, specifically charged with trying to deal with that area. That is the position. When we get further...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: I seek clarity on that point. The Tánaiste having, in addition to his departmental advisers, five or six additional advisers in order that he can fulfil his duties as Tánaiste strikes me as absolutely extraordinary. For the leader of the Green Party to have four or five additional advisers, as the Taoiseach said, is similarly extraordinary. Nobody is against bringing expertise to...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Alan Kelly: If the Taoiseach is going to do that, he will have to bring it to the floor of the House and I doubt he will do so. Will Ministers of State have advisers? They did not when the economy collapsed in 2011, and we are probably in a worse situation now. The Taoiseach does not agree with that now because it does not suit him. However, we can go back through the record if he wants to do that. ...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: First of all, I would never see something like this as a box-ticking exercise. All my life I have been committed to the idea of dealing with the vulnerable, those living in poor conditions and those in disadvantaged communities. For example, I believe the RAPID programme of earlier years was an effective multisectoral multidepartmental approach to dealing with urban disadvantage and urban...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: I welcome that the Taoiseach is open to a review. I am keen to acknowledge the substantial amount of work done by the board and I commend those involved on it. Nevertheless, this review has to be about the community. It has to be about the people who live in the kind of atrocious housing conditions that the Taoiseach has himself witnessed. Should the Taoiseach go into any of these blocks...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: Deputy McDonald should write to me on that. I will talk to the Minister for Health on the point she has made and on what she was saying. I am unsure of the background. Deputy McDonald is suggesting that the HSE is undermining community participation. We will get that looked at. I have gone into some of the flat complexes with Senator Mary Fitzpatrick. I agree with Deputy McDonald...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: The Greek Street flats are in the north-west inner city. They are not captured by the catchment area. I am not saying this to catch out the Taoiseach at all. I am simply raising it to reiterate the point about the catchment area for the north-east and north-west inner city. A line was arbitrarily drawn. I hope that as part of the review which I hope will be commissioned, those...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Departmental Staff

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: 2. To ask the Taoiseach to set out the number of staff in the policy and programme implementation unit of his Department. [15759/20]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Alan Kelly: 3. To ask the Taoiseach to set out the number of advisers who will be employed by the Government; the number of advisers he will be employing in his Department; and the process for the selection of these advisers. [15770/20]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 3 together. As outlined in the programme for Government, several reforms will be implemented to ensure openness and constructive co-operation within the Government. The details of the roles and staffing of these offices have not been finalised to date. Appointments to these offices will be made in line with the Public Service Management Act 1997...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Departmental Staff (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: I applaud the Taoiseach's commitment to coherence and openness across the Government. However, I would caution that too many cooks can spoil the broth, as they say. It strikes me that this is a most irregular arrangement. Not alone will the Tánaiste have an office within the Department of An Taoiseach, but we will now have an office of the leader of the Green Party within the...

Ceisteanna - Questions (14 Jul 2020)

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Regeneration Projects

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: 1. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the role of his Department in the north east inner city initiative. [15758/20]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Micheál Martin: The Mulvey report, Dublin North East Inner City - Creating a Brighter Future, commissioned by the Government and published in February 2017, contained recommendations for the social and economic regeneration of Dublin's north-east inner city, NEIC. This report has been further supplemented by the publication of the NEIC strategic plan 2020 to 2022, which is available onwww.neic.ie In June...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Regeneration Projects (14 Jul 2020)

Mary Lou McDonald: In addition to everything the Taoiseach has recalled regarding the setting up of this inner city initiative, it should also be recalled that the north-east inner city was caught in the grip of what was referred to as a "gangland feud" at the time. He will recall that lives had been lost, the community, including children, was traumatised by the incidents they had been witnessed and at the...

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