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Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

The Dáil adjourned at 5.35 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, 16 April 2020.

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Heather Humphreys: I thank all the Deputies who contributed. I acknowledge again the co-operation and support of all sides of the House during this time of national crisis. Deputies have asked specific questions on various schemes. Due to time constraints, I cannot address them individually. Ms Orlaith Mannion has agreed that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will provide Members...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Michael McNamara: I endorse the words of Deputy Connolly. I agree with her that it is important the Dáil sits. Some important points were made here today and some important questions were asked. Deputy O'Reilly asked an important question about the front-line workers in our health service and about the welcome news that private consultants and private hospitals will be working in the public sector....

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the efforts made to date and pay tribute to the staff of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection who are working on the ground. Year after year, we recognise at budget time that without the payments made by the Department and the significant work done by its staff on the ground, this country would be even more unequal. I welcome the Covid-19 payment, the wages...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy. Quality, not quantity, is something that is very important in life.

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Danny Healy-Rae: I am glad to get the opportunity to talk about a few anomalies. I thank the Government for many of the measures it has brought in, but we need to trim up a few things to make it equal for people who are not being catered for. Kerry, Killarney in particular, is basically a tourist county. Many seasonal workers who traditionally work from the start of March until the end of October are...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Cathal Berry: I welcome the timely and significant measures that have been introduced by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to soften the financial blow of this crisis across the country. However, my role here this afternoon is to highlight a particular anomaly that has been mentioned previously. There is a cohort of people who appear to have been forgotten, namely, people over...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Michael Lowry: The measure of support put in place by the Government to help Irish people get through the Covid-19 crisis is unparalleled in the history of the State. The speed with which these measures were introduced is to be applauded. The response has been one of gratitude and relief. There is a real awareness among Irish people that citizens of many other countries do not have governments that are...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Mick Barry: I did not intend to return to this subject but I have no real alternative, given the comments of the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Josepha Madigan. I made the point earlier that democracy is more important in the middle of a national emergency than it is in normal times. Deputy Boyd Barrett gave examples from the World Health Organization to back up that point....

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: That is not strictly relevant to our reasons for being here. We are speaking about the social protection elements of the Covid-19 arrangements. What goes on in press conferences has nothing to do with the business we are here to transact.

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Mick Barry: The business we are here to transact requires openness and transparency. I am concerned that if a press conference was held this morning with material handed out by officials and where no questions were allowed from journalists-----

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: With the greatest respect to the Deputy, we must transact our business in this Chamber around the areas of our responsibility. What transpires at press conferences is not our responsibility.

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Mick Barry: I conclude on the matter by saying the two issues go hand in hand. Whether it met remotely or there was a sitting in this Chamber, there had to be a session of the Dáil this week. We must see an end to this type of approach. This must be open and transparent. I will go on with my points about social protection. The drivers at Dublin Bus have been instructed to take a portion of...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputies Barry and Gino Kenny are sharing time.

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Gino Kenny: It is nice to see you again, a Cheann Comhairle. I am sure there has been a sense of the surreal among people for the past four weeks. That also applies to the proceedings today and with regard to what is happening to people's well-being and health. In a matter of weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, incomes and livelihoods. The sense of insecurity we are...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Gary Gannon: On behalf of the Social Democrats I extend deepest sympathies to those who have lost their lives through Covid-19 and our endless thanks to those who continue to put themselves in the front line and in harm's way. It is often said that a crisis makes us focus on what is really important. This crisis has shown us that it is not full employment alone that we must crave. The focus must be on...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: When I spent time some years ago on Oileán Chléire, off the coast of west Cork, I saw a great summer thunderstorm sweeping in off the ocean. As it gobbled up Fastnet Rock the windows and doors across the island were pulled to and made secure and livestock huddled into what shelter they could find. Everybody prepared as best they could for the storm to make landfall. I get the...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Matt Carthy: I thank the staff in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and in Revenue who are dealing with the unprecedented influx of applications for new schemes in difficult circumstances, and all our public servants working at this time. Those who have had reasons to claim for these new schemes, whether it is workers applying for the pandemic unemployment payment or businesses...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

John Brady: I am sharing time with Deputy Carthy. I offer my condolences to the friends and families of all those who have unfortunately passed away due to the Covid-19 pandemic. My thoughts are with them all. It is a difficult time for many families that have had their lives turned upside down as a result of the health crisis we are experiencing. Many families are experiencing serious financial...

Social Protection (Covid-19): Statements (2 Apr 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: The scale of the challenge ahead of us cannot be underestimated. We as legislators must be honest and acknowledge that it will not be easy. We will get through this if we take a whole-of-society approach. If we do not play our part, the virus will win and lives will be lost. Each person, each family in the country is making huge sacrifices. The normality we once knew may not be seen for...

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