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Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Danny Healy-Rae: I thank my local authority, Kerry County Council, its management and workers for the great work they have been doing continually during this virus. I thank Radio Kerry, the Garda and all the voluntary workers around the county who have done tremendous work for people cocooning and those who are very isolated. It is only now that we realise the value of businesses and employers. I have...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: In advance of seeing the full details, I cannot give that guarantee. However, I fully understand the point the Deputy is making. The person in question is obviously afraid that he will lose the house that he has identified under the scheme. At different points during the measures the Government has announced and different agencies have implemented across the State, there have been...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Peter Fitzpatrick: For a long time, constituents in Louth and, I am sure, every county in Ireland have encountered this problem of local needs. For the past number of years, I have been challenging the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, and the Minister of State, Deputy English. In the past two or three years, they keep telling me it is the European court and this and that will be sorted out. People who live in...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Following on from the court judgment, the drafting of new criteria for eligibility for house construction in rural areas is not yet completed but I understand it is close to completion. In relation to how we go forward with rural development, the point the Deputy makes is correct. There are plenty of people in Ireland who would not like to see any more houses built in rural areas for...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Lahart: I thank the Minister of State.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: Rural areas need new people too and there needs to be a balance brought into that debate.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Lahart: The time is up. I thank the Minister of State. I call Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mattie McGrath: At the outset, we were assured in this Covid crisis that all evictions and people being made homeless would be stopped. Unfortunately, at the instructions of Ms Justice Reynolds, yesterday morning at cockcrow a force of 20 gardaí evicted four different people from a house in Clontarf and brought them before the courts, and rendered them homeless at the behest of vulture funds. This is...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I will again preface my comments by saying that I will ask the Minister with responsibility for housing to respond directly. I repeat that there are vast differences between the delivery of different services depending on local authority areas. Louth County Council is a great example of an authority that is at the cutting edge in the issue of dereliction and bringing buildings that are...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Peter Fitzpatrick: Louth has probably the two biggest towns in Ireland, Dundalk and Drogheda. There are also big towns such as Ardee and Carlingford. I go through these towns on a daily basis and the amount of houses that are boarded up is an absolute disgrace. Every time I approach the county manager or the housing manager, they tell me that the Government will not give them money. I would appreciate it if...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I am at the point of repeating myself. I cannot directly answer the questions because I have no direct responsibility for housing. When I was speaking earlier, I was paraphrasing what the Minister said last week regarding the consideration of extending the moratorium on evictions and rents. The points the Deputy makes are valid. I will collate all the questions relating to housing and the...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I welcome the opportunity to take part in the debate. First, I offer my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones to the coronavirus during the past week. I also take this opportunity to thank all the heroic front-line staff who have been magnificent in helping to keep all of us safe during these very challenging times. Finally, I thank the Irish people for their continuing...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Richard Boyd Barrett: There should be no buck-passing. The guidelines just need to be changed as this is public health we are talking about. These overcrowded conditions were unacceptable from the get-go but now they just simply are not compliant with public health guidelines. Accordingly, these guidelines should be changed. One of the rather grim facts of the Covid-19 situation is the pretty awful spike in...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I was at a meeting on this issue at the early stages of the crisis. Extensive consideration was given to the issue of centres in local authorities and if there was sufficient capacity. The population of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is around 250,000. Some local authorities, like my own, have a population of 100,000 while others have 60,000. There is not a uniform, one-size-fits-all...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Mick Barry: We were informed that for the end of March the numbers living in emergency accommodation had gone below the 10,000 mark for the first time in quite a long time. Apart from anything else, that does relieve pressure on local authorities and it shows the value of having a ban on evictions. There has been a crisis, however, in the private rental sector for a good while now. It is about to get...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: On the planning law, I cannot directly refer to the issue Deputy Cairns has specifically raised. I would like to respond but suffice to say I wholeheartedly agree with the Deputy's points on the effect of Covid-19 on our towns and villages across the State, and with regard to the fear that exists in many of those places for the businesses on the main street or in the three or four streets...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: Will the Minister of State explain the criteria for making the decision from the Department's point of view?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I cannot because that decision has not been made yet by the senior Minister.

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Holly Cairns: What are the criteria for making the decision?

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: He has not even considered it yet. For me to comment upon it would be-----

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