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

Danny Healy-Rae: The lunatics are running the asylum.

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

Ivana Bacik: I do not know what that was about.

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

Leo Varadkar: In fairness, in the past two years, nobody can say that there has not been very significant investment in cycling facilities, improvements to footpaths and pedestrian facilities. There has been huge investment, through both the Departments of Transport and Rural and Community Development, in improving facilities for cyclists, footpaths and pedestrian facilities. Every day more people cross...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: There is a lot in that question and it is hard to answer comprehensively in the time allowed. I do not think her characterisation of our regulatory structures is entirely fair. They are not perfect but many of them have served us very well in recent years. That is not to say there have not been flaws and failings. It is important to bear in mind that some of these regulators are...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Verona Murphy: I would have thought the idea of all the regulators I mentioned was that we would not be catching up because they would outline the problems and foresee the issues. Instead, every body I mentioned states that they have been brought to their attention. That is the reality of where we are. We are constantly behind the curve. My group, the Regional Group, tabled a motion on energy, if the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I appreciate that the Regional Group is putting forward solutions in this regard and they need to be considered. One of the reasons keeping Derrybrien going does not necessarily make sense is that when the energy system is short of generating capacity is when the wind is not blowing. That is at the heart of many of the problems we have. We have a lot of renewable energy. The risk of a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: Use biomass.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Verona Murphy: There are ten years left in them.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: What we plan to do with some of the plants in the midlands is that one will go to biomass and the others will be used for battery storage, so we can use the wind power and renewables, which are not dispatchable but can be stored. That might make more sense in terms of energy security and for the environment.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Danny Healy-Rae: The Valuation Office is conducting a revaluation of all commercial and industrial properties in County Kerry as part of the programme to revalue all such properties in the State. In the last week, many people in the county have been shocked by the proposed valuation figures they have received. Traders and operators from all walks of life in all parts of the county are terrified at the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Colm Brophy: It is the Deputy who should stop misleading people.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I want to raise the issue of how we can ensure the continuation of vital community services across all our communities and pay and conditions for those workers who have been outsourced from the State and who provide vital care services through section 39 organisations or section 56 organisations. We all know how many community-based services in all our constituencies are utterly reliant on...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising the issue and I will certainly take a look at the motion and respond to it. It is not entirely accurate to describe people as having been outsourced. That does a disservice to them and even the bodies for which they work. It has always been the case in this State and almost every other democratic state that some services are provided directly by the State and...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I thank the Tánaiste for his constructive words. I do think it is fair to describe services as having been outsourced. Indeed, as the Tánaiste acknowledged, the State has a long history of outsourcing vital public services such as health and education to voluntary bodies, notably the Catholic Church and religious orders resulting in a shadow welfare state. Now in 2022, we need to...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: This is not just done in Ireland. The NHS provides services through hospitals with royal charters and has done so since its establishment. In France and Germany, nearly one third of public health services are provided through voluntary bodies that have an agreement with the state payer. It is similar in Australia. One would have go to eastern Europe 30 years ago to find a set of public...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Verona Murphy: Barring any unexpected accidents, the Tánaiste is expected to become Taoiseach again in a few months. In the meantime, he retains responsibility for policy and legislative matters relating to enterprise, trade and employment. The welfare of businesses, industry and, most of all, consumers falls within his remit. Many Members have commented on the stark warnings from EirGrid indicating...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Pearse Doherty: Ba mhaith liom ceist a ardú leis an Tánaiste faoi na costais atá ag cur isteach go mór ar theaghlaigh. Tá an geimhreadh ag bualadh linn agus tá imní ar theaghlaigh ar fud an Stáit faoi chostais fhuinnimh. Tá eagla orthu go bhfuil praghsanna ag dul in airde agus in airde agus nach mbeidh go leor fágtha acu chun billí a íoc agus na...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for raising the question. First, I acknowledge the fact that energy and gas prices are very high. They are likely to rise more in the months ahead before they level off and start falling again. I also remind the Deputy that we had a budget only last week which gave every household, including households that use pay-as-you-go meters, €600 in energy credits over the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (6 Oct 2022)

Pearse Doherty: The Tánaiste spoke about what was done in the budget. He was wrong about what we suggested. We did have double payments, cash payments and all the rest. I will not go into that because it is a different issue.

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