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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I know a newly qualified supply teacher who has a one-year contract. That teacher covers nine schools in rural Ireland. She is doing exactly the theory needed for Droichead but it is not being accepted. Teachers are human beings too who also suffer from mental health issues. They need clarity. The development and learning of our children is the most important thing. The situation at...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Other than in exceptional circumstances, schools should deploy newly qualified teachers in a mainstream setting. However, in certain circumstances, a newly qualified teacher may complete the Droichead process in an special educational needs setting. As a general rule, paid employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible. During the past school year, the Teaching...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Pearse Doherty: With the budget only days away, tens of thousands of homeowners and tenants living in defective buildings are nervously waiting to hear what the Government's plan is. Families living with defective blocks in the county in which I live, Donegal, and in Mayo, Clare and other counties, want to know whether the new scheme will be open in January and will have sufficient funding to provide real...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I am afraid I cannot give the Deputy a definitive response. I certainly hope and expect that the mica scheme will be up and running in the new year. I will be very disappointed if is not. There will need to be a scheme to help people who live in apartments that have defects. The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, is working up the proposals around...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Ivana Bacik: I spoke earlier about the rising costs of childcare. A constituent has contacted me because, despite staff seeing a very welcome pay increase at the crèche her children attend, a sizable fee increase has been imposed upon parents. The concern she and many constituents, and others throughout the country, have is that crèches and childcare facilities may have signed up to the new...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: As far as I understand it, the deal for this year is that the Government will provide additional funding to childcare and early education providers. There are pay increases for the professionals who work in that area. In return, fees are supposed to be frozen for this year. Not everyone has signed up to that, but I understand the vast majority have. If there are instances of fees being...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Jennifer Whitmore: Hundreds of children who are Irish citizens born through surrogacy have no legal relationship with their mothers or some of their fathers. Those families pinned their hopes on this being finally resolved following publication of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on International Surrogacy report. However, they have been left feeling confused and worried by the contradictory statements from the...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank the Deputy and the committee for doing what was a very thoughtful and useful piece of work. The Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Deputy O'Gorman, and I have gone through the committee recommendations in detail. We have paused the AHR Bill. We need that Bill and it is very important, but I would like to...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (22 Sep 2022)

Gino Kenny: Earlier this year, the Government announced a pandemic recognition payment, broadly welcomed by this House, for front-line workers who worked during the pandemic. However, a whole section of workers have not received this payment. They are largely HSE staff but they also include section 39 voluntary workers, members of the fire brigade and workers in private nursing homes. They have not...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy. He paints a bleak picture of the country in which we live. One would not think that the United Nations - not me but the United Nations - considers Ireland to be one of the top five or ten countries to live in the world. That is based on health, education and economic well-being. One would think from the remarks of the Deputy that we were seeing a massive outflow of...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: According to the CSO, approximately 54,000 people left this country last year. I suspect we will see those numbers rise. It is true that marginally more came in but that is still a significant outflow of people. It was not my opinion I was sharing. I was sharing the opinion of the young students I was talking to yesterday in UCD. I met a group of postgraduate students who said they have...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: The Deputy has got the numbers wrong again. Substantially more people came to Ireland last year than left.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Tánaiste should check with the CSO.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: More Irish citizens returned than left. The difference was marginal but more returned than left. The impression the Deputy would create is a different one. He would create an impression of a country that is seeing its citizens leave in large numbers and not return in greater numbers.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Tánaiste should check the CSO figures.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: Those are the facts. People are free to check them if they wish.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: People can check the facts.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Leo Varadkar: People will see the Government's response to the cost-of-living crisis on budget day. As I mentioned, there must be three elements. We must increase pay and pensions, reduce the amount of tax people pay to allow them to keep more of the money they earn and reduce the cost of living in areas such as childcare, healthcare, public transport and rent. That is what we are working on. We will...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 Sep 2022)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I wish to raise an important issue in respect of which clarification is needed. The Teaching Council is the body with the statutory authority and responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland, including the registration of teachers in the State. Upon registration with the Teaching Council, post-qualification professional practice is applied as a condition of...

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