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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: Will the Minister provide an update on the specific amount of capital funding allocated to the higher education institutions, HEIs, to deliver the student accommodation, as was agreed by the Cabinet this week? I understand the Minister is unlocking 667 of the over 3,000 units that are shelved. Will he confirm the money made available is €32 million and that it will provide a grant of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Conway-Walsh for the question. She is correct; the Government decision this week allocated an additional €32 million to HEIs for the provision of, as she said, 667 additional units. As the Deputy probably knows, they are in Maynooth, Galway and Limerick. I can come back on some of those details in a moment. My Department has been engaged intensively in examining...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I welcome this approach because we have wanted to have it for so long, in the sense of there being an investment and recognising student accommodation is integral to access to third level. This is especially so for students from rural areas who cannot go to college without having accommodation. However, a decade of underinvestment in higher education has left us with this chronic lack of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I welcome the Deputy's welcome. I think there was political consensus in the House the State should intervene in providing funding to build college-owned student accommodation. We might have differing views but there was a general consensus across the House that needed to happen and it is now happening. If it does not sound too peculiar to say, I contend it is wrong to focus on the 667....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I agree on the policy approach. It should have been done many years ago. However, I want to ensure all those units are affordable. I do not want X number of units to be delivered, only for many of them to be beyond the reach of students. We will be in a worse situation if we end up like that. The devil will be in the detail of the contracts and agreements signed between the HEIs and the...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Student Accommodation (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: There are two elements here. Everybody benefits from extra supply. If we take Maynooth University, we know for every person who got a student accommodation bed on campus this year there were six applications. Therefore, even at current market rates there is demand for more. To be clear, what we are funding are not-for-profit units. We are funding publicly-funded institutions to deliver...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Third Level Education

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 89. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will engage with the PhD researcher unions (details supplied) to ensure that all PhD research students receive a living wage income or above via their stipend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60122/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: There are approximately 8,000 PhD researchers in the country. They do a vast amount of the teaching in our institutions of higher education. The great majority of them get stipends that mean they are in actuality earning less than the minimum wage. This is true even for those with the best stipends. That compares with the Nordic countries, where they get up to €50,000 as a starting...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. We have obviously introduced some measures in the budget as an immediate and tangible relief against some of the challenges of the rising cost of living. This included a once-off payment in 2022 of €500 for PhD students who receive an Irish Research Council, IRC, or Science Foundation Ireland, SFI, award and a €500 increase to the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Colm Burke: I understand we have to have public consultations and to allow for sufficient time. We are now coming into the Christmas period. If we publish the guidelines in the next two weeks, what kind of period will we allow for the public consultation and for submissions to be made? How long will it take after that for the Department to finalise matters? It is important that the public...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Peter Burke: There will be a strong policy in the draft guidelines to bring derelict and older properties back into use. I understand and appreciate the circumstances that Deputy Colm Burke is referring to and the challenges that people have in bringing those properties back into use. There do not need to be any impediments to doing that. As I said, one environmental assessment was completed yesterday...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (1 Dec 2022)

Question No. 13 taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Planning Issues

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: 14. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 175 of 27 September 2022, the status of the development of the promised section 28 guidelines for planning in Gaeltacht areas; the timeline for the public consultation; the timeline for the publication of the guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59700/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Baineann mo cheist leis na treoracha pleanála do na cheantair Ghaeltachta. Táimid ag fanacht orthu le fada an lá. Ba mhaith liom soiléiriú a fháil maidir le stádas na dtreoracha sin. I seek clarification about the promised section 28 guidelines for planning in Gaeltacht areas. I did not hear the answer to the previous question but I am sure the two...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Peter Burke: I thank Deputy Connolly for her question. The interdepartmental group, comprising officials from my Department, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and Údarás na Gaeltachta, is in place to support and accelerate the ongoing work on planning guidelines in Gaeltacht areas. A key aim of the interdepartmental group is to ensure that procedures and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Guidelines were originally due to be completed by the end of 2021, then in 2022, and now we are coming into 2023. Tuairisc.ie and the Irish-language committee, chaired by Deputy Ó Snodaigh, has covered this. We produced a report and made specific recommendations. It has been raised by every delegation that has come before our committee and when we have travelled the country. I am...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Peter Burke: To be clear, there is no confusion here. Much work has gone on. The Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, met Conradh na Gaeilge recently, which is central to this. I have met Gaeltacht communities across the country. In response to that, to underwrite, secure and ensure consistent and sustainable planning in our Gaeltacht areas, these guidelines are specific to Gaeltacht areas. They will be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Planning Issues (1 Dec 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Given the climate emergency, I have no difficulty with the importance of strategic environmental assessments and so on. That goes without saying but we are not at that point. We do not have planning guidelines. The delay has been on the part of many Governments. We are waiting for the planning guidelines. The people coming before us are not exaggerating. Everyone knows there is a...

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