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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: I thank the Minister for coming in. I refer to the previous discussion about the difficulties in trying to get female candidates for the local elections. We should start looking at the question of the right to maternity leave for councillors. We have a councillor in Ballyfermot who has had two children since she was elected and during both tranches of leave she received no allowances from...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: That is an issue, but so is payment of the allowances for a cohort of people who rely on them. It is not like us. We get a wage with deductions but councillors get an allowance. It is not huge but is substantial enough to help a parent keep their head above water. The payment is removed if you do not sign in for the meetings. That should be in the legislation but is not.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: Clearly that is the challenge in every country that has it, and most EU counties have the right to be recognised once it represents over a certain percentage of the workforce. We do not.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: It helps a lot.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: It helps a lot-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: They have a legal obligation to talk to your trade union representative if they look for a meeting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: That is not it. There are processes after that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: I look forward to the report being published. The Minister said October.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: The Minister could get all of the Deputies to participate, and maybe he could force them.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality: Recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly on Gender Equality: Discussion (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: It does. I know from my own working life it helps a lot to be able to sit down and say "These are the problems. Will you sit down and talk to us?" and not be told "No, we're not talking to you. We don't have to talk to you."

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Public Sector Pensions (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 84. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of former employees of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs prior to its separation into An Post and Telecom Éireann who can check if their pension contributions yield any pension benefits; if they can recover pension contributions from their years at the State body; and the agency and body...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Artists' Remuneration (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 138. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will clarify her plans in relation to the current basic income for arts scheme; if applicants who were unsuccessful for the current scheme can reapply in the coming year; if any possible anomalies in the lottery system will be removed; if any assessment of artists' current income and circumstances such as risk of poverty...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 239. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the lack of specialist, multidisciplinary treatment and care for children with long-Covid; the reason there are currently no long-Covid clinics for children in Ireland, given those affected are being treated by general paediatricians and general practitioners without the necessary level of expertise to manage this...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (29 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 264. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact many private nursing home staff are experiencing substantial financial difficulty as a result of the cost-of-living crisis and are relying on the pandemic payment of €1,000 to help them in the coming months; if he will give a definitive date for when they will receive the payment; and if he will make a...

Financial Resolutions 2022 - Financial Resolution No. 6: General: Financial Resolution (Resumed) (28 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: As the dust settles on this massive spin operation from the Government in regard to this year's budget, a few things have become clearer. According to many commentators, the next year will see people's living standards decline. Inflation will run at more than 8% for the coming year and living standards will fall by 3% this year and 2% in the following year. The budget electricity grants...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (28 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 108. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a breakdown of staff requirements in terms of driver numbers in each of three companies (details supplied) in order for them to fulfil their scheduled pubic transport services, in tabular form; the current actual diver numbers in each company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47394/22]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport (28 Sep 2022)

Bríd Smith: 109. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a transport provider (details supplied) is still operating Saturday schedules on Monday-to-Friday services on some routes; the reason this is the case; when this will revert to full service; if he will request the National Transport Authority to provide figures for the total number of cancelled scheduled departures by the provider...

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