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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Leaders' Questions

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# state redress
'How far back do we go?': Micheál Martin calls for 'debate' on historical wrongs by the State
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that the Government “cannot spend the same euro twice”.
Last month
January 2023
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach defends Paschal Donohoe as minister due to make Dáil statement on undeclared donations
Opposition TDs have called for a full explanation from the Minister, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
Last year
# Flights Cancelled
Eamon Ryan 'not asleep at the wheel' says Taoiseach as more flights cancelled due to weather
More flights are cancelled in and out of Dublin today as weather continues to disrupt travel.
# the last farewell
Elvis theme carries through Micheál Martin's last Leaders' Questions as Taoiseach
In a rare moment of pleasantry between the Sinn Féin leader and Taoiseach, Mary Lou McDonald wished Martin the best for the future ahead.
# Leaders' Questions
Government criticised over €700 million capital underspend in housing budget
The Dáil heard that local authorities currently have 2,000 homes under construction on various sites.
Restoring bankers bonuses and removing pay caps an 'insult' to working families, Dáil hears
The decision was criticised by Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall.
# rising costs
Taoiseach refuses to estimate final cost of National Children's Hospital
The current estimated cost of the NCH is €1.4 billion.
# Housing
Varadkar says Ireland's rents are 'unacceptably high' and compare unfavorably against most EU cities
Varadkar has said he wants the Housing for All plan implemented more quickly.
# Leaders' Questions
Individual in leadership role at Blackrock College 'was told of abuse allegations in 2002', Dáil hears
Labour leader Ivana Bacik claimed that survivors who approached the individual were told to “go away” and return with “proof and a solicitor”.
# Catherine Connolly
Leas-Cheann Comhairle writes to MacSharry over accusations of discrimination
Last week, MacSharry accused Catherine Connolly of “discrimination” for putting him at the bottom of the speaking order.
# vicky phelan
TDs pay tribute in the Dáil to 'fearless' Vicky Phelan
The CervicalCheck campaigner died yesterday.
Varadkar withdraws ‘hypocrite’ remark in fiery Dáil debate over leak probe
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall accused the Tánaiste of impugning her good name.
# Housing
Taoiseach says housing plan is working, as McDonald calls it a 'social catastrophe'
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien was criticised for comments he made during a Tonight Show debate yesterday.
# Leaders' Questions
Dáil told Govt has ‘failed to match people’s efforts to provide homes for Ukrainian refugees’
Martin criticised McDonald’s commentary on the matter during Leaders’ Questions today.
# Energy
1,000 disconnections in first half of this year as minister promises action plan in weeks
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says 450,000 PAYG customers are being abandoned by Government.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach struck by violence on O'Connell Street and says 'fabric of the street must change'
Róisín Shortall questioned the Taoiseach on the street following a Prime Time broadcast yesterday.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach: Winter eviction ban still being considered, but is 'not the solution' to homeless crisis
The Dáil also paid tribute to the victims of the Creeslough explosion.
# pay as you go
Taoiseach criticised for lack of clarity on disconnection moratorium for pay-as-you-go customers
Martin maintains there are extra protections in place to protect customers.
# long-term leases
Taoiseach dismisses concerns about investor funds selling homes between each other for €1.7m
Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the solution is ramping up supply.
Varadkar says Ireland’s ‘very high’ rents are ‘out of kilter’ with similar countries
It came after Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty accused the government of ignoring proposals that would “put money back into people’s pockets.”
# Leaders' Questions
Green Party leader accuses Sinn Féin of 'following Tory approach' with energy price cap plan
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty responded by saying that Minister Ryan is ‘in bed with the Irish Tories’.
# long covid
More than 21,000 people cannot work because of long-Covid symptoms, Dáil told
Independent TD Denis Naughten called on the Taoiseach to ‘act now’ to address the care needs of those with symptoms
# School Buses
Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year
Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.
# Leaders' Questions
Energy costs dominates first day back but politicians get a giggle with 'Taoiseach' Mary Lou remark
A minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II was also held today.
# Leaders' Questions
Audit into infant organ disposal should be published without delay, says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach offered his “deepest sympathies” to the families impacted, stating that what happened compounded their grief.
# Back To School
School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package
The proposal is set to cost €67 million.
# Leaders' Questions
AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs
The Government has faced criticism from parents and advocates about the difficulty in finding class places for children with additional needs.
# Leaders' Questions
There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees Ireland takes in, says minister
There were heated exchanges between Independent TD Carol Nolan and the housing minister over the issue of immigration.
# Leaders' Questions
In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
An Tánaiste accused the Sinn Féin TD of a “cheap shot” during Leaders’ Questions.
# Housing
'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.
# energy costs
Telling people to tighten their belts shows Govt is 'out of touch' on cost of living, says SF
The Taoiseach told the Dáil that Putin wants western governments to get the blame for rising energy costs.
# Housing Crisis
Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.
Salads and cycling aren't weird: Taoiseach comes to Eamon Ryan's defence amid Dáil criticism
Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Martin was drinking too much green tea and that it had gone to his head.
# Energy prices
Govt to consider time-of-day-pricing for electricity in bid to tackle cost of living
On Wednesday, Electric Ireland became the latest energy firm to announce a price increase.
Time-of-day pricing is where the price of electricity is less expensive at night than during the daytime as there is less demand.
A package of measures to help with the rising cost of energy will be announced in the coming weeks.
Minister Eamon Ryan says we cannot rule out LNG as an option.
Online interest in electric vehicles peaked in Ireland as fuel costs soared
EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
# Cost of Living
EU might not give the green light on VAT reduction on fuel until May
Mary Lou McDonald has called for a 0% VAT rate for a period of time on domestic energy bills.
# Leaders' Questions
Criticism over soaring home heating oil costs as Martin says hands are tied due to EU VAT rules
Micheál Martin says they are working with the EU to see if there can be greater flexibility.
# Neutrality
Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality
TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he was concerned about recent calls for greater cooperation with NATO.
# Cost of Living
Gas prices and the cost of food likely to rise, Tánaiste says
“The lights won’t go out,” Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today.
# across the floor
'Pathetic': Dáil takes a turn for the ugly as housing 'debate' gets dredged into history
Both Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil brought up events of the past.
# nphet
NPHET recommend end to mandatory mask-wearing in education, public transport and school settings
Public health officials advised the government of the move following a meeting today.