Deputy Tommy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to report on what services will be provided at the new primary care centre in Coolock, Dublin 17. At this time last year, Deputy Broughan had received confirmation from the HSE that construction would begin early this year and that the centre was expected to be delivered in early 2017.
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DÁIL SPEECH ON THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) AND RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES BILL 2016
1 Dec 2016
I echo the comments that have just been made by Deputy Boyd Barrett. Nothing more true has been said about housing in this House in the past seven or eight years. The regressive and retrograde decision to abandon large local authority development in the mid-1990s was made on spurious grounds of design etc. The Minister will agree that there are many examples of beautiful and incredibly sustainable local authority areas and estates in his city of Cork and my city of Dublin. If previous Governments and our local authority predecessors were able to do that in the past, it should be possible for us to do it again.
I am delighted to have a brief opportunity to express my full support for the Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill 2016. I commend Deputy Ó Broin and his Sinn Féin colleagues on their work on it. This Bill provides for the amendment of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to link rent reviews to the consumer price index. I have been calling for such a measure for many years in this House. Deputy Shortall correctly pointed out recently that the previous Government’s pathetic attempt to introduce rent certainty measures will expire on 3 December next, leaving many tenants susceptible to substantial and unaffordable hikes in rent.
This question is about the ongoing work under the CFRAM programme which started in 2011. I have attended some of the meetings as part of the consultation process in Dublin Bay North. We have had problems with a number of rivers. I have mentioned the River Wad, in particular, with the River Naniken, the Santry River, also known as the River Raheny and the River Moyne, as well as the area of Dublin Bay in Clontarf. I ask for an update on what the Minister of State is doing about flooding in these areas.
I know that the Minister had a lengthy discussion earlier with other colleagues on the Lansdowne Road agreement. It is often perceived that the agreement is effectively in tatters because of some of the Government’s actions in recent months. It seems to have used a huge portion of the available space in dealing with some of the earlier public sector disputes. Is the Minister going to address fairly the concerns of the public sector and can we expect to see early in 2017 serious discussions and negotiations to restore their pay and conditions?
We appear to be facing a triple whammy. We previously discussed the potential impact of Brexit on revenue and expenditure. I discussed with the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, quantitative easing which looks like it will taper off in 2017. The third whammy is the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump. Many of us still cannot understand how in such a close federation as the United States it is possible for a candidate to win the popular vote overwhelmingly and still not become President. We are faced with President-elect Trump. Based on the indications we have had in the very often confused and rambling pronouncements of the President-elect during the campaign, are we right to be concerned? Is the Minister taking any steps to see how this might impact on our expenditure?