On Tuesday, I spoke on my colleague Deputy Clare Daly’s amendments to the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018. On Wednesday morning, I asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment about cybersecurity and new regulations for Operators of Essential Services and I enquired whether the Irish government was lethargic on cybersecurity issues.
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we finalised our report on Tax Expenditures. The Parliamentary Budget Office and the staff supporting the Budgetary Oversight Committee are doing excellent work in ensuring that timely and accurate information is being disseminated in scrutiny of our budgets and policies. We will soon be starting our pre-budget hearings and work on the Committee’s pre-budget report on Budget 2020.
On Thursday morning, I questioned the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, about the need for additional social workers in Tusla and the recruitment and retention issues in this very important profession. I also raised the imprisonment of huge numbers of the Uighur people in the Uighur nation which China occupies at present and I said that sanctions must be applied to China to immediately close these prison camps.
On Thursday evening, I spoke in strong support of Sinn Féin’s Residential Tenancies (Prevention of Family Homelessness) (Amendment) Bill 2018 which would have protected renters in buy-to-let tenancies from eviction upon sale of the property. Given that the number of homeless people has surpassed 10,000 this was a timely and important Bill. Of course, Fine Gael is continuing with its spin that Rebuilding Ireland is working. As always you can read copies of my transcripts and watch videos of my speeches on my website www.tommybroughan.com.
The An Bord Pleanála oral hearing on the Clonshaugh sewage plant was continuing this week and local residents were presenting.