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Thu, 30 Jun 2016

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Exceptional Needs Payments

Ruth Coppinger

33. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will introduce a payment to cover the additional costs for families in emergency accommodation such as travel and food; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18774/16]

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016

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Rent Supplement Scheme

Ruth Coppinger

45. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will raise the maximum rent supplement level to the levels recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness. [18773/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Housing Provision

Ruth Coppinger

4. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he can resolve the housing crisis while adhering to the European Union's fiscal rules; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18709/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Housing Policy

Ruth Coppinger

8. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he has completed any independent research into the component costs of building a new house and renting residential properties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18472/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Housing Policy

Ruth Coppinger

13. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the Action Plan on Housing will be published. [18473/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Rent Controls

Ruth Coppinger

34. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will introduce rent controls; if so, the form they would take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18471/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Social and Affordable Housing

Ruth Coppinger

36. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on expanding the income limits for social housing to allow more low and middle-income workers to benefit from differential rents in tandem with a large-scale programme of direct building and acquisitions of vacant properties by the local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18474/16]

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016

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Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Ruth Coppinger

46. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to acquire distressed properties from vulture funds for social and affordable housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18470/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Schools Establishment

Ruth Coppinger

20. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will facilitate the establishment of a gaelcholáiste with a multi-denominational and inclusive ethos and with a catchment area covering west County Dublin and east County Meath, and if he will meet with the Coiste Bunaithe of a school (details supplied) to discuss the matter. [18285/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Ministerial Meetings

Ruth Coppinger

24. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he met teachers and their unions on the issue of post-2011 entrants to teaching having a different pay rate to pre-2011 entrants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18286/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Education Policy

Ruth Coppinger

30. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the practice in schools where a child's parents or a young person over 18 years of age can opt out of religious instruction; if he will issue guidelines to ensure this right is vindicated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18287/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Teachers' Remuneration

Ruth Coppinger

41. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will end the position where newer teachers are on inferior pay rates and conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18283/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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School Transport Eligibility

Ruth Coppinger

147. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure transport to and from a school for pupils from Dublin 15 who attend a school (details supplied). [18428/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Local Authority Housing Data

Ruth Coppinger

198. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of first-time lettings of local authority housing and of lettings as a result of casual vacancies from 2010 to 2015, inclusive, as used to be published by his Department until 2009; if in 2014 and 2015 lettings as a result of casual vacancies are counted separately from lettings as a result of renovated voids and refurbishments or if they are included in those figures; and if so, the number of lettings as a result of voids and casual vacancies which are made up of voids and casual vacancies respectively. [18232/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Local Authority Housing Data

Ruth Coppinger

199. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of new local authority units that were acquired and the number that were leased under the Part V scheme in 2015. [18233/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Social and Affordable Housing

Ruth Coppinger

200. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of the new units leased under the social housing current expenditure programme, SHCEP, scheme in 2015 and 2014 that were leased from private landlords and developers; the number of those that were under the Part V scheme; the number of the new SHCEP units in 2014 and 2015 that were leased from National Asset Residential Property Services Limited and to provide a similar breakdown of the total current stock under SHCEP. [18234/16]

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016

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Rent Supplement Scheme Data

Ruth Coppinger

264. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason the numbers in receipt of rent supplement fell from 71,533 in January 2015 to 61,247 at the end of 2015 and 57,605 at the end of March 2016; and the numbers currently in receipt of rent supplement. [18120/16]

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016

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Postal Services

Ruth Coppinger

287. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on the increase in postage charges by An Post; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17808/16]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016

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Domestic Violence Policy

Ruth Coppinger

40. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on the Women's Aid impact report 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17129/16]

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016

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Domestic Violence Policy

Ruth Coppinger

46. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the measures she will take to overcome barriers to safety, outlined in the Women's Aid impact report 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17130/16]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016

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Northern Ireland

Ruth Coppinger

8. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach to report on the meeting of the last British-Irish Council. [17154/16]

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016

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Citizens Assembly

Ruth Coppinger

61. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach when he will issue the tender for a polling company to source members of the citizens' assembly; and his plans to publish full details of the call for tender, given the importance of the issues to be addressed. [15598/16]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016

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Seanad Reform

Ruth Coppinger

4. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach the status of the reform of Seanad Éireann. [15854/16]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016

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Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Ruth Coppinger

10. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach if he has met with religious leaders since the general election. [15855/16]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016

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Employment Rights

Ruth Coppinger

44. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will bring forward legislation to outlaw bogus self-employment in the construction sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15835/16]

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016

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Zero-hour Contracts

Ruth Coppinger

47. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will bring forward legislation to outlaw zero-hours contracts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15836/16]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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Cabinet Committee Meetings

Ruth Coppinger

7. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet sub-committee on housing is due to next meet. [15851/16]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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Cabinet Committee Meetings

Ruth Coppinger

15. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet sub-committee on health is due to next meet. [15852/16]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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Cabinet Committees

Ruth Coppinger

23. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach when the Cabinet committee on justice reform is due to next meet. [15853/16]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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School Patronage

Ruth Coppinger

214. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will continue the practice of his recent predecessors in not signing deeds of variation for national schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15952/16]

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016

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Water and Sewerage Schemes

Ruth Coppinger

244. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the measures he has taken to tackle the sewage-related pollution that resulted in the closure of the beaches in Rush, Skerries, Balbriggan and Loughshinny in north County Dublin; and how he will ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future. [15569/16]

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Thu, 9 Jun 2016

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Homeless Persons Supports

Ruth Coppinger

6. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to report on the accommodation of homeless children in adult homeless accommodation; the actions she has taken on the welfare of homeless children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14844/16]

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Thu, 9 Jun 2016

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Child Protection Services Provision

Ruth Coppinger

26. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the child protection and welfare issues where the lack of availability of alternative housing is adding to the difficulties faced by children in households where there is domestic violence; the action she has taken on this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14845/16]

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Thu, 9 Jun 2016

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Traveller Community

Ruth Coppinger

40. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on giving recognition to Traveller ethnicity; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15085/16]

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Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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Student Accommodation

Ruth Coppinger

233. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills to provide assistance to the Dublin students union in the National University of Ireland in its proposed publicity campaign related to rent-a-room accommodation. [14745/16]

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Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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Student Accommodation

Ruth Coppinger

234. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the cost of accommodation for students; the steps he will take in the coming months for the 2016-17 academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14746/16]

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Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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Social Welfare Payments Administration

Ruth Coppinger

336. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will instruct his officials to clearly include the post office network as an option for payments from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14811/16]

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Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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Ministerial Correspondence

Ruth Coppinger

356. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has received a report from the ambassador to Brazil regarding the alleged rape of a teenage girl by a group of 30 or more men that has sparked protests against sexual violence against women in Brazil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14548/16]

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Wed, 8 Jun 2016

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Industrial Disputes

Ruth Coppinger

677. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the decision by staff at Oberstown youth detention centre to proceed with industrial action on 31 May 2016. [14585/16]

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Thu, 2 Jun 2016

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Health Services Provision

Ruth Coppinger

94. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if he is aware of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 who experienced difficulties with the ambulance service and treatment in hospital following strokes; the actions he will take to prevent such issues arising again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13691/16]

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Thu, 2 Jun 2016

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Ambulance Service

Ruth Coppinger

110. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 24 May 2016, the number of new staff and level of extra funding that will be invested in the national ambulance service to ensure there is a high-quality and responsive ambulance service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13690/16]

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Wed, 1 Jun 2016

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Citizens Assembly

Ruth Coppinger

1. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach when the proposed citizens' assembly will report back to Dáil Éireann on the eighth amendment of the Constitution. [10147/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Ruth Coppinger

52. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to bring forward the restoration of pay and pay equality for public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12995/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Public Sector Staff Recruitment

Ruth Coppinger

59. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has consulted with Government Departments, including the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Justice and Equality, on difficulties in recruiting and retaining certain types of public servants arising from the two-tier pay system and other pay reductions applied during the economic crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12996/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Employment Data

Ruth Coppinger

73. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach the number of workers on temporary contracts and on temporary employment as a percentage of employment for each year since 2008, in tabular form. [13638/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Employment Data

Ruth Coppinger

74. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach the number and percentage of low-paid and minimum wage workers that are women. [13639/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Employment Data

Ruth Coppinger

75. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach the number and percentage of part-time workers that are women. [13640/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Employment Data

Ruth Coppinger

76. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Taoiseach the number and percentage of workers earning less than the living wage of €11.50 an hour for each year since 2008, in tabular form [13641/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Loan Books Purchasers

Ruth Coppinger

265. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Finance to report on his meetings with a bank (details supplied) in 2016; if he discussed the sale of the bank's sale of its distressed mortgage portfolio; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13538/16]

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Tue, 31 May 2016

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Family Income Supplement Data

Ruth Coppinger

519. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Social Protection the number in receipt of family income supplement for each year since 2008; and the projected number this year. [13643/16]

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