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Thu, 25 Jun 2015

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Mortgage Interest Rates

Robert Dowds

85. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 324 of 9 June 2015, if it is his understanding that the new mortgage products leading to lower payments for borrowers, which he has received a commitment from the banks to roll out in July 2015, will be available to all variable rate mortgage holders, including investors and-or those holding buy-to-let mortgages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25445/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Robert Dowds

362. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to alter the workings of the direct provision system for asylum seekers. [24696/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Legislative Programme

Robert Dowds

363. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to introduce legislation regarding asylum provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24697/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Construction Contracts

Robert Dowds

594. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if there are ways to block rogue builders from any further involvement in the construction industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24711/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Water Charges Exemptions

Robert Dowds

595. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if exemptions from water charges are available to persons who suffer from Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or other debilitating conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24712/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Pyrite Resolution Board Remit

Robert Dowds

609. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the responsibilities of the Pyrite Resolution Board in relation to repair of roads, footpaths, and pipework within an estate adversely affected by the presence of pyrite. [24968/15]

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015

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Beit Collection

Robert Dowds

662. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the sale of art and artefacts from the Beit collection; if she will intervene to prevent the sale of any further artworks or artefacts from the collection; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25017/15]

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015

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Housing Adaptation Grant

Robert Dowds

243. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the Health Service Executive will supply bathroom adaptations for persons with a disability living in council-owned accommodation. [24337/15]

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015

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Housing Adaptation Grant

Robert Dowds

244. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the Health Service Executive Cherry Orchard facility, Dublin 10, will supply bathroom adaptations for persons with disabilities living in council-owned accommodation; his views on best practice in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24338/15]

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015

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Housing Adaptation Grant

Robert Dowds

245. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the Health Service Executive will install a walk-in-shower in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22. [24339/15]

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015

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Road Safety

Robert Dowds

864. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legal standing of the closed circuit television footage which is due to commence at the accident blackspot at the red line Luas in Dublin 7. [22970/15]

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015

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Sports Capital Programme Expenditure

Robert Dowds

229. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding the Football Association of Ireland has been given in grants by the State, in each of the years 2008 to 2014; and if the association was required to submit its accounts in order to draw down any funding that was provided. [22718/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Mortgage Interest Rates

Robert Dowds

324. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance if he will introduce legislation to compel the banks to reduce the rate of variable mortgages to bring it close to parity with average European variable mortgage rates, in view of the fact that the average European variable mortgage rate is significantly lower than that here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21943/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Robert Dowds

409. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the introduction of investor-state dispute settlements to Ireland, as part of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership trade agreement between the European Union and the United States of America, could lead to the State being sued for enormous sums of money by private corporations if the Government were to enact any legislation or implement any policy which threatened the profitability of such a corporation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21512/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Robert Dowds

410. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on the current suing of the German Government by a Swedish energy company, using an investment state dispute settlement which forms part of their bi-lateral trade agreement, for billions of euro on foot of the German Government's decision to phase out the use of nuclear energy, and whether the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement between the European Union and the United States of America could lead to the State being sued in a similar manner for changing its regulatory environment or its public policy, and whether such a threat of being sued would act as a deterrent to any future Government from making regulations which were in the public interest. [21513/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Food Safety Standards

Robert Dowds

442. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views that the proposed new transatlantic trade and investment partnership trade agreement could lead to a substantial fall in food safety standards for Irish consumers, which may threaten the health of members of the public if they were to ingest harmful substances through foodstuffs imported from the United States of America, which has far lower food safety standards than the European Union, and if his Department has expressed a view on this matter to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21514/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Waste Management

Robert Dowds

1033. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to introduce a bin waiver scheme. [21433/15]

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Tue, 9 Jun 2015

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Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Robert Dowds

1037. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views that the proposed transatlantic trade and investment partnership trade agreement could lead to a significant weakening of environmental protection regulations; if he has expressed such concerns to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21483/15]

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Tue, 26 May 2015

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Tax Credits

Robert Dowds

261. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the cost of increasing the standard rate income tax band to €40,000. [19854/15]

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Tue, 26 May 2015

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Tax Credits

Robert Dowds

262. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance the savings from withdrawing the personal tax credit for those earning above €100,000, at a withdrawal rate of 20%. [19855/15]

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