This Week IN The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 2014

14:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding European Small Claims Procedure – Referral to Committee without Debate
[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

15:45 – Statements on the Charities Sector
[Minister for Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

10:30 – Order of Business
11:45 – 13:15 Statements on European Union Affairs
[Minister of State for European Affairs]
Spokesperson Senator Catherine Noone

14:00 – 15:00 Motion regarding Standing Orders (Oireachtas Inquiries)
[Government Chief Whip]
Senator Paul Coghlan

15:00 – 16:30 Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2013 – Committee and Remaining Stages
[Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport]
Spokesperson Senator Pat O’Neill

16:30 – 18:30 Private Members Business – Text Below
[Labour Party Senators]
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane
18:30 – 19:30 Statements on the Youth Guarantee Implementation Plan
[Minister for Social Protection]
Spokesperson Senator Hildegarde Naughten

Private Members Business

That Seanad Eireann:
welcomes the commitment of this government to end long-term homelessness by 2016 and recognises that significant challenges are now emerging in relation to housing supply:
• Welcomes the ring-fencing of funding for homeless services by the Government in Budget 2013 and 2014.
• Further welcomes the adoption of a housing-led approach to tackling homelessness, which involves access to permanent housing combined with appropriate on-going support, as a core aspect of the Government’s Homelessness Policy Statement of February 2013.
• Notes however that the number of people presenting as homeless in the greater Dublin area increased in 2013.
• Notes that an emerging shortage of affordable rental accommodation in Dublin and other urban centres is leading to an upward pressure on rents and that this is impacting on people at risk of homelessness and those seeking to exit homeless services.
• Notes that under the recent Social Housing Assessment 2013, 89,872 households were assessed as qualifying for housing support. Welcomes the announcement by Minister O’Sullivan that her department intends to return to mainstream local authority housing construction in 2014 and welcomes in particular the announcement of a €100 million construction programme over 2014/2015 that will enable local authorities to construct approximately 600 new social homes in that period.
• Welcomes the Minister’s commitment to progressing other social housing support measures including securing additional social housing units via NAMA and the rollout of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).
Seanad Eireann asks Minister O’Sullivan to set out her views on the increase in the numbers presenting as homeless and the factors behind that increase, her proposals in the medium and long-term to end long term homelessness and to remove the risks currently in the housing market leading to a further increase in those presenting as homeless.
Seanad Eireann also asks the Minister to set out her views on the measures the government has taken to increase housing supply through stimulation in the construction sector, measures to tackle the needs of those assessed as being in need of housing support, and the role of local authorities and approved housing bodies in the delivery of social housing supply over the lifetime of the Government.
Senators Aideen Hayden, Ivana Bacik, John Gilroy, Lorraine Higgins, John Kelly, Denis Landy, Mary Moran, Marie Moloney, Susan O’Keefe, John Whelan
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane

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