As it happened: Taoiseach Micheal Martin faces Leaders’ Questions – Irish Mirror

Taoiseach Micheal Martin is this afternoon facing questions from the opposition in the Dail.

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Leaders’ Questions has wrapped up

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has finished taking questions from Opposition TDs.

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Taoiseach on resumption of indoor hospitality

Mr Martin has said the phrase “medical apartheid” is an “appalling” phrase to use.

He said it is up to the Government to operationalise vaccine certs and that officials are in discussions to have a plan ready by July 19 on how indoor hospitality can resume.

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Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath wants a debate on the use of vaccine certs

Mr McGrath has described vaccine passports as “medical apartheid” and said it is “shocking” that publicans may have to police it.

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“You are a disgrace” Sinn Fein leader Mary LouMcDonald has said to the Taoiseach

She has continued that cuckoo funds will snap up new homes with an amendment that is being made to a Finance Bill.

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Micheal Healy-Rae asks what the government has against rural Ireland

MHR: “What have you got on people in rural Ireland and farmers?

“Why is there so much disconnection between Irish people and the government?

MHR said he would love to praise him from the sky down but he can’t.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the government is “for rural Ireland.”

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Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae on carbon credits

He said he is a small farmer, he owns forestry land and has previously worked in the industry.

He said carbon credits should be given to farmers.

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People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett on supply of vaccines here and globally

He has asked what is the government’s position on the People’s vaccine and will the Irish government call for the sharing of vaccine information globally.

He said pharma companies should waive their intellectual property rights.

The Taoiseach has said intellectual property is “extremely important” for science and has said the EU has pledged billions of euros for vaccine production in Africa.

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Roisin Shortall and Taoiseach Micheál Martin butt heads in the Dáil

She has asked him to withdraw the amendment and “stick” to his word.

The Taoiseach has asked the Ceann Comhairle is heckling is being facilitated. The Ceann Comhairle has said it’s happening on both sides but the Taoiseach said he does not accept this.

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Social Democrat co-leader Roisin Shortall continues discussion on cuckoo funds

She said the promises the Taoiseach made to people are “worthless” and wants Mr Martin to answer the questions being put to him.

The Taoiseach has said once the Housing For All strategy is published, it will outline and follow through his earlier statements on ensuring there is affordable housing.

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Taoiseach hits out at McDonald and calls her behaviour “disgraceful”

He asked Ms McDonald when she is “going to become honest with people” and he has called Ms McDonald and her party’s behaviour “disgraceful.”

He has said Sinn Fein has opposed building homes and has “exploited building housing for votes.”

Ms McDonald has asked why the Taoiseach hasn’t answered her question.

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald on cuckoo funds

Ms McDonald has claimed that tomorrow night it is the intention of Minister Darragh O’Brien and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to introduce an amendment that will afford cuckoo funds a tax break that will incentivise them to buy up homes and lease them back to councils.

She said “isn’t it time for you Taoiseach to be true to your word and to stop these funds snapping up houses for families and citizens.”

The Taoiseach said that Minister O’Brien has brought in a suite of measures to help build homes.

He said Ms McDonald sees a lot of young people that can’t access housing and uses it as a “political advantage” to create anger.

He said she has opposed the Share to Buy scheme and the Land Development Agency.

Mr Martin has said the government has allocated substantial funding to solving the housing crisis.