I called for the ongoing crisis in the Retained Fire Service in rural communities across Ireland to be addressed.
The low rate of Maternity Benefit in Ireland, which I raised today and previously in the Dáil, looks set to be increased substantially so that it will be linked to a woman’s pay before going on leave.
The Taoiseach confirmed that farmers in places such as the Burren or the hen harrier areas of Slieve Aughty should not be paid less under the new agri-environment scheme, ACRES, than under its predecessor. The question remains whether anything will be done to remedy this.
The effect of the moratorium on notices to terminate will be to preclude unintended/one-off landlords from renting out their homes in future. They will leave their properties vacant instead, making a bad situation worse.