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McGrath, Mattie

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Order of Business (Continued)

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In the programme for Government there is a clear commitment to reform and strengthen the legal system in an effort to support the victims of crime. Will the Taoiseach or the Minister for Justice a...More Button

I believe that is the case. I raise this issue in the wake of a horrific crime committed on the border of counties Tipperary and Offaly. The perpetrators of these crimes are operating with impuni...More Button

I asked a question about tagging.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the supports she is putting in place to support self-employed persons if, for example, a business fails or closes due to unexpected sickness or ill health.More Button

I draw the attention of the Minister to the plight of the self-employed. We know how important they are in this country, especially in the recovery, in keeping employment going and keeping the cof...More Button

There is a totally unlevel playing field. The recession brought that home to so many. The Minister mentioned people who were not able to continue to get work but many of them did work and could n...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits (Continued)

They say, tús maith, leath na h-oibre. However, we need to recognise and give more recognition to the people who have set up their own business, whether they are farmers, shopkeepers, undertakers,...More Button

These are the real generators. I am not talking about the large multinationals, although they are important too. I am talking about our homegrown indigenous people, who have the skill-sets, gum...More Button

Many of these people have been knocked back and get heavy treatment from Revenue, the banks and everyone else when they are unable to manage. It is not that they do not want to; they have done w...More Button

The Minister referred to social welfare and other issues, including jobseeker's benefit and so on. It is difficult when everything goes "bang". I have met those affected - we have all met them....More Button

I am not asking the Minister to charge them.More Button

Water Services Bill 2017: Report Stage (Continued)

For a strange reason, I will support this amendment. I opposed the Irish Water setup might and main from its first day. It was a big dream in the sunrise or sunset clause - I do not know which to...More Button

Yes. He is now Commissioner Hogan, with his pension in Europe for the devastation that he wreaked on the Irish people not only through this, but also through the abolition of local democracy. He ...More Button

I am not opposed to meters. Every house should have one. Indeed, a meter should be somewhere accessible inside a house so that it can be read and monitored. The majority of people accept that ...More Button

I do not agree with the notion that only 7% is being lost beneath houses. Lots more is being lost. There are leaks, including under old houses, through old lead pipes, etc. There are many reas...More Button

The cost of the water metering contract was outrageous. I had issue with three or four villages in Tipperary. Deputy Healy, who is present and will speak later, and I fought for years to get mo...More Button

People in every town in Tipperary are suffering with sewerage systems. The council always maintained the systems. I salute the council workers involved in every area. If an old woman of 90, 95...More Button

I have a great deal of sympathy for the pioneers who developed their own water schemes and the private householders who sank their own wells and must maintain them with their electricity supplies...More Button

I backed a recent amendment on private householders' swimming pools because something like that should be paid for, but the water charge on every hairdresser, undertaker, shop, hotel, farmer, sto...More Button

Irish Water tried to take over some of those schemes, but the people resisted, and rightly so. Significant effort was made during the storm. Everyone, including council workers, were out fixing...More Button

There is no conservation now, or at least little incentive to do so even though there should be. A magical component was fitted to the meters to allow for drive-by readings. The batteries in th...More Button

For years, caretakers in the water schemes and county councils watched over our water services, monitored leaks and dealt with and listened to the public. If members of the public approach them ...More Button

There is much wrong in the setup of Irish Water, and if a house is built on shaky foundations, it certainly will fall.More Button

Tax Reliefs Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will amend the medical criteria as laid out in regulation 3 statutory instrument No. 353 of the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994 to include those wi...More Button

EU Treaties

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Judicial Appointments

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of judges appointed to the Court of Appeal; his views on whether this is sufficient; the status of the case backlog in the Court of Appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Children's Hospital Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: if all fire safety regulations have been adhered to with respect to the national children's hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of legislation governing assisted human reproduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

TAMS Administration

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans to extend the TAMS scheme to include the funding of underpasses in cases in which persons have land banks on both sides of local, national and regional roads in view of the excessive cost...More Button

Legislative Reviews

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the status of the review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if her Department is conducting a review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if a legal pathway is being put in place for children under 16 years of age to obtain a gender-recognition certificate.More Button