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Daly, Clare

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

My expectations for the budget were not great and I spent most of the afternoon semi-bored and disillusioned at the usual mantra. Having listened, however, to Deputy Wallace and his forensic annih...More Button

The Government may say it is great for spending €1.2 billion but that must be looked at in the context of the last three budgets which cut the tax base by €2.6 billion. As such, the Government h...More Button

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the election of Countess Markievicz, the second female Cabinet Minister anywhere in the world. We had a Proclamation in this State which issued a call to...More Button

Let us talk about Claire, whose mother-in-law is 58 years of age and is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Because she is under 65 years of age, there is nothing by way of support for the famil...More Button

Let us talk about Mary. She began her working life in 1966 but had to give up her job because of the marriage bar. She raised three children and went back to work at 49. At 65 years of age, sh...More Button

If she had not worked until 1998, she would have received the full pension. It is an absolute joke that these women, who were discriminated against by the marriage bar and on whom the State relied...More Button

The problem is the budget does not introduce measures to repair the structural damage of austerity and the hollowing out of public services, which, if not addressed, will cause continuing and acc...More Button

The Government has dressed up the most spurious measures in the budget to deal with housing and land banking. Deputy Wallace has annihilated them already but even if he had not gone through all ...More Button

The Minister bragged about how he will provide an additional €685 million for health services. A few years ago, the Irish Medical Organisation, IMO, warned about the dangers of austerity and cut...More Button

Working people would benefit more from wage increases rather than the pittance in tax cuts that have been proposed in the budget. More wages means more tax, which means more money for public inv...More Button

No initiative has been taken to recognise the huge volume of unpaid work that goes on in this State. A study conducted in Britain demonstrated that the equivalent of 56% of British GDP was accou...More Button

Some 65% of the homeless are lone parents. The Government can make an announcement about more money going into child care but there must be a transformation of child care from a poorly regulated, ...More Button

One can bandy around figures, and we all do it, and it can sound good but when it trickles down into the real lives of people, it has a tendency not to be that good. We are doing many things wro...More Button

We are not examining any of these issues. We throw a couple of million here and 100 million there to get a headline or news flash and then go home and forget about it. There are systemic proble...More Button

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Investigations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: if special measures are put in place with regard to monitoring the activities of companies reported to the ODCE for serious transgressions while those investigations are ongoing, such as in the cas...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement or the Financial Regulator has carried out investigations into a company (details supplied) regarding the way in which it has operated and dea...More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his Department collects data on the number of children turned down annually for speech and language classes in primary schools despite meeting the qualifying criteria; and if so, the data for ea...More Button

Schools Grievance Procedures

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on the fact that in certain cases school boards of management are taking judicial review proceedings to challenge the findings of section 29 appeals against refusals to enrol children in ...More Button

Teachers' Professional Development

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will reintroduce financial support for students of primary teaching for the mandatory Gaeltacht course (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Employment Rights

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the steps he has taken in relation to investigating bogus self-employment contracts in the English language teaching sector here (details supplied). More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will raise with the Spanish government the recent and concerning actions of that government in Catalonia (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Property Services Regulatory Authority

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to amend legislation, secondary or primary, to tighten up regulation of companies which offer foreign property investment opportunities to ordinary investors in view of numerous instances...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Investigations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on the fact that the GSOC investigation into the death of a person (details supplied) has been ongoing for five years with no outcome for the bereaved family; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Irish Prison Service

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the work or strategic planning that is under way to develop a non-custodial approach for women offenders in view of the proven success of such models in reducing recidivism. More Button

Prison Service Strategies

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his strategy to develop an open prison for women as an alternative to overcrowding in the Dóchas centre and Limerick women's prison.More Button

Youth Justice Strategy

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps being taken to develop a distinct criminal justice strategy for young adults aged 18 to 24 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sentencing Policy

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding requiring the Judiciary to take account of a young person's age and maturity as a mitigating factor in determining a penalty.More Button

Hare Coursing Regulation

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if each coursing club affiliated to a club (details supplied) in the 2016 to 2017 season contacted their local ranger to advise them of the locations netting of hares was to take place; if so, if t...More Button

Hare Coursing

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if a NPWS ranger was present at the hare coursing meeting at Kilflynn, County Kerry, on the weekend of 30 September 2017; and the timeframe for a report to be available regarding the welfare and re...More Button

Medical Card Drugs Availability

Asked the Minister for Health: further to the refusal by the HSE to provide a person diagnosed with narcolepsy after receiving the pandemrix vaccine (details supplied) with a medical card, his views on whether it is appropriate ...More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the cost to the State of the request by An Garda Síochána in July 2016 for new roadside breath test devices to have functional capacity to collect specific types of information and data which An Ga...More Button

Foster Care Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: further to Parliamentary Question No. 251 of 28 September 2017, when the examination is likely to be published in view of the possibility that the use of private foster providers of emergency care ...More Button

Naval Service Expenditure

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: further to Parliamentary Question No. 289 of 28 September 2017, if the fuel costs quoted of €56,600 refer to full costs of the return journey from Cork to London, or only the fuel costs relating to...More Button