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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Children's Rights Referendum

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the reason, despite the recorded concerns of the Referendum Commission chairman in the previous referendum (details supplied), the Government proceeded with the publication of a parallel informatio...More Button

I do not doubt the Minister's intent, and that is clear from the question I tabled. My concern is that if we have not already done so, we must learn from the lessons of the past. Last August, Mr....More Button

Children's Rights Referendum (Continued)

I note the point about not identifying where it had emanated from and that it did not apply in this instance under the direction of the Minister. We must be mindful in respect of the existing ruli...More Button

Following the McCrystal judgment, the Minister Deputy Pat Rabbitte said, "the Government seems to be impeded from advocating its convictions in a matter like a referendum". I reject that, it is ...More Button

I welcome the Minister's response, which I take as a positive indication that the Government is taking the decision on board. It cannot be more clear and, no pun intended, it is crystal following ...More Button

I hope we will arrive at a space where the Referendum Commission is seen as the independent voice for the dissemination of that independent view to the wider public, and anything else that has the ...More Button

Child and Family Support Agency Establishment

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will outline the position in regard to the introduction of the necessary legislation to facilitate the establishment of the child and family support agency; when she expects to publish this ...More Button

The purpose of my question is not to trip up the Minister or her Department. I am anxious to see the new agency established as quickly as possible. The hope and expectation of all we have achieve...More Button

Child and Family Support Agency Establishment (Continued)

Is it not now appropriate that the timeline for implementation - an implementation plan - should be furnished before the House? I would commend this because all we have at the moment is the deferr...More Button

I welcome the Minister's acceptance of the reasonableness of my request. The Minister will understand that in the absence of this information, people, be they political voices or from the non-gove...More Button

Departmental Budgets (Continued)

I can appreciate that the Minister would be concerned but I wonder if she is in a position to give the House any assurance on the funding that will follow in the advent of the Child and Family Supp...More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

On my behalf and on behalf of Sinn Féin I fully support the motion in the name of the Deputies in the Technical Group. The motion recognises the absolutely critical contribution of carers in our s...More Button

I ask all Ministers and all Government Deputies who were in the last Dáil to go back over the Dáil record and find the many occasions on which most of them spoke in opposition Private Members' ti...More Button

In our alternative budget and our jobs plan, Sinn Féin presented proposals designed to protect the vulnerable, to tax fairly those best able to afford tax increases and to stimulate the economy t...More Button

The Carers Association has pointed out that the average cut in income support for carers is 5% in budget 2013 and that is more than twice the average cut in income support to all other recipients...More Button

The coalition has claimed that "carers will remain one of the few areas where the Department continues to make double payments in recognition of the valuable work that carers do". However, again...More Button

I again appeal to the Government to reverse this cruellest of cuts in its budget 2013. If it fails to do so we will know for certain that its words in praise of carers are nothing more than patr...More Button

I am happy to fill the minute if that is what you want me to do, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

I will certainly reiterate my appeal to the Minister of State. This is one of those glaring obscenities in budget 2013 of which there are many. I am very conscious of the extent of the discomfort...More Button

Children in Care

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the institutions in which children with special care needs have been placed overseas by the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Children's Strategy

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will list the 20% of actions from the National Children Strategy that have not been completed; and the reason that they have not been completedMore Button

EU Presidency Expenditure

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the total cost of the EU Presidency 2013 on his Department and its agencies; if he will provide a full breakdown of same; the way this cost compares to the previous Irish Presidency; the specific s...More Button

Post-Leaving Certificate Courses

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will outline the impact of changes to pupil-teacher ratios on PLC courses and the total number of teaching posts in the Cavan/Monaghan area in view of Budget 2013; if he will detail the impac...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 258 of 20 November 2012, if he will give assurances to students in receipt of a maintenance and top up grant for the academic year 2012/2013 under the category...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: when a decision will be made in respect of a Student Universal Support Ireland application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan; if he will process this application as a mat...More Button

Vocational Education Committees Amalgamation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the timeline and stages of plans to amalgamate Cavan and Monaghan vocational education committees; if he will confirm that the incoming newly amalgamated board is to have only two staff representat...More Button

Mental Health Commission Reports

Asked the Minister for Health: the date on which he received the 2012 Inspection Report from the Mental Health Commission; the steps he is taking to ensure that all issues raised in these reports are addressed; the timeline for ...More Button