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Shortall, Róisín

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

I add my voice to those of others who have objected to this proposal to cut the respite care grant, which is probably one of the most mean-spirited aspects of the budget. We are all fed up listeni...More Button

I put it to the Minister that a majority of the Members of this House would favour a solidarity levy. Such a levy was first mooted by a number of Fine Gael backbenchers last year - I believe the...More Button

The Government could also have tackled the inequalities relating to the pensions regime. Last year it stated that it would do so this year and now this year it is saying that it will perhaps tak...More Button

The Government had options. In such circumstances, its members should stop saying that the budget is fair. Will the Minister, the Tánaiste and their ministerial colleagues please stop saying th...More Button

They are very much removed from the reality of life for so many families who are struggling. Too often, the respite care grant is regarded as an optional extra for families. For those caring for ...More Button

This is a hard-hearted cut and reprehensible. I do not see how anybody who promised the public that there would be fairness and owes his or her position here to the making of that promise can su...More Button

That service is not available either.More Button

On a point of order, there are 12 amendments remaining. Members are very keen to talk about other aspects of this legislation.More Button

In fairness, there are 18 minutes remaining and others would like to have an input.More Button

There are many issues to be dealt with.More Button

Why is the Minister continuing to talk on this section? This is her-----More Button

This is an abuse of the House.More Button

Social Insurance Yield

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the estimated yield for every 0.1 of a percent added to the rate of employee PRSI; and the rate increase required to provide for a yield of €265 million in 2013 and €289 million in a full year.More Button