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Burton, Joan

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee A (economy) last met.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee B, social policy and public services, last met.More Button

I suppose I should thank the Taoiseach for his rather patronising remarks to myself and Deputy McDonald in respect of young people being unemployed. I do not care whether the figure of 750 young p...More Button

On the gender pay gap, I will have to read back over the Taoiseach's reply. Yesterday, his Minister for Finance told me that the seven top jobs in the Department of Finance are all held by men. ...More Button

In the context of the social economy, we have been awaiting a report on social and community-based banking from the Government for some time. The main banks are closing their branches, particula...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I am particularly delighted by the very significant continuing fall in the unemployment rate, which is currently at approximately 5%. However, between 11% and 12% of young people under 25 are unem...More Button

I do not know if the Taoiseach would be shocked or concerned to discover that there are significantly more than 700 unemployed young people in the constituency which he and I represent. In the n...More Button

The unemployment rate is based on people not working. The Taoiseach should know that.More Button

National Economic and Social Council

The NESC has probably been the body which has commented most on the climate change risks facing Ireland. Has the Taoiseach had an opportunity to study the work it has done on climate change? In p...More Button

Heritage Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

If we could bottle all the conversation here, we could sell it at a profit - perhaps to tourists. I appreciate the difficulties facing people who are farming either on a small or large scale. It ...More Button

We all - farmers and people who live in urban areas - have a mutual interest in ensuring that we respect and care for the environment and that we hand it on to our children and grandchildren. Tr...More Button

Deputy Ó Cuív and I have had a lot of involvement with the rural social scheme.More Button

Deputy Ó Cuív initiated what is a very good initiative that is very popular in rural Ireland. I think the small extension which the Government has made consequent upon more prosperity is ridiculou...More Button

Will the Minister cite the science on which her approach has been based? In the context of tourism, I cannot understand the reasons for extending the burning seasons or the unwillingness to acce...More Button

I want to make a brief comment. This morning we had Fine Gael busy losing the run of itself as the Taoiseach confessed to licking up to Donald Trump when he was in New York at a private meeting. ...More Button

------so let us not run ahead of ourselves. If they are experts, why not put them out there and allow people to meet them, allow there to be a discussion in which, if they are that expert, I am su...More Button

She is floating off in her best Rathdownish about "my experts" but she needs to give us a break. Bring them here or to a venue such as the AV room and let us hear what they have to say. The Minis...More Button

DEIS Scheme

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason the staffing formula for designated DEIS schools has not been improved to coincide with two improvements in the overall formula for other primary schools in recent years; his plans to im...More Button

Education and Training Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on the statement of IBEC that as many as 80,000 additional construction workers will be required to meet infrastructure targets; if adequate plans are in place to meet the training needs ...More Button

School Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he has established a scheme in respect of the shortage of substitute teachers; if he has considered the appointment on a part-time basis of previously retired staff in areas of significant staff...More Button

Student Unions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the engagement his departmental officials have had with an organisation (details supplied) in the past 12 months; his plans to meet the organisation before the new academic year in September 2018; ...More Button

Schools Site Acquisitions

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress which has been made in securing a permanent site for the new regional second level school for the Carpenterstown and Castleknock school planning areas; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Teacher Training Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to make training available for principal teachers on enactment of the schools admission legislation in view of the fact that these principals will have additional responsibilities in area...More Button

Schools Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of students on roll in the 20 smallest schools; if his Department takes responsibility to manage school amalgamations in circumstances in which enrolment trends are declining and unlikel...More Button

State Examinations Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of persons required overall in recent years and to date in 2018 to correct papers and to assess projects in the State examinations; and the proportion of these persons who were registere...More Button

Teacher Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of teachers who in the most recent years for which statistics are available were in receipt of a principal teacher’s allowance throughout one school year and on the payroll but not in re...More Button

Schools Mental Health Strategies

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the steps he has taken to promote teacher well-being; and if such measures will be augmented in view of international concerns regarding the importance of teacher well-being to a high quality educa...More Button

National LGBTI Strategy

Asked the Minister for Health: the policy in respect of persons who have intersexual children.More Button