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O'Reilly, Joe

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I congratulate the Minister on bringing forward this Bill and acknowledge, as Deputy Billy Timmins did, her practical compassion in a very difficult situation. That compassion is reflected through...More Button

The major achievement of this Bill and last year's Bill is that they have maintained headline social welfare rates, in real terms and every other term. These are the fundamental payments across ...More Button

The effort of the Minister to achieve job activation, to create an opportunity whereby persons on jobseeker's allowance can truly be viewed as jobseekers, is a wonderful development. I encourage...More Button

The additional €30 million allocation for education and child care is of great significance, including the €2 million for school meals.More Button

Schools meals can affect people's lives for the good. I say that as a former primary teacher. The implications of having school meals are considerable and I welcome the measure. It is simple and...More Button

We cannot avoid the issue of carers, for whom I have enormous regard, as does any right-thinking person in the country. There is a highly emotive dimension involved because we hold our carers in...More Button