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Byrne, Catherine

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I welcome the opportunity to speak to the Bill. I commend the Cabinet for its achievement in facing up to the very difficult decisions that had to be made in the budgetary process for 2013. I acc...More Button

I listened to Deputy Micheál Martin on radio this morning as he spoke about a "mean" budget which had failed to look after the most vulnerable. Let me remind him that when he was in office, the ...More Button

As for Sinn Féin and others, if they had their way, every garda, nurse and teacher would be earning the minimum wage.More Button

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

It is deeply hypocritical of Sinn Féin to claim it represents the poor and downtrodden and that its members take only the minimum wage, giving the rest to the cause, as they call it, while some of ...More Button

My grandmother was an invalid for 17 years, cared for by my mother and extended family. My mother reared eight children, worked hard all her life and even found time in the evening to work outsi...More Button

I agree with the speakers who remarked that bankers who behaved recklessly should go to jail. As I see it, however, many former Ministers of the previous Government also belong in jail for what ...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Burton, has the difficult task of supporting 1.4 million Irish people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment while also ensuring there is enough money in the pot to p...More Button

Although there have been reductions in some areas, there are also some good news stories which we should not forget. Next year, the Department of Social Protection will allocate €14 million to t...More Button

The Minister is committed to clamping down on fraud and to that end additional fraud and control measures will be introduced, as well as legislation to enable greater recovery of social welfare o...More Button

An additional €10 million will be allocated to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to facilitate the delivery of social housing units, a measure that I welcome. In ...More Button

The Department of Education and Skills will allocate €500,000 to tackle bullying in schools. The funding will be spent in line with the action plan on bullying, which will be established shortly...More Button

In line with the ongoing reform of the political system and the drive to cut costs across the public sector, the Government has cut the level of expenses paid to politicians and the State funding...More Button

The Government has had to make some tough but necessary decisions in this budget to ensure that we stay on course for exiting the bailout programme and continue on the road towards economic recov...More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the policy that operates in regard to the cochlear implantation programme based in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, which is funded by his Department; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the...More Button