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Adams, Gerry

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Gan amhras, is buiséad millteanach, cruálach agus dona é buiséad 2013. Aontaím leis an Taoiseach faoi Fhianna Fáil ach ní féidir leis an locht a chur ar na daoine eile mar gheall ar bheartais an R...More Button

This is not the only charge households are facing. I understand that patients, including cancer sufferers, will have to pay more next year for hospital stays. Meanwhile, waiting lists for oper...More Button

I will make a brief comment.More Button

Okay. I asked one question, but I was given a commentary on what was wrong. People who happen to be in hospital will get no comfort from the Taoiseach's assertion that this extra charge does not ...More Button

To refer to the question about post-leaving certificate courses, PLCs, my question was not about fee-paying schools but about colleges of further education. The post-leaving certificate courses ...More Button

Ministerial Responsibilities (Continued)

If I understand the Taoiseach properly, his initial response to the question did not name the new Minister of State with responsibility for primary health care, Deputy Alex White, as someone for wh...More Button

Just in the nick of time.More Button

He then went on to say that in the case of a Minister of State having responsibility for primary care there is no need to sign a delegation order. If there was no need to sign a delegation order f...More Button

Was there no need for a delegation order for the former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall, who resigned when the Minister for Health interfered with a list of primary care centres to add locations...More Button

I understand that I am only learning here, but can the Taoiseach help me through this? No delegation order was signed for Deputy Shortall during her entire term in office. The Taoiseach says it...More Button

And primary care.More Button

But one is required for primary care centres.More Button

He should have gone to Specsavers.More Button

Cabinet Confidentiality

Asked the Taoiseach: the plans he has to introduce legislation to deal with the issue of Cabinet confidentiality.More Button

I am nor surprised by that because all the rumours and leaks imply that Labour stood up to the Fine Gael Government. I do not see any evidence of that.More Button

Deputy Howlin is pirouetting over the poor.More Button

The programme for Government contains a commitment to legislate on the issue of Cabinet confidentiality and he says he will not act on that. It also commits to opening the budget process to the ...More Button

Cabinet Confidentiality (Continued)

Have all those pledges been torn up?More Button

The Economic Management Council put together the budget. Four men put together an anti-woman, anti-family, anti-children budget. There is less scrutiny of all of these decisions in this Chamber...More Button

To be clear about this, is the Taoiseach saying he is not moving on the commitment in the programme for Government to legislate on Cabinet confidentiality? Is he going to move on the commitment ...More Button

What steps does the Taoiseach intend to take around the budget? Once again today, budget measures will be rushed through. How will the budget process be opened up to public scrutiny, particular...More Button

I am asking these questions because the initial question asked about the Taoiseach's plans to introduce legislation to deal with the issue of Cabinet confidentiality.More Button

I asked that question because the programme for Government contains that commitment. Cad a tharla leis? What happened to that commitment? If it is not appropriate - the Taoiseach read an extract...More Button

All Sinn Féin proposals for an alternative budget were sent to the Department of Finance, which costed all of them bar one. The only one it did not cost was the wealth tax - it refused to cost t...More Button

There is one big thing to which I have been unable to get an answer. I do not believe the Taoiseach can dodge behind the issue of Cabinet confidentiality on this one because it considered taking...More Button

We needed to get the costing first before making the proposal.More Button

The poor would not have to pay for it.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: the supports provided by his Department to the Cabinet sub committee on mortgage arrears.More Button

My question is on the Cabinet committee on mortgage arrears. However, before I come to that, if I may, I wish to say that it is clear the budget was not equality-proofed. There is a practice in t...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I commend that to the Taoiseach. It would mean that the Government would have looked at cuts in the respite care grant or child benefit and assessed the social and other consequences for citizens.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

On behalf of Sinn Féin, I also want to oppose proposal No. 4. As Teachta Ó Fearghaíl said, we have discussed the fact that one in four mortgage holders is in distress with their mortgage. Hundred...More Button

We do not have a property tax in the North, my dear friend. However, why will we not have an opportunity to discuss this matter here? What is the Government afraid of? The Taoiseach chided Fiann...More Button

God help you.More Button

Cuirim fáilte roimh an ráiteas sin. I welcome the statement and the announcement that the Government will legislate for the X case in the new year. Bearing in mind the conversation we had earlier...More Button

Will the Taoiseach make time in the new year for the Dáil to debate the de Silva report on the Pat Finucane case? I wrote to the Taoiseach and asked if he would review all correspondence in the ...More Button

Foster Care Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her plans to rectify the situation whereby some children in foster care on reaching 18 years are then placed in the care of the Department of Justice even when their foster carers wish for them to ...More Button

United Nations Conventions

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her plans to ratify the third Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure which would enable children and their families to make comp...More Button

Ministerial Appointments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of Special Advisors or Press Advisors she has appointed within her Department; the names of the advisors; the date of their appointment and the total salary and remuneration package in e...More Button

HSE Governance

Asked the Minister for Health: if there have been changes in the management structure of the Health Service Executive in the north east region; if there has been a change in the management structure for the running of the Louth ...More Button