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Troy, Robert

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

Like Deputy Heydon, I welcome the result of the referendum at the weekend. I believed it was envisaged that the agency would be up and running from the beginning of January. Does the relevant leg...More Button

The heads of the Children First Bill have been published for six or seven months. When will this legislation come before the Oireachtas? Bearing in mind the passage of the referendum, when does...More Button

Education Funding: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

That is nothing of which to be proud.More Button

I propose to share time with Deputy Cowen. He wishes to speak for seven minutes and I will take eight minutes.More Button

I thank my colleague, Deputy McConalogue, for bringing forward this Private Members' motion. It is a critical issue and it is timely to debate it. Tonight, tens of thousands of students are waiti...More Button

Over 32% of the population have graduated with a third level qualification.More Button

I watched "The Frontline" programme last night and heard a party colleague of the Minister refer to him as being one of the most reforming education Ministers of all time. I wonder how reforming...More Button

One of the other big issues raised at the meeting last night was that of SUSI. What is the Government's opinion? When its establishment was being announced in June, the Minister welcomed it as ...More Button

Last night I listened to horrific stories. I do not wish to blame the staff of SUSI because it is clear the office is not adequately staffed. It is extremely disappointing to hear from my colle...More Button

Last night I spoke to students encountering difficulties in applying for the back-to-education allowance because they did not have proof of registration for the local social welfare office. Perh...More Button

-----and that he knew of students whose only source of food on a weekly basis was a bag of pasta and a jar of tomato ketchup as they awaited their grants to come through.More Button

I hope the Minister will take on board the concerns raised on this side of the House and, no doubt, by his own backbenchers. This is an issue that should not be allowed to fester any longer. I ...More Button

The Minister should have been at last night's meeting and heard what his own backbenchers had to say.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the steps she has taken to address waiting times in social welfare payments and appeals; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Resolution Processes

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide a definitive timeline as to when Permanent TSB will be rolling out the mortgage to rent scheme.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will expedite grant applications in respect of persons (details supplied).More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding the provision of a second level school in an area (details supplied) in County Westmeath.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he has met with the board of management of a school (details supplied) and the outcome of same.More Button

Alternative Energy Projects

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the level of communications he has held with his British counterpart regarding the memorandum of understanding on the exporting of wind energy to the UK; if he will confirm if he has met the two co...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he has met with the two commercial companies seeking planning permission to erect wind turbines for the purposes of exporting energy to the British market; the number of occasions that he has me...More Button

Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Collection

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to help persons who have built up penalties in relation to the non payment of the non-principal private residence payments.More Button

Community Development Initiatives

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will guarantee that funding for the Westmeath Volunteer Centre will not be cut following the budget in December; if he will pledge his full support for projects such as these, as it is vital ...More Button

Taxi Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide the timeframe in which a decision will be made with regarding the transferability of taxi plates from one relative to another,; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button