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Troy, Robert

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Children's Rights Referendum

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her response to the Supreme Court judgment that her Department acted in breach of the Constitution during the recent children’s rights referendum; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Children's Rights Referendum (Continued)

It is deplorable that it has taken the Minister six weeks to give a response in this House to queries regarding the Supreme Court ruling. The argument that she has responded in the Seanad is inter...More Button

I have several relevant and direct questions which I hope the Minister will answer in a similarly direct fashion. Who took the decision to publish the booklet? Who took the decision to hive off...More Button

In his verdict, Mr. Justice O'Donnell pointed out that some of the language used in this so-called independent literature was the same language used in the Minister's speech at the launch of the Fi...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will provide details of the after school child care scheme announced in the budget for 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Child Care Services Provision (Continued)

I thank the Minister for her reply. Obviously I welcome any new service that will help low-income parents back to work or education. I am somewhat disappointed that the Minister does not have mor...More Button

The after school sector is unregulated, as is the childminder sector. I have received calls from people working in the industry who have grave concerns in this regard. What are the Minister's p...More Button

In reality the Minister is telling us that it will be the tail end of 2013 before the scheme will be fully operational.More Button

Has the Minister taken on board the additional administrative costs that will be associated with the county child care committees? I am sure the Minister is hearing, as my colleagues and I are hea...More Button

Constitutional Amendment on Children (Continued)

In the Seanad debate on 8 November, the Minister stated, "A detailed protocol underpinned the drafting of content for the booklet and website and the Office of the Attorney General was consult...More Button

I raised this matter as a Topical Issue on numerous occasions prior to the referendum result being challenged. I accept what the Minister is saying but will she give a clear commitment to appear b...More Button

Departmental Budgets (Continued)

The Children's Rights Alliance has indicated that, on balance, children were among the key losers in this budget. I could go on further with comments but will not because I must be brief. Childre...More Button

Will the Minister provide information on the matter?More Button

School Completion Programme (Continued)

In 2008, the then Fine Gael spokesperson for children expressed sharp criticism of the proposed decrease in funding. He stated:More Button

Did the Minister say "2015"?More Button

We all recognise that early school leavers are more likely to experience social exclusion and unemployment or underemployment. For these reasons, I am concerned about this important programme's fu...More Button

I presume 2013 is when the review will commence. What will that review cost? The Minister referred to using an independent firm to conduct it.More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

The way the Minister of State was speaking, it sounded like the job from heaven that anyone would want to do. They are only getting what they are entitled to.More Button

Does the Minister of State realise how much money carers save? The manner in which she portrayed it, it sounded as if they should be thankful for what they are getting but they are only getting wh...More Button

Those carers feel very let down. They feel their contribution is not being acknowledged by the Government.More Button

In my short time in this House, it is the first time that I witnessed one Minister taking the entire 30 minute Government speaking slot during Private Members' business.More Button

I thought the Minister of State's fellow Government Members would have been only too delighted to come in and stick up for carers. They are saying one thing in the constituency and doing a differe...More Button

The carers carried out a survey between 31 October and 3 November. Of the carers who took part 26.7% rated their stress level at 5 on a scale from 1 to 5. They are stressed out of it. Some 45....More Button

Alternatives have been proposed by people on this side of the House, but the Government did not want to accept those alternatives. They were costed by the Department and through parliamentary qu...More Button

I listened to the deliberations of the Minister, Deputy Burton, in the Seanad earlier today. She said she would publish a report on the future of child benefit at the end of January. She was sa...More Button

Having spoken to a number of officials and retired officials from the Department of Social Protection, last week I made suggestions to the Minister, Deputy Burton, for reducing the amount of frau...More Button

Youth Unemployment Data

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the contribution her Department will make to tackling youth unemployment in 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Youth Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on the recent Indecon report on youth work; if it informed any of her policy choices with regard to budget 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button