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Connaughton, Paul

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Funding of Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to the motion. It is important, even on the eve of what will be one of the most difficult budgets in the nation's history, to reiterate our commitment to...More Button

The debate over who made the mistakes that led to the financial crash of recent years will continue for years or decades. However, one group that will not figure when blame is being apportioned ...More Button

The Minister of State is committed to the implementation of the national disability strategy and chairs the new implementation group for the strategy. She has included in this group a number of ...More Button

I note that 15% of the budget of the Department of Education and Skills is spent in support of children with special educational needs, including on the employment of 10,575 whole-time equivalent...More Button

Understanding of the need for early intervention in respect of autism is growing internationally. It is heartening that there are now 76 early intervention classes for children with autism attac...More Button

The need for proper services for adults with disabilities is another crucial issue. In recent months, members of Ballinasloe Advocates group have been to the fore in highlighting the need to ret...More Button

Family members of persons with a disability will stress the need for respite hours to be retained at all costs. These hours are often the difference between a person with a disability being able...More Button

I note the Minister plans to move into the community next year 150 of the 3,600 persons with disabilities who are living in an institution. While progress is slow, it must be acknowledged that t...More Button

Organisations and staff working with people with disabilities have done a tremendous job. Alongside people with disabilities and their families, they have provided a strong voice in advocating f...More Button

Mortgage Interest Relief Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: if a person qualified for mortgage interest relief before the end of the year are they guaranteed it for the duration of the mortgage or a specified period or is the relief only available on the tr...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when an appeal in relation to a derogation under the disadvantaged areas scheme will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when payment in respect of the disadvantaged area scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button