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Collins, Áine

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Care Services: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

Every Deputy in this House recognises the huge contribution carers make to our society. They care for the most vulnerable in our society, and our society will ultimately be judged on how we care f...More Button

Unfortunately, we live in very difficult financial times since the current crisis began, a crisis that bankrupted the State. Fianna Fáil originally cut carer's allowance from €220 per week to €2...More Button

There was a substantial cut in the respite grant and I appreciate this will have a significant effect on some carers and their patients. I have no hesitation in saying there are people in our so...More Button

Of course, any reduction is regrettable. Sinn Féin, which held the social welfare portfolio in Northern Ireland should know that administration only pays carers £58 per week, the equivalent of €...More Button

It amazes me Fianna Fáil has the audacity to speak on this motion. It was Fianna Fáil that reduced the carer's allowance from €220 per week to €204 per week, an annual loss of €850 per year per ...More Button

This is not about political point scoring. Most people in this House regret any reductions that affect the vulnerable. As a Government, we must strive in coming years to ensure that whatever mo...More Button