Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to

Pringle, Thomas

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Yesterday, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine joined other European Ministers with responsibility for fisheries in Brussels to determine fishing quotas for the next year. This week ...More Button

Year after year fishermen live in uncertainty as to where their futures lie and they are in a constant battle to make a modest living. The bureaucracy of the fishing industry at EU level is taki...More Button

There is no doubt the quality of the scientific evidence has improved and it is aiding us in our negotiations. However, the fact is that the Common Fisheries Policy is recognised as a failed polic...More Button

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

I congratulate Deputy Halligan on tabling this motion on behalf of the Technical Group. It is also timely this should be discussed after the debate on the cut in the respite care grant last week. ...More Button

It has been widely stated in the House the contribution carers make to the State but it is worth saying again. Carers save the State more than €4 billion annually and the expenditure of €771 mil...More Button

The Government amendment last night started off by crowing about the Government view that the financial supports provided in Ireland are far greater than elsewhere in Europe. Is that meant to be...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, also stated the respite care grant is higher now than it was in 2002. That is really something to be proud of; ten years on, carers should be able t...More Button

The Minister of State said our budgetary challenges did not preclude the publication of a national carers' strategy. It is good to know the Government can still produce reports in these difficul...More Button

Apart from the complete lack of any concrete commitments in the strategy that could be seen as clear deliverables, the vision statement itself shows the strategy will fail, and is failing, carers...More Button

One of the national goals of the carers' strategy is to provide for the training needs of carers. The Minister of State really had to search to find this one. Clutching at straws, she had to go...More Button

We were then treated to a lecture about how the markets determine our policy and that we must placate them to be able to borrow on them again. To imply this was done in response to the markets b...More Button

They probably have not been able to believe their luck, in that this Government has continued the policies of Fianna Fáil, ensuring it gives back every penny. Societies that have a greater measure...More Button