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Coppinger, Ruth

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

What is he doing?More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

That is an absolute joke.More Button

I certainly would not have thought that the Government would have the effrontery to think that the Topical Issue debate was an appropriate place to deal with the biggest scandal that has emerged in...More Button

Could we not just agree the Order of Business while we are here?More Button

If I may make a suggestion; I do not know why we cannot agree. If we are agreeing the Order of Business to be discussed today, and we have the agenda in front of us, we have made a proposal that G...More Button

Matters have moved on since the Business Committee met and the Minister of State, Deputy Regina Doherty, has not taken that fact into account. That is the point.More Button

Because we might have to scrap them, that is why.More Button

Government-Church Dialogue

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his meetings with religious leaders.More Button

I want to raise with the Taoiseach the issue of the Catholic orders and the redress scheme. The whole question of how these institutions were run and so on is now a major issue. According to the ...More Button

I had hoped to raise with the Taoiseach the fact that, in the 1920s and 1930s, a succession of laws were passed which gave the church control over health, education, and employment as it pertaine...More Button

-----in Cumann na nGaedheal were in competition with Fianna Fáil: "I will raise you a Censorship of Publications Act" and "I will bid you a Juries Act to top it off." It was a ...More Button

Government-Church Dialogue (Continued)

Why are they being awarded schools and hospitals?More Button

Why were they awarded the Castleknock secondary school then?More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations

Asked the Taoiseach: his plans for referendums on constitutional amendments; and the issues that may be dealt with.More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations (Continued)

Of all the referendums in all the world, the one the Taoiseach announced on the flight to the United States was rather funny. The Constitutional Convention recommended that the voting age be reduc...More Button

The recommendation the Government has chosen to introduce a referendum for relates to voting rights for citizens abroad or in the North for presidential elections. I would have thought that was ...More Button

Of course, the most obvious recommendation relates to the referendum to repeal the eighth amendment. The Government has shoved that into another assembly. The eighth amendment is a long-overdue...More Button

Could we have just one more minute, between myself and Deputy Ó Snodaigh, for a supplementary?More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

It was. It has been in existence for years.More Button

They are using European-----More Button

On a point of order, the Democratic Unionist Party was set up in 1971.More Button

Business of Dáil

May I raise a point on that?More Button

I know the Business Committee discussed this but I wanted to put on the record of the House that there is a major national strike taking place in Bus Éireann. The Government may try to pretend it ...More Button

It is not the first inaccuracy I have pointed out. It probably will not be the last.More Button

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her views on the establishment of a truth commission relating to institutions such as mother and baby institutions, industrial schools, county homes, and Magdalen laundries; and if she will make a ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will report on her discussions on revealing and establishing the truth concerning institutions such as Magdalen laundries and mother and baby institutions; the expected timeframe for a proce...More Button

School Playgrounds

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his attention has been drawn to the situation faced by a school (details supplied) and in particular, the shortage of school yard space allocation; the measures he is taking to resolve it; and i...More Button

Passport Services

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will report on the preparations being made for the seasonal increase in the volume of passport applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will employ extra staff in the Passport Office in view of the expected increase in the volume of passport applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the circumstances under which a person applying for a passport can have an application expedited; and the process in place for such cases.More Button

Passport Data

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the number of passport cards issued in the years 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; his plans to promote this service; and his further plans to make reforms to this service.More Button