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Martin, Micheál

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions

Ar dtús, ba mhaith liom a rá, ar mo shon fhéin agus ar son mo pháirtí, Nollaig faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise duit féin, a Cheann Comhairle, do Bhaill an Tí agus do gach éinne atá ag obair anseo. Tái...More Button

After extending season's greetings and hoping the Tánaiste will have an enjoyable, restful and peaceful Christmas, which I am sure he needs, like all of us, I wish to raise a very serious issue rel...More Button

For example, 700 school leavers have no guarantees of getting a place for essential services and the issue is still not satisfactorily resolved. There have been cuts to special needs assistants ...More Button

There was a further slash and burn cut of €1 million in home help hours, which again affected people with disabilities. That was followed in this budget by a callous 20% cut in the respite care ...More Button

We acknowledge the difficulty of the finances for 2013. There should be, however, a resolve to protect people with special needs and disabilities in our society. I know the Minister of State, D...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The key issue in the service plan is whether it will include a cut in resources to service providers. They believe this may be the case and they have been clear that they cannot take any more. Th...More Button

The programme for Government states the Government will "ensure that the quality of life of people with disabilities will be enhanced and that resources allocated will reach the people who need t...More Button

Will the Tánaiste guarantee the service plan will not include a cut to the funding provided to the service providers? Will he guarantee that the 700 children who will leave second level educatio...More Button

The Tánaiste could try to influence it.More Button

Service providers have their plans and know what lies ahead.More Button

Order of Business

I seek clarification from the Tánaiste. Under section 221 of the National Asset Management Agency, NAMA, Act it is an offence to attempt to lobby NAMA. The penalty on conviction of that offence i...More Button

-----which related to how the primary care centres were selected hours before the Cabinet meeting-----More Button

-----reveal the unsatisfactory fact that the Opposition has had to use the Freedom of Information Acts for months to piece together the jigsaw of the decision to select these primary care centres. ...More Button

Will the Tánaiste commit the Government to undertaking a sharp inquiry into the primary care centre debacle, with a view to using all the documentation that is now available under freedom of info...More Button

The Tánaiste could do much more now. Will there be an inquiry?More Button

Public Transport

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide an update in installing wi-fi on public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on whether the optimal situation for children in special schools is the provision of multi-disciplinary teams involving teachers, allied health professionals such as physios, occupational...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will suspend the implementation of the Health Service Executive's programme for progressing disability services for children and young people in view of the fact that it is causing undue anxi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that the Health Service Executive's Programme for progressing disability services for children and young persons will not lead to a reduction of allied health professional staff i...More Button