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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

It does not change the broad thrust of the legislation or the intent behind it, as the Minister has explained. I believe it is worthwhile and that it serves a particular purpose. It would have to...More Button

The Minister set out to attempt to rubbish the point that the so-called reform strategy and what the Minister envisages in terms of universal health insurance as the basis of the delivery of same i...More Button

I indicated on Committee Stage that we are both committed to universal access on the basis of need. This, however, is not the basis on which to guarantee that. There are no guarantees. The mod...More Button

There is serious concern and a lack of confidence about the approach. The Minister has still failed to produce a White Paper. We have no outline of a plan, although we have the Minister's conti...More Button

When I made the point about private insurance companies being given too great a role - not the determination of it in total, but too great a role - and I believe that is what they will have, in d...More Button

With all respect the Health Insurance Authority is a quango of little proven worth. That was emphasised and underlined by its representatives' recent appearance before the Oireachtas Joint Committ...More Button

And continuing.More Button

As I have another amendment and as Deputy Naughten is also waiting to move amendment No. 4, I will not make any further contribution.More Button

  Question, "That the word proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

  Amendment declared lost.More Button

I move amendment No. 3:More Button

I am disappointed the Minister has not accepted the amendment. I am sure he understands why I focused on the matter and why I believe it to be important. I am not entirely convinced by the explan...More Button

  Question, "That the word proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

  Amendment declared lost.More Button

National Minimum Wage

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of employees on the minimum wage; the number of employees on the minimum wage who are male and the number who are female; the number of employees on the minimum wage who are under 25 yea...More Button

Youthreach Programme

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the total number of Youthreach participants at year end 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme Numbers

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the total number of those pursuing the VTOS programme at year end 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Post-Leaving Certificate Courses

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the total number of participants on PLC courses in 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

EU Presidency Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to hold a conference, seminar or other event on further education and training policy in the context of the Irish Presidency of the European Union in 2013; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the timeline for the establishment of SOLAS; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

FÁS Training Programmes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the location of all local training initiative funded projects; the total funding provided per project; the number of participants on each local scheme in 2011; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of participants on the local training initiative in 2011 who are under the age of 25 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Consumer Protection

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 302 and 303 of 21 February 2012, when he will introduce the Statutory Instrument to give effect to Article 19 of the Consumer Rights Directive limiting credi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the progress made towards implementing the recommendations of the sales law review group report published in October 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons aged between 18 and 21 years who are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker's allowance of €188; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons aged between 22 and 24 years who are in receipt of the full rate of jobseeker's allowance of €188; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons aged between 18 and 21 years who are in receipt of the reduced rate of jobseeker's allowance of €100; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons aged between 22 and 24 years who are in receipt of the reduced rate of jobseeker's allowance of €144; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons under 25 years of age, in receipt of jobseeker's benefit for less than six months; for more than six months and less than 12 months; for more than 12 months and less tha...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of young persons under 25 years of age, in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for less than six months; for more than six months and less than 12 months; for more than 12 months and less t...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when a decision will issue on a carer's allowance application in respect of a person (details provided) in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Electoral Commission Establishment

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the progress made towards the establishment of an Electoral Commission as committed to in the Programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Electoral Divisions Establishment

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to carry out research to ascertain the impact of Saturday voting in the recent Children’s Referendum and to inform future policy decisions in this regard; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Liquor Licensing Laws

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when he expects to make decisions regarding commencement of section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 following the review of the voluntary code of practice for the display and sale of alcohol ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he has received the fourth Compliance Report on the Code of Practice on the Display and Sale of Alcohol in Mixed Trading Premises; when same will be published; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Charities and Voluntary Organisations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the timeframe for the recently announced consultation on the implementation of the Charities Act 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Detention Centres

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he is pressing for action, including prosecution if appropriate, against those officers responsible for the ill-treatment of young offenders detained in St. Patrick's Institution, as recently ex...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps he is taking to address the situation described by the Ombudsman for Children when she reported to senior personnel in his Department last year her concerns for children detained in St. P...More Button

National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his response to the appeal by nine leading disability organisations issued on 17 September 2012 calling on him to show leadership on an implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy in k...More Button

Youth Enterprise Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she has considered the report by Indecon for the National Youth Council of Ireland on the Economic Assessment of the Value of Youth Work; if she will ensure that the findings are taken into acco...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she has discussed the findings of the National Youth Council of Ireland Economic Assessment of the Value of Youth Work report with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the context ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the position regarding the proposal in the submission by her Department to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure in November 2011 to impose cuts of 10% in 2013 in the following funding schemes, s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the amount of funding in each of the following schemes; special projects for youth, young people’s and facilities fund round 1 and 2, youth service grant, local drugs task force projects and the yo...More Button

National Youth Work Advisory Committee

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: when she will appoint the National Youth Work Advisory Committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Substance Misuse

Asked the Minister for Health: when he plans to publish the action plan to implement the recommendations in the report of the national substance misuse steering group published on 7 February 2012; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has considered the proposal from the National Youth Council of Ireland contained in their pre-budget submission to his Department to introduce a 1% social responsibility levy on the turnover ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the action he has taken to progress the commitment made at the conference on alcohol misuse in Armagh in January 2012 to work with the Northern Executive on the introduction of minimum pricing on a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to hold a conference, seminar or other event on alcohol misuse policy in the context of the Irish Presidency of the European Union next year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Alcohol Advertising

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has received the sixth report of the alcohol marketing communications body; his plan to publish same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of meetings held by the Alcohol Marketing Communications Monitoring Body in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide detail of the payments made to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland to oversee and monitor the Alcohol Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship Codes since the establi...More Button