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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

The members of the coalition Government and all who support it in the Oireachtas should hang their heads in shame at the disgraceful budget introduced yesterday. For members of the Labour Party in...More Button

That is too bad. The Minister of State can read the blacks.More Button

Today, members of the Labour Party must be regretting that they did not burn every one of the posters they put up all over the country in the final week of the 2011 general election campaign featur...More Button

I ask the Chair to allow me to speak uninterrupted and ask the Minister of State to have manners and listen.More Button

Even the political opponents of Fine Gael and the Labour Party are shocked at the extent of their attacks on children, the poor, the sick, the old and financially struggling families. The Minister...More Button

I deplore the cynical spin from the Government, repeated by many media outlets, that the cut to child benefit is €10 per month. The position is much worse than that. The cut of €10 per month ap...More Button

Among the cruellest cuts was the Government's decision to impose a reduction in the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance, which severely punishes the most needy families. Need I remind...More Button

Families will also be hit by the so-called property tax. This is not a property tax but a family home tax that will result in unsustainable debt being piled on unsustainable debt for families ac...More Button

A cynical but futile attempt at deception is being made about the true impact of this budget. It began with the withholding of the budget documents during the speech of the Minister for Finance,...More Button

The Minister for Health and his Cabinet colleagues are imposing massive cuts that are unsustainable and will deliver further hammer blows to our public health services. The Government promised f...More Button

The Government’s failed austerity programme has resulted in the savage cutting of 950,000 home help hours in 2012. Far from restoring these vitally needed hours to some of our most vulnerable ci...More Button

I will describe the reality of the cuts in home help hours using some examples I cited to the Minister in committee last week. Last Saturday, people with disabilities and older people met in Cav...More Button

The Minister for Health, Deputy Reilly, has failed to deliver the promised reductions in the exorbitant prices of medicines. Instead, he is passing on the cost to patients through higher prescript...More Button

Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

The publication of the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A, B and C v. Ireland should mark the final stage before legislation in line with the X case judgment is initiated, debat...More Button

We in Sinn Féin believe that those formulations of the State's obligations and the principles for implementation are sound. We have long held that legislation in line with the X case judgment is n...More Button

This brings us to the core of the report. Chapter 6 addresses the procedures to be applied for determining entitlement and access to termination of pregnancy. It notes that where there is a rea...More Button

Two factors are essential. First, the woman must be at the centre of the process and her voice must be heard and heeded at all times. Second, the process must not be so cumbersome and complex t...More Button

It is clear from chapter 7 of the report that regulations alone will not suffice and that primary legislation is essential. Likewise, legislation alone will not likely be sufficient to meet the ...More Button

It is a pity that the review group was not mandated to produce recommendations rather than options. This forces us to read between the lines, especially in chapter 7, which I have cited. I woul...More Button

We must legislate. This is the task that the Oireachtas must face up to. All Teachtaí Dála, without exception, have an obligation to address this need and to step up to the mark as legislators....More Button

We have a task before us. We should face it together.More Button

Patient Safety Agency

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the Programme for Government commitment to establish a Patient Safety Authority incorporating the Health Information Quality Authority; if he will outline the basis on which ...More Button

Primary Care Centres Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the development of the primary care centre in Longford town; if his attention has been drawn to any planning difficulties associated with sewage facilities, or any other faci...More Button