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Ó Cuív, Éamon

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Rural Social Scheme Administration

I am very disappointed the relevant Minister has not bothered to come to the House to take the issue.More Button

The arrangement when Topical Issues were introduced was that Ministers were to come to the House. The Minister for Social Protection is obviously around the House today because she has a Bill in t...More Button

The rural social scheme was introduced in 2004. The idea was that, rather than paying farm assist to farmers, we would give an opportunity to farmers to supplement their farming income by workin...More Button

The idea of the scheme was to be flexible and to operate around the requirements of a farmer to farm while, on the other hand, using the talents of farmers, which are many, to make a contribution...More Button

Farmers who went on the scheme have time and again told me there are two major benefits for them. The first was the obvious one in regard to income and the second was in regard to social contact...More Button

I know from evidence produced to me when I was in the Department of Social Protection that the negative effects of under-employment on people's health are clearly measurable. From the community'...More Button

Rural Social Scheme Administration (Continued)

We set up the scheme to function in a streamlined and cost efficient way. It is administered by the Leader partnership companies which come within the Minister's remit. Unlike the community emplo...More Button

The benefits of the scheme are clear, but I am concerned by persistent reports in various newspapers that the Department of Social Protection, instead of expanding the scheme to cover every farme...More Button

I thank the Minister for giving a good summary of the scheme I set up. I compliment him on his accuracy.More Button

Has a review of the scheme been carried out either by the Department of Social Protection or on its direction or by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform or on its direction? If such a r...More Button

If it were to be discontinued in 2013, that decision would have been announced in the budget and there would be no budgetary provision. I accept that such a provision has been made. In the afterm...More Button

It will not be abolished in 2013.More Button

The Minister did not indicate whether a review was being or had been conducted.More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Tá sé deacair agam a thuiscint cén bunús a bhaineann leis an gcur chuige atá ag an Aire. Anuraidh, d'ionsaigh sí mná agus muintir na tuaithe. I mbliana, is teaghlaigh atá sí ag ionsaí, agus arís ...More Button

Is é an dearcadh atá ag an Rialtas, seachas athrú a dhéanamh de réir chumas íocaíochta nó é a roinnt beagán ar gach uile dhuine, ná díriú ar shainghrúpaí faoi leith a cheapann siad atá leochailea...More Button

Caithfidh mé a rá nach bhfuil iontas ar bith orm nach bhfuil an tAire anseo tráthnóna, mar caithfidh go bhfuil sé deacair éisteacht le cur síos mion ar an mhísc atá déanta aici i mbun a cuid cúra...More Button

I will deal with the cuts in social welfare in the context of wider Government policy. Rather than taking a little from many or being progressive by taking more from those who can afford to pay,...More Button

According to commentators, from the downturn in the economy until the change of government, budgets were broadly progressive in that those who could pay the most took the biggest hit. Since this...More Button

I could speak further about the budget but, unfortunately, we are constrained by time because of the refusal of the Government to allow time to hear a proper and detailed analysis of the choices ...More Button

Until last year, 70% of the income of a low-income farmer was assessed as means. In other words, the total farm assist payment was calculated and 70% of one's farm income was deducted therefrom. ...More Button

This step has been taken by a Government that could not bring itself to increase the universal social charge by 3% on incomes over €100,000. Accounting for all the various taxes, including the u...More Button

The Government's strategy is clear: protect the rich and impoverish the poor. For example, a farmer with two children who has a farm income of €200 per week will have lost €65 per week over the ...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the cost to his Department if the income threshold for liability to pay the registration fee was increased by €10,000 and €20,000 respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he proposes to increase the funding for the student assistance fund, to €12 million per annum, in view of the high demand for this fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Support Schemes Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he intends to negotiate a low-interest loan scheme with credit unions that would be guaranteed by the State for postgraduate students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Prisoner Transfers

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he has received an application from a person (details supplied) who is at present a prisoner in HMP Maghaberry, in Northern Ireland, for transfer to prison here; if a release date under the Good...More Button

National Milk Agency

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if the remit of the National Milk Agency could be extended in order that it would be able to control the price paid for liquid milk, not only to farmers by the processors, but also by the retailers...More Button

Departmental Correspondence

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his plans to ask farmers who ring his Department, for some sort of identification, such as their PPSN, to ensure that those ringing are the person's they claim to be and to ensure security of infor...More Button

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their disadvantaged area scheme payment for 2012 in view of the fact that their stocking was curtailed as a result of their ...More Button

Agriculture Schemes Payments

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be paid their disadvantage area payment and their single farm payment for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button