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O'Dea, Willie

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

What about the pledge in Trinity College?More Button

They promised they would protect child benefit.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

This Government had to do a U-turn last year.More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages (Continued)

Chairman, on a point of order-----More Button

We have yet to discuss issues such as the respite care grant and various cuts that will affect people, particularly those currently outside the gate. I ask that the Minister stop filibustering and...More Button

The Minister is talking down the clock.More Button

She is filibustering.More Button

Allow the Minister to conclude - to conclude, Chairman. That is the important bit.More Button

The Minister must conclude.More Button

We agree to it.More Button

This is shameful.More Button

We will not get our turn because the Minister is filibustering.More Button

It is not agreed.More Button

I listened with interest to the e-mail read out by Deputy Ó Snodaigh. I have also received numerous messages and it is distressing just to read them, let alone try to imagine the distress those un...More Button

I appeal to the Minister. People outside the House who watch the exchanges, clashes, debates and interaction here would be surprised at how many things we privately agree on. If all of the 166 ...More Button

I am not attributing any superhuman qualities to the Minister for Social Protection. We are all human and we all make mistakes. I am nobody to lecture anybody on mistakes as I have made more th...More Button

To anticipate some of what the Minister might come back with, one of her central defences of the social welfare provisions in the budget is that she has not cut the basic rates. The fact is that...More Button

There are a minority of people who, for one reason or another, do not qualify for the carer's allowance, perhaps because their spouse's income is too high or over the limit. Nevertheless, they a...More Button

The Taoiseach told us on the Order of Business in recent days that the Government is spending over €780 million on carers this year. I accept that and I acknowledge it is a fair chunk of money. ...More Button

There is nobody in this House, or nobody I know outside it, who works harder than a full-time carer - that is a fact. My mother died earlier this year. She was in a nursing home and two of my s...More Button

As I said, the State gets back six or seven times what it puts into carers. The amount of money involved here is €26 million, which is a drop in the ocean in a budget adjustment of €3.5 billion....More Button

We are also told that if the €26 million has to be found, it has to be found elsewhere in the social welfare budget. Why? What particular rule of accountancy or arithmetic dictates this? In an...More Button

The commitment to the troika, as I understand it, was to come in this year at a deficit of not more than 8.3% of gross domestic product. The Government has pointed out, as it is entitled to do, ...More Button

Like other Deputies, I met carers outside Leinster House last week and many of them have been in contact with me in recent days. The one issue that was really distressing them was the chasm betw...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Rabbitte, when on this side of the House used to throw moral imperatives like lollipops, with several per day and three or four at lunchtime. He said this was a "modest" red...More Button

I will conclude on this point.More Button

When one considers what Ireland's position might be like a year from now, the focus must be on the factors, including external factors, on which that position is dependent. These include the exten...More Button

It would have brought in €200 million if the self-employed were taken into account.More Button

Will the Minister reverse the cut?More Button

We are asking questions on behalf of the people at the gate.More Button

We increased tax on the rich also, unlike the current Government.More Button

Is that the Minister's answer? Is she reversing the cut? She is filibustering.More Button

That has nothing to do with the section.More Button

Single Payment Scheme Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will explain the 0.9% linear reduction to the single farm payment imposed in 2012; the number of farmers this will affect; the total amount of the reduction and where these funds go; and if h...More Button

Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of applications received under the agri-environment options scheme 3 by 7 December 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button