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Children First Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 887 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Robert Troy: Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy] The Minister puts forward an amendment to clearly and explicitly name occupational therapists. It is not unreasonable to suggest that the amount of work occupational therapists do with children is far less than the amount of work childminders do with children. Why does the Government fail to acknowledge a profession of people who work full time as childminders in their own homes? The Government refused to accept previous amendments tabled by my party in the Seanad and the Dáil that would have ensured that any person working as a childminder would have go through the vetting process. One would imagine that this would be only right and proper in the interests of the child and would protect the person minding the child.

Here we have an opportunity, as Deputy Ó Caoláin noted, to get this legislation right. We have waited for it for four and a half years. The Department has brought it forward here this evening at the end of the Dáil term and there is an opportunity to get it right. The Minister has explicitly outlined occupational therapists. In the interests of consistency, if nothing else, why is he not taking this amendment on board?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I understand that Deputy Ó Caoláin is pressing the amendment.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin We are pressing the amendment.

Amendment put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 25; Níl, 56.

Níl
Information on Bobby Aylward   Zoom on Bobby Aylward   Aylward, Bobby. Information on James Bannon   Zoom on James Bannon   Bannon, James.
Information on Thomas P. Broughan   Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan   Broughan, Thomas P. Information on Tom Barry   Zoom on Tom Barry   Barry, Tom.
Information on Dara Calleary   Zoom on Dara Calleary   Calleary, Dara. Information on Joan Burton   Zoom on Joan Burton   Burton, Joan.
Information on Michael Colreavy   Zoom on Michael Colreavy   Colreavy, Michael. Information on Ray Butler   Zoom on Ray Butler   Butler, Ray.
Information on Martin Ferris   Zoom on Martin Ferris   Ferris, Martin. Information on Jerry Buttimer   Zoom on Jerry Buttimer   Buttimer, Jerry.
Information on Michael Fitzmaurice   Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice   Fitzmaurice, Michael. Information on Catherine Byrne   Zoom on Catherine Byrne   Byrne, Catherine.
Information on Seán Fleming   Zoom on Seán Fleming   Fleming, Sean. Information on Eric J. Byrne   Zoom on Eric J. Byrne   Byrne, Eric.
Information on Tom Fleming   Zoom on Tom Fleming   Fleming, Tom. Information on Joe Carey   Zoom on Joe Carey   Carey, Joe.
Information on John Halligan   Zoom on John Halligan   Halligan, John. Information on Paudie Coffey   Zoom on Paudie Coffey   Coffey, Paudie.
Information on Seamus Healy   Zoom on Seamus Healy   Healy, Seamus. Information on Michael Conaghan   Zoom on Michael Conaghan   Conaghan, Michael.
Information on Michael Healy-Rae   Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae   Healy-Rae, Michael. Information on Noel Coonan   Zoom on Noel Coonan   Coonan, Noel.
Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn   Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn   Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig. Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy   Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy   Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.
Information on Mary Lou McDonald   Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald   McDonald, Mary Lou. Information on Joe Costello   Zoom on Joe Costello   Costello, Joe.
Information on Finian McGrath   Zoom on Finian McGrath   McGrath, Finian. Information on Michael Creed   Zoom on Michael Creed   Creed, Michael.
Information on Mattie McGrath   Zoom on Mattie McGrath   McGrath, Mattie. Information on Jimmy Deenihan   Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   Deenihan, Jimmy.
Information on Micheál Martin   Zoom on Micheál Martin   Martin, Micheál. Information on Patrick Deering   Zoom on Patrick Deering   Deering, Pat.
Information on Denis Naughten   Zoom on Denis Naughten   Naughten, Denis. Information on Regina Doherty   Zoom on Regina Doherty   Doherty, Regina.
Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín. Information on Robert Dowds   Zoom on Robert Dowds   Dowds, Robert.
Information on Éamon Ó Cuív   Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   Ó Cuív, Éamon. Information on Andrew Doyle   Zoom on Andrew Doyle   Doyle, Andrew.
Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Information on Bernard Durkan   Zoom on Bernard Durkan   Durkan, Bernard J.
Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh   Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh   Ó Snodaigh, Aengus. Information on Damien English   Zoom on Damien English   English, Damien.
Information on Maureen O'Sullivan   Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan   O'Sullivan, Maureen. Information on Peter Fitzpatrick   Zoom on Peter Fitzpatrick   Fitzpatrick, Peter.
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Information on Brian Stanley   Zoom on Brian Stanley   Stanley, Brian. Information on Simon Harris   Zoom on Simon Harris   Harris, Simon.
Information on Robert Troy   Zoom on Robert Troy   Troy, Robert. Information on Martin Heydon   Zoom on Martin Heydon   Heydon, Martin.
  Information on Heather Humphreys   Zoom on Heather Humphreys   Humphreys, Heather.
  Information on Derek Keating   Zoom on Derek Keating   Keating, Derek.
  Information on Paul Kehoe   Zoom on Paul Kehoe   Kehoe, Paul.
  Information on Alan Kelly   Zoom on Alan Kelly   Kelly, Alan.
  Information on Seán Kenny   Zoom on Seán Kenny   Kenny, Seán.
  Information on Seán Kyne   Zoom on Seán Kyne   Kyne, Seán.
  Information on Ciaran Lynch   Zoom on Ciaran Lynch   Lynch, Ciarán.
  Information on Kathleen Lynch   Zoom on Kathleen Lynch   Lynch, Kathleen.
  Information on Michael McCarthy   Zoom on Michael McCarthy   McCarthy, Michael.
  Information on Helen McEntee   Zoom on Helen McEntee   McEntee, Helen.
  Information on Gabrielle McFadden   Zoom on Gabrielle McFadden   McFadden, Gabrielle.
  Information on Dinny McGinley   Zoom on Dinny McGinley   McGinley, Dinny.
  Information on Tony McLoughlin   Zoom on Tony McLoughlin   McLoughlin, Tony.
  Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor   Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor   Mitchell O'Connor, Mary.
  Information on Dara Murphy   Zoom on Dara Murphy   Murphy, Dara.
  Information on Eoghan Murphy   Zoom on Eoghan Murphy   Murphy, Eoghan.
  Information on Gerald Nash   Zoom on Gerald Nash   Nash, Gerald.
  Information on Dan Neville   Zoom on Dan Neville   Neville, Dan.
  Information on Derek Nolan   Zoom on Derek Nolan   Nolan, Derek.
  Information on Aodhán Ó Ríordáin   Zoom on Aodhán Ó Ríordáin   Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán.
  Information on Patrick O'Donovan   Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan   O'Donovan, Patrick.
  Information on John O'Mahony   Zoom on John O'Mahony   O'Mahony, John.
  Information on Pat Rabbitte   Zoom on Pat Rabbitte   Rabbitte, Pat.
  Information on James Reilly   Zoom on James Reilly   Reilly, James.
  Information on Brendan Ryan   Zoom on Brendan Ryan   Ryan, Brendan.
  Information on Emmet Stagg   Zoom on Emmet Stagg   Stagg, Emmet.
  Information on David Stanton   Zoom on David Stanton   Stanton, David.
  Information on Joanna Tuffy   Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   Tuffy, Joanna.
  Information on Liam Twomey   Zoom on Liam Twomey   Twomey, Liam.
  Information on Brian Walsh   Zoom on Brian Walsh   Walsh, Brian.
  Information on Alex White   Zoom on Alex White   White, Alex.

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Robert Troy; Níl, Deputies Emmet Stagg and Paul Kehoe.

Amendment declared lost.


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