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Burton, Joan

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

When I speak to the big multinational employers, many of them in Blanchardstown in my constituency, they tell me that one reason they continue to locate in Ireland is that they believe this country...More Button

There is a big advantage in staying the course with the European Union. For a start, collective action to boost growth and investment offers a much better prospect of restoring the health of natio...More Button

Ireland is not alone in its troubles. Bank debts and unemployment haunt many European economies. There is much more to be done to help beleaguered countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Spain, b...More Button

Countries do not have friends, they have interests. That is particularly true of a small country which has successfully chosen to base its development and prosperity on being a trading nation. It...More Button

We are borrowing approximately €50 million a day to plug the gap between what we raise in taxes and what we spend. There is no escape from fiscal restraint in our current situation. To prete...More Button

Voting “Yes” will give Ireland a safety net in terms of access to a special European assistance fund, if needed. A “No” vote may give the appearance of independence, but it could require Ireland t...More Button

It is said truth is the first casualty of war. Experience tells us that truth is also a casualty of febrile political campaigns; that is particularly true of European referendum campaigns in Irela...More Button

This leaves voters with a classic catch-22 paradox. A “Yes” vote will give us a reasonable guarantee of access to funds, albeit under strict supervision. A “No” Vote may give the semblance of ind...More Button

This week the Taoiseach and IDA Ireland announced that US pharmaceutical company Mylan was expanding in Dublin and Galway, with the creation of over 500 jobs. It already employs over 700 employees...More Button

Mylan ranks among the leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world and provides products for customers in approximately 150 countries and territories. These are the companie...More Button

Tomorrow I will be visiting the Employment and Advice Fair in Wexford. There will be 400 jobs available offered by both local and international companies such as Zurich Insurance. I want to see m...More Button

Voting “Yes” to the Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union will show that Ireland is willing to play its part in building a more financially stable Eur...More Button

As we have established in the course of the past 12 months, reputation means everything in the modern world. Political scientists call it soft power. It is the capacity to influence events and po...More Button

An opinion poll reported in The Irish Times today finds that 30% of respondents are likely to vote for the treaty on 31 May; 23% said they would vote “No”; 39% were undecided, while 8% said ...More Button

The financial crisis that began in the United States in 2007 stemmed from US banks selling products to European banks. It crashed against our shores with a vengeance, culminating in the interventi...More Button

The question for politicians and citizens in all European countries is how to preserve the European way of life, our cradle to grave welfare state and the inherent decency and democracy of our nati...More Button

Europe needs an entirely new approach to economic development, innovation, competitiveness and how the welfare state is funded and delivered to citizens. We must radically change the relationship ...More Button

I agree with the views expressed by Professor Seán Ó Riain from NUI Maynooth in today’s edition of The Irish Times that the stability treaty will help stabilise the euro ...More Button

In response to the speakers from the Sinn Féin Party, when I was in the United States recently I noticed the efforts that were made there — absolutely legitimately — by people fr...More Button

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

Then I might be able to solve the money problem.More Button

It is not a legislative matter, it is an administrative matter.More Button

It does not require legislation.More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: if she will expedite an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance was received from the above named. In the interests of equity and fairness, applications for carer’s allowance are normally processe...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I confirm that an application for carer’s allowance was received from the above named. More Button

On completion of the necessary investigations relating to all aspects of his claim, a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.More Button

Was asked: the current processing time for family income supplement renewals; the steps she is taking to address this problem;; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Department is committed to providing a quality service to all its customers. This includes ensuring that applications are processed and that decisions on entitlement are made as quickly as pos...More Button

The waiting time for renewal FIS claims is currently between 9-10 weeks.More Button

The volume of FIS claims on hands and the delays in processing are a consequence of continued strong claim intake.More Button

The Department has introduced a number of measures to address the efficiency of claim processing for FIS in light of the current waiting times:More Button

These measures are aimed at reducing the number of claims on hand and the average waiting time for a decision. The position is being closely monitored and kept under review by the Department.More Button

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding an application for child benefit (details supplied).More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 24th January 2012. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 and 2011 when the intake rose to 32,4...More Button

While every effort is being made to deal with the large numbers awaiting oral hearing as quickly as possible, it is not possible to give a date when the person’s oral hearing will be heard, b...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if she will extend the duration of the Tus scheme beyond one year as in many cases it takes up to nine months to adequately train the person participating in the Tus role to a level where significa...More Button

The purpose of Tús is the provision of quality work placements for those who are unemployed in order to break the cycle of unemployment and to improve a person’s opportunities in retur...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Appeals

Was asked: when a decision on a child benefit appeal will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that following an oral hearing of the case in question, the Appeals Officer referred the case back to Child Benefit Section for further investigatio...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when a decision will issue on a disability allowance application now under appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the person concerned was assessed by a Medical Assessor of the Social Welfare Services who was of the opinion that he was medically unsuitable ...More Button

The Department has now been requested to submit the relevant documents to the Social Welfare Appeals Office in this case. On receipt of their response, the appeal will be referred to an Appeals Of...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.More Button

Was asked: when an oral hearing on an application for disability allowance will take place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the appeal from the person concerned has been referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing on 1st May 2012. The person...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: when an oral hearing on an application for disability allowance will take place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the appeal from the person concerned has been referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing on 27th April 2012. The p...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Question No. 122 withdrawn.More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive a decision on an appeal for carer’s allowance More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 22nd July 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that t...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Was asked: if disability allowance will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will expedite the matter. More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 14th October 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process tha...More Button

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Was asked: if the financial review of all community employment projects has been completed; if the results of this review will be published; what is the next step and when will community employment schemes be...More Button

A financial review of Community Employment (CE) Schemes is underway. This review of CE Schemes has proved to be a valuable exercise for both the schemes themselves and for my Department. More Button

Given the volume and breath of the data being returned, the financial review of CE schemes will take longer than originally envisaged to complete. This will allow more time for schemes to engage w...More Button

However due to the current economic circumstances, this Department has had to find significant savings in the Budget for 2012. The reduction only applies to the grant for materials and training and...More Button

The existing commitment in relation to the financial support of schemes will continue to apply.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: if it is appropriate for TÚS funding, including the administrative portion of the funding, to be used to supplement the salaries of partnership board management such as CEOs or deputy CEOs; ...More Button

Tús — the community work placement initiative is progressing to have 5,000 people who have been unemployed for more than one year in work placements provided by community, voluntary an...More Button

Was asked: her plans to allow independent community sector organisations operating as implementing bodies for the TÚS programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The implementation of Tús is managed at a local level by local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta (implementing bodies), a total of 53 companies. Given their exper...More Button

The implementing bodies are responsible for all matters relating to employment and are recognised as the employer in all cases. They are responsible for indemnifications, supervision, discipline an...More Button

I have no plans to alter the existing arrangements for the local delivery of Tús.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: when she plans to introduce legislation in line with the paragraph 4.12 of the Report on Family Relationships by the Law Reform Commission regarding statutory declarations by mothers regarding the ...More Button

Under current legislation, section 46 of the Status of Children Act 1987 provides for a legal presumption that a man in a subsisting marriage (or in a marriage that subsisted up to ten months befor...More Button

Under the provisions of section 22(3) of the Civil Registration Act 2004, a woman who is in a subsisting marriage can rebut the presumption of paternity by providing to the registrar of births eith...More Button

Paragraph 4.12 of the Report on Family Relationships by the Law Reform Commission contains a recommendation that a statutory declaration, made by the mother of a child and accompanied by evidence, ...More Button

This and other proposals contained in the report that are relevant to the Civil Registration Service are currently under active consideration and it is expected that I will be in a position to intr...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

Was asked: if there are any small amount of income that an old age pensioner getting €226 per week in pension, could earn legitimately to help pass their days and yet not interfere with their pension; an...More Button

I consider it important that those who wish to continue in employment after reaching State pension age should, as far as is possible, be facilitated and supported. Longer working will play an impo...More Button

Under current legislation, there are three different categories of State pensions available to older people from my Department. The State pension (transition) is payable to people aged 65 years wh...More Button

The State pension (non-contributory) is payable to people aged 66 years or over who satisfy a means test. In this instance, a person can earn up to €200 gross (less PRSI, superannuation and t...More Button

Written Answers - Claims Processing

Was asked: if she has given any consideration to a proposal for reform of the manner in which the UPII-1-10 forms are treated by her Department (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

My Department is committed to an on-going programme of service modernisation. A key element of this programme is to eliminate, as far as possible, all paper from the administrative process and to ...More Button

As regards the signing on process for jobseeker clients, the initial focus will be on the introduction of scanning facilities to automate the weekly declaration process for clients involved in casu...More Button