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McGrath, Finian

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 Nbr. 6


Private Members' Business. - Housing Policy: Motion.

First, I wish you, Acting Chairman, the Minister of State, Deputies and staff of the Houses a happy and peaceful Christmas. It is refreshing to see a member of the Technical Group in the Chair.More Button

I strongly support the motion on the housing crisis. Before I go into the details of the motion, it is important we remind ourselves of the reality of the housing crisis – the worst since the...More Button

This motion deals with the reality of the housing crisis. The local authority housing waiting list has increased by 22,000 since 1997. The problem is that the Government parties, particularly the l...More Button

The abolition of the first time buyer's grant is a disgrace and the capping of the rent supplement is an act of human and social vandalism. There is also the scandal of low paid full-time workers w...More Button

Many TDs seem to be living on Mars. If we sat down and brought in a five year plan or strategy to provide 10,000 social housing units per year over five years, it would make a serious dent in the c...More Button

Ceisteanna – Questions. Priority Questions. - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if 18,000 children with special needs will receive the maximum service; if he will ensure that there will be no cutback in the educational service; if services to the 6,000 children in special scho...More Button

Does the Minister find it acceptable that young girls who are visually impaired must travel more than 90 miles to Jordanstown, Belfast, to receive services to assist them with their disabilities? W...More Button

Is the Minister aware of the major efforts by some inspectors in his Department to assist children with disabilities and their schools by trying to put services in place before the disability legis...More Button

Will the Minister ensure that no attempt to row back on these services will be tolerated by his Department? Will he also ensure that all schools, mainstream and special, receive the maximum assista...More Button

Other Questions. - Special Educational Needs.

Does the Minister accept that if children with disabilities are placed as near as possible to their own communities and home, Exchequer money will be saved in the long-term? Considering the debate ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Centre for the Visually Impaired.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if maximum assistance and support will be given to all involved in the plan for the national centre for the visually impaired, Grace Park Road, Dublin 9; and his plans to keep this project moving f...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Disadvantage.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if he will target educational resources to the 8% of children that are living in severe poverty.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 will receive the maximum education care.More Button

Written Answers. - Autism Services.

Asked the Minister for Health and Children: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 will receive the maximum health care; and if services can be expanded to improve the quality of life for this child and its family.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health and Children: if he will urgently intervene to ensure that a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 who has Angelmans Syndrome gets respite care one weekend per month and also full medical care; and if the rights...More Button

Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform: if he will investigate and clarify the case of a person (details supplied).More Button

Written Answers. - Arms Trials.

Asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform: the validity of information given by him to Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann on 6 July 2002 in relation to the Arms Trials of 1970; and if he will finally address this issue and...More Button