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McGrath, Finian

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Local Government Reform

That is for sure.More Button

Local Government Fund (Continued)

Hear, hear.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

What about people with disabilities? What did the Government do for them?More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Continued)

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on this important Bill, which deals specifically with children and vulnerable persons. It is important that we remind ourselves about the purpose of this...More Button

I also welcome the broader debate that is taking place on the protection of children. There has been a lot of talk about protecting the rights of children but we need to make this a reality by e...More Button

Our goal is to rescue children from crisis situations, crisis families and institutions that have provided clear examples of bad professional practice. When we speak about crisis families, we re...More Button

We must also train our children to react to bad situations. It is not easy because often those who are abused are vulnerable children who come from weak, crisis ridden or dysfunctional environme...More Button

We must also focus on the most vulnerable. I refer to children with disabilities, particularly intellectual disabilities. They are often the ones we never hear about. They were often abused 40...More Button

Prevention has to be at the core of the strategy, and this is why the legislation is important. The child is often lost once the damage is done and as an adult ends up in crazy situations involv...More Button

We have many of those talented people. Many former colleagues of mine in the teaching profession have intervened in such situations when they discovered these issues and prevented abuse. Of cours...More Button

At the core of the strategy we must focus on prevention. I do not want to bore Deputies to death on the question of disability. There are many children with an intellectual disability who need ...More Button

The Bill will provide a statutory basis for existing procedures whereby the Garda criminal records database is used to vet persons applying for employment working with children or young adults. ...More Button

A friend of mine once said to me that keeping an eye on people can prevent much abuse. Good supervision and common sense by a properly-trained manager, class teacher or youth club leader will pr...More Button

The Bill provides for the appointment of an independent appeals officer who will be responsible for assessing and deciding appeals against the proposed disclosure of soft information. I welcome ...More Button

The types of work activities that require vetting are set out in the legislation. These include positions working in schools, health services, child care, residential care services and foster ca...More Button

There is also an exemption for persons assisting at sports or community events on an occasional basis. It is for the organisers of such an event to make sure that abuse is not possible. Supervi...More Button

We do not want to become too bureaucratic, but we must be vigilant. I have already mentioned children with an intellectual disability and younger children. There are people who will come up wit...More Button

The Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, of which I am a member, heard submissions on this matter in 2011. I welcome the fact that many of the committee's recommendations have playe...More Button

Deputy Halligan referred to delays in vetting. That is not acceptable because many organisations and groups require vetting. This is a resources issue. We cannot legislate for vetting and prot...More Button

The focus of the 2011 Children First guidelines was the protection of individual children about whom a report was made and of other children who might be at risk from an alleged perpetrator of ab...More Button

Section 11 of the Bill refers to the register of vetted persons. Vetting will be required for registered social workers, those working for accredited adoption bodies and in care and welfare resi...More Button

We must have a system that is professional and respects civil liberties but puts children at the top of the agenda. I urge all Deputies to look carefully at the legislation and put children and ...More Button

Confidence in the Minister for Health: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

Where is Deputy Tom Hayes now.More Button

I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak to this motion of confidence in the Minister for Health. My criticism is based solely on politics and bad political decisions. It is...More Button

The Minister and his Government were elected on promises of change and reform but in recent weeks we have seen fear, confusion and a lack of respect for people with disabilities, the elderly and ...More Button

Over the summer we witnessed shameful events when the Minister did not speak to some of his Ministers of State and tried to pull off stunts. He was distracted and took his eye off the ball with ...More Button

There is also the case of thalidomide survivors, a group of whom in the summer indicated that the Government reneged on a commitment to them. There are 32 Irish people still alive from the 10,00...More Button

This Minister and his Government should not be hitting the young, old, sick and disabled. They should instead hit the people with resources, take the money from them and run a proper health serv...More Button

  Debate adjourned.



  The Dáil adjourned at 9.05 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 19 September 2012.More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will support a matter (details supplied) in Dublin 9. More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the position regarding a passport refusal in respect of a person (details supplied) ion Dublin 9. More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will provide the maximum support to the evolving peace process in Colombia. More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will work closely with the Parliamentary Friends of Columbia Group in the British House of Commons on developing a peace process in Colombia. More Button

Consular Services Representations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will provide an update on an Irish citizen (details supplied) detained in Sri Lanka. More Button

Tax Yield

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of extra revenue that would be generated if corporation tax rose from 12% to 15%. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of extra revenue that would be raised by increasing income tax on couples earning €120,000 if there was a 5% tax increase. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide details on the extra revenue that would be raised by an increase of 5% on taxation for single persons earning in excess of €120,000. More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Finance: the position regarding a pension cut in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding vehicle registration tax. More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will support the attached (details supplied).More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding teaching qualifications. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on a matter (details supplied).More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

Public Sector Staff Sick Leave

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

Freedom of Information Requests

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if his attention has been drawn to the delay in making review determinations on freedom of information cases in the Office of the Information Commissioner where there are now more than 175 reviews ...More Button

Civil Service Language Centre

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 245 of 26 June 2012, the progress that has been made with the strategic review of the future direction of the Civil Service Language Centre; if he will detail ...More Button

Gaeleagras Status

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: further to Parliamentary Question No. 246 of 26 June 2012, the progress that has been made on the way Gaeleagras can best achieve the delivery of its mandate; the courses that Gaeleagras will offe...More Button

Work Permit Applications

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the position regarding a work permit in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Job Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will examine the proposal of encouraging business to allow persons to work shorter hours thus creating more jobs in their organisation (details supplied). More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will provide an update on any new employment incentives to draw new companies into areas of disadvantage on the northside of Dublin. More Button

Job Creation

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will provide an update on grants or further assistance that is available to small businesses on the northside of Dublin. More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will provide an update on jobs proposals for an area (details supplied) in County Dublin. More Button

Gender Recognition Issues

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will grant recognition to transgender persons and equality in same-sex marriage (details supplied). More Button

Youth Unemployment Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she has any proposals to support the 40% of persons under the age of 25 who are unemployed and are seeking employment.More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the entitlements available for low-paid part-time staff who work 20 hours per week (details supplied). More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding rent supplement in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding rent in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Special Areas of Conservation Designation

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the progress made on the national plan for raised bogs and when this plan will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

Asked the Minister for Communications; Energy and Natural Resources: if he will support a ban on fracking particularly in relation to the dangers of contamination of surface and ground water.More Button

Planning Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: his views on a matter (details supplied).More Button

Leader Programmes Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the position regarding a Leader grant in respect of an event (details supplied).More Button

Community Policing

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will support the proposal for more community policing and Garda foot patrols in an area (details supplied).More Button

Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin. More Button

Garda Deployment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will support the matter of having more gardaí in an area (details supplied) in view of the fact that there is currently a crime wave in the area. More Button

Property Services Regulation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the Property Services (Regulation) Act in relation to new people getting an auctioneer's licence particularly for small businesses. More Button

Road Safety Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the reason HGVs are allowed to use an area (details supplied) in Dublin 9 regularly.More Button

Prisoner Complaints Procedures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on a matter (details supplied). More Button

Garda Complaints Procedures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on a matter (details supplied).More Button

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will support a matter (details supplied).More Button

Departmental Bodies

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will list the members of the Parole Board in 2011 and the bodies that they represent; if he will detail the payments made to each member broken down by fees, allowances and expenses; and if h...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in view of his decision to establish the Parole Board on a statutory basis in 2011, the date on which the heads of the parole board Bill will be published; if he intends to have a further consultat...More Button

Personal Insolvency Act

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on issues raised by a person on behalf of the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Employment Rights Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will investigate the allegation of inaction on a case (details supplied) regarding an employment contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Legislative Process RIA

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he would support the submissions from the Irish League of Credit Union, Free Legal Aid Centres and the Professional Brokers Association on the LED for the Personal Insolvency Bill in as far as i...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review the case of a person (details supplied).More Button

Defence Forces Veterans Associations

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will support the Irish Defence Veterans Association in 2012-2013.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the position regarding a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical certificate in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on a matter (details supplied). More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on services at a centre (details supplied) in County Sligo. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding acquired brain injury. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to cut services to disabled and senior citizens in 2012-2013 More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the supports that will be made available in respect of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the long-term care plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support bowel cancer screening as a matter of priority. More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

HSE Properties

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a facility in Blanchardstown, Dublin (details supplied). More Button

Drug Treatment Programmes Availability

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support this issue on syringes (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason the mental health community services are being wound down (details supplied) in Dublin 17. More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding nursing home care in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

General Medical Services Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding medical costs in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

Hospital Procedures

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a knee replacement operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding an angiogram in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a special needs dog for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Medical Negligence Cases

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the group established in 2001 to consider a no-fault compensation system for birth damaged infants.More Button

Substance Misuse

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support a matter regarding support for the Drugs Treatment Centre Board (details supplied) More Button

Community Care Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding supported housing in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will respond to the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding independent living. More Button

Thalidomide Victims Compensation

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the Thalidomide Survivors in 2012 and 2013 in relation to compensation. More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 has to pay an extra €60 per month for their medication under the new regime. More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a hospital appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Rail Services

Asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport: if he will support a mattter (details supplied).More Button

Company Takeovers

Asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport: his views on a matter (details supplied).More Button