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McGrath, Finian

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Constitutional Amendment on Children (Continued)

As regards the Supreme Court judgment, does the Minister accept that the handling of the website issue was a complete cock-up by the Government? I agree with the Minister on the substance of the i...More Button

Is it not the reality that many members of the Government, and people in the major political parties, do not really accept the McKenna judgment? Privately, they barely tolerate the decision. In...More Button

Departmental Budgets (Continued)

I have three brief questions. Did I hear the Minister state earlier that her Department's budget was €443 million?More Button

What percentage of the €443 million is spent on wages and administration compared to front-line services? Deputy Durkan and many others have raised the issue of cyber-bullying. Another issue is t...More Button

School Completion Programme (Continued)

Given the €26 million, the 124 projects and the 13% cut in the past two years, has it been the Minister's experience since entering office a year and a half ago that most of the projects are succes...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Some hard words there, Taoiseach.More Button

Do not forget the Technical Group.More Button

The Housing Bill deals with the regulatory framework for housing. Is the Taoiseach aware that last night the residents of Priory Hall stood in the cold and rain and that this is the second Christm...More Button

Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2012: Committee Stage (Continued)

Hear, hear.More Button

Deputy Durkan, relax.More Button

Care Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank the Acting Chairman for the opportunity to speak on this important motion on the vital contribution carers make to the social and economic life of the nation. Some people are under the imp...More Button

It was disgraceful and eternally shameful of the Labour Party and Members like Deputies Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Seán Kenny to support this cut-----More Button

-----as well as the €10 cut to child benefit. Other promises to the people of the north side of Dublin were broken. Those Deputies had the brass neck to claim they prevented cuts to education and...More Button

Today, the Government spent €244,741 on a website for the EU Presidency. Including other expenses, the total was in the region of €330,194.71. This would be enough to restore the full respite c...More Button

The cut of 3% to front-line services for the disabled will have a devastating effect in 2013. It is the untold story of the budget. On the ground, services at St. Michael's House will lose €5 m...More Button

Last week saw the scandal of a Labour Member - I believe it was Deputy Nolan - telling his parliamentary party meeting that the only people who cared about the carers in Galway were the carers th...More Button

In this motion, the Technical Group acknowledges the fact that full-time family carers are expert care partners and, as such, should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Carers ...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Asked the Taoiseach: if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency; if he will provide a list of Departments that were given sanction to mak...More Button

Public Inquiries

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will support the family of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane in their efforts for a public inquiry; and if he will raise this matter with the British Government.More Button

Sectarian Violence

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will raise the issue of recent sectarian violence in Northern Ireland with the British Government as a matter of urgency.More Button

Property Taxation Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of property tax that will need to be paid for a house valued at €600,000 for a family on an invalidity pension of €1,100 per month.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the impact of the teacher/pupil ratio on costs to families in a school (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on the impact of increasing the pupil teacher ratio in fee paying schools (details supplied) in Dublin 13.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on the fact that farming families receive more educational grants than urban or PAYE families.More Button

Teacher Training Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a decision has been made to retain the bachelor of education degree programme at a college (details supplied) in County Sligo and if so, when this was decision taken. More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the supports available in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9.More Button

Horse and Greyhound Fund

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason the greyhound and horse raising industries are being subsidised to the tune of €55 million while the respite care grant is cut by €26 million; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Poultry Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will consider facilitating the setting up of a Poultry Council in response to the recent request for a meeting to look at options for setting up such a council; and if he will ensure adequate...More Button

Medical Card Drugs

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the medical application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Medicinal Products Supply

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the 158 Cystic Fibrosis patients with a copy of the G551D mutation who would be eligible for the new life saving drug KalydecoMore Button

Taxi Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the proposed Taxi Bill.More Button