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McGrath, Finian

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Business of Dáil

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Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (Continued)

I am sharing 15 minutes of my time with my colleague Deputy Mattie McGrath.More Button

I welcome the opportunity of speaking on this new legislation, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014. I welcome this debate, as exploitation of workers should never be tolerated in any co...More Button

This is a relevant issue, particularly in view of what we have seen in recent days with regard to the rise of the extreme right across the European Union. All of us must be vigilant, as racism a...More Button

The Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill seeks to update the existing legislation, including permit types, to take account of recent case law. Issues identified include ensuring flexibility withi...More Button

It is important also when dealing with this legislation and the broader debate that we get the facts and the information right and examine what is really happening here and in the broader economy...More Button

The number of permits issued has decreased annually since the peak in 2003, when 47,551 were issued. In 2013, 3,863 permits were issued. The top nationality of people granted permits was India,...More Button

There is an economic rationale for this measure, which is important when we are discussing growth in this country. The Minister, Deputy Bruton, constantly talks about jobs and getting directly i...More Button

The negative comments, including the "taking our jobs" comment we hear regularly, should be challenged and dealt with. I have put forward the economic arguments which stand up to any objective a...More Button

There is also an element of racism involved that needs to be challenged. As I stated earlier, this should not be tolerated. More Button

In discussing the employment permits system in Ireland we should focus on the facts rather than the myths. Those who do not require an employment permit include Irish citizens, European Union ci...More Button

In regard to skilled workers, there is regular commentary regarding the need for ICT professionals, health-associated professionals, professional engineers and technologists, researchers and natu...More Button

The spouse or dependant employment permit allows family members of green card work permit holders to also work in Ireland, which I welcome. This type of permit is available to spouses, recognise...More Button

It is important to refer to the strong economic arguments for work permits. The view that mass immigration is undesirable and is more a cost than a benefit is totally wrong. Immigration should ...More Button

Not all jobs can be filled from domestic sources. The permit system should adequately facilitate recruitment of non-EU workers where necessary. However, we need to also constantly upskill our w...More Button

The Minister needs to keep his eye on the ball. Upskilling is important. It is the name of the game. Let us hope this Bill will make a major contribution to the overall reforms currently under...More Button

Garda Síochána (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on this new and radical legislation, the Garda Síochána (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014. I thank Deputy Mick Wallace for bringing forward the Bi...More Button

We want a meritocracy. We want the good gardaí to be protected and to be able to get on with the job. These are the gardaí who want to be accountable to the citizens of the State and obey the law...More Button

The Bill aims to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and provide for the establishment of a Garda Síochána independent board with monitoring, o...More Button

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Small and Medium Enterprises Supports

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will support small business in their need for access to finance (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Human Rights Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will provide an update regarding the kidnapping of 260 teenage girls in Nigeria; if he will clarify the action that the United Nation is taking regarding this serious violation of human right...More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will support the peace talks in Havana, Cuba concerning the conflict in Colombia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Northern Ireland Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will push for the implementation of the Haass proposals in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the position regarding a passport in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Central Bank of Ireland

Asked the Minister for Finance: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of financial advisers have left the debt advice business over the application process to the regulator; and his views on the concerns of th...More Button

Tax Exemptions

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will clarify the exact situation for disabled families in respect of the local property tax and exemptions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Applications Approvals

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will assist families with their efforts in acquiring a mortgage (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Resolution Processes

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding distressed mortgage holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tax Rebates

Asked the Minister for Finance: the position regarding money owed to persons (details supplied) in Dublin 13 by the Revenue Commissioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Teacher Training Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding training allowances (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Education

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of young qualified nurses who left Ireland each year in 2013-14 or any statistical information from HEA regarding qualified nurses emigrating; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Child Benefit Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding child benefit in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Community Welfare Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an ESB reconnection in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 107 of 14 May 2014, if she will provide an update on the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a delay in a jobseeker’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Film Industry Development

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the date on which he sent a letter to the German Embassy seeking to advance a bilateral agreement on film co-production; if or when he received a response from the German ambassador; the German pos...More Button

Legal Services Regulation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Law Society; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Misconduct Allegations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if she will provide an update on a case (details supplied) regarding allegations of Garda corruption; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an inquest in a case that raises serious issues regarding evidence found (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Criminal Prosecutions

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an assault case in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

Hospital Appointment Status

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding surgery in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding discretionary medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will restore a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support an amendment to the Health Act 1970 which entitles any child diagnosed with a serious illness or disability to a full medical card.More Button

Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding financial help in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Obesity Strategy

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the proposal on the growing obesity issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) by weight management centres and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the support available to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a long-term care plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding prescriptions in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dental Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding dental treatment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a disabled person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 waiting for 30 hours in a chair in Beaumont Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a senior citizen who is caring for a disabled child (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Care Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a long-term care plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dublin Bus Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the Dublin Bus No. 14 bus route; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the position regarding a sports capital grant in respect of a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Care Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a child care service in Dublin 17. More Button