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Murphy, Gerard

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


Private Members' Business. - Community Employment Schemes: Motion.

Community employment schemes have made a huge contribution to people's lives over a wide range of services, including health, education and the environment. The Minister claims that many of the se...More Button

The Minister rightly argues that retraining for full-time employment should be the primary concern and objective of the community employment schemes. This should continue to be the main focus, espe...More Button

At present increasing numbers of appeals and reallocations for unemployment assistance are being made by people in rural areas. Those in small towns and villages who are barred from participating i...More Button

There may be a need to establish a social employment scheme in conjunction with community employment schemes which would be more suitable for the participants and the communities they serve. I unde...More Button

The Minister has not addressed the work done by participants in community employment schemes in environmental projects, including town and village renewal programmes, tidy town projects and the upk...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Local Authority Funding.

I wish to share time with Deputy Allen. The Government is forcing local authorities to increase commercial rates this year by up to 10% and waste collection charges by up to 300%. However, when eve...More Button

Cork County Council will need an extra €22 million to meet the wage and salary increases agreed by central government. The deferred PPF current round will cost €4.1 million, the initial p...More Button

In addition, a waste levy of €3.2 million must be paid to central government. This will mean that the council will run a deficit of €37 million next year. which equates to the total rates...More Button

The Government must take responsibility for these cutbacks. The Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance must fund local authorities to implement benchmarking, better local government and the new nat...More Button

Every Fianna Fáil Deputy and councillor and their PD collaborators will be held responsible for these cuts. The Government cannot expect to fool all the people all the time.More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Disadvantage.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: the status of the application for the new deal programme for disadvantage under the educational disadvantage in primary schools programme; and if his attention has been drawn to the case of St. Col...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Housing Projects.

Asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government: when he expects the Clúid Social Housing Project for Newmarket, County Cork, to begin.More Button

Written Answers. - Voluntary Housing Projects.

Asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government: when his Department will sanction the park in Charleville, County Cork.More Button