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Connaughton, Paul

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


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

I thank my colleague, Deputy Hogan, for putting down this motion. On the scale of things this is as important a debate as we will have in this House in this session. When I look around the Chamber ...More Button

We are giving them the opportunity tonight to speak on a huge social issue that has a connection with every single parish, town and county. We will give them an opportunity on Thursday morning to w...More Button

I have been very closely involved with the FÁS business efforts down through the years I say to the Tánaiste that the persistent efforts of herself and the FÁS management show ...More Button

The Minister is planning to make 5,000 people redundant next year. It is demeaning to the workers themselves because they are being told that their work is not important. It is demeaning to the peo...More Button

Like many other Deputies, in a previous existence I was the chairperson of the town development association in Mountbellew. For years we had no shortage of plans and designs for the future of our t...More Button

I remember being in this House in 1985-86 when this measure was introduced. We all know why it was introduced originally, namely to ensure there would be a level of training for a certain type of p...More Button

There is a huge cohort of workers who are over 50 years of age. They are particularly good at what they do; for the first time in their lives they have found out that they are of considerable use b...More Button

I have met many community employment workers over the years. They take a pride in what they do and they have benefited from the schemes in their personal development. At the height of the scheme it...More Button

There are 14 workers on the scheme in my parish of Mountbellew and they were told that they would lose their jobs this week. It was expected that they would be employed on another scheme but that i...More Button

I am aware that the schemes change over time. The Minister and her officials are turning a blind eye to the people I am talking about. Deputy Murphy referred to the changes and I acknowledge that m...More Button

We will see what it will be like when the Tánaiste leaves office.More Button

If he was not being paid to be here, he would not be here.More Button

All he needs to do is duplicate the Minister's speech.More Button

The Minister of State knows better than that.More Button

He will be on the radio in the morning about it.More Button

They will be on the dole.More Button

Redundancy will have to be paid to the supervisor.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the way in which the Gaeltacht section will function in 2003 in view of the cutbacks of 10% in the Gaeltacht section; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the changes he plans to make to the national drugs strategy in view of the fact that there are now 300 people sleeping rough in Dublin every night and the fact that drug misuse and homelessness is ...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources: when a decision will be made on an application for subsidised electricity by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button