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Murphy, Catherine

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Budget Statement 2014 (Continued)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, who is not in the Chamber, as many of my colleagues have noted, told us earlier that the Fianna Fáil Government had left us be...More Button

The mood music from the European Union is not good. The German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schauble, said today it was unlikely the ESM would be used to directly retroactively recapitalise our ba...More Button

It is impossible to talk about this budget without talking about its central theme, the level of government debt that must be serviced. Of course, that is in addition to personal and business de...More Button

I wish to highlight the issue of medical cards since it is one we encounter week after week. What is the strategy for keeping citizens well? It is impossible to fathom how somebody who has a ch...More Button

The reduction in the social welfare payment for 24 year olds to €100 makes a presumption - it is a middle class presumption - that they all live at home and can get something from their parents. ...More Button

We are told there will be extra investment to maintain local roads. It is all smoke and mirrors or a three-card trick because were there not increases in motor tax earlier this year? The people...More Button

The cuts to the household benefits package will come at a cost, including the isolation of and risk to elderly people. The cut to maternity benefit for the second year is aimed at a targeted gro...More Button

Are we returning to a situation where some people will end up in paupers' graves? To be honest, I do not see how some very poor people will be able to bury their dead when there is not even a mi...More Button

Financial Resolution No. 6: Income Tax (Continued)

If I was convinced this was for the gold-plated policies, I would be persuaded to support it, but I am not persuaded of that. We all know the cost of premia, and €1,000 is not a large figure for a...More Button

With regard to the packages which include free cover for children, the cost for the adult is increased in such packages so it is not easy to simply break down costs to €1,000 or €500. The packag...More Button

A large number of the people I come across should not have private health insurance at all but they have it because they do not have confidence they will be looked after in the public system. Th...More Button

The cost on the other side has already been alluded to, and I believe there will be a cost. The more people who drop out, the more dependence there is on the public system which, as we know, is ...More Button

General Register Office

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her views on the possible adverse impact on genealogical tourism from the recent move of the Public Records Office to new premises at Werburgh Street, Dublin 8; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Back to Education Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that some persons who have been offered third level courses are unable to accept them because of problems transitioning from receiving social welfare pay...More Button