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McGrath, Michael

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Mortgage Arrears: Motion [Private Members]

I move:

    That Dáil Éireann:
      notes:

      — the continuing rise in mortgage arrears with 142,892 family home mortgage accounts in arrears at t...More Button

      Mortgage Arrears: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

      I raised directly with the Central Bank the fact that Bank of Ireland is charging full interest on the warehoused portion of the split mortgage while the other banks are not charging interest. The...More Button

      Food Promotion

      Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the policy his Department has in relation to visitor attractions under the aegis of his Department promoting Irish produce; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Tax Reliefs Availability

      Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will consider extending the right to tax relief on the cost of maintaining a guide dog to families who have the use of an autism assistance dog; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Household Charge Collection

      Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of persons who opted to pay their local property tax by way of weekly deduction from their social welfare payment; if he will confirm the total local property tax liability of those pers...More Button

      Household Charge Cost

      Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an estimate of the cost of setting up the system for the collection of the local property tax including the cost of the time spent on the project by existing Revenue staff and ne...More Button

      School Enrolments

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to make changes to school enrolment policies at primary level; if the proposed changes will have a lead in period in terms of their implementation; when he expects legislation to be intro...More Button

      School Holidays Issues

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the role his Department plays in setting the date on which primary and post primary schools start the new school year after the summer holidays each year; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

      Special Educational Needs Staffing

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will specify the elegibility criteria for joining the special needs assistants supplementary panel for filling permanent posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that his Department requires a person working as a special needs assistant, and who wishes to accept a place on the online higher diploma in arts in prim...More Button

      School Accommodation

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding funding for a national school (details supplied) in County Cork to replace prefabs with permanent accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Site Acquisitions

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide an update on plans to develop a new education campus at Ballinrea, Carrigaline, County Cork; the new school facilities that his Department intends to develop on the site which ha...More Button

      Schools Building Projects Status

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide a detailed update, including a description of the works planned or underway, on development projects at schools in a town (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

      School Transport Eligibility

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: in relation to the post-primary school transport scheme, if the eligibility rule requiring a pupil to live at least 4.8 kilometres from the nearest school is set aside if there is no bus route to t...More Button

      Registered Employment Agreements

      Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will update his response to Parliamentary Question No. 344 of 25 June 2013 regarding the recent Supreme Court decision upholding a constitutional challenge to the system of Registered Employm...More Button

      Live Register Data

      Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if any person who was previously self employed and who was refused jobseeker's allowance by virtue of the means test is included in her Department's official figures as an unemployed person; and if...More Button

      Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

      Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance appeal in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

      Graffiti Issues

      Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the steps being taken at national and local authority level to address the problem of graffiti in certain locations; if he will provide details of any funding ringfenced to deal with the issue; and...More Button

      Drainage Schemes Status

      Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans for a Cork main drainage scheme; when he expects the scheme to get underway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

      Medical Card Eligibility

      Asked the Minister for Health: the current national interest rate applied to savings or similar investments for the purposes of calculating eligibility for a medical card for persons aged 70 years and over; if a person may opt t...More Button

      Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage

      Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to add rheumatoid arthritis to the list of qualifying illnesses under the long term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Blood Transfusion Service

      Asked the Minister for Health: if the Irish Blood Transfusion Service is to commence accepting blood from haemachromatosis sufferers; the indicative dates and locations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

      Primary Care Centres Provision

      Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding plans for a new primary care centre in a town (details supplied) in County Cork; the steps that have been taken to date to develop this facility; if approval is now in place ...More Button

      Tourism Industry Issues

      Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views from the perspective of the impact on domestic tourism on the fact that pupils at primary and post primary level are now returning to school during the last week of August effectively shu...More Button

      Road Projects Expenditure

      Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the amount of money that has been allocated to date by his Department and separately the amount of those funds drawn down to date for a new road project (details supplied) in County Cork and if he ...More Button