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Reilly, James

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business

That was a Second Stage speech.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

To what legislation is the Deputy alluding?More Button

This is supposed to be on legislation.More Button

Legislation again. This is not Question Time.More Button

Ombudsman for Children Appointment: Motion

I move:More Button

Ombudsman for Children Appointment: Motion (Continued)

  The Ombudsman for Children's office was established under the Ombudsman for Children Act 2002 to promote and safeguard the rights and welfare of children. The Ombudsman for Children is...More Button

I thank the Deputies for their contributions to the debate, although I note with some regret the tone of Deputy Troy's, who took the opportunity to have a political fling at the Government. It is ...More Button

I have much pleasure in recommending to the House that Dr. Niall Muldoon be appointed by the President to be the Ombudsman for Children. Dr. Muldoon comes to the post with a wealth of experience...More Button

I thank the Public Appointments Service for its rigour in managing the selection process, which included input from children, in a fair and open manner at all stages. I particularly thank the ch...More Button

I am greatly encouraged by the significant interest in the post of Ombudsman for Children, which is an integral part of an enhanced architecture in the State devoted to improving the lives of our...More Button

Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

  Question again proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."More Button

School Completion Programme

Was asked: the cost of reversing the cuts to the school completion programme which were implemented under this Government.More Button

The School Completion Programme aims to retain young people in the formal education system to completion of senior cycle and to generally improve the school attendance, participation and retention ...More Button

The School Completion Programme was subject to a Comprehensive Review of Expenditure in 2011, requiring an annual reduction in budget of 6.5% in the period 2012-2014, from €30.258m in 2011 to the...More Button

The estimate for the Child and Family Agency for 2015 is €631 million, a 4.3% increase on its 2014 allocation. My Department has recently issued a Performance Statement to the Agency under Sectio...More Button

A review of the School Completion Programme has commenced. It is being carried out by the ESRI following a procurement process managed by the Agency. The programme has been in operation since 200...More Button

Early Childhood Care Education

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the significant difficulties being experienced with the early childhood care and education scheme, particularly in relation to the capitation level, which is not ...More Button

Was asked: his views on additional capitation under the ECCE scheme to support children with additional needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department will increase the duration of the ECCE scheme contract to 48 weeks per year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 to 117, inclusive, together.

  The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme provides a free pre-school year to all eligible childr...More Button

Child Protection

Was asked: the action he will take on the 8,000 cases of child abuse, neglect and welfare concern, and to end these serious crimes, inflicted on innocent children, as a matter of urgency; and if he will make ...More Button

I am replying on the basis that the Deputy's question relates to the number of child welfare and protection cases which are with the Child and Family Agency and which do not have an allocated socia...More Button