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Byrne, Catherine

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I am sharing time with Deputies John Paul Phelan and Tom Barry.More Button

I welcome the Bill and congratulate the Minister on taking the lead on this issue and making changes to the social welfare system, which is in need of mindful and urgent reform. This reform is jus...More Button

I will not say what I thought of the input from the previous Deputy across the floor of the Chamber, but the previous Government has left us with a legacy of reckless overspending.More Button

Its electioneering tactics saw social welfare payments and benefits increased significantly to gain public support, with no thought for the future and how these massive bills would be paid for by t...More Button

Our annual social welfare budget is currently approximately €21 billion, and savings have to be found, as this figure will only grow, especially given our ageing population and the increasing ...More Button

I welcome the reform of the one-parent family payment and the restructuring of age limits. This is a difficult but necessary decision, and it will bring us into line with other countries. The ...More Button

I also agree with the Minister that other supports must be in place to allow this to happen, such as allowing more people to go on CE schemes, to have proper training places and, above all, proper ...More Button

This will also have a positive influence on their children in the long run. That is why the Minister for Social Protection has introduced new schemes such as Pathways to Work, JobBridge and plans ...More Button

I also welcome the special provisions for people in receipt of domiciliary care allowance, that the one-parent family payment will remain until the youngest child reaches 16 years, after which the ...More Button

There has been much attention in the media recently surrounding the exceptional needs payments paid out by community welfare officers. It should be noted that the majority of these payments are ma...More Button

I also support the idea of a single social welfare payment, which the Minister has already spoken about, that would target the individual needs of the unemployed and those in financial distress. I...More Button

I recently made representations to the city council for a number of people I have on a housing list. I noted to my horror that 37 flats are available in a flat complex in the inner city. The hous...More Button

I have worked all my life in my parish and my community and I constantly fear the young people I meet on a daily basis will see being a single parent as the only opportunity they have when they fin...More Button