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Collins, Niall

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the expected savings from changes to the stocking density ratio in the disadvantaged area scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Magdalen Laundries: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputy Dara Calleary.More Button

I am glad to have the opportunity to speak about the Magdalen laundries. While I am new to the justice portfolio, the groups representing women who were residents in these institutions had constan...More Button

I am not here to make political points; nor should any Member of this House when speaking about this sensitive, hurtful and complex part of Ireland's history. There should be an all-party approa...More Button

I am conscious also that we all use the term "Magdalen laundries" but that they were known by a variety of terms, including "asylums", "refuges" and "homes". The women who resided and worked in ...More Button

The Justice for Magdalenes submission, which is very detailed, refers to the legislation that covered these institutions, which applied in Ireland from the beginning of the last century. The Fac...More Button

The redacted parts of the Justice for Magdalenes report contains even more harrowing evidence but, even as it stands, the report gives a picture of society at the time, particularly the social st...More Button

The Justice for Magdalenes report described how, in 1928, after Irish Independence, a Commission on the Relief of the Sick and Destitute Poor was set up, which outlined how a woman should be "inc...More Button

Obviously, we are debating this in the Dáil in 2012. What we need to do is to determine what is best for the residents who have survived these institutions and what can be done for them to ease ...More Button

Everyone in Irish society needs to learn lessons from the Ryan report and other reports that exposed horrific stories from our past. The more open and honest the parties can be at every stage, t...More Button

When this report is finalised, it will be another step towards redress. I believe there should be a full debate in this House when the report is finalised and that there will be an all-party and...More Button

Unemployment Levels

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will confirm the latest available unemployment figures at the Tallaght Social Protection Office, Dublin; if he will also provide the comparisons for the same month over the past two years; an...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans to respond to the public submissions on the future of prostitution legislation here; the time frame for his response; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the time frame for any future legislative initiatives regarding legislation on prostitution here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button