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Doherty, Pearse

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Leaders’ Questions

Please answer the question.More Button

The Government is running scared.More Button

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Regulation of Debt Management Advisors Bill 2011: Second Stage

The Deputy always brings a smile to my face when he speaks. He is continuing with the rhetoric he used in the Seanad.More Button

No, as the Deputy is well aware, I was absent for a couple of weeks after my father passed away and I have been involved in the campaign against austerity. While he is correct about the legacy of ...More Button

In 2009, the Law Reform Commission called for regulation of debt advisers and set out proposals on legislation for the issue. Groups like these have always existed but there is no doubt their numb...More Button

In 2010, the Department of Finance said it had no plans to regulate the sector, despite receiving submissions on the issue from financial commentators. My own colleague at the time, former Deputy ...More Button

This issue came to boiling point under the previous Government. It was warned about it in 2009 and in 2010, yet now in 2012 it is bringing forward a proposal on it in opposition. That said, we ha...More Button

The Consumer Association of Ireland has weighed heavily into the debate, stating it is seriously concerned at the lack of consumer protection. We know there is huge money in the debt management ga...More Button

The people who were victims of Dunne and Maxwell should have been aware the director of the company previously had his credit licence revoked in Britain because he had undisclosed convictions. The...More Button

These human stories make the headlines when the event happens, but afterwards, the people involved are left to their own devices. They are left with the aftermath and very little is done to help t...More Button

Many customers of these two companies not only lost money on deposit but also found out the agencies had not been paying their bills for months. The experience in Britain has been these companies ...More Button

Furthermore, we want the Government to start taking the issue of personal debt as seriously as it is taking the issue of bank debt. Since it took office, it has put €24 billion of the people&...More Button

The reason people are accessing moneylenders and debt management agencies cannot be ignored. Over the course of four years we have had five austerity budgets which have severely impacted on the li...More Button

Sinn Féin agrees there is a need for deficit reduction, but there is a way of doing this. One can, as the Government and its predecessor believe, cut and tax the lowest paid, or one can, al...More Button

For years we have been warning that the Government’s approach is not only harming the economy but also forcing people into debt. The social consequences are something we do not talk about en...More Button

We have heard about the austerity treaty and why we should support it. The parties which are now cheerleaders for it are the same one which ensured the debt was placed on the people. Fianna F&aac...More Button

The strain people are under is evident in every county in the State and it is essential that the Government does what it can to reduce it and assist people to get help. As a first step, we must en...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of children who were identified by the Health Service Executive as having parents or guardians who were financially unable to cope during each of the past five years; the type of support...More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse Prevention Training

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the European Economic and Social Committee made a recommendation in 2006, SOC/412, that child sexual abuse prevention training should be mandatory f...More Button