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Kelly, Alan

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Statement 2018 (Continued)

I was struggling to describe what to call this budget. It is effectively the cup of coffee budget. The Minister of State could wake up and pay a little attention.More Button

I am sorry the Minister of State has been left on his own, although I see another Minister of State has come in to join him. This is the cup of coffee budget for people of my age and, indeed, the ...More Button

-----but in all seriousness, that will be wiped away by the additional costs of living that we all know about. For people with children, because of the excessive costs associated with them, and th...More Button

It is also over-reliant on commercial stamp duty. We are going back to the bad old days. I do not say that every Fianna Fáil colleague was aligned to Mr. McCreevy, but this is a Charlie McCreev...More Button

The budgetary process is, frankly, a joke. There is not a budgetary process that is real. We have had revelations in the House that the Minister for Finance shared documentation, and had discus...More Button

When it comes to a number of decisions the Government made on tax issues, I welcome the Brexit trade adjustment fund, which is a Labour Party proposal. I am glad that our former colleagues in go...More Button

When it comes to health care, I spent 11 months on the Committee on the Future of Healthcare. It proposed a good compromise with a ten-year programme of work. It is now over. The Dáil approved...More Button

Recently, there were 500 people on trolleys and over 700,000 people on various waiting lists for different procedures. Unfortunately, this budget is very shy when it comes to the provision of fund...More Button

I thank my colleague.More Button

There is also Stepaside, but we will return to that in the Committee of Public Accounts.More Button

The provision of funding for public transport is paltry; it is ridiculous. I say that as a former Minister of State in the Department who had specific responsibility for public transport when we...More Button

I concur with our spokesperson on finance regarding the provision in the budget for the Department of Rural and Community Development. I am aware of all the programmes in the new Department. I ...More Button

This Government is running away from climate change. In the context of the mitigation plans that must be introduced and the statements Ministers must, under the legislation - I know this because...More Button

Finally, I have a question relating to the justice area, which the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Doyle, might put to his colleagues. A sum of €6...More Button

We are talking about approximately €40 million if a change is made. I would like to know from where this money will come. More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Education Grants

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if budget 2018 will reinstate the subsidies for the two mandatory Gaeltacht courses (details supplied) which student primary school teachers attend. More Button

Education and Training Boards Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide a copy of the advertisements and job specifications for each education and training board, ETB, chief executive's role that has been filled since 2013.More Button

Education and Training Boards Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the official head offices of all education and training boards, ETBs, here; and the assigned ETB centre of each chief executive for the purposes of claiming expenses. More Button

Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage

Asked the Minister for Health: when the list of medical conditions that are covered by the long-term illness scheme will be amended (details supplied).More Button