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Leas-Chathaoirleach,

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

That is what we are doing.More Button

I wish to share my time with Deputy Dara Murphy. I will allow him to speak first.More Button

I congratulate the Minister on the publication of the Social Welfare Bill, for the provision of 10,000 new places on employment programmes and for the maintenance of core social welfare benefits fo...More Button

-----to speak after what they have done. I hope their callous attitude to the Irish people will never be forgotten. The party opposite fiddled and bankrupted the country. Now, they prey on the f...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

It is important to put the debate in context. When I listen to the largest Opposition party, in particular, it seems as if amnesia has set in. This is the party that took €16.50 a week from the d...More Button

I would be embarrassed. In its last two budgets before it left office Fianna Fáil slashed core weekly payments on which citizens relied. In our case, as a Government, we restored the minimum wage...More Button

The Government has taken tough decisions. Unlike the second party on the Opposition benches, it does not bring with it a partition mentality on the island. I challenge Deputies Martin Ferris an...More Button

I know what the Deputy did; he should not worry. If we want a true sense of republicanism, let us have parity on the island.More Button

Those of us who want to see an Ireland of equals are trying to achieve this.More Button

Sinn Féin's mentality and attitude is that it does not want the country to succeed in order that it can grab its supporters and wave its little flag. That is the reality.More Button

The Deputy is for nothing and against everything. Her little fancy world was-----More Button

The budget is one that many of us in the House would never wish to introduce because it impinges and impacts on people. Some €3.1 billion is not small change. However, the Government is committed...More Button

That was Fianna Fáil's way.   For 14 years it led the people a merry dance. The problem is that they now recognise it is preaching more of the same.More Button

Fianna Fáil's record in government is that it got rid of the Green Party, buried the Progressive Democrats and could not cope with the Labour Party. Now it has nobody with whom to coalesce.More Button

This is recognised by the people. I am out and about every day. I knock on doors and listen to people. Their message to me is:"You have been given a mandate to get the country back."More Button

That is what we are going to do and it requires tough decisions.More Button

It requires political courage to make decisions that will in five and ten years give people hope and allow my nephews and godchildren the opportunity to live in this country, be educated, find a jo...More Button

If one wishes to consider the voodoo knowledge of Sinn Féin, one should look at its propaganda leaflets and manifestos. One should look at what it is doing in government in the North. It says o...More Button

Sinn Féin is full of hypocrisy.More Button

You not want to hear the truth because you were scolded-----More Button

Gabh mo leithscéal, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

The Government has increased spending on carers by almost €20 million. This year we are spending €780 million on carers, €520 million on carer's allowance; €23 million on carer's benefit; €132 mil...More Button

This is about making decisions that will get people back to work and support an economy that is about the people. There is a focus on the respite care grant that many of us would prefer was not ...More Button

It is important to recognise that Deputy Willie O'Dea sat at the Cabinet table for almost 12 of the past 14 years.More Button

The Deputy is full of hypocrisy. Thanks to the mandate of the Government the country will have its sovereignty restored. It will create jobs and is doing so now. More and more people are seeking...More Button

Every day I meet people from all walks of life who tell me that we should get the country back on track and not to allow a situation to continue where we have to see our loved ones move abroad wher...More Button

Every day the Government rectifies the mistakes made. It is committed to the task of rebuilding Ireland. It does not have one eye on the opinion poll and the other on the ballot box.More Button

There were 14 years during which we saw this happen. There were greedy cuts and today there is this gargantuan hypocrisy. I understand the triviality and jocoseness of Deputy Willie O'Dea because...More Button

As a Government, we will prioritise the national housing strategy. We will look at the report on child benefit in order to see how we can change the body of social welfare payments.More Button