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Donohoe, Paschal

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1

Leaders’ Questions

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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 welcome the Minister and I thank Deputy Tom Hayes for sharing time. I wish to touch on a number of different themes in respect of the Bill and to make a number of points to the Minister with reg...More Button

I will discuss the trends for the number of lone parent payments paid out in comparison to other social welfare payments within the system. The Oireachtas Library and Research Service has produced...More Button

The sensitivity of that payment and the people in receipt of it in response to what happened in the rest of the economy can be compared to the different welfare payments, and it is very low. That ...More Button

I met different groups of people campaigning against the changes due to be made and became aware of the amount of stigma and negative social comment evidenced with that particular payment. I am co...More Button

I will make specific points about the Bill. There are provisions in the Bill relating to direct benefit schemes which are welcomed by people in the industry. There are also absent provisions rela...More Button

Increased powers will be made available for social welfare inspectors dealing with rent supplement. I am absolutely certain this is a significant source of fraud within the system and, more worryi...More Button

There is also the issue of social welfare benefits for people who were formerly self-employed. People who worked in construction now fall into three unfortunate groups; they are people who have le...More Button

I know the Minister has indicated she will examine the matter during her term in office. We must consider how to overhaul the PRSI system so people who are self-employed can, first, understand the...More Button

A debate is taking place on the implementation of a proposal for a single working age payment. The Minister recently convened a seminar in her Department on the issue. It was also the subject of ...More Button

Many of those who are concerned about the proposed reform of the social welfare system argue it should not be undertaken until the labour market improves significantly and people can easily find a ...More Button