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Adams, Gerry

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

In budget 2013, the Government signalled that €750 million would be cut from health spending this year and that medical card entitlements would be targeted. During the Easter recess in April, the ...More Button

Every Deputy knows that constituency offices are being inundated by citizens bearing the brunt of these cuts and whose medical card entitlements have been removed. In many cases, they are from h...More Button

There are stories behind all of these statistics. In my constituency of Louth, a seven year old with a congenital heart defect who has required numerous surgeries and ongoing general practitione...More Button

This is a part of the Government's austerity policy. Parents have needed to cope with such situations. Does the Minister accept that, in taking medical cards from thousands of families, the Gover...More Button

That sounds wonderful, but it does not reflect the reality of life for citizens like the one I mentioned. I will provide another example. I received a letter seeking support for a man in County G...More Button

In the Government's five-point plan, the health section was called a fair care plan. However, there is nothing fair or caring about it. It entails bonuses for corrupt bankers and toadying up to t...More Button

There is another twist in the tail. The family made representations, as did health professionals and Sinn Féin representatives, so the decision is being reviewed. However, his medical card has ...More Button

There are 40,000 such cases.More Button

It does not.More Button

There are thousands of them.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

This proposal is characteristic of the way in which the Government is doing its business. The guillotine has been used in more than 50% of Bills before the House and it is proposed to use it today...More Button

I join Deputies in extending congratulations to the Ombudsman, Ms Emily O'Reilly, on her election to the post of European Ombudsman. I remind the Minister that the Ombudsman has made a number of...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

I will not take as long as the leader of Fianna Fáil, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, but I want to make a point. I was watching the faces of some of the newly arrived Deputies during that whole brouhaha...More Button

-----including me.More Button

The fact is that this shows the character of this Government. The guillotine has been used over 50% of the time in the House. This is particular legislation which is about facilitating the banks ...More Button

Let us consider the Government's attitude on this and then, for example, let us consider the failure of the Government to sign up for the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Vi...More Button

Why does the Government refuse to do that? It is because the Minister for Justice and Equality says it would interfere with a person's property rights.More Button

They are two examples. A battered woman is put out of her own home because the Government has said that to take action would interfere with the abuser's property rights, yet here it is rushing thr...More Button

I have made my point. I had intended to bring attention to the Chief Whip's deploring of the Government's lack of good record on Dáil reform.More Button

He is the Minister of State who has the responsibility to bring together the committee that is charged with that responsibility. Consequently, I simply register a protest here on behalf of Sinn Fé...More Button

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

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Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

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Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

Yesterday I listened to Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn opening the debate. In the course of his speech I received a text from someone in my office telling me to ask Deputy Emmet Stagg and other Labo...More Button

Essentially the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, said we cannot afford equality. From a Fine Gael Minister this would have been understandable because Fine Gael does not believe in equa...More Button

As Deputy Pearse Doherty stated, the Labour Party’s founding father James Connolly is accepted as the principal author of that part of the Proclamation which guarantees religious and civil libert...More Button

I am an Irish republican. I believe in a republican system of governance. I believe in a real republic in which the people are sovereign and equal and have all–encompassing rights, including ec...More Button

It is a fact that inequality is all around us in this part of the island. It famously exists also in the North, but there it has the added dimension of generational, sectarian and political disc...More Button

Equality is cited 21 times in the Good Friday Agreement, including in the pledge of office for Ministers. The Government is co-author and guarantor of this Agreement. A complete section is give...More Button

Active discrimination against the Traveller community is totally and absolutely unacceptable. Apart from being ethically wrong, no person or community should be treated as second class or non-ci...More Button

If we consider the programme and record of the Government the need for this approach is obvious. The ESRI found the budget for 2012 had a disproportionate impact on the least well-off in society...More Button

We also need equality for the Irish language and for rural Ireland.More Button

I commend the Bill. I repeat what I said previously, that it will bring us in line with the North. I repeat also that it is official Labour Party policy as adopted at last year’s conference. I a...More Button

Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Student Grant Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide an update on the July provision programme for children with autism and if siblings with autism will be entitled to one-to-one provision to meet their individual needs as stated i...More Button

Student Support Schemes Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason his Department wrote to the National Council for Special Education on 30 May regarding the 75% resource teaching allocations it was asked to delay communicating this information to schoo...More Button

Schools Building Projects Administration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Louth has proposed to integrate an autism unit into its school and that a prefabricated building has been in p...More Button

Homeless Persons Supports

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide a breakdown of the funding provided by his Department to agencies dealing with the issue of homelessness in County Louth in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the amount that has been allocate...More Button

Waste Water Treatment Inspections

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide a breakdown of the funding provided by his Department to agencies dealing with the issue of domestic violence in County Louth in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the amount that has been all...More Button

Criminal Law Matters

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when a person (details supplied) in County Louth will receive Garda vetting which has been applied for and which is essential for them to gain work experience which they are required to do as part ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedures used by An Garda Síochána when establishing the marital status of a Brazilian citizen living here who proposes to get married in this State; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedures used by An Garda Síochána when establishing the marital status of a Filipino citizen living here who proposes to get married here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Services Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has plans to review the funding his Department provides to tackle the issue of cocaine use; if this review will have an impact on the services currently provided by the Louth Community Drug a...More Button