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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business (Continued)

This is a disgraceful attempt to short circuit and pre-empt any possible negotiation with public sector workers over their pay and conditions and over the Croke Park deal. It is an act of bullying...More Button

Jobs Protection

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the situation in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council owned Ballyogan recycling depot, where a number of persons have been taken on to the JobBridge scheme w...More Button

When JobBridge was introduced some of us were sceptical about the claims the Government made for it and believed that, against a wider background of austerity and cuts that were crippling employmen...More Button

One of the employees, Brian, stated:More Button

What does the Minister intend to do about that, and what measures will she put in place to ensure it cannot happen again?More Button

The person I quoted complained to the Department of Social Protection on 21 March. It is now 24 April. The Minister says she is considering the complaint made. How long does it take to consider ...More Button

More needs to be done to monitor this scheme. Will there be prosecutions of firms that have abused the scheme?More Button

They all came from employees.More Button

It has nothing to do with Trotsky. It is about four people who lost their jobs.More Button

The Minister should have some respect for them.More Button

Talk to the employees.More Button

Rented Dwellings Register

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she is considering revising the rent caps in urban areas in view of the recent reports that rents are increasing in urban areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

We have finally heard some good news.More Button

I hope it really is good news. I am glad the rent limits are being reviewed. It could not have come a moment too soon. I ask the Minister to consider a random sample from of ...More Button

Rented Dwellings Register (Continued)

This is causing havoc for people. I hope the Minister will take a lead from the local authorities in this regard. There seems to be an acknowledgement that, for example, while the rent cap for a ...More Button

Will the Minister in her review take into account the fact that deals are being done under the rent caps? This means she should not conclude that there are many properties available at rents low...More Button

I agree it is an improvement to move rent supplementation to local government, for all of the reasons outlined by the Minister, particularly in terms of people seeking employment. I agree also tha...More Button

I also ask that action be taken to make it illegal for landlords to say that rent allowance tenants will not be accepted, which is, frankly, the modern Irish equivalent of "No dogs, no blacks, no...More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision

In the past week or so a local newspaper in County Wicklow reported on what can only be described as a secret meeting involving the Tánaiste and senior administrators and medical personnel from St....More Button

Accident and Emergency Services Provision (Continued)

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Government's intention to downgrade the 24-hour accident and emergency service at Loughlinstown hospital to that of a minor injury unit and to transfer...More Button

I find it strange that the Minister of State, Deputy Perry, rather than the Minister or either Minister of State at the Department of Health is taking this matter. I find strange also that no De...More Button

I understand that at the meeting people were informed of the Minister's intention to bring a proposal to Cabinet to reconfigure accident and emergency services in south Dublin by downgrading the ...More Button

Can the Minister of State confirm that the hospitals' budget for the reconfigured services will remain the same? I understand they are to decrease by 3%. As such, not only will the accident and...More Button

The Minister of State's response is not satisfactory. Virtually every month for the past year and a half I have asked what is happening in regard to the reconfiguration of services in this area an...More Button

I understand that people at the meeting were told that the 24-hour accident and emergency service at Loughlinstown hospital will be downgraded to a minor injuries surgery which will operate from ...More Button

The hospital was situated in Loughlinstown precisely to provide services for people in areas as far as south Wicklow, as well as in Cherrywood, Shankill and so on. The people living in these areas...More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will consider setting up a pilot project in primary and secondary schools to start coding clubs with the aim of incorporating coding skills into the national curriculum.More Button

Harbour Authorities Appointments

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: with regards to the new Commercial Executive Officer that has been appointed to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, the place in which the details of the job were advertised; the selection process; and ...More Button

Harbour Authorities Staff

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the persons, if any, employed within his Department or within the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to work on the Diaspora Centre project; the selection process for the job; and the salary details.More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the guidelines for the placing of mobile speed cameras.More Button