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Heydon, Martin

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the Social Welfare Bill. I intend to focus only on a number of the measures it contains because, given that it is so wide-rang...More Button

It is welcome that core social welfare rates are being protected. There are those in the Opposition who will demean and belittle that achievement. However, it is worth noting that basic social ...More Button

In the context of the cut to the respite care grant, the one item of information which has not made the headlines is that in 2013 we will spend €5 million more on carers than in 2012. The overal...More Button

I welcome the Minister's move to create 10,000 new places on employment programmes in 2013. She has visited most of the community employment schemes in south Kildare and those elsewhere througho...More Button

On the redundancy rebate, I am very cognisant of the significant shortfall in the social insurance fund. Some wealthy companies used the relevant scheme to subsidise moving their operations out ...More Button

I acknowledge the fact that the headline rates for farm assist payments remain unchanged. Some €108 million was spent on this scheme in 2012. I have seen at first hand the value of this assista...More Button

I acknowledge the fact that the Minister has found an additional €2 million for school meals. The allocation in this regard will increase from €35 million to €37 million. I have witnessed the i...More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if, in view of the recently announced reduction in jobseeker's benefit to nine months, she will consider a corresponding reduction in the eligibility period for entry to community employment scheme...More Button

Cyber Security Policy

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the measures he is taking to review the use of social networking sites here, particularly for young persons most at risk from cyberbullying; the action that can be taken to restrict and reduce thei...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if in view of recent tragedies his attention has been drawn to the concerns of many regarding the dangers for young person's of several social networking sites; the measures he has considered withi...More Button

Road Tolls

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare could be considered for an exemption from M50 tolls due to medical reasons without adaptations to their car or an exemption from motor tax; and if h...More Button