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Collins, Joan

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Budget Measures

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on whether the priorities for budget 2019 are increased spending on public services and increases in basic social welfare payments as opposed to cuts in income tax; and if he will make a ...More Button

I take issue with the Minister regarding the fact that my original priority question, which sought to ask about funding for the Sláintecare report, was delegated to the Minister for Health. It is ...More Button

Budget Measures (Continued)

In the past four budgets, more than €3 billion in tax cuts were given away, mostly to those who are already well off and to businesses and corporations. Deputies' wages, for example, have risen an...More Button

Like our health services, the public services are the sectors that soak up people's wages. It would be much better if the Government concentrated on actually funding the implementation of the Sl...More Button

If the Minister was earning the average industrial wage and he received a €5 increase in his weekly wage, what does he think would be the impact of that increase in the context of, for example, pay...More Button

The Government has not grasped the import of Sláintecare. The Minister stated that the Government has agreed to it. Members of the Minister's party were on the Sláintecare committee that agreed...More Button

They are not getting paid that.More Button

Children and Family Relationships (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (Continued)

I will share time with Deputy Pringle. There is a great deal of confusion about this issue because people think it involves moving the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 onto the next stag...More Button

It is important for us to send a message to people about what is involved in this legislation. Sections 14 and 16 of the 2015 Act deal with consent forms and cover numerous circumstances in rela...More Button

Other Deputies have mentioned particular queries they have received. I would like to refer to a query I have received from a couple. The person who sent me the query said that she and her wife ...More Button

People want equality and legal recognition.

   As I stated, it is an amending Bill. Most parties will be supporting it because it is three years too late. It should have b...More Button

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The Mandate union has said it wants to keep this piece of legislation. There is a concern that the Irish Business and Employers Confederation, IBEC, is putting the strong arm on certain parts of t...More Button

Every one us campaigned to have a six-month look-back period with the Dunnes Stores workers who sought the provision. It was reflected in the Bill brought through by Deputy Cullinane, as he reflec...More Button

It is extremely important that the amendment of the Minister be rejected. It certainly has IBEC written all over it. IBEC stated it is deeply concerned about the implications of the proposed band...More Button

In the trade unions' experience older workers and those with longer service will continue to be discriminated against as employers choose to hire new workers on lesser terms and conditions of emplo...More Button

The removal of the commitment on employers to offer additional hours to existing part-time employees results in the State's continued and growing requirement to support these workers via suppleme...More Button

I and other Deputies would be happy to get together tomorrow afternoon if the Minister withdrew the amendment to try to work out an amendment to deal with some of the issues raised regarding simi...More Button

Missing Persons

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the case of a person (details supplied) is closed; if it is being treated as a historical missing person case; and if the complete file on the investigation by An Garda Síochána will be sent to ...More Button