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Daly, Clare

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Child Protection

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the status of the 572 adult retrospective reports of abuse that were unallocated by Tusla in June 2017; and if the number of unallocated cases in this category has increased or decreased in the per...More Button

The Minister told me in September that at the end of June, 572 retrospective abuse cases were awaiting allocation. Actions had been taken in respect of just 4% of those cases at that time. At tha...More Button

Child Protection (Continued)

I am concerned. We know One In Four recently criticised Tusla's handling of cases sent to it and what it sees as a failure to investigate properly. The Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affai...More Button

In September I asked the Minister about a particular report on child protection issues in the Laois-Offaly area which concluded 15 months ago. Tusla said it cannot publish the report, which coul...More Button

That is one way of looking at it. From our dealings with An Garda Síochána, we saw that there was a tendency in some instances to recategorise crimes in order to make them seem less serious than t...More Button

Another aspect is the deficit in terms of a legislative framework to deal with these issues. Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, for example, has talked about the lack of clarity in the current legislative fr...More Button

In responding to the Ombudsman's Taking Stock report, Tusla has referred to a legislative lack of clarity. Are any changes proposed to address the oversight of cases being potentially reclassifi...More Button

Pension Provisions

I know Deputy Chambers cannot be here, so can we have two minutes each? It would only be the same as the length of the Minister's reply.More Button

I know Deputies Chambers and Darragh O'Brien were keen to be here today. They would be singing very much from the same hymn sheet as us on this matter.More Button

This is urgent because the wind-up of the financial interest of the scheme is under way. The scheme was in existence for eight years. As Deputy Broughan has said, workers paid in an average 6% ...More Button

What has really aggrieved people is the unilateral decision making. It means every group of people involved in the scheme is being affected. For example, for 394 current pensioners of the schem...More Button

In the case of deferred members, the trustees want to buy pre-retirement bonds, most likely, with one of the big insurance companies. The trustees have advised that if a member wants to transfer...More Button

As we discussed last week, there has been incredibly unfair distribution of the financial interest. People of a similar age who have made similar financial contributions will be subject to major...More Button

Pension Provisions (Continued)

I welcome the Minister's response. She is right that the trustees have huge power in this area and that is where it really rests. That is a legislative shortcoming and I welcome the Taoiseach's r...More Button

I have a word of warning on that, since we are never happy. This scheme has been delayed in its wind-up for a number of years. Millions of euro have been bled out of it while the trustees waite...More Button

Adoption Records Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her plans to protect descendants of illegally adopted persons who remain unaware of their adoption status; and if she plans to widen the search for illegal adoptees to inform them that their medica...More Button

Labour Market

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to conduct an investigation into unpaid work here by activity, gender, income and age; and if so, if it will estimate the value in order to begin moving away from conventional understandi...More Button

Drugs in Prisons

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of drugs security officer roles filled in prisons; the prisons in which they are working; and the prisons which do not have drugs security officers.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the implementation of the keeping drugs out of prison policy published in 2006, which mandates that all prisons maintain accurate statistics on drug seizures by location of s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the difficulties posed by a failure to keep records of the types and quantities of drugs seized in prisons for the development of prison drug treatment services; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study of species (details supplied) to investigate the presence of antimicrobial resistance in the species, as certain types of which, if prese...More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if the NPWS issued a licence authorising a scientific study in Galway of the Brent geese species to investigate the presence of antimicrobial resistance as certain types, if present, would have pot...More Button

EU Directives

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the reason for her Department’s decision to exclude public health from the reasons given in the derogation schedule 2 for 2017/2018.More Button

Fish Farming

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason for the recent statement by Inland Fisheries Ireland that 65 farmed salmon have been caught in five rivers in counties Galway and Mayo, in view of the fact that no escapes have been repo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if his Department will provide data when requested on fish farm stocking, losses, diseases and mortalities in numbers of fish and their weight, including responses to parliamentary questions, in vi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: further to Parliamentary Question No. 167 of 4 October 2017, if the percentage figures of losses he has provided refer to a percentage of the licensed capacity of the site or to the actual fish held.More Button

Fishing Industry

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the overstocking reported in the 2015 and 2016 finfish inspection reports by the marine engineering division, by site and number of fish. More Button

Aquaculture Licences

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: further to Question No. 166 of 4 October 2017, the reason he is of the view that extreme weather conditions prevented the operators notifying his Department of 1 February 2014 storm damage to a fis...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: further to Question No. 166 of 4 October 2017, the reason he is of the view that extreme weather conditions delayed the investigation of storm damage to a fish farm on 1 February 2014 (details supp...More Button

Public Transport Review

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if a detailed study of the subventions to public transport and public bus services in European cities comparable with Dublin will be carried out. More Button

Child and Family Agency Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the capacity of a centre (details supplied).More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of children currently placed in a centre (details supplied) on foot of a secure care order.More Button

Child Care Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: her plans to initiate a national discussion on a long-term strategy to transform the childcare sector into a public service.More Button

Child and Family Agency Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: further to Parliamentary Question No. 197 of 21 September 2017, the proportion of the €14,569,718.70 expenditure on legal fees by Tusla in 2016 which was spent on external legal counsel; the firms ...More Button

Free Travel Scheme

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if a passenger survey on public transport will be commissioned to assess the true costs of the free travel scheme to CIÉ, thereby making payment patterns from her Department more transparent. More Button