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McDonald, Mary Lou

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Introduction of New Member (Continued)

I too, on behalf of Sinn Féin, welcome Deputy McEntee to the House. It is not alone the case that she is a young Member - I understand she is the youngest Member of the Dáil – but she is also a yo...More Button

When Deputy McEntee was elected she recorded that it was a bittersweet moment for her on the loss of her lovely father. It is never sweet in here but neither is it bitter. We all look forward t...More Button

Leaders’ Questions (Continued)

I wish to extend from these benches a message of solidarity to the people of Boston and the United States.More Button

There is no doubt that the row between the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, and the judges is unprecedented and unnecessary but the Taoiseach seems to be choosing to look the ot...More Button

Some of the reforms being pursued by the Minister are good but others are questionable. However, the issue here is the manner in which the Minister pursues his business. It is not acceptable fo...More Button

We have a situation now where morale among gardaí is at an all-time low and this seems to be now infecting other arms of the legal and judicial system. I hope the Taoiseach will agree that he ca...More Button

Given that the Taoiseach mentioned Castlebar, a taxi driver I spoke to there put it very well when he said-----More Button

A Castlebar native himself, he said that Sinn Féin had done more for the economy in Castlebar in one weekend than the Taoiseach had done in two years.More Button

The Taoiseach clearly occupies a different reality to other people. He is clearly now saying to the judges that not alone does he not acknowledge that there are issues at play here and a difficult...More Button

The Taoiseach is not going to call the Minister to account and is not going to straighten this out. He talks about the independence of the Judiciary and in that context, I have a suggestion to mak...More Button

We should have an independent process to appoint judges and if the Government is that committed to its independence, with the Judiciary the cornerstone of our democracy, why does it not bring forwa...More Button

They have not been happening.More Button

Youth Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if her attention has been drawn to the impact of funding cuts to youth services under the aegis of the City of Dublin Youth Services Board; her plans to restore these supports, especially to the mo...More Button

Child Protection Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the position regarding the review of child protection practices across all Catholic Church dioceses; the numbers and names of those completed; the number and names of those under way; when she expe...More Button

Croke Park Agreement Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: his projected annual reduction in GDP growth arising from the proposed Croke Park II proposals to cut a further one billion euro from the public sector pay and pensions bill between July 2013 and J...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 27 March 2013, if he will provide the number of third level student grant applicants who have waited more than three months, six months, nine months and...More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who finished an apprenticeship and went straight into college whilst in part-time employment with HMV, is not entitled to any form of welfare...More Button

Departmental Agencies Board Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: further to Parliamentary Question No. 356 of 19 March 2013, if he will provide the names of the Foras na Gaeilge board members whose fees are not paid due to voluntary waivers or because the one pe...More Button

Nuclear Plants

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: in relation to the recent development proposals for a nuclear power facility at Hinkley Point as approved by the UK's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 19 March 2013, if he will c...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: in relation to the recent development proposals for a nuclear power facility at Hinkely Point as approved by the UK's Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on March 19th 2013, if he will...More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the reason an estate (details supplied) in County Dublin is not included in the list of unfinished housing estates in Finance (Local Property Tax) Regulations 2013.More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the Magdalen Fund/Commission will be placed on a statutory footing with independent statutory powers.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the measures that are being put in place to enable women in institutionalised settings to engage with the Magdalen Fund/Commission; and if a guardian ad litem or independent advocate will be provid...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he intends to advertise the existence of the Magdalen Fund/Commission, as well as the requirement that women register with the Commission, in media outlets at home and abroad, in view of the les...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will detail consequences of a survivor not registering with the Magdalen Fund/Commission during the three months of Mr Justice Quirke's review; and if they will be excluded from further engag...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps that are being taken to ensure that Magdalen grave records are accurate and up to date.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps that are being taken to ensure that there is access to Magdalen graves.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps that are being taken to ensure the upkeep of Magdalen graves.More Button

Advocacy for Institutionalised Persons

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the plans that are in place to ensure permanent advocacy for women in institutionalised settings in their places of residence in view of the 2010 Health Information and Quality Authority inspection...More Button

Orthodontic Service Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: when a child (details supplied) in Dublin 3 will receive needed orthodontic treatment. More Button