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McDonald, Mary Lou

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It has been done.More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Continued)

Suspend the House.More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Resumed) (Continued)

Yes. Today, when the Minister, Deputy Kelly, in summoning all of the gravitas he could, opened his remarks he said this was a significant moment for the country. He went on to explain that the ch...More Button

It could have been the moment when it understood that people cannot and will not pay a charge for the water that comes through their taps - the moment it abolished water charges. Good sense could ...More Button

I want to tell the Minister of State that he and the Government make the most grave mistake if they believe that either the anger or emotion expressed by hundreds of thousands of people on our st...More Button

The Government is not one guided by long-term prudence or common sense. It is conspicuously lacking in both of those virtues. No prudent government could dream up or stand over the corporate mo...More Button

Earlier, some Deputies referred to the issue of affordability, which has been stated as one of the hallmarks of this plan. I have heard people shrug off the notion of a charge of €160 or €60 or ...More Button

Is there anybody in government who understands these facts? To glibly talk to these families about affordability and to tell them it is only €3 a week is of no assistance to them. I have said i...More Button

This is not a scheme that is correct in principle, because there are people who will not pay this charge, not because they are some kind of social deviants or irresponsible citizens, but because ...More Button

The Government says its plan represents simplicity and certainty. The people's message to the Government was simple - it should abolish the charge. It should do that and stop making it up as it...More Button

The Government speaks of certainty. People want the certainty that they will not face the prospect now or any time in the future of not being able to pay for something as basic as water. They w...More Button

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd is to my mind the first Member on the Government side who has spoken honestly and directly on this issue. While we might not agree on everything, I acknowledge the honesty o...More Button

There has been much talk about protests and about the incident last weekend involving the Tánaiste. I do not approve of anybody throwing bricks at An Garda Síochána or anybody else. However, th...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Places

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 184 of 4 November 2014, the reason her Department has not yet responded directly to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 despite the fact that the person r...More Button

Magdalen Laundries

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if Magdalen laundry survivors' ex gratia scheme applications from within the UK have to go through the Irish Women Survivors Support Network or if they can be made directly to her Department.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the relationship between her Department and the Irish Women Survivors Support Network in relation to ex gratia scheme applications.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the way Magdalen laundry survivors' ex gratia scheme applications from within the UK are processed; and if her Department communicates with the survivors directly or through the Irish Women Survivo...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the parameters that have been set down for the Irish Women Survivors Support Network with regard to the operation of the Magdalen laundry survivors ex gratia scheme, particularly in relation to est...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of Magdalen laundry survivors that have settled for less time than they have claimed for, broken down by country of residence.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the appeals process in place for UK survivors of Magdalen laundries who have been offered less than they are entitled to, or who have had their applications rejected; and if appeals are processed t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if she will provide details of the complaints mechanism in place for survivors who have grievances with the Irish Women Survivors Support Network.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of Magdalen laundry survivors ex gratia scheme applications received by her Department through the Irish Women Survivors Support Network.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of UK Magdalen laundry survivors ex gratia scheme applications that have been received by her Department independently of the Irish Women Survivors Support Network.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if she has knowledge of the accounts audit for the €250k given to the Irish Women Survivors Support Network on the night of the Magdalene apology; the percentage of this funding that is dedicated t...More Button

Child and Family Agency Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: further to Parliamentary Question No. 322 of 30 September 2014 regarding the provision of funding from the Child and Family Agency to a centre (details supplied) in County Dublin, if he will provid...More Button

Patient Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 is being denied transport by the Health Service Executive to the Stewarts adult service in Rosse Court Clinic, Lucan, County Dublin.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the failure of the Health Service Executive to provide transport in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 to the Stewarts adult service in Rosse Court Clinic, Lucan, Coun...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will instruct the Health Service Executive to provide transport in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22 to enable the person to access Stewarts adult service in Rosse Court, Lu...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Health: the circumstances prompting the closure of a nursing home (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and the reasons the facility remains closed.More Button