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McDonald, Mary Lou

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

This morning the Society of St. Vincent de Paul published its Working, Parenting and Struggling report, which is an analysis of the employment and living conditions of one-parent families in Irelan...More Button

Low pay, especially in the context of the soaring cost of living, is the real problem. Workers on low wages, in many cases in insecure employment, are being asked to find money to pay for extort...More Button

The tone of the Taoiseach's response is not unexpected but it is almost depressing. The measures his Government is taking are clearly not working for hundreds of thousands of people across the Sta...More Button

I am asking for additional time. I will not debate the ins and outs of parenting and the challenges of it, and I am not going to trade statistics with the Taoiseach. I will simply tell the Taoise...More Button

What by way of addition is the Taoiseach going to do now about the cost of living crisis being experienced by families across the land? When will the living wage - not the minimum wage - be the fl...More Button

I want to talk about people.More Button

Which is sessional.More Button

Does the Taoiseach have to restrict the number of times he boils his kettle?More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

Not agreed.More Button

The purpose of this emergency legislation is to guard against the worst effects of a hard Brexit. I think everybody in the House has co-operated with Government because we recognise the necessity ...More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

That is precisely what our amendments sought to do.More Button

The residents and owners of some boom-time developments across the State are facing massive repair costs and possible eviction due to building defects. Some of these include fire-safety issues, ro...More Button

It is not acceptable to claim that this is a matter solely between the developer and the home purchaser since weak regulation was an underlying cause of the problem. Will the Government consider...More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Taoiseach: the role of his Department in contingency planning in respect of Brexit. More Button

At this stage, with just 24 days to go, I ask the Taoiseach to confirm to the Oireachtas that he has not given any undertaking or intimation to any negotiating party that his Government or the Iris...More Button

Brexit Issues (Continued)

Will the Taoiseach simply place it on the record of the House that this is the position of the Government and that it will remain the position of the Government, irrespective of overtures from Lond...More Button

Will the Taoiseach confirm or deny the news of members of An Garda Síochána being sent to the Border? This matter is important. Not to up the ante of dramatics around the Brexit issue but for p...More Button

Whatever way it happens, be it by accident or design, a no-deal Brexit means a hard border. That is the upshot of it. Will the Taoiseach tell us how he plans to mitigate that? How will the Tao...More Button

All-Island Civic Dialogue

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the recent meeting of the all-island civic dialogue held on 15 February 2019. More Button

All-Island Civic Dialogue (Continued)

I agree with the Taoiseach that the all-island civic dialogue has been a necessary and useful exercise. I am interested to know what his future plans for the dialogue are. Does he foresee it beco...More Button

On the last occasion we met, in addition to issues around business, commerce and trade, huge issues were raised around citizens' rights. Famously, the Taoiseach assured Northern citizens that th...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his recent engagement with the Prime Minister of Portugal, Mr. António Costa.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

In the end game of the Brexit saga a critical issue will be the stance of the Taoiseach and the Government in respect of what is acceptable as a final outcome. I did not understand the point Deput...More Button

The Taoiseach said he has not seen the form of reassurances that the British side might want. Has he had any indication as to what they will be putting on the table? I am sure, through his cont...More Button

Election Monitoring Missions

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the names of election observers registered with his Department through Irish Aid who observed elections in each of the past ten years.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the process by which the National Council for Special Education fulfils its statutory function to plan and co-ordinate the provision of education and support services to children with autism spe...More Button

Healthcare Policy

Asked the Minister for Health: the role of his Department in the implementation of Sláintecare.More Button