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Ellis, Dessie

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Topical Issue Debate - Traveller Accommodation

As the Minister of State will know, Travellers are an ethnic group within our society. In recent years they feel they are being increasingly marginalised. There have been cuts in education, housi...More Button

I refer to a problem which affects five families on a Traveller site in Avila Park in Finglas. This large number of families had been living in six bungalows that were condemned as a result of pyr...More Button

There is also a problem in regard to refurbishment of places. I refer to Dunsink Lane where there are 300 people. This is in the Fingal area but a number of sites in the Dunsink Lane area are adm...More Button

There is considerable discrimination between the way people in the Traveller community are dealt with compared to those in the settled community. I gave two examples. It is totally unacceptable t...More Button

I ask the Minister of State to look at this matter and also at the issue of Dunsink Lane.More Button

A provisional commitment was given to part-fund this work but five of the six families have been living in caravans for two years. It is unacceptable for anyone to sit in those conditions for two ...More Button

I mentioned Dunsink Lane although I did not include it in the agenda. Families have been isolated in Dunsink Lane because we built a barrier, which is appalling. We cut off Finglas from Castlekno...More Button

I ask the Minister of State to follow up on the issue of these families and the funding local authorities receive for work that needs to be done in Dunsink Lane, St. Joseph’s and other places.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has issued or will issue instructions in relation to medical card applications from persons who previously benefitted from the free dispensing of psychiatric medication by mental health servi...More Button

Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the final number of staff who left the Health Service Executive’s mental health services by the end of February; the number of same who were psychiatric nurses; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the rationale for excluding citizens in the Border, Midland and Western region from being identified under the Connecting Europe facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she has any plans to act on IMF suggestions to cut free travel and free electricity/gas units for older persons. More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the position regarding the development of a national rent scheme, including guidelines for the treatment of PRD in means testing. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the current social housing stock in use in Galway city east.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of social housing applicants for Galway city east. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the predicted number of social housing units to become available in Galway city east in 2012. More Button

Written Answers - Rail Network

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to develop rail links as part of the western arc from Cork to Belfast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button