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Troy, Robert

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Child Protection

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: his views on the lessons that need to be learned by State agencies following the death of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I offer my deepest sympathy to the family and those who are bereaved by the horrific and tragic death of Hassan Khan, and I wish to ask the Minister his views on the lessons that must be learned by...More Button

The Minister is correct that the case in question is extremely sensitive and we must be very careful in what we say. A young life, unlived, was lost in appalling circumstances. It is a requiremen...More Button

I agree with the Minister that we must be extremely sensitive in what we say, but the fact of the matter is that a young life was lost - a young life that was known to the agency charged by the Sta...More Button

The Minister referred to the independent review group, which I welcome, but essentially, that is an internal audit mechanism within the Child and Family Agency. Does the Minister know when the r...More Button

Child Protection (Continued)

If there are adverse findings in respect of the workings of State agencies, will the Minister open this case to a full independent inquiry?More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: in view of the continuing pressures being voiced by the early childhood sector regarding threats to the financial sustainability of services, the plans in place to address the current sustainabilit...More Button

In view of the continuing pressures being articulated by the early childhood sector regarding threats to the financial sustainability of services, what plans does the Minister have in place to addr...More Button

The simple fact is that the cost of child care is crippling young families. This week Members learned from the media what the Minister would not do, but they have yet to hear what he intends to do...More Button

That is what I said.More Button

No, I referred to the CCS scheme.More Button

I am aware that there are 4,200 service providers under the ECCE scheme. I was talking about the community child care subvention scheme. Is the Minister aware of the difference between the two sc...More Button

Foster Care Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: how he proposes to address the crisis in the number of persons offering themselves for foster parenting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

How does the Minister propose to address the crisis in the number of people offering themselves for foster parenting, particularly in the north Dublin city area?More Button

I acknowledge that the care provided through fostering is at a high level, which is only right and proper. However, one third of the children put forward for fostering in the north Dublin city are...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed)

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the Social Welfare Bill. It must be acknowledged that the legislation contains a number of positive elements, including an increase of €5 p...More Button

I intend to focus my attention on the lack of progress in tackling the issue of affordable child care. A recent UNICEF report was discussed with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs durin...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The most recent Indecon report commissioned by the Donegal county child care committee highlighted that the cost of child care was preventing people from returning to work and forcing families out ...More Button

Some may ask what this issue has to do with social welfare, but it has everything to do with it. I acknowledge a step was taken in the budget in terms of the family dividend. If a person return...More Button

I welcome the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, to the Chamber. When she announced changes to the eligibility criteria for receipt of the lone parent's payment two years ago an...More Button

There has been an uptake of less than 3% of a scheme that was meant to tackle the issue of affordable child care. Where was the balance of the money invested? It was not invested in tackling the ...More Button

The former Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, now Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, announced at the launch of the Indecon report last year that she would review...More Button

I refer to the issue of homelessness. Last weekend we read in a national newspaper that 700 children were living in emergency accommodation. Yesterday, in a reply to my party leader, the Taoise...More Button

I do not mean to be political, but the Minister has to take an element of responsibility for this issue because she introduced changes to the rent allowance scheme which are having a direct effec...More Button

The purpose of the mortgage-to-rent scheme was to deal with people who were at risk of losing their homes. I do not know what the figures are and would appreciate it if the Department would reve...More Button

I refer to the social dividend from NAMA housing. It was constructed in such a way that housing would become available to support the less well-off in society, but it is not happening. The form...More Button

To date, including 2012 and 2013, fewer than 500 houses have been transferred. This is not right or proper and must be addressed by the Government.More Button

I am dealing with the issue in the context of homelessness and of the reduction in the rent allowance and in the context that the Department of Social Protection has a direct influence in this rega...More Button

A previous speaker commented on the issue of reviews of previous claims. Currently, there appears to be a concentrated effort on reviews of previous claims and on questioning people's entitlement ...More Button

One case I am aware of relates to a carer's allowance. This person was in receipt of benefit for caring for her mother for two years. Carer's benefit is payable for a maximum of two years, but ...More Button

I refer to the Tús scheme. This is an excellent and worthwhile scheme, but it could be improved in terms of how candidates are selected for it. On the community employment scheme, formerly the ...More Button

I also believe we should extend the length of time people may be on the scheme, which is currently restricted to 12 months. The Minister has ruled out extending that, but I urge her to reconside...More Button

Youth unemployment remains a critical issue. I suggest the Minister may not have sufficient personnel working on labour activation and in the various offices around the country to support these ...More Button

There must be some element of leniency and commonsense. When social welfare inspectors are inspecting applications at local level, every support possible should be given to people who wish to re...More Button

Child Care Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: in view of the continuing pressures being voiced by the early childhood sector regarding threats to the financial sustainability of services, the plans in place to address the current sustainabilit...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: when the adoption (information and tracing) Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Completion Programme

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: his plans for the school completion programme in 2015; the funding that it will be receiving; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mother and Baby Homes Inquiries

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the reason four months after the original timeframe for publication, the terms of reference for the mother and baby homes inquiry have still not been published; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button