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Wallace, Mick

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Priority Questions - Special Educational Needs

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: in view of the fact that parents at schools (details supplied) in County Wexford are to be reviewed again shortly by the National Council for Special Education, and this time, their right to appeal...More Button

I mentioned the appeal system in the question. I am led to understand from the main schools in Wexford concerned, Scoil Mhuire and St. Senan’s, that the appeal system seems to have been take...More Button

This issue has been debated since the Government was formed and the Minister has heard most of the arguments previously. A number of parents rung me to say that, with the cuts that have been imple...More Button

I would also mention the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs, EPSEN, Act 2004 with which I am sure the Minister is familiar. The parents argue that it would allow them to appeal t...More Button

I will not argue that there is enough money to go around but, as the Minister will probably agree, those least fortunate and most in need of his help are probably deserving of a little more special...More Button

Other Questions - Special Educational Needs

With regard to my question on SNAs, is it true that the right to appeal is gone?More Button

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Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I too have serious questions about the lack of democracy in the European set-up at the moment. I am afraid I cannot help having the impression that the Germans, who pay most into it, also have the...More Button

I do not like the sound of that. Clearly, the Germans are in a very different position to ourselves.More Button

It would be great if it does fuel domestic demand in Germany and if the Germans are encouraged to spend a bit more, as it would address some of the imbalances that exist in Europe, which are a huge...More Button

I read a very interesting piece from Dr. John O’Brennan and Professor Seán Ó Riain from NUI Maynooth:More Button

The authors also make the point:More Button

The sooner we realise that it is not all about money and economics, the better. Only then might we have a better chance of getting back to a decent level. Those in the Government can talk all the...More Button

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I realise full well the Minister has a difficult job and if she is told to cut a certain amount to try to make it work, it will not be easy. Obviously, I do not agree with the fact she is told to...More Button

There is little doubt one-parent families seem to have taken the severe brunt. I was glad to hear the Minister is thinking of rowing back a little on it. That is positive. I am not one to critic...More Button

Recently, I met two women in Wexford who asked to see me — a girl called Deirdre who had been working continuously for 14 years and a girl called Ruth who had been working continuously for te...More Button

A big problem as a result of the austerity measures implemented has been that not only have people become poorer, which is a natural result in a recession and we have come a long way down from the ...More Button

Single adult households are taking the brunt of the recession in Ireland. The percentage of such households at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2007 was 56.4% and it is now 62.7%. In other ...More Button

Many of the less well off have been hit by the austerity measures but, sadly, it has developed in a very uneven way. We have seen the wealth of the top 10% grow in the past four years. I cannot h...More Button

In addition, the spending habits of those on lower incomes and on social benefits are beneficial to the domestic economy. People on lower incomes are inclined to spend all their money — they...More Button

I could read out the list but Members have heard it all before. The list of areas where the less well off have been hit includes one-parent families, old people on fuel allowance, those on back-to...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that due to changes in learning support and resource teaching hours, some teachers are receiving travel expenses to travel to schools many miles from the...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will review his decision to separate learning support and resource teaching hours in primary schools in view of the fact that some teachers are now receiving travel expenses for travelling to...More Button