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Barry, Tom

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)

I welcome the opportunity to speak to the Bill, against which I will be voting. I believe in preserving and protecting human life. This is an emotive and difficult issue and as such, it is easy t...More Button

The Bill addresses the health of the mother, rather than of the child, but it is my understanding — I have spoken to a number of health professionals to seek their advice — that it is v...More Button

I support the Government’s position in opposing the Bill, as it stands. Under the programme for Government, an expert group has been set up under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Seán ...More Button

The expert group is examining this issue. While I am glad it is being discussed, we should not jump to conclusions too quickly. Opening the floodgates to abortion in this country would, I feel, b...More Button

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

I welcome the chance to speak on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012. The major issues to be dealt with are the one-parent family payment and the phased reduction of the age limit of the you...More Button

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The rule on the lone parent allowance scheme is quite clear: the applicant must not be living with a spouse, a civil partner or cohabiting. This is where it all breaks down. The cohabiting elemen...More Button

Essentially, however, the burden of proof needs to be moved. I have spoken with social welfare officers and they are very frustrated by this. They know people are not adhering to the rules of the...More Button

I do not believe the report that stated fraud levels were between 2% and 4% as I believe they are much higher than that.More Button

That is not to take away from the genuine claimant who needs social welfare and for whom it is designed, but to identify these people. The people who are not complying with the rules of the scheme...More Button

Social welfare is not meant to be a disincentive to work. It is meant to tide people over until they get into the workforce again. The problem, however, is that there has not been an exit strateg...More Button

The jobseeker’s benefit, as I have seen in my work, does not help people who want to get off it fast for periodical work. If there is a job available for somebody for four weeks and if it ta...More Button

What really got me thinking about this was an e-mail I received from a constituent. It struck home. Her husband is working and getting a reasonably good wage. They have quite a large mortgage an...More Button

Our taxes are funding the social welfare scheme, and it is fundamental that our taxes be spent properly. Most people would agree with that. With regard to the mortgage problems I mentioned, it is...More Button

I smiled when I heard Deputy Catherine Byrne refer to the new buggies being distributed and so forth. My children range in age from 12 to three years, which is a number of years, but we have had t...More Button

On the issue of sharing PPS numbers, this is absolutely correct and should always have been the case. I would go further and suggest that we should consider the use of biometric data. If one has ...More Button

When I first canvassed for election to the council a number of years ago, I did not know a great deal about the social welfare system. It was late at night when we reached a house for our last cal...More Button

In conclusion, this Government is doing much good work in this area. The Pathways to Work document is a fine piece of work while the Action Plan for Jobs 2012 is a seminal document. In time, as i...More Button

I support the Bill. It opens up a very sensitive area in our society but one that must be discussed thoroughly and fairly.More Button