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McLellan, Sandra

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1

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

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this important issue. Sinn Féin will oppose the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill. There are two parts to the Bill, one of which deals with pensions. ...More Button

I welcome the announcement by the Minister, Deputy Burton, that seven years of age is far too low to cut the payment. However, what age does the Minister consider acceptable for a child not to hav...More Button

There appears to be some confusion and inconsistency within the Labour Party. Less than two years ago, the Fianna Fáil Government reduced the cut-off age for lone parent payments to 14 year...More Button

I find myself in agreement with most of what Deputy Shortall had to say on that occasion of the introduction of the legislation by the Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government. That reality has n...More Button

We are emerging from a decade of child protection scandals but the Government parties have learnt little. The Government clearly believes that a child does not need parental care and supervision b...More Button

I have been appalled by the comment that becoming a lone parent is a lifestyle choice. I assure the Minister and others that becoming a lone parent is not a lifestyle choice. More than 35% of lon...More Button

The Bill follows in the wake of the 2012 budget which was a targeted attack on lone parents. It made cuts to their earnings disregards, payments while on CE schemes and qualified child payments. ...More Button

A 2011 report published by the UCD school of social justice demonstrates that even during the so-called boom years after-school child care provision remained sparse. The report states that between...More Button

The Government is continuing the policies and ideals of the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party Government. I expected more from Labour. These attacks on lone parents are due to the fact the ...More Button

Likewise, we are resolutely opposed to the cut to jobseeker’s benefit contained in the Bill. The affected jobseekers have had their hours reduced as a consequence of the recession but the Mi...More Button

It is not good enough for the Minister to say she will not proceed with this provision if she does not get a credible and bankable commitment from the Government on the delivery of such a service. ...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Poverty Strategy

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will respond to claims by the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation that on average, five children in a primary classroom are at risk of poverty; that in terms of poverty, children are ...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide [164]statistical data on the number of newly qualified teachers who have emigrated since the decision to cut their allowances by 14%; his views on the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: when an application for a pair of orthotics will be processed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button