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McLoughlin, Tony

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 oppose the Bill as set out by Deputy Clare Daly as I believe the fundamentals, even its Title, are flawed. The life of the mother already takes precedence in medicine, as, of course, it should. ...More Button

On 13 January the Government established an expert group to examine the judgment, as committed to in the action plan submitted to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in June 2011. The ter...More Button

The programme for Government is committed to reaching all of the aforementioned stages and we await the recommendations to the Government on how the matter can be addressed properly. In the interi...More Button

No prosecutions under criminal provisions relating to abortion have taken place since at least 1975 when the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions was established. While I agree the scenar...More Button

I simply do not agree with or support this view. This country should not be influenced by the status quo in a neighbouring jurisdiction and amend or change its laws accordingly.More Button

I look forward to seeing the report of Mr. Justice Ryan to the Government July next which will allow for an examination of this complex matter in the proper manner. No doubt the House will return ...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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

The Department of Social Protection is one of the most expensive Departments in terms of spending. The costs for 2012 will amount to €20.5 billion. Spending on social welfare has more than d...More Button

Considering these sobering facts about the costs of social welfare, any related Bill before the House must deal with reform. The Minister has set out such measures within the Bill and this is para...More Button

Until 2011, the one-parent family payment provided long-term family support until children were 18 years of age, or 22 years in the case of those in full-time education to lone parents, without any...More Button

I understand the Minister stated last night that she would consider the area of child care in respect of these measures and I welcome this. Consultation between Departments can ensure the relevant...More Button

Debate adjourned.More Button

The Dáil adjourned at 10 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 20 April 2012.More Button