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Fitzmaurice, Michael

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

In the programme for Government a commitment was made that within the first three months an application would be made by the Government to the EU for the western arc to be included in TEN-T funding...More Button

Business Insurance: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I support the motion. We can kick Ministers all we want but we need to acknowledge that the Minister of State, Deputy D'Arcy, has brought in a few Bills to try to resolve the situation. Some Bill...More Button

The problem all around the country, as everyone knows, is that payouts are on one side of the equation and businesses and everyone else with insurance are on the other side. The amounts of money...More Button

On the other side are cases where someone tries to slip on a floor or whatever and the claims are crippling. In fairness to all politicians in the House, no one is against trying to make changes...More Button

The Minister of State can correct me if I am wrong but I think there is a Bill that deals with the amount of profits insurance companies are making, even though they are crying about the weather,...More Button

There is a bit of payback in all this and the insurance companies have to do their bit. We have to do it through legislation. The number of claims has to be reduced.More Button

Period Poverty: Motion (Continued)

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I support the motion and commend Deputy Catherine Martin and the women's caucus on bringing this forward. We must be honest and admit that there are statistics quoted in the motion of which we wer...More Button

We can have all the motions we want here but we need to make an honest effort and the Government should show leadership on this issue in the forthcoming budget. A similar initiative is being rol...More Button

I commend the women's caucus again. It is an educational motion for the likes of us and, if the will is there, this can be delivered.More Button

Recent Developments on Brexit: Statements (Continued)

I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. He is very obliging. There has been a vote in the past few minutes in the House of Commons, with an amendment rejecting a no-deal scenario being approved by 312...More Button

For Ireland and its agricultural sector in particular, every day is like being on a surfboard, going up and down. One day it is going one way and the next day it goes the other, as we saw with t...More Button

We will know from the votes in the next hour if the UK will seek an extension. If at the end there is a hard Brexit, the UK has indicated that it will not put up a border between Northern Irelan...More Button

In the context of the agricultural sector, we must implement plans to help with live exports. We can export 1 million animals by means of live exports but we are not doing so. For the Border co...More Button

We must ensure for the agricultural sector that people can export produce to the UK. Regardless of whether we like it, the UK is our biggest export destination for beef so we must ensure that it...More Button

Independent Clinical Review of Maternity Services at Portiuncula University Hospital: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to contribute. As has been pointed out, Portiuncula Hospital was opened in 1945. We have to be mindful of the parents who, unfortunately, did not have a good experience ...More Button

On the other hand, two of my three children were born there and, thankfully, everything worked out very well.More Button

The report outlined different actions which needed to be taken. My understanding is that many of those actions have been taken. I am aware that there is now joined-up thinking, which was not th...More Button

My sister-in-law had a child in Ballinsaloe at Christmas and the staff were excellent. There were a few complications and the child was brought to Crumlin straight away in order to ensure that e...More Button

We must also be mindful of the needs of people in Roscommon and east Galway. Parts of Roscommon are 60, 70 or 80 miles from Galway hospital. Portiuncula Hospital is vital for maternity services...More Button

Things like this sometimes give a Government an excuse to state that it will move the hospital somewhere else. Figures were put out about the babies who were born in Portiuncula Hospital as agai...More Button

Credit Union Restructuring Board (Dissolution) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill, which I welcome and will be supporting. We need, however, to recall the days when the country was in trouble. As was pointed out earlier, the then...More Button

We do not realise the amount of good work credit unions do throughout the country. In smaller villages and towns, the banks have absconded after getting the money. The Minister of State referre...More Button

Consider how the banks operated 20 or 25 years ago. When one goes into a credit union now, one does not see a machine, which is what the banks now have. One sees a person who will say hello. T...More Button

There was a problem when the clearinghouses were costing the credit unions serious money. There was a debacle whereby the main banks were causing the block. The credit unions are going to the b...More Button

Coincidentally, I received an email this evening stating St. Jarlath's Credit Union received today an award for being the best credit union in Ireland. This is a great achievement for Mr. Mick C...More Button

I learned from the heads of the credit union that they wanted to help with housing, as Deputy Ó Caoláin stated. They have a large amount of money that they were willing to lend on a long-term ba...More Button

It is my understanding they have never been taken up on it. We must keep money circulating. Credit union money is local people's money. Credit unions could also provide long-term schemes which w...More Button

We must also remember that credit unions got themselves out of difficulty on their own. There was a lot of fear when the figure came out, but whoever gave it to the Minister was reckless because...More Button

I will finish on this point as I do not intend to detain the Minister of State all evening. We need to make sure credit unions can lend more widely, either under legislation or in working with t...More Button

Civil Service Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason early retirement on ill health grounds is being refused for a person (details supplied); the medical grounds on which retirement is being refused; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the process used for persons to be deemed suitably qualified to assess the ill health of a person while the person is out of work (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the qualification and speciality of the person (details supplied) who performed a medical assessment on a person; if the person is qualified and specialised in all of the health conditions of the p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason for the deduction of spouses' and children's contributions from the pay or ill health retirement estimate of a person (details supplied) when the person does not have a spouse and the pe...More Button