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Smyth, Niamh

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Early Years Sector

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the status of her proposal to provide sectoral payscales for those working in community child care settings.More Button

I thank the Minister for her reply. I am sure that she is aware, from being out and about in various constituencies, that the bottom line is that child care workers find themselves in untenable po...More Button

I appreciate where the Minister is coming from, but I must continue to dwell on the fact that we need to do more to help the child care providers.More Button

Early Years Sector (Continued)

I thank Deputy Anne Rabbitte who came to Cavan-Monaghan with me before the Dáil summer recess to meet those who were working at the coalface. Their experience has been one of hardship in the sense...More Button

I appreciate that.More Button

I hope the Minister will stick to her commitment to come to Cavan to meet those child care workers that we talked about.More Button

Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if her attention has been drawn to the shortages in ECCE places particularly for the second free preschool year in rural Ireland; and the steps she is taking to address this matter.More Button

The shortage of ECCE places is particularly a problem in rural areas and is one of great importance to people in my constituency of Cavan-Monaghan. We must always be concerned that rural parts of ...More Button

The Minister's remarks contain welcome news. My understanding from speaking with child care workers is that there is a problem with capacity because there is such demand for places, which is welco...More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the impact of multiple examination components on the performance of leaving certificate art students as compared with other subjects that have fewer components; the detail of the distribution of ma...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) with special needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress of works on a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the steps she is taking to increase the access for disabled persons to the arts; the amount of funding she has allocated to these programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will review a matter (details supplied) and address the concerns of parents; his plans to enhance facilities or relocate these services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if an appointment for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Arts and Culture Capital Scheme Funding

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if her attention has been drawn to the lack of spaces for younger and non-professional artists to participate in musical, artistic or other creative activities; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Arts Plan

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if there are regular meetings of regional arts offices with each other.More Button

Arts Funding

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if there is designated funding made available to Youthreach services for the provision of arts subjects.More Button

Dental Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if his Department has an input into the provision of dental services for primary school-going children (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of a knee operation for a person (details supplied); if this appointment will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the supports available to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Non-Acute and Community Agencies Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the assistance which can be provided to an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Stroke Care

Asked the Minister for Health: the measures he will take to address the concerns of a person (details supplied) about funding for basic standards of stroke care; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) cannot be added to a hip operation waiting list while they lose weight; if there is a specific weight criterion for this procedure; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Home Care Packages Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of a home care package for a person (details supplied); the detail of this home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: if an application for a medical card by a person (details supplied) will be expedited; the timeframe for a decision to issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Property Registration

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will review and provide an update on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Driver Licences

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will review a matter relating to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if the schedule and destination points of the 109 Bus Éireann route will be reviewed; if reverting to the previous schedule and route will be considered; if he will address a matter (details suppli...More Button

Community Childcare Subvention Programme

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will review a matter (details supplied); if she will address the concerns of the person; the steps she is taking to assist on these issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pensions Legislation

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: her plans to reform the pension system, which it is perceived discriminates against persons, mainly women, who took time out of the workforce prior to 1994 to care for children or elderly relatives...More Button