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O'Loughlin, Fiona

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Services Staff

Secretaries are the heartbeat of schools. They do so much to ensure that schools function properly for staff, parents and teachers. It will shock the public to know that the vast majority of scho...More Button

School Services Staff (Continued)

The Minister said that he understands the issues but I do not believe he does. The secretaries want parity. They want pay and conditions that are equal to those of Department-paid secretaries, no...More Button

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

It is no coincidence that last week I was at two public meetings in my constituency of Kildare South within three days about drugs. Drugs have invaded every village, town and community throughout ...More Button

I referred to two meetings. One was in Newbridge and was organised by the JPC. I want to put on record my appreciation for the work that the JPC and the Garda are doing on this. The community ...More Button

At that meeting the Dublin footballer, Mr. Philly McMahon, spoke about his life experience. The message that Mr. McMahon gave was far more important than any anyone like me, the Minister, a gard...More Button

The other meeting was in Rathangan. It was organised by two small community groups, Lullymore, Barnaran, Drumsru and Cappanargid, LBDC, and Rathangan Community Alert Body, RCAB, both concerned a...More Button

I commend my colleague, Deputy Curran, on the Bill. He has done a significant work on drug abuse. It is quite shocking to think of those aged eight and ten being used as drug dealers or, essent...More Button

The two measures Deputy Curran has proposed here in terms of the criminal offences are very much to be welcomed. As Deputy Curran said, he is very open to amendments. If we can make it all the mo...More Button

Obviously there is an awful lot more we need to do. Money needs to be invested in rehab facilities. When people have gone down the road of addiction and they want help, they absolutely should g...More Button

Domestic Violence: Statements (Continued)

I will take the first block of time and my colleague, Deputy Browne, will speak later.More Button

I am here to give voice to those without voices, who live in fear of speaking up and speaking out. We are here to argue for and demand proper services for women in crisis. These are women who a...More Button

We could talk endlessly about statistics and figures which are stark, bleak and disturbing. We should be disturbed because we, as a society, need to be shaken out of our appalling apathy in rela...More Button

Those of us who have not been through such a situation cannot fully imagine the courage it takes for a woman to run away from an abusive partner. The toxic power struggle these women endure is u...More Button

This is not Bethlehem and there are no friendly innkeepers and mangers out the back. This is an island of 10,000 homeless people who are ahead of the woman who has left an abusive partner in the...More Button

Let us step away from the figures and walk in these women's shoes. What does a woman do when she has walked out of her home, away from her abuser, sought refuge and been denied it because of the...More Button

The Istanbul Convention that Ireland signed up to in 2015 and only ratified in March of this year has still not been implemented, despite what the Minister said in his opening remarks. Ireland, ...More Button

Something the Government could do to help these women and children would be to listen to the calls made this week for a new family law court in Smithfield with new facilities and services, such a...More Button

At the invitation of one of the organisations that deals with domestic abuse, I visited Dolphin House approximately two years ago and I was appalled when I saw the conditions there. Victims of d...More Button

The leniency of sentences handed down to men convicted of abusing their partners needs to be highlighted. A Women's Aid report from this year showed three in five such men get suspended sentence...More Button

We need not only a properly funded and resourced family law court in Smithfield, we also need to have such courts rolled out across the country. We need a refuge in every county so that we do no...More Button

We need to look at the court system and the staggering chasm between orders sought and orders granted. The future of a woman's life, her safety and the lives and safety of her children can come ...More Button

We must reform and resource the criminal justice system to make it responsive to the needs of survivors of domestic violence. I was shocked to learn that women seeking legal aid are only entitle...More Button

When the courts award supervised access, are they aware that there are no facilities for supervised access? Barnardos had such a service but, inexplicably, funding for it was cut years ago. Wom...More Button

I will briefly mention the impact of domestic violence on women's health. The World Health Organization states that women who have experienced domestic violence are at an increased risk of depre...More Button

What does it say about us as a society that these troubled, tormented, terrified women present at our so-called places of safety, our refuges and our courts? I use the word "our" because we, as ...More Button

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to allocate the necessary funding for the establishment of a dedicated family law court as a matter of urgency. The conditions in which family law and ch...More Button

I call Deputy Ward. Is the Deputy sharing time?More Button

Rent Pressure Zones

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he will consider amendments to the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2019 in order that the expiry date of each deemed and designated rent pressure zone, RPZ, can be reviewed prior to 31 Dec...More Button

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if funding will be considered for a second bridge into Newbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the number of agency staff hired and-or engaged in the past five years to date; the cost per year of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

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

Retail Sector

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the work she is undertaking to assist small businesses in the retail sector to develop an online presence; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: her views on the impact online shopping and digital transformation are having on the retail sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Availability

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress made to ensure the swift provision of new medicines to persons with multiple sclerosis.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason for the continued delay in access to medication for persons with multiple sclerosis in view of the fact drugs have recently become available and accessible in other EU countries, for exa...More Button

Ambulance Service

Asked the Minister for Health: the procedure for deciding the hospital to which a patient is brought in an ambulance; if the decision can be given to the doctor who calls the ambulance; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to replace the only pain management consultant (details supplied) here for children when he vacates his post at the end of 2019; his further plans to ensure immediate funding for a multid...More Button

Private Bus Operators

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if a company (details supplied) that has taken over routes in County Kildare is continuing with the same service routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if an official timetable will be provided for the routes in County Kildare taken over by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button