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Durkan, Bernard J.

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)

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Other Questions - School Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the extent to which he and or his Department have studied variations in class size throughout the country; if particular regions are likely to be more negatively affected than others by measures ar...More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I am glad to have an opportunity to speak on this important watershed issue in Irish politics and economics. I will not take the advice of my colleague across the House to heed the words of Paul K...More Button

There are as many diverse economic opinions as there are blades of grass in Croke Park. For the last ten years we have been entertained by those who said we were going great and that this was the ...More Button

We talk about austerity as though it were an end in itself. It is not. It is a means to an end and it must be a means to recovery. There is no sense in spending more money if we are still slidin...More Button

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We are paying it back and will still be paying it back ad infinitum. The only thing that happened in the intervening years was, particularly in regard to property — as property prices...More Button

Austerity is not an end; it is a means to economic recovery. It is not forever, nor should it be, but there must be a recognition and realisation that we could not continue the way we were. If an...More Button

I do not think we need to take advice from anybody. We must judge it for ourselves. The people in this country who are about to vote in the referendum must judge it for themselves. What they mus...More Button

I would love to be able to blame Fianna Fáil for where we are but the fact is that whatever happened got some approval from the people. People voted for it. The reason they voted for it is...More Button

People have asked why the Lisbon Agenda did not succeed. It was said that low interest rates were the cause of the problem. They were not. There was plenty of scope to introduce credit controls,...More Button

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

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I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak to the Bill. I was amused by Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív’s expression of horror, shock and surprise at the things the Minister was a...More Button

One of the issues that has created a serious problem in terms of the burden placed on the social welfare system is the lack of housing. The previous Administration decided to dismantle the housing...More Button

The Minister is in a difficult position and I have the utmost sympathy for her. There was a splurge of spending that continued uninterrupted for 15 years, during which time elections were bought o...More Button

In all the cases I have dealt with over the years, single parents themselves want to go to work. They do not need any encouragement. They wish to have independence and the independence of a job i...More Button

In times of significant financial stringency and stress, the tendency is for everybody to look around and say everybody else must suffer. He or she must cut, the person to whom they are speaking m...More Button

Those of us who were here in past stringent times learned a great deal during that period. What we learned most was the need to keep society on board. We need, in particular, to keep the vulnerab...More Button

Incidentally, somebody mentioned earlier the self-employed do not qualify for any payment. That is not true. In fact, Deputy Ó Cuív spoke about it. He should know. I recall, when ...More Button

I do not have time to go into the area of mortgage and rent support. It is a significant problem at present. It is a considerable administrative problem as well. It is most repetitive and diffic...More Button

I will finish on a matter that has caused many of us problems, that is, the difficulty now arising which some of us flagged several years ago when we saw the downturn coming in the economy and we p...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the extent to which he and or his Department have examined the impact of constraints imposed and arising from the memorandum of understanding with particular reference to the implications for small...More Button