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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Youth Employment Initiative

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she and her Department expect to make major inroads on youth unemployment in the current year, unilaterally or with the assistance of the appropriate EU support; if a particular effort will be m...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the extent to which she expects to be in a position to make a serious impact on youth unemployment by way of various incentives in the course of the current year; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

To what extent does the Minister, with the assistance available through the European Union, propose to target unemployment black spots, with particular reference to youth unemployment?More Button

I thank the Minister for her comprehensive reply. Does she anticipate being in a position to make inroads into the provision of a serious number of apprenticeships, particularly in areas that have...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

There is increasing evidence of a housing crisis in the eastern region in both the private and public sector, where many families are now being split up and being relocated with relatives. Some of...More Button

In the absence of the debate now, could we have it in the future?

  As an afterthought, I would like to inquire about the current location of my old friend, the bail Bill.More Button

Health Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

That is agreed.More Button

One speaker, please.More Button

I ask the Deputy not to invite argument.More Button

Absolutely.More Button

The Deputy and I could spend the whole night arguing about this, but we would be wasting the Deputy's speaking time. We would not want to do that.More Button

The Deputy is so generous.More Button

Before the House adjourns-----More Button

Yes, you have.More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2014: Message from Select Sub-Committee

The Select Sub-Committee on Health has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimates for public services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2014: Votes 38 and 39.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 9.05 p.m. until 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 29 January 2014.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the extent to which she is aware of the increasing level of hardship and threat of homelessness arising from the ongoing increase in the cost of private rented accommodation; the current maximum re...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her Department has undertaken an assessment of the rapidly escalating rent levels throughout the greater Dublin area resulting in the inadequacy of the current rent support system to meet requir...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the extent to which she has received indications regarding the inadequacy of the rental support system to meet current market requirements in respect of those on local authority housing waiting lis...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the total number of families currently dependent on rent support in Dublin and the surrounding counties; if she has received indications to the effect that current rent increases makes it impossibl...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the escalating crisis for families dependent on rent support who now find that up to 60% of their income from employment or social welfare goes towards their rent...More Button

Jobs Data

Asked the Taoiseach: the total number of jobs created on a county basis in each of the past three years to date; the number of jobs lost in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tax Collection

Asked the Minister for Finance: if the Revenue Commissioners will review the level of payment required or period within which payment is required in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a ...More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the extent to which it might be found possible to facilitate a substantial increase in the availability in apprenticeships, with particular reference to ensuring that there is an adequate supply of...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if any particular measures may be taken to facilitate those who were unable to complete their apprenticeships due to the economic downturn; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will review the eligibility for special rate of higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Benefit Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if an oral hearing will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has appealed the decision not to award carer's benefit; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a six weeks payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the correct level of rent allowance in view of information supplied in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will review the current amount of rent allowance payable in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the progress to date in respect of an appeal for jobseeker's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Exceptional Needs Payment Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if an exceptional needs payment will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare to facilitate the fixing of wires to provide electricity to a residence; and if she will make...More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the progress to date in determination of a review in respect of one-parent family allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the total number of appeals currently on hand in respect of each category of social welfare payment; the current average waiting time for decisions in such cases; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of applications for non-contributory State pension received in each of the past three years to date; the number of applications for contributory pension in the same period; and if she wi...More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the extent to which she and her Department have examined issues preventing or discouraging persons, those unemployed from obtaining employments; if she has examined various schemes available to her...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of previously self-employed applicants currently awaiting decision in respect of entitlement to jobseeker's allowance or other allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Employment Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the extent to which the numbers on the live register have been reduced in the course of the past three years to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: when he expects the Pyrite Resolution Board to be in a position to commence accepting applications from homeowners seeking assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asylum Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed to make an application for asylum in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress to date in the determination of an application for leave to remain in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if home help hours will be increased for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Mobility Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: the eligibility for a mobility grant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will indicate eligibility for a long-term illness card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Disabled Drivers Permits

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: when a disabled driver's permit will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button