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Higgins, Joe

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Government-Church Dialogue

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has met with any church organisations in his official capacity.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: the Cabinet sub-committees that have met this year and the number of times each has met. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the most recent contacts between the Economic Management Council and the banks.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

The Economic Management Council is obviously the most powerful Government sub-committee, comprising the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and...More Button

In view of the fact that in the last hour SIPTU workers have rejected the Croke Park II proposals by 54% to 46%, will the Economic Management Council now have a role? Will the Government and the...More Button

Does the Taoiseach agree that the rejection by public sector workers - which is now inevitable because it will be defeated tomorrow - is because Croke Park II was an attack on workers' allowances...More Button

Yes. It would decimate their income and is a critical part of their pay, despite the Government's propaganda about non-core pay not being touched.More Button

As a result of this rejection of the Croke Park II proposals by SIPTU and other public sector workers, will the Economic Management Council and the Government now recognise that austerity has run...More Button

Does he not see the contradiction whereby the Government will never develop the indigenous economy while it implements savage cuts to workers' living standards? In this instance, it wishes to take...More Button

Is the Government going to cut pay?More Button

What about the low-paid public sector constituents? Will the Government attempt to cut their pay?More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Taoiseach has not provided clarity. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform promised legislation implementing a 7% across the board cut in public sector workers' wages if the Croke Park...More Button

Schools Building Projects Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will consider reversing the decision to remove funding for the construction of classrooms and sports facilities at a college (details supplied) in Dublin 15.More Button

Back to Education Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will remove or alter the qualifying period for the back to education allowance to enable greater access to the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Household Charge Collection

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of households broken down by local authority area that have currently registered for the household charge; the total number of households broken down by local authority area targeted by ...More Button