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Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


Order of Business.

Will the Taoiseach indicate when the promised Bill dealing with improved redundancy payments will be published?More Button

Private Members' Business. - Community Employment Schemes: Motion.

That is true.More Button

What about cohesion? More Button

The children's allowance money is gone.More Button

Somebody from Fianna Fáil is supporting the Minister.More Button

That will be a great consolation to them.More Button

It is a discourtesy to the House.More Button

It is a pity the Government did not put any money into it.More Button

I wish to share my time with Deputies Stagg and Penrose.More Button

I agree with the motion. This is one of the most important issues we will debate in this session. It is interesting that in the case of the motion last week, which concerned another Progressive Dem...More Button

The Minister of State is now using his own words. He has gone off the script for a minute.More Button

Obviously, the issue before the House tonight is not deemed to be of the same importance, so there are no Progressive Democrats backbenchers or any backbenchers in the Government benches tonight. I...More Button

I looked at the figures given by the Minister when she talked about exaggerations. There seems to be a propensity on the part of this Government to give out the most disastrous figures, so that whe...More Button

They proved to be among the most imaginative and worthwhile initiatives ever taken by a Labour Minister to deal with labour market issues.More Button

I also served in Government with Fianna Fáil, when we preserved these schemes in far more difficult economic times. There should be no crocodile tears from the Tánaiste or the Ministe...More Button

The schemes had an important impact in a number of respects. One was the impact on participants. People who often regarded themselves as unemployable, and who were for a long period, were given the...More Button

The second important impact it had was on communities. It provided services that would not have been provided otherwise. This remains the case. I disagree with Deputy Hogan in that I do not believe...More Button

The notion of mainstreaming which the Tánaiste put forward as the ideal has not worked in many instances because the numbers involved and the level of support available, for example, in supp...More Button

The Tánaiste's amendment is cynical in the extreme and I wish I had the time to discuss it in detail. To suggest as she did that the valuable and critical work which she acknowledged was don...More Button

The most conservative of societies, the Japanese, provide for social employment knowing that useful social work can be done by people whose jobs can be valued. That is protected within the Japanese...More Button

The Tánaiste's aim is not just to reduce participation in the community employment schemes by the end of next year to 20,000. By limiting the duration of the schemes to three years, it is he...More Button

They are terrified to leave their employers.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the number of new house grants paid to applicants in Gaeltacht areas in respect of each of the past five years; the average amount paid; the criteria used to determine eligibility for such grants; ...More Button

Written Answers. - RAPID Programme.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the steps which have been taken to implement the commitment given in An Agreed Programme for Government, that each relevant Government Department will allocate specific staff whose principal duty w...More Button