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Martin, Micheál

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions

I would like to start by condemning yesterday's terrorist attack in London, during which a soldier was barbarically killed. Our sympathies and thoughts are with the family of the deceased soldier ...More Button

I think the Tánaiste will agree that the early years of a child's life are the most fundamental for his or her development. I refer to aspects of social education like the development of self-es...More Button

A meeting was held last Thursday night in Malahide at which parents were briefed on the findings of the "Prime Time" investigation. According to a report in today's media, a crèche owner who has...More Button

Can the Tánaiste indicate whether the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has been made aware of these allegations and revelations? Can he confirm the nature of the HSE and Garda inquiries i...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I thank the Tánaiste for his reply, which essentially confirms a very disturbing situation where investigations are under way in terms of mistreatment of children in crèches in this city. It also ...More Button

I know the Minister was asked some time ago whether the Health Information and Quality Authority, HIQA, should be tasked with ensuring standards are adhered to in private and public crèche facili...More Button

I ask the Tánaiste to confirm that the Minister would be of a disposition to give an enhanced role to HIQA in this arena. Second, will he indicate when the Children First Bill and the child and ...More Button

Order of Business

I wish to raise two matters. The Central Bank reported yesterday the limited progress on dealing with longer-term mortgage arrears. Only 6% of those in mortgage difficulty have been given a perma...More Button

I ask the Tánaiste to clarify why the Taoiseach, Deputy Kenny, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, met with the tobacco industry ea...More Button

-----so that they will become addicted at a very young age. The Minister is promising legislation to curb further the negative impact of tobacco on young people in particular. This is an addictio...More Button

-----met with the tobacco industry. I ask the Tánaiste to indicate when the Bill on lobbying will be brought forward.More Button

It has not been the case with regard to the tobacco industry for a long time.More Button

That is not fair; the Tánaiste should withdraw that remark.More Button

He should check the Labour Party officials in the past. They were the most active with the tobacco industry. The Tánaiste should talk to former members of his party. The Labour Party were the gr...More Button

The Tánaiste knows that.More Button

I do not want any misleading replies.More Button

Can the Tánaiste not answer a question without partisan misinformation-----More Button

What about the Moriarty tribunal?More Button

Former Labour Party officials-----More Button

The Tánaiste should listen before he throws stones.More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to consolidate the 156 defined benefit schemes listed for public sector employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button