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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Last Friday, I visited the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People and met Brother Kevin Crowley and his team. Their work is truly heroic; it is the personification of true Christian values. Thei...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Their story at the coalface is one of a scandal that is becoming worse, especially for the children.More Button

Some years back the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People was told that the emergency accommodation crisis for children would be solved. I will give the Taoiseach an insight. In 2013, there w...More Button

The key point is that there is an enormous disconnect between the reality at the coalface, as evidenced by the daily work at the centre, and the official rhetoric about strategies and interventio...More Button

I want the Taoiseach to recognise and acknowledge this reality and to work with the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People to attend to its immediate needs in recognising the reality of the emer...More Button

That response - €100 million - is meaningless. The hotel money is an appalling waste. The Capuchin centre gets €450,000 and the Taoiseach is talking about €100 million for children in emergency a...More Button

The census figures from the Central Statistics Office, CSO, give the truth as well. A total of 2% of all houses and apartments occupied nationwide at the moment are new, built between 2011 and l...More Button

One lesson that I took away from the Capuchin centre, which they wanted me to bring back to Leinster House, was the enormous psychological impact on the children in terms of the stigma of homeles...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

Calm down.More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

I wish to make an observation. It is my understanding that since last July nobody has got any water bills. Is that correct? I do not think they will get any in the future either. That is just a...More Button

The programme for Government said funding would be increased for home care packages and home help every year. A research project was carried out, I think by the Health Research Board, HRB, on th...More Button

Will the Minister accept Deputy O'Dea's Bill?More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

Some of the best Kerry footballers were born in Dublin hospitals.More Button

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle is correct.More Button

The question is who is going to be crucified.More Button

Cabinet Committees

One thing that has become absolutely clear during the current Bus Éireann dispute is that the Government does not have a transport policy. While the transport portfolio has been held by various hi...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when its next meeting is due to be held.More Button

I also pay tribute to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland on an extraordinary and very fair campaign by Philip Watt and his team. I also pay particular tribute to Jillian McNulty, who very bravely led the cam...More Button

In the earlier phase of this campaign, there was no engagement going on if the truth be told. That is what worried me more than anything. There was then an attempt to undermine the quality of O...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I raised the matter with the Taoiseach several times on Leaders' Questions. Despite all the leaks to the various newspapers, it took six weeks to two months to get acknowledgement that Orkambi is ...More Button

I am unsure whether Fine Gael has a policy on health anymore. Compulsory health insurance was dropped. The damage of the Reilly and Varadkar years has been left in place. One of the core issue...More Button

National Emergency Plan (Continued)

When we talk about national emergency and the role of the Department of the Taoiseach, it is opportune to again express thanks to all in the emergency services who put themselves in harm's way on a...More Button

I put it to the Taoiseach that our current national arrangements for emergency management have effectively been left unchanged since they were first introduced by Deputy O'Dea a decade ago. Even...More Button

I met recently with the professional representatives of our Defence Forces, the Army in particular. It was shocking to listen to some of the revelations. For example, in Kilworth Camp, so low i...More Button

The Defence Forces have been in decline and numbers are below strength. Is it not time to have a proper review of structures to ensure we have the capacity to respond to these potential emergenc...More Button