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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

Over the past year, I have raised with the Taoiseach the plight of section 39 organisations, particularly hospices, and the fact that they did not get a fair deal from the Government in the restora...More Button

In addition to hospices, the Taoiseach knows that many organisations are labelled "section 39" but, in essence, do the State's work in catering for people with disabilities and children with spec...More Button

I am referring to organisations like Enable Ireland, Rehab, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and the Irish Wheelchair Association at national level and, regionally, Ability West, the Western Care As...More Button

In research commissioned recently on behalf of these organisations under the title, Who Cares? Building a new relationship between the not-for-profit sector and the State 2018, the reality is bro...More Button

The Government has compounded the crisis and made it far worse in respect of the restoration of pay for the workers in these organisations. They are not getting a full restoration of pay. There...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Why are those agencies and workers who look after people with disabilities and very sick people penalised so blatantly by Government through its pay policy? Why are they discriminated against so m...More Button

The Taoiseach is not living in the land of reality with regard to these agencies. He is in denial, as is Government. We have met the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister f...More Button

We all know about the history of the relationship between the State and these organisations. The more recent history is that Government instructed the agencies to cut pay in line with the financ...More Button

The situation is very grave for agencies like Kerry Parents and Friends Association, Ability West, St. Joseph's Foundation and the hospices which have told me they will cut services in January. ...More Button

The research states they are all in deficit.More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Last week, I offered to sit on Friday to have other debates and try to get things moving. I have always believed that the two and a half days the House sits cannot cover everything at particular p...More Button

I have stated that repeatedly but it has fallen on deaf ears for a long time.More Button

On questions on promised legislation, Fianna Fáil will support the establishment of a post office network removal process to build on An Post's existing five-year strategy for the network. That ...More Button

-----about their fate coming up to Christmas. It is time for clarity in that regard.More Button

Seanad Reform (Continued)

I was recently at an event marking the contribution of Éamon de Valera to Irish parliamentary tradition. In fairness to him, he did a great deal of work in reforming the Seanad and giving it const...More Button

It is time for significant reform of the Seanad. I am glad that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport's personal veto of the nominee for chair of the implementation committee was eventua...More Button

It seems that the committee is doing good work and that it is coming to a conclusion. Given that the Government is considering referendums next year on divorce and other matters, I am curious as...More Button

Does the Taoiseach agree with me that the timescale exists for producing legislation on the Seanad that could lead to a constitutional amendment? I am sorry, I did not mean a constitutional amen...More Button

Which referendum?More Button

That is right.More Button

It does.More Button

Do the Taoiseach's reservations inform the lack of enthusiasm of the Government members of the committee?More Button

Those members do not attend, apparently.More Button

I do not think it was the successive Oireachtais that were responsible.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his attendance of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in Paris. More Button

The 100th anniversary of the armistice ending the First World War was an important moment for remembering a war that still has much to teach us. In the significant amount of scholarship published ...More Button

In respect of the Taoiseach's meetings in Finland, we welcome bilateral meetings with countries such as Finland that have always had very constructive relations with Ireland. The trip had the ad...More Button

Following his bilateral meeting with his EPP colleague, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, earlier this year, the Taoiseach told the House that we should be understanding of Prime Minister Orbán's beli...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

It is in the protocols.More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Taoiseach: the role of his Department in Brexit preparedness. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he and his officials are planning for the worst-case scenario in the event of the draft withdrawal treaty being rejected by the UK Parliament. More Button

I thank the Taoiseach for his reply. The ongoing chaos in Westminster is a reminder to us all that the default position under UK law is that Britain will leave the EU in 115 days' time. The withd...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the role his officials have in co-ordinating or partaking in Brexit preparedness, according to the recent request by the EU Commission. More Button

Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Is this amendment not consequential on amendment No. 43?More Button

Departmental Staff Data

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of staff in his Department who provide supports for Independent Ministers in Government.More Button

British-Irish Council

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the British-Irish Council meeting held on 8 November 2018.More Button

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Reports

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has received the recent report from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.More Button