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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Continued)

I wish to share time with Deputy McLellan.More Button

The term is often used but I am happy to say that, for me and, I am sure, for everyone else who is interested in the subject which lies at the core of this debate and that which will occur in the S...More Button

We in Sinn Féin have called for children's rights to be enshrined in the Constitution for many years. It is our view that the minimum standard for children's rights within any state or legal sys...More Button

The Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012 does not mirror that wording. However, I acknowledge that it addresses some important issues for children in Ireland. If pass...More Button

This amendment does not do everything we would like it to but it does have the potential to rectify some of the legal barriers that have prevented the State from intervening in marital families w...More Button

The amendment will also accommodate those parents who are married and who, as a result of whatever unfortunate circumstances, may wish to place their children for adoption. While the State must ...More Button

Our only criticism is that this particular constitutional provision means that the courts will not be required to view the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration in cases wher...More Button

I would have argued strongly for a much stronger affirmation of the rights of the child through the process of the all-party committee but I acknowledge that what we arrived at was, of course, a co...More Button

If this amendment is passed either in its current form or as amended in our debates over this and next week in the Houses of the Oireachtas, it is important that the Government gives a commitment...More Button

I am happy to note that some of the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNCRC, have been encapsulated in the Minister's text although Sinn Féin was disappointed with how n...More Button

I have referred to other opinion. I have read some of the commentary of those who oppose this proposed constitutional change. As I said earlier, this amendment will have no impact on the defini...More Button

I call on the Government to ensure that it invests the required resources to inform people as to the reason for this referendum. It is of the utmost importance that false arguments are shown to ...More Button

This constitutional amendment gives all voting citizens the opportunity to say "Stop". It is also about starting anew. This amendment is not perfect but it is a major step forward. We in Sinn ...More Button

Magdalen Laundries: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

This is a very important motion. We must all hope that it is also another significant step on the road to justice and truth for the former detainees in the Magdalen laundries. That will be decide...More Button

In response to the Justice for Magdalenes submission, the UN Committee against Torture called for an independent investigation into the abuse at the laundries and redress for the women held there. ...More Button

The reply to a parliamentary question I tabled last year revealed that three of the four orders involved in running the Magdalen laundries had received a total of €87 million from the HSE in the ...More Button

I appeal earnestly to the Government to withdraw its amendment. It is not too late to do so. The motion not only has the stated support of all who have signed it and the further stated support ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Rents

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if he will provide a list of local authorities which regard foster care allowance as reckonable income when calculating rent; the length of time this has been the practice and the number of foster ...More Button

Inter-Country Adoptions

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if comments she made in Topical Debates earlier this year (details supplied) will mean that upon the pending signing of an agreement on intercountry adoption between Ireland and Vietnam, Vietnamese...More Button

Medicinal Products Supply

Asked the Minister for Health: if Oesteoeze is covered by the medical card and drug payment scheme; if he will commit to ensuring that it is, in view of the relative expense and clinical importance of same; and if he will make a...More Button

Nursing Home Beds

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of public nursing home beds closed in 2012 up to the end of August; the number closed since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: if she will provide in detail the changes to the medical card eligibility criteria during the period 2011-2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which language barriers affect public health service delivery here; the amount of money spent on translation services for frontline medical services for non-English speaking patients/...More Button

Hospital Appointments Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment at Cork University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: the total cost of taxi services and other private transport services paid for by the Health Service Executive for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012; if he will provide a breakdown of same based on year...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the total expenditure by his Department and the Health Service Executive on room and venue hire for the years 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the total cost of rents paid by the Health Service Executive and his Department for the period 2010 to 2012 inclusive; if he will provide a breakdown of same by year, HSE region and purpose of expe...More Button

HSE Staff Responsibilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of administration, clerical and management staff employed by the Health Service Executive and his Department on 1 June 2012; and if he will provide a breakdown of same based on HSE regio...More Button