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O'Dea, Willie

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

Last week the Taoiseach assured the House that the legislation to provide for a referendum for the abolition of the Seanad would appear during this session. When is that legislation likely to be p...More Button

Exceptional Needs Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the total amount of savings that she expects to achieve from the abolition of exceptional needs payments for religious ceremonies; the number who received such payments in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to d...More Button

The relevant figure given by the Minister is €1.5 million. This is the amount the Government will save by depriving 14,000 families, many of whom are living in destitution, others on the verge of ...More Button

The Minister is giving a history lesson. She did not say much about that during the election campaign when she promised the sun, moon and stars.More Button

Among the poorest of the poor.More Button

Is that Labour Party policy?More Button

The community welfare officers advised the Minister how to spend scarce money. She was not too worried about scarce money while on this side of the House when she could find money for everything u...More Button

Exceptional Needs Payments (Continued)

Why did the Minister wait until the eve of first holy communion and confirmation, with the result that people did not have the chance to plan ahead? She spoke about expenditure coming to an averag...More Button

A situation in which the Minister was more than willing to take over.More Button

The Minister has slashed special needs payments.More Button

The Minister is a joke. She has some neck.More Button

Protect child benefit - vote Labour.More Button

I understand that.More Button

The Minister was not too worried about spending hard-working taxpayers’ money when she was on this side of the House.More Button

Did the Government target the rich? Why did it not target those earning over €100,000?More Button

The Government’s solution is to crush the poor. Is that Labour Party policy?More Button

Get off the stage.More Button

On a point of order, how many people has the Government got back to work?More Button

The Minister is a bluffer. The unemployment rate is the same.More Button

How many are back in employment?More Button

Tell that to the Minister's friends in the media.More Button

Labour Party members might be fooled into believing that, but no one else is.More Button

Protect child benefit - vote Labour.More Button

It would take a lot more than the Minister to excite me.More Button

Disability Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her plans for the future of the domiciliary care allowance and the disability allowance in view of the advisory group on social welfare and taxation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Allowance Payments (Continued)

There are very strong commitments to the disabled in the manifestos of both Government parties to the disabled. There are also strong commitments in the programme for Government. However, since t...More Button

Last year, the proposal was mooted in the budget to remove the right to apply for disability allowance from people in receipt of domiciliary care allowance, once they reached the age of 16. That...More Button

I am.More Button

The reasoning underlying the report's primary suggestion is that the receipt of disability allowance at the age of 16 would encourage people to leave school and become full-time participants of the...More Button

When the Government decided to withdraw this proposal last year, the Taoiseach said the "Government did not get it right". He also said: "This is a case where the Government has listened". If t...More Button

We never proposed a change in this regard.More Button

How will this proposal bring that about? That has nothing to do with my question.More Button

I am talking on behalf of parents.More Button

How does the Minister's proposal do that? She cannot give any reassurance in that regard.More Button

Rented Dwellings Register (Continued)

In respect of the question of transferring rent supplement to the local authorities, the Minister may or may not be aware that her own Department supplied a document to the Oireachtas Joint Committ...More Button

Pension Provisions

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this very important issue arising from the report on pensions the Government commissioned from the OECD. The OECD report reveals a very serious...More Button

Currently, there are 5.3 people under pension age for one person over the age of 65. By the middle of the century, it is estimated that figure will decrease to two people under the age of 65 for...More Button

I recall when the then Government received the last report on pensions in 2010, it recommended a system of auto-enrolment where employers would pay a certain amount, the Government and taxpayers ...More Button

This report takes a different view - perhaps it is right in principle - that the only way to make this sustainable is by compulsion, although I presume one starts at a very low level. It is a bi...More Button

The report referred to the defined benefit pension schemes situation. The Minister will be aware that anything between 80% and 90% of defined benefit pension schemes are currently technically in...More Button

There is a looming situation in Waterford Glass and the new provision the Government intends to make will not be made in time to save people who are currently paying pensions in Waterford Glass. ...More Button

Pension Provisions (Continued)

The report makes certain recommendations about public sector pensions. It is stated a single scheme should be devised for both public servants and those who would otherwise have private pensions. ...More Button

The Minister has been in office for two years. What are her proposals?More Button

Unemployment Levels

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her views on addressing the problem of under-employment across the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Youth Guarantee

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the progress she has made on implementing a youth guarantee scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if there will be an assurance given that no further cuts will be made to the pensions of retired Gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Benefit Policy

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her plans for the future of child benefit;; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Resolution Processes

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will consider widening the pool of reference related to social welfare recipients in mortgage arrears to include experienced financial brokers and not solely accountants as currently propose...More Button