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O'Dea, Willie

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Money Advice and Budgeting Service and Citizen Information Centres: Motion [Private Members]

I move:More Button

I will listen very carefully to Leas-Cheann Comhairle, as always.More Button

The conventional wisdom is that if something is not broken, one should not fix it. That wisdom seems to have been turned on its head for this particular proposal that we discuss tonight. The ad...More Button

I have consulted widely on this matter with the staff of the relevant agencies, volunteers, without whom the agencies could not operate, and most importantly, perhaps, the end users - the people ...More Button

The common tendency of all of the people who contacted me is that they admit that there are some problems. There is no service that cannot be improved. They are willing to change and to embrace...More Button

The problem is that the proposed change is all about structure and nothing else. The chief executive officer of CIB, which is driving this change, admitted as such. In a speech to the National ...More Button

The staff who co-operate the services have had little or no consultation about this change. It is a change of huge magnitude but there has been a total lack of consultation. One would think tha...More Button

The local MABS companies throughout the country are run by voluntary boards comprised of volunteers from the locality. The Citizens Information services throughout the country depend on voluntee...More Button

The Citizens Information Board tells us that the new system is going to cost less. It tells us that eight regional bureaucracies suitably staffed, etc., will cost less than the present system. ...More Button

Money Advice and Budgeting Service and Citizen Information Centres: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

The group has gone through the costings line by line and has demonstrated that the new system will be more expensive than the current system. The group has expressed serious concerns about the fac...More Button

It will not take me more than five seconds to respond to what I have heard. The fact is we have not received answers or logical explanations. Members will have heard of the wonderful character th...More Button

That is absolute rubbish.More Button

Disability Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when arrears will issue to a person (details supplied) who was waiting more than 12 months on a decision regarding a disability allowance application; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Labour Activation Programmes Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of persons on activation programmes under the remit of his Department, by scheme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Benefit Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the estimated full-year cost of child benefit in 2017; the estimated cost of providing a once-off double payment for all children born in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Schemes

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the programmes or schemes under his Department's remit which assist or support persons to retrain or reskill at third level institutions or equivalent; the cost of each of these schemes, in tabular...More Button

Unemployment Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the supports or incentives in place to encourage employers to hire persons who are long-term unemployed, that is, for more than one year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Fuel Allowance Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the estimated full-year cost of extending the fuel allowance to those persons in receipt of illness benefit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button