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O'Dea, Willie

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Citizens Information Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the future of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service and the Citizens Information service in view of a motion in Dáil Éireann requesting the restructuring of these services be halted to allow for m...More Button

As the Minister will be aware, we debated a motion in the Dáil recently on the question of citizens information centres and MABS. I just want to ascertain what the position is now.More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. His reply bore an uncanny resemblance to the reply to the Private Members' motion we submitted a few weeks ago. We have had the debate. People on all sides...More Button

I take the Minister's point about the Attorney General's advice. I do not agree with it. My opinion is that it is entirely wrong but, nevertheless, one has to respect it when one gets it. Will...More Button

Citizens Information Services (Continued)

I agree with the Minister. We do not need a board in every parish in the country. We do not need 93 separate boards. Both organisations have told me that. They have stated that publicly. We ar...More Button

The Minister states he is establishing a restructuring implementation committee. On the decision on 15 February last to go ahead with this restructuring, do I take it that it is full steam ahead...More Button

Labour Activation Measures

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of persons who have been subject to sanctions and penalties for non-engagement with employment and activation schemes or measures from 2014 to 2016, inclusive, and to date in 2017; and i...More Button

The question is self-explanatory. I am concerned about the connection between the activation systems that are in place and compulsion. Rather than having a link between both, they appear to be tw...More Button

The figures available to me indicate that in 2011, 359 people were subject to sanctions and penalties for non-engagement with employment and activation schemes. That trebled to 1,519 in 2012, it r...More Button

It might only be a small percentage of the overall number of jobseekers, but the numbers have still increased quite dramatically. It is a sword of Damocles that hangs over the head of every jobsee...More Button

Social Insurance

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the social insurance measures that are to be introduced in December 2017 for the self employed; the type of benefits that will be included; the amount which has been allocated for this extension; t...More Button

Social Insurance (Continued)

First, will the Minister reiterate the figures? It is €1.5 million this year for the introduction of invalidity pension for the self-employed in December. I think he mentioned €23 million next ye...More Button

Second, one of the criteria for getting an invalidity pension is that the person must be deemed to be permanently incapacitated. Many self-employed people, through injury, temporary illness or o...More Button

Will the Minister consider extending eligibility to self-employed people who will be in receipt of illness benefit on a short-term basis, perhaps after December 2017? Many of them are not permanen...More Button

I ask the Minister about his plans regarding the unemployed and jobseeker's benefit. Has he given consideration to the notion of extending jobseeker's benefit to the self-employed on a voluntary...More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his views on the concerns that have been expressed regarding the moves towards increasingly using for-profit companies as opposed to not-for-profit companies for services such as employment activat...More Button

As the Minister is aware, the move towards using private for-profit companies to deliver employment activation services and local employment services, which were previously delivered by the State a...More Button

I understand the Minister's rationale. These jobs were previously done by the community and voluntary sector and the State. One could get the figures regarding the number of jobseekers per case o...More Button

I take the Minister's point but has analysis been done or is any planned regarding the impact of those reforms?More Button

Employment Support Services (Continued)

Is there any independent evidence as yet that they represent the best outcomes for the State and the individual?More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the budget allocated for supplementary welfare allowance from 2014 to date; his views on whether the budget is sufficient to meet demand; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the progress made by his Department to address the situation whereby those who are on contracts which stipulate that they have to retire at 65 years of age are then forced to sign onto jobseeker's ...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that those who are offered a place on a community employment, CE, scheme and then subsequently referred to JobPath are being denied the opportunity to pa...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the status of the provision of a new community school in the Mungret area; the current stage it is at; when he expects the school to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of households that have been taken off rent supplement as a result of being placed in emergency accommodation in 2016, by local authority, in tabular form; the savings made by his Depart...More Button