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Quill, Máirín

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 Nbr. 1


Protection of Young Persons (Employment) Bill, 1996: Report and Final Stages.

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

In page 3, line 31, after “contract” to insert “for services or”.More Button

Our challenge in framing this Bill is to create the conditions in which young people would have, on the one hand, the right to work, the right to earn money and the right to partake in an enterpris...More Button

In framing this amendment I have particular concern for a category of young people who are often used to do leaflet drops, courier work or to sell magazines on a door to door basis. As the Bill is...More Button

I am grateful to the Minister for her open attitude to the ideas I put forward in the context of this amendment. I am grateful that she has taken on board the spirit and the principle of what I sa...More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

In page 5, between lines 24 and 25, to insert the following: “`work' shall not include the supervision of children in a domestic context;”.More Button

The reason I tabled this amendment, as I said on Committee Stage, is that I am not yet satisfied — in spite of what was said in previous debates — we have made it abundantly clear that ...More Button

The purpose of the amendment is to clarify that babysitting activities are excluded from the Bill. It was stated that this would be necessary given that section 4 provides that a person under 16 y...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for her openness in accepting the essence of Deputy Kitt's amendment. It would be a gross over-regulation of normal family arrangements if we extended the law to inco...More Button

In regard to amendment No. 2, a distinction between contract for services and contract of services is legalistic and abstract. However, I accept the Minister of State's good intentions and underst...More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

In page 7, line 13, to delete “8 a.m.” and substitute “6 a.m.”.More Button

I tabled this amendment to cover, in particular, young people who do paper runs. Young people in Cork city deliver papers very early in the morning. I get The Examiner at approximately 7 o...More Button

I am convinced by what the Minister of State said. On balance, what she and Deputy Kitt propose is more acceptable than my amendment. Therefore, I withdraw my amendment.More Button

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

The Minister's amendments constitute a substantial improvement on the original provisions of the Bill. For that reason I support them, withdraw mine and thank her and Deputy Kitt for the amount of...More Button

My initial fears were that, if the working hours were too restrictive, young people would be unable to bid successfully for such work, that adults who would be more flexible and more prepared to en...More Button

Deputy Tom Kitt raised a valid point, there is a need to draw a clear distinction between a student who engages in part-time work and an apprentice engaging in a very structured activity, based on ...More Button

Deputy Kitt said we had a gentlemanly debate, but I consider it was a very ladylike one. I commend the Minister for bringing her ladylike qualities to bear on those of us who might have been more ...More Button

Under this Bill we are incorporating an EU directive into Irish law in a sensible and constructive fashion. As a result of the enactment of this legislation young people will have greater and bal...More Button

I regret that most young people will not be aware of the work undertaken on this Bill in this House during the past number of weeks. Many of them are apathetic about politics and increasingly many...More Button

I compliment the Minister for being open to the number of amendments I put forward and her help in steering a good passage for this law through the House.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Film Industry.

Asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht: his views on the future of the Irish film industry; if he has satisfied himself that an amended section 35 of the Finance Act, 1987 will continue to attract major film makers; and if he will make a...More Button

Is the Minister aware that the co-producer of the award winning film “Sense and Sensibility” stated at a seminar in Dublin last week that he would have liked to have used Ireland as the location bu...More Button

Will the Minister accept that as an Opposition spokesperson it is not my function to either flatter or engage in fantasy? I asked a clear question. Will he accept that the co-producer of “Sense a...More Button

Will the Minister accept that the future of the film industry, indigenous and otherwise, would be better served if the Minister and his Department addressed the comments made at the seminar last we...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Public Arts Schemes.

Will the Minister of State agree it would be a good idea if the report in question was debated in the House? Will he accept that the 1 per cent for art scheme is administered by local authorities ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Recycling Strategy.

Asked the Minister for the Environment: the recycling percentages reached in each of the years from 1993 to 1995 in respect of paper, glass, plastics and metals; and whether the targets set were achieved.More Button

Written Answers. - Primary School Staffing.

Asked the Minister for Education: when she intends to issue a directive regarding pupil-teacher ratio for primary schools in respect of the forthcoming school year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button