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Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Mary White: On behalf of Fianna Fáil, I call on the Government to clarify immediately which Minister of State has responsibility for older people. Yesterday the Cabinet signed off on removing the older people brief from the responsibilities of the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch. In 2011 she was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for disability,...

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: Genetics and intermarriage are also important.

Seanad: Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: Fianna Fáil broadly supports the provisions of the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014. The purpose of the Bill is to amend and extend the Employment Permits Acts 2003 and 2006 to provide greater flexibility to deal with the ever-changing skills needs of businesses and the overall economic development needs of the Irish economy, which often require a rapid response. The Bill also...

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: That is pathetic. Why did the Government parties do so badly in the local elections?

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: At the doorsteps people said the Government was far worse than Fianna Fáil.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: It is disingenuous.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: People were saying the Government is worse than Fianna Fáil.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: His sartorial elegance today is fabulous.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: It is a review.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: A right wing party married to the left wing.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: How dare Senator O'Neill. I will not do so.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: The Senator should not waste his time.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: The Government is causing distress to older people.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: I wish our colleague, Senator Bacik, every success. She is highly qualified for any job in any Department but particularly the Department of Justice and Equality. I wish her well on behalf of my colleagues.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: Exactly. She should not forget about us. A Russian television network highlighted the speech by Pope Francis in the Santa Maria basilica on 15 June in which he criticised Europe for being tired because of the high level of unemployment and discarding the elderly. This Government has caused huge stress and anxiety to older people in our society. Older people have suffered a raft of cuts...

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: Fianna Fáil will fight cuts to the free travel pass for older people and people with disabilities. Do not dare to touch it.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: The Pope also said that the treatment of older people and people with disabilities reflects the quality of the society. That was on Russian television.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: There is a review underway. Stop the Government review.

Seanad: Order of Business (9 Jul 2014)

Mary White: No way.

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