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Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (Resumed) (3 Apr 2014)

Ciara Conway: While I do not doubt that there has been some welcome news in this area in recent weeks, it has been quite small in scope because of the difficult financial times we are continuing to endure. We often talk about the financial crisis, but it is clear from what has been said during this debate by Deputies on all sides of the House that we are facing a housing crisis as well. I welcome the...

Garda Inspectorate Report on the Fixed Charge Processing System: Statements (26 Mar 2014)

Ciara Conway: I commend the report of the Garda Inspectorate, which clearly vindicates the assertions of the whistleblowers. I welcome the Minister's apology to the whistleblowers and correction of the record in this House about their alleged non-compliance with the investigation, but the fact of the matter was that they were not asked. I am glad that the Minister has apologised to the former Garda...

Topical Issues: Carbon Tax Implementation (27 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: I concur with Deputy Nolan's sentiments. Will the Minister of State relay our message to the Minister, Deputy Noonan? The Government is trying to implement an energy affordability strategy. Supports will be available to houses to make them more efficient, but what will the budget be, where will the money come from and how will people benefit from it? Currently, much of the strategy is...

Topical Issues: Carbon Tax Implementation (27 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: We all understand that we have obligations under the climate change agenda but there is a question here about domestic versus industrial. The increase of €1.20 last year and now another increase of €1.20 represent a significant amount of money to people on limited incomes. It has been widely reported and spoken about in this House that one in five people experiences fuel...

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: It was Dick Spring who gave the passport contract to the post offices in the first place.

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: The Deputies over there do it so well.

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: It is not true.

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: Like my constituency colleague, Deputy Coffey, I know people who recently went through the trauma of losing their local post office. I refer to the closure of the post office in Kill, County Waterford. The big concern at the time was that the shop would close and that then the heart of the community would also be lost, which has come to pass. The concern of every Deputy and every member of...

Other Questions: School Curriculum (25 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: 112. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in relation to the draft leaving certificate politics and society course; when he plans to roll it out to schools; the way it will relate to the review of the CSPE programme at junior cycle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9027/14]

Other Questions: School Curriculum (25 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: I am anxious to know what progress has been made on the draft leaving certificate course on politics and society. It is planned to roll out this course in schools. Voter turnout in the age group of 18 to 24 years in the 2011 general election was up by nearly 30% on the figures for the 2007 election. These citizens had the value of CSPE course which may have been a correlation rather than a...

Other Questions: School Curriculum (25 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: I am glad to hear that such progress has been made. I hope the resources will be put in place. If the review of the CSPE project shows that the subject will be an optional subject, will a whole cohort of young people be disenfranchised? Citizenship should be taken seriously. The current emphasis is on the STEM subjects but the kinds of skills required in pursuing a course like politics...

Recent Flooding: Statements (12 Feb 2014)

Ciara Conway: Further to what the Minister of State has said, I welcome the significant amount of money made available to Waterford railway station. That station is vulnerable, as it is by the shore and near the cliffs. As it is an essential part of our infrastructure, that €1 million is, of course, very welcome. The storm is raging as we speak this evening. I have heard countless reports of...

Recent Severe Storm Damage: Statements (16 Jan 2014)

Ciara Conway: Many of the previous speakers have spoken about the devastation the weather brought in the new year particularly to coastal communities. The state in which it left the road networks in Tramore in County Waterford came to national attention. What was most alarming about the sink hole that emerged and was shown by the media was how little there is between the road surface and what is beneath...

Topical Issues Debate: Speech and Language Therapy (19 Dec 2013)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister of State for his response. However, I still have concerns. The Minister of State spoke about the services that are available, but those are services in acute hospital settings, not community-based settings. I reiterate that there are no speech and language services for those adults who are lucky enough to be allowed to go home. The Department of Health and the HSE...

Topical Issues Debate: Speech and Language Therapy (19 Dec 2013)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister and the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this issue, which has been in and out of his office for a number of months now. I am delighted to have the opportunity to raise this issue regarding the lack of community-based speech and language services for adults in Waterford city. The post covers the rehabilitation in St. Patrick's Hospital for adults aged over 18 years in the...

Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second and Subsequent Stages (19 Dec 2013)

Ciara Conway: Perhaps the time I have is a little Christmas present from my constituency colleague, Deputy John Deasy. I thank the Minister and her officials for bringing the Bill before the House. Like Deputy John Deasy, I have a number of constituents who have been impacted on by the change in the legislation. I am interested in the issue of foreign adoptions, about which I have spoken in the...

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (11 Dec 2013)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister of State and I am pleased to speak on what is, as noted by my colleague, Deputy Anne Ferris, important legislation that seeks to redress a number of important issues that have been ignored for too long. I thank the Minister of State for her determination in getting the legislation to this Stage. She has taken a special interest in ensuring the Bill is moved along. A...

Electricity Infrastructure: Motion [Private Members] (3 Dec 2013)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister for giving me some of his time to speak in this very important debate. He is correct; for such a significant infrastructural project it is of concern that we have not had an opportunity to discuss it heretofore. There is much opportunism in the House, in particular on the Opposition side because the reality is that one cannot dismiss the consultation process. Given...

Forestry Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Nov 2013)

Ciara Conway: Yes. I thank the Chair for the opportunity to speak on this Bill and wish the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, all the best on the passage through the House of his first Bill in his new portfolio. As a people, we can take trees for granted and perhaps Members remember the poem by Joyce Kilmer from their school days that states:I think I will never see A poem as lovely as a tree.This...

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