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Topical Issue Debate: JobsPlus Scheme (15 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: I want to address improvements needed in the JobsPlus scheme, a worthy Government scheme that was launched to great fanfare in my constituency of Waterford last year. Many exciting companies participate in the scheme and speak highly of it, including Eishtec, a locally-owned Waterford company. It encourages and rewards employers that employ jobseekers from the live register. It is designed...

Topical Issue Debate: JobsPlus Scheme (15 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister. The Tánaiste's response as outlined became more positive as it went on. Perhaps allowing a jobseeker's transitional payment recipient to be eligible for JobsPlus is very welcome. Given the Government's thrust towards activation and trying to upskill, educate and motivate people to re-engage in working and seeking work, nobody taking the opportunities afforded to...

Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion (11 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: It is a democracy.

Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion (11 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: One is a super junior Minister.

Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion (11 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: Where is its vision?

Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion (11 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: That is number one ticked off the list.

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: This happened in our parliamentary party room. Age Action Ireland asked us to stop flying kites so that older people would not be scared yet Deputy Willie O'Dea and his party are trying to do the same thing to older people up and down the country. It is shameful.

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: As I understand it, there was a PowerPoint presentation on how the kite flying by politicians was upsetting old people at home and to refrain from doing so. I find it difficult that the same organisation is doing that when the Tánaiste stated categorically in the House that the scheme is not under threat. This Government is reviewing and reforming the scheme but that does not mean it...

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: The motion is cynical and is an example of scaremongering. I find it very difficult to think the same organisation stood in our parliamentary party meeting rooms and asked us to refrain from doing what it has done in the past number of weeks. From family members involved in Age Action Ireland, I know it does great work at local level and I find it difficult to understand why it has taken...

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: No, the only joke is the Fianna Fáil motion. The Tánaiste categorically stated in the House that the scheme will not change.

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: Deputy Willie O'Dea is scaremongering, as reflected in the number of people who have contacted our clinics and Deputies. This is the worst kind of politics.

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: This is the worst kind of politics when we know for a fact that the scheme will be protected. Fianna Fáil should withdraw the motion. It is ridiculous.

Free Travel Pass: Motion [Private Members] (8 Jul 2014)

Ciara Conway: The free travel pass the motion contends is under threat is something that is hugely important to both the social and economic fabric of the country. It is regarded by many as a badge of honour and a reward for the hard work they have done inside and outside the home. It is held dearly by many people throughout the country. Deputy Willie O'Dea mentioned some of the organisations that...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Consultants Recruitment (25 Jun 2014)

Ciara Conway: While I thank the Minister of State, I regret that the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, is not here because the response was in direct contravention of what we were promised in the Higgins report. According to the response, the dermatology clinical nurse specialist will travel to Cork for clinics. We were told patients would not have to travel but that consultants would come to...

Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Consultants Recruitment (25 Jun 2014)

Ciara Conway: I am sorry to raise this issue but it is a crisis. This has been building for some time and it could have been avoided. I am sorry that anybody who has a serious skin complaint and who lives in the area served by University Hospital Waterford, UHW, does not have access to a dermatology service. There is no consultant dermatologist to serve the needs of the people who normally attend the...

Death and Burial of Children in Mother and Baby Homes: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (11 Jun 2014)

Ciara Conway: From listening to the debate both inside and outside the House, it is very clear anger is growing in the country, not just about this but about the terrible things that have happened to women and children down through the ages. Tonight, we are particularly looking at the revelations and news we have heard in regard to mother and baby homes. Young women were forcibly separated first from...

Topical Issue Debate: Teacher Recruitment (15 May 2014)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister, although I am a little unclear about his answer. He indicated the Department has a pilot scheme in place which will be reviewed in the autumn of 2014 but continued that if the process does not really suit, a teacher may have to be redeployed to a certain area anyway. How has the process worked and is there any indication of it working efficiently? I have just...

Topical Issue Debate: Teacher Recruitment (15 May 2014)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister for taking this Topical Issues matter. Last year I was contacted by a school in my constituency in the Gaeltacht of An Rinn, Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne. The principal, Aodh Mac Craith, outlined to me that he had difficulty filling a vacancy in the school. Given that permanent teaching jobs in good schools are hard to come by and the numbers on the teaching...

Children First Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 May 2014)

Ciara Conway: I congratulate the Minister on getting to this stage. It has been a firm commitment of hers since taking office to ensure we safeguard children into the future. Not only does the Bill deliver on a key commitment in the programme for Government, it is a direct recommendation of the 2009 Ryan report, which appalled people throughout the country with its description of how the State had failed...

Topical Issue Debate: Insurance Industry (30 Apr 2014)

Ciara Conway: I thank the Minister for his reply. However, I am not concerned that "claimants will only be eligible for 65% of the amount due or €825,000, whichever is the lesser". The case I cited will involve a much greater sum. What will be done to ensure such lax regulation, albeit under EU law, cannot continue? This was a primarily Irish company selling to Irish consumers but it was...

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