Thursday, 8 December 2005
Financial Resolution No. 5: General (Resumed).
Dermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Louth, Fianna Fail)
Social welfare in 2006 will be more than quadruple the level set when Labour and Fine Gael were last in Government. We reformed the social welfare area and Deputy Broughan must acknowledge that instead of getting payments late in the year they are now given on 1 January, in effect five months earlier.