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Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Question put and agreed to.

Messages from Select Committees (15 Feb 2018)

Messages from Select Committees (15 Feb 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Select Committee on Justice and Equality has completed its consideration of the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016 and the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017 and has made amendments thereto.

Messages from Select Committees (15 Feb 2018)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.35 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Regina Doherty: I wish to refer to one or two points that were made in the debate. Deputy Curran referred to the fact that due to some of the changes we made since 2012, the jobseeker's transitional, JST, payment may be a better payment for some people than the working family payment. He is correct, but it is not something we in the Department see as a difficulty because in those cases the JST payment will...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

John Curran: I have only a few concluding remarks. In my opening remarks I acknowledged the contribution of the witnesses to the committee and I wish to reiterate that. Those people who attended, made opening written presentations and answered questions, in fairly specific detail, informed the report that is in front of us. It is not an academic report, it was formulated by real life input. That is...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Kathleen Funchion: I commend the committee, in particular the Chairman, Deputy Curran, and my colleague, Deputy Brady on the report and on the manner in which it addressed this issue. Approximately 25.4%, or one quarter, of families in this country are headed by people who are parenting alone. The lack of attendance for this debate on is disappointing. There has been much talk in this debate about the...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Louise O'Reilly: I too commend the members of the committee, including the Chairman, Deputy Curran, and my colleague Deputy Brady, on their efforts in producing this report. I echo Deputy Funchion's remarks regarding the attendance for this debate. I know that, as we speak, there people who are busy in their offices and watching this debate and so the numbers here are not reflective of the interest in this...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Bríd Smith: I want first to pay tribute to SPARK, a group which campaigns for lone parents. I pay tribute to all the women and to the men - there are some - who are involved. I recognise the tremendous work they have done in highlighting, through the media and by lobbying politicians in this House, inequality and discrimination against lone parents. My secretary, Ms Leah Speight, is one of the founding...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

John Brady: I welcome this debate on a comprehensive piece of work carried out by the committee. I thank the Chair of the committee for facilitating and allowing comprehensive analysis and detailed questioning of all our expert witnesses, and more importantly, real life witnesses. They are out there dealing with the consequences of the failure of successive Governments to tackle one of the most...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Joan Collins: I congratulate the committee on the report because much hard work went into it. I thank the Chairman for organising the committee to look at this area and produce a report. What really made the difference was that lone parents and Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids, SPARK, appeared before the committee and we had the report from Millar and Crosse which pulled previous information...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

Regina Doherty: I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak on the report on the position of lone parents in Ireland produced by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection and thank the committee for its extensive body of work. I had a chance to speak on this in the Seanad last October and welcome the opportunity to debate this further in the Dáil this evening. There...

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Ambulance Service Provision

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Eugene Murphy: I appreciate the fact the Minister has attended to take this matter, given his particularly busy schedule today. He is also getting ready for tomorrow. Approximately three weeks ago, a 13 year old girl waited for an ambulance for 50 minutes after she took seriously ill at her home in west Roscommon. She suffered a serious neurological attack. Only for the help of a neighbour, a former...

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy for raising this important and sensitive matter. I also thank him for telling me of the difficulty that a particular constituent of his experienced. It is important that such issues be brought to the floor of the House, as we are referring to real people when we talk about statistics, numbers, resources and decisions. I will ask the HSE and the National Ambulance...

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Eugene Murphy: It was nice to hear the Minister say that he was worried about people rather than numbers. That is important. I acknowledge his statement that an ambulance can sometimes be in an area and get to a location quickly, but this happened after a family came home from church on a Sunday. That should have been a quiet day, but no ambulance was available in Roscommon to get there. Getting an...

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Simon Harris: Absolutely.

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Eugene Murphy: We must do our best for our people and serve them. That is why I am pressing this case so hard. I am grateful for the Minister's answer. Hopefully, there will be some progress towards putting the service in place. It would be welcome. If the Minister puts the service in place, I will be the first to stand up publicly and give him credit for doing it.

Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service Provision (15 Feb 2018)

Simon Harris: I agree with the Deputy that we have a responsibility to all of the people of this country regardless of where they live. In fact, in many ways we have a particular responsibility to people who live in rural and regional communities in terms of putting services in place. That is why we have increased the budget for the NAS year on year. We increased it by more than €10 million this...

Report on Lone Parents: Motion (15 Feb 2018)

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