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Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Brendan Howlin: 1. To ask the Taoiseach when Cabinet Committee B, social policy and public services, last met; and when it will meet again. [52001/17]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Gerry Adams: 2. To ask the Taoiseach when Cabinet Committee B, social policy and public services, last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again. [52880/17]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 3. To ask the Taoiseach when Cabinet Committee B, social policy and public services, will next meet. [1831/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 3, inclusive, together. Cabinet Committee B last met on 16 November. While the date of its next meeting is not yet scheduled, I expect it will be within the next few weeks. The committee oversees the areas of social policy and public service reform including education, children, social inclusion, the Irish language, arts and culture, and continued...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Brendan Howlin: This is obviously a very important Cabinet committee dealing, as it does, with social policy. Is the committee looking at the issue of the pension anomaly that currently exists that disproportionately adversely affects women? When will we see proposals emerging on this? There are two elements to this issue. The most obvious one is the impact of averaging on women who spent periods outside...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Gerry Adams: I am just trying to figure out how this committee could work and am looking at some of the contradictions that arise. One of the contradictions arising relates to the significant increase in cyberbullying directed at children as well as in online predators. The Taoiseach knows that digital technology plays an increasingly major role in the lives of young people and is a tremendous...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Any hopes I had that 2018 would see an improvement in the dire housing situation were dashed when a flood of people in dire circumstances attended my clinics over the first couple of weeks of the new year. I suggest that the report produced yesterday by the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, which claims successes in exceeding targets in the delivery of social housing is misleading propaganda....

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: It is clear that in the public mind, access to public services is a major priority. During the 2016 general election campaign, we had a debate on whether to prioritise improving public services or introducing a United States-style tax system. The social policy and public services committee is a key conduit of Government policy in this regard. The bottom line is that public services in...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: It started going down in 2007. There was no recession in 2007.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: No. According to figures we received from the Department, an extra 142 beds were provided in 2007. I am not into the detail. The point I am making is that over 2,000 beds were provided. The number of beds was then cut by 800. In fact, another 450 beds were taken out in 2011 and 2012. We can go into who was in charge in each of those years, but that is not the point. I do not know...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We have to go to the Taoiseach to get answers.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: The matter of pension policy generally, and pension policy reform in particular, falls under the remit of this Cabinet committee and is on its agenda and work programme for this year. There are many pension anomalies, but the pension anomaly about which people most often speak is often not as well understood as it might be. The anomaly is that some people get a full pension after paying...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: Not necessarily. The Government did not have to do what it did in 2012.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: That means giving people a full pension for paying contributions for 35 or 40 of the 50 years for which they could have worked. It is inevitable that such a change could cause some people to lose out while others gain.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Brendan Howlin: The Government could recognise child-rearing and things of that sort.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: All of those things need to be taken into account in any change that may occur.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: We are talking about the contributory old age pension. There is nothing between the two pensions in any event. It is a stupid debate.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: By the way, these rules date from the 1960s rather than from 2012. A return to the pre-2012 situation would not correct this anomaly because the pre-2012 rules were unfair as well. There were people getting full pensions after working for just ten years while people who had worked for 30 years got 98% of their pensions rather than full pensions.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Cabinet Committee Meetings (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Government could change the number of contributions.

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