Currie, Austin

Thursday, 30 June 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 444 No. 7

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Gender Balance.

Asked the minister: the measures, if any, he intends to put in place to ensure gender equality in his own Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Will the Minister agree he suffered some embarrassment at a recent committee meeting to discuss the Estimates for his Department when it was pointed out that the officials accompanying him were all ma...More Button

I agree with the Minister that politicians have to have a thick neck and if he was not embarrassed on that occasion his neck is even thicker than mine. If the Minister was not embarrassed other peopl...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - North-South Family Mediation Services.

Asked the minister: the extent of the co-operation between the family mediation services in the north and south of Ireland; and if he will encourage co-operation in the north-west where the Northern Ireland family mediat...More Button

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has for the future of the family mediation service; and, in particular, when it will be extended on a national basis.More Button

The Minister referred to a doubling of funds for the Family Mediation Service, but the total amount available for the service is £300,000. Will he agree that having regard to the increasing rate of m...More Button

I did not praise the mediation service in Northern Ireland. I suggested that co-operation would benefit North and South, particularly in Donegal and other areas adjacent to the Border. There may be...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Marriage Breakdown Statistics.

There has been plenty of repetition.More Button

The answers were repetitious.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Marriage Counselling Service Agencies.

Given that all parties say they have as their aim the strengthening of the institution of marriage and that, according to Government figures, five marriages break up ever day, will the Minister agree ...More Button

If one looks at the percentage rather than the amount, the increase appears to be huge. We are trying to put forward constructive suggestions, yet the Minister continually tries to make party politic...More Button

Will the Minister agree that some of this money would be better spent on vital services than on employing programme managers etc? Given our support for the institution of marriage, funding of £750,0...More Button

For whom?More Button

They would recognise an even larger one.More Button

——of which the Minister's party formed part.More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Facilities.

Asked the minister: the action, if any, he will take on the recommendations of the working group on child care facilities for working parents in view of the fact that the working group was first set up over four years ag...More Button

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