McGennis, Marian

Wednesday, 29 March 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 517 No. 1

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Children Bill, 1999: Second Stage (Resumed).

Deputy Currie was vociferous when heading up the taskforce referred to by Deputy Shortall and was the dedicated voice at Cabinet for children. In the other House he was described as the Minister for p...More Button

How then can he criticise the Bill before us? We wonder why “Oireachtas Report” is broadcast in the early hours of the morning.More Button

I listened to every word of Deputy Currie's speech and to Deputy Shortall's. Deputy Shortall did, at least, refer to the Bill. This is important legislation. The Minister has undertaken to make this l...More Button

I can tell Deputy Shortall a joke. The previous Government introduced legislation for which the necessary resources were not provided. At that time I brought a young man to a health centre where I wa...More Button

The resources will now be put in place.More Button

It would be very easy for the Labour Party to publish a Bill and look for glory but not put resources in place to implement it. The Labour Party has not ever done that. The Labour Party was in Governm...More Button

Deputy Currie did absolutely nothing. I have met groups who went to him when he was the dedicated Cabinet voice for children. They were disillusioned and disappointed and he did nothing. It is no wond...More Button

I agree there is a crisis in the child welfare services. I support anyone who attempts to improve the situation of children who are in difficulties or who find themselves involved with the juvenile ju...More Button


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