Perry, John

Wednesday, 30 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 537 No. 3

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Carer's Leave Bill, 2000: Report Stage.

I support Deputy Broughan's amendment. The inclusion of the words “a member of the Garda Síochána or the Defence Forces”, in this section, as proposed in the Deputy's amendment, is important, as their...More Button

I welcome the comments of the Minister of State regarding the number of people seeking this entitlement and that this Bill will be enacted as quickly as possible. I have received several calls regardi...More Button

Carer's Leave Bill, 2000: Report Stage (Resumed).

I agree on that point. It is relevant that people would be in care without the cover of legislation. It is important that there would be a working relationship with employers but it is a fact that thi...More Button

That it is a very good point. Patterns of working have changed. Two members of a family may wish to share the responsibility of caring and two different companies may be involved. The entitlement to l...More Button

There is merit in this amendment. I am an employer. It is essential that there is good co-operation between the employer and the employee. In a case where it is clearly established by medical opinion ...More Button

Is there discretion?More Button

I agree with the Minister. Reasonable is a good word and leaves scope for considerable discretion. I prefer the word “reasonable” to “objective”.More Button

I move amendment No. 12: In page 10, line 8, to delete “6” and substitute “8”. This was raised before and refers to the provision whereby a person shall not be entitled to commence a further period of...More Button

I will not press the amendment. Given the difficulty of getting and training staff, the difference between six weeks and eight weeks is not huge. The Bill has been drafted with the agreement of employ...More Button

I move amendment No. 13: In page 10, between lines 9 and 10, to insert the following: “(4) 6 weeks before commencing a second period of the carer's leave the employee shall provide their employer with...More Button

I know that the spirit of the Bill is to ensure that carers get their entitlements. Where the system may be open to abuse, it is important to have arrangements in place to prevent that, including prov...More Button

I wish to refer briefly to amendment No. 15 which is intended to provide that the total number of periods of carer's leave taken by any person shall not exceed 130 weeks. The provisions of this Bill i...More Button

I accept what the Minister of State says. From the point of view of an employer and employee, it is important to limit the number of times an employee may take carer's leave. I accept however what th...More Button

I support the concept of equality of entitlement for all categories of employment, including members of the Defence Forces, the Garda Síochána and the teaching profession. The needs of carers are obvi...More Button

I move amendment No. 18: In page 10, to delete lines 27 to 30 and substitute the following:More Button

I move amendment No. 23: In page 11, line 6, to delete “4” and substitute “8”.More Button

I move amendment No. 26: In page 11, line 19, to delete “2” and substitute “4”. Confirmation of carer's leave should be increased from two to four weeks. Section 10(1) states that the employee and the...More Button

I move amendment No. 27: In page 11, between lines 32 and 33, to insert the following: “11.–(1) Where an employee has given notice to his or her employer and the employer is satisfied that the taking ...More Button

I was pleased to hear the Minister of State's comments on the amendment and that my concerns are somewhat addressed in section 12. It is important that this will be enabling legislation and that it wi...More Button

I welcome the Minister of State's comments in regard to employees on carer's leave. I accept his comments from the point of view of the employer and the entitlements to bank holidays, public holidays ...More Button

One good thing about this Bill is that it will allow carers to take career breaks and I compliment the Minister on that. There may be shortcomings in the system but the whole concept is good. It is g...More Button

I move amendment No. 38: In page 13, to delete lines 41 and 42 and substitute the following: “(b) in the same or similar job to that which the employee held prior to the commencement of the period, a...More Button

I move amendment No. 39: In page 17, line 16, to delete “Tribunal” and substitute “Labour Court”. The Labour Court would be a more suitable forum than the Employment Appeals Tribunal for all those inv...More Button

I want to be reassured that individual rights issues will be dealt with where they occur. Small companies will be affected, but having heard the explanations of the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Kitt...More Button

I move amendment No. 56: In page 18, line 28, to delete “26” and substitute “20”. I wish to hear the Minister of State's comments on this amendment.More Button

I am happy with the Minister of State's explanation and I withdraw the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I wish to be associated with Deputy Broughan's comments. I congratulate the Minister and his staff on steering this very important legislation through the House. This country is extremely lucky to hav...More Button

Standards in Public Office Bill, 2000: Second Stage (Resumed).

I am delighted to speak on this important legislation. Politics and politicians must be credible and clearly accountable. Politics is about honest public service. Everyone I have met since my election...More Button

No? More Button

That is a nice gift to get.More Button

The area of gifts needs to be considered. It is wonderful to be in politics in this time of prosperity. We are into the 21st century. I was elected to this House in 1997. The people I have met in all ...More Button

Written Answers. - Farmed Deer.

Asked the minister: if he will intervene with all parties involved in a case (details supplied) to ensure the issue of boundary fencing is resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Asked the minister: if it is necessary for a sub-contractor to have a C2 licence to carry out work under the housing aid for the elderly scheme in the North Western Health Board area; if a valid general tax clearance cer...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: if he will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo and have him immediately called for his treatment in Beaumont Hospital in view of his serious medical condition; and if he...More Button

Written Answers. - Rural Resettlement Scheme.

Asked the minister: the number of applicants who participated under the rural resettlement programme in County Sligo since its inception in 1997; the number of applicants on the waiting list who wish to transfer from urb...More Button

Written Answers. - House Grants.

Asked the minister: the plans he has to introduce grants for the renovation of derelict houses; if he will consider introducing a grant for first-time buyers who wish to purchase an older house in need of repairs; and if...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of vacancies available in his Department in Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon; the grades available; the number of persons on the transfer list to Sligo; the composition of the transfer list; if...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Areas of Conservation.

Asked the minister: if the regulations for turf cutting machines apply in all areas of conservation regardless of classification; the type of turf cutting machines that can be used; the regulations involved; and if she w...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Asked the minister: the applications submitted from child care groups in County Sligo for funding from his Department and in the agencies under the aegis of his Department for 1999, 2000 and to date in 2001; the amount o...More Button


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