Morgan, Arthur

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 681 No. 1

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Order of Business.

Question put: “That the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m.”
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I too object to taking this Bill in a rushed fashion this evening. It has far-reaching implications for people depending on welfare payments and it is completely unacceptable that it should be rushed...More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 10 be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 20 be agreed to.”
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Social Welfare Bill 2009: Instruction to Committee.

I thank the Minister and her Department for her offer of a briefing on this legislation. I very much regret that I could not attend it at the very short notice. That is most unfortunate for all of u...More Button

Question put.
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Infrastructure Stimulus Package: Motion.

I thank the Labour Party and Deputy Burton for sharing time with me. I am generally supportive of the thrust of the Fine Gael motion. Just over two years ago, the Taoiseach wrote in the foreword to ...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2009: Committee Stage.

We do not have an opportunity to examine this legislation properly. That is not a whinge — it is a simple fact. This is not an example of good practice. The interested groups, including the trade u...More Button

Good man, Seymour. Fair play.More Button

The reason I asked the Minister how long it took her Department to prepare this legislation was to allow me to contrast the reply with the few hours Deputies have had to consider the Bill. That was t...More Button

I support the intent of the amendment. We all know of cases in which an elderly person without family members moved away from the county or even the province and was not in a position to think about ...More Button

I move amendment No. 4: In page 4, between lines 15 and 16, to insert the following new section: “4.—This section shall allow for the abolition of the current PRSI ceiling and will come into operation...More Button

I accept the Minister’s point. However, it is reasonable and fair that those on lower incomes should benefit most from the PRSI system. Anybody with a social conscience would want to see that level ...More Button

My point is that if we are to strengthen the social insurance fund, this is the way to do it.More Button

I move amendment No. 5: In page 5, to delete lines 26 to 32. This is interesting and I require clarification on the matter. Section 6(d) of the Bill proposes to insert the following text: “participat...More Button

I readily accept that FÁS does not fall under the remit of the Minister. Although some of the courses it provides are excellent, others require a significant overhaul to make them interesting and rel...More Button

If I may make a final contribution on this amendment, if a person is required by an officer to attend a course and that person does not wish to do so, is there an appeal mechanism or any type of mecha...More Button

Would the Minister not accept that they are the people with the capacity to disrupt genuine people who want to upskill? This is my concern.More Button

It is punitive, it is equivalent to prison.More Button

It is one thing to assess a person for a course when that person wishes to participate in it. It is quite another to assess a person for a course when that person does not wish to participate. I sha...More Button

It is the exact point. If people do not want to be there then not only will they be disruptive concerning themselves, but they will disrupt other people who will want to participate in the course. More Button

It is punitive to force people to attend by giving them the option of being there or losing half their welfare. It might not be prison but it is punitive in the extreme. I refer briefly to the C2 vic...More Button

One cannot assume the person is not available.More Button

That is not the case. There are different categories.More Button

I strongly support this amendment. Like Deputy Enright I am caught by the vagaries of some of these amendments and how one gets them through. That said, one of the elements of this I am particularly...More Button

In the dying embers of this debate, I want to put on record it is most unfortunate we did not have more time to tease out the legislation. It is clear from the contributions of Opposition Members tha...More Button

Question put.
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