Burke, Colm

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 214 No. 10

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Order of Business

We need a dose of realism in respect of the household charge. I said this before in respect of the payment of commercial rates. People who are paying commercial rates should place on their front doo...More Button

It is an issue that should be raised on the Adjournment because with over 40% of people having medical cards by the end of the year, we have a huge amount of information already available on computer....More Button

Amendment put.
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Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill 2011 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil]: Report and Final Stages

I have one or two comments. I welcome the Minister to the House and thank him for introducing the Bill. I thank Senator Bacik for taking the initiative two years ago. When the matter was last before...More Button

Housing Policy: Statements, Questions and Answers

An elderly couple came to see me recently with a query about downsizing. Now that their children are grown, they would like to downsize their four bedroom home to a single-storey building. They are ...More Button

I have referred to an elderly couple who now are tenants in a four-bedroom house. They do not need that space and wish to downsize to a two-bedroom house specifically aimed at elderly people.More Button

Yes. One would then have available a four-bedroom house for a young family.More Button

It needs to be given priority.More Button

Small Business: Motion

I welcome the Minister of State to the House and also the business people in attendance. As someone who has been self-employed for many years, I am deeply aware of the difficulties small businesses a...More Button

Amendment put.
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Amendment put.
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Adjournment Matters - Rare Diseases

My matter relates to the medical condition epidermolysis bullosa, commonly known as EB. It refers to a group of genetic conditions, the central feature of which is extreme fragility of the skin. It ...More Button

My information is that one in 18,000 babies born is affected by this disease. At present, 88 patients are attending the two specialist EB clinics in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin and St. ...More Button

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