Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Oral Questions, Social Welfare

Clare submitted questions for Oral answer by the Minister for Social Protection on the 25th of May on the continuing inequity of women who were subject to the so-called ‘marriage bar’ (a system that prevailed up until the 1970s whereby women who got married had to leave their jobs) receiving reduced pensions because of it; and on the introduction of a universal second-pillar pension system. Her questions were not selected from the lottery, unfortunately, but you can read the Minister’s answers below.

Question No: 40 Ref No: 11638-16
To ask the Minister for Social Protection given the budgetary surplus reported in his Department and further to Parliamentary Question Number 9 of 30 September 2015, in which the former Minister stated, in relation to plans to address the inequality experienced by persons who are in receipt of reduced pensions because of the marriage bar, that ‘we do not as yet have the resources as a country to be in a position to fund what it would cost’; and if he will now address this issue.

– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 25th May, 2016.

R E P L Y

The ‘marriage bar’ describes a rule that existed in most of the public service and some private sector employments, where women were required to leave their employment on marriage. This practice was abolished in 1973 when we joined the EEC.  As employees in the public service generally paid a reduced rate of PRSI which provided no cover for the State pension, the marriage bar would not have impacted on State pension entitlement.  It would have impacted on their continuing public service employment, and eventual entitlement to a Public Service pension.  This is a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
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Dáil Debates, Justice

Clare speaking about the O’Higgins Commission yesterday in the Dáil. She tells the Minister that ‘it is way past time’ for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to go, saying:
‘Now the dogs on the street know what we have been telling her for two years: nothing has changed. It has just been an illusion.

‘As Deputy Wallace said, we have come in here 18 times over the past two years and given the Minister detailed specific information about the horror being endured by current Garda whistleblowers, not to mind the written questions we have tabled to her, and she has done nothing.’

Full transcript below.
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Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dáil Issues, Environment

Clare asked the new Ministers for Environment and Arts  to clarify the function of their departments and which departments are now responsible for Environment and Nature.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to which Departments, the Environment functions of his Department have passed; if he has successfully split all of the functions of the former Department or if he has dispensed with any of its functions.
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Dáil Issues, Environment

Clare asked the new minister a number of questions relating to the operation of the pyrite remediation scheme and how his department propose to deal with the houses on a damage rating of 2…

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the analysis his Department has conducted on the number of properties with pyrite which do not reach a Damage Condition Rating of 2; and his proposals to deal with these.

 Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 24th May, 2016. Ref No: 11181/16

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