Dáil Debates

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Dáil Debates, Social Welfare

Clare speaking on the second stage of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill:

This legislation has many aspects to be considered but I will concentrate on the changes to the Pensions Act rather than the social welfare provisions which have been addressed by other Deputies. I agree with the points made by Deputy Pringle about our obsession with alleged social welfare fraud which has been shown in most cases to be incidents of error when it occurs. The Minister proposes to second 20 gardaí into a virtual hit squad to pursue social welfare fraudsters. This is unbelievable when white collar crime is one of the biggest problems in our society. This is an attempt to scape-goat some of the most vulnerable sections of society by turning these allegations of fraud into something they are not because the statistics show that the instances of fraud are quite minor. In any case, we can deal with that issue later.
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Ambulance Service


Dáil Debates, Dáil Issues, Health

Click on the link below to watch Clare’s contribution to the Private Members Motion on the National Ambulance Service:


Broadcasting Bill


Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Dáil Debates, National

Click on the link below to hear Clare speaking on the Amendment to the Broadcasting Bill 2014, which intends to remove the term offence from the original Bill.  This Bill comes about in the aftermath of the Pantigate controversy which saw RTE payout a substantial sum to parties who were offended at being labelled homophobic, regardless of the fact that the word was an accurate description of their attitudes towards members of the LGBT community.


Dáil Debates, National, Topical Questions

The debate surrounding RTE’s controversial compensation payment to IONA and others was finally discussed in the Dáil after weeks of attempts by TDs to have the issue discussed. Click on the links below to watch some of the points raised.