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Clare submitted two questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, on what Department of Education officials have called ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools, and on inequitable two-tier pay for teachers. Her questions were unfortunately not selected from the lottery for Oral response, but you can see the Written Answers below.

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe)
by Deputy Clare Daly

for ORAL ANSWER on 31/05/2016

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his discussions with the Department of Education and Skills regarding what is described in a briefing document for the new Minister for Education and Skills as ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools and regarding steps to address this funding crisis.

I understand that the assessment included in the briefing document referred to in the Deputy’s question refers to the capital funding position for Third Level rather than capital funding for schools.
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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.


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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