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Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions, Social Welfare

Minister Varadkar avoids a direct answer and instead indicates that over an undefined period only 21 cases can be identified as alleged identity fraud. There is no indication in this answer that anybody whatsoever engaged in dressing up in fake beards to make fraudulent social welfare claims. The Minister engaged in a childish, right wing, stunt to demean and undermine people who claim welfare, in his attempt to appear more right wing than his rival in a FG leadership farce.  It is truly pathetic.


To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons reported and charged with making fraudulent claims for social protection payments by disguising their identity with beards or makeup; and the number of these alleged frauds that were reported to An Garda Síochána for each of the years 2014 to 2016.
– Clare Daly
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Dáil Issues, Finance, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Finance if he has satisfied himself with the way Revenue Commissioners have applied tax relief at source to mortgages; if he has further satisfied himself that it has been correctly applied in all cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly T.D.
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed)

by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 09/03/2017
To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the oversight role played by his department in ensuring that the codes of practice drawn up under section 25 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act, 2013, along with the provision in the Act that prohibits the hunting of animals which have been released in an injured, mutilated or exhausted condition, is adhered to by hunt clubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Oral Questions, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the national broadcaster has met the legal and regulatory requirements under the Broadcasting Act 2009 with regard to the outsourcing of programming by RTÉ. – Clare Daly.

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the discussions his department had with the RTÉ authorities prior to the announcement that the broadcaster would outsource all young person’s programming; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 6th December, 2016.

Ref No:   38623/16

RTÉ is an independent national public service broadcaster whose remit and obligations are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009.

Section 114 (1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 states the principal objects and associated powers of RTÉ and Section 98 provides that it shall be independent in the pursuance of these objects, subject to the requirements of the Act.

As such, I have not had any discussions with RTÉ in relation to its recent announcement that it intendeds to commission its young people’s programmes from the independent sector. The decision is solely a matter for the Board and management of RTÉ and, while it remains subject to discussion with the RTÉ Trade Union Group, I am satisfied that the decision is in compliance with RTÉ’s obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009.

The decision is a reflection of the difficult financial challenges being faced by the broadcaster and the need for it to examine all options to ensure that it is operating as efficiently as possible.

I welcome RTÉ’s statement that the decision does not reduce its commitment to young people’s programming which is vital in ensuring that our children can continue to watch content with Irish voices and Irish stories.