Monthly Archives: May 2013

BROUGHAN CRITICAL OF RECENT SOCIAL WELFARE BILL

The Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 was before Dáil Éireann this week. Deputy Tommy Broughan engaged in debate on the Bill and although he supported some of the Bill’s provisions, he was critical of the government’s approach to the social welfare system and the devastating effects of continued cutbacks on citizens dependent on social welfare payments. He therefore voted against the Bill.

DAIL SPEECH ON SOCIAL WELFARE AND PENSIONS (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL

The Minister, Deputy Burton, may be in attendance in a few weeks’ time when Neil Young and Crazy House will entertain us at the RDS. Given the deplorable impact of cutbacks and the great tightening of qualification criteria for social assistance, benefits and pensions since March 2011, I hope the Minister will be able to happily sing along if Neil Young breaks into “Are You Ready for the Country (because it’s time to go)”, because the impact of the three budgets since early 2011 has been severe on different and significant cohorts of our most vulnerable citizens, many of whom of course are counting down the days until they have an opportunity to vote in a general election.

DAIL SPEECH ON TAXI REGULATION BILL

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this important legislation, which has been a long time in gestation. Since 2002, we have been dealing with the negative consequences of the disastrous manner in which the taxi sector was deregulated. When I was the Labour Party transport spokesman in a previous Dáil, the ongoing problems in the sector arose time and again, and taxi workers are still raising issues of concern with me.