Deputy Tommy Broughan has said carer’s allowance applications are still taking too long to be processed. He was responding to information he received from Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, in a response to a parliamentary question.
The planned closure of pharmaceutical company, MSD Swords, with the reported loss of 570 jobs down to 2017 is a shocking blow to North Dublin and Fingal. I understand that employees have been informed this afternoon that 130 employees are to lose their jobs in 2014 (starting mid-year) and that the site will be phased out as a production facility by 2017.
Yesterday in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Tommy Broughan asked Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, about the School Works Scheme for 2014. The School Works Scheme provides funding to facilitate schools carrying out small and medium-scale building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings.
An Bord Pleanála has granted permission to Maxol Oil Ltd to build a new unmanned filling station, with one pump operating on a 24 hour basis, at the site known as the Blue Lagoon in Rosbeg Court, Sutton, Dublin 13.
Motion presented by the Technical Group, Independent TDs and Sinn Féin:
That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government:
— to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the
rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the €25
billion in sovereign bonds issued in February of this year, in lieu of the remaining
Promissory Notes, plus the €3.06 billion bond also being held by the Central Bank of
Ireland in payment for the 2012 Promissory Note; and
— to cease any and all interest payments currently being made on those bonds.
Deputy Broughan has received information from representatives of Pavee Point that rogue collectors have reportedly been collecting money from residents in parts of Baldoyle/Abbey Park by misrepresenting themselves as working for Pavee Point.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has welcomed the news that Priory Hall families have formally accepted the deal agreed upon by a group including residents, banks, officials from Dublin City Council and NAMA following a recent 21 day mediation process initiated by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has suggested that a Commission on High Incomes and Wealth should be established in light of this week’s revelations and allegations on the scale of breaches of pay caps by executive and managers in institutions and hospitals receiving State funding.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has said that the large expense involved in financing the Constitutional Convention must be justified in terms of bringing about necessary changes to the Constitution.
Looking at the euphoric faces of some Government Deputies last week when the announcement was made about the exit from the troika programme on 15 December, I was reminded of Martin Luther King’s great speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1969, when he said “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”. However, we are not free at last.