DÁIL PQ WITH THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH ON SECTION 39 ORGANISATIONS

  1. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Health if funds will be made available by his Department to help resolve the dispute involving section 39 workers in the health care sector whose historic link to their public service comparator in terms of pay and conditions other than pension conditions has been broken due to them not obtaining equivalent pay restorations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6088/18]
  2. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when additional funding will be provided to the HSE and section 39 organisations to enable them meet pay restoration commitments as per the Labour Court recommendation of 20 November 2017; the amount of funding to be provided; the timeframe for the provision of these additional funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [2124/18]

Acting Chairman (Deputy Eugene Murphy): Question No. 6 in the name of Deputy Mick Barry is grouped with Question No. 9 in the name of Deputy Broughan. The procedure is that double time is allocated when two questions are taken together. Deputy Barry will introduce the question, the Minister will reply and then the two Deputies can make their contributions, and if time permits Deputy O’Reilly would also like to make a short contribution.

Deputy Mick Barry: We are less than a week away from strike action by 7,500 members of SIPTU working effectively in the health service.

I ask the Minister whether funds will be made available by his Department to help resolve the dispute involving these section 39 workers, whose historic link to their public service comparators in terms of pay and conditions other than pension conditions has been broken due to them not obtaining equivalent pay restoration. Will the Minister make a statement on the matter?

Deputy Simon Harris: I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 9 together.

I thank Deputies Barry and Broughan for raising this important matter. Under section 39 of the Health Act 2004, the HSE provides financial assistance to organisations by means of a grant. Many of those organisations provide very useful and valuable services that our citizens appreciate. Section 39 legally underpins the provision of services similar or supplementary to a service that the HSE may provide. In 2017, the HSE provided funding of approximately €800 million to over 2,200 of these agencies. The funding provided can range from high value, in the millions, to relatively modest amounts of just a few hundred euro. The point I am making is that many section 39 organisations have different scales and sizes

Staff in these organisations were not subject to the provisions of the FEMPI legislation. They were not a party to the public service agreements and are not covered by the pay restoration provided for in these agreements. These are not value judgements or views; they are just facts. While it is understood that pay savings were made by the organisations, the precise mix of pay cuts or other savings measures will have varied. I have seen that some did apply pay cuts and others may not have while some have restored them and some may not have. Also, where there were pay cuts, it is not at all clear that they were applied in a universally consistent manner, as was the case in the public sector and consequently, there is a complexity to this issue.

Therefore, the Government believes that we need a much deeper understanding of the funding position in these grant-aided organisations and the true extent of the pay reductions applied. In establishing the position, I am obliged to have regard to the legitimate taxpayer and value-for-money issues that arise. That is why I have requested that the HSE engages with the section 39 organisations to establish the facts around what cuts were applied and how and when they were implemented. I have asked that the executive complete this exercise as soon as practicable having regard to the large number of organisations concerned. Officials from my Department and the executive are continuing to engage with the relevant trade unions to ensure that this work is carried out on a consensus basis. We want to reach agreement in terms of how we do this. I note that one union has already agreed to how this should proceed while another has not.

I am mindful of the threatened industrial action in a number of these organisations, which is scheduled to commence with a one-day work stoppage next week. I believe that the process which I have outlined should address the concerns raised by the trade unions in a fair and transparent way. I am very conscious that the trade union movement has called for a process. I believe we need a process and I genuinely hope that agreement can be reached. I understand that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is engaged in conversations with management in this regard. It is at a very sensitive stage so while wishing to be as forthcoming as I always like be with the Dáil, I must be careful not to say anything that would in any way jeopardise something that is at a very sensitive stage. I hope a resolution can be reached because there should be no disruption to the delivery of these services. I know the unions do not want that, I do not want that and certainly the people depending on the services do not need that either.

Deputy Mick Barry: We are six days away from a national strike and I do not sense any degree of real urgency in the Minister’s reply. The case of these workers is basically unanswerable. How can the Minister stand over a situation where a nurse in the HSE is getting paid one rate with her pay restored while a nurse in Rehab doing very similar – essentially the same – work has not had her pay restored? I noticed that the Minister is wearing a little badge. My eyesight is not good enough to see exactly what it is. I suspect it marks the 100 years since votes for women were granted. The Minister will wear a badge about 100 years of votes for women. What about these workers, many of whom are women workers and low-paid women workers, who are being forced to wait for pay justice and to have their pay restored? Can we have some urgency and justice for these workers?

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The Labour Court recommendation of 20 November is very clear. It states “The Court has given careful consideration to the submissions of both parties and is clear that the worker’s pay is clearly aligned with the HSE pay scales.” The Irish Wheelchair Association was the key mover in the case. It could not be clearer but yet, as Deputy Barry noted, we are just a few days away from a work stoppage involving 7,500 workers in nine section 39 organisations. As the Minister knows, they provide services to some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. It is outrageous that we have reached this stage. The Not for Profit Association has been negotiating with the Minister for almost a year. When I visited the Irish Wheelchair Association last year, I raised the matter with the current Taoiseach, who admonished me that in no way were services to be cut. It was up to him, however, to bring the funding up to the required level for those organisations. The Government had an opportunity in budget 2018. We had a discussion yesterday and other debates about the deficit in the health budget for 2018. I welcome that the Minister has said he is prepared to reach an agreement but he needs to move very fast, as my colleague has said.

Deputy Louise O’Reilly: The Minister stated that talks are at a sensitive stage. I do not believe they are and I have had that confirmed to me in the past couple of seconds. In fact, very little talking is taking place. The Minister also talks about a process. It is important that the record of this House reflects that there was no process when these workers were having their pay cut, there was no recourse and no analysis was done. No money was identified. A cut was simply imposed on them. I know this because many of the Labour Court recommendations that found against the cases initially had my name on them. There was no process. It is really unfair to these workers to say that we cut their pay when we felt we needed to do so – they did not feel there was a need to do so and neither did I – and now the Minister is going to hide behind process. That is deeply unfair to those workers. We are six days away from a dispute. We need a sense of urgency about this.

Deputy Simon Harris: I am not sure what Deputy Barry’s comment about the badge relates to. I am very proud that women have had the vote for 100 years and I hope we will do an awful lot more to advance women’s rights in this country in the coming months. There is an urgency in terms of resolving this but, and I mean this respectfully, with the position I hold I do not have the luxury of being able to say some of the things Deputies can say on the other side of the House. In response to Deputy O’Reilly, I am informed that talks are at a sensitive stage. I checked that before I came into this House. I am informed that unions and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are involved. I am also aware, as is the Deputy, that one union has already accepted the proposal and has issued a statement welcoming it. Where people get it somewhat wrong is the idea that this was applied universally in each and every section 39 organisation. That is not the case. There are 2,200 organisations with their own boards, governance structures and CEOs and they applied them in different ways.

Let me be clear in case there is any misunderstanding: I accept there are a number of legitimate issues. I accept that a number of people experienced pay cuts, that we need to establish the facts and that this will come with a bill that ultimately will need to be met. I accept that but the unions are calling for a process and I want a process. I accept that Deputy Broughan raised this issue a number of times. I believe there is a legitimate issue here but I am making the point that there is a complexity to this issue that is not there with public servants. This Oireachtas did not pass a law to cut the salaries of people in section 39 organisations. This Oireachtas did cut public servants’ pay. This Oireachtas passed a law to restore public servants’ pay. It did not pass a law regarding section 39 organisations. It is a process and we must work our way through it. I am determined to work our way through it. There is no need for industrial action because we will put a process in place and I hope we can reach agreement on that very quickly.

Deputy Mick Barry: The significance of the badge is that the Minister is prepared to advertise his support for women who fought for their rights 100 years ago. He has a practical opportunity here to demonstrate his support workers, largely women workers, who are fighting for their rights today yet these workers are left to face the prospect of picket lines next week because of inaction on his part. Their case is unanswerable. So unanswerable is it that their own employers in the sector have accepted that pay parity is warranted. Solidarity stands foursquare behind the thousands of section 39 workers who are fighting for pay justice and preparing for industrial action next Wednesday. The Government, the HSE and the Minister must see sense before the deadline for action. If they do not, the responsibility for any ensuing disruption and stress will be entirely on their shoulders, including the Minister’s shoulders.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: As the Minister is well aware, a number of organisations, including the Irish Wheelchair Association and Rehab, have been under intense pressure in terms of recruiting, retaining and looking after staff because of the ongoing issue arising from pay restoration in the public service. It is clear, from the Labour Court, the conciliation conference and every aspect of the human resources process, that the Minister forced the Irish Wheelchair Association to engage in that the workers in question are entitled to pay restoration. It is outrageous that we have reached a point where services are set to cease next Wednesday.

The Minister referred to a mapping process in a number of responses. When will we receive the report on this process and when will the HSE receive it? It is intolerable that workers in section 39 organisations who do exactly the same jobs as workers in Section 38 organisations and the HSE have not been paid the same rate since we embarked on pay restoration. As my colleague stated, we need to do justice to these workers urgently.

Deputy Simon Harris: There is an alternative to industrial action, namely, talking and engaging, which is generally the way we settle industrial disputes. We have dealt with a number of such disputes in the health sector since my appointment as Minister. I do not need to wear a badge to prove my record of willingness to engage and work through issues.

Deputy Broughan is entirely correct that a number of organisations are experiencing a recruitment and retention challenge. I accept that a person working in a section 39 organisation could receive a higher salary in a section 38 organisation and I see how this will play out and cause difficulty for organisations. I also hope the Deputy will also accept the legitimacy of the point that there are 2,300 section 39 organisations, ranging from groups that receive grants of a few hundred euro to organisations that receive grant of many millions and provide vital services nationwide.

In terms of the timeline for concluding the mapping process, this is one of the issues on which I want to reach agreement with the trade unions and other stakeholders. I could announce the process but I want to try to agree it with the stakeholders. There is time to achieve this and the process should be agreed as quickly as possible in order that we can provide reassurance to service users regarding their services next week. It is only by getting into a process that we will be able to successfully resolve this issue.

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Tommy's speech on Multi-Party Actions

Tommy's Leaders Question on Community Policing
Tommy's Leaders Question on Community Policing

Tommy's Topical Issues Debate on Irish Rail
Tommy's Topical Issues Debate on Irish Rail

Tommy's speech on Private Rented Standards
Tommy's speech on Private Rented Standards

Tommy's speech on Medicinal Cannabis
Tommy's speech on Medicinal Cannabis

Tommy's speech on Tracker Mortgages
Tommy's speech on Tracker Mortgages

Tommy's speech on Women's Pensions
Tommy's speech on Women's Pensions

Tommy's speech on Animal Welfare
Tommy's speech on Animal Welfare

Tommy's PQ on Energy Poverty
Tommy's PQ on Energy Poverty

Tommy's speech on Budget 2018
Tommy's speech on Budget 2018

Tommy's question with Minister Ross on Unaccompanied Drivers
Tommy's question with Minister Ross on Unaccompanied Drivers

Tommy's speech on Aer Lingus Pensions
Tommy's speech on Aer Lingus Pensions

Tommy's PQ with Agriculture on greyhound_industry
Tommy's PQ with Agriculture on greyhound_industry

Tommy's speech on Brexit Sept 17
Tommy's speech on Brexit Sept 17

Tommy's speech on Srebrenica
Tommy's speech on Srebrenica

Tommy's Leaders' Questions on National Debt
Tommy's Leaders' Questions on National Debt

Tommy's speech on Right to Housing
Tommy's speech on Right to Housing

Tommy's speech on Water Services Bill
Tommy's speech on Water Services Bill

Tommy's Topical Issue on  Family Hubs
Tommy's Topical Issue on Family Hubs

Tommy's question to Education on Student Loans
Tommy's question to Education on Student Loans

Tommy's speech on Pre-European Council Meeting
Tommy's speech on Pre-European Council Meeting

Tommy's speech on Building Standards
Tommy's speech on Building Standards

Tommy's question with Agriculture on Export of Greyhounds
Tommy's question with Agriculture on Export of Greyhounds

Tommy's speech on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017

Tommy's Priority PQ with Communications on An Post
Tommy's Priority PQ with Communications on An Post

Tommy's question with the Minister for Jobs on Dept Funding
Tommy's question with the Minister for Jobs on Dept Funding

Tommy's speech on Bin Charges
Tommy's speech on Bin Charges

Tommy's speech on the Rugby World Cup 2023 Bill
Tommy's speech on the Rugby World Cup 2023 Bill

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Funding for Section 39 orgs
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Funding for Section 39 orgs

Tommy's speech on Dublin Transport
Tommy's speech on Dublin Transport

Tommy's question with the Minister for Children on aftercare
Tommy's question with the Minister for Children on aftercare

Tommy's Topical Issue on IWA and funding
Tommy's Topical Issue on IWA and funding

Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on CETA
Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on CETA

Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on Brexit and Motor Industry
Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on Brexit and Motor Industry

Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on zero hour contracts
Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on zero hour contracts

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on Homeless Families
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on Homeless Families

Tommy's speech on HEMPI
Tommy's speech on HEMPI

Tommy's speech on Motion on Hospital Health Services
Tommy's speech on Motion on Hospital Health Services

Tommy's speech  on Competition (Amendment) Bill
Tommy's speech on Competition (Amendment) Bill

Tommy's speech on AIIB
Tommy's speech on AIIB

Tommy's speech on Taoiseach's new Gov
Tommy's speech on Taoiseach's new Gov

Tommy's speech on proposed sale of AIB Shares
Tommy's speech on proposed sale of AIB Shares

Tommy's speech on Ireland and negotiations on Brexit
Tommy's speech on Ireland and negotiations on Brexit

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Student Loans
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Student Loans

Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on IDA Business Parks
Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on IDA Business Parks

Tommy's questions to the Tánaiste on Garda Breath-test errors
Tommy's questions to the Tánaiste on Garda Breath-test errors

Tommy introducting the Welfare of Greyhound (Amendment) Bill 2017
Tommy introducting the Welfare of Greyhound (Amendment) Bill 2017

Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on Update on Stardust
Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on Update on Stardust

Tommy's questions to the Minister for Finance on NTMA
Tommy's questions to the Minister for Finance on NTMA

Tommy's Statement on Brexit April 2017
Tommy's Statement on Brexit April 2017

Topical Issue Debate on the Bus Éireann Strike
Topical Issue Debate on the Bus Éireann Strike

Tommy's question with the Minister for Education on 3rd level education funding
Tommy's question with the Minister for Education on 3rd level education funding

Tommy's question with Minister Flanagan on passport office
Tommy's question with Minister Flanagan on passport office

Tommy's speech on Motion on Garda Commissioner
Tommy's speech on Motion on Garda Commissioner

Tommy's question on GNI Star
Tommy's question on GNI Star

Tommy's speech on ESC Rights Bill
Tommy's speech on ESC Rights Bill

Tommy's speech on the Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on the Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017

Tommy's speech on the Right to Access Bill
Tommy's speech on the Right to Access Bill

Tommy's speech on the remainder of The Disability Bill
Tommy's speech on the remainder of The Disability Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Noonan on Brexit
Tommy's questions with Minister Noonan on Brexit

Tommy's questions with Minister for Education on DEIS schools
Tommy's questions with Minister for Education on DEIS schools

Tommy's questions with PER on Seanad move
Tommy's questions with PER on Seanad move

Tommy's speech on the Victims of Crime Bill
Tommy's speech on the Victims of Crime Bill

Tommy's speech on Universal Jurisdiction
Tommy's speech on Universal Jurisdiction

Tommy's Opening Speech on the Stardust Motion
Tommy's Opening Speech on the Stardust Motion

Tommy's 2 PQs with Minister Donohue
Tommy's 2 PQs with Minister Donohue

Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Equality
Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Equality

Tommy's PQ on the Capital Expenditure Programme
Tommy's PQ on the Capital Expenditure Programme

Tommy's speech on the Disability Bill
Tommy's speech on the Disability Bill

Tommy's speech on Bus Éireann Motion
Tommy's speech on Bus Éireann Motion

Tommy's Dáil questions on Howth Harbour
Tommy's Dáil questions on Howth Harbour

Tommy's Dáil questions with Minister Ross on RSA and licences
Tommy's Dáil questions with Minister Ross on RSA and licences

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Media Ownership Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Media Ownership Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Courts (No 2) Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on Courts (No 2) Bill 2016

Tommy's PQ with Minister Zappone on poverty in One Parent Families
Tommy's PQ with Minister Zappone on poverty in One Parent Families

Tommy's speech on Motion of Confidence
Tommy's speech on Motion of Confidence

Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Womens Pension
Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Womens Pension

Tommy's Closing Speech on the Stardust
Tommy's Closing Speech on the Stardust

Tommy's Priority PQs with the Minister for Finance
Tommy's Priority PQs with the Minister for Finance

Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Finance on QE
Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Finance on QE

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Post Office Network
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Post Office Network

Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Jobpath
Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Jobpath

Tommy's PQ with Minister Flanagan on Kurdistan
Tommy's PQ with Minister Flanagan on Kurdistan

Tommy's Dáil speech on directly elected mayors
Tommy's Dáil speech on directly elected mayors

Tommy's oral parliamentary questions with Minister Donohue
Tommy's oral parliamentary questions with Minister Donohue

Tommy's Dáil speech on Secure Rent and Tenancies
Tommy's Dáil speech on Secure Rent and Tenancies

Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Housing Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Housing Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Ross on Road Safety
Tommy's questions with Minister Ross on Road Safety

Tommy's Dail speech on Pension Equality
Tommy's Dail speech on Pension Equality

Tommy's Priority Question with Jobs on Trump
Tommy's Priority Question with Jobs on Trump

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Flood Mahon and Moriarty
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Flood Mahon and Moriarty

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Broadcasting Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Broadcasting Bill 2016

Tommy's question with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Reform
Tommy's question with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Reform

Tommy's Dáil speech on Water in Public Ownership Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Water in Public Ownership Bill

Tommy questioning Minister Coveney on HAP
Tommy questioning Minister Coveney on HAP

Tommy's speech on Budget 2017
Tommy's speech on Budget 2017

Tommy during Leaders' Questions on Road Safety
Tommy during Leaders' Questions on Road Safety

Tommy Priority PQ with Minister Donohue on Public Service Pay Commission
Tommy Priority PQ with Minister Donohue on Public Service Pay Commission

Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Brexit Plans
Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Brexit Plans

Tommy questions with  Minister Donohue on Capital Programme
Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Capital Programme

Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Flanagan on Aleppo
Tommy's questions with Minister Flanagan on Aleppo

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Finance Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Finance Bill 2016

Tommy's questions Minister for Jobs on Brexit
Tommy's questions Minister for Jobs on Brexit

Tommy's questions with Minister Zappone on Homeless Children
Tommy's questions with Minister Zappone on Homeless Children

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Social Welfare Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Social Welfare Bill 2016

Tommy questioning Minister for Finance on Apple Tax appeal
Tommy questioning Minister for Finance on Apple Tax appeal

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic Bill 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on the EU Apple Tax ruling
Tommy's Dáil speech on the EU Apple Tax ruling

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Sale of Local Authority Housing
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Sale of Local Authority Housing

Tommy questioning Minister for Jobs on Dublin Bay North
Tommy questioning Minister for Jobs on Dublin Bay North

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Regulation of Charities
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Regulation of Charities

Tommy's Dáil speech on Misuse of Drugs Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Misuse of Drugs Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on new runway at Dublin Airport
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on new runway at Dublin Airport

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Energy Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Energy Bill 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on NAMA Project Eagle sale
Tommy's Dáil speech on NAMA Project Eagle sale

Tommy's Dáil speech on Summer  Economic Statements
Tommy's Dáil speech on Summer Economic Statements

Tommy's Dáil speech on Rent Certainty PMB
Tommy's Dáil speech on Rent Certainty PMB

Tommy's Dáil speech on Revised Estimates for Justice
Tommy's Dáil speech on Revised Estimates for Justice

Tommy questioning Minister Ross on Metro North
Tommy questioning Minister Ross on Metro North

Tommy questioning Minister Ross on plans for College Green
Tommy questioning Minister Ross on plans for College Green

Tommy's speech during Topical Issues Debate on Bin Charges
Tommy's speech during Topical Issues Debate on Bin Charges

Tommy's speech during Leader's Questions on the Stardust Tragedy
Tommy's speech during Leader's Questions on the Stardust Tragedy

Tommy's Dáil speech on Statements on Jobs
Tommy's Dáil speech on Statements on Jobs

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Adjournment Debate on Autism Services
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Adjournment Debate on Autism Services

Tommy questioning the Minister for Education on third level funding and access
Tommy questioning the Minister for Education on third level funding and access

Tommy's speech on Dáil Reform Report
Tommy's speech on Dáil Reform Report

Tommy questioning the Tanaiste on Garda resources
Tommy questioning the Tanaiste on Garda resources

Tommy's speech on the Adoption Bill
Tommy's speech on the Adoption Bill

Tommy's speech on Ministerial appointments of 32nd Dáil
Tommy's speech on Ministerial appointments of 32nd Dáil

Tommy's speech during Statements on Crime
Tommy's speech during Statements on Crime

Tommy's speech during Statements on Irish Water
Tommy's speech during Statements on Irish Water

Tommy's speech during Statements on Mental Health
Tommy's speech during Statements on Mental Health

Tommy's speech during Statements on EU/UK Relations
Tommy's speech during Statements on EU/UK Relations

Tommy's speech on Taoiseach nominations
Tommy's speech on Taoiseach nominations

Tommy's speech during Statements on Housing and Homelessness
Tommy's speech during Statements on Housing and Homelessness

Tommy questioning the Minister for Finance
Tommy questioning the Minister for Finance

Tommy questioning the Minister  for Transport on mututal recognition of disqualified drivers
Tommy questioning the Minister for Transport on mututal recognition of disqualified drivers

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on RSA and road safety statistics
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on RSA and road safety statistics

Tommy questioning the Minister for Education and Skills
Tommy questioning the Minister for Education and Skills

Tommy's Dáil speech on dredging in Howth Harbour
Tommy's Dáil speech on dredging in Howth Harbour

Tommy questioning Minister White on Eircode
Tommy questioning Minister White on Eircode

Tommy questioning Minister Kelly on Housing and Homelessness
Tommy questioning Minister Kelly on Housing and Homelessness

Tommy's Dáil speech on Social Welfare Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on Social Welfare Bill 2015

Tommy questioning Minister Bruton on Cadbury Coolock
Tommy questioning Minister Bruton on Cadbury Coolock

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issues Debate on Drink-driving Conviction Rates
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issues Debate on Drink-driving Conviction Rates

Tommy's Dáil speech on Budget 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on Budget 2016

Tommy 's Dáil speech on Financial Resolutions No.4 Budget 2016
Tommy 's Dáil speech on Financial Resolutions No.4 Budget 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on Sinn Féin's Social Housing Motion
Tommy's Dáil speech on Sinn Féin's Social Housing Motion

Tommy questioning Tánaiste on One Parent Family Payments
Tommy questioning Tánaiste on One Parent Family Payments

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on  the Malahide Road Re-alignment
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on the Malahide Road Re-alignment

Tommy questioning Minister for Health on Fair Deal Scheme
Tommy questioning Minister for Health on Fair Deal Scheme

Tommy questioning Minister Reilly on UN Review on the Rights of the Child
Tommy questioning Minister Reilly on UN Review on the Rights of the Child

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Civil Debt Procedures Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Civil Debt Procedures Bill 2015

Tommy 's question to Minister Coveney on BSE case
Tommy 's question to Minister Coveney on BSE case

Tommy's Dáil speech on St Michael's House Funding
Tommy's Dáil speech on St Michael's House Funding

Tommy's Dáil speech on the  Low Pay Commission
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Low Pay Commission

Tommy's Dáil speech questioning on uplifts to Rent Supplement
Tommy's Dáil speech questioning on uplifts to Rent Supplement

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Commission of Investigation into IBRC
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Commission of Investigation into IBRC

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech questioning Minister O'Sullivan on autism service
Tommy's Dáil speech questioning Minister O'Sullivan on autism service

Tommy's Dáil speech against sale of Aer Lingus
Tommy's Dáil speech against sale of Aer Lingus

Tommy's Dáil questions to Minister Flanagan on China
Tommy's Dáil questions to Minister Flanagan on China

Tommy's Dáil questions To Minister Richard Bruton on Cadbury Coolock
Tommy's Dáil questions To Minister Richard Bruton on Cadbury Coolock

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2014

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on National Bus Strike
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on National Bus Strike

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Spring Economic Statement
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Spring Economic Statement

Tommy's closing Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill
Tommy's closing Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Peace and Neutrality
Tommy's Dáil speech on Peace and Neutrality

Tommy's opening Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill
Tommy's opening Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Neutrality Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Neutrality Bill

Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on changes to One-Parent Family Payment in the Dáil
Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on changes to One-Parent Family Payment in the Dáil

Tommy's contribution to the Topical Issue Matter of Cadbury Coolock job losses in Dáil Éireann
Tommy's contribution to the Topical Issue Matter of Cadbury Coolock job losses in Dáil Éireann

Tommy questioning Health Ministers in the Dáil on services for children with autism
Tommy questioning Health Ministers in the Dáil on services for children with autism

Tommy's Dáil speech in support on Jake's Law
Tommy's Dáil speech in support on Jake's Law

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on rising rents and the need for Rent Regulation
Tommy's Dáil speech on rising rents and the need for Rent Regulation

Tommy's Dáil speech on his submission for Budget 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on his submission for Budget 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Garda Síochana (Amendment) (No.3) Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Garda Síochana (Amendment) (No.3) Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2014

Tommy raises constituents' concerns regarding North Dublin Oil Pipeline
Tommy raises constituents' concerns regarding North Dublin Oil Pipeline

Tommy's speech on Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill 2013
Tommy's speech on Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill 2013

Tommy speaks on Workplace Relations Bill 2014
Tommy speaks on Workplace Relations Bill 2014

Tommy asks Minister Paschal Donohoe to introduce third payment option for penalty points offences
Tommy asks Minister Paschal Donohoe to introduce third payment option for penalty points offences

Tommy urges Minister Kelly to immediately deal with social housing crisis
Tommy urges Minister Kelly to immediately deal with social housing crisis

Topical Issue Debate on Allegations of Illegal Activity in Some Contracts under the School Building Programme
Topical Issue Debate on Allegations of Illegal Activity in Some Contracts under the School Building Programme

Tommy's Speech to the Dáil on the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill
Tommy's Speech to the Dáil on the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill

Tommy asks Minister Rabbitte about Possibility of Introducing Rent Controls
Tommy asks Minister Rabbitte about Possibility of Introducing Rent Controls

Tommy's Dáil Speech on State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil Speech on State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014

Tommy's Dáil Speech on Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013
Tommy's Dáil Speech on Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013

Tommy's Dáil Speech on Cemetery Management Bill 2013
Tommy's Dáil Speech on Cemetery Management Bill 2013

Dáil Statement by Tommy on Social Housing Crisis
Dáil Statement by Tommy on Social Housing Crisis

Tommy speaks in Dáil on Garda Inspectorate Report
Tommy speaks in Dáil on Garda Inspectorate Report

Tommy asks Minister Joan Burton about Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times
Tommy asks Minister Joan Burton about Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times

Tommy's Statement to the Dáil in response to Allegations about An Garda Síochána
Tommy's Statement to the Dáil in response to Allegations about An Garda Síochána

Tommy speaks on Offshore Wind Energy Plan in Dáil Éireann
Tommy speaks on Offshore Wind Energy Plan in Dáil Éireann

Dáil Speech by Tommy on Roads Bill 2014
Dáil Speech by Tommy on Roads Bill 2014

Tommy asks Minister Noonan about future of Irish Nationwide Mortgage Holders
Tommy asks Minister Noonan about future of Irish Nationwide Mortgage Holders

Tommy Calls for Commission of Investigation into Stardust Fire in Dáil Éireann
Tommy Calls for Commission of Investigation into Stardust Fire in Dáil Éireann

Tommy's Dáil Statement on Effects of Recent Flooding
Tommy's Dáil Statement on Effects of Recent Flooding

Tommy asks Minister Deenihan about War Commemorations
Tommy asks Minister Deenihan about War Commemorations

Tommy Broughan TD asks Taoiseach about Commission of Investigation for Stardust Fire
Tommy Broughan TD asks Taoiseach about Commission of Investigation for Stardust Fire

Tommy Broughan TD speaks at Conference 09
Tommy Broughan TD speaks at Conference 09

Tommy Questions Taoiseach on Aer Lingus Dispute
Tommy Questions Taoiseach on Aer Lingus Dispute

Tommy's Dail Speech on Illegal Occupations in Newtown Court & Clongriffin
Tommy's Dail Speech on Illegal Occupations in Newtown Court & Clongriffin

Tommy's Dáil speech on National Minimum Wage
Tommy's Dáil speech on National Minimum Wage

Labour Party Conference 2010
Labour Party Conference 2010

Dail Tourism Debate
Dail Tourism Debate

Labour Party Conference 2009
Labour Party Conference 2009

Dublin Bay North