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Ceann Comhairle must withdraw accusations if he is to enjoy continued confidence

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett TD to immediately withdraw comments made earlier this morning on the Sean O'Rourke Show. In an extraordinary interview, the Ceann Comhairle chose not to explain why he ommitted to inform the Dáil of a letter he had received from Deputy Shatter in November last. The letter was trying to influence the Ceann Comhairle to take certain decisions in relation to an important discussion on a Commision of Inquiry. Instead, Deputy Barrett made a series of charges about Fianna Fáil's motivation in raising concerns about his decision, claiming that these actions were based on an effort to undermine him. Read More

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Concerns surrounding ‘Primary Online Database’ must be addressed – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has criticized the Education Minister for her heavy-handed approach to the implementation of the ‘Primary Online Database’ (POD). The new database will collect the details of primary school pupils including sensitive private information on their racial profile, psychological assessments, medical and disability needs, religion, and PPS number. Furthermore her department will retain this information on children until they reach the age of 30, despite serious concerns having being raised about the security of the data and its compliance with the Data Protection Act. Read More

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Dáil Speech by Deputy Michael P. Kitt on the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate on the commission of investigation. I welcome the draft Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters) Order 2015, and the statement of reasons for the establishment of a commission of investigation. The manner in which single women and their children were treated in mother and baby homes was appalling. We need to investigate how they came to be there in the first place and the circumstances of their departure from the homes. Read More

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Govt’s dementia strategy is failing patients – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher said he was alarmed by the findings of a new study which has found that only 11% of long term residential care homes have dedicated dementia units. He was responding research by Trinity College Dublin/St. James’s Hospital, which revealed major geographical gaps in the provision of dementia services. Read More

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Dáil Speech by Deputy Michael P. Kitt on Housing Affordability

The first issue that strikes me in this motion is that of the lack of housing supply. Some 90,000 persons are currently on social housing waiting lists around the country. While I welcome the announcements that have been made, we are still falling below the 25,000 units that are estimated to be required if people are to be allowed the opportunity to find suitable homes. Yesterday's newspapers referred to an increase in the number of homes built in 2014, but the amount is still far short of what the market requires. Last year, 11,016 units were built, which is far fewer than 25,000. Read More

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Action Plan on Jobs ignores long-term unemployed, competitiveness & offers lip service to regions

Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary has described the government’s latest Action Plan on Jobs as a PR exercise that ignores long-term unemployed, ignores Ireland's competitiveness challenge and offers pure lip service to the regions. Read More

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Central Bank Mortgage rules will see Mayo families trapped in unsuitable homes - Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says hundreds of families across Mayo will be trapped in their homes, unable to trade up, because of new Central Bank rules on mortgage lending. Under the new regulations non-first time buyers will have to save a 20% deposit in order to secure a home loan. Read More

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Mental Health Guidelines For Schools Must Be Backed Up By Resources -  Power

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has welcomed new guidelines for primary schools on promoting positive mental health among their pupils. However, she warned they will only be successful if backed up by extra resources for schools and community mental health services. Read More

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Decision of international bodies to shun Banking Inquiry unacceptable – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil member of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Senator Marc Mac Sharry has said it is totally unacceptable that the IMF and OECD have joined the ECB in refusing to attend public sessions of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. Read More

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Fresh revelations highlight litany of blunders in Government’s water strategy – Cowen

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has said new detail released to the party under Freedom of Information shows there was little planning and thought put into the implementation of the Water Conservation Grant. Read More

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