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Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Finance

To ask the Minister for Finance his views on the possibility of imposing a levy or tax on the pension sums of more than €100,000 administered to former employees of banks only covered by the State guarantee; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for Health his policy regarding the addition of the meningitis vaccination to the national vaccination programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Health

To ask the Minister for Health his views regarding the office of the Ombudsman Report entitled Too Old to be Equal; the recommendations therein; and if he has begun the process of changing the mobility allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I thank the Minister for the opportunity to contribute to the statement on the report of the pyrite panel. The report is a significant step in addressing a serious issue for tens of thousands of individuals across north Leinster.

FF anti-property tax campaign is a joke

Fine Gael Dublin North TD, Alan Farrell, has today (Wednesday) branded Fianna Fáil's anti-property tax campaign as a joke, and a cynical, disingenuous political stunt.

FF anti-property tax campaign is a joke

Fine Gael Dublin North TD, Alan Farrell, has today (Wednesday) branded Fianna Fáil's anti-property tax campaign as a joke, and a cynical, disingenuous political stunt.

Dail Question addressed to the Minister for Social Protection

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of claims of a fraudulent nature have been made to her Department in 2011; the number of incorrect payments made by her Department in 2011; the cost of these payments in total to the Exchequer; the funding allocated to the investigation and recouping of these payments in 2011 and to date in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Dail Question addressed to the Minister for Social Protection

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of claims of a fraudulent nature have been made to her Department in 2011; the number of incorrect payments made by her Department in 2011; the cost of these payments in total to the Exchequer; the funding allocated to the investigation and recouping of these payments in 2011 and to date in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Dail Question addressed to the Minister for Social Protection

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of claims of a fraudulent nature have been made to her Department in 2011; the number of incorrect payments made by her Department in 2011; the cost of these payments in total to the Exchequer; the funding allocated to the investigation and recouping of these payments in 2011 and to date in 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Dáil Speech on the 31st Amendment of the Constitution (Children’s Referendum) 2012

Since the appointment of a senior Minister for children - an historic event in Irish political history - on 9 March 2011, we have spent a great deal of time and effort and employed considerable resources on children's rights, adoption and child protection issues across the Departments of Children and Youth Affairs, Health and Justice and Equality. We have spent a considerable amount of time debating such legislation. I echo the sentiments of a number of colleagues on both sides in complimenting the Government in that regard.