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Cross-border delegation meet to discuss Autism Act

Posted on May 15, 2013

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In this post Deputy Michael McCarthy writes about his Autism Bill

A recent survey by Irish Autism Action found that for every person diagnosed with autism in Ireland, five people are affected.

That means that around 300,000 people in Ireland are affected everyday directly or indirectly by the condition.

The Autism Bill, which I pioneered in March, is an historic opportunity for the Government to effect positive change in the lives of these people.

However, for it to be effective, we must learn from other jurisdictions where autism-specific legislation is already in place.

That is why today, along with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, I was delighted to welcome a cross-border delegation at Government Buildings to discuss the Autism Act, which passed in Northern Ireland in 2011.

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Deputy McCarthy writes about launching his Autism Bill in the Dáil

Posted on March 08, 2013

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In this post Deputy Michael McCarthy writes about the Autism Bill he launched in the Dáil today. 

I was immensely proud to launch the Autism Bill in the Dáil today and that it received the full support of the Minister for Health, James Reilly, not to mention an overwhelming amount of cross-party support.
An enlightening and robust debate took place in the Chamber about the Bill and many constructive views were put forward by fellow TDs. It was a fine example of how legislators of all hues can come together and work positively with one another to further a common cause which has, at its core, the aim of creating a more constructive society.

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Boots on the ground campaigning for the Stability Treaty

Posted on May 09, 2012

Stablity Treaty campaign - The Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and Deputy John Lyons canvassing in Ballymun
The Party Leader Eamon Gilmore and Deputy John Lyons canvassing in Ballymun

Up and down the country Labour members and reps have been knocking on doors talking to people about why they should vote Yes in the forthcoming Stability Treaty referendum. Over the last while Deputy John Lyons has been wearing out the shoe leather in Ballymun where the reception on the doors has been very positive.

Deputy Lyons said: "People have been very engaged about the Stability Treaty and asking lots of questions. They realise the importance of the Treaty for Ireland's future and how it won't be business as usual for Ireland if the Treaty isn't passed."

Over the weekend Deputy Michael McCarthy visited the Kinsale Seven annual rugby event with MEP Phil Prendergast and Cllr Gearoid Buckley where he officially launched his Stability Treaty campaign.

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Labour committed to develop strategies to eliminate educational disadvantage

Posted on January 12, 2012

Last night and today the Dáil debated budget provisions for disadvantaged schools where the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn spoke of his personal commitment to continue working to develop strategies that strive to eliminate educational disadvantage from our society.

Minister Quinn said: "I want to place on the record my admiration and appreciation of the commitment, dedication and affection that is involved in alleviating educational disadvantage within our society. The work of teachers, principals, staff, parents and wider school communities in ensuring the continuing success of the DEIS scheme, and the education of so many children from disadvantaged homes and communities. This work allows children to experience a genuine equality of opportunity that was denied to too many children in this country for too many years."

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Labour turn the heat up on Sinn Féin

Posted on September 22, 2011

Speaking on the Dáil motion on the sale of a minority stake in the ESB, Labour deputies highlighted the utter hypocrisy of Sinn Féin.

In typical Sinn Fein 'doublespeak' they claim that this proposed minority sale, which we are committed to by way of a sovereign commitment in the EU/IMF deal, will result in the State losing its majority ownership of ESB. This is utter nonsense and is deliberately attempting to mislead the public.

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