Collins, Edward

Tuesday, 12 December 1978

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 310 No. 7

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Circuses.

Is the Taoiseach aware that down through the years circuses have been of tremendous interest to local communities, especially young people? Is he aware that we are now faced with the extinction of ci...More Button

Surely the Taoiseach will agree that circuses are a vital part of the life of any young child, indeed of any society, and that there is merit in the idea of State support for national circuses which h...More Button

That is the major national circus: I am talking about the minor national circuses. At least two companies have been operating here throughout the years. Would the Taoiseach not consider them to be o...More Button

Is it within the compass of the Arts Council to give some aid to circuses?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.

asked the Minister for Education if St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare, is deemed to be a college of a university under section 3 (2) of the Higher Education Authority Act, 1971, for the ...More Button

Could the Minister indicate under what section or subsection St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, is deemed to be a college of a university?More Button

The Minister was also asked what university the college was deemed to be a college of. Could he answer that aspect of the question without being cynical?More Button

The Minister did not answer the question as posed. Could he now tell me what university St. Patrick's College is deemed to be a college of?More Button

On a point of order, a Ceann Comhairle, I asked that specifically in the latter part of the question.More Button

On a point of order, the Minister did not complete the answer to the question which was, “and, if so of what university it is deemed to be a college”. That is a specific question.More Button

If it is not, all I can say is the Minister has chosen in his cynical manner to ignore my questions.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Schools Gymnasia.

asked the Minister for Education if he will state, in respect for primary, secondary, vocational and community schools, which he has sanctioned since assuming office (1) the numbers of such schools sa...More Button

Did I hear the Minister rightly? Is it that no new schools or no new community schools have been sanctioned for gymnasia?More Button

Was it not the basic platform of the Minister's party's general election campaign that gymnasia would be sanctioned for all schools? Did I hear rightly that no schools sanctioned by the Minister have...More Button

When does the Minister intend to begin to sanction gymnasia for schools? When does the Minister think he is going to have money and when can we take it that all applications for schools will be sanct...More Button

Would the Minister not agree that the simplest way of reversing the policy of the previous Government would be to commence to give gymnasia and that he has failed to do so in respect of any schools w...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Figures.

On a point of order——More Button

I am making a point of order.More Button

On a point of order, Questions Nos. 18 and 19 refer specifically to the reduction in unemployment. I take it that the Minister is going to answer that.More Button

I am a Member of the House and I want direct answers to specific questions.More Button

He is avoiding it.More Button

I am not interrupting the Minister. I am entitled to make a point of order.More Button

The Minister is going to re-write the answer.More Button

The Minister was leading up to his reply but he is changing tactics now. (Interruptions.)More Button

I want a fair answer to a specific question.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Job Creation.

Can the Minister indicate his position now in respect of his suggestion taken up in the national press some months ago that if the employment targets of the Government were met, unemployment by the en...More Button

The Minister will excuse me if I confess to not fully understanding his answer. Would he explain how he can reconcile the figure of 98,000 unemployed with his own confident assertion that if employme...More Button

Order of Business.

When will there be a debate on the White Paper? Before or after the budget?More Button

Does the Taoiseach intend to allow a debate on the White Paper prior to the budget early next year?More Button

Written Answers. - National Debt.

asked the Minister for Finance the national debt as at 31 December 1972, 31 December 1975 and 31 December 1977; and on the latest date for which figures are available.More Button

Written Answers. - Car Ferry Service.

asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport if he will make a full statement on the proposed car ferry to serve Passage East, County Waterford and Ballyhack, County Wexford; and when the car ferry is...More Button

Written Answers. - Pre-School Playgroups.

asked the Minister for Education if he is aware of the importance of pre-school playgroups; if he is further aware of the need to ensure proper training of personnel and proper standards in playgroups...More Button

Written Answers. - County Waterford School Closure.

asked the Minister for Education if he will make a comprehensive statement on the proposed closure of Touraneena National School, County Waterford; the arrangements being made in respect of the pupils...More Button

Written Answers. - Youth Officers.

asked the Minister for Education whether he intends to appoint a number of youth officers, or equivalent officers in 1979; if so, if he will appoint one to the Waterford regional area; and if he will ...More Button

Written Answers. - An Chomhairle Mhuinteoireachta.

asked the Minister for Education when it is intended to establish a body to be known as “An Chomhairle Mhuinteoireachta”, and the functions of An Chomhairle when it is established.More Button

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