Reynolds, Albert

Tuesday, 19 June 1990

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 400 No. 1

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Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Living Standards.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that living standards in Ireland are approximately one-third below the average EC level, he will outline the proposals, if any, he has put to the European Commission or his EC ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, there is to be a doubling of the EC Structural Funds for the less-developed regions of the Community over the period to 1993. Ireland has already been allocated over £2.8 billi...More Button

The Deputy should not make any such assumption as it is not correct and I have not said so.More Button

Within the various Community fora it has been made clear to our colleagues that EMU must be considered in its totality, not just in terms of the undoubted benefits which are likely to accrue, but als...More Button

The Deputy should listen. As I said, the Structural Funds represent the first set of funds put in place in an endeavour to bring about the convergence we all wish to see happen and desire. When we a...More Button

Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - 48-Hour Rule Enforcement.

Was asked: if he will outline the instructions which he proposes to give to the customs authorities to ensure continued enforcement of the 48-hour rule, for as long as he proposes that the 48-hour rule should re...More Button

Was asked: if he has any estimate of the damage likely to be done to employment in the Border counties as a result of the European Court ruling on the 48-hour rule; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the instructions, if any, he will be issuing to customs and excise staff in respect of the actions he requires them to take to ensure that persons breaking the 48-hour rule are appr...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 32 and 67 together. The issuing of instructions to customs and excise staff is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners. However, I am advised by the commissioners ...More Button

The Deputy knows full well that, from the moment I issued my first statement and in any other statements that emanated from the Government in relation to this, they have accepted fully the court's rul...More Button

The Deputy, who is fairly familiar with Irish and European law, apparently does not agree with the view of eminent EC lawyers who say there is plenty of evidence of circumstances obtaining in which me...More Button

Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Programme for Government: Semi-State Sector.

Was asked: if the commitment given in the Programme for Government published in July 1989, to the maintenance of a viable and profitable semi-State sector, is still Government policy; and if he will make a state...More Button

There has been no change in the Government's position vis-à-vis the semi-State sector since it agreed the Programme for Government in July 1989. I am happy to reaffirm the Government's commitment to ...More Button

Questions in relation to communications are a matter for the Minister for Communications. The situation in regard to Irish Life is well known. I have discussed it many times with the unions concerned...More Button

Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Early Retirement.

Was asked: if he has any proposals to allow public servants to retire early with improved pension benefit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As I indicated in my Budget Statement, the early retirement terms will be available in 1990 on a very restricted basis, that is, only to staff who have been identified as surplus to requirements.The n...More Button

No. The application of the early retirement scheme will be very limited. It will be applied in certain specific areas, in the Office of Public Works and the Department of Health and, to a very limit...More Button

For the limited areas in which they apply, they will be the same.More Button

Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Commission on Taxation Reports.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made in implementing the various reports of the Commission on Taxation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Commission on Taxation, which was set up in 1980, produced five reports in the period up to and including 1985 containing a wide and detailed range of recommendations for the reform of the tax str...More Button

I do not know how the Deputy regards that long list of improvements I read out, mostly at achieving the objectives of many of the recommendations of the Commission on Taxation. As the report states, ...More Button

You cannot just pick out one area and deal with that while forgetting about the rest. I have laid before the House our achievements in a short period of time in relation to this very complicated matt...More Button

My answer should be very clear to the Deputy.More Button

It may not be the one the Deputy wants.More Button

I am sure the Deputy does not want next year's budget today.More Button

Ceisteanna-Questions. Oral Answers. - Indirect Tax Harmonisation.

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made on proposals for harmonisation of tax and excise duties during the period of Ireland's Presidency of the EC and in ensuring that the special difficulties of I...More Button

The framework agreement which was put in place at the end of last year under the French Presidency on indirect tax harmonisation does not envisage decisions until 1991 on the major issues. Neverthele...More Button

I do not think the Deputy or anybody else could make that assumption. It has been decided among all the Twelve member states that final decisions on VAT and customs and excise will be made by the end...More Button

The objectives of the single market are to achieve tax harmonisation and remove the fiscal frontiers by the end of 1992. The position in relation to the effect that it will have on our budgetary posi...More Button

The position in relation to DIRT tax is, as I am sure the Deputy is aware, that the German Government abolished it. The DIRT tax proposal of the Community is still formally on the table and discussio...More Button

As the Deputy is aware all the major countries have moved towards capital liberalisation. The Italians have moved ahead of time. Agreement is there among all the member states to move towards capita...More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Verolme (Cork) Dockyard.

Who said they are a Belgian company?More Button

I did not speak to that paper at all.More Button

I am.More Button

I wish to share a minute of my time with Deputy Ahern.More Button

I have looked at the two extracts from the newspapers to which Deputy Barry referred: one is by the Minister for Industry and Commerce and the other by Deputy Molloy. I do not see that I am quoted in...More Button

Yes.More Button

Written Answers. - EC Structural Funds.

Was asked: the proposed regional breakdown of EC Structural Funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the total disbursement of European Structural Funds in 1990 on a county by county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the operational programmes for implementation of the EC support framework which have been approved by the European Commission; the programmes which have not been approved; and if a sub-regional breakd...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 65 and 99 together. There is a total of 12 operational programmes under the Community Support Framework. Five programmes have already been approved by the EC Comm...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: if he will outline (a) the total surplus funds available to the Exchequer from the national lottery to support recreational and other facilities and activities in each year since its inception (b) the...More Button

Was asked: the total amount of funds currently available from the proceeds of the national lottery, for allocation to various projects throughout the country, having regard to (a) amounts available in the curren...More Button

Was asked: the total amount of national lottery funds allocated in 1989; if all allocations have been made; the further funds which have accumulated in 1990 to date; the proportion already allocated; when it is ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 59 and 80 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Archaeological Sites.

Was asked: the total number of archaeological sites and monuments identified by the Office of Public Works throughout the country; the number of such sites and monuments which have been listed or registered; and...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the continuing widespread damage and destruction to field monuments, sites and structures of archaeological and historic interest all over the country; if his Depart...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 38 together. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 sites of archaeological significance in the country. Two thousand four hundred have been registered a...More Button

Written Answers. - Interest Rates.

Was asked: if he will outline the real interest rate on average in Ireland, that is the difference between nominal rates and the rate of inflation for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I am informed by the Central Bank that the average prime lending rate in real terms for the years 1985 to 1989 was as follows: 1985, 6.7 per cent; 1986, 8.0 per cent; 1987, 7.8 per cent; 1988, 6.1 per...More Button

Written Answers. - Civil Service Pay Rates.

Was asked: the steps, if any, which are being taken to improve the position of clerical workers in the Civil Service, many of whom are on relatively low pay; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the ...More Button

The question refers to the “relatively low pay” of many clerical workers in the civil service. The Deputy is no doubt aware that pay rates in the civil service are set by a process of independent arb...More Button

Written Answers. - County Carlow Right-of-Way.

Was asked: the reason a decision was made to seal off the right-of-way to Fenniscourt Lock, Slyguff, Muine Bheag, County Carlow, by building a concrete wall; and the reason a lock was put on the main gate; and i...More Button

There is no right-of-way for vehicular traffic along the bank of the Barrow navigation at Fenniscourt Lock. There is pedestrian access to the canal banks. Consequently the Office of Public Works have...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Development.

Was asked: if he intends to introduce any special tax incentives to promote the further development of tourism this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tourism already benefits from a wide range of tax incentives and I have no plans to introduce further new incentives this year. Tourism will of course benefit from the general tax measures — includin...More Button

Written Answers. - Archaeological Excavations.

Was asked: if he will arrange to have all statutory reports lodged with the Office of Public Works in respect of licensed archaeological excavations placed in the National Library, so that the public may examine...More Button

Access is available, by application to the Office of Public Works, to unpublished reports on licensed archaeological excavations which have been lodged there. In the circumstances I do not consider t...More Button

Written Answers. - Economic and Monetary Union.

Was asked: if he favours the establishment of a single European currency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress, if any, which has been made on proposals for monetary union during the period of Ireland's Presidency of the EC; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he favours the establishment of a European central bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will publish a position paper outlining the impact on tax revenues and on public spending of measures to achieve economic and monetary union; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 50, 51 and 63 together. I believe that the general consensus at Community level is that a satisfactory degree of progress has been made during our Presidency in th...More Button

Written Answers. - Restructuring of Semi-State Companies.

Was asked: the Semi-State Companies which are under consideration in his Department for privatisation, indicating the present position regarding each such company; the reports from consultants which have been re...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the statement by me of 12 March 1990 in regard to the restructuring and flotation of Irish Life and to the reply I gave on 14 March in relation to questions on the consultants a...More Button

Written Answers. - Trustee Savings Banks.

Was asked: if he or his Office has been involved in any discussions to lead to the privatisation or part privatisation of any or all of the Trustee Savings Banks; if his Department have authorised the Trustee Sa...More Button

Following the enactment of the Trustee Savings Banks Act, 1989, I had discussions with the Trustee Savings Banks about their future. I have also had meetings with a number of financial institutions, ...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Reclaim.

Was asked: if he will consider allowing tourists to reclaim VAT on the hire of motor vehicles.More Button

Car hire already enjoys the low 10 per cent rate of VAT as part of the incentives given to promote tourism.More Button

Written Answers. - VAT on Hurleys.

Was asked: if the Government have abandoned their pre-election promise of 1987 to remove VAT from hurleys; and if his attention has been drawn to the financial crisis being faced by a number of hurley manufactur...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the financial crisis being faced by a number of hurley manufacturers; and if it is the Government's policy to remove VAT from hurleys.More Button

Was asked: if he has any plans to remove VAT from hurleys.More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the severe financial difficulties being experienced by some manufacturers of hurleys, he will remove VAT from hurleys.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the threat being posed to our national game by the exorbitant cost of hurleys; and if the Government will remove VAT on hurleys to prevent further damage being cause...More Button

Was asked: when he proposes to eliminate VAT from hurleys.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39, 45, 52, 57, 72 and 75 together. Requests for the removal of VAT from hurleys have been rejected by all of my predecessors over the last decade. The deciding facto...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Repayments.

Was asked: the reason many taxpayers are experiencing considerable delays in receiving repayments from the Revenue Commissioners where tax payable has been agreed and repayments are due for (a) over payments mad...More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to income tax repayments due to directly assessed taxpayers who are within the self-assessment system. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that there i...More Button

Written Answers. - Efficiency Audit Group.

Was asked: if he will outline the work carried out to date by the efficiency audit group; if he will give the membership of the group and their terms of reference; the recommendations they have made to date; and...More Button

The efficiency audit group was established to examine the workings and practices of public Departments and agencies with a view to recommending improved or alternative practices and methods which woul...More Button

Written Answers. - Government Shareholding.

Was asked: if he intends to dispose of all or part of the 99 per cent shareholding in the Industrial Credit Corporation which he holds on behalf of the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he intends privatising the ICC and the ACC; and the steps, if any, he has taken to prepare for the sale of all or part of these companies.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 53 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Budget Surplus.

Was asked: the year, on the basis of current expectations, when he will have a budget surplus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Goverment's present budgetary framework covers the period up to and including 1993. I outlined this framework in my budget speech on 31 January 1990 when I indicated that: ...the aim will now be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Debt.

Was asked: the amount of the interest paid on public debt in each of the last ten financial years for which figures are available, both in actual terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product; and if he wi...More Button

The figures for national debt interest payments charged on central fund services, in cash terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product, for each of the ten years during the period 1980 to 1989 ...More Button

Written Answers. - Foreign Reserves.

Was asked: the estimated amount of foreign reserves at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

At the end of April, the last date for which there are published figures, the official external reserves stood at £2,821 million, an improvement of £539 million on the end-February figure. This welcom...More Button

Written Answers. - Office Space.

Was asked: the criteria which are used to determine whether office space required for the public service should be purchased or leased; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A range of factors are taken into consideration when deciding on which option, including the option to build, should be adopted to meet the State's accommodation needs in a particular case. These fac...More Button

Written Answers. - Historic Buildings National Inventory.

Was asked: if he will establish a national inventory of historic buildings.More Button

The Archaeological Survey of Ireland being conducted by the Office of Public Works is compiling a comprehensive record of pre-1700 AD structures.The work is being done in stages. The first stage, the ...More Button

Written Answers. - University Graduates.

Was asked: the number of university graduates at present employed in the Civil Service; if he will give a comparison of these figures with other EC countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The most up-to-date information available to me is that there are 3,586 graduates in the Civil Service. Comparison figures for the other European countries are not available.More Button

Written Answers. - North-South Price Disparities.

Was asked: if he will outline his short-term and medium-term proposals for eliminating price disparities between the North of Ireland and the Republic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring primarily to price differences resulting from different levels of indirect taxation.More Button

Written Answers. - Debt Management Office Staff.

Was asked: the total number of staff expected to be employed by the Debt Management Office when that office is established; and the number of staff for that office expected to be recruited from outside the Civil...More Button

Under the National Treasury Management Agency Bill, 1990, the staffing of the agency will be a matter for the agency themselves.More Button

Written Answers. - Removal of VAT Proposal.

Was asked: if a date has been set for the removal of VAT on goods at the point of entry; the estimated loss to the Exchequer arising from the proposed removal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The abolition of fiscal frontiers in the EC, which is scheduled to take place by 1 January 1993 as part of the process of completing the internal market, will mean that VAT can no longer be collected ...More Button

Written Answers. - Recovery of Armada Artefacts.

Was asked: when it is intended to commence work on the recovery of the Armada artefacts discovered at Streedagh, County Sligo.More Button

Was asked: if any progress has been made towards a settlement of claims with the divers involved with the Armada ships at Streedagh, County Sligo; and if he will make a statment on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 68 together. My legal advice is that the wrecks and artefacts are owned by the Irish State. The finders of the wrecks have claimed ownership but if such claim i...More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of Child Care Services.

Was asked: if he will outline the Goverment's policy on the provision of child care services for those working in the public service, especially with a view to encouraging greater participation in the public ser...More Button

My direct responsibility in this matter relates to the Civil Service. The provision of child-care services in the Civil Service is a matter currently under discussion by a joint official and staff sid...More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the progress to date by the seven advisory groups set up at sub-regional level in the National Development Plan; the precise role envisaged for these groups in the future; and if it is intended to enh...More Button

Was asked: when the National Monitoring Committee on Ireland's Community Support Framework will meet and when it is proposed that the review committees on which representatives from the seven sub-regions will si...More Button

I propose to take Questions No.61 and 69 together. The first meeting of the central monitoring committee for the Community Support Framework took place on 31 May last. The sub-regional review committe...More Button

Written Answers. - Oireachtas Debates Distribution to Embassies.

Was asked: the number of embassies, based in Dublin, who have agreed to pay subscription charges for copies of Dáil and Seanad debates, which came into effect on 1 January 1990; the amount of money raised to the...More Button

Five embassies have agreed to pay subscription charges for copies of Dáil and Seanad debates. The total amount received by the Government Supplies Agency was £974. Thirteen other embassies which rec...More Button

Written Answers. - Office of Public Works Operations.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to reorganise and change the mandate of the Office of Public Works.More Button

I have no plans at present to change the mandate of the Office of Public Works. I am naturally concerned that the office's efficiency and effectiveness and its ability to apply modern commercial stand...More Button

Written Answers. - Public Service Decentralisation.

Was asked: the plans the Government has for the decentralisation of public servants to Longford.More Button

As the House will know, the Government recently announced their decision to extend the decentralisation programme to five additional centres throughout the country. Longford, I am pleased to say, wa...More Button

Written Answers. - Glengarriff (Cork) Forest Amenities.

Was asked: whether his attention has been drawn to the major deterioration in the amenity facilities in the Oak Forest in Glengarriff, County Cork; and whether he will take steps to reinstate these facilities wh...More Button

I am aware of the concern expressed about the maintenance of the Oak Forest in Glengarriff, County Cork, and have taken steps to ensure that it is properly managed in future.More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Personnel in International Organisations.

Was asked: the steps he has taken, and continues to take, to ensure that the share of positions of employment in international organisations and agencies held by Irish people are fully maintained, upon retiremen...More Button

As the Deputy knows, it is Government policy to encourage and assist Irish applicants for posts in international organisations. My Department have primary responsibility for implementation of this po...More Button

Written Answers. - Verolme (Cork) Dockyard Receivership Costs.

Was asked: the present position regarding Verolme Dockyard in Cork; the cost to the State since it went into receivership; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement in relation to the total cost to the State of having a receiver in the Verolme Dockyard, Cork since the dockyard's closure; if he will give a detailed breakdown of the rece...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 91 together. The present position in relation to Verolme Cork Dockyard (in receivership) is that the efforts of the receiver and the Government Departments/agen...More Button

Written Answers. - Shipping Industry: Tax Incentives.

Was asked: if he has any proposals to introduce new incentives in the tax code for the further development of our shipping industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The shipping industry already benefits from a generous regime of capital allowances which includes provision for allowances on second hand as well as new ships, the only such provision in the tax code...More Button

Written Answers. - Gleeson Report.

Was asked: when legislative effect will be given to the Gleeson report on ministerial pensions.More Button

It is intended to give effect to the Gleeson Review Body recommendations on ministerial pensions in a Bill which will also provide for the implementation of the review body recommendations — contained...More Button

Written Answers. - Bank Levy.

Was asked: if he has any plans to increase the bank levy; if he intends to take any steps to increase in any other way the tax take from the banks, especially in view of the huge annual profits, amounting to alm...More Button

The bank levy was renewed at a level of £36 million in this year's Finance Act. As I indicated in the course of this year's Finance Bill debate, no definite decision has been taken on the future leve...More Button

Written Answers. - Gough Equestrian Statue.

Was asked: when the Gough equestrian statue, formerly located in the phoenix Park, was transferred to England; if this statue was public property; and, if so, the reason it was exported.More Button

The Gough Statue has been located in England since 1986. It was formerly owned by the State. It was sold on the grounds that it was unlikely to be re-erected in a public place in Ireland.More Button

Written Answers. - Foynes (Limerick) Stream.

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works will consider piping and covering up a stream in Foynes, County Limerick, commonly known as the Gully, having regard to the health hazard it imposes on the local communit...More Button

The responsibilities of the Office of public Works in the Foynes area are confined to the maintenance of embankments systems adjacent to the Robertstown River. However, their function ends east of Fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Centenarians' Bounty.

Was asked: if he will make provision to have the £250 gift by the President to citizens on reaching the age of 100 substantially increased.More Button

The Centenarian's Bounty was increased from £50 to £250 in May 1986. I have no plans at present to increase it further.More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Repayment.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the repayment of tax due to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and when payment will be made.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer's liability for years to 1988-89 inclusive has now been finalised and an overpayment of £2,873.29 has arisen. A cheque in settlement...More Button

Written Answers. - Income Tax Refund.

Was asked: the reason a delay has occured in the payment of a refund of income tax to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that forms P.60 for the tax year 1989-90 in respect of both the taxpayer and his wife were received on 7 May 1990. Their tax liability for the year 19...More Button

Written Answers. - Reinstatement to Civil Service.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry is being refused readmission to the Civil Service.More Button

The person in question applied for reinstatement to the Civil Service under the terms of section 11 of the Civil Service Regulation Act, 1956, as amended by the Civil Service (Employment of Married Wo...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Rebate.

Was asked: when a VAT rebate will be paid to a person (details supplied) in Cork.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that a repayment of VAT and excise duty has been authorised under the Disabled Drivers (Tax Concessions) Regulations, 1989, to the person concerned. This re...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Registration.

Was asked: the reason local authorities have not been allowed to register for VAT; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The relevant EC law provides that State bodies, including local authorities, shall not be regarded as taxable persons in respect of activities in which they engage as public authorities, except where ...More Button

Written Answers. - Collection of Data.

Was asked: if the data collected by the farm tax assessment office has been retained; if so, the location of such data; the manner in which it has been stored; and if it is likely to be of value in agricultural ...More Button

The data collected by the farm classification office has been retained and responsibility for the material has been assumed by the commissioner of valuation since the farm classification office ceased...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Arrears.

Was asked: if sympathetic consideration will be given to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 in relation to repayment of tax arrears; and if he will accept repayment of arrears at the rate of £20...More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that, because of the size of the arrears involved, the offer of payment at the rate of £20 per month would not normally be acceptable. However, the commissio...More Button

Written Answers. - Income Tax.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious delays in having income tax matters finalised at the office of the Inspector of Taxes, Public Departments, Hawkins House, Dublin 2; the reason for such d...More Button

The staff in certain grades working in the office of the Inspector of Taxes, Public Departments, Hawkins House, were engaged in industrial action from 10 April 1990 to 23 April 1990. This action invol...More Button

Written Answers. - PAYE and VAT Refunds.

Was asked: the level of arrears of PAYE and VAT due for the period from 30 September 1988 to date; the level of arrears of income tax due for the tax years (a) 1988-89 and (b) 1989-90; the estimated amount of ta...More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy's inquiries relate to the periods prior to and following the 1988 amnesty. The Revenue Commissioners have advised me that the information sought is not available in the f...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Refund.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the processing of a VAT refund for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and when the refund will be paid.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the claim in question, which was received on 30 May 1990, has been approved for payment and that a cheque in settlement will issue shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Retirement Age.

Was asked: if there is a single retirement age for all managerial positions within the public service; and the way in which exceptions may arise.More Button

Under section 8 (1) of the Civl Service Regulation Act, 1956, the compulsory retiring age for civil servants is fixed at 60 years of age for prison officers, and 65 years of age for all other grades i...More Button

Written Answers. - Killarney (Kerry) Club Facilities.

Was asked: if he will provide facilities for boat houses, gymnastics and training in the vicinity of Ross Castle, Killarney, County Kerry, to facilitate members of local rowing clubs; and if he will make a state...More Button

The Office of Public Works is engaged in an ongoing programme of improvements in the vicinity of Ross Castle. These include the provision of a new car-park, extensive landscaping and signposting, imp...More Button

Written Answers. - Liffey/Barrow Rivers Drainage.

Was asked: if he will initiate a drainage scheme, the purpose of which would be to remove trees and other material from river beds throughout the country in an effort to alleviate flooding, with particular refer...More Button

Drainage works on these rivers could be undertaken by the Office of Public Works only in the context of comprehensive schemes under the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945. The rivers Liffey and Barrow are nu...More Button

Written Answers. - Accommodation for Deputies.

Was asked: when refurbishment accommodation in the former College of Science building, Dublin 2 will be available to Deputies; and if all Deputies will be accommodated within the Leinster House/College of Scienc...More Button

The engineering block to the rear of the former College of Science is being refurbished for use by Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas and is due for completion in January 1991. The intention is ...More Button

Written Answers. - River Suck Flooding.

Was asked: if, in view of the serious recurring flood destruction by the River Suck and its catchment of farmland in counties Roscommon and Galway, he will sanction a financial allocation to the Office of Public...More Button

Drainage works in the River Suck could be carried out by the Office of Public Works only in the context of a comprehensive arterial drainage scheme for the entire Suck catchment. However, as flooding...More Button

Written Answers. - County Tipperary House Disposal.

Was asked: when the process of purchasing a house from his Department by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will be concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The sale of the house to the person concerned is expected to be completed within the next month.More Button


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