Haughey, Charles J.

Wednesday, 6 February 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 404 No. 7

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 17. Private Members' Business shall be No. 29, and is is proposed that the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion at 8.30 p.m.More Button

I am opposed to the Deputy's proposal.More Button

I will communicate with the Deputy about the present state of the regulations.More Button

It is not likely this session.More Button

It is a border line case and the legislation that may be required as a result of the report is still under consideration.More Button

No, I cannot give the Deputy a date at this stage.More Button

I do not think so.More Button

It may be published this session but it will not be taken in this session.More Button

It means that the Deputy will be under very considerable pressure in the future.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Joycean Material in National Library.

Was asked: when the Joycean material from the Paul Leon bequest to the National Library will be made available to Joycean scholars and to the public, for study and viewing; and if he will outline in general term...More Button

Staff of the National Library are at present assessing the contents of the collection which consists of over 1,000 items, taking necessary conservation measures as well as doing the work necessary to ...More Button

Literature is universal and we have to be even-handed and open and generous to all researchers. Joyce is now an international figure——More Button

I would not claim to have his picturesque capacity but otherwise——More Button

There is no doubt that this collection will be a vast valuable reservoir for Irish researchers and we hope to make it fully and readily accessible to them as soon as possible. In fact I think it migh...More Button

Yes, of course we will do that. The Director of the National Library would be the person to follow all that up. I am sure the Deputy's attention was directed to an article in one of last Sunday's p...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Appointment of New Oireachtas Committee.

Was asked: if, in view of the many commitments in the Programme for Economic and Social Progress to various Government Departments in consultation with the social partners which will require the consent of the O...More Button

As I indicated to the House last Thursday in reply to a query from the Deputy on the Order of Business, I do not see the need for such a committee. The many provisions in the Programme for Economic a...More Button

I appreciate what the Deputy is getting at. On the other hand Deputies did express some concern about the democratic process and the fact that these important social and economic issues should not be...More Button

I would agree that legislation is the fundamental responsibility of this House and of nobody else. However, as the Deputy knows, in the case of long legislation the Minister in charge of the legislati...More Button

It is being opened up to democratic scrutiny.More Button

It is my intention to have a full, detailed debate——More Button

On the programme as such, first, all aspects of the programme and then, as I said, the component elements of the programme must come here in some shape or form for a full democratic discussion and dec...More Button

I think the Deputy is misunderstanding, or perhaps misdirecting his attention here. There are countless occasions on which a Government, as the Executive, negotiate with different persons, bodies, ag...More Button

The process of getting all the social partners and the Government to hammer out an agreement is complicated enough. If political parties had been brought in at the negotiating stage, with all the con...More Button

It would be, if it were true, but of course it is not true. First, the amount of legislation which will be involved in implementing the programme will be minimal compared with the general corpus of l...More Button

The Government are the executive authority and must carry out all these discussions and negotiations. It is, of course, always subject to the final authority of this House and that is the way we are p...More Button

All these arguments would sound much more convincing to me if I did not recall that on the occasion when we succeeded, as a major departure, in bringing forward the first programme, it was treated wi...More Button

It was derided by all sides.More Button

The simulated outrage of Deputy Bruton does not impress me when I distinctly remember listening to what Deputy Michael Noonan, the spokesman for his party, said on those benches at the time.More Button

I have a very good memory and I will quote for the Deputy.More Button

I do not agree and I think the outburst by Deputy Bruton reenforces my argument about political involvement in the early stages of these discussions. I see Deputy Quinn's difficulty. I understand it ...More Button

I know it is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks but the Deputy is learning some of the bad ones.More Button

The new ringmasters of the Fine Gael Party are making Deputy Bruton dance a very peculiar tune for the benefit of the television cameras.More Button

I suggest that despite this new outburst of vulgarity and guffawing that has been imposed upon you, you would get back to the good old Fine Gael good mannered behaviour in this House.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Driving Test Waiting List.

He will be five.More Button

Private Notice Questions: - Northern Ireland Talks Initiative.

I stated in the Dáil last week that the initiative of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland continued to be the subject of ongoing discussions between all the parties involved and that the Gove...More Button

First of all, I should just like to say by way of comment that I do not think people should be too pessimistic or misrepresent what Secretary of State Brooke said. Let us recall that, in journalistic...More Button

I think we know what he means. Again, on Thursday last the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said:More Button

No. I would broadly agree with what Deputy Spring is saying, except on one account. I do not go along with the idea that the atmosphere or situation has suddenly become much more pessimistic in outl...More Button

I want to remain calm about this. The last point made by Deputy Bruton has disturbed me. There should not be a question that the attitude of the Irish Government is in anyway responsible for impedin...More Button

Things have moved too far now and people have come too close together for us ever to go back to some totally sterile and futile situation. Even if the outcome of failure were to be integration, that ...More Button

The talks are confidential and therefore it is not possible for any side to give a complete detailed indication of what is taking place. That would jeopardise the whole process. I have been as oncom...More Button

That is a difficult question for me to answer because I do not wish to contemplate the talks breaking down or to be put in the position of saying that if these talks break down there are other things ...More Button

The Deputy has raised a number of matters and I do not want to be drawn into dealing with them seriatim. Some of the things he said are not absolutely correct. The Irish Government are not categoric ...More Button

There is no doubt about the answer to that question. There is always the possibility of failure, no matter when or how they start.More Button

Appointment of Member of Government: Statement.

A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to announce, for the information of the Dáil, (1) that, having informed the President that Dáil Éireann had approved my nomination of Deputy Brendan Daly to be a member of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: if, in relation to a measure in operation which prohibits companies under Údarás na Gaeltachta's aegis from paying above the statutory redundancy rates, he will make an exception to this rule in the c...More Button

Written Answers. - Disability Pension.

Was asked: if he will make a statement outlining the position of a person (details supplied) in Wales regarding his disability pension; and if he will issue a reply to the matters raised by the person concerned ...More Button

This case is currently under investigation in the Department and a full reply will issue to the person concerned in the very near future.More Button


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