Haughey, Charles J.

Wednesday, 20 March 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 406 No. 7

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take Nos. 13 and 14. It is also proposed, subject to the agreement of the House that: (1) business shall be interrupted at 10.30 p.m.; (2) the proceedings on the Second Stage of No....More Button

I do not think the education Bill is the legislation to deal with that matter.More Button

The question is being dealt with as a matter of urgency.More Button

May I venture one comment? We are all fortunate that the future of Europe will be decided by politicians and not by bankers.More Button

Neither will be published this session.More Button

I will inform the Deputy on that matter.More Button

It will not be circulated in this session.More Button

Yes, I think it is a legitimate question, Deputy Gay Mitchell, as he rightly pointed out is always very orderly, and I recommend his exemplary behaviour to his colleagues.More Button

Sorry, a Cheann Comhairle, the matter was discussed by the Whips, it could not be accommodated before the end of this session but I will have another word with them in deference to the Deputy's excell...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Security and Defence Policy.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a report which indicates that a majority of the people of Europe, including a majority of Irish people, favour a European Defence Agreement; and if he will make a st...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to Eurobarometer survey No. 34, for October 1990, carried out on behalf of the Commission of the European Communities. The survey refers to the response to a qu...More Button

We participate fully in the debate but we have not found it necessary to submit any particular paper on any specific issue as yet.More Button

We have debated these issues in this House. The most important contribution on this whole issue was made by me at the Rome Summit when the remit for the guidelines for the Inter-governmental Conferen...More Button

That is absolute nonsense.More Button

It is absolute nonsense. We participate fully in the debate on political union in all the Council meetings that are taking place. At that crucial Rome Summit — at which the guidelines were laid down ...More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, may I point out that this is actually a statistical question about a public opinion survey.More Button

No, I think it would be premature.More Button

I have already told the House that in my view the preparation of a White Paper at this stage would be premature.More Button

I am not sure which IGC the Deputy is talking about because he seems to be confusing economic and monetary union with political union.More Button

Not surprisingly, the Deputy is the first person I ever heard talking about a slow lane in regard to political union. The position of this Government in both these IGCs is consistently put forward, d...More Button

I am fully aware of what is taking place in the discussions with regard to future defence in Europe, to the participation of the United States in that regard and to the whole situation concerning the ...More Button

Of course, I have participated in the CSCE conference in Paris. Our representatives participate fully in the IGC on monetary and economic union and on the IGC on political union.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Shaw Museum Project.

Was asked: if he will ensure that the necessary financial assistance is forthcoming to restore No. 33 Synge Street, Dublin 8 which is the birthplace of George Bernard Shaw; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: if financial assistance is being provided to have the birth place of George Bernard Shaw, at 33 Synge Street, Dublin, restored.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 76 together.More Button

I am disappointed that the Deputy should refer to the Irish soldiers and sailors land trust fund as a slush fund. It is nothing of the sort. It is a very valuable fund which was set up for excellent...More Button

That could be considered.More Button

The position is that there are a group of persons, estimable people, who have decided to restore this house and turn it into a Shaw museum. Their intention was to get seed money from the Government an...More Button

As I understand it the cost will be quite considerable. I can inform the House that the matter was referred to the heritage council who indicated that in their view it was not a project that called f...More Button

Deputies opposite have a great penchant for spending other people's money but I have to be careful.More Button

Just a moment ago the Deputy's colleague said it was not State money.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Litigation Against State.

Was asked: the number of High Court cases in which he was named as a defendant in court proceedings in each of the last ten years; the issues involved in such proceedings; the number of such cases successfully d...More Button

Was asked: the number of court cases, instituted in the High Court, against the State in each of the last 15 years to which the Attorney General was a party; the number of such cases in which the State was ultim...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases determined in each of the last 15 years in which the constitutionality of legislation enacted by the Oireachtas since 1937 was challenged; and the number of cases in which such leg...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases determined by the Supreme Court pursuant to a reference under Article 26 of the Constitution; and the number of Bills found (a) to be repugnant to the Constitution and (b) in accor...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 together. I consider that extracting the very detailed information requested would serve no useful public purpose, would mean deferring more pressing and...More Button

I am not saying that. What I said was that the information is so diffuse and so extensive that it would not justify the expending of public funds in finding it out.More Button

That is a different matter. I would be prepared to listen to the Deputy arguing that case but the detail sought in the questions is voluminous, and would involve an enormous amount of time to compil...More Button

No, I would not. Nothing has changed——More Button

The question asked the details of cases over 15 years. That information is not readily available.More Button

No, I could not agree. That is an absurd proposition. I do not think any solicitor's office would have the sort of records involved in Deputy Shatter's question.More Button

I do not think that is what Deputy Shatter was suggesting. I do not think the information sought in this question would be of any value in coming to a decision about the efficacy of the State's condu...More Button

——and much depends on the sort of issues which arise and the quality of the decisions taken.More Button

No, I do not agree. I do not think there is any sort of standard of measurement which could be applied to the constant ongoing legal business of the Attorney General's office and the Chief State Soli...More Button

Deputy Shatter understands fully.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Teorainneacha na nGaeltachtaí.

Was asked: an bhfuil sé sásta le teorainneacha na nGaeltachtaí mar atá siad agus, mura bhfuil, an bhfuil sé i gceist aige iad a atarraingt.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Téilifís na Gaeltachta.

Was asked: cé mhéad airgid a chosain an tuarascáil a réitigh Údarás na Gaeltachta dar teideal Teilifís na Gaeltachta; cé mhéad de sin a íocadh le RTÉ as comhairle theicniúil agus cé mhéad a íocadh leis an gcomhl...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Gaeltacht Area Extension.

Was asked: if he will make an order extending the Gaeltacht area to include part of the Dublin region.More Button

Written Answers. - Internal Market Programme.

Was asked: whether in respect of the completion of the Internal Market by 1992, he will outline in respect of his Department (1) which directives are his responsibility, (2) the directives which have now been pa...More Button

My Department do not have direct responsibility for any directives in respect of the completion of the Internal Market. However, the Internal Market programme does include a proposal for a Council re...More Button

Written Answers. - Engagement of External Agencies.

Was asked: if he will outline the names of the external agencies engaged in 1990 for advertising, design and public relations.More Button

The following schedule lists the information requested by the Deputy in respect of the names of external agencies engaged by my Departments in 1990 for advertising, design and public relations. SCHEDU...More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Language TV Service.

Was asked: whether, in view of the Taoiseach's declaration at the Fianna Fáil Ard-Fheis on the establishment of an Irish language TV service, his Department have (a) formulated plans for the provision of such se...More Button

Written Answers. - Dún Laoghaire (Dublin) Unemployment.

Was asked: the number of persons unemployed in the area covered by the Dáil constituency of Dún Laoghaire in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and to date in 1991.More Button

The following table shows the number of persons on the live register at Dún Laoghaire local employment office on the last Friday of each month from January 1987 to February 1991 inclusive.More Button

Written Answers. - Cork Unemployment Figures.

Was asked: the unemployment figures for Cork city and Cork county for (1) 28 February 1990 and (2) 28 February 1991.More Button

The number of persons on the live register at Cork city employment exchange for the dates in question are as follows: 23 February, 1990, 13, 491; 22 February, 1991, 14, 141. The following table shows ...More Button

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