Reynolds, Albert

Wednesday, 4 May 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 442 No. 3

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Programme for Competitiveness and Work.

Was asked: asked the Taoiseach, in view of the commitment he gave in the introduction to the Programme for Competitiveness and Work, 1994-1999, the steps, if any he has taken or plans to take to ensure that the ...More Button

Was asked: if any meeting has taken place by the central review committee of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work; if so, if any adjustments have been discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together. The first meeting of the Central Review Committee under the Programme for Competitiveness and Work took place on 21 April 1994.More Button

The primary purpose of the Central Review Committee is to monitor the progress of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work. Some of the issues raised by Deputy Rabbitte certainly can be taken up by ...More Button

I have answered this question a number of times in this House. The Government is fully committed to the implementation of the National Development Plan. The draft Community Support Framework was recei...More Button

The problem of long term unemployment is serious, not only for this country but for other European countries. Unemployment has been growing at a steady pace over recent years but do not accept that i...More Button

I regard politicians, the Congress of Trade Unions and others as representing the unemployed in any negotiations on the national programme. I am surprised the Deputy is one of the few people not looki...More Button

The Deputy is well aware that the issue he raised is not appropriate to the Central Review Committee but a matter for the Government and the courts. In the programme on equality there are specific mea...More Button

The Deputy is aware that there are many reasons for long term unemployment which is a serious problem not only in this economy but in other developed economies. In Europe, unemployment is growing and ...More Button

Pure repetition.More Button

I have already answered. The Deputy knows the Programme for Economic and Social Progress made a significant contribution towards sheltering the economy and nursing it through the difficult world rece...More Button

I have already said I regard politicians and the Congress of Trade Unions as representing the unemployed. They deal with a variety of unemployment centres——More Button

——and I do not accept the suggestion that apart from one organisation no one else has any concern for the unemployed.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Average Industrial Earnings.

Was asked: the average industrial wage for males and females on the latest date for which figures are available.More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 4, Nos. 5 to 9, inclusive, Statements on the Leinster House Development and Library Facilities, and No. 10. It is also proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders,...More Button

I am surprised by Deputy Bruton's intervention as this matter was agreed by the Whips. One would assume Deputy Bruton would know what his Party's Whip agrees to. Some of the matters are being introduc...More Button

The Deputy agreed to it. Question, “That the proposals for dealing with items Nos. 5 to 9, inclusive, be agreed to”, put and declared carried.More Button

I am sorry to disappoint Deputy Bruton but I would be happy to let anyone carry out an audit on the Programme for Government as it is now 16 months in operation and a significant number of the provisi...More Button

No.More Button

I did not say that; I said it was not promised legislation.More Button

It is not promised legislation. There is a commitment given in this regard in the Programme for Government and that is being proceeded with.More Button

Some ciúineas would be appreciated if Deputies opposite want answers to questions. The Department of Finance is completing its evaluation on a third banking force of which the proposals in relation to...More Button

It has never been accepted that the Programme for Government is the legislative programme.More Button

That has always been the case and I said it on so many occasions I have lost count. Deputy De Rossa may be disappointed but both Government parties will be involved in the review of the Programme for ...More Button

Of course. Is that not the reason we are in Government? It may not please the Deputy but the programme is working exceptionally well and will continue to do so.More Button

If Deputy Bruton reads the Programme for Government he will see that all the financial institutions are mentioned in it.More Button

I will be glad to inform the Deputy of the up-to-date position.More Button

Of course they can. They know where the Trustee Savings Bank is and they can talk to that bank any day.More Button

It is a reflection that I was, for eight years, a member of a trade union.More Button

No.More Button

The matter may be discussed by the Whips.More Button

I will communicate with the Deputy on the progress with this legislation.More Button

I will communicate with the Deputy on the matter.More Button

It is a matter for the chairman and members of the committee to deal with that issue.More Button

On behalf of the Government — and I am sure the majority of Irish people — I would like to say how much we appreciated the marvellous presentation of the contest by RTE and the fantastic talent it dis...More Button

Written Answers. - European Directives.

Was asked: the number of EEC, EC and EU directives which have come to his Department since Ireland joined the European Community.More Button

My Department is not directly responsible for any directives. I am informed by the Central Statistics Office that the total number of Council Directives applicable in the statistical area is 25.More Button

Written Answers. - North Lee Development Committee.

Was asked: the funding that has been made available to the 1993 North Lee Development Committee.More Button

The North Lee Development Company was established under the Programme for Economic and Social Progress as one of the pilot areas for the area-based response to long-term unemployment. These areas hav...More Button


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