O'Rourke, Mary

Wednesday, 15 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 449 No. 2

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Financial Resolutions, 1995. - Financial Resolution No. 4: General (Resumed).

I never fancied the Deputy.More Button

Not at all.More Button

I would love to kiss the Deputy.More Button

I have not opened my mouth yet.More Button

I was fascinated by and interested in the Deputy's comments about the book, When the Kissing had to Stop. He thought I was getting hot under the collar, lest he might think otherwise, I had no desire...More Button

——and I am pleased to know that one's years in politics does not stem it. The Deputy referred to the general increase of 2.5 per cent in social welfare and pointed out that this is in line with the ra...More Button

This remains to be seen. It has been forecast by economists that the rate of inflation will be of the order of 2.7 per cent to 2.9 per cent. Therefore this is the first time that a Government of any ...More Button

He seeks to be the invisible Taoiseach.More Button

He seeks to muzzle Opposition questions and at all times he seeks to silence any dissent, as was evidenced by the comments of Deputies Shatter and Dukes at the weekend —una duce, uno voce. How quickl...More Button

If this is the way the Taoiseach portrayed himself as Leader of the Opposition, never has there been such a transformation. I respectfully suggest he should apply for an equity card because he has su...More Button

This budget is confusing, incoherent and inconsistent. There are three missing ingredients. There is not any proper employment strategy, caring social policy or responsible fiscal policy. As a former...More Button

What a shame.More Button

We commissioned a report from the ERSI and UCD on work-sharing, issues and options. We were briefed on it in October but as we left office in November we never saw the final document. I have been to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers.

The sentiments expressed by the Taoiseach are worthy. Each summer we attend a remembrance service for all the women and men who died in warfare anywhere, including in both world wars. It is a proper ...More Button

The Taoiseach had a chance on Friday last at the meeting of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation but missed it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rural Development.

May I take it from what the Minister of State has said he will keep open every shop, post office, church and pub throughout the country?If so he is truly a miracle man and should have been number one ...More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, may I take refuge under the Progressive Democrats' Defamation Bill, 1995 from the allegation that I am dextrous with my tongue? (Interruptions.)More Button

The Deputy is not sufficiently dextrous.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment Blackspots.

I congratulate the Minister on his appointment. I did not have an opportunity to do so either for-maly or informally. In answer to an earlier question the Minister praised the community employment s...More Button

But it was 40,000 at the end of the year.More Button

That is correct but immediately there has been a downturn.More Button

I thank the Minister for his offer of keeping this under review. The participation rate should be maintained at least at the 40,000 level. We are inundated with people calling us saying their propos...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Investment in Irish Steel.

Asked the minister: the amount of subsidisation, finance or equity contributed to or held by the Government in Irish Steel from 1983 to 1994; and the plans, if any, he has for the company in regard to further finance int...More Button

I thank the Minister for the reply. A similar reply could have been given last April, August, October or December. We on this side of the House wish to remain helpful about the whole issue of Irish ...More Button

I used the phrase “begging bowl” in a metaphorical sense; I meant the Commission's begging bowl to allow funding——More Button

The Minister referred to the ambitious production targets which the company has set for itself. I have been informed that production levels dropped during the last quarter of 1994 and January 1995. ...More Button

I asked the Minister about production targets.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Departmental Unit.

Asked the minister: if he will give details of the special unit in his Department which was announced following the recent dispute in a company (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and the way in which he proposes that this ...More Button

I specifically asked the Minister about the special unit to which, I think, there is a reference in the Programme for Government. I take it from what he said that advice is being sought from ICTU and...More Button

I take it from what the Minister said that there will be two groups — a loosely convened consultative group who will be on the look-out, so to speak, for signals from particular segments of industry w...More Button

Will the Minister provide specific funding for this unit, thus giving it special recognition? This has been done in Sweden, Denmark and other countries where resource units are deemed a success.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Long Term Unemployed.

Asked the minister: if he will consider a policy of targeted number reductions on long term unemployment.[3346/95]More Button

I welcome the Minister's reply. I hope you will bear with me, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, while I make a brief point. During our negotiations with the Labour Party on the formation of a Government, I m...More Button

Not in the percentage?More Button

Sadly, when my party was in Government the percentage increased from 47 per cent to 49 per cent at the end of October 1994. I understand the preliminary figures indicate that it continues to increase...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Competition Bill, 1994.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to change the thrust of the proposed competition Bill following the views expressed by him in a newspaper article (details supplied).More Button

I am glad the Minister is not planning to make a U-turn; in other words, he is sticking to the views he expressed in a newspaper article last summer in which he singled out for attention the proposals...More Button

Is the Minister aware that the bizarre and daft notions which permeate the Bill and which he found most obnoxious were put forward by one of the social partners? Therefore I am alarmed when I hear hi...More Button

One section.More Button

Even though the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, did not speak he gave me an indication of what the Minister said on this issue.More Button

Agreed. The Deputy has been muzzled.More Button

Which is what?More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Closure of Army Barracks.

I congratulate the Minister on his appointment. I come from an Army town, the headquarters of the western command and, no matter how draconian the Minister's proposals, I think even Fine Gael would b...More Button

No, but the Minister is paving the way.More Button

You can bet they are because they do not affect them.More Button

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