Bruton, John

Tuesday, 4 April 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 451 No. 5

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Information Leaks.

Was asked: if he has instigated any investigations of leaks from the Government; and the up-to-date information regarding these inquiries.More Button

Leaking of confidential information containing proposals not yet considered by Cabinet is undesirable because it pre-empts the constitutional function of the Cabinet and interferes with the free excha...More Button

I do not accept that.More Button

Four investigations were initiated by me and probably a number of others have been initiated under the procedure I outlined in individual Departments. It is very undesirable and wrong, if the Deputy ...More Button

I am not accepting that assertion. This is the second time I have given that answer to the Deputy and if she is allowed to ask me the question a third or fourth time I will give her the same answer.More Button

I will have to investigate the proceedings of the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition.More Button

I have not made any progress on it.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Drafting Assistance.

Was asked: asked the Taoiseach, in relation to the current reorganisation of the Office of the Attorney General, if he will make resources available in the draftsman's office to facilitate and assist members of ...More Button

In essence what the Deputy is proposing is that the parliamentary draftsman's office would draft Bills for members of the Opposition and would draft Opposition amendments to Government Bills which had...More Button

As I made clear in my original reply, there are constitutional difficulties in doing this because the Attorney General is the adviser to the Government and it is our view, and has been the view of pre...More Button

——I testify to the considerable assistance that office can offer to any Deputy who wishes to avail of it. Increased financial and other resources are being made available to committees, which should ...More Button

The question in the name of Deputy Woods relates to the parliamentary draftsman's office offering assistance to the Opposition. As the Deputy knows, it forms part of the Office of the Attorney Genera...More Button

As I explained, the Office of the Attorney General cannot provide assistance other than to the Government. There is a constitutional obstacle to that. As far as making assistance available to the Opp...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board.

Was asked: the recommendations or suggestions, if any, which arose from his meeting with the Economic Advisory Board in the United States.More Button

My meeting with the Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board in Washington on 17 March was a first opportunity for me, as Taoiseach, to meet this important group of corporate Irish-American leaders who...More Button

I intend to continue consulting the board. It is very valuable and I will meet it as often as practicable. I give credit to my predecessor for establishing it and have done so freely to the board and...More Button

The people on the board are best suited to advise us on that. The board has established a small sub-committee to specifically promote the IFSC. Not only will it make recommendations to us but, more ...More Button

At the White House Conference in May arrangements will be made to communicate the attractions of the IFSC and the detailed arrangements for the conference, as far as the Irish side is concerned, are b...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Review of DPP's Decisions.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a statement by the Director of Public Prosecutions quoted in a paper (details supplied) to the effect that he considers it important that some mechanism should be es...More Button

Was asked: if he will respond to the statement of the Director of Public Prosecutions that a mechanism could be set up under existing provisions of the Prosecution of Offences Act, 1974, under which the Attorney...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 4 and 5 together.More Button

I discussed the matter with the Director of Public Prosecutions. He confirmed the advice that he had given in writing directly to me that the arrangements suggested in the Deputy's question are not sa...More Button

I want to make it clear that my views on these matters are my own. I strongly believe that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions should not be politicised. I see serious dangers in any o...More Button

I would like to put on record what I understand happened in regard to the so-called views of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He was asked in general if he was opposed to the concept of accountab...More Button

I would not favour an annual debate on the operations of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as I believe that would have the effect of politicising his decisions which I wish to avoid. ...More Button

I answered that question on the previous occasion this matter was raised and, if the Deputy wishes, I will answer it again.More Button

If the Deputy checks the record, he will see that I have given at least two examples of problems that could arise in that regard. For example, a specific witness may be absent or unreliable or other ...More Button

There is no parallel between the administrative decision on the extradition of somebody being charged in the normal way and offering explanations as to why an individual now at liberty and innocent un...More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 8 and statements on the report of the sub-committee of the Select Committee on Legislation and Security. It is also proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, t...More Button

I have no reason to believe that previous practice will not be followed. I did not have an opportunity to discuss the question with the Minister for Finance as I did not have notice of the request. ...More Button

I will.More Button

No, it is not.More Button

The Bill is at an early stage of preparation. It was promised about six years ago. On assuming office the Government was quite surprised to discover that so little work had been done on the Bill. ...More Button

The Government has not agreed the Heads of the Bill. As I said, the Bill is at an early stage of preparation.More Button

The Deputy asked that question when I was here. I clearly indicated that the Government does not intend to publish anything other than a list of legislation it is intended to introduce. It will not p...More Button

Today.More Button

That legislation is at a reasonably advanced stage of preparation and I expect it will be available in this session.More Button

In the autumn of 1995.More Button

It is not promised legislation but a report.More Button

Within three months.More Button

It is not sufficient for the Deputy to mention the word “legislation” thereby making every conceivable question in order.More Button

Legislation is not promised.More Button

That order was signed last week and will be processed in the usual way.More Button

The expression of concern on the Deputy's face would definitely earn him a place in the Abbey School of Acting.More Button

I assure the Deputy there is no dissension in the Government much as I am sure he is disappointed to hear that.More Button

Written Answers. - Famine Commemoration.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the proposal by Trócaire to provide funding to commemorate the Great Famine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A committee has been established, chaired by Minister of State, Deputy Avril Doyle, with a budget of £250,000 to commemorate the Great Famine. The committee has been meeting fortnightly and hopes to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Job Provision.

Was asked: the estimated cost per capita of job provision through the Area Partnerships.More Button

I take it that the information sought relates to the cost per job in partnership areas. During 1993 total expenditure of £2.079 million was incurred in partnership areas under measure 1 of the global ...More Button

Written Answers. - Census of Population Statistics.

Was asked: the number of people living in the six Border counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth in the 1960s; and the comparative number in 1995.More Button

The following table contains the number of persons enumerated in the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth in Censuses of Population since 1961.More Button

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