Bruton, John

Wednesday, 14 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 461 No. 5

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 12, statements on the Northern Ireland peace process. It is also proposed, notwithstanding the order of the Dáil of 13 February 1996, that the proceedings on No. 12, if not...More Button

I will make inquiries and then contact the Deputy about that matter. As the House is aware, it is possible for bodies of this nature to be established non-statutorily.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Parliamentary Draftsmen.

Was asked: the number of parliamentary draftsmen currently employed in the Office of the Attorney General; and the way in which this compares with the situation in December 1994 and 1995.More Button

The number of parliamentary draftsmen currently employed in the office of the Attorney General is 11. This compares with eight in December 1994 and ten in December 1995. In addition, throughout the ...More Button

This question relates to parliamentary draftsmen specifically, not to the general operations of the Attorney General's office. The House will recall that extensive information on all the matters to w...More Button

No, I am not. As the House may be aware, it was intended to recruit an additional five persons and a competition was held, as I told the House on 17 October, for that purpose. Of the five candidates ...More Button

What is the Deputy paying that man beside her?More Button

That is being considered. We will be availing of the services of draftsmen from other jurisdictions who have not worked in the office. There are difficulties, to which I have referred on other occasi...More Button

I will have the Deputy's suggestion considered by the Attorney General and the Ministers for Education and Justice who may be able to examine collectively this aspect of legal education.More Button

Taken in conjunction with Deputy McDowell's suggestion, Deputy Ahern is making a reasonable point. Nonetheless, I do not have available to me details of the ages of the people being recruited. I hav...More Button

I will get the relevant information for the Deputy. I was asked specifically about parliamentary draftsmen, I was not asked about the general staffing of the office. I do not have all that informati...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Visits to Northern Ireland.

Was asked: the number of visits he has made to Northern Ireland since taking office.More Button

Since taking office as Taoiseach on 15 December 1994, I visited Northern Ireland on six occasions. Details of visits to Northern Ireland by the Taoiseach, Mr. John Bruton, T.D., — since 15 December, 1...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Proposed Visits to United States.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to visit the United States of America.More Button

I plan to visit Washington from 13 to 15 March, 1996. My proposed programme includes meetings with President Clinton, Speaker Gingrich and the Ireland-America Economic Advisory Board. I will then tra...More Button

As a general proposition I agree with what the Deputy has said.More Button

Yes. I will be in Washington, DC from 13 to 15 March inclusive and in Newfoundland in Canada from 16 to 17 March.More Button

During the course of my visit to Washington DC I will meet all the major political leaders at Federal level in the United States. It is always difficult to strike a balance in terms of how much time ...More Button

As the House will be aware, I had to curtail my visit to Canada on the occasion of the postponed Summit last autumn. In view of the very strong Irish connection with Newfoundland, and since I believe...More Button

I would not like Deputy Dempsey to think I am neglecting contacts with the United States of America. I paid three visits to the United States last year and will travel there next month. I had meetin...More Button

I will be very happy to meet him.More Button

I may very well do so.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Annual Inflation Rate.

Was asked: the annual inflation rate in Ireland at the end of 1995 compared with 1994; and the way in which this compares with other countries in the EU.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Gross Domestic Product.

Was asked: Ireland's estimated GDP per capita in 1995 vis-à-vis the EU average.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Gross National Disposable Income.

Was asked: the GNDI per capita for each of the years 1973, 1980, 1986 and 1990 to 1995 as the most accurate measure of Ireland's national income; and the percentage of the EU average GDP per capita that this wou...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Local Development Scheme.

Was asked: if he will confirm media reports that one constituency has received over 50 per cent of the grants from the special local development scheme under the auspices of his Department.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Rural Areas Depopulation.

Was asked: the action, if any, the Government has taken on last year's NESC report on rural development.More Button

Was asked: the action, if any, he proposes to take to redress the serious depopulation of the West of Ireland; if his attention has been drawn to the current seriousness of this situation; the action, if any, th...More Button

Written Answers. - Offshore Island Development.

Was asked: his views on whether there is adequate funding for the recent report on island development.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether from the point of view of funding essential infrastructure, the distinction between a Gaeltacht and non-Gaeltacht island should be maintained; and the plans, if any, there are in ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 11 together. The problems which affect our offshore island communities are complex and long standing. This Government has, for the first time, explicitly ackno...More Button

Written Answers. - NYCI Nominee to NESC.

Was asked: the latest position regarding the nominee of the National Youth Council of Ireland to the National Economic and Social Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In response to a question on this issue on 14 November 1995, I explained the situation regarding the nominee of the National Youth Council of Ireland to the National Economic and Social Council. I in...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the current number of personnel working in his ministerial offices and the office of his Minister(s) of State; the number of personnel that have been seconded or employed on a non-established contract...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following schedule. SCHEDULE Number of personnel working in the offices of the Taoiseach and Ministers of State and the number of personnel that ...More Button

Written Answers. - French Visitors to Ireland.

Was asked: the estimated number of visitors from France to Ireland in each of the last five years; and the number of Irish people who visited France in each of the last five years.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy, in relation to visitors from France, is set out below. Official data relating to the number of Irish people who visited France are not available from CSO sourc...More Button

Written Answers. - French-Irish Trade.

Was asked: the amount and value of exports to and imports from France each year for the past five years including manufacturing and agricultural products and jobs and goods in the service sector.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy on the value of trade with France is presented in the following tables. Details are provided for 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and January-August 1995. Imports and ex...More Button

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