Ahern, Bertie

Wednesday, 14 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 461 No. 5

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Order of Business.

The Government has agreed to our proposal for a third day for this debate. This is appropriate as otherwise the contributions of the 35 speakers from this side of the House would have been limited to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Parliamentary Draftsmen.

Asked the minister: 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

Will the Taoiseach outline any major improvements which have been made in the reporting system, which was where the difficulty lay in that office? Will he outline the current procedure in the delegat...More Button

I will not pursue that matter but I will put down another question.More Button

I must say draftsmen have been extraordinary over the years because they have dealt with an amount of legislation in unbelievable circumstances. Their facilities, technology and numbers have never bee...More Button

Should we not give them an opportunity to build up those skills over a few years? It seems incredible that the Government must go around the world to find senior draftsmen. I am grateful to the draft...More Button

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

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

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

It is a nice place too.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Annual Inflation Rate.

Asked the minister: 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

Will the Minister of State indicate what position Ireland held in the league in November 1994 as against November 1995?More Button

What was our position in the league vis-à-vis the other EU countries?More Button

I realise it is a statistical question but the Minister of State will be aware that in relative terms our position in the league has fallen badly. Is any reason for this given in the statistical unit?More Button

That is not the case. I will pursue the matter with the Minister for Finance.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Gross Domestic Product.

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

I am at a disadvantage in that I tabled these questions to the Taoiseach as policy questions. If I table them in another form they are transferred to the Minister for Finance. When I table them in th...More Button

That is what happens.More Button

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

Asked the minister: 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.

I thank the Minister for his detailed reply. Am I analysing the figures correctly if I say that about 2.5 per cent of the fund would be available to each constituency if it had been divided equally w...More Button

The Minister of State knows our job is to ask questions related to matters in the public domain and to elicit facts. This is an important fund and the Minister of State has confirmed that Dublin Sout...More Button

If one looks at where Fianna Fáil gets its vote it is only 5 per cent.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers. - Rural Areas Depopulation.

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

Written Answers. - Offshore Island Development.

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

Asked the minister: 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


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