Bruton, John

Wednesday, 21 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 461 No. 8

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take Nos. 1, 13, 9, 14 and 2. It is also proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders that (1) speeches on No. 9, which shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case, shall be c...More Button

Members will be aware that when John Hume first put this proposal I and other members of the Government heartily welcomed it because we believe it is constructive. We believe that if all the people on...More Button

I agree heartily with the Deputy that peace for a political party is never a tactic, it has to be a principle. There must be a full understanding by all political parties that one cannot don the mantl...More Button

I hope the Deputy is not opposed to what I said.More Button

I cannot say if we will see it before the end of February but we will see it in the reasonably near future.More Button

Members who were present in the House yesterday will recollect I stated that the purpose of the Government is to set a specific date for all party talks, and this was covered very well in the papers t...More Button

I expect the Social Welfare Bill to be published early next month.More Button

There is no legislation promised in that area.More Button

That is a matter for the Whips and perhaps the Deputy should contact her party Whip.More Button

I assure the Deputy that all the requirements in regard to publication and debate on the Bill will be fulfilled.More Button

Obviously the rest of March will be available for that purpose.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Devolution Commission.

Was asked: whether he has received a report from the Devolution Commission on the devolution of central government functions to local government; and when he proposes to publish such a report.More Button

Was asked: the current position on the workings of the Devolution Commission; when the commission will report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 and 2 together.More Button

It is precisely because there is a political will to deal with this matter that we have not simply set up a body to prepare a report but have committed ourselves to setting up a Cabinet subcommittee t...More Button

Voluntary groups are represented on the body — a number of people involved in voluntary activity are on it. Obviously, those practically involved in local government are also represented on the body,...More Button

I am sorry, I will answer the question. I omitted to answer it the first time.More Button

The transfer of powers from officials to elected people is a separate issue from the devolution of powers from central to local government. However, it is an issue upon which the Minister for the Envi...More Button

The Minister for the Environment is always looking at possibilities for devolution and he will not delay any proposals which he can make in this area simply because the commission is sitting. The com...More Button

There is a timeframe in that we expect the first report from the body in March and we expect the Cabinet sub-committee will meet immediately thereafter with a view to making decisions on it. I have a...More Button

The premise on which the Deputy's question is based is entirely false, but that is not surprising.More Button

There is perfect harmony in the Government on these and all other matters. Local Government finance is not the subject matter of the question of Deputy Michael Kitt or Deputy Quill. It is a separate...More Button

It is being addressed but I would not necessarily accept the Deputy's assumption.More Button

I have heard that comment made by many who fail to recognise that the entire population of this country is no greater than that of some local authority areas in other countries. Comparing, for exampl...More Button

The Deputy has reached the stage of adopting a sort of inverted colonial attitude in saying that international organisations necessarily know better than we know ourselves. We do not need——More Button

——international comparisons to tell us that this country is over-centralised. We do not need bogus comparisons of small countries with large countries to tell us that this country is over-centralised...More Button

We need further decentralisation. This is a matter which stands on its own merits. With due respect to everybody who may comment on it internationally, we accept it and this Government is doing some...More Button

Governments of which Deputy Ahern was part did not do anything about it and that might be a more relevant concern for the Deputy than his obviously wide reading in OECD literature.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - IFSC Long-Term Review Group.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made in the deliberations of the long-term review group on the IFSC.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Interdepartmental Policy Committee.

Was asked: the areas of policy, if any, that are being discussed in the Interdepartmental Policy Committee on Local Development, chaired by his Department.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - European Co-Ordination Committee.

Was asked: the membership and frequency of meetings of the European Co-Ordination Committee; and the role, if any, this committee is playing in the co-ordination of Ireland's forthcoming EU Presidency.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fingal (Dublin) Arts Centre.

Was asked: the progress, if any, being made with the application for capital grant assistance of £20,000 towards seating, stage curtains and heating on behalf of Saint Maur's Trust Limited, Fingal Arts Centre, C...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Western Development Plan

Was asked: the funding that will be provided for the implementation of proposals of the Western Development Partnership Board; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Border Counties Funding.

Was asked: the funds from the EU and other sources available for the southern Border counties; the funds that are additional or consequent on the peace process; and the purposes for which they have been or will ...More Button

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