Burke, Ray

Thursday, 25 April 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 464 No. 5

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Order of Business.

It did not take the Minister long to learn.More Button

Developing a Policy for Women's Health: Statements (Resumed).

I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution to the debate on this report. I will not repeat the points that have been made on child care and other areas touched on by the previous speaker. I wi...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Crisis in South Lebanon.

Asked the minister: the plans or proposals, if any, he has in his capacity as a member of the EU Troika, both at EU and UN level, to alleviate the escalating crisis in the Middle East.More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his comprehensive response. I send good wishes to the Tánaiste. I hope he has a speedy recovery and will be ready to join us in battle as soon as possible. With reg...More Button

For the Minister of State to use the phrase “to spoil the broth” when southern Lebanon is being laid waste in an artillery bombardment by the Israelis whose response to the Hizbullah attacks has been ...More Button

This is an important issue given that we have our own troops in the area with UNIFIL. I welcome the fact that the replacement operation has commenced. One group has arrived home with two more to com...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Beef Industry Crisis.

Asked the minister: the action, if any, he has taken to support the Irish beef trade during the current BSE crisis.More Button

The beef sector accounts for about 39 per cent of our £3.5 billion agricultural industry, yet the Tánaiste has been studiously ignoring the crisis and has been unavailable to attend to it although he ...More Button

The Minister for Agriculture acted belatedly. Can the Minister of State give some reason to farmers why the Tánaiste was so lacking in attention to the crisis in the beef industry?More Button

As regards the general commercial importance of this issue to the country, it was obviously an area for the co-ordinated efforts of the Tánaiste. As far as the involvement of Kerry men is concerned, I...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Talks.

Asked the minister: the confidence-building measures, if any, he has urged upon the British Government with a view to improving the prospects that all parties will sit round the table in all-party negotiations.More Button

This question refers to the need for confidence building measures. Does the Minister of State agree that the single biggest requirement is that the Government speak with one voice? Will she clarify ...More Button

Did the Minister hear the comments this morning by my party leader, Deputy Ahern, in condemnation of the Hammersmith bombing last night and will she accept that it is common cause on all sides of the ...More Button

That is not what he said.More Button

I am taken by the fact that the Minister of State is familiar with the comments made by Martin McGuinness last night but she is not au fait with the comments of Mr. Finlay.More Button

I realise the Minister of State is standing in for the Tánaiste, who is familiar with this area, and without any disrespect to her, I take it this is not her area. I suggest that the Minister of Stat...More Button

The Minister sounds silly when she says that.More Button

I said that at the beginning of Question Time today.More Button

Will the Minister of State agree that, in the area of confidence-building, special attention must be given to matters such as the treatment of prisoners, republican and loyalist, particularly Paddy Ke...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EU Presidency.

Asked the minister: the numbers and grades of full-time, temporary and part-time staff who will be employed for the duration of the Irish Presidency of the EU.More Button

A figure of 100 additional officers sounds impressive until one sees the number allocated to each grade. I wish the Government every success in holding the EU Presidency later this year. We have hel...More Button

This is not a question of money being thrown at a particular task, it is a question of co-ordination and the achievement of certain objectives by the Government. The Minister of State assured the Hou...More Button

In deference to the official involved, I will not mention his name.More Button

Written Answers. - Crisis in Former Yugoslavia.

Asked the minister: the plans, if any, he has to utilise the forthcoming Irish Presidency of the EU in order to produce a lasting and sustainable peace in the former Yugoslavia under the Dayton Agreement.More Button


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