Burke, Ray

Thursday, 30 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 3

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - British Beef Exports Ban.

Asked the minister: asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, in view of the continuing ban on the import of British beef and beef products by the EU, the implications, if any, for Ireland and the EU arising f...More Button

Will the Minister agree that the so-called mad cow disease problem not only affects Britain but it is having a huge effect on our economy? The beef industry is our largest industry. Will the Minister...More Button

Will the Minister tell the House the reason he has not visited any of the third countries with which we have markets in order to assist the beef industry? The Minister will be aware that in third cou...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Partnership for Peace.

Asked the minister: the response, if any, he has received from the Western European Union to his White Paper proposals regarding possible Irish participation under the Petersberg tasks; and the correspondence or contacts...More Button

The humanitarian and peacekeeping roles of the Western European Union are already examined on a case by case basis through our honourable tradition of humanitarian, peacekeeping and crisis management ...More Button

As I said there is common ground between us in relation to the carrying out of peacekeeping and humanitatian tasks. This is outlined not just in the Oxford speech, which was an update of our position...More Button

I have no problem understanding.More Button

I know the slide.More Button

I suggest to the Minister that statements from his colleagues in Government, Democratic Left, seem to question its affection for this policy to which he seems so closely aligned. I wish to make it cl...More Button

The Government should sort it out with Democratic Left.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Asked the minister: if he will make a statement on the implications for the peace process and Anglo-Irish relations in view of the mishandling of the Anthony Duncan extradition case.More Button

Asked the minister: whether all arrangements have been concluded for the organisation of all-party talks on 10 June 1996, with a view of ensuring that the talks are fruitful and productive as well as inclusive and design...More Button

I thank the Minister for his final remarks and I will follow up the matter with him. In the context of the Taoiseach's reply to my party leader on Tuesday, it is important he envisages that, with a r...More Button

Is the Minister satisfied with the way the Government Information Services handled this case? Is he satisfied that Anglo-Irish relations have not been damaged by the implication, which remained in th...More Button

Is the Minister satisfied with the way this case was handled by the personnel involved?More Button

The Minister's lack of curiosity on this extradition case beggars belief. Be that as it may, I accept what he told the House but, again, it is a case of failure to act. His line responsibility lies ...More Button

Senator Mitchell's knowledge and acceptability on this matter are well known. Will the Minister assure the House that Senator Mitchell and the American administration will play a major role in the ta...More Button

This side of the House fully supports that approach. As a party we accepted the Mitchell report in advance of its publication because we believed it was important that Mitchell be given support in pr...More Button

It is important that the Government brings forward the Framework Document, which is central to a solution. The British Government and the Taoiseach do not seem to have the same commitment to this mat...More Button

Is that the committed view of the two Governments?More Button

The question of a timeframe was referred to by the Minister. Will he elaborate on his thinking in that regard? Does he envisage a timeframe of six months or nine months? The crucial questions that m...More Button

It is my party's wish that there will be a large turnout in the Northern elections, that the results will reflect the views of the people and that strong teams with proper mandates will be elected. W...More Button

The Minister does not have to be so delicate and use the word “things”; he can use the term “cockup”.More Button

Lest there be any misunderstanding, that is the exact position of the Fianna Fáil Party.More Button

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

I assume the Tánaiste did not discuss the marching season only at his most recent meeting with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 22 May but that this perennial subject has remained on the...More Button

Hopefully, since we are about to embark on all-inclusive talks, including representation by Sinn Féin, on 10 June, will the Tánaiste say whether there have been informal contacts between the authoriti...More Button

The Tánaiste laid great store on the suggestion that there should be no domination in relation to the outcome of the talks process. Would he not agree that many of these marches — even those that do ...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Burma Human Rights Abuses.

Will the Minister agree that the protestations of the EU at the ASEAN Summit meeting and elsewhere would have far greater meaning and credibility if when protesting about human rights incidents, such ...More Button

Has the Minister had any success? It is not sufficient merely to have good intentions in regard to this matter and to express them in this House. Can the Minister give examples of occasions he raise...More Button

Written Answers. - Beef Industry Crisis.

Asked the minister: the ongoing efforts, if any, being specifically made by his Department and the Irish Diplomatic Corps to address the crisis in the Irish beef industry.More Button

Written Answers. - European Nuclear Energy Inspectorate.

Asked the minister: if the Government is willing to press the idea of an independent European nuclear energy inspectorate during the Irish Presidency of the EU.More Button

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