Higgins, Joe

Tuesday, 23 June 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 492 No. 7

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Food Safety Authority of Ireland Bill, 1998: Report Stage.

(Dublin West): I move amendment No. 17: In page 10, after line 45, to insert the following: “(5) The Authority shall require that all food containing genetically modified organisms which is imported o...More Button

(Dublin West): I am surprised and disappointed at the attitude of the Government to my proposal. As the Minister of State said, the issue of GMOs has wide environmental and ethical significance. A ...More Button

(Dublin West): I am sure you are aware of this press statement, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. It reads:More Button

Food Safety Authority of Ireland Bill, 1998: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage.

(Dublin West): I support Deputy Sargent's amendment. I regret the Government's reluctance to take on board some of the ideas in regard to bucking the industry involved in mainstream food production a...More Button

(Dublin West): That is a very narrow way of looking at it.More Button

(Dublin West): I strongly support Deputy Sargent's two amendments. It is crucial alternative voices are heard by those responsible for the safety of our food. That should be stated quite categorical...More Button

(Dublin West): I accept that but I am arguing why the Minister of State should accept——More Button

(Dublin West): I was arguing why alternative voices are needed in relation to advice and the organic production of food, which will be the way of the future. We will return to organic production when...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Posts.

Asked the minister: if he has received the request from St. Philip's senior and junior national schools, Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, for a full-time support teacher for the refugee pupils in both schools; and if a d...More Button

Written Answers. - Overseas Development Aid.

Asked the minister: if he will reconcile APSO's mission statement which is to contribute to sustainable development in the living conditions of poor communities in developing countries, and the White Paper of Foreign Pol...More Button

Asked the minister: the percentage of the £28 million expended by APSO for each of the years from 1995 to 1997 which was allocated to assisting the defence of trade union rights or to support the development of independe...More Button

Asked the minister: the reason the concept of stakeholder in the APSO social audit was not extended to the people of the third world in receipt of Irish aid.More Button

Asked the minister: the criteria used to determine the suitability of people appointed to the board of APSO; whether a majority of the APSO board members, including the chairman, who are charged with supervision of the d...More Button

Asked the minister: if, when extending the contract of a person (details supplied), his attention was drawn to the fact that during the consulting process of the APSO social audit (details supplied) 70 per cent of the AP...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Asked the minister: the amount of funding, if any, the City and County Managers' Association receives from central Government.More Button

Written Answers. - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Asked the minister: if, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 127 and 129 of 27 November 1997, he will provide a copy of the consultancy study commissioned by his Department in relation to limitation and reduction of C...More Button

Asked the minister: if, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 127 and 129 of 27 November 1997, he will provide a copy of the brief given to the consultants preparing the study commissioned by his Department in relation...More Button

Asked the minister: whether local authorities are expected to take steps to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions.More Button


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