Dempsey, Noel

Tuesday, 16 May 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 519 No. 2

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Private Members' Business. - Electoral (Amendment) (Donations to Parties and Candidates) Bill, 2000: Second Stage.

I wish to share my time with Deputy John McGuinness and Deputy Michael Moynihan.More Button

I move amendment No. 1: To delete all words after “That” and substitute the following: “Dáil Éireann, –conscious of the need as a matter of urgency to restore public confidence in the political system...More Button

—in which Deputy Howlin, myself and the then Deputy Michael McDowell participated. Several issues had to be teased out and the then Minister found that there were constitutional issues that he could n...More Button

It was not a bad effort; I think we made a great job of it in the circumstances. We must consider this issue in today's legal framework and not in the framework which existed when the nefarious deeds ...More Button

There are major legal, practical and financial implications for the operation of the political process which have to be taken into account in any meaningful consideration of the options. For instance,...More Button

If the Bill were to be enacted, what steps would be needed to ensure the political parties could control their local branches, officials and individual members without establishing large bureaucracies...More Button

—but it is a major problem for the larger parties and has posed problems in implementing the 1997 Act.More Button

It should be clear that when we are talking about funding the political system with a complete ban on donations we are talking not just about funding the political parties as they are in this House bu...More Button

I hope the Deputy is right. It will make life much easier for most of us who spend a lot of time raising funds for parties. We have a leadership role to play in this matter. In the current climate tax...More Button

How could we ensure that the funds would be distributed in an equitable manner? How would the proposals affect the growth of existing and new political parties? Even the Labour Party has recognised th...More Button

In a ban environment, there is a risk that we will witness an increase in the phenomenon of third party expenditure by corporate interests in support of certain political beliefs. At the end of the da...More Button

It is important that the questions are addressed properly and fully and that we do not have a knee-jerk reaction to a situation which is obviously very serious. It is, therefore, clear that any moves ...More Button

This is what we ultimately need in the corpus of our legislation. We do not need a band aid for one particular cut in the body politic but rather a comprehensive and aspirational approach which does n...More Button

The fundraising methods of the Fine Gael Party during 1995 and 1996 would put Taca in the shade.More Button

I emphasise that the Government, despite what the Labour Party is saying, is not opposing this Bill. We are simply seeking to postpone its Second Reading until 1 December, by which time we can achieve...More Button

No, it is the same £1.6 million.More Button

I did not negotiate a delay of the Bill with the Labour Party. If the Deputy recalls correctly, I was on a sub-committee of the Cabinet with him and Deputy Michael Smith, which tried to ensure that th...More Button

I would not want to be selective in my application of the Constitution. I was not referring to a Cabinet sub-committee but to a committee of which Deputy Howlin, Deputy Michael Smith and I were member...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the support which will be provided to a local community to renovate a school (details supplied) to facilitate community use; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Development Plan 2000-2006 provides for the continuation of the urban and village renewal scheme. The regional operational programmes will include a sub-measure under which assistance wil...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Legislation.

Was asked: if, in view of the Government's report on the Beijing Platform for Action, it is intended to review the Electoral Act to make the funding of women's participation in political parties mandatory; and i...More Button

Payments made to political parties under the Electoral Act, 1997, are deemed to include provision for expenditure by the party in respect of the promotion of participation by women in political activi...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if funding will be made available for a sewerage scheme (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

A brief for the cross sewerage scheme was received in my Department in 1994 but has not been approved. The scheme is 28th on the list of sewerage schemes submitted by Mayo County Council in response t...More Button

Was asked: if he will meet the North Cork division of Cork County Council (housing and sanitary) with a view to expediting sanitary schemes currently with the Department.More Button

Cork County Council has submitted a prioritised assessment of its needs for capital water and sewerage works and the assessment will be taken into account in the framing of the water services investme...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: if an application for first time buyers grant on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the consideration he has given to a change in the tenant purchase scheme to allow tenants living in one bedroomed accommodation to make a purchase under the existing scheme; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Procedures.

Was asked: if he will have examinations made into the pilot experiment introduced in 1999 in the European elections of having photographs of the candidates on ballot papers; if he has further analysed the survey...More Button

Copies of the report entitled European Elections – Ballot Paper Development are available in the Oireachtas Library. The report was undertaken by Lansdowne Market Research and cost £18,150. The Govern...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will obtain a driving test; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Specific Improvement Grants Scheme.

Was asked: the reason an application for funding from Cork Corporation to repair quay walls in the city was not granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

No proposal for repairs to quay walls has been prioritised to my Department by Cork Corporation under the specific improvement grants scheme. It would be open to Cork Corporation to consider funding t...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Openings.

Was asked: if he intends to introduce legislation to enable local authorities to control road and street openings by utility companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Section 101D of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, as inserted by the Dublin Transport Authority (Dissolution) Act, 1987, empowers prescribed road authorities to issue directions to statutory undertakers, in...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on the allocation of moneys for improvements to sewerage schemes in County Limerick.More Button

I hope to announce shortly details of this year's water services investment programme and the block grant allocations to local authorities under the rural water programme.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Related Inquiries.

Was asked: if he will make grants available to community groups to enable them present a professional submission when they are concerned about proposals about new ringroads, bypass roads or new bridges; and if h...More Button

Practice at roads related inquiries has been that parties are responsible for formulating their own submissions or representations without the availability in advance of public financial assistance to...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: if he has received an application from Naas UDC for funding for construction of a new bridge over the Grand Canal at Gigginstown, Naas, County Kildare; and, if so, when a decision will be made on the ...More Button

My Department has not received such an application.More Button

Written Answers. - Shared Ownership Scheme.

Was asked: his views on whether the £100,000 upper limit for the 50/50 house purchase scheme is completely inadequate for the Dublin area; if he will consider raising the limit for Dublin; and if he will make a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Service.

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) in County Mayo have not received the correct retirement gratuity after 31 years service with the fire service.More Button

Following agreement on new rates of retainer for retained fire-fighters with effect from 1 July 1997, local authorities were authorised by circular letter, EL 13/99, of 30 November 1999, to recalculat...More Button

Written Answers. - Noise Pollution.

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to deal with the problem of noisy neighbours who play loud music late at night during parties on an ongoing basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the current situation regarding a sewage treatment plant for Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 336 of 8 February 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if he has received from the National Roads Authority the toll scheme for the M50 and second Liffey Valley bridge; and, if so, whether any objections have been lodged which would render it necessary to...More Button

The toll scheme in relation to the second Liffey Valley bridge was received in my Department from the National Roads Authority on 14 March 2000. The final date for written objections regarding the tol...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be called for her driving test.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: if his Department has received an application under the remedial works scheme for the installation of central heating and PVC windows and doors in its older housing stock from Kerry County Council; if...More Button


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