Ahern, Bertie

Thursday, 8 February 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 530 No. 2

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Order of Business.

The Order of Business is as follows: No. 5, Carers Leave Bill, 2000 – Second Stage (Resumed); No. 6, Criminal Justice (Illicit Traffic by Sea) Bill, 2000 – Order for Second Stage; No. 1, Dumping at Se...More Button

A number of Deputies have spoken on this matter and I have listened attentively. There are a number of inaccuracies in what has been said. The first major one is that none of the Chair's distinguished...More Button

The Chair brought in a system which he believed was appropriate to the modern operation of the House and I totally supported it. I was the first Taoiseach to operate under those rules. I did so and I ...More Button

The Ceann Comhairle made a new ruling and new suggestion yesterday, that this matter should be debated and resolved, as I hope many other issues on Dáil reform put forward by the Fine Gael Party, the ...More Button

I said last autumn that the tax on plastic bags would go ahead and that it would be included in either the Finance Bill or the Waste Management Bill – whichever could be progressed the quickest.More Button

It is the view of the Minister for the Environment and Local Government that the waste management bill, which was scheduled to be introduced around May or June, should be brought in sooner. He wants t...More Button

While the Bill is scheduled for the summer, the Minister hopes to introduce it sooner. As I said on two occasions earlier in the week, he intends to make a comprehensive statement about all these matt...More Button

The Finance Bill will be published this day week and it will contain the measures put forward by the Government. A number of the issues raised by the Deputy hopefully will be dealt with in that Bill.More Button

The legislation is due this session.More Button

The Bill was published two months ago.More Button

The Deputy is asking that it be taken in the House. I will find out the scheduled arrangements for that.More Button

I accept that.More Button

We will publish the report.More Button

The report is being considered.More Button

It is not true.More Button

Is the Deputy returning to the plastic bags again?More Button

There is a waste management (amendment) Bill due in early summer and the water services Bill, which contains 180 heads, will consolidate and update the water services legislation.More Button

On the environmental protection Bill, the heads of that Bill have been approved and the Bill is in draft form. The heads of the railway safety Bill are expected shortly and the Bill should be ready so...More Button

The Childrens Bill is long-published and is before a select committee. The heads of the ombudsman Bill were approved last spring and the Bill has been in the line for drafting. It is due, as the Deput...More Button

I am not sure what will happen and I know it is not my business, but I thank Deputy Owen for her courtesy in the position she has held many times over the past three and a half years and wish her well...More Button


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