Ahern, Dermot

Friday, 14 December 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 546 No. 6

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Planning and Development Regulations, 2001: Motion.

I move: That Dáil Éireann approves the Planning and Development Regulations, 2001, copies of which, in draft, were laid before Dáil Éireann on 7th December, 2001. Question put. Tá More Button

Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill, 2001: Report and Final Stages.

The Deputy should go ahead.More Button

The Labour Party never said anything about this issue when it was in Government.More Button

The Labour Party did nothing for them.More Button

Will the Deputy give way?More Button

Is the Deputy refusing to give way?More Button

The Deputy says he will give me time.More Button

Will the Deputy give me time to respond?More Button

The Deputy should give way.More Button

There were more than five hours on Committee Stage. The Deputy could have made his contribution then.More Button

Perhaps, Sir, you could interrupt me at the appropriate time.More Button

Deputies on the other side of the House say this is the Government's money. That is not the case. We are returning money from the social insurance fund to the people who contributed to it over the yea...More Button

In view of the economic success of this Government over the past five years, the fund is in credit.More Button

It is projected that over the next ten years the fund will cumulatively increase. Even in 2003, over £3.5 billion will be in the fund.More Button

No household would borrow if it had money on deposit. That is what the Opposition is asking the Government to do. On Committee Stage I challenged the Fine Gael Party and the Labour Party to say how th...More Button

On Committee Stage I challenged Fine Gael Deputies to explain how they proposed to fund the kind of social welfare increases we have provided for in the budget, amounting to £850 million. I asked them...More Button

They said they would either borrow or be flexible. Let the old age pensioners know that Fine Gael in Government will be flexible. In good times it will put a lot of money into the pension fund but in ...More Button

As they have done over the last four budgets, they will attempt to hoodwink the people but the people will not be fooled. They know that our proposals on the social welfare fund will enable us to give...More Button

Not only that, there will be £6.3 billion in the pension reserve fund.More Button

In addition, the Government has given huge sums of money back to the taxpayers.More Button

We have also implemented huge social welfare packages and, on leaving office, there will be £6.3 billion in the pension reserve fund and £1 billion in the social insurance fund. When the two Oppositio...More Button

Deputy Belton wants to interrupt but he would do better if he corrected the policy document he distributed before the budget where he asked for less money for widowers and criticised the Government fo...More Button

The Deputy can send as many Freedom of Information Act letters as he likes because the Government is at one in what it wants to do.More Button


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