Harney, Mary

Thursday, 6 November 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 573 No. 5

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 24, Statements on Tobacco Regulations; No. 25, Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill 2003 – Second Stage (resumed). It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standi...More Button

To clarify the matter for Deputy Kenny, the moratorium runs out at the end of December. If no decision is taken by the Council of Ministers on 27 November, the research can proceed without any control...More Button

Yes, exactly. It is European funding. The question is whether the Ministers want such research to be carried out in those countries that do not have ethical problems with it under some control regime ...More Button

The first legislation the Deputy mentioned will come before the House this session, as I think he is aware. The second will be—More Button

The Bill is not dealing with that issue. The second Bill is also this session.More Button

Various pieces of legislation in the health area are promised, as the Deputy is aware, particularly to implement the reform programme outlined by the Minister for Health and Children on behalf of the ...More Button

I am not certain that legislation is necessary in this area.More Button

As the Deputy knows—More Button

—the Minister has been very supportive of home births.More Button

I will discuss that matter with the Director of Consumer Affairs this week. The regulations will be put in place as quickly as we can make that happen. I will bring them before the House.More Button

Hopefully, if that is technically possible.More Button

I will appoint Deputy Rabbitte to make that visit on my behalf.More Button

If any expenses are involved, I will reimburse them personally.More Button

There are no proposals for new legislation in respect of the Blasket Islands, as Deputy Higgins knows.More Button

Yes.More Button

I understand that some aspects of the An Blascaod Mór National Park Act, which was enacted in 1989—More Button

—for the purpose of preserving the Blasket Islands for the nation, were found to be unconstitutional. I am not aware of any proposals to amend that Act. Perhaps the Deputy will—More Button

I am sure it is being examined, but—More Button

—no particular legislation is promised at the moment.More Button

The other Bill mentioned by the Deputy will be brought forward next year.More Button

The Ombudsman (amendment) Bill will be brought forward in the middle of next year. The other Bill mentioned by the Deputy will be brought forward early next year.More Button

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is at a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council and the Taoiseach is in Cyprus to meet his counterpart. I mention this to remove any doubt ...More Button

One is criticised when one misses these meetings, so one cannot have it every way.More Button

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform spoke earlier this week about the protection of witnesses. He suggested that a system of accepting statements in court, such as that used in Canada, c...More Button

In case there is any doubt about it, the Whips have authority to act on behalf of the Government at the Whips' meetings, which are the appropriate fora for certain discussions. The Government does not...More Button

About 100 other matters have been raised as well. Subject to time—More Button

I want to discuss it with the line Minister. It is appropriate that it should be raised at the Whips' meeting. I am sure time will be made available, if possible.More Button

It is an important report.More Button

The Estimates will be important next week. The Hanly report and many other matters have been discussed. There are several important reports to be discussed in the House or in committees.More Button

The number of people working in the health service has increased from 68,000 to 96,000 since the Labour Party was in Government.More Button

The Deputy may protest but there are over 30,000—More Button

—more people, including several social workers. This is what the issue was about.More Button

Spending on health has increased from €3 billion when the Labour Party was in Government to €10 billion.More Button

The Deputy might as well hear the facts.More Button

I am not always aware of all the rumours circulating but I will check the matter for the Deputy.More Button

It will probably be in before the Deputy's court case is concluded.More Button

It will be next year. I cannot say if it will be before or after the election.More Button

Waste Management (Amendment) Bill 2003: First Stage.

No. Question put and agreed to.More Button

Written Answers. - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the proposals she has to allow persons who have completed three years on the community employment scheme to return to the scheme; and if she will make...More Button

Written Answers. - Company Closures.

Was asked: and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her proposals to encourage reinvestment in Celbridge, County Kildare with the objective of replacing the job losses arising from the closure of a comp...More Button

In light of the recent announcement by Schneider Electric of the closure of its plant by February 2004, it is a priority to ensure that everything possible is done to secure new investment and employm...More Button


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