Harney, Mary

Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 589 No. 1

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Business of Dáil: Motion.

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Nomination of Members of the Government: Motion.

I pay tribute to those Ministers who are leaving the Government today. I welcome the fact that Deputy McCreevy will be the new Irish Commissioner in the next European Commission. As the Taoiseach said...More Button

——when farmers and others from rural areas are concerned about the most modern methods of communication.More Button

Seven years ago, 11% of the workforce was unemployed; today, the figure is 4%. Seven years ago, we had about 1.4 million people at work; today, the figure is just over 1.8 million. We have 420,000 mor...More Button

Our population has not reached the 4 million mark since Famine times. We are working at full capacity. Our country today is host to at least 120,000 foreigners who have the privilege of working in the...More Button

There are many in this society who have private health insurance or are wealthy and they will always get the medical attention they need. However, there are too many others in our society who do not h...More Button

There is no question of asset stripping. Deputies can be assured that any decisions made in that area will be made according to common sense and no other criteria.More Button

While Aer Lingus is thriving, many other airlines have gone to the wall. We should be proud of that too given what happened to Sabena, some American airlines and others. I take this opportunity to wel...More Button

I look forward to working with Deputy O’Dea from Limerick who comes to the Cabinet as Minister for Defence. I wish him every success.More Button

Many things are said in this House which one may broadly term political point scoring.More Button

We all do it. I am not excluding myself.More Button

However, we must acknowledge that in recent times we have seen unprecedented success. We have a healthy economy and we want to have a healthy people but without resources and reform, we will not achie...More Button

If the Deputy had been in the House, he would have heard my speech.More Button

If the Deputy had been here earlier, he would have heard the Taoiseach refer to the need for reform and investment that I have reiterated. That will be the priority. Deputy Rabbitte spoke about relati...More Button

Question put: “That Dáil Éireann approves the nomination by the Taoiseach of the following Deputies for appointment by the President to be members of the Government: Mary Hanafin, Willie O’Dea and Dic...
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Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some persons have very low tolerance levels for presence in the atmosphere of chemicals discharged by aerosols and cer...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the practical investment plans in place in response to the closure of a company (details supplied) in Coolock; and if she will give the maximum support to the staff an...More Button

On 8 July 2004, Modus Media announced the closure of its Dublin print plant at Clonshaugh Industrial Estate, Coolock. The plant ceased production at the end of July with the loss of 167 jobs. Accordin...More Button

Written Answers - Bullying in the Workplace.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if consideration will be given to including bullying in any new health and safety Bill.More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to put in place a separate statutory body to deal with bullying in the workplace.More Button

Written Answers - Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the total number of outstanding Employment Appeals Tribunal recommendations that have not yet been implemented by employers; her views on whether this is an acceptable...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of primary and secondary schools which are currently being investigated by the Health and Safety Authority; the names and addresses of those schools; and if...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of IDA Ireland supported jobs crated in County Kerry in each of the years from 1997 to 2002 and to date in 2003; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

IDA Ireland is the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment, FDI, to Ireland, including its regions and areas. I take it the Deputy is seeking information o...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if consideration will be given to relaxing the three year rule on community employment schemes for persons who are over 60 to take into consideration the unrealistic e...More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the capping off of FÁS community employment schemes by restricting participation to a lifetime total of three years wi...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment, further to Parliamentary Question No. 176 of 10 February 2004, the progress which has been made to address job losses in Ballinasloe; and if she will make a statement...More Button

I can advise the Deputy that Ballinasloe remains a location of high focus for IDA Ireland for new foreign direct investment. Since the Square D closure announcement in January 2003, there have been 12...More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment, further to Parliamentary Question No. 176 of 10 February 2004, the progress which has been made to address job losses in Athlone; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

A comprehensive IDA property programme is in place on the Athlone Business and Technology Park; two new technology buildings of approximately 25,000 sq. ft. and a further office unit of 14,000 sq. ft....More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the action she has taken to provide alternative employment in the village of Roosky, County Roscommon; when she last discussed this matter with IDA Ireland and Enterpr...More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the grant aid returned to her Department by a company (details supplied) following the closure of its Roosky plant in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 200 together. As a result of a fire which took place on 8 May 2002, slaughtering and processing activities came to an end at the company in Roosky. However, th...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will review her policy of granting work permits for film producers to bring in American film technicians to work on films in Ireland in view of the growing thre...More Button

I have asked my Department to consider the particular circumstances of the film industry and to review the suitability of our instruments of economic immigration for that sector. It will be important ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of Bills that have been drafted outside the Office of the Attorney General by solicitors since the general election of 2002; the cost to date of the outsour...More Button

Since the formation of the current Government, no primary legislation relating to the work of my Department has been drafted outside the Office of the Attorney General. There are currently no proposal...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of jobs created by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland for the past five years in County Mayo; the breakdown of the jobs created; and the number of jobs lost...More Button

I have asked my Department to consider the particular circumstances of the film industry and to review the suitability of our instruments of economic immigration for that sector. It will be important ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the amount IDA Ireland is paying for a factory (details supplied) it has leased in Ballinrobe following the revised lease agreement; the length of time the lease is fo...More Button

IDA Ireland has statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment to the State and its regions. The management of IDA Ireland’s industrial property portfolio is a day-to-day ope...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress by IDA and Enterprise Ireland in attracting jobs to County Louth and in particular to the towns of Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee.More Button

The issue of job creation is a day-to-day operational matter for Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and not one in which I have a direct role. IDA Ireland is actively marketing County Louth as a poten...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the size and location of advance factories available in County Louth.More Button

IDA Ireland, the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment, FDI, to Ireland provides, as part of its remit, property solutions for both overseas clients and ...More Button

Written Answers - Department Websites.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in relation to her Department’s website, the number of persons who have responsibility for upgrading the website and eliminating outdated and often inaccurate informa...More Button

My Department’s website is a vital information channel for our customers. In 2003 the website was awarded the runner-up prize in the Public Sector Times e-Government awards. It was praised, in particu...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on an article which stated that a company (details supplied) in County Louth is set to axe 200 jobs in its factory in Dunleer; and the action she is taking t...More Button

I am aware of certain difficulties being faced by the company in question. I understand that the company is finding it difficult to manufacture fan heaters competitively in Dunleer and some models are...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position in relation to a work permit appeal in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A work permit application was received on 24 August 2004. Assuming the application is complete and is otherwise in order, work permits are currently taking about eight weeks to process.More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will report on the efforts of her Department to create employment opportunities in Tallaght, in view of the huge youth population in the area and the need for j...More Button

IDA Ireland’s strategy for the Dublin area is to attract and expand major foreign direct investment projects, moving up the value chain. Tallaght in south County Dublin continues to be actively market...More Button

Written Answers - Equality Policy.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if mechanisms exist to ensure that interview boards established under the auspices of her Department and which comprise of two or more persons are gender balanced; and...More Button

It is the policy of my Department to make every effort to ensure the establishment of gender balanced interview boards for competitions run by my Department. However on rare occasions the establishmen...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the status of the work permit application from a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; the reason for the delay in processing this application; and if she will ...More Button

I am informed that the work permits section has recently made a decision to refuse the above application for a work permit based on the following criteria. It is not satisfied that all reasonable step...More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if, in view of the additional information sent on 26 May 2004, work permits for persons whose applications were submitted by a company (details supplied) in County Wes...More Button

I am informed by the work permits section that an application was received on 12 February 2004 from the above employer for Mr. Gurnam Singh. On the 12 July 2004 the employer was informed in writing of...More Button

Written Answers - Insurance Industry.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on the recent report from the National Competitive Council that showed an 11 per cent increase in non-life insurance cover in spite of her insurance reform p...More Button

The figure of 11.2% increase shown in the recent report of the National Competitiveness Council, NCC, in respect of non-life insurance premia in Ireland relates to the year 2003. The insurance reform ...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she and the Government are taking further steps to make sure that there is parity of esteem between the IFI workers in Belfast, Arklow and Cork; if her attention ha...More Button

I understand that employees based in Belfast, who are deferred pensioners of the Richardsons pension fund, are likely to receive a much reduced pension and that the staff in question are, understandab...More Button

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment the situation with regard to the shortfall in the pension funds as they apply to former IFI workers in view of her comments made at the time of the closure of IFI; the...More Button

I understand that the pension schemes covering all employees in the Republic, apart from a scheme covering two former CEOs, had sufficient funds to meet all of the entitlements provided under the sche...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will report on those actions for which she has responsibility, namely actions 74, 75 and 76 in relation to her obligations under the national drugs strategy; an...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the approval of the Attorney General was sought by her Department in regard to the subcontracting out to private firms of the drafting of legislation; the number of...More Button

Since 1997, no primary legislation relating to the work of my Department has been drafted outside the Office of the Attorney General. There are currently no proposals to outsource the drafting of prim...More Button


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