Ahern, Noel

Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 589 No. 3

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Priority Questions - National Drugs Strategy.

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has overall responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008. The strategy contains 100 individual actions under the f...More Button

The spin put on that recent report was misleading. The figures referred to the numbers in treatment not usage. It is positive if the numbers in treatment in certain midlands towns went up by 400%. Und...More Button

We will only know whether there has been an increase following the next capture-recapture study. However, that figure did not upset us because treatment has been provided, which is the aim of the stra...More Button

Priority Questions - Charities Regulation.

The Government decided it was unacceptable to continue to have a completely unregulated charities sector. In the programme for Government we undertook to enact a comprehensive reform of the law relati...More Button

Yes. The programme for Government includes a provision for a totally new regime for charities. I am pleased this was included because the relevant legislation has been in force for more than 40 years....More Button

I do not think anything can be done in the interim. It is full steam ahead as far as the Department is concerned. However, this is not simple legislation. If we manage to get it published by the end o...More Button

Priority Questions - Community Development.

I informed the Deputy in reply to his Parliamentary Question No. 1284 last week that the community after schools project, Dublin 1, was originally funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law...More Button

Funding is secure for this year. I anticipate that next year funding will be provided either from the dormant accounts fund or by the Department. I cannot say what the position will be further into th...More Button

I hear what the Deputy says. Departments are rather structured and fund the groups in question within certain criteria. I do not believe the project is in any immediate danger. The fact that I can sta...More Button

Adjournment Debate - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. It was also dealt with today under Question No. 443 in the name of her party colleague, Deputy Wall. I am pleased to have the opportunity to give her an upd...More Button

Yes, nationally. The sum of €11.6 million is the overall figure. We paid out €11 million, so €600,000 is left and the source of funding is the national lottery. Funding levels for 2005 are being consi...More Button

That is up to the individual council. However, in recent weeks while there is a problem in giving extra funding for this scheme because of the sources of funds, approximately an extra €7 million has b...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 140, 152, 153, 156, 179, 212, 226 and 227 together. As the Deputies will be aware, the mid-term review of the national drugs strategy is currently under way. The revie...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 147 and 155 together. My Department’s development of CSR in a community and local development context will be facilitated through a range of supports and structures su...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Activity.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148, 176 and 462 together. Considerable progress has been achieved in regard to implementation of recommendations in the White Paper on a Framework for Supporting Volu...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 and 200 together. I indicated in the press release, which I issued on 3 June last at the end of the public consultation, that the best estimate for a publication d...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 154 and 235 together. As the Deputies are aware, the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Bill 2004 was published in June 2004, fulfilling a commitment given by Government in ...More Button

Written Answers - Charities Legislation.

My Department does not have legislative proposals for a league table of charities to allow for more public information regarding the way in which money is spent by charities. Such a measure would be a...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 238 together. Under Partnership 2000 the Government committed itself to identifying 30 priority areas for inclusion in the community development programme. Som...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

As the Deputy will be aware, the role of the local drugs task forces, LDTFs, is to prepare local action plans, which include a range of measures in relation to such issues as treatment, rehabilitation...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Racism Measures.

The anti-racism information pack referred to by the Deputy was produced by a sub-group of the community development pro- gramme, CDP, national advisory committee, which focuses on equality and anti-ra...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Activity.

In September 2003 I announced the successful applicants for two funding initiatives arising from the White Paper on a framework for supporting voluntary activity, the funding scheme to support the rol...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Misuse.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174, 225 and 229 together. The report by the Health Research Board to which the Deputies refer — Trends in Treated Problem Opiate Use in the Seven Health Board areas o...More Button

Written Answers - Insurance Industry.

I refer the Deputy to my previous replies to Questions Nos. 54 and 211 of 3 June 2004.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 183 and 463 together. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 12, 20, 26 and 34 of 3 June 2004. The process of examination and consideration of the issues is ...More Button

Written Answers - Drug Misuse.

As the Deputy is aware, the young people’s facilities and services fund, YPFSF, was established in 1998 to assist in the development of facilities — including sport and recreational facilities — and s...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

At the request of my Department, the national drugs strategy team established a sub-group to report on and recommend appropriate pilot projects which might be established to deal with the issue of coc...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, in May last, the national advisory committee on drugs, NACD, produced a report entitled Review of Harm Reduction Approaches to Minimising the Sharing of Equipment Used to A...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 201 together. The National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008 provides for the establishment of ten regional drugs task forces, RDTFs, throughout the country. Currently,...More Button

I assure the Deputy that the Government continues to take the issue of drug misuse seriously and will continue to push forward with the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2001- 2008. In thi...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 210 and 222 together. The Deputy will be aware that in June 2004, the Government announced an increase in the overall amount that the Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursemen...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

As the Deputy may be aware, on 1 September last I launched the first Irish review of scientific evidence regarding cannabis. The report, entitled An Overview of Scientific and other Information on Can...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, my Department has overall responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy 2001-2008. The strategy contains 100 individual actions, under the ...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

A second round allocation for 2004 will shortly be determined and notified to health boards by the task force, which, under the aegis of my Department, administers the scheme of special housing aid fo...More Button

Written Answers - Strategic Planning Guidelines.

My Department is currently assessing the draft action plan submitted by Limerick County Council. It is intended that the matter will be finalised by the end of the year.More Button

Written Answers - Traveller Accommodation.

All local authorities required to do so have adopted, and are in the process of implementing, five-year Traveller accommodation programmes, under the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998. These ...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing.

A total of 106 housing units have been provided under Part V of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-02 during the first half of 2004. I anticipate that 500 housing units will be provided over the w...More Button

Section 15 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997 authorises certain exchanges of information in relation to persons seeking housing who may have been engaged in anti-social behaviour. The...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 464 to 466, inclusive, together. As the Deputies may be aware, the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, NACD, produced a report last May entitled Review of Harm Reduc...More Button

Written Answers - Charities Legislation.

An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment to reform charities law. Responsibility for delivery on that commitment was assigned to my Department. I launched a public consultation in Febr...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

The 2004 scheme of community support for older people was advertised nationwide on 29 July 2004 with a closing date of 13 September 2004. My Department is engaged in processing applications for the sc...More Button


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