Ahern, Dermot

Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 592 No. 4

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Leaders’ Questions.

Have some manners.More Button

They are fascists.More Button

The truth is bitter.More Button

They are only here for the television.More Button

We were here yesterday.More Button

You want it every way.More Button

We cannot hear you.More Button

And a well paid one.More Button

The problem is that one cannot sack a teacher.More Button

The Deputy decided to enter public life. He should either stick with it or return to his practice.More Button

QED.More Button

That is our legacy.More Button

Written Answers - Execution of Irish Born Soldiers.

Was asked: the discussions he has had with his British counterpart with a view to obtaining a pardon for Irish persons who were executed in the First World War as members of the British Forces for alleged breach...More Button

My officials met with the British Ministry of Defence in London on 6 February 2004 to discuss the 26 Irish born soldiers who were executed by the British Army during the First World War for alleged br...More Button

Written Answers - Overseas Development Aid.

Was asked: if he will report on his recent meeting with the Minister for Finance of Lesotho; the plans for further aid to the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Foreign Conflicts.

Was asked: if he is monitoring the developing crisis in Palestine; the contacts with interested parties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am, of course, monitoring the developing situation in the region and, in concert with Ireland’s partners in the European Union, maintaining contact with the parties. I expect to meet representatives...More Button

Was asked: the Government’s position regarding the settlement of Palestinian areas by Israel and the erection of a dividing wall in the occupied territories; the position that Ireland has taken at the UN in resp...More Button

The Government has consistently taken the view that the settlements established in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza by the Israeli authorities are illegal. Any changes to...More Button

Written Answers - International Agreements.

Was asked: if Ireland is a signatory to the international covenant on migrants’ rights; the requirement it must meet to fulfil its commitment thereunder; if Ireland is not a signatory, the reason therefor; and i...More Button

Ireland is not a signatory to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families. The convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly i...More Button

Written Answers - Human Rights Issues.

Was asked: the number of human rights violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Iran.More Button

Was asked: the number of human rights violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Iraq.More Button

Was asked: the number of human rights violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Sudan.More Button

Was asked: the number of human violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Burma.More Button

Was asked: the number of human violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Israel.More Button

Was asked: the number of human violations registered to date in 2004 with the human rights desk in his Department in the case of Palestine.More Button

I will take Questions Nos. 257 to 262, inclusive, together. While my Department continually monitors the overall human rights situation in certain countries we do not maintain national registers of in...More Button

Written Answers - Foreign Conflicts.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to secure the release of a person (details supplied).More Button

The Government has been doing everything possible in response to Annetta Flanigan’s abduction on 28 October last. We are in active ongoing contact with the United Nations, both in New York and Kabul, ...More Button

Written Answers - Human Rights Issues.

Was asked: his views on Ireland’s attitude to the treatment of members of the Falun Gong in China; if this attitude has been made clear to the Government of China; and the steps that have been taken through the ...More Button

The Government takes seriously concerns about human rights in China, including those of practitioners of Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa. The issue of the treatment in China of practitioners of F...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: if any new advisers or consultants have been appointed by him since the Government reshuffle of September 2004; if such appointments are replacements for or are in addition to previous appointments; t...More Button

In my capacity as Minister for Foreign Affairs I have appointed a special adviser and a press adviser, both of whom were attached to my office in the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural R...More Button

Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues.

Was asked: the representations he has made to the British Government regarding the recent abuse of CS gas by the PSNI in Derry and elsewhere.More Button

On each occasion in which CS spray is deployed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the matter is automatically referred to the Police Ombudsman’s Office for investigation under regulation 55(4)...More Button

Written Answers - Prevention of Terrorism.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 177 of 10 November 2004 and in view of the fact that the incident in question was discussed publicly in the media, if he has received assurances from the UK auth...More Button

As I indicated in my reply to Question No. 177 of 10 November, the case to which the Deputy referred is under discussion with the British authorities. Following a meeting with that individual, my offi...More Button

Written Answers - European Constitution.

Was asked: his views on whether it is fair and in order to produce and make available brochures on the European Constitution when there will be a referendum in this regard; his further views on whether this will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 269 together. It is entirely appropriate for the Government to publish information material on the European Constitution and to distribute it widely. Equivalen...More Button


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