Durkan, Bernard

Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 606 No. 10

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Order of Business.

There must be a void somewhere.More Button

In view of the obvious focus on energy matters at present, would it be possible for the Taoiseach to indicate that the energy miscellaneous provisions Bill might be brought to the House earlier than a...More Button

It should be earlier.More Button

The Government had better hurry up before the roof is blown off again.More Button

Northern Ireland: Statements.

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Interesting revelations.More Button

Adoptive Leave Bill 2004 [Seanad]: Report Stage.

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to a growing lack of competitiveness in manufacturing industry with resultant relocation to lower wage economies; the steps he has taken to address this issue having pa...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Wage.

Asked the minister: the average industrial wage here and in the other EU member states; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Medical Cards.

Asked the minister: the reason a medical card has been refused in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; if this case will be reviewed as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: if and when services will be available to children suffering from dyspraxia; if the required resources to meet requirements will be available to assist in the case of a person (details supplied) in Co...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation.

Asked the minister: further to Parliamentary Question No. 189 of 11 May 2005, the reason the latter half of the question was completely unanswered; when a full and complete reply to same will be furnished in this regard;...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: if a refund will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow in view of ongoing dental treatment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason the contract with a foundation, details supplied, in County Kildare is being terminated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection.

Asked the minister: the reason the company trading address of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has been changed by the Revenue Commissioners; when same will be changed back; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the minister: when a tax refund will issue to a person (details supplied)in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations.

Asked the minister: the progress in relation to the provision of the much anticipated and long awaited new Garda station for Leixlip, County Kildare; if all possible obstacles relating to the project have been satisfacto...More Button

Written Answers - Broadcasting Legislation.

Asked the minister: further to replies to previous parliamentary questions, if he will legislate to cater for the needs of persons with hearing difficulties with particular reference to subtitles; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: if he will report on progress in regard to the labour relations discussions with An Post relating to pension entitlements of An Post workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Energy Resources.

Asked the minister: if he has received a submission from the Western Development Commission (details supplied) in County Roscommon; if he will consider same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Sports Capital Programme.

Asked the minister: and Tourism if funding will be offered to a club (details supplied) in County Kildare to assist with the construction of an astro-turf playing field; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Asked the minister: if and when a work permit will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Asked the minister: if he has monitored the extent to which Irish goods being exported are maintaining a competitive edge against all others; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Asked the minister: if a work permit will be given to enable a person (details supplied) in County Kildare to move from their present employer to another who has a job available and with whom this person wishes to take u...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Asked the minister: if he has satisfied himself that Irish-based manufacturers are in a position to compete with all others, both in Europe and worldwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which he has addressed or proposes to address industrial costs; the main factors in this regard; the action he proposes to take to improve the situation with a view to sharpening this co...More Button

Asked the minister: if he has undertaken any investigation into the lack of competitiveness in the economy here (details supplied); if any scientific evaluation can or will be undertaken on these issues; and if he will m...More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which he has taken action to improve the competitiveness of the economy here in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the ten items, goods or services which have recorded price increases most in excess of inflation in the past two years, thereby negatively affecting competitiveness of the economy; if he has any propo...More Button

Asked the minister: if he has satisfied himself that this country is well placed to compete internationally for investment in job creation in both manufacturing and services; his plans in this regard for the future, keep...More Button

Asked the minister: the steps he has taken or proposes to take to control industrial costs with particular reference to insurance; andif he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Trade Statistics.

Asked the minister: the countries from which Ireland has imported most in the past 12 months; and the countries which have shown growth in this area in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Insurance Industry.

Asked the minister: the extent to which he expects insurance costs in respect of public liability or house insurance to be reduced; if he expects an improvement of competition in the insurance industry; and if he will ma...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Asked the minister: the measures he has taken to improve the chances of further investment in jobs here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the reasons given by overseas investors who have failed to follow through on job creation proposals here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Asked the minister: the number of job losses recorded in the past 12 months; the number of replacement jobs created; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Asked the minister: his plans to ensure the provision of adequate job opportunities with suitable skill requirements for those unemployed in areas having traditionally high unemployment levels and social and economic dep...More Button

Asked the minister: the action he proposes to take to address the issue of job relocation to lower wage or more competitive economies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the degree to which an adequate labour force exists to meet current and future requirements in this country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if he has satisfied himself that there are sufficient personnel available in the workforce to ensure adequate and continued growth in the economy and the ability to meet ongoing and increasing demands...More Button

Written Answers - Export Markets.

Asked the minister: the number of new markets for Irish goods and services which have opened up in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the countries which are Ireland’s newest and most lucrative trading partners in respect of both imports and exports; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Asked the minister: the extent to which he monitors exploitation of the workforce including foreign workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Asked the minister: the current weekly average number of applications for work permits; if the number is increasing or decreasing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the number of work permit applications processed by his office in the past 12 months; the number which were new and repeats; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the number of applications for work permits received in his Department in the past 12 months; the number approved; the number rejected; the number still pending and the length of time; and if he will ...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of work permits granted to first time applicants in the past 12 months; the way in which this figure corresponds with each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: when the one-parent family allowance will be restored in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: when rent supplement will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason all arrears of the one-parent family payment to 2001 have not been awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason for the decision to refuse the rent allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this practice will continue in the future; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Asked the minister: the correct amount of rent support payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason the back to school allowance has not been approved in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Asked the minister: his views on whether motorcycles and scooters, due to their profile being motorised and few in number, cannot possibly block or clutter bus lanes resulting in an impediment of bus progress; and if he ...More Button

Asked the minister: his views on whether permitting motorcycles and scooters access to bus lanes exposes the users of same to far fewer hazards than when in normal traffic in view of the observation of the National Safet...More Button

Asked the minister: his views on whether motorcyclists can use bus lanes without compromising safety for either pedal cyclists or bus users; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Asked the minister: if he will consider documentation received from a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Asked the minister: if extension of residency will be offered to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 to facilitate an ongoing legal issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 6 who have applied for permission to remain in the State on the basis of parentage of an Irish-born child; and if he will make a...More Button

Asked the minister: the way in which it is proposed to accommodate situations whereby one child born here before a certain date qualifies for an Irish passport and another child in the same family born here after this da...More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Asked the minister: if he will reconsider the application for refugee status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the naturalisation application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the family reunification of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Asked the minister: the procedure for naturalisation in the case of the children of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if and when naturalisation will be offered in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment.

Asked the minister: his plans for the recruitment of persons to the Garda Síochána drawn from various ethnic groups and representative of minorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Refugee Status.

Asked the minister: if he will review the decision to refuse refugee status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications.

Asked the minister: if his Department will review the decision to refuse a holiday visa to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Residency Permits.

Asked the minister: when residency and naturalisation will be finalised in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications.

Asked the minister: the position with regard to citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: if consideration will be given to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare for grant aid for additional classroom accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if extra classroom accommodation will be made available to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if consideration will be given to proposals to fund a second storey extension to the present s...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Asked the minister: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that pupils commencing fourth class in a school (details supplied) in County Kildare will be amalgamated with fifth class students and may be working from t...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Asked the minister: if she will reinstate school transport for children attending a school (details supplied) in County Kildare due to an increase in the number of children who are attending same; and if she will make a ...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: her plans to expand school capacity in Kildare town to take account of the decision to sell the land at Magee Barracks for the purposes of the affordable housing initiative.More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Asked the minister: her plans to ensure the provision of seat belts in all school buses throughout the country; when this requirement will be met; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: if her Department has received a submission from a school (details supplied) in County Kildare for capital funding; if she will progress this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Asked the minister: the extent to which she has studied the need for the provision of a new primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she has received submissions from the school authorities in this regard;...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the position regarding extension, ancillary accommodation and autistic unit which are on target for completion at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of a school extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of school works at a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; if same is still on schedule to complete by mid-2006; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of a school extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; the position relating to the further eight classroom extensions and ancillary accommodatio...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of a school extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when extension will commence to this school; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the project will be advanced in the current year; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if the classroom extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare is on target for completion in the latter half of 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if a classroom extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare is on target; when same is likely to be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of an extension at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: when she will be in a position to provide extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will provide new temporary prefabs in the current year to replace the exist...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Asked the minister: if extra teaching staff will be allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare based on class size and pupil numbers; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Asked the minister: if her attention has been drawn to any potential breach of health and safety regulations due to overcrowding at various schools throughout County Kildare at either primary or second level; her plans t...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: her proposals for the future of a girls’ primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if extra improvements or facilities are likely in the current year; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the application for extra facilities urgently required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when phase two will be progressed; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Asked the minister: if and when funding will be sanctioned for the building and budget of a school (details supplied) in County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the application for provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the application for extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Asked the minister: the position in relation to site acquisition to meet the required alternative and new school facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the completion of an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the extension project at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if her Department’s building unit has agreed the revised plans for the school; when this project will be ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Asked the minister: the pupil-teacher ratio class size at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the provision of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when a decision will be made to progress this matter in early date; and if she will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Asked the minister: when works will commence at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: when a decision will be made to progress an application for major capital funding which has been assessed by her Department regarding a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when same will be a...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Asked the minister: the pupil-teacher ratio class size at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the position in relation to extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when this project will advance to tender stage; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the provision of extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 24; when this project will proceed beyond the tender stage; and if she will make a state...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the relocation of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare to extend its capacity to 1,000 pupils; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when application for extension will commence in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding school renovations required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the application for extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when same will be progressed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the application for extra facilities urgently required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when same is likely to progress; and if she will make a statement on the...More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which the objectives set in the school building programme in respect of primary and second level schools in County Kildare is likely to be met in 2005; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Asked the minister: the position in relation to site acquisition to meet alternative or required new school facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Asked the minister: the position regarding proposals to improve accommodation at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the position regarding her Department’s assessment of the accommodation needs of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding her Department’s assessment of the accommodation needs of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding her Department’s assessment of the accommodation needs of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: if a school (details supplied) in County Kildare is fully staffed to meet the requirements of its double autistic unit; when same is likely to be up and running; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Asked the minister: the degree to which she expects to increase the number of resource, remedial and special needs teachers at all schools throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the degree to which she expects to increase the number of special needs assistants at all schools at primary and second levels throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the position regarding her plans for the future provision of full primary and post-primary school facilities in line with requirements set out by the schools authorities and by reference to demographi...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Asked the minister: the position regarding her plans for the improvement of pupil-teacher ratios in all second level schools in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding and her plans for the improvement of pupil-teacher ratios in all primary level schools in the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the position with regard to the pupil-teacher ratios in other EU jurisdictions and the way in which this compares to Ireland’s current pupil-teacher ratios; her plans to address this issue; and if she...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the current position in relation to the extension project at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when a decision was made to advance same to tender and construction; and if she will make a ...More Button

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the extension project at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if a decision has been made to advance same to tender and construction; and if she will make a state...More Button

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the extension project at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when same is likely to be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: the progress made in relation to the provision of the extra facilities required at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the extent to which she expects to be in a position to meet the requirements in terms of accommodation or otherwise in each of the schools, primary and post-primary, in Celbridge, County Kildare, in t...More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which she expects to be in a position to meet the requirements in terms of accommodation or otherwise in each of the schools, primary and post-primary, in Maynooth, County Kildare, in th...More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which she expects to be in a position to meet the requirements in terms of accommodation or otherwise in each of the schools, primary and post-primary, in Leixlip, County Kildare, in the...More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which she expects to be in a position to meet the requirements in terms of accommodation or otherwise in each of the schools, primary and post-primary, in Naas, County Kildare, in the co...More Button

Asked the minister: the position in regard to the provision of extra facilities at a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Defence Forces Disciplinary Action.

Asked the minister: the reason pay has been terminated in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Hearing Impairment Claims.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies under army deafness compensation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Asked the minister: the procedures to be followed in regard to qualification for a career break of up to four years for local authority officials together with the appeals protocol to be followed; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Regional Road Network.

Asked the minister: the current position in relation to road and bridge re-alignment at Bond Bridge, Maynooth, County Kildare; when the project is likely to start; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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