Ahern, Bertie

Wednesday, 22 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 615 No. 76

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Leaders’ Questions.

I wish to express my sympathy to the staff of NEC in Ballivor, who have been good and committed workers for three decades and have been working to the best of their ability. This announcement has been...More Button

I know the workers at NEC were shocked at the news of the plant’s closure and that they have provided a loyal and quality service to the company over the years. The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and ...More Button

From an enormously high level, the figures stabilised in recent months and have taken off again in the last quarter. For a country with a population of 4 million and a workforce of 2 million, it is an...More Button

I am glad Allied Irish Banks is profitable. It is so because growth in the economy is so strong——More Button

——and our businesses are so strong.More Button

Investment is very strong——More Button

——such that our financial services are doing well.More Button

That was in the mid-1980s when the Deputy’s party was in power.More Button

It almost went down and I remember having to be convinced by the then leader of our party that it was a wise thing to do——More Button

——to invest money——More Button

——and not to let the bank go down.More Button

I was resisting the calls from the Fine Gael Party to nationalise the banks.More Button

In reply to Deputy Rabbitte’s question, AIB is a global company. Its profit is sizeable and it is making considerable money. The Government would like to see more competition. The Bank of Scotland has...More Button

The Minister concerned announced that he would set up a new social fund in respect of which he expected——More Button

I am trying to answer the Deputy’s leader. As I said, the Minister expected the financial institutions to contribute sizeable sums of money.More Button

I understand the main banks have already given commitments to put sizeable amounts of money into this fund.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I am trying to answer Deputy Rabbitte’s question.More Button

The main banks have offered to put sizeable amounts of money into this fund. The money will be used in projects to help the less well-off in our society——More Button

It will be used to fund projects that will help to generate activities in areas that are socially excluded. This is a good initiative. It is a pity that at one level we are concerned about a company l...More Button

I am certainly not trying to be smart about any of these issues, but I make the point that Allied Irish Banks is a very good Irish company. The threat over the past ten to 15 years was that our two ma...More Button

If they were not in this country they would be somewhere else. They employ people here. In the past all our young graduates had to emigrate to London, Luxembourg and America, but now they are employed...More Button

I never condemn wrongdoing in any area.More Button

Condone. I never condone wrongdoing. We set up the Moriarty tribunal to inquire into payments to politicians.More Button

We set up the Mahon tribunal to inquire into irregularities in the planning process, and many other inquiries, to get to the bottom of any wrongdoing going on anywhere, including in Dublin County Coun...More Button

I will fill Deputy Sargent in on my inquiry when he fills me in on his inquiry into chemical shares.More Button

I am certainly sorry if one of my party members caught Deputy Sargent in a headlock in 1993. Had I been there I would have stopped him.More Button

This Government totally condemns any kind of wrongdoing.More Button

We have dealt with these matters in the appropriate way by setting up an inquiry.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - National Archives.

Was asked: the files which were released recently by his Department under the National Archives Act 1986; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of files withheld by his Department from the National Archives in respect of 1975; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of files withheld by his Department in respect of the files transferred to the National Archives in respect of 1975; the numbers withheld under section 8(4)(a) of the National Archives Act ...More Button

Was asked: the number of files withheld by his Department from the archives for 1975; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the files which were released recently by his Department under the National Archives Act 1986; the files pertaining to 1975 which were withheld by his Department; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Was asked: the files which were released under the National Archives Act 1986 by his Department; the number of files withheld by his Department from the National Archives in respect of 1975; and if he will make ...More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together. The evaluation of files for release to the National Archives is carried out by designated officials in my Department. I have no role in ...More Button

In answer to the first question, with reference to my Department, a total of 727 files or part files were transferred in January 2006. Five files were retained, two of which were retained under sectio...More Button

Most of these files related to Northern Ireland. A total of 49 files were released without abstractions and partial abstractions were made on five documents, all related to Northern Ireland. The abstr...More Button

In reply to Deputy Kenny’s question about the departmental group, its remit is to examine the historical value of the archive records held by the Department which are 30 years old. Its members include...More Button

They do monitor but what I am not sure.More Button

The decision on how files are given out is a statutory function of nominated senior officials in the Department. I have no input whatsoever, nor have I ever been consulted on any file. It is a statuto...More Button

The Deputy is correct that the volume of files and other retrieval material being made available is increasing. The extension of the Act over the years has led to increased pressure on space. The Nati...More Button

I have no difficulty with the Deputy’s suggestion which is a good one. The sensitivities of the past are over. As other Members have said, some records are held in the military archives. They are not ...More Button

Yes. There may be other files in the archives or in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. I will raise the issue, particularly as we have just finished work on the pre Act of Union laws ...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Chief State Solicitor’s Office.

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the Nally report under the re-organisation of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the reorganisation of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the reorganisation of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 9, inclusive, together. The recommendations of the Nally report in relation to the re-organisation of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor have been largely im...More Button

Most of the issues have been dealt with, including the common promotion pool within the two offices between the CSSO and the solicitors’ division of the DPP’s office for professional solicitor and tec...More Button

While decentralisation issues are large in terms of finance deals, they do not take any longer to deal with than very small cases. However, the work of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor, in immi...More Button

To the best of my knowledge the NDFA uses outside legal advice. I do not know to what extent it uses the Office of the Chief State Solicitor but I know the NDFA uses outside legal advice because I get...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Regulatory Reform.

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the recommendation of the OECD report Regulatory Reform in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the progress to date in implementing the recommendations of the OECD report Regulatory Reform in Ireland.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the recommendations of the OECD report Regulatory Reform in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on progress to date in 2006 in implementing the recommendation of the OECD report Regulatory Reform in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress to date in 2006 with regard to the implementation of the OECD report Regulatory Reform in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together. Significant progress has been made since the publication of the OECD report on regulatory reform in Ireland. Many of the OECD recommenda...More Button

The issues being examined are where there are significant negative impacts on national competitiveness, significant negative impacts on the socially excluded or vulnerable groups, significant environm...More Button

Yes. Before legislation can get through, it must undergo that process. It cannot happen unless it makes sense. On the business group, this is so that not just people in the system, as good as they are...More Button

There are two issues. I said to the Deputy the way a Bill is drafted is that the heads are normally taken separately and work is finished on them in the parliamentary draftsman’s office. Normally — in...More Button

It is in some areas. I accept there is a traditional reluctance in the system even though I have stated I cannot see the difficulty. There is often a year between making legislation and the heads bein...More Button

I will.More Button

The benefit of the introduction of regulatory impact analysis is an improvement in the way new regulations are made. Departments and offices will assess the likely impact of new regulations across all...More Button

I am not sure if the decision was taken for commercial considerations.More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 14, Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Bill 2005 — Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 1, Social Welfare Law Reform and Pensions Bill 2006 — Second Stage...More Button

This Bill was ready for publication before the summer recess last year. However, the committee and the industry wanted to give their views on it and the Minister held it over until the autumn. In the ...More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 14 be agreed.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

It is not in line with precedent. It was always the position for as long as I have been a Member of the House that the Private Members’ vote was at 8.30 p.m. Whips wanted to keep it that way over the ...More Button

I agree to it on this occasion, but it is the last time I will do so.More Button

In 2006, later this year.More Button

Which Bill?More Button

It is a lovely place.More Button

The heads of the Bill have been approved by Government and it will be published in the next day or two.More Button

Voluntary agreements on advertising have been reached with the drinks industry. Therefore the Department wishes to hold off the introduction of this legislation pending the outcome of these voluntary ...More Button

I believe the Minister agreed a period.More Button

Both of those Bills will be published this year.More Button

Written Answers - Unemployment Levels.

Was asked: the recent figures of unemployment rates in Palmerstown for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button

Was asked: the recent figures of unemployment rates in Clondalkin and Lucan for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005.More Button


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