Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 25 April 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 618 No. 1

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Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare has been refused a work permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no record of a valid work permit application in this case. Applications which are incomplete or incorrect are returned to the employer for completion. In the aftermath of EU enlargement, it i...More Button

Written Answers - Research Funding.

Was asked: his views on the concerns of Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland and Slovakia, who welcome the seventh EU research framework programme but who do not agree that funding from this progra...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concerns that the seventh EU research framework programme does not take sufficiently into account the therapeutic potential of human adult stem cells; and his views ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 409 and 410 together. In April 2005, the Commission published its proposal for the seventh framework programme, FP7, which will cover the period 2007 to 2013. Consider...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: when the review of capping on the community employment scheme is due to be complete; the terms of reference of this review; if it includes consultation with community employment participants, supervis...More Button

Following a review of the operation of FÁS employment schemes — community employment, job initiative and social economy programmes — a number of changes were announced on 10 November 2004. The views a...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

Was asked: if all the rules have been adhered to with regard to payment in a receivership issue (details supplied).More Button

Written Answers - Official Engagements.

Was asked: the details of his travels abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations; the people who travelled with him in the official party; the duration of the visit; and the cost.More Button

I did not travel abroad for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Was asked: if, further to data received from Gama Construction and Gama Endustri concerning wages paid to their Turkish workers employed here, he has been informed of the number of workers who had accounts in th...More Button

Arising from concern that all Turkish workers would have access to the money that had been transferred to their bank accounts in Finansbank in Amsterdam, I and officials of the Department met with sen...More Button

Written Answers - Company Ownership.

Was asked: if he has established who the beneficial owners of a company (details supplied) were in 2005 when millions of euro in Gama workers’ wages were channelled into this company.More Button

I am satisfied that the company concerned has had a business relationship with the Gama organisation such that it was controlled by Gama.More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of IDA Ireland supported jobs created in each of the midland counties Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath in each of the past three years; and the employers concerned in each case.More Button

Was asked: the number of IDA Ireland supported jobs lost in each of the midland counties, Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath in each of the past three years; and the employers concerned in each case.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 416 and 417 together. IDA Ireland is the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment, FDI, to Ireland and its regions. The For...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: if the Government intends to pay from the redundancy fund towards the cost of the Irish Ferries lay-offs.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Appointments.

Was asked: the detailed process that was involved in the selection of the current chief executive of the National Consumer Agency; the procedures that were put in place to ensure the selected candidate met basic...More Button

The core recommendation in the consumer strategy group report, Make Consumers Count, was the establishment of a new national consumer agency, a recommendation which was fully accepted by the Governmen...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the correspondence to which the Deputy refers and I have written to the correspondent advising her of the current situation.More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: if work permits are being issued to persons (details supplied) for work in specialised Thai restaurants; if so, the procedure for application; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

New work permits are only being considered for highly skilled, highly paid positions which it is not possible to fill from within the EEA. In ethnic restaurants where there is significant investment, ...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to locate 50% of IDA Ireland jobs in the Border, midlands and western region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Industrial Development Authority has been designated an autonomous body under the Industrial Development Acts. One of the functions assigned to the authority in this capacity is to foster the nati...More Button

Written Answers - County Enterprise Boards.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to develop the county enterprise board investment programmes in the Border, midlands and western region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are 13 county and city enterprise boards, CEBs, operating in the Border, midlands and western region. Under the BMW Regional Operational Programme 2000-2006 these boards are responsible for deli...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to increase the number of Enterprise Ireland supported jobs in the Border, midlands and western region; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issues of job creation and retention in Enterprise Ireland supported companies are day-to-day matters for the agency itself and not ones in which I am directly involved. Enterprise Ireland has at ...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: the procedure whereby a person who is not Irish but was previously employed here on foot of a work visa can transfer to another employer who wishes to offer employment; and if he will make a statement...More Button

The work permits section informs me that individuals may transfer from one employer to another within the terms of their original work visa without contacting my Department.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: when legislation will be introduced to control arms brokers.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Websites.

Was asked: the reason his Department’s website has not been updated since 2001 regarding the export of dual use components for military purposes.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the training given to labour inspectors before taking up their duties; and if they receive training in employment law.More Button

Was asked: the average length of service of labour inspectors.More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: if, in view of the continuing high levels of workplace accidents and deaths, he is satisfied that the requirements to bring the safety statement to the attention of employees and to provide training i...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the amount allocated by his Department towards training and development through agencies such as FÁS; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 2006, my Department allocated a total of €417.796 million for training and development purposes through a number of its agencies. The allocation for the FÁS training and integration supports progra...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if a high level specialist team will be appointed to develop a strategy to be implemented by Shannon Development and the Industrial Development Agency to secure replacement industries for Thurles and ...More Button

No task forces have been set up in recent years arising from job losses in particular areas. The practice of establishing task forces has changed since the establishment of the county development boar...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: the expected date of publication of regulations regarding the drug testing of employees as provided for in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Bill 2005.More Button

Written Answers - National Spatial Strategy.

Was asked: his view on the impact of Cavan town’s hub town status under the national spatial strategy since the national spatial strategy was unveiled; the way in which he proposes to implement the policy with r...More Button

Was asked: his assessment of the impact of Monaghan town’s hub town status under the national spatial strategy on development since the national spatial strategy was unveiled; the way in which he proposes to imp...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 434 and 435 together. Overall responsibility for leading on the implementation of the national spatial strategy, NSS, rests with my colleague, the Minister for the Env...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if funding will be approved for a project (details supplied) in County Roscommon; the discussions he has had with Enterprise Ireland on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The administration of the community enterprise centre, CEC, scheme is a day-to-day matter for Enterprise Ireland and not one in which I am directly involved. Enterprise Ireland advertised the 2006 CEC...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: if he will abolish the stipulation whereby a person on a community employment scheme reaching age 55 will be able to continue indefinitely and not be subjected to a three year extension noting the fac...More Button

Community employment, CE, is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long-term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work wit...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Services.

Was asked: if his Department has sought legal advice from outside legal advisers; and the fees paid to each such legal adviser in 2004 and 2005.More Button

The information sought by the Deputy relating to my Department and its offices is set out in the tables. 2004 2005More Button

Was asked: the legal advisers or other qualified lawyers employed in a professional capacity by State bodies under the aegis of his Department.More Button

The recruitment of staff, including legal advisers and other qualified legal personnel, by the State bodies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for the bodies concerned. While I ...More Button

Was asked: if his Department has legal advisers of its own, naming the officers in question; and the reason effect has not been given to the recommendation in the report of the review into the law offices of the...More Button

The following is the position with regard to the number of legal advisers employed by the Department and the offices of the Department. It is not the practice of my Department to disclose the names of...More Button


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