Ahern, Bertie

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 621 No. 85

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Leaders’ Questions.

Deputy Kenny will remember that it was decided that we should incorporate all the proposed legislative changes into the Health Information and Quality Authority legislation. I have announced many time...More Button

She says she does not have the report.More Button

I reject all that. The Government has put in more effort, resources, staff, equipment and services for hospitals, homes and carers than any other Government. The Deputy’s contention is simply not corr...More Button

I am not saying the current inspectorate is ideal. Obviously, we would not be changing it if we thought it was ideal. Nevertheless, an inspectorate exists so it is not the case that no checks are bein...More Button

All these improvements, most of which are new, significantly help elderly people in their homes and hospitals. We are continuing to build on what is a good service and to put more people into it to im...More Button

This issue was raised in the House approximately three months ago. On that occasion, I asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to carry out a full examination and produce...More Button

I will confine myself to Deputy Rabbitte’s question. Management companies were never regarded as desirable or essential for residential housing estates. Management companies in housing estates represe...More Button

Deputy Rabbitte asked what the Government is doing about this matter. I have discussed it with the Minister and his advisers. If it cannot be done by his giving directions or instructions to local aut...More Button

——where people have their own front and back gardens and an open space is wrong. I agree with that point. If the practice cannot be stopped in the planning and development stage, it should be examined...More Button

As the Deputy knows, the recent report also showed 100,000 young people have been taken out of consistent poverty in recent years. We remain firmly committed to eliminating consistent poverty, combati...More Button

The Deputy asked what we will do in the future. We will continue to work to eliminate poverty, particularly child poverty. The next national action plan to combat poverty and social exclusion is due t...More Button

——by helping them with education, with employment schemes such as those administered by FÁS and by tracking them under the Youthreach programme when they leave school. We have put in place structures ...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Commemorative Events.

Was asked: the amount allocated in the Estimates in his Department for 2006 for commemorations; the way in which this money will be allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the further commemorations to be held under the auspices of his Department, funded or part-funded by his Department during 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the funding allocated in his Department for commemorations in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the commemorative events planned by his Department during the remainder of 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 4, inclusive, together. There are two further formal State commemorative events planned for the remainder of the year. These are the ceremonies to commemorate the...More Button

For a number of years up to the 150th anniversary of the Famine most of the commemorative initiatives of my Department were dedicated to Famine-related projects, so they have received a large part of ...More Button

As I said, we are looking at how we can do it. I have received submissions and my Department is examining them to see what is the most appropriate way of dealing with the matter. I want to make the po...More Button

I have answered the question about the Famine commemoration. We will examine the matter to see if we can find a suitable way of commemorating it, as we did for five years before the 1798 bicentenary. ...More Button

The Admiral Brown society is an active group, which I met. My Department has funded a number of related projects. For the commemoration of Admiral Brown next year, the society intends to build a memor...More Button

I have heard the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Ó Cuív, refer to this matter. I am not sure exactly what projects are involved but I understand some issues arise. No appli...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Constitutional Referenda.

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the recommendations of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he next plans to hold a referendum; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is intended to hold a referendum during the remaining lifetime of the current Dáil; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date with regard to the implementation of the reports of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to hold a constitutional referendum before the end of 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if there are plans for a referendum during the remaining time of the current Dáil; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution’s recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to hold a referendum during the current Dáil.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the implementation to date of the recommendations of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 13, inclusive, together. The All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution published its report relating to the family on 24 January. The relevant Department...More Button

On the first issue, the Minister for Foreign Affairs said he had some sympathy with the view that had been expressed by many groups and organisations. I did not differ from that but said that all thes...More Button

It is one of the options that can be examined but all of them should be examined in the context of an all-party committee. To try to do it separately would not deal conclusively with the issues.More Button

Of course he had spoken with me.More Button

With regard to the constitution, I spoke to the Austrian Chancellor, the President in office of the European Council, Wolfgang Schüssel. At the meeting on Thursday night and Friday it will be decided ...More Button

The majority view in the committee was that a referendum that proposed to extend the definition of family would be divisive and, having created division, would not necessarily carry majority support. ...More Button

A number of groups have put forward suggestions about amendments and seek a constitutional referendum. My view is that all these issues should be examined in the context of the All-Party Committee on ...More Button

As well as the alliance there are a number of others who have put their views forward and are seeking a constitutional referendum. That would be to take one view and not to consider the others. These ...More Button

On the issue of building land, as I said here recently in reply to another question, the issue is being dealt with legislatively. The issue of zoning sufficient land does not need a constitutional ref...More Button

The Seanad reform group has presented its report. A group, chaired by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Roche, is examining that report. Any questions on the matt...More Button

I raised the issue of the legislation yesterday. I do not think any constitutional referendum is being looked at in this area but the Bill will be published shortly.More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 12, motion re Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998; No. 1, Employment Permits Bill 2005 — amendments from the Seanad; No. 23, National Sports Campus Development A...More Button

The heads of the Voluntary Health Insurance board corporate status Bill have been approved. The Bill is being drafted and should be ready for the autumn session. The heads of the third level student s...More Button

What I said was that I have asked the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to see what it can do to resolve this issue. I told the Department that if it could not be done by in...More Button

No. One can never have retrospective legislation. I will let Deputy Rabbitte know the conclusions reached.More Button

The relevant Minister will deal with the issues. The Department of Education and Science and the Department of Health and Children are in discussions on the register of those considered unsafe to work...More Button

There is no legislation change promised in this area.More Button

I do not know about the Deloitte & Touche report. The Deputy needs to put down a question for the relevant Minister. The single electricity market Bill is listed for this session. The heads of the bro...More Button

I will forward Deputy McManus’s views to the Tánaiste.More Button

The Cabinet is due to finalise this on Tuesday. In the normal course of events we would have perhaps been able to do it earlier but we will not now be able to do so until Tuesday.More Button

If it is agreed. However, I appreciate that creates difficulties.More Button

The consumer protection Bill will be introduced next year.More Button

I have no knowledge of such legislation.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Surveys.

Was asked: the number of full-time farmers in Wexford in each of the years from 1995 to 2006; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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