National Oil Reserves Agency Bill 2006: Report Stage (Resumed).

Thursday, 9 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 627 No. 2

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Debate resumed on amendment No. 49:

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Cowley was in possession. Are any other Members offering to speak a second time on that amendment?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  In view of the fact that we had a short break since we discussed the amendment last night, the issue——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy, I understand you have already spoken twice on this amendment.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Yes, but I will be brief.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy but you have already spoken twice on this amendment. It is Deputy Broughan’s amendment. The Minister has not made a second contribution.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  A Cheann Comhairle——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Broughan has made a second contribution, as has Deputy Durkan. I call Deputy Broughan to conclude because it is his amendment and the Minister has indicated he does not wish to speak again.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  On the issue of the Corrib gas discovery, as the crisis developed I felt strongly that we had a dearth of information. The Advantica report, the Centre of Public Inquiry and the Minister’s technical advisory group all showed there was a lack of fundamental information in this area. It would be important to immediately establish an agency that would give the State an expertise in the entire exploration area. The Natural Oil Reserves Agency Bill is an oppor[353]tunity to do that. We do not have to reinvent the wheel in that regard. We only have to see the path taken by our Scandinavian neighbours in particular, the Norwegians and the Danes. People refer to the massive resources Norway has, and perhaps Denmark is an even more modest example, but the DONG exploration agency is a model for this country.

The Minister has been criticised severely regarding the Slyne-Erris round of licensing and for the entire licensing programme for this year. There is a belief among the public that we need a full debate on that. There is an oil exploration Bill in my name on the Order Paper and part of that Bill’s remit would be to require the Minister to bring every licensing round before this House. The Minister might indicate when replying whether that is a course of action he would favour. The Labour Party would like to see ongoing [354]invigilation of this area. Our Bill provides for a discussion and approval by the Dáil of each licensing round and a six year look-back at the round subsequently. We have the Indecon study and the Minister told the House last night he is still considering the possibility of having a review of the licensing terms, which he expects early next year. That is welcome but there is a case to be made for an agency such as the one the Labour amendment proposes. The Minister said that from what he knows now and what is beginning to become apparent from the resources available to him from different agencies, perhaps in three or four years time the establishment of an Irish exploration agency would be high on the agenda of the Minister for energy but I ask him, in view of all the controversies we have suffered over the past four or five years, to do it now.

Amendment put.

[353]The Dáil divided: Tá, 54; Níl, 67.

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[355]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Stagg and Kehoe; Níl, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher.

[355]Amendment declared lost.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Amendments Nos. 50 and 52 are being discussed together.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 50:

I have tabled this amendment because I feel the Minister should have to approve the hiring by the agency of consultants or advisers to help it to perform its functions. Over the last couple of days, I have been anxious to include in the Bill extra provisions to ensure the Minister is accountable to the House. In this instance, it would not be any harm for the Minister to have to give approval to any extension of the functions of the agency. I would like the Minister to respond in that regard.

Amendment No. 52 proposes to include the words “as determined from time to time by the Minister”, which is an idea we have already discussed. The inclusion of the phrase, which is quite commonly used in the drafting of legislation, might be of benefit to the Bill. This section of the Bill is an appropriate place in which to insert it. This provision would strengthen the Bill by placing a focus on the need for accountability, to the Minister in this case. While I have been tempted to restrict the Minister’s sweeping and almighty powers in all the cases so far, I want to elevate the Minister to a new role in this case. I would like him to be able to initiate changes which are beneficial, complementary and effective in bringing meaning to this section of the Bill.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I am not inclined to support amendment No. 50, which relates to the agency’s power to engage consultants and advisers. During its ongoing day-to-day work, the agency may need to hire various specialists, consultants and advisers at different times. I do not favour this amendment, as I think it would be better to give the agency the maximum freedom possible. While there may be more merit in amendment No. 52, it comes into the same territory as amendment [356]No. 50 because it might infringe on the autonomy of the agency.

Dr. Cowley: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  The Dáil should be responsible for this matter. It should have to give the final approval in this regard. I will give an example of that. As no code of practice was provided for when the Minister gave consent to the production pipeline for the Corrib gas project, the pipeline in question is illegal. Therefore, the company in question is able to do what it wants. That cannot be right, clearly. If the Dáil had been given responsibility in this regard, there would have been some accountability. No planning permission was given for the cold venting of gas, which is another issue. Shell, which is the main promoter of the project, was not prepared to look outside Bellanaboy as a location for the terminal. The Dáil should be accountable in circumstances of this nature for the reasons I have mentioned.

Given the pipeline is coming into County Mayo and taking gas from the county, and in light of the protests which have taken place, it is only equitable and fair that the pipeline will be used to bring gas to towns in the county. That is the way I have always said it should be and that is the way it will be. I hope the Minister will ensure that gas is brought to all the towns in County Mayo, including Belmullet and Ballinrobe, because they all deserve gas.

The Dáil should have a say in what is happening. The Minister, who is continuing to issue licences, has said there will be no change in the terms of the licences until 2007 even though he promised, as a result of a Private Members’ motion, to provide for a review of those terms by the end of this year. He is issuing licences and assuring those in the industry that they do not need to worry because he will not change anything until 2007. I would like the Minister to respond to my remarks in this regard.

Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  I will stick to the amendments before the House. I will respond to what Deputy Durkan said. My mother used to say that if you had a dog, you should not [357]bark yourself. These amendments are in that category. There is no point in setting up a semi-State agency such as NORA to do a job within the limits set down in legislation by this House and then second-guessing it on the appointment of consultants and other issues that are the business of the company itself. I do not think that the phrase “as determined from time to time by the Minister” is necessary. It does not add anything to it. The levy is determined by the Minister and that is catered for elsewhere. One of these amendments represents an undue interference in the running of the company and the other amendment is not necessary because the Minister is the only person to determine the levy.

It would be wonderful to get gas into the towns in Mayo that have now been approved for it. The Deputy might try to help us to ensure that happens.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I note the points made by Deputy Broughan and by the Minister. Deputy Broughan and I spent many years on the Committee of Public Accounts and we learned a great deal. We learned much about allowances, remuneration and expenses for State and semi-State bodies. Serious questions were raised in the committee about how approval was given for consultancies. Arising from those experiences, I felt that it would be good to amend section 18(1) by adding “subject to the approval of the Minister”. I do not think there is anything wrong with that. The Minister stated that it was provided for elsewhere when dealing with the levy, and that is true, but it is not provided for in this section. I do not see why it should not be subject to the provisions in the other part of the Bill outlined by the Minister.

We need to ensure that the Minister and the agency are responsible to the Houses of the Oireachtas, which does not mean second-guessing them. In several cases, provision is made for the Minister and the Minister for Finance to approve. I take the point made by Deputy Broughan that it is an internal function of the industry, but I am not so certain that it is. A consultant may advise a Minister that it is appropriate to engage a con[358]sultant to advise in a particular way. Depending on who the consultant is, the whole thing might be a foregone conclusion. There might be no way of monitoring the consultant and he or she could come up with anything. The electronic voting system is a classic example of something that got away from us. It took on a life of its own and nobody had any regard for it. Public money went after public money and there was no accountability.

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In this situation, there is no harm in laying down new criteria whereby we intervene on behalf of the taxpayer. Let us stop apologising to everybody outside the House for doing so. If we are serious about our job, we should do it that way. We should include provisions that require ministerial approval for consultants. If it is in some other section of the Bill but not in this section, why not? I do not accept the notion that we should let it happen in this fashion. There are too many occasions in which Ministers and the Houses have been hijacked by decisions taken on the basis of advice given by consultants who were employed to give an appraisal——

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison  Zoom on Séamus Pattison  Is the Deputy making his final reply on this amendment?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  This is my second intervention.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison  Zoom on Séamus Pattison  He has exceeded the two minutes allowed.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I will leave it at that. If the Minister wants to say something, I will deal with it then.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  I will let the Deputy wrap up.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I had not intended to press this amendment, but I now think it might be a wise thing to do. There is no point in complaining about things that I see going wrong without standing over it.

Amendment put.

[357]The Dáil divided: Tá, 52; Níl, 63.

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Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Batt. Information on Fiona O'Malley  Zoom on Fiona O'Malley  O’Malley, Fiona.
Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  O’Malley, Tim. Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Parlon, Tom.
Information on Peter Power  Zoom on Peter Power  Power, Peter. Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán.
Information on Mae Sexton  Zoom on Mae Sexton  Sexton, Mae. Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.
Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  Smith, Michael. Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary.
Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Walsh, Joe. Information on Ollie Wilkinson  Zoom on Ollie Wilkinson  Wilkinson, Ollie.
Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.  

[359]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Stagg and Neville; Níl, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher.

[359]Amendment declared lost.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I remind Members that they should always vote in their designated seats. They should not vote in someone else’s name in another seat.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  That is the danger of electronic voting.

[360]An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Séamus Pattison  Zoom on Séamus Pattison  Amendment No. 51 has already been discussed with amendment No. 3. Does Deputy Durkan wish to formally move the amendment?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 51:

Amendment put.

[359]The Dáil divided: Tá, 50; Níl, 62.

Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  Boyle, Dan.
Information on James Breen  Zoom on James Breen  Breen, James. Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen  Breen, Pat.
Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P. Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard.
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul.
Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  Connolly, Paudge. Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe.
Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Cowley, Jerry. Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour.
Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe  Crowe, Seán. Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán.
Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John. Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy.
Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.
Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn. Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin.
Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  [361]Gilmore, Eamon. Information on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Zoom on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Gogarty, Paul.
Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John. Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus.
Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Higgins, Joe. Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D.
Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan. Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul.
Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  Lynch, Kathleen. Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic.
Information on Shane McEntee  Zoom on Shane McEntee  McEntee, Shane. Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny.
Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Paddy McHugh  Zoom on Paddy McHugh  McHugh, Paddy.
Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  Mitchell, Olivia. Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.
Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville  Neville, Dan. Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian. Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Jan.
Information on Séamus Pattison  Zoom on Séamus Pattison  Pattison, Seamus. Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry  Perry, John.
Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Quinn, Ruairí. Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Rabbitte, Pat.
Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael. Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.
Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Stagg, Emmet. Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  Stanton, David.
Information on Liam Twomey  Zoom on Liam Twomey  Twomey, Liam. Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary.



[361]Níl
Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Ahern, Dermot. Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern  Ahern, Noel.
Information on Barry Andrews  Zoom on Barry Andrews  Andrews, Barry. Information on Seán Ardagh  Zoom on Seán Ardagh  Ardagh, Seán.
Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall. Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny.
Information on Martin Brady  Zoom on Martin Brady  Brady, Martin. Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  Brennan, Seamus.
Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John. Information on Joe Callanan  Zoom on Joe Callanan  Callanan, Joe.
Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat. Information on John Carty  Zoom on John Carty  Carty, John.
Information on Donie Cassidy  Zoom on Donie Cassidy  Cassidy, Donie. Information on Michael Collins  Zoom on Michael Collins  Collins, Michael.
Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Cooper-Flynn, Beverley. Information on John Cregan  Zoom on John Cregan  Cregan, John.
Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John. Information on Noel Davern  Zoom on Noel Davern  Davern, Noel.
Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera  de Valera, Síle. Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Dempsey, Noel.
Information on Tony Dempsey  Zoom on Tony Dempsey  Dempsey, Tony. Information on John Dennehy  Zoom on John Dennehy  Dennehy, John.
Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy. Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael.
Information on Dermot Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Dermot Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Dermot. Information on Mildred Fox  Zoom on Mildred Fox  Fox, Mildred.
Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel. Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Harney, Mary.
Information on Jackie Healy-Rae  Zoom on Jackie Healy-Rae  Healy-Rae, Jackie. Information on Máire Hoctor  Zoom on Máire Hoctor  Hoctor, Máire.
Information on Joe Jacob  Zoom on Joe Jacob  Jacob, Joe. Information on Cecilia Keaveney  Zoom on Cecilia Keaveney  Keaveney, Cecilia.
Information on Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy. Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter.
Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Killeen, Tony. Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Kirk, Seamus.
Information on Tom Kitt  Zoom on Tom Kitt  Kitt, Tom. Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Lenihan, Brian.
Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  Moloney, John. Information on Donal Moynihan  Zoom on Donal Moynihan  Moynihan, Donal.
Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael. Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael.
Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie.
Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  O’Dea, Willie. Information on Liz O'Donnell  Zoom on Liz O'Donnell  O’Donnell, Liz.
Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  O’Donoghue, John. Information on Dennis O'Donovan  Zoom on Dennis O'Donovan  O’Donovan, Denis.
Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel. Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Batt.
Information on Fiona O'Malley  Zoom on Fiona O'Malley  O’Malley, Fiona. Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  O’Malley, Tim.
Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Parlon, Tom. Information on Peter Power  Zoom on Peter Power  Power, Peter.
Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán. Information on Mae Sexton  Zoom on Mae Sexton  Sexton, Mae.
Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan. Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  Smith, Michael.
Information on Dan Wallace  Zoom on Dan Wallace  Wallace, Dan. Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary.
Information on Ollie Wilkinson  Zoom on Ollie Wilkinson  Wilkinson, Ollie. Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.

[361]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Stagg and Kehoe; Níl, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher.

[361]Amendment declared lost.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 52:

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment No. 53 not moved.

[362]Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 54:

Amendment put.

[361][363]The Dáil divided: Tá, 50; Níl, 58.

Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  Boyle, Dan.
Information on James Breen  Zoom on James Breen  Breen, James. Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen  Breen, Pat.
Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P. Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard.
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul.
Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  Connolly, Paudge. Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe.
Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Cowley, Jerry. Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour.
Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe  Crowe, Seán. Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán.
Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John. Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy.
Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.
Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn. Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin.
Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon. Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John.
Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom. Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus.
Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Higgins, Joe. Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D.
Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  Hogan, Phil. Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.
Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul. Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic.
Information on Shane McEntee  Zoom on Shane McEntee  McEntee, Shane. Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny.
Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Paddy McHugh  Zoom on Paddy McHugh  McHugh, Paddy.
Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  Mitchell, Olivia. Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.
Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville  Neville, Dan. Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian. Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Jan.
Information on Séamus Pattison  Zoom on Séamus Pattison  Pattison, Seamus. Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry  Perry, John.
Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Quinn, Ruairí. Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Rabbitte, Pat.
Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael. Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.
Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Stagg, Emmet. Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  Stanton, David.
Information on Liam Twomey  Zoom on Liam Twomey  Twomey, Liam. Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary.



[363]Níl
Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Ahern, Dermot. Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern  Ahern, Noel.
Information on Barry Andrews  Zoom on Barry Andrews  Andrews, Barry. Information on Seán Ardagh  Zoom on Seán Ardagh  Ardagh, Seán.
Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall. Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny.
Information on Martin Brady  Zoom on Martin Brady  Brady, Martin. Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John.
Information on Joe Callanan  Zoom on Joe Callanan  Callanan, Joe. Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat.
Information on John Carty  Zoom on John Carty  Carty, John. Information on Donie Cassidy  Zoom on Donie Cassidy  Cassidy, Donie.
Information on Michael Collins  Zoom on Michael Collins  Collins, Michael. Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Cooper-Flynn, Beverley.
Information on John Cregan  Zoom on John Cregan  Cregan, John. Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John.
Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Dempsey, Noel. Information on Tony Dempsey  Zoom on Tony Dempsey  Dempsey, Tony.
Information on John Dennehy  Zoom on John Dennehy  Dennehy, John. Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy.
Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael. Information on Dermot Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Dermot Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Dermot.
Information on Mildred Fox  Zoom on Mildred Fox  Fox, Mildred. Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel.
Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Harney, Mary. Information on Máire Hoctor  Zoom on Máire Hoctor  Hoctor, Máire.
Information on Joe Jacob  Zoom on Joe Jacob  Jacob, Joe. Information on Cecilia Keaveney  Zoom on Cecilia Keaveney  Keaveney, Cecilia.
Information on Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy. Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter.
Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Killeen, Tony. Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Kirk, Seamus.
Information on Tom Kitt  Zoom on Tom Kitt  Kitt, Tom. Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Lenihan, Brian.
Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  Moloney, John. Information on Donal Moynihan  Zoom on Donal Moynihan  Moynihan, Donal.
Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael. Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael.
Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie.
Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  O’Dea, Willie. Information on Liz O'Donnell  Zoom on Liz O'Donnell  O’Donnell, Liz.
Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  O’Donoghue, John. Information on Dennis O'Donovan  Zoom on Dennis O'Donovan  O’Donovan, Denis.
Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel. Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Batt.
Information on Fiona O'Malley  Zoom on Fiona O'Malley  O’Malley, Fiona. Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  O’Malley, Tim.
Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Parlon, Tom. Information on Peter Power  Zoom on Peter Power  Power, Peter.
Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán. Information on Mae Sexton  Zoom on Mae Sexton  Sexton, Mae.
Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan. Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  Smith, Michael.
Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary. Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Walsh, Joe.
Information on Ollie Wilkinson  Zoom on Ollie Wilkinson  Wilkinson, Ollie. Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.

[363]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Kehoe and Stagg; Níl, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher.

[363]Amendment declared lost.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 55:

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[364]Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 56:

It implies the same principle as the previous vote.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments Nos. 57 and 58 not moved.

[365]Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 59:

These are all the same.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 60:

The Minister shall ensure that a superannuation scheme approved under this section, including an amendment of the scheme, is laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after it is approved. It might be no harm to insert the words “before it is approved”. It is debatable and the Minister is convulsed with mirth, but we would like to hear his invigorating response.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The provision, as drafted, provides that the Minister shall ensure the superannuation schemes are laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after such a scheme is approved. Section 22 provides that either House of the Oireachtas may annul a superannuation scheme. The text is in line with the standard provisions of legislation relating to similar State bodies and I am satisfied that the text of the Bill should remain unchanged.

The Deputy’s proposal in amendment No. 61 is not consistent with standard corporate governance requirements imposed on similar bodies. Superannuation schemes in respect of State bodies are subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance in addition to the approval of the parent Department. This process ensures the provisions of a scheme are in line with legislative provisions governing such schemes for the public sector. There is no need for either amendment.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I accept the Minister’s comments regarding amendment No. 60 and I will not press it. The reason I tabled amendment No. 61 is that we have heard numerous expressions of concern regarding pensions, remuneration and the raiding of pension funds. While the amendment would not prevent such activity, it would introduce a review by the Pensions Board. Anything that could lead to a liability or a failure by the State or a State body or agency to live up its expectations would be serious. It might be a good idea to make this amendment to protect the Minister, the State, the public and those employed by the agency in the future.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I support the amendment, which we debated on Committee Stage. We also debated this issue yesterday while dealing with earlier amendments on the superannuation schemes. However, Members have received many complaints from the former staff of State agencies who were initially employed in the Civil Service before the State bodies to which they were trans[366]ferred were established. Consequently, the terms and conditions of their superannuation schemes were amended. For example, pensioners attached to Dublin Port Company complain that the indexation of their pensions, which they had expected to continue, was arbitrarily withdrawn. Deputy Durkan is seeking to provide an additional protection for the staff of the proposed new agency, who were first transferred from the Civil Service in 1995.

This issue will continue to grow. For example, in Italy and Germany, governments arbitrarily decided that public sector pensions for which they were directly responsible would be subject to different terms and conditions. This is a concern and Deputy Durkan’s attempt to provide for additional invigilation by the Pensions Board has merit.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Public sector pensions are dealt with in this manner. Standard corporate governance requires that the State through the Minister for Finance and the Minister of the parent Department looks after pensions and I do not propose to depart from that practice. The best protection any pensioner can get is from the State.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I do not propose that the House should divide on the amendment but, as Deputy Broughan stated, complaints regarding pension schemes have been brought to the attention of Members over the past number of years. The longer one is a Member, the more instances are brought to one’s attention. I am not critical of the Minister but, under the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983, responsibility for the postal service transferred from the Department of Posts and Telegraphs to An Post. This included an obligation to observe all the pension and remuneration entitlements that the staff who were transferring had but, unfortunately, that did not happen. If a body such as the Pensions Board had approved the transfer at the time, we might not be in this situation. The reason that happened is a regulation or statutory instrument was introduced to remove authority and responsibility for the obligations entered into by the Minister and the Houses of the Oireachtas in one fell sweep, with the staff left swinging in the air.

Deputy Broughan has tabled a later amendment, which contains a nice, meaty arrangement and, therefore, while I do not propose to seek a division, I will press the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 61:

Amendment put and declared lost.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I move amendment No. 62:

[367]

The amendment relates to section 25, which deals with a code of conduct for the agency. The section provides for proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest to be maintained by a person while performing functions as a director of the agency, a member of a committee of the agency, chief executive, a consultant or adviser employed by the agency or an employee. The second also provides that the agency should publish the code of conduct. The Minister should go a step further and specify that the code of conduct must “require records of interests of persons to whom the code applies, and records of conflict of interest, to be maintained and to be opened to public scrutiny during office hours”.

I tabled the amendment in the interest of transparency and to prevent conflicts of interest. Membership of the board requires experience and expertise in the oil distribution business. Board members will have contacts within the industry and the code of conduct sets out how conflicts of interest could be avoided. The Minister may say in reply that the code will entail records being kept, but that should be specified in the legislation to be absolutely sure. For example, a register of Members’ interests is maintained in the office of the Clerk of the Dáil and by the Standards in Public Office Commission. The same standards should be expected of other public servants such as those who will run the agency on a statutory basis. I ask the Minister to accept the amendment.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I support this timely amendment, which is similar to amendments discussed in recent days. It is not an attempt to imply any irregularity. Rather, it is an attempt to protect the agency, the Government and the taxpayer from something unanticipated coming down the tracks.

We should remember that the value of the stocks retained by the agency at any given time will be considerable, meaning the agency will have a certain amount of responsibility. It is imperative that the highest possible standards apply in respect of potential conflicts of interest. It would be better to stipulate such a provision in the Bill than to leave the issue to one side and suggest that all eventualities are covered by other sections and Acts. It would protect everyone involved, including the Government. While changes in Government may take a long time, they do occur.

[368]Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Section 25 provides for the drafting of a code of conduct in respect of standards of integrity and concern for the public interest. That code must apply to directors, the CEO, employees, consultants and advisers engaged by NORA and the employees of those consultants and advisers. The code is additional to the requirements on NORA’s directors under the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995, which provides for the disclosures of interests of holders of certain public offices, designated directors of certain public bodies and persons employed in designated positions therein.

The provision is specific. Persons occupying positions prescribed in the regulations are required to furnish statements of registerable interests or, if they have none, make nil return statements. The directors of NORA are prescribed as designated directorships under the Ethics in Public Office Act and must make annual returns under that Act. The manager, financial controller and operations manager must also make returns under the Act.

I am satisfied that the measure as drafted provides adequately for the protection of the public interest. I agree we must ensure that there are no conflicts of interest or if there are conflicts of interest, that they are stated clearly and registered, but we should not impose stricter requirements on NORA’s directors than we do on the directors of other State or semi-State companies.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Our records are available. For example, anyone can check the Minister’s, Deputy Durkan’s, the Ceann Comhairle’s or my interests. Under this and other sections, will the same requirement apply to NORA’s directors? What if someone is a director of a distribution chain or is involved actively in the industry? I tabled the amendment because it would be useful to have records, not just a code of conduct. Our records can be found in the Oireachtas Library and can be checked at any time. Would it not be wise to include the word “records”?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I note the Minister’s reply, but in light of Deputy Broughan’s statement, will the Minister elucidate the precise procedure and mechanism to be used in the determination of what constitutes a conflict of interest? Interpretations may vary depending on who is giving the advice. We could all get advice to the effect that we are covered by this provision, but we must double check and second-guess matters to ensure that we do not do anything wrong. With the best will in the world——

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  The Taoiseach will have a good bit of work to do before 1 January to revise the record.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Absolutely. Ordinarily, it can be difficult to keep everyone on side, but it will be more difficult to do so in respect of an agency [369]with NORA’s type of contacts. For example, it will buy and sell on the global energy market.

If the Minister responded to Deputy Broughan’s points and elaborated on how the State would be doubly protected, it would assure the House. People of substance must be involved at this level and one cannot impugn their integrity beforehand, but it would be no harm for everyone to be aware of the starting point and to try to aspire to the highest possible standards to protect the interests of the State.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  A balance must be maintained in these situations. The only public servants at a similar level who must make disclosures that are open to public scrutiny are officials in, for example, An Bord Pleanála, who are involved in a process that should be open.

The directors will provide a public service and the State will avail of their expertise in the areas outlined in the Bill. A Deputy asked whether the Bill addresses adequately the matter of stockbrokers, but it would not be fair or reasonable to expect them to make public declarations of all their business before becoming directors of this State agency. It is sufficient that the CEO, directors and so on know that they must make declarations. The balance is correct.

The only business NORA is in is the buying and selling of stocks of oil. On what might constitute a conflict of interest, the case that comes to mind is that of a board member making decisions on where to buy or sell oil while being involved in the matter under consideration. While I would like the maximum amount of openness and transparency, a balance between persons’ private business affairs and their provision of public service on a board must be maintained in this case. The CEO and the directors must make returns which, while not required to be made public, will be available if a question arises. Three out of the five employees of NORA make returns under the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 so it is well covered as it stands.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  While I feel it would be better to adopt the amendment, I will withdraw it.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 63:

I do not intend to press this amendment because we discussed it on Committee Stage. I accept the explanation given by the Minister at the time. I proposed the insertion of “unless otherwise provided for” because I anticipated circumstances changing dramatically on account of the value of business being transacted by the agency. An existing provision might not be sufficient if the situation changed but I accept the Minister’s [370]point that ministerial control and responsibility have to be maintained.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Acting Chairman (Dr. Cowley): Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 64 arises out of Committee Stage and has already been discussed with amendment No. 3.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 64:

We discussed this already and the suggestion has been the subject of two or three votes already, so I do not propose to press the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 65 arises out of Committee Stage and has been discussed with amendment No. 4.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 65:

We discussed similar amendments and it is almost identical to one of Deputy Broughan’s. I attempted to identify difficulties that might arise for the State in the future. I will not press the amendment but hope that, having followed this tortuous procedure, we do not regret our failure to adopt the amendment in ten or 15 years’ time. As time moves on, as the Minister knows, in this world of sophisticated technology, the extent to which the State can become liable increases.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 66:

We did not discuss this and I would like the Minister to respond.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Section 30(1)(g) provides that, if required by the Minister, NORA shall provide the Minister with information relating to its policy and activities other than day-to-day activities. That provision, as drafted, provides for appropriate corporate governance of NORA. The Deputy is concerned that activities affecting policy might not be reported to the Minister but that is adequately catered for in section 30(1)(g).

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I accept the Minister’s response but policy should always be vested in the Minister. We have, from time to time, expressed our frustration in this House at the lack of accountability of the Minister to the House. It would [371]have been helpful to insert the amendment to tighten up Parliament’s supervision of the operation of an agency such as NORA, which, once it is established, will be at a remove from the Minister and the Houses of the Oireachtas. The agency may engage in activities which change policy without reference to the Minister or the Houses of the Oireachtas but since we discussed this issue ad nauseam during the course of this debate I will not press the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 67 arises out of Committee Stage and has been discussed with amendment No. 1.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I move amendment No. 67:

Amendment put and declared lost.

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 68 arises out of Committee Stage and has been discussed with amendment No. 3.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I move amendment No. 68:

Amendment put and declared lost.

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendments Nos. 69 to 71, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together.

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  I move amendment No. 69:

This refers to Part 4 of the Bill concerning the maintenance of oil stocks and the duty of NORA in that regard. The Bill provides that the agency maintains at all times a level sufficient to comply with the State’s stockholding obligations and higher levels as the Minister may, by written direction, specify if he or she considers it necessary to do so for the effective performance of the agency and its functions. That includes holding [372]the oil stocks itself and entering into holding contracts.

We debated on Second Stage the level of stocks to be held. The Minister responded on Committee Stage that 90 days’ worth of supplies were held, which was sufficient. However, I felt it was important to specify the amount. The European Union has formed the view in the past 18 months that energy is perhaps the most important issue of all. It decided that it was, therefore, critically important to maintain oil stocks at the highest possible level. The Minister reported that we had 108 days’ supply but I put it to him that the commissioner declared the general target to be 120 days, meaning we did not reach the overall safety levels the European Union uses. The amendment proposes a specific reference to the European Union in the legislation. If, in the future, a higher level of stocks were required we would then seek to comply with that. The Taoiseach attended the recent meeting of Heads of Government on the European gas supply, relationships with Russia and North Africa and the particular difficulties with oil because of the volatility of the regions concerned.

We also discussed on Second Stage and Committee Stage the subject matter of amendment No. 71. It proposes a sufficient internal-external holding ratio so as to ensure there are enough stocks physically held within the jurisdiction of the State if a crisis arises. The last information the Minister gave to the House was to the effect that one third of stocks were directly under NORA’s control, one third under the control of the oil companies and one third made up of stock tickets from Wales, Denmark and other places. The Minister may have more up-to-date information on that. The public would want us to ensure sufficient stocks are held within the jurisdiction.

Perhaps the bulk or 100 days supply might be on the island and not necessarily be involved with stock tickets. However, any oil that is waiting for us on the Continent, in Welsh ports or elsewhere in the UK would have to be brought here. If we faced a situation of rationing or were unable to get oil stocks to the country, the internal ratio would be critical. The Bill provides that the Minister can lay down a higher level, but I suggest that to refer to the internal-external ratio would offer an additional power to a Minister for the future. Ordinary citizens would feel that having the oil here in the country is the most important issue.

Basically, what I wanted to achieve through this amendment was for a sufficient ratio to be physically within the jurisdiction. I did not want to put down a particular figure because the figures will obviously change. The Minister made the important point on Committee Stage that 108 days in a major world crisis situation or during a crisis involving the main oil supply countries would give us the ability to keep the economy running for six months or more. Nonetheless, it is important to refer specifically in the Bill to the [373]importance of a high internal holding. That is what I have sought to do in this amendment.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I support amendments Nos. 69 and 71 in the name of Deputy Broughan. Reference has already been made to what the Minister said on Committee Stage with regard to the fact that adequate provisions have already been made and that we must comply with European regulations in this regard. Notwithstanding this, we are an island nation and are somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe. For that reason, it might be helpful to recognise that what is applicable in the rest of Europe may not suit us, particularly in the energy area and with regard to storage capacity here. I know we have the ability to store oil in Europe also.

There could come a time when, due to circumstances outside our control or that of Europe, our requirements may change. This could happen overnight and for that reason Deputy Broughan’s amendments are constructive and useful. They would strengthen the Bill and protect the interests of the people and the country both domestically and industrially.

I put forward amendment No. 70 for the same reason. I know the Minister replied on Committee Stage and pointed out the Bill is compliant with all the European Union regulations with which we must comply. Like everybody in the House, I am a strong European, perhaps stronger than others. This has nothing to do with the Bill, but I would like to mention in passing that when we joined the European Union we had a healthy fishing industry. However, it is rapidly disappearing. Perhaps we contributed to its disappearance, given the limited scale of our activity in the area.

Therefore, to those who might be critical of what Deputy Broughan and I are trying to say here, I make no apology when I point out that our circumstances may be somewhat different. With no disrespect, perhaps the European Union, which acts in everybody’s best interest, did not legislate sufficiently for all eventualities. When it achieves utopia in the area, we will listen to it. Notwithstanding what the Minister has said, the amendments are worthy and have the potential to strengthen Irish interests and requirements.

Mr. N. Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  The proposed amendments are already fully catered for within the Bill. Provision for compliance by Ireland with the EU obligation, which currently stands at 90 days, is already provided for in section 32(1)(a), which provides that “The Agency shall maintain ... such oil stocks ... at — (a) a level sufficient to comply with the State’s stockholding obligations”. That provision also addresses amendment No. 70.

With regard to amendment No. 71, I am satisfied that section 33, which provides that NORA must obtain the approval of the Minister to hold stocks outside the State, adequately covers the amendment proposed by the Deputy. The Mini[374]ster has the power to say that more stocks should be held on shore on this island at any stage as he or she deems prudent.

I know the issue is of concern to all. One of the long-term objectives of NORA is to increase the volume of NORA-owned stocks held in Ireland, having regard to storage availability here and value for money. We should approach this incrementally and NORA is currently pursuing a number of options in this regard. The objectives also require putting NORA on a sound financial footing.

With regard to our oil stocks, on 1 August we had 107 days of reserves and on 1 September we had an estimated 104 days of reserves. Of those stocks, NORA held 71 days of stocks. Some 40 days were wholly owned by NORA and 31 days were stock tickets. Of the total reserves, 66 days of NORA and industry stocks were held in Ireland. I accept the Deputies’ concerns, but the amendments are unnecessary because they are fully catered for within the Bill as it stands.

Amendment put and declared lost.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I move amendment No. 70:

I have spoken on this amendment as it was discussed with amendments Nos. 69 and 71. I will not press it, but it relates to the integrity of the storage capacity. This whole scene is compliant with EU legislative requirements. I remind the House that the EU is not always correct in its determinations. For instance, the electricity grid has, to my knowledge, collapsed twice during the past 18 months, once last week and once a year ago. We must take account of that. Despite the best determination and the fact the service is provided over land, which is much easier than what we are trying to do here, I believe——

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 70 has been discussed.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I have spoken only once on it.

Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  It is not appropriate to return to the debate on that amendment.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I am allowed to speak a second time as proposer of the amendment.

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It is no harm that we learn from these experiences. The issue of grids was discussed in another context by this House though that is a matter for another day. I have been watching the operation and it is, essentially, a grid. I will not press the amendment but ask that the Minister note we are only as strong as our weakest link and this could well be the weakest link.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[375]Acting Chairman: Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Amendment No. 71 in the name of Deputy Broughan arises out of Committee proceedings and has been already discussed with amendment No. 69. Is the Deputy pressing the amendment?

Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Yes. I move amendment No. 71:

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Amendment put.

[375]The Dáil divided: Tá, 47; Níl, 58.

Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  Boyle, Dan.
Information on James Breen  Zoom on James Breen  Breen, James. Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P.
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan.
Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul. Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  Connolly, Paudge.
Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe. Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon.
Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Cowley, Jerry. Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour.
Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe  Crowe, Seán. Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán.
Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John. Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J.
Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien. Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn.
Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin. Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon.
Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John. Information on Marian Harkin  Zoom on Marian Harkin  Harkin, Marian.
Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus. Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Higgins, Joe.
Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  Hogan, Phil. Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.
Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul. Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic.
Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny. Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian.
Information on Paddy McHugh  Zoom on Paddy McHugh  McHugh, Paddy. Information on Gay Mitchell  Zoom on Gay Mitchell  Mitchell, Gay.
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[375]Níl
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[375]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Stagg and Kehoe; Níl, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher.

[375]Amendment declared lost.

Debate adjourned.


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