Durkan, Bernard

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 627 No. 4

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Leaders’ Questions.

Let the Taoiseach’s Ministers take some responsibility.More Button

The Taoiseach is doing nothing.More Button

Order of Business.

In view of the ongoing difficulties in mining and exploration, particularly the exploration of minerals, is it possible to bring forward the minerals development Bill with a view to addressing the iss...More Button

That will be a big help. I did not hear the Taoiseach’s reply yesterday to the question I raised on the threat to children here and throughout Europe presented by Internet grooming. Is it possible to...More Button

The contention is that the EU Commission——More Button

Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2006: Report Stage (Resumed).

It is so long since we were here that I cannot remember the last sentence I put on the record. This amendment deals with policy directions to the commission. Amendments Nos. 49 to 56, inclusive, are...More Button

I will come back in for the fun of it.More Button

I agree the Minister has gone some way to meeting the concerns of the Opposition and the section he has introduced is beneficial. We must provide for the unforeseen and I am not sure that has been ach...More Button

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

I support the amendment. It is in accord with many of our statements, particularly my statements on the independence of EirGrid. It should be independent not only in spirit but also in the letter to...More Button

We were a bit slow getting off the mark there.More Button

They are the devils within.More Button

Then I would have had to put up with him.More Button

I am a little confused, although not for the first time in my life, needless to say. It seems that perhaps the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan and Deputy Broughan are, in fact, on the same wavelength, ex...More Button

They could converge at some later stage because we are all into interconnection nowadays. Eventually those parallel lines might cross an interconnector. The Minister has confirmed that an interconne...More Button

They have been two long minutes that will come to an end shortly. As Deputy Broughan suggested, in a totally privatised situation the transmission, as part of the grid, could be controlled by the sam...More Button

They would never do that.More Button

Has the Minister drawn up a list of such things?More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

I move amendment No. 62: In page 19, line 38, after “Commission” to insert the following: “, sanctioned by the Minister, and approved by a motion of Dáil Éireann”. I wonder if the Minister would exami...More Button

The Minister might outline some of the circumstances he envisages whereby an interconnector might be constructed without a competitive tender. As he has hinted, I presume the ESB might be directed to...More Button

I realise my two minutes is nearly up but I would like a little more elucidation if possible because I cannot understand how the kind of situation would arise that would require bypassing the competit...More Button

I move amendment No. 65: In page 19, line 38, after “Commission” to insert the following: “, sanctioned by the Minister, and approved by a motion of Dáil Éireann”.More Button

I move amendment No. 66: In page 20, line 40, after “Commission” to insert the following: “with the approval of the Minister and Dáil Éireann”.More Button

I move amendment No. 69: In page 22, line 14, after “threatened” to insert “, with the approval of Dáil Éireann,”. This is the old favourite triple lock system, with the approval of Dáil Éireann, whic...More Button

The Minister’s memory is not as good as he thinks it is. There was not too much money left in the kitty in 1981 when his party left office. It was like Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, only her cupboa...More Button

It was because of what happened between 1977 and 1979, and the Minister well knows that. His party has been trying to get away from that every day since, but a few of the rest of us were around as we...More Button

I move amendment No. 77: In page 24, line 36, after “Minister,” to insert “who shall report to the Oireachtas,”. I apologise for my absence from the House for a few minutes. We are back on the same t...More Button

I concur with my colleague and the Minister. None of us wishes to exacerbate the situation. Original positions that were relatively easy to resolve have become mountains. As legislators we must enc...More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

I move amendment No. 80: In page 25, line 19, after “necessary” to insert the following: “, provided that the Minister and the Oireachtas have been informed”.More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

I move amendment No. 82: In page 25, between lines 45 and 46, to insert the following: “A9F.—It shall be a function of the Commission to establish standards of training of heating and plumbing contra...More Button

Notwithstanding the Minister’s comments, I believe there is a necessity to introduce a standard in this area that is not provided for in the rest of the Bill. All sides of this House support the prod...More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

I move amendment No. 87: In page 31, line 17, after “may” to insert “, with the approval of the Minister,”. I want to reintroduce the presence of the Minister to the Bill and to elevate him to the imp...More Button

I move amendment No. 89: In page 33, line 11, after “Energy” to insert “Regulation”. The Minister might take this on board because it acknowledges his role.More Button

Perhaps the Chairman is being prophetic. An understandable Freudian slip but I am not moving the amendments.More Button

I will not move amendment No. 98 unless the Minister wants to be magnanimous and take it on board. I will not be overcome if he does not.More Button

I concur.More Button

I note the Minister’s unwillingness to take on board the very reasonable amendment put forward by us.More Button

I thank the Minister for accepting some of our amendments. I thank all those who contributed in one way or another on both sides of the House to this important and topical legislation. It was unfort...More Button

Health Services: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Question put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - Export Markets.

Asked the minister: if he is satisfied that Irish export markets are secure and capable of maintaining their position for the future in view of increased evidence of greater competition; the markets currently under most...More Button

Written Answers - Jobs Relocation.

Asked the minister: the steps he has taken or proposes to take to address the issue of job relocation to the more competitive economies; the number of jobs so far lost to such locations; the number pending over the past...More Button

Written Answers - Television Licence Fee.

Asked the minister: if persons who pay a television licence fee to view the State television channels, must pay a further subscription for these channels when accessing via satellite in Ireland; and if he will make a st...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Asked the minister: the basis for his belief that high wage or salary employment is less likely to be affected by competition from more cost effective economies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Asked the minister: the number and skills level of job loss in County Kildare in each of the past five years; the number and skills level of replacement jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Asked the minister: the number of applications for work permits received in each of the past five years; the numbers approved or rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Skill Shortages.

Asked the minister: if he is satisfied regarding the future strength and skills of the labour force; his plans to address the issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Asked the minister: if he is satisfied that adequate resources are available to FÁS to maintain its various programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - International Trade.

Asked the minister: the ten countries from whence most Irish imports have come in each of the past five years; the extent to which this trade has increased or decreased in that period; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Asked the minister: the ten most reliable markets for Irish exports in the past five years; the extent to which these have improved or otherwise in that period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Asked the minister: the number of jobs created in the past 12 months; the proportion of these that are valued added or high wage or salary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Asked the minister: his plans to address the issue of competitiveness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the three most obvious costs affecting industry and competitiveness; his plans to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the extent to which he has identified cost issues which might inhibit investment and thereby employment here; the remedial action proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: if mortgage assistance can be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button


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