Ahern, Bertie

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 651 No. 3

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Leaders’ Questions.

I thank Deputy Kenny for raising the matter of the particular hospital. In my tenure as Taoiseach I have been in hospitals, homes and community homes up and down the country. I have seen the enormou...More Button

As I said, the hospital in Leopardstown is a particular hospital. I think that Deputy Kenny knows we have 53 acute hospitals across the country and very few of those have not had major capital refurb...More Button

There has been an increase of almost 45,000 staff in recent years in the health service.More Button

In a short number of years, there has been an increase of 30,000 staff and many of those people have gone into dedicated sectors. As to why it takes so long, as Deputy Kenny knows, a lot of the diffic...More Button

The reality is that any major development from start to finish takes seven or eight years. That is the lifespan involved. There is also incessant demand. Even when one improves the facilities to ca...More Button

In practically every part of the country we are seeing new facilities. Leopardstown has its own development plan and is going through its own phases with the HSE and the Department of Health and Chil...More Button

This matter has been around for some time. It is not true to say that it has only been raised in the past year or two. Buyers of development land can reduce stamp duty liability through mechanisms su...More Button

There are arrangements for maintaining the current arrangements in the long term, because of the negative impact of the provision on the availability of development land and the supply of housing. Th...More Button

——of the reduction of activity in the building sector and its impact on society and the economy.More Button

As the Deputies in the Labour Party may recall, yesterday I referred to the first quarter. Deputy Gilmore asked me about the income figures for the first quarter and I replied the issue did not perta...More Button

The difficulty lies in stimulating the industry. One cannot worry about construction employment on Tuesday and then try on Wednesday to trigger something that will affect construction employment.More Button

Consistency in this regard might at least last for 24 hours. It was recommended that the provisions should not be commenced at this time——More Button

——and this recommendation has been accepted by the Government.More Button

It must be emphasised that the matter is being kept under review to take into account changes in the property market.More Button

Members should examine what is an independent report carried out on the basis of the entire industry and the situation as a whole.More Button

It is not by any means a survey of developers.More Button

I will make a number of points. As I noted previously, it is incorrect that nothing has been done on this matter. The survey points out the full detail in this regard and there is no need for me to ...More Button

I refer to what has happened in the market, in respect of stamp duty and the actions of the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance regarding mortgage relief. We are giving them a break. While it is possib...More Button

As for the figures used in the various assumptions that are being put forward, a point that has been lost is that they are based on the premise that all developers have put in place arrangements so th...More Button

Stamp duty statistics are taken from instruments presented to the Revenue Commissioners from stamping. This is where it applies and if there is no obligation to present documents for stamping, there ...More Button

The Goodbody report points out there are no official data sources on the value of development land sales. Therefore, it gives an indicative estimate of the total value of development land in 2006 of ...More Button

——be negative for the market, employment and first-time buyers. An independent analysis has vindicated that position.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Official Engagements.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his visit to eastern Europe. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his visit to Poland and his discussions with political leaders there. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his visit to Slovenia and his discussions with political leaders there. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his visit to Austria and his discussions with political leaders there. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his recent visit to Slovenia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his recent visit to Austria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his recent visit to Poland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his attendance at the spring 2008 meeting of the European Council in Brussels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the bilateral meetings he held on the margins of the recent European Council meeting in Brussels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the outcome of the spring EU Summit on 13/14 March 2008. More Button

Was asked: the details of meetings he had with other EU leaders on the margins of the spring EU summit on 13 and 14 March 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his meeting on 10 March 2008 with the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dun. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his participation in the European Council meeting in Brussels. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 13, inclusive, together. I travelled to three European capitals between 26 and 28 February. On 26 February, I travelled to Ljubljana for a bilateral meeting with...More Button

I raised many of the issues to which Deputy Ó Caoláin referred, although not all of them. The Deputy asked a large number of questions. Regarding the first general group and the review, the Minister...More Button

On the last question, Deputy Ó Caoláin would acknowledge that I fought very hard to make sure the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which is the main benchmark for probably the next 20 or 30 years, was p...More Button

I know the Deputy does not believe that. The reality is that the continued progress on growth and jobs in the European Union is the issue, which is very welcome. That is what the Lisbon strategy has...More Button

I thank the Deputy for her remarks about the employment laws and the issues with which I have been involved over the years. I appreciate her remarks. She asked me about four issues. Tibet was not d...More Button

Regarding UN reform, they should try to implement the work left over by Kofi Annan and the work done on a regional basis around the world before starting on any new initiative. Much effort has been p...More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy.

I thank the House for providing an occasion for expressions of sympathy to one of the House’s distinguished and liked Members for many years, Mr. Gene Fitzgerald. I convey my sincere condolences, and...More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 19, statements on European Council, Brussels, and No. 18, Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2008 — Second Stage (resumed). It is proposed, notwithstanding any...More Button

The Dublin Transport Authority Bill will be published in a few weeks.More Button

The Dublin Transport Authority Bill will be published in a few weeks’ time.More Button

The legislation is being prepared and is to be published, though I am not sure of the date for its publication.More Button

The legislation will come before the House during this session.More Button

The heads of the Bill have been cleared and it went for drafting some time ago. It is due during this session.More Button

The pharmacy No. 2 Bill is being drafted. I do not have a date for its publication. It is dependent on the implementation of the new Act on the development of the framework for the proposed Bill as ...More Button

The Bill will be published later this year.More Button

I will have to check with the Department. It would help if I knew the particular sections because quite a lot of the Children Act has been implemented over a period. More Button

It will be this session.More Button

The heads of the Bill have been approved. The Bill will be drafted but it will not be ready before the summer.More Button

That legislation is due in a few weeks. What was the other Bill?More Button

I do not have anything on that.More Button

I mentioned this yesterday. A high-level interdepartmental committee, comprising all relevant Departments, is working on this. It covers at least three policy areas. The committee hopes to identify...More Button

I do not think there is legislation promised.More Button

European Council Meetings: Statements.

I attended the spring meeting of the European Council in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, 13 and 14 March, accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Dermot Ahern. This year’s spring Eur...More Button

Written Answers - Trade Statistics.

Was asked: the balance of trade between Ireland and China, Burma, Pakistan, India, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Saudi-Arabia and Iran for the years 2000 to 2007; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button


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