Ó Cuív, Éamon

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 676 No. 5

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Investment of the National Pensions Reserve Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2009: Second Stage (Resumed).

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand part of the main question.”
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Priority Questions - Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Was asked: if he had received legal advice regarding possible dual mandate restrictions on future guidelines surrounding Údarás na Gaeltachta elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has received advice from the Attorney General with regard to potential conflicts of interest arising from membership on local authorities by Údarás na Gaeltachta members. The matter is ...More Button

It was in the context of a new Bill we were drafting at the time that the issue arose, and it is an issue of appropriateness. It is because of specific issues regarding a dual role on a specific issu...More Button

The Government has no problem with a person being a member of a town council and a local authority but the person cannot be a member of two local authorities or a Member of the Oireachtas and a member...More Button

Priority Questions - Drug-related Deaths.

Was asked: his views on the figures published by the alcohol and drug research unit of the Health Research Board in regard to drug related deaths; his further views on whether these figures reflect a continuing...More Button

Priority Questions - Marine Funding.

Was asked: the commitment he is giving to marine, aquaculture or inshore funding as contained in the new round of partnership funding for coastal communities in view of the new threat to white fish fishing in a...More Button

I was unsure of the relevance of this question to my Department. I, therefore, have a very brief answer which gives the Deputy the maximum opportunity to clarify the information he seeks. White fish...More Button

I do not make the rules of the House, but they are clear. If a Deputy tables a question on another Minister’s functional responsibility——More Button

If a Deputy asks a question on another Minister’s functional responsibility, I am not allowed to answer it. This question was very specific and referred to white fish. More Button

The question asked about the new round of partnership funding given to the marine, aquaculture or inshore fishing sectors. If the Deputy reads his question he will see the problem regarding its phras...More Button

The funding under the Leader programme cannot be spent on direct support for agriculture or fisheries. More Button

I was genuinely trying to puzzle out the answer to this difficulty. I have often returned parliamentary questions to the section if I think I know what the Member is driving at, even where it is not ...More Button

With regard to the wider issue raised by the Deputy, he can rest assured that I have said repeatedly that as core, traditional primary production in both the fishing and agriculture industries decline...More Button

I was surprised the Deputy did not frame the question in the context of the salmon hardship fund and community supports. The Deputy prefaced it by referring to white fish.More Button

Priority Questions - Straitéis don Ghaeilge.

Was asked: cathain a chuirfidh sé an dréacht-straitéis 20 bliain agus a chuid moltaí maidir leis an straitéis faoi bhráid an Rialtais; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Tá obair ar siúl faoi láthair maidir le straitéis 20 bliain don Ghaeilge a fhorbairt, bunaithe ar ráiteas polasaí an Rialtais i leith na Gaeilge. I rith na bliana seo caite, bhí mo Roinnse, i gcomhar...More Button

Ní raibh an Teachta ag ardfheis Fhianna Fáil ag an deireadh seachtaine. Dá mba rud é go raibh sé ann, bheadh sé ar an eolas go bhfuil muid ag treabhadh ar aghaidh leis an obair seo. A mhalairt ar fa...More Button

Ní ghlacaim leis go gcuirim rudaí ar an mhéar fhada, ach is maith liom rudaí a dhéanamh go cuimsitheach. Ag breathnú siar ar an scéal, tugadh Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla isteach chomh sciobtha le hA...More Button

Tuigim é sin, ach tá an Teachta ag rá go gcuirim rudaí ar an mhéar fhada agus ní ghlacaim leis sin. Mar is eol don Teachta, tá go leor eolais ar fáil ag an pobal maidir leis an próiseas seo, mar d’fh...More Button

Priority Questions - Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: the reason for the recent cuts to funding for a large number of services in drugs task force areas, which are struggling to deal with the drug problem in communities; his views on the real threat to ...More Button

Other Questions - Community Development.

Was asked: his plans to re-open the CLÁR single to three-phase electricity conversion scheme; the outcome of the review of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the CLÁR three-phase electricity conversion scheme has proven to be a popular and worthwhile measure. Since 2002, almost €5.42 million has been invested in 438 businesses...More Button

I fully accept the Deputy’s observations and this scheme is of particular importance. I have personal experience regarding the effective lack of three-phase electricity and of trying to operate machi...More Button

That certainly is a good idea and I will consider it because I am willing to explore any possibility of getting funding into rural areas. As for Deputy Wall’s remarks, there is another scheme that ru...More Button

Was asked: the level of funding which has been provided from 2008 to date, on a county basis, towards community development programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Other Questions - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the grants made to a group (details supplied) during 2008 and to date in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason payments to a group (details supplied) were increased by 62% in his Department’s Estimate for 2009 in view of the fact that virtually all other headings relating to the Gaeltacht and the I...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 42 and 52 together. The group referred to in the “details supplied” is a fund operated by my Department under which payments are made for specific purposes. As the qu...More Button

If the Deputy names the organisation to which he refers, I can give him the answer to his question.More Button

If the Deputy had included the organisation’s name in his question, I could have responded more directly.More Button

I am pleased to be able to clarify this issue. I will provide the Deputy with a table which outlines the payments from my Department to Comhaltas CeoltóiríÉireann in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as t...More Button

Yes, but according to my Department, the sum involved is €60,000. We will not argue over €10,000.More Button

I understand the sum in question is €60,000. The allocation under the regional development programme was €865,000 in 2006; €950,000 in 2007; and €1.25 million in 2008. This year, at the completion of...More Button

Temporarily.More Button

There is a very simple explanation. Comhaltas CeoltóiríÉireann has a rolling programme and it was divided between two Departments. Perhaps this is not the best arrangement but that is the way it has...More Button

There is a simple answer to the second question. We receive business plans and audited accounts. Members of Comhaltas CeoltóiríÉireann and its branches have access to the audited accounts. Under th...More Button

Not to obfuscate, I provided a table on current spending and I have told the Deputy that if he received a similar table on capital spending from the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism he would hav...More Button

In principle I agree with the approach of Deputy O’Shea as long as it is not carried on to a ridiculous degree. When one makes a rule one finds that it applies to a situation to which one did not int...More Button

Other Questions - Community Development.

Was asked: if his Department provides grants to community groups for the restoration and upgrading of buildings in their communities, which have fallen into disrepair; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Investment of the National Pensions Reserve Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2009: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Public Finances: Motion.

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if all groups operating under the LEADER funding programme are functioning and available for grant applications; if due to the economic downturn there will be a reduction in the funding agreed to; an...More Button

I can confirm, in respect of the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme, that contracts have been signed with Local Action Groups and these Groups are now operational in 35 of 36 areas. H...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: his views on the fact that the roll out of the new national drugs strategy will be postponed indefinitely in view of the current economic climate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the role of local and regional drugs task forces; if this role will change under the new national drug strategy; if the number of drugs task forces will change; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way in respect of the announcement of 3 February 2009, it is intended to effect the 8% reduction in professional fees in relation to services provided to or funded by his Department; the amount e...More Button

On foot of a recent Government Decision, the Department of Finance wrote to my Department on 23 February last with regard to effecting an 8% reduction in professional fees in relation to services prov...More Button

Written Answers - British-Irish Council.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his participation in the meeting of the British-Irish Council in Cardiff on 20 February 2009. More Button

I attended the meeting along with the Taoiseach and spoke on social inclusion issues and on the Irish language.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: if he will review the boundary areas under the CLÁR programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the CLÁR Programme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas, which was launched in October 2001. The areas covered by the Programme were reviewed in 2002 and, again,...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Seizures.

Was asked: his views on whether the record seizure of drugs in 2008 amounting to more than €210 million reflects the continuing high level of demand for drugs; the additional steps he will take to reduce demand...More Button

Written Answers - Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla.

Was asked: cén fáth nach bhfuil dul chun cinn i bhfad níos fearr déanta i leith líon na scéimeanna teanga atá daingnithe aige agus foilsithe faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas...More Button

I dtús báire ba mhaith liom a chur i gcuimhne don Teachta go bhfuil gach foráil d’Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla i bhfeidhm ó mhí Iúil 2006. Maidir le scéimeanna teanga tá 89 scéim a chlúdaíonn 161 co...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes.

Was asked: the number of applicants who applied for Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge on a county basis for the past three years; the number of applicants who were successful; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The details requested by the Deputy regarding the number of applications for grants under Scéim Labhairt na Gaeilge on a county basis for the past 3 years and the outcome of the application process ar...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund.

Was asked: the expected expenditure by his Department in 2009 from the proceeds of the dormant accounts fund; the figures for each of the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the extent to which it is intended to fund his Department in 2009 from the proceeds of the dormant accounts fund; the degree to which this varies with each of the past five years; and if he will make...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 53 and 66 together. The post-Budget provision in my Department’s Vote for 2009 is €13m in respect of commitments to projects approved under measures administered by my...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if Waterways Ireland has made representations to his Department for the provision of funding for improvements to any of the canals within its remit to provide better facilities for users of the canal...More Button

The provision of funding for Waterways Ireland is considered in the context of the business plan and corporate plan priorities approved periodically by the North/South Ministerial Council, having rega...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided under the dormant accounts fund since its inception; the geographical spread of the applications for funding; the number of successful applicants; the number refused fu...More Button

The Dormant Accounts Fund Acts provides for an annual transfer by credit institutions and insurance undertakings of monies in accounts determined to be dormant into the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). S...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Use.

Was asked: if he or his Department had consultations with the Department of Health and Children, any health organisations such as the World Health Organisation, or any of his fellow EU Ministers or at EU level ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the number of projects that have been assisted under the community service project scheme; the funding drawn down since its inception; if the budget is to be reduced; the effect this will have on the...More Button

My Department commenced operating the Community Services Programme (CSP) on 1st January 2006. The Programme supports a range of community business and social enterprises to deliver a diverse range of...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the number of top up grants made available to group water schemes in each year for the past three years; the funding allocated; the geographical areas covered by the funding; if there is a waiting li...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the CLÁR Programme has enhanced the level of funding provided for group water schemes. The total funding approved under the CLÁR Group Water Scheme measure for 2006, 2007...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the action he will take arising from the report presented to him by the Western Development Commission which forecast that the region’s creative sector could generate employment for some 13,000 peopl...More Button

Working with regional businesses and partners, the Western Development Commission has commissioned and completed baseline research to examine the current situation of the creative sector in the Wester...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the position regarding funding under the various headings for funding or grants available from his Department; if there has been changes, reductions or withdrawal of funding from any of the schemes a...More Button

In 2007, the amount spent by my Department was €505.401m, as shown in the published Appropriation Account. This can be broken down as follows (in accordance with the current structure of my Departmen...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Transport.

Was asked: the position regarding the rural transport scheme; the number of persons who have used the system to date; the number who used the system who are in receipt of free travel passes; his plans to extend...More Button

The Department of Transport and Marine operates the Rural Transport Programme, which goes some way towards fulfilling rural transport needs through the provision of day-time services. As the Deputy wi...More Button

Written Answers - Security of the Elderly.

Was asked: the level of funding which is available for community alert groups under the scheme of community support for older people in 2009; the funding allocated on a county basis from 2008 to date in 2009; a...More Button

The Community Alert Programme operates under the aegis of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and is a community-based initiative in rural communities dedicated to improving the quality...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: when the plan from the Government committee for the conservation of the Irish language will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Work is under way at present on the development of a 20-year Strategy for Irish. The work builds on the Government’s Policy Statement on Irish published in December 2006. During the course of last ye...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the number of calls received by the Dial to Stop Drugs campaign; if there is a geographical spread attached to the calls; if the calls to date have proved to be a successful means of obtaining inform...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 321 of 17 February 2009, the efforts he is making to ensure that further funding to the €300,000 dormant accounts funding received for 2009 be made available fro...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 321 of 17 February 2009 if a decision has been finalised on the specific local and regional drugs task force proposals for the next phases of the Dial to Stop Dr...More Button

Was asked: the actions taken to date to highlight the dangers of the use of cocaine as a result of the national advisory committee on drugs report indicating the use of the illicit substance; and if he will mak...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the number of applications received for the provision of funding under the CLÁR programme in respect of the past two years; the number received to date in 2009; the amount of funding drawn down in ea...More Button

The CLÁR Programme provides funding and co-funding to Government Departments, State Agencies, Local Authorities and Leader Groups to accelerate investment in selected priority developments in areas th...More Button

Written Answers - Integration Issues.

Was asked: the role of his Department in migrant integration issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has responsibility for integration matters. The Minister of State for Integration has the role of providing policy advice on integration to me in res...More Button

Written Answers - Commemorative Events.

Was asked: if he has, as part of the Famine commemoration or otherwise, plans to introduce a programme of supports to restore and maintain famine graveyards, improve access to Famine graveyards or develop Famin...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that, as Chair of the National Famine Commemoration Committee, I am responsible for ensuring that appropriate arrangements are in place to commemorate the Great Famine with an...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if his Department has been involved in discussions regarding Údarás na Gaeltachta being subsumed into or having a closer operational relationship with either the Industrial Development Authority or E...More Button

As I informed the House in relation to today’s Priority Question No 35, consideration is being given to possible amendments to the Údarás na Gaeltachta Acts arising on foot of recommendations in the r...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way it is intended to effect the 10% savings reductions in the costs of his ministerial office, as announced on 3 February 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Since my appointment as Minister, I have been conscious of the need at all times to reduce costs and ensure value for money and a number of initiatives have already been implemented in my office to th...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: if he will make further cuts to the local and regional drugs task forces in the second half of 2009; and if he has audited the impact that further cuts will have for service provision. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the funding allocated to recreational and sporting clubs in each of the past three years to promote youth activities as an alternative to anti-social behaviour and drug misuse; the areas to which the...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism has responsibility in relation to the provision of financial assistance for sporting facilities. The Minister for Children and Y...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the services in place to deal with children from the ages of ten to 18 years who are susceptible to drug misuse; the way the new national drugs strategy will focus on young people under 18 years who ...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Use.

Was asked: the steps he has taken to monitor and highlight the increase in use of crystal meths, crack cocaine and the re-emergence of a more potent heroin, Chinese Snow; and the steps he has taken to inform su...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the amount of funding drawn down in regard to the RAPID areas for an area (details supplied); the number of projects funded for each year since the commencement of the programme; the number of projec...More Button

The RAPID Programme aims to ensure that priority attention is given to tackling the spatial concentration of poverty and social exclusion within 46 designated RAPID areas nationally. As I have indica...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the way in respect of the announcement of 3 February 2009, it is intended to achieve the general administrative reductions in regard to his Department; the amount expected to be saved in his Departme...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which funding by his Department is expected to be prioritised in 2009; if financial cutbacks are expected to affect one sector more than another; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together. As signalled in this House yesterday, the Government is considering a number of measures, which are likely to involve a combination of both revenue...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Task Forces.

Was asked: the number of drugs task forces in place; the areas covered by such; the reports received by his Department from each group; the resultant actions taken as a result of such reports; the liaison or ac...More Button

Written Answers - Forbairt Ghaeltachta.

Was asked: cén dul chun cinn atá déanta i leith an triúr áisitheoir pobail sna Gaeltachtaí beaga, An Rinn, Ráth Chairn agus Uíbh Ráthach, a chur ar ais ina bpoist; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Tagraím don Teachta na ceisteanna dála roimhe seo a bhaineann leis seo –uimhir 311 agus 312 ar an 24 Feabhra 2009. Mar atá léirithe, baineann fostaíocht foirne na gcomhlachtaí forbartha áitiúla comht...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: when a decision will be made on applications under the school outdoors playing facilities enhancement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There are currently 16 applications in relation to the CLÁR Primary School Outdoor Play Facilities Enhancement Scheme within my Department. In relation to the majority of these my Department is await...More Button

Written Answers - Polasaí don Ghaeilge.

Was asked: cad iad na ciorruithe atá curtha i bhfeidhm agus atá le cur i bhfeidhm i 2009 ó thaobh na Gaeilge de agus ó thaobh na Gaeltachta de ag a Roinn; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Mar a fógraíodh sa Teach seo inné, tá céimeanna á bhreithniú ag an Rialtas, gur dócha go mbeidh idir méaduithe ar ioncaim agus coigeartuithe i ndáil le caiteachas i gceist, d’fhonn a chinntiú go mbeid...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: if he has, under any of the schemes or funding available to him, created or is proposing to create initiatives to either protect or promote small and medium enterprises within areas for which his De...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment has primary responsibility in relation to the promotion of small and medium enterprises. However, my Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: if he will incorporate a value for money review into the new rural development programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

All Rural Development Programmes, including previous LEADER Programmes, are subject to ongoing evaluation and this is set out in the EC regulations governing the respective programmes. In the context...More Button

Was asked: the funding to be made available for the staffing of the Collinstown Park Sports Hall, Clondalkin, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is currently concluding contract details with the South Dublin VEC to enable funding of the order of €450,000-€500,000 to be provided in 2009 under the Community Services Programme to en...More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding awarded by way of grant or other form of aid to various groups throughout County Kildare in the past two years; the degree to which it is expected to improve or increase such ai...More Button

The amount of funding awarded by way of grant or other form of aid to various groups throughout County Kildare in the past two years is outlined in the following table. It is obviously necessary to t...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: his plans to increase or offer support to the various community groups throughout County Kildare in urban or rural areas with particular reference to those involved in drug rehabilitation programmes;...More Button

Was asked: his plans to increase or improve financial assistance to groups, bodies or agencies, voluntary or statutory, involved or proposing to get involved, in drug rehabilitation programme; and if he will ma...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the extent to which the CLÁR programme is intended to expand or retract in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The CLÁR Programme provides funding and co-funding to Government Departments, State agencies and local authorities to accelerate investment in selected priority developments in areas that have suffere...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the RAPID programme is intended to expand or retract in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The RAPID Programme aims to ensure that priority attention is given to tackling the spatial concentration of poverty and social exclusion within 46 designated RAPID areas nationally. As I have indica...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: the number of community based projects which received support from his Department in each of the past five years; the extent to which this is expected to alter in 2009; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

It has not been possible within the time available to compile the information sought. I am arranging for this work to be compiled and the material provided directly to the Deputy as a matter of prior...More Button

Was asked: his proposals to increase support to community based groups involved in alleviating the social impact of the economic downturn in both urban and rural communities; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Against the background of the current economic reality and of the pressure on the public finances, my priority is to make every effort that front-line services provided through my Department, especial...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with a view to ensuring that the housing requirements of rural populations are met by way of provision ...More Button

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the various local authorities with a view to ensuring continued indigenous growth in rural communities with particular reference to planning permissions to facilitate ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 and 137 together. Planning permission is primarily a matter for local authorities under the relevant legislation and guidelines issued by the Department of Environ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: his plans to support community based groups involved in the various projects which have previously received support or might be eligible to receive support under the schemes operated by his Departmen...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that my Department supports a broad range of community based groups across a wide range of programmes including local and community development, rural development, Gaeltacht, ...More Button


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