Coughlan, Mary

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 679 No. 3

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. a7, motion re sittings and business of the Dáil; No. 7, motion re orders of reference of committee; No. 8, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of a Council regulatio...More Button

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I believe the matter is being dealt with in committee today.More Button

As the House is aware, the Exchequer returns will be published this afternoon. They are not yet available and I do not have them in my possession. As indicated by the Taoiseach yesterday afternoon, ...More Button

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With regard to the cystic fibrosis unit, the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Harney, indicated that she is looking at innovative ways in which we can ensure the delivery of this valuable proj...More Button

We are talking about innovative ways through which something that is extremely important can be delivered. I am sure the people outside the House could not care from where it comes, as long as it com...More Button

It is the clear intention of the Minister and Government to follow through on it. On the second issue, was the Deputy asking about the child care Bill? That is due this session.More Button

As the Deputy knows, an extension was given to the committee to examine the matter further. We are not in a position to indicate when that legislation will be forthcoming. Did the Deputy want to kno...More Button

That has not been decided.More Button

I will reiterate what has been said about the cystic fibrosis facility. We are examining ways in which this will be delivered. There is no proposal to discuss the terms of reference for the expert g...More Button

Perhaps it was looking at the Deputy that caused me to name her.More Button

It is not easy. It is an international thing.More Button

The terms of reference have been agreed by the Minister and Government and the group is proceeding. I am sure that when the group makes its recommendations in 2010, there will be ample time to discus...More Button

There is no date for that.More Button

No, but I am sure it could be arranged with the Whips.More Button

The matter of a debate on agriculture could be discussed by the Whips. The health information Bill will be later this year.More Button

The position on the consumer and competition Bill is that my Department intends to amalgamate the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority and also reform and amend the Competition Act. ...More Button

That subject is not part of the health (miscellaneous provisions) (No. 2) Bill. That Bill will be introduced later this year.More Button

The Bill will be introduced later this year.More Button

It is a question of public procurement.More Button

The multi-unit developments legislation will be published next session.More Button

That will be introduced later on this year.More Button

I will assist the Chair. When SR Technics lost its contract the relevant Ministers, my predecessor, the Minister for Transport and the Taoiseach were involved with the unions and SRT to facilitate th...More Button

Therefore, it is important to state that——More Button

——it is very difficult because too many people think they have the full information when I stated the facts of the situation.More Button

The industrial relations (amendment) Bill has nothing to do with pension funds.More Button

It is hoped the Bill will be in the next session. There is no proposal for another social welfare Bill.More Button

Deputy Enright must know more than the rest of us.More Button

It is not promised as of yet. What will happen is that arising from the budget there will be a determination.More Button

Not that I am aware.More Button

Yes. We hoped to have it introduced in this session but we were unable to schedule it.More Button

No, as the Deputy knows there are a number of pieces of industrial relations legislation, including the compliance Bill, the issue of agencies and an EU directive which has not been finalised and on w...More Button

That is why I am anxious to get it done.More Button

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Everybody wants to pre-empt the budget. There is no proposal to introduce a social welfare Bill. However——More Button

——if in the event of a social welfare Bill having to be introduced, provisions have been made for a debate within the prerequisite time.More Button

In normal circumstances, a social welfare Bill follows the budget.More Button

We are not in normal circumstances, so in the assumption that there may be a social welfare Bill, the Whips have facilitated a debate. There has been no final decision by the Government as to whether...More Button

Legislation will be brought forward on the regulation of banks and the Central Bank.More Button

Orders of Reference of Committee: Motion.

I move: That the Order of Dáil Éireann of 25 November, 2008 in relation to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children be amended by the deletion of ‘9 April 2009’ and the substitu...More Button

Written Answers - Skill Shortages.

Was asked: the plans being introduced to cut funding in the Skillnets programme nationwide; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if she will amend her decision to cut the Skillnets programme in view of the fact that training of the unemployed would benefit enterprise here in the long term, and further in view of the fact that ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together. As I indicated in the reply to Question No 26 [13739] of 1 April 2009 all Departmental budgets are currently under review. Any reallocations that ...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the moneys granted to them by the rights commissioner in February 2008. More Button

As Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment I do not have a role in the administration of individual cases. This is a day-to-day matter for FÁS as part of their responsibility under...More Button

Written Answers - IDA Property.

Was asked: the number of factories in the city and county of Waterford, on which the Industrial Development Authority has long-term lease agreements, that are empty; the cost to the State of long-term lease agr...More Button

The management of IDA Ireland’s industrial property portfolio is a day-to-day operational matter for the Agency, as part of the statutory responsibility assigned to it by the Oireachtas. The property...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: the number of job losses in Waterford city and county in each of the years 2004 to date in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Unemployment is measured by the Quarterly National Household Survey or QNHS and published by the Central Statistics Office. It does not provide data on particular counties but only on regions. Emplo...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the employment opportunities that have been sought or are in the pipeline for Carrick-on-Shannon, Mohill and Ballinamore, County Leitrim by Enterprise Ireland. More Button

Enterprise Ireland is the lead Government agency responsible for the development of indigenous Irish enterprise. Its mission is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companies to achieve...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: if she will report on the operation of the cycle to work scheme in her Department; if all agencies under the remit of her Department will be included in the scheme; if not, the reason for same; the S...More Button

My Department has not yet made any plans in respect of this matter and is awaiting instructions from the Department of Finance outlining details of the scheme and how it should be implemented in Gover...More Button


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