Coughlan, Mary

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 691 No. 2

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. a14, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the terms of the Treaty of Lisbon; No. b14, motion re sittings and business of the Dáil; No. 3, Communications (Retention...More Button

As the Leas-Cheann Comhairle has rightly indicated, this is a procedural motion. It will be followed by legislation, which is to be considered by the Cabinet next week. These issues can be raised wh...More Button

In regard to the legislation, it will be a matter for the Chairman of the select committee to determine how much time will be allocated to discuss relevant amendments. I was aware that the former dire...More Button

I was aware of the situation.More Button

It was a matter for the board.More Button

On the budget date and the preparation of the Estimates, these matters will be determined at the Cabinet meeting planned for this afternoon.More Button

It is the same.More Button

I am aware of the situation and have been in contact with the receiver. Issues arise in regard to payments from my Department and the implications for decisions that have been made regarding the work...More Button

And Kilkenny.More Button

The legal costs Bill will be introduced next year. No date has been set for the social welfare Bill to which the Deputy referred.More Button

The Fines Bill has passed Second Stage and is coming to Committee Stage. I am aware of the views being expressed but I would have to ascertain from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform w...More Button

There is no debate or legislation promised.More Button

Early next year.More Button

The heads have been brought to Cabinet and the matter is being dealt with as expeditiously as possible.More Button

There is no secondary legislation from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It is a matter for the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and I believe the Ministe...More Button

It is not a matter for the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It is a matter for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries a...More Button

——on those matters.More Button

The Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill is in the Seanad. When it has been completed in the Seanad, it will come to this House.More Button

The mental capacity Bill is due early next year.More Button

Although the legislation has been enacted by this House, the Minister has indicated publicly that he proposes to introduce further reform.More Button

There will be no delay. The Minister will introduce even more reform, over and above the legislation that has been enacted.More Button

That matter——More Button

——will be brought to the House if necessary.More Button

The alcohol legislation will be introduced next year. There has been consultation on the sunbed legislation and I believe the Minister is anxious to introduce it as quickly as possible.More Button

There has been consultation on this issue. It is a large piece of legislation. As the Deputy knows, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food looks after farm animals. That matter will be br...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of job losses and new jobs created by job creation agencies in County Louth by location for each year for the past five years; the amount of money invested in job creation; the amount of l...More Button

The State Development agencies, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, and the Louth County Enterprise Board are responsible for job creation in County Louth. Since 2005 and up to 31st August 2009, Enter...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

Was asked: if she will intervene in the Labour Relations Commission to ensure that a company (details supplied) will implement the redundancy payments to the workers of a company arising from the decision to ce...More Button

Was asked: if she will intervene in the Labour Relations Commission to ensure that a company (details supplied) will implement the redundancy payments to the workers of the company arising from the decision to ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if she or officials from her Department sought written consent from the Department of Finance for the retirement package agreed with the former director general of FÁS as is required under legislatio...More Button

Was asked: if she gave written or verbal consent to the former director general of FÁS to keep his company car as part of his retirement package; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if written or verbal threats of legal action were received by her or her Department officials from any source relating to the departure of the former director general of FÁS; and if she will make a s...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69, 70 and 73 together. Officials from my Department sought and received written consent from the Department of Finance for the following severance arrangements for th...More Button

Was asked: if she prepared a statement of support for the board of FÁS; the reason for not issuing such a statement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

A draft note was prepared in my Department in order to convey a desire to ensure an orderly transition to the new Board structure as provided for in the recently published Labour Services Amendment Bi...More Button

Written Answers - Legal Advices.

Was asked: the issues she sought legal advice on in 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I believe it is neither feasible nor prudent to disclose, by way of a general listing unrelated to any specific issue, the issues on which I, or my Department, have sought legal advice. If, however, ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of vacant civil servant or public servant positions in her Department on 1 October 2009, and in the State bodies or organisations answerable to her; the grade and the average duration of t...More Button

The following tables outline the position on 1 October 2009 in relation to the number of vacant positions in my Department, the number of vacancies in all State bodies and organisations answerable to ...More Button

Written Answers - Small Business Forum.

Was asked: the recommendations of the Small Business Forum which have been implemented by her; the progress made in implementing other recommendations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Third Progress Report on the Implementation of the Small Business Forum’s recommendations was published on my Department’s Website on 10 December 2007. This Report sets out in detail the substant...More Button

Written Answers - Business Regulation Forum.

Was asked: the recommendations of the Business Regulation Forum which have been implemented by her; the progress made in implementing other recommendations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In April 2007 the Business Regulation Forum made one recommendation: that an administrative burden reduction programme for business should be initiated in Ireland. The programme was to have the follo...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 86 of 24 June 2009, the position regarding this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The total 2009 allocation of €16.595m of Departmental funding of Skillnets Ltd. activity has been drawn down in full. Disbursement of grant aid and relevant communications with individual networks are...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: if she will respond to correspondence (details supplied) regarding employment activation measures. More Button

The various activation measures announced in the Supplementary Budget include the provision of various training initiatives that are designed to provide portable and transferable skills in a range of ...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: the training options available for unemployed people with third level qualifications; the reason third level courses are ineligible to be funded under the technical employment support grant; her plan...More Button

FÁS has increased the range of training options available to unemployed persons including those with a 3rd level qualification to assist their re-entry into the labour market. Courses, such as Specifi...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the number of foreign visits undertaken by her and her Ministers of State in 2007, 2008 and to date in 2009; the location of each; the number of people who travelled; the cost for each trip; if she w...More Button

It has not been possible in the time available to compile all the information requested in regard to the number and location of foreign visits and the composition of travelling parties. I have therefo...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if she has received a report into an organisation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand from FÁS that an audit was initiated by its Internal Audit Department in 2008 in response to a request from local management regarding aspects of the assessment process carried out by an ...More Button


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