Coughlan, Mary

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 692 No. 1

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Order of Business.

As this is my first opportunity to so do, I wish the Ceann Comhairle every success on his appointment.More Button

It is proposed to take No. b12, motion re orders of reference of committee; No. 5, Labour Services (Amendment) Bill 2009 — Second Stage (resumed); and No. 6 — Defence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2...More Button

I preface my remarks by noting that as there is no Leaders’ Questions today I will be outside the order of the House in the context of replying to these questions. More Button

With regard to the article in the Irish Independent concerning the retirement of a member of the Labour Court, it is actually and factually incorrect. More Button

No decision has been taken and I hope the newspaper will take the opportunity to correct this. On the issue of NAMA, the legislation is before the House and a considerable number of amendments will be...More Button

——and it is more appropriate that these issues are dealt with in the context of the legislation as it passes through the House.More Button

On the issue raised in FÁS, my Minister of State will be addressing this matter in the context of the legislation in the concluding remarks of the debate on Second Stage. The internal audit unit of F...More Button

On the first issue raised by the Deputy, as has been indicated by the Minister for Health and Children, this matter refers to a 2007 bonus. The Government stated clearly that no bonuses would be paid...More Button

The relevant Departments will be working on all of these items. With regard to my Department, legislation on FÁS is being discussed in the House and we are working to bring legislation on the amalgam...More Button

The date for the legislation on the scholarship is this session and no date has been agreed on when the eligibility for health and personal social services Bill will be available.More Button

The legislation is in section D because it has been published and it is hoped that it will be before the House in the coming weeks.More Button

It is on the list and if we can get through the legislative programme, we will move it on.More Button

Some time ago, the Minister for Finance indicated to the House that he would publish the business plan——More Button

——and that plan has been published to ensure as much transparency as possible and that people would be as informed as possible during the debate.More Button

I am not aware of whether the Minister is of the view that this should happen.More Button

The health information Bill will be introduced in the middle of next year. There is no date for the other legislation as of yet.More Button

This is a Department of Finance document as the Members know full well. More Button

This is a draft business plan. More Button

It is based on information that has been returned to the interim board of NAMA, based on technical assumptions on the best information available. More Button

Two weeks ago I advised this House that Committee Stage of the Bill would proceed in the normal way. We voted last night on a decision to send the Bill to the select committee. It will proceed to se...More Button

I am sure it is well within the realms of the Ceann Comhairle’s office to ensure that adequate accommodation is made available for whoever wishes to attend. More Button

It will be a miracle. More Button

Perhaps I will have an opportunity to speak to the Deputies in private about this issue. It was raised with me by the National Union of Journalists, it has been examined by my Department and a respon...More Button

About what?More Button

That matter is being investigated within the Department.More Button

Yes.More Button

The Taoiseach indicated in a response yesterday that any organisation set up arising from legislation passed in this House should have due regard to the elected people of this House and respond to the...More Button

That should be the situation. If there is a parliamentary request for information from an organisation, the expectation is that the organisation will give a proper response to the person.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the costs incurred by her constituency office and the constituency offices of the Ministers of State at her Department in respect of leaflet design, production, delivery and other related costs in 20...More Button

My Department has not incurred any costs associated with the design, production, delivery etc of leaflets by my constituency office or by the constituency offices of the Ministers of State at my Depar...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the total cost of foreign travel, including flights, accommodation, food, subsistence, travel and other incidental costs, incurred by her and the Ministers of State at her Department in 2007, 2008 an...More Button

The total cost related to foreign travel undertaken by all Ministers and Ministers of State at my Department from January 2007 to the end of September 2009 was as follows: These figures include all id...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the grants provided to Industrial Development Authority related projects nationally per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Over the five-year period, 2004 to 2008, IDA Ireland paid out a total of €391,008,000 in grants to its client companies. Details of these payments are set out in the attached tabular statement: IDA Gr...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of jobs created by Enterprise Ireland in Waterford per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains in companies that are supported by Enterprise Ireland. Data is compiled on an annualised basis and is aggregated at county level. Figures for...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the grants provided to Enterprise Ireland related projects in Waterford per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Enterprise Ireland offers a comprehensive range of services, including both financial and non-financial supports, to companies with a business strategy that encompasses the elements required for busin...More Button

Was asked: the grants provided to Industrial Development Authority related projects in Waterford per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Over the five-year period, 2004 to 2008, IDA Ireland paid out a total of €21.5m in grants to its client companies in Co. Waterford. Details of these payments, on a year-by-year basis, are set out in ...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of jobs created by Enterprise Ireland here per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains in companies that are supported by Enterprise Ireland. Data is compiled on an annualised basis and is aggregated at county level. Figures for...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the grants provided to Enterprise Ireland related projects nationally per year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Enterprise Ireland offers a comprehensive range of services, including both financial and non-financial supports, to companies with a business strategy that encompasses the elements required for busin...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of jobs created by the Industrial Development Authority here each year over the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains in companies that are supported by IDA Ireland. Data are compiled on an annualised basis and are aggregated at county level. Over the five-ye...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Was asked: the status of the review process on employee representation as outlined in point 9.3 of the Transitional Agreement 2008 to 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her proposals to outlaw the victimisation of employees for involvement in trade union activity with regard to item 9.4 of the Transitional Agreement for 2008 to 2009; and if she will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of working days lost to her Department as a consequence of trade union leave for 2008; the trade union leave arrangements for staff; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

During 2008 staff of my Department availed of 17 days paid trade union leave. The trade union leave arrangements in place in my Department are in accordance with Department of Finance Circular 14/198...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the unions which have been contracted by FÁS with regard to the union-led learning network; the value and duration of each contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

FÁS has informed me that in September 2007 it awarded a number of contracts under the union learning networks programme. That support was provided under the Strategic Alliances Initiative for project...More Button

Written Answers - Workplace Innovation Fund.

Was asked: the number of companies availing of the work place innovation fund for each of the past three years; the number of applications refused in each; the reason for refusal; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff members who have been dismissed from her Department in each of the past five years and their grade and reason for dismissal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Three Civil Servants were dismissed from my Department in the last five years for misconduct. All 3 were dismissed during 2009. Confidentiality concerns preclude me from giving details of the grades...More Button

Was asked: the reason only 3% of staff in her Department received an unacceptable or needs improvement rating; her views on whether this is an accurate reflection of her Department’s strengths and weakness in t...More Button

Was asked: if she is satisfied with the operation of the performance management development system within her Department; her views on whether under-performance is being tackled and good performance is being ac...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together. The 3% figure quoted by the Deputy is the result of annual reviews undertaken by managers with almost 1,000 staff in the Department and its offic...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: her views on the report of the organisation review programme with respect to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Organisational Review Programme, ORP, process is essentially a review mechanism to allow the Government to assess how Departments and Offices of State are performing in terms of capacity to delive...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Payments.

Was asked: the outcome of the assessment carried out on extending the 15 day payment deadline to local authorities and the health and education sectors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The application of the 15-day payment period requirement to local authorities and the health and education sectors remains under review. Organisations within the sector are committed to meeting their...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the progress regarding the mainstreaming of the knowledge economy skills passport; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Knowledge Economy Skills Passport programme is an innovative initiative of the National College of Ireland. It is developed in collaboration with a consortium of software companies to deliver the...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Relations.

Was asked: the position regarding her reply to Question No. 69 of 10 December 2008, in view of the changed circumstances; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Business Regulation.

Was asked: the position regarding her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 109 of 23 June 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is charged with leading the cross-governmental drive to reduce administrative burdens on business. We are doing this in a prioritised way, drawing on the experiences of other Member Sta...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services.

Was asked: the number of companies which have applied for funding from the temporary job subsidy scheme; the number of jobs that will be subsidised; the number of applications accepted; the number rejected; the...More Button

The temporary Employment Subsidy Scheme applies to vulnerable but viable companies in the manufacturing or internationally traded service sectors. It will involve the payment of a subsidy to firms t...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Stabilisation Fund.

Was asked: the number of companies which have applied for funding from the enterprise stabilisation fund; the number of applications accepted; the number rejected; the amount paid out to date; and if she will m...More Button

The Government has approved a total of €100 million for the Enterprise Stabilisation Fund for 2009 and 2010. Some €50 million has been included in the Estimate of my Department for this purpose in 20...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the number of people currently participating in the short-time training programme and the work placement programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Following extensive discussions with interested companies and employees in each FÁS region who wish to avail of the short-time training programme, training courses with FETAC certification are being d...More Button

Written Answers - Entrepreneurial Activity.

Was asked: the entrepreneurial activity to date in 2009; the entrepreneurial activity for each of the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the breakdown of entrepreneurial activity in each county to date in 2009; the breakdown of entrepreneurial activity in each county for each of the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the number of entrepreneurial programmes which are run here; the number of entrepreneurial programmes which have been run in each of the past ten years; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: the agencies and bodies which run entrepreneurial programmes here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 to 123, inclusive, together. The statistical information sought by the Deputy in relation to entrepreneurial programmes and entrepreneurial activity is not compile...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the financial and grant assistance paid from EU and national sources in respect of a factory (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The company in question has not been grant aided by Enterprise Ireland in respect of its operation in Freshford, County Kilkenny. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has informed me tha...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the cost of official domestic travel including all transport costs, accommodation, meals and other incidentals incurred by herself and the Ministers of State at her Department in 2007, 2008 and to da...More Button

The total cost of official domestic travel incurred by all Ministers and Ministers of State at my Department from January 2007 to the end of September 2009 was as follows: 2007, €86,607.41; 2008, €121...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: if she will support a matter (detail supplied) in Dublin 9. More Button


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