Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 695 No. 3

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Ceisteanna — Questions - Decentralisation Programme.

Asked the minister: the number of staff who have applied for relocation under the decentralisation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Were one to ask the people, they might have a view on decentralising the Taoiseach’s Department. I refer to the 28 persons who have applied to the CAF for decentralisation from the Department of the ...More Button

Arising from this, the Government provided €72 million in an envelope for decentralisation in 2009. What proportion of money has been spent on decentralisation? The Government also made a decision t...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Benchmarking Awards.

Asked the minister: the cost which has accrued to his Department in respect of the payment of the benchmarking pay awards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In the talks that will begin tomorrow with the social partners and trade union leaders does the Government intend to put on the table a plan for a more efficient public service? As everyone understan...More Button

I will illustrate my next question with an anecdote. I was contacted recently by an employer who had applied to the Department of Social and Family Affairs for optical benefit for one of his employee...More Button

I was referring to the Department of Social and Family Affairs. My apologies for my mistake. Is the Taoiseach confident that in the discussions he is recommencing tomorrow with the trades union lead...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Agreements with Members.

Asked the minister: the nature of the agreement between the Government and a Deputy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the nature of the agreement between the Government and a Deputy (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the minister: the arrangements in place in his office for providing special assistance for certain Independent Members of Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

This is the sort of nonsense that goes on here. We are all into accountability and transparency and holding the Government to account, yet we are asked to believe in 2009 the sovereign Government of ...More Button

Therefore, none of them is more equal than others.More Button

What about the other two Deputies?More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Ministerial Appointments.

Asked the minister: the responsibilities of the Ministers of State at his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Is it intended to change the Ministers and Secretaries (Ministers of State) Act 2007 to reduce the numbers of Ministers of State? The Taoiseach is aware that Deputy Shatter published a Private Member...More Button

Priority Questions - Regional Authorities.

The Minister for Transport, Deputy Dempsey, is overruled.More Button

Leaders’ Questions.

The events of the past week in respect of weather conditions and the havoc wreaked on thousands of homes, lives, careers and opportunities have been unprecedented. While the Government is not respons...More Button

The indications are that weather conditions may well deteriorate again this evening. The Government has pumped hundreds of millions of euro into loans that did not perform and which have now ended up...More Button

Order of Business.

I object to the Order of Business. I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Dáil sits until 9.50 p.m. and that we have a three-hour debate on the consequences of flooding, including 3...More Button

If we cannot do this, we will fail in our democratic duty to the thousands of people who are seeking a response and some degree of leadership from this House. They know, as we do, that on an occasion...More Button

I would like to hear the advice the Minister gave to the Cabinet. I would like him to hear the views of all Deputies so that he is properly and fully informed of the situation when water and sewage h...More Button

We do not want to give the impression that the Government or the House do not care. I ask the Ceann Comhairle and the Government to accept my amendment as it in everybody’s interest to do so. We sho...More Button

I have proposed an amendment to the Order of Business.More Button

The amendment is in order because it proposes that the Dáil should sit longer than is proposed on the Order of Business. Private Members’ business today is in the name of the Fine Gael Party. We are...More Button

The Taoiseach has come part of the way. However, if we have statements, these should be followed by a 30 minute session of questions and answers with the Minister. I will accept the Taoiseach’s prop...More Button

I suggest the Ceann Comhairle might adjourn the House for ten minutes so the Whips can make arrangements. I thank the Taoiseach for his concessions so far. I suggest that following the statements we...More Button

So long as the Taoiseach shows a willingness to have a question and answer session at the end of the statements, then there will be no difficulty. I suggest we begin with statements on the industrial...More Button

Is the sitting suspending for five minutes?More Button

Business of Dáil.

I thank the Government Whip for the Government’s response to this unprecedented situation. This is as it should be. At least it displays willingness on the part of the House to reflect on and respon...More Button

Written Answers - Trade Links.

Asked the minister: the extent of bilateral trade between Ireland and Cuba; the categories involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter relevant to each of the past five years. More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Pay.

Asked the minister: the cost of payment of public service workers who are paid on a fortnightly basis; the savings that would be involved by issuing payslips every four weeks while continuing fortnightly payments; and i...More Button

Written Answers - Energy Conservation.

Asked the minister: the level of change in public offices by the installation of sensor lighting to cut down on electricity costs; the number of Departments that are being fitted out with such sensor light equipment; th...More Button

Written Answers - Ambulance Service.

Asked the minister: if it is proposed to move the Health Service Executive ambulance control room from Castlebar, County Mayo to Ballyshannon, County Donegal; if there was a feasibility study conducted to establish the ...More Button

Asked the minister: the cost of provision of the Castlebar ambulance control into St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo; if she is satisfied with the operation of the ambulance control room there; and if she will ...More Button

Asked the minister: if she will make a statement on an announcement by the Health Service Executive of an investigation into spending of the national ambulance service with specific reference to the pre-delivery inspect...More Button

Asked the minister: the cost of the Health Service Executive ambulance control centre at Castlebar, County Mayo; if she will confirm that the technology used is that of Camp West; the level of payment or contribution ma...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services.

Asked the minister: the number of defibrillators purchased by the Health Service Executive for each region in the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Prison Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the cost of the new workshops at Loughan House detention centre, County Cavan; if these are fully equipped and staffed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Prison Committals.

Asked the minister: the number of prisoners currently in a centre (details supplied) in County Cavan; the occupational programmes for these prisoners in detention; if he has had any complaints regarding the prisoners be...More Button

Written Answers - Prison Staff.

Asked the minister: if he has received a report of one prison officer having to deal with up to 58 people in an isolated building at a centre (details supplied) in County Cavan; his views on whether this is an appropria...More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the amount of money awarded in telephone rental for each of the past five years; the number of eligible persons who avail of line rental for each of the past five years; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Asked the minister: if he has considered making an arrangement for an extra date being set aside at the end of the leaving certificate examinations to reschedule any exams that were necessary due to unforeseen circumsta...More Button


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