Coughlan, Mary

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 697 No. 1

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 45 — Statements on the report by the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (resumed); No. 16 — the Motion re: proposed approval by Dáil Éireann...More Button

The Deputy might be slightly presumptuous in guessing why the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party meeting was called. It is to do with the availability of the Minister for Finance, who was not available ...More Button

However, I am delighted the Deputy is as interested as he seems to be in our parliamentary affairs.More Button

Contrary to what has been said here, the Taoiseach made his position very clear in the House yesterday.More Button

The Taoiseach represents the Government.More Button

It is another simple message the Deputies opposite do not seem to understand either.More Button

There have been intensive discussions——More Button

There were intensive discussions with the unions yesterday evening and they are resuming again this morning.More Button

Time is very short in the context of the budget so these discussions will be crucial.More Button

It is important to reiterate what the Taoiseach said here yesterday, which is that the proposals that have emerged from the discussions thus far were considered by the Government this week. The Taois...More Button

At that time the public service unions responded by indicating that they wished to develop their proposals. We very much welcome that and in that context the planned day of industrial action for toda...More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 16 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

This legislation consolidates onshore and offshore planning to do exactly what Deputy Higgins has spoken of.More Button

When I was there——More Button

——we had several functions dealt with under statutory instrument. The administrative functions have now been finalised. It was clearly the legal view that new legislation had to be put through the H...More Button

——in the context of ensuring that we have proper offshore and onshore planning. This is a sensible way in dealing with——More Button

——the absolute necessity of ensuring that we have the opportunities that should be afforded to us, for example, in the context of energy.More Button

This is very much streamlining the planning process which will be of significant benefit to the people at large.More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 2 be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Unfortunately, people do not seem to hear what we have been reiterating ad infinitum, which is that there will be a €4 billion adjustment in the context of the budget on Wednesday next. As a former M...More Button

Those final decisions will be made by the Government and we will be advised of them in the budget on Wednesday.More Button

The Government has indicated that the adjustment will be €4 billion. Unlike Deputy Kenny, who wishes to dictate and determine——More Button

This Government wants to obtain an effective and efficient public service wherein we need change.More Button

The methods by which that change can be achieved must be workable and permanent, and must participate as part of our financial adjustment. Unlike the Deputy, we are prepared to listen to what other p...More Button

The Deputy is standing up, so I will sit down.More Button

We can carry on with this farce all day if the Deputies want to.More Button

The Taoiseach indicated that what was brought forward by the unions on Tuesday was inadequate. The unions indicated that they wished to revise and reconsider their proposals and bring them back to th...More Button

On the Order Paper, this is Question No. 40 to the Minister for Finance this evening.More Button

It is on the Order Paper. I am from the Border region and I am acutely aware of the issues. I distinctly recall being vilified last year on the basis that one of the main reasons people travel to th...More Button

It is important to say that in the context of the value for money being provided by retailers in this jurisdiction. Every €10 spent in the retail sector is worth €24 within the Irish economy, and it ...More Button

I have articulated these concerns in many ways to the Minister for Finance in the light of considerations he is taking in the context of his preparation for the budget. After 23 years in this House, ...More Button

As the Deputy knows, we have decided to proceed with a code of practice. That is in hand and I am taking into account concerns in this regard. I have heard what the joint committee has had to say an...More Button

It is important, however, to emphasise that we get good value from many of the retailers working in this jurisdiction. More Button

Without wanting to be unhelpful, I shall have to revert to the Deputy because it is secondary legislation. More Button

It may be important, but I am not in a position at this time to bring forward an answer on the basis of a secondary item of legislation. Under Standing Orders, I am entitled to revert to the Deputy, ...More Button

As is normal after any emergency, there is always a review of all the planning. I am sure this will take place in the context of the aftermath of the flooding. However, it is unfair of the Deputy to...More Button

It is important to emphasise that in the context of any such crisis, the emergency plan is always reviewed to see whether any new initiatives need to be introduced. More Button

Deputy Burton, please. Let us get an answer as regards legislation, if there is any. More Button

There is promised legislation.More Button

There is promised legislation.More Button

As for the legislation, the Government intends to amalgamate the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency.More Button

That forms part of the legislation.More Button

The Deputy should not worry about it. I have the corporate governance sorted in that regard as well.More Button

Second, the Deputy may not be aware that an undertaking was given to review the entire Competition Act.More Button

That has been done and is almost complete. I wish to ensure that this legislation is fit for purpose in the context of our economic and industrial policy. This legislation will be brought forward at...More Button

There is no date for the consolidation Bill. The sale of alcohol Bill will be introduced next year.More Button

I have no further comment.More Button

Although it always is a pleasure to answer the Deputy, I have said what I had to say. I cannot add much more to it at present.More Button

As I have indicated, the discussions are ongoing and when the Taoiseach met the unions on Tuesday afternoon, he indicated that what was on the table was not acceptable. The unions have decided that t...More Button

The Deputy is welcome to join.More Button

They should reapply.More Button

Is the Deputy worried about me?More Button

Níl sé socraithe go fóill.More Button

Credit Institutions (Eligible Liabilities Guarantee) Scheme 2009: Motion.

Question again put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Foreshore and Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Second Stage.

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Graduate Support Schemes.

Was asked: the details of plans for the establishment of a graduate internship programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Insurance Industry.

Was asked: the extent to which she has monitored or observed fluctuations in all forms of insurance premiums in 2009; the full extent of increase or decrease in each sector; the reason for such changes; the ext...More Button

Financial services including the insurance sector is a policy matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance and I would refer the Deputy in particular to the Minister’s response to a PQ on the 16t...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: her policies to specifically support the retail sector; if her development agencies are providing specialised assistance to retail firms to help them deal with competitive pressures due to currency d...More Button

Enterprise Ireland’s engagement with the retail sector is limited, as retailing is not an eligible sector that Enterprise Ireland can provide support to under the Industrial Development (Services Indu...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: the number of work permits issued in 2008 to meat producing factories here. More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: if she has received complaints from southern contractors that they are finding it difficult to compete with northern contractors on a cost basis for public contracts here; the action she has taken on...More Button

Public procurement policy is primarily a matter for my colleagues Brian Lenihan TD., Minister for Finance, who has responsibility for the National Public Procurement Policy Unit and also Martin Manser...More Button


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