Carey, Pat

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 706 No. 2

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Order of Business.

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Priority Questions - Departmental Priorities.

Was asked: his priorities following the restructuring of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Taoiseach recently announced the restructuring of a number of Departments and agencies in order to group functions whose combination is more appropriate to the country...More Button

I thank the Deputy for his good wishes. We will not be able to support him on the latter part; we will be around for a fair while yet. On the term “rural” in the title of the Department, while it is ...More Button

I can give the Deputy the precise information now or at another time regarding who is responsible for what. I will pass it onto him. The cost associated with the establishment of the new Department ...More Button

Priority Questions - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the number of complaints lodged with his Department with regard to head shops; the number of head shops in each electoral area; the actions taken to date or planned by him to deal with the concerns r...More Button

Was asked: the action that he will take to combat the problem of head shops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 3 together. My Department has received a large number of complaints regarding the operation of head shops and the new psychoactive substances being sold in these...More Button

I thank Deputy Wall for his good wishes. I also would like to be associated with the remarks made by Deputies Wall and Ring about the former Minister, Deputy Ó Cuív, and the former Minister of State,...More Button

I assure Deputy Ring that it is already a priority of mine and of the Government. The notification is in order for the measure not to be struck down subsequently. It is necessary for the notificatio...More Button

I will take what Deputy Ring has said on board.More Button

Priority Questions - Fostaíocht Ghaeltachta.

Was asked: an eol dó an ghéarchéim airgeadais in Údarás na Gaeltachta agus na deacrachtaí a éiríonn as seo maidir le fostaíocht a chruthú sna ceantair Ghaeltachta agus an bhfuil sé ar intinn aige bualadh le bor...More Button

Tá soláthar iomlán de bheagnach €30 milliún curtha ar fáil d’Údarás na Gaeltachta ón Státchiste trí Vóta mo Roinne don bhliain 2010. Cé gur laghdúé seo ar an gcionroinnt iomlán de €37.6 milliún a cui...More Button

Gabhaim buíochas leis an dea-mhéin atá curtha in iúl ag an Teachta, ar mo shon fhéin agus ar son an Aire Stáit. Tá deacrachtaí ann ceart go leor. Is dócha gur comhartha dóchais é go bhfuil poist d’a...More Button

Táim ag súil le tosnú ar an taisteal sin go luath tríd na Gaeltachtaí go léir agus na hoileáin i dtreo agus go mbeidh seans agam bualadh le pobal na Gaeltachta agus seans a thabhairt dóibh na ceistean...More Button

Priority Questions - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Office of the Minister for Drugs is still in operation; if he will guarantee that a full-time Minister of State will continue to direct and oversee the implementation of t...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that the Office of the Minister for Drugs remains very much in operation with a clear focus on dealing with the issue of problem drug use in Ireland. I can confirm also th...More Button

I thank Deputy Byrne for her comments. At the risk of a mutual admiration society emerging, I should say that Deputy Byrne has been around this particular area of community work for a long time and h...More Button

Other Questions - Inland Waterways.

Was asked: if he will provide a progress report on Waterways Ireland’s work throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the plans Waterways Ireland has to develop tourism along the routes for which they are responsible; the funding for such promotion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 26 together. Waterways Ireland is the largest of the six cross-Border implementation bodies set up under the British-Irish Agreement of December 1999. Its statu...More Button

On the first question, the recent action taken by a senior civil servant against Waterways Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on alleged mismanagement was settled in the High Cour...More Button

There is no indication in the information available to me that there are any further proceedings pending. I will have that checked for the Deputy.More Button

I have always believed our waterways are very under-utilised resources. Waterways Ireland has engaged in joint marketing initiatives with Fáilte Ireland, Shannon Development, Northern Ireland Tourist...More Button

There was a note in the file about it when I read it last night, and I knew Deputy Wall would ask about it but I cannot find it at present.More Button

I will refer back to the Deputy.More Button

I will have to come back to Deputy Ó Snodaigh with that detail. While I have plenty of general information, I cannot find the specific information he seeks. I will arrange to have it provided to the...More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number and status of staff assigned to his Department; the location of such staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of staff who will transfer from other Departments to his Department as a result of the reconfiguration of Departments announced by the Taoiseach on 23 March 2010; and if he will make a sta...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 47 together. As the Deputies will be aware, as part of the restructuring of Departments and agencies announced by the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann on 23 March to en...More Button

With regard to the last part of the question, last Saturday I spoke at the opening of the ASAP conference organised by the GAA in Croke Park, which was attended by some 250 co-ordinators from across t...More Button

There are two stages. One is the transfer orders for the sections. At present, this Department is still known as the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs but, as soon as the new orde...More Button

Other Questions - Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Was asked: cén socrú atá déanta maidir leis an toghchán d’Údarás na Gaeltachta; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Reachtáladh an toghchán deireanach d’Údarás na Gaeltachta ar 2 Aibreán 2005. Faoi réir na reachtaíochta faoina bhfeidhmíonn an tÚdarás, ní mór an chéad toghchán eile a reachtáil am éigin sa tréimhse ...More Button

Tá an Teachta ina bhall den chomhchoiste a bhfuil an dréacht-straitéis faoina bhráid faoi láthair. Tá súil agam go mbeidh an comhchoiste réidh——More Button

Gabhaim leithscéal leis an Teachta. Bhí mé ag labhairt le Cathaoirleach an choiste sin i rith na seachtaine agus teastaíonn ón gcomhchoiste deireadh a chur leis an scrúdú ar an straitéis chomh tapaid...More Button

Mar adúirt mé níos luaithe, séard a bhí ar intinn ag an Aire Ó Cuív, agus séard atá ar intinn agamsa a dhéanamh ná, má tá gá leis, Bille a thabhairt os comhair an Tí chun síneadh a chur le tréimhse ch...More Button

Níl deacracht ar bith agam, go pearsanta nó go hoifigiúil, le sin. Bheinn i bhfábhar na díospóireachta sin a bheith againn chomh luath agus a bheidh an tuarascáil agus na moltaí réidh ag an gcomhchoi...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided by his Department to drug rehabilitation centres over the past three years; the location of centres that may have received funding; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Was asked: his proposals to support those involved in community based and support drug rehabilitation programmes; his intention to develop or expand such schemes in the future; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 30 together. Of the total drugs funding available in my Department’s Vote in 2010, in the region of 93% is targeted at Task Force related activities. This fundin...More Button

Was asked: the number of meetings he or his Department have had with the gardaí and the Department of Justice and Law Reform in relation to the prevention of and spread of the sale of illegal drugs; and if he w...More Button

The Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform and An Garda Síochána both play a vital role in the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy. In that context, my colleague, Minister John Curran...More Button

Written Answers - Official Languages Act.

Was asked: the plans he has to review the operation of the Official Languages Act 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

At the outset, I wish to confirm that my Department keeps the work of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003 under continuing review. Furthermore, there is an obligation on me, as Minister, to r...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if he is committed to acquiring a permanent decentralisation site for his Department in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the effect on the decentralisation programme of his Department of the changes in portfolios announced on 23 March 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 43 together. As the Deputies will be aware, my Department’s headquarters are scheduled to decentralise to Charlestown, Co Mayo, under the Decentralisation Progr...More Button

Written Answers - Placenames Database.

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the progress on his Department’s work in relation to placenames; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Placenames Branch of my Department undertakes research, with the support and guidance of An Coimisiún Logainmneacha, in order to establish the correct Irish language forms of the placenames of Ire...More Button

Written Answers - Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla.

Was asked: cén dul chun cinn atá déanta maidir leis an bhFoclóir Leictreonach Béarla/Gaeilge; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Tuigtear dom ó Fhoras na Gaeilge go bhfuil Céim a hAon den Fhoclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge — Céim na Pleanála agus an Deartha — curtha i gcrích agus go bhfuil Céim a Dó faoi lánseol i láthair na huaire. ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Responsibilities.

Was asked: the responsibilities his Department now holds in the areas of equality, human rights and integration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will list the functions for which Ministers of State attached to his Department will be responsible; if these will be formally delegated powers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the cost implications of restructuring his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if legislation is necessary to ensure the transfer of any section or agency of his Department; as a result of recent changes; if funding of the various agencies will be affected, and if so, if a mech...More Button

Was asked: the cost of the rebranding that will be required as a result of the decision to change the number of his Department, including the cost of redesigning and reprinting stationary and other printed mate...More Button

Was asked: the additional responsibilities his Department will take on as a result of the reconfiguration of Government Departments announced by An Taoiseach on 23 March 2010; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the number and name of agencies now under the remit of his Department; the way in which responsibility for each agency is broken down; the number and name of agencies previously under the remit of th...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 20, 24, 33, 34, 42 and 45 together. As the Deputies will be aware, as part of the restructuring of Departments and agencies announced by the Taoiseach in Dáil Éi...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided to the various RAPID areas over the past three years; the breakdown of such funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The RAPID Programme aims to ensure that priority attention is given to tackling the spatial concentration of poverty and social exclusion within designated RAPID areas nationally. It is a matter for...More Button

Written Answers - Charities Regulation.

Was asked: the timeframe for the commencement of the Charities Act 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Charities Act, which was signed into law on 28 February 2009, is structured in such a way to allow it to be commenced in whole or in part from different date(s) by way of Ministerial Order(s). As ...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: the amounts of grants provided under the two programmes of grants for community and voluntary organisations during the past three years; his plans to expand this funding; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I assume that the question relates to the Programme of Grants for Locally-Based Community and Voluntary Organisations. This Programme, which was suspended at the end of February 2009, provided fundin...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: the plans he has to promote a national debate, to include the population at large, on the draft 20 year strategy on the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when he will present the final draft of the 20 year strategy on the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on whether a full review of the State resources provided to preserve and develop the Irish language is a prerequisite to finalising the 20 year strategy on the Irish language; and his furth...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 32 and 46 together. The draft 20-Year Strategy for Irish is a very important initiative for all citizens of the State. For that reason, a broad national public ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the effect that the recent re-configuration of portfolios will have on the budgetary forecasts of his Department; if these changes mean that legislation will be necessary to underpin them; and if he ...More Button

The changes in Departmental functions announced by the Taoiseach in the Dáil on 23rd March will have an effect on the Estimates of the Departments involved, including my Department. These changes wil...More Button

Written Answers - Security of the Elderly.

Was asked: if he will consider a house alarm as part of the community support for older people; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Scheme of Community Support for Older People (CSOP) focuses mainly on the provision of monitored personal alert equipment and it is not proposed to extend the scheme to cover house alarms at this ...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: the amount and list of events for which his Department provided funding as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, Seachtain na Gaeilge is a non-profit organisation, under the auspices of Conradh na Gaeilge, which promotes the use of Irish language and culture, both at home and abroad, with...More Button

Written Answers - Gramadach na Gaeilge.

Was asked: cad iad na teagmhálacha a bhí aige le hoifigigh sa Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta maidir le gramadach na Gaeilge a shimpliú chun cabhrú le daltaí scoile an Ghaeilge a labhairt go luath ina saol sco...More Button

Faoi mar is eol don Teachta, tá cinneadh déanta go ndéanfar Athbhreithniú ar an gCaighdeán Oifigiúil agus is féidir liom a chinntiú go dtionólfar an chéad chruinniú inniu den Choiste Stiúrtha atá buna...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the number of meetings that the steering group, established to develop proposals on the national substance misuse strategy have had; the make up of this group; the number of submissions received; and...More Button

The Steering Group established to develop proposals and make recommendations on a National Substance Misuse Strategy has had four meetings to date, the most recent of which was on 19 March 2010. Th...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the prevention pillar of the national drugs strategy cannot be properly implemented as a result of policy choices by the Department of Education and Science in view of his Depart...More Button

At the outset, I want to confirm to the Deputy that the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 will continue to be implemented across all of its five pillars, in line with the Government’s commitment to ad...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the recent controversy surrounding headshops, proposals are in place to increase awareness of the negative effects of consuming psychoactive substances, which can be bought legally in ...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of his Department’s responsibility for the national drugs strategy, he will introduce legislation to address problems associated with headshops; his views on the establishment of a regula...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 44 together. I can assure the Deputies that I share the concerns to which they refer regarding the activities of headshops and the new psychoactive substances...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the national drugs strategy; if he will clarify which Minister or Minister of State now has overall responsibility for the operation of the strategy; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement detailing the person who will be taking on responsibility for the overall delivery of the national drugs strategy in view of the Taoiseach’s decision not to expressly assi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 38 together. I can confirm to the House that, while the formal processes transferring functions between, and changing the titles of, Departments on foot of the ...More Button

Written Answers - Teorainneacha Gaeltachta.

Was asked: cén dul chun cinn atá déanta maidir leis an reachtaíocht ar an sainmhíniú nua ar an rud is Gaeltacht ann agus ar theorainneacha na Gaeltachta; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Mar is eoil don Teachta, tá an dréacht-Straitéis 20-bliain don Ghaeilge faoi bhráid an Chomhchoiste um Ghnóthaí Ealaíon, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta faoi láthair. Cuimsíon...More Button

Written Answers - Charities Regulation.

Was asked: the timeframe for the commencement of the Charities Act 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Charities Act, which was signed into law on 28 February 2009, is structured in such a way to allow it to be commenced in whole or in part from different date(s) by way of Ministerial Order(s). As...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of funding provided by his Department to rural tourism in the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will be aware that primary responsibility for tourism matters rests with my colleague, Ms Mary Hanafin, T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. However, my Department does support cert...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: if he will report on the recent ministerial meeting of the British-Irish Council on the Misuse of Drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The most recent Ministerial Meeting of the British-Irish Council (BIC) on the Misuse of Drugs was hosted on 24 February in the Isle of Man by their Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Adrian Earnshaw, MHK. ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the amount of money provided under the dormant accounts fund in the past three years; the amount of money not drawn down by grantees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Dormant Accounts Fund Acts provide for an annual transfer by credit institutions and insurance undertakings of monies in accounts determined to be dormant into the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). Sin...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: his plans for the operation and development of the various community-based schemes operated by his Department in respect of the urban and rural communities; his intentions, if any, to expand the scop...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department’s mandate includes the promotion, support and development of communities, both urban and rural, across the country. I can confirm to the Deputy that my Depar...More Button

Written Answers - Na hOileáin.

Was asked: an bhfuil aon iarratas faighte ina Roinn maidir le soilse poiblí a chur ar fáil ar na céanna ar na hOileáin seo, Inis Oirthir, Gabhla, an tOileán Rua, Inis Meáin, Oileán Uaighe agus Inis Caorach, cad...More Button

Tá iarratas faighte ag mo Roinn le gairid ó Ancaire, Comharchumann na nOileán Beag i gContae Dhún na nGall, chun deontas a cheadú i gcomhar soilse poiblí a chur ar fáil ar na céanna atá luaite ag an T...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: his views on the role of peer groups and families in tackling addiction; if the pilot short-stay respite programme for families of drug users which is outlined in the new national drugs strategy has ...More Button

I have long been of the view that families and peer groups can play a vital role in tackling drug addiction. Indeed, this is generally accepted and there is an increasing focus on family involvement,...More Button

Written Answers - Inland Waterways.

Was asked: the position regarding a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am advised that the proposal referred to by the Deputy is not feasible as the facility in question will be required for operational purposes from early April 2010. The Deputy will appreciate that I ...More Button

Written Answers - Sports Funding.

Was asked: if his Department has received an application from a sporting organisation (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he has considered its application. More Button

My Department received an application in January 2010 for assistance under Na Scéimeanna Feabhsúcháin Gaeltachta from the organisation referred to by the Deputy. This application is currently being ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied) regarding an issue under the remit of his Department. More Button

There are a number of issues of public concern raised in the Deputy’s Question. However, given the difficulty in responding adequately to the matters raised by him within the constraints of a ‘details...More Button

Written Answers - Dormant Accounts Fund.

Was asked: the total expenditure by his Department from the proceeds of the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2009 and the likely expenditure from this fund in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Dormant Accounts Fund Acts provides for an annual transfer by credit institutions and insurance undertakings of monies in accounts determined to be dormant into the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). ...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of applications for funding from various groups throughout County Kildare received in his Department in 2010; the extent to which he has responded or intends to respond; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: the number of bodies or groups throughout County Kildare that applied to his Department for funding in 2009; the number of successful applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions 124 and 125 together. As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a wide range of grant programmes and schemes and details of these are available on my Department’s...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the extent to which he proposes to offer assistance towards the drugs task force programme in 2010; the way this compares with previous years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his proposals for interaction with local community based groups involved in the fight against drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 126 and 130 together. As the Deputy is aware, the majority of expenditure incurred through my Department’s Vote for drugs initiatives is channelled through the Local a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: the number of groups, bodies or agencies that received funding from his Department in the past 12 months; the extent to which such funding is likely to be available in the course of 2010; and if he w...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a wide range of grant programmes and schemes, details of which are available on my Department’s website at www.pobail.ie. Against this background, ...More Button

Written Answers - Strategy Statements.

Was asked: his priorities for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My priority over the coming period will be to progress the actions and commitments reflected in the Programme for Government and the Revised Programme for Government that relate to my functions and ar...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development.

Was asked: his proposals to liaise with urban and rural support groups involved in social regeneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department’s mandate includes the promotion and support of both urban and rural communities. Against this background, my officials and I liaise on a daily basis with a ...More Button

Was asked: his plans for the future of the RAPID programme with particular reference to the possibility of extending the scope of the programme to address the economic situation; and if he will make a statement...More Button

In order to ensure the continued relevance of the RAPID Programme, a review of RAPID area boundaries, including an analysis of data from Census 2006 across a range of socio-economic and deprivation in...More Button

Was asked: his proposals to expand the CLÁR scheme operated by his Department; the extent to which he has examined the scope for expansion in this area having particular regard to the economic situation; and if...More Button

Funding of €8m is being provided for the CLÁR Programme in 2010 by my Department. However, as CLÁR leverages funding through other Departments and Agencies, the value of the investment that is being s...More Button


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