Gormley, John

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 713 No. 4

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Order of Business

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2010

I move the following Revised Estimates: Vote 1 — President’s Establishment (Revised) That a sum not exceeding €3,171,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the...More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage (Resumed)

I thank the Deputies for their contribution. I will try to be as brief as possible because we want to get onto the various amendments, but I want to start by saying that the position of the Labour Pa...More Button

The Deputy does not know.More Button

I am afraid the party in the corner on this one is the Labour Party. The Labour Party has come out unequivocally against blood sports.More Button

The Labour Party leader put down a question to me in this House in 2007 and asked me specifically to ban the Ward Union Hunt. The party has an entirely different position tonight. That is what I cal...More Button

Can I have some protection here?More Button

Labour Party councillors in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown——More Button

The Labour Party Members do not allow freedom of speech either. They just want to shout me down on each and every issue.More Button

Labour Party councillors in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council passed a motion calling on me to ban the Ward Union Hunt. That is a fact.More Button

I have looked at the commitments given by individual members of the Labour Party, including Deputies McManus, Costello, Quinn and others who have stated clearly that they want the Ward Union Hunt bann...More Button

I will tell you what it has to do with the Bill. This Bill is doing exactly that.More Button

With all due respect, I would like the protection of the Chair.More Button

What we have had here is non-stop interruptions from colleagues across the floor.More Button

I find what is going on here unacceptable in the extreme. We have people shouting me down at every opportunity.More Button

Thank you, a Chaithoirligh. The misrepresentation that has taken place this evening has come again from the Deputies opposite. We have heard the phrase “the thin end of the wedge” used time and time...More Button

Everybody who uses that phrase has misrepresented things. Chairperson, you will have to do something here because it is impossible to speak in this Chamber. I ask you for protection, if you do not m...More Button

The idea that this Bill will somehow lead to the erosion of rural pursuits such as angling and shooting is entirely false.More Button

That is nonsense. I can only take from the totally defensive position of the——More Button

The fact is that there are people in my own party who shoot and fish.More Button

One of them was on the radio today. It is entirely disingenuous of the Deputies opposite to conflate all of these issues. We are trying to bring in a fairly minor Bill that is only a few paragraphs ...More Button

We are trying to deal with this because not only are there animal welfare issues at stake here — it is clear that this is a domesticated animal that is being hunted — but there are also public safety ...More Button

Of course I have every piece of advice that is available to me.More Button

The Labour Party is very defensive on this issue——More Button

——because its members know that their own people are dissatisfied.More Button

There are many Labour Party people who find the Deputy’s behaviour absolutely shameful. He has done a complete U-turn on this issue.More Button

I would not expect anything from the Deputy anyway because his party is in disarray. This party is supposed to stand for something but it stands for absolutely nothing. It is sitting on the fence an...More Button

It might interest the Deputies opposite, although it may not, to know that there was a similar debate in the House of Commons in March 1825. The British House of Commons debated a Bill——More Button

——and Deputy McCormack should note it was brought forward by a Galway MP, Dick Martin——More Button

——which sought to bring an end to the practices of bear baiting and bull baiting. From a quick read of the Hansard report of the debate, Members should note that the following arguments were used. I...More Button

——and they are as unfounded in 2010 as they were in 1825.More Button

What we have here is a complete throw-back. This is an anachronism. The Deputies opposite represent the past. They represent an uncivilised mindset,——More Button

——people who do not have an ounce of compassion. As for the Labour Party——More Button

——this is a shameful evening for it. I commend the Bill to the House.More Button

Question put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages

Deputy Hogan is not offering very constructive engagement. However, at least I have managed to unite the Fine Gael Party on this issue, something the Deputy’s party leader could not do.More Button

That is completely irrelevant.More Button

Deputy Tuffy is talking about section 2, not section 1. Her remarks are utterly irrelevant anyway.More Button

I will reply to the contributions of the Deputies opposite, beginning with Deputy Phil Hogan who seems to be exercised about the stability of the Government. He is concerned about the trust that exis...More Button

That is a fact.More Button

That is exactly the way we want to approach this. We want to get through the legislation as quickly as possible. Section 26(1) of the Wildlife Act allows the Minister to grant a licence to the master...More Button

If the Deputy reads the Bill she will see that we are making provision to issue shooting licences. It is something that has been completely overlooked in this debate. As Minister I have issued many ...More Button

I do not know what sort of information the Deputy has but one does not need to be a vet or any specialist to see that the animal in question is under severe stress. It is a domesticated animal. The ...More Button

It is and I have spoken to the vets. The Deputy has a vested interest. I accept that.More Button

We are dealing with amendments Nos. a1, 1 and 1a together. I stated on Second Stage that I would table an amendment to section 3 to allay the fears of licensed deer stalkers who have a licence from ...More Button

That is not true.More Button

The Deputy referred to a robust exchange of some sort.More Button

He said something about a robust exchange.More Button

What did he mean?More Button

True.More Button

Try living in the real world.More Button

There are many reasons.More Button

Who appointed Lar Bradshaw? You did.More Button

On a point of order, you reprimanded me earlier for not speaking through the Chair. I have noticed since then that Members are speaking directly across the floor. Perhaps we could have some consiste...More Button

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Adoption Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed senior citizens, units on the site of the Church of Precious Blood, Cabra west, Dublin 7. More Button

Written Answers - Fire Stations

Was asked: his views on the need for a fire service in south Connemara; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that none exists at present; his views on whether this is acceptable in view of the rise in po...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Schemes

Was asked: when a hen harrier scheme payment will be made available in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is awaiting the farm planner’s compliance confirmation report in this case, which must be received before payment can be made. My Department has recently been in contact with the planner...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: his plans to introduce regulations requiring supermarkets and department stores above a specified size to provide public toilets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: if affordable housing purchasers are required to maintain the property as their principal residence for the full 20 years after purchasing; the penalties that apply if the owner rents out the propert...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Property

Was asked: the cost of building and land maintenance, including light and heat expenditure, for all property owned by his Department and its agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested is currently being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: if county managers are entitled to a bonus or performance-related payments; the amount of these payments paid in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 for each city and county council; if there is a standard me...More Button

The Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector (Part 2 of Report No. 38 of September 2000 dealing with Rewarding Exceptional Performance) recommended the introduction of a performance rel...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: the number of repossessions initiated by local authorities in 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; the number of repossessions completed by local authorities from 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; his polic...More Button

Was asked: , in the event of an applicant being successful in getting approval for a local authority loan for a house purchase, and where they are not first-time buyers, whether there is a requirement to pay st...More Button

Was asked: the number of housing authorities, by authority, applying Circular HRT10 91, paragraph 16, which allows for a reduction in mortgage payments when there are changed income circumstances in the current...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff

Was asked: the number of persons employed by town councils in 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department does not compile data regarding the number of persons employed by town councils. However the total number of permanent and temporary staff employed across all 34 local authorities at end...More Button

Written Answers - Housing Grants

Was asked: the position regarding funding to complete an estate (details supplied) in County Clare; the current status of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: when he proposes to give powers to local authorities to allow one-off developments on national secondary routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

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

Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: the position regarding private residential property tax; if there is an exemption in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 206 of 17 June 2010 which sets out the position in a case such as that in question.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the elements of the report of the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes that have been implemented to date by his Department; his plans to implement any aspects of the pl...More Button

Expenditure provisions for 2010 for my Department are set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2010 published by the Minister for Finance. These provisions have been determined in the cont...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Hazards

Was asked: the action he will take to make safe, for health and safety as well as environmental reasons, the former mine site at Tynagh, Loughrea, County Galway, in view of the recent Environmental Protection A...More Button

The remediation of mine sites is not a matter for my Department. The standing Government position is that Ministers are responsible for the environmental implications of their own policy areas and pro...More Button

Written Answers - Election Management System

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

Following the Government decision not to proceed with implementation of electronic voting in Ireland, an Interdepartmental Task Force, chaired by my Department, was established to bring the project to...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: , further to Parliamentary Question No. 432 of 15 June 2010, if he will provide a breakdown of the 2008 professional and consultancy fees incurred by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority by ser...More Button

The information sought is not held in my Department. I am arranging for the request to be referred to the Dublin Docklands Development Authority for consideration and direct response.More Button

Was asked: the remit of the new Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency; if this will include operational activities; the proposed corporate status of the agency; its progress to date; and if he will make a ...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Was asked: the progress made to date with the National Asset Management Agency in ensuring that suitable vacant residential properties can be used in the social housing programme; his plans for same; and if he ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the progress made on the review of the Private Residential Tenancies Act; the operation of the Private Residential Tenancies Board; if approved bodies are to be incorporated within the remit of the B...More Button

Written Answers - Voluntary Housing

Was asked: the details of the financial modelling undertaken by the Department or any other bodies in deciding to discontinue the capital loan and subsidy scheme for voluntary bodies on the basis that it did no...More Button

Written Answers - Human Rights Issues

Was asked: the action he has taken to ensure that the provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 are compatible with the requirements of European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Fr...More Button

Was asked: the direction he has given to those bodies approved by him under section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992, on whether they are deemed to be organs of the State for the purpose of ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the date the National Housing Forum last met; the input that has been provided by the social partners as key stakeholders to the consideration of new housing policies; when the housing forum is sched...More Button

Written Answers - EU Complaints

Was asked: if a complaint has been received from the European Commission regarding the site of the former Irish ISPAT plant in Haulbowline, County Cork; the nature of any such complaint; the action and response...More Button

On 7 May 2009 a complaint was received from the European Commission through the EU Pilot Pre Infringement process concerning the regulatory status of the former Irish Ispat site at Haulbowline, Co. Co...More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding the Lough Mask regional water supply scheme, the Shrah to Westport extension and the extension from Westport to Louisburgh, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I recently published the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, which provides for the development of a comprehensive range of new water services infrastructure to be undertaken in County Mayo...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Belmullet sewerage works, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The combined Belmullet, Foxford and Charlestown Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a contract to start in that period. Mayo County Council’...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the obligations of local authorities to notify his Department of planning applications for rural one-off houses. More Button

Was asked: the circumstances in which his Department will object to planning applications, or will appeal grants of planning permissions, for rural one-off houses. More Button

Written Answers - Water and Sewerage Schemes

Was asked: his views on potential water shortages throughout the country; the plans he has in place to deal with such an eventuality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Continued high levels of funding in recent years for the Water Services Investment Programme and Rural Water Programme demonstrate the Government’s ongoing commitment to the sector. Investment in the ...More Button

Was asked: his views on the negative impact that the hold-up in completing sewerage schemes (details supplied) is having on the Killarney Lakes, County Kerry; if he is tracking the water quality levels in the ...More Button

Responsibility for monitoring water quality in the Killarney Lakes rests with Kerry County Council, which is the pollution control authority for the area. The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if funding will be made available to complete four living units as part of the overall building project being undertaken by a company (details supplied); if he will examine the details of the projec...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Loans

Was asked: the position regarding proposals to allow existing local authority mortgage holders to re-mortgage without triggering the clawback provisionw; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button


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