Carey, Pat

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 725 No. 1
Unrevised

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Priority Questions - Departmental Funding

Was asked: if he will provide details of the implications of Budget 2011 for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the impending Budget cuts to rural services will lead to isolation in rural communities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 30 together. As Deputy Feighan is aware, in the current economic circumstances we are faced with difficult decisions. The Government has considered several me...More Button

Regarding the overall spend, there is very little capital spending in our Department and, in some cases, little or nothing. For example, an allocation of €3 million was made in the capital budget und...More Button

There are no incendiary devices. This project has been deliberately worked out and much of it was done in consultation with the sector. Contrary to Deputy Feighan’s remarks, the budget for rural com...More Button

Priority Questions - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: further to parliamentary questions Nos. 141, 143 and 144 of 24 Samhain 2010, his views regarding the data supplied by the Health Research Board showing the high level of drugs use here; and if he wi...More Button

As indicated in my previous reply, the data to which Deputy Wall refers is primarily drawn from the 2010 annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, with the Health R...More Button

I have no intention of watering down any findings on drug use. The drugs problem is serious. Even if Ireland did not feature in any league tables, as far as I am concerned, any abuse of drugs is an ...More Button

I agree with Deputy Wall that this information should be provided in the public domain such as doctors’ surgeries. Interestingly, when I recently launched a programme for a drugs taskforce I was info...More Button

Priority Questions - School Patronage

Was asked: his views on the Irish Human Rights Commission’s discussion paper on education and religion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Priority Questions - Straitéis don Ghaeilge

Was asked: an bhfuil glactha ag an Rialtas leis an Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge, na socruithe leis an bplean a chur i bhfeidhm, costas measta bliantúil na straitéise, an fhostaíocht bhreise a bheidh i g...More Button

Ghlac an Rialtas leis an straitéis 20-bliain don Ghaeilge ag a chruinniú ar 30 Samhain agus táthar ag súil go mbeidh an cháipéis foilsithe an tseachtain roimh Nollaig. Tá an straitéis bunaithe ar rái...More Button

Is fiú tabhairt san áireamh go bhfuil soláthar iomlán de €36 milliún curtha ar fáil i meastacháin na Roinne i leith fhorbairt na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta i rith 2011. Níáiríonn an Teachta an maoini...More Button

Ba mhaith liom cur in iúl don Teach go raibh an chuid is mó den gcaiteachas a bhí ag an Roinn le blianta beaga anuas sa chuntas chaipitil a bhain le chéibheanna, leis na hoileáin agus le bóithre. Bhí...More Button

Beidh €12 milliún caiteachas caipitil ag Údarás na Gaeltachta an bhliain seo chugainn. Tá€6 milliún ann ach tá€4 milliún sa bhreis ar fáil ag an údarás as na scaranna ó Bioniche agus €2 milliún sa bh...More Button

Other Questions - Irish Language

Was asked: if he has considered the 20-year strategy for the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans regarding progressing the 20-year strategy on the Irish language in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 33 and 41 together. As I mentioned earlier, the 20-year strategy on the Irish language was approved by Government at its meeting of 30 November. It is intended to pu...More Button

It is a 20-year strategy, not a 20-week one. Everybody is serious about this matter. A unit has been established in my Department to co-ordinate the implementation of the strategy as soon as the fin...More Button

I repeat that the strategy is a 20 year one. The next couple of years will be frugal, but I am sure that whatever Government is in power will put in enough money to roll out the initial phases of the...More Button

Foilseofar an straitéis an tseachtain seo chugainn. Cuirfidh mé eolas cruinn chuig an Teachta nuair atá an dáta socraithe. Déanfar iarracht í a foilsiú Dé Máirt seo chugainn, más féidir liom é sin a...More Button

Níl a fhios agam fós, ach tá mé beagnach cinnte go ndéanfar é go luath san iarnóin.More Button

Other Questions - Clár Reachtaíochta

Was asked: cathain a bheidh an reachtaíocht ar fáil d’Údarás na Gaeilge; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. More Button

Mar a chuir mé in iúl don Teach cheana, is i gcomhthéacs an Straitéis 20 bliain don Ghaeilge a dhéanfar athruithe maidir le cumhachtaí agus feidhmeanna Údarás na Gaeltachta a chur i gcrích. Ó tharla g...More Button

Ní hí sin an aidhm atá ag an Rialtas. Teastaíonn uainn go bhfanfadh cúraimí fiontraíochta agus fostaíochta ag an eagras nua. Ar ndóigh, is féidir an cheist sin a plé sa Teach nuair a pléifear an rea...More Button

Is dócha go bhfuil. Sin an freagra is giorra gur féidir liom a thabhairt. Ach, tá an-éifeacht ag scéim na gcuntóirí teanga ar fhás na Gaeilge ins na scoileanna. Ba cheart na hionaid teaghlaigh a mh...More Button

Other Questions - Community Development Projects

Was asked: his views on the impact of the reduced allocations totalling €9 million in 2011 across community development programmes and projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The adjustment to my Department’s community development budget has been structured to protect front line services and supports at the expense of administration, overheads and ancillary costs. While t...More Button

In the interest of assisting Deputy Jim O’Keeffe, I am in a position to inform him that there are approximately 24,000 of the voluntary groups to which he refers. As far as I am concerned, these are ...More Button

The structured dialogue I referred to earlier was suggested by those within the sector. In some respects, it flows from what took place in the social partnership process over many years whereby the s...More Button

Other Questions - Poverty Levels

Was asked: his views on recently published Central Statistics Office figures on poverty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The annual survey on income and living conditions, SILC, published by the CSO is the official source of data on national poverty indicators, such as at-risk-of-poverty, material deprivation and consis...More Button

The impact of this year’s budget will be apparent in the near future. I would not like to anticipate what will be the outcome in this regard. However, what emerges will obviously inform the process ...More Button

The findings currently available indicate that each of the budgets from 2008, including that introduced last week, have been very progressive. In other words, those who are in a position to pay most ...More Button

While virtually all charities certainly will state they are under pressure, I can confirm to the House that for quite a number of years, my Department has been giving assistance to the bigger charitie...More Button

Other Questions - Community Development

Was asked: the affect the announcement of a 10% cut in funding will have on the services his Department can provide to communities. More Button

Was asked: his views on whether the community sector cannot absorb any further cuts because they are already stretched beyond their limits as a result of the disproportionate cuts already imposed and as a resu...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 37 and 63 together. Allocations to most subheads in my Department’s Vote will be reduced by varying amounts in the budget, as is the case in all Departments. In the c...More Button

In response to Deputy Wall, I would like to think that my Department has a good relationship with his client groups, be it the approximately 480 groups in the drugs sector, the community projects, the...More Button

Order of Business

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Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

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Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: his views on the roll out of the new Dial to Stop Drugs campaign; if there have been any reports on its success to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Based on the positive evaluation of the original Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign, the ongoing support of the Gardaí and positive community feedback, I decided to relaunch the campaign with a more n...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development

Was asked: if he has formally requested permission from the European Union to channel Leader funds through county enterprise boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The main objectives of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) are to improve the quality of life in rural areas and facilitate the diversification of the rural economy, and the individual measures unde...More Button

Written Answers - Inland Waterways

Was asked: the number of applications for funding received under the recent grant announcement by Inland Waterways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by Waterways Ireland that the 2011 Sponsorship Programme was advertised the week beginning 1st November 2010. The Waterways Ireland Sponsorship Programme aims to increase participation ...More Button

Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 141, 143 and 144 of 24 Samhain 2010, his views regarding the data supplied by the Health Research Board showing the high level of drug use here; and if he will ...More Button

As indicated in my previous reply, the data to which the Deputy refers is primarily drawn from the 2010 annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), with the ...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the development of the strategy under the supply reduction pillar of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 to develop a framework to provide an appropriate response to the issu...More Button

An Action was included under the supply reduction pillar of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 —develop a framework to provide an appropriate response to the issue of drug-related intimidation in t...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in regard to the electronic media and the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the 20-year Strategy for the Irish Language was approved by Government recently and will be published shortly. My Department is in regular contact with the Department of C...More Button

Written Answers - Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge

Rinne an Rialtas an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge a fhaomhadh ag a chruinniú ar 30 Samhain 2010. Tá sé i gceist an cháipéis chríochnúil a fhoilsiú go luath agus beidh tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ansi...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: the steps he is taking to facilitate the expansion of the role of integrated development companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the various community development projects here; if he has had further meetings with their representative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 56 together. As the Deputies will be aware, my Department has, over the past number of years, been pursuing a process of cohesion of local delivery structures ...More Button

Written Answers - Seirbhísí Trí Ghaeilge

I dtús báire, ba mhaith liom a rá go n-aithním an dúshlán mór a bhaineann le dóthain oifigeach le hinniúlacht sa Ghaeilge a bheith ar fáil sa státseirbhís agus sa tseirbhís phoiblí go ginearálta le se...More Button

Written Answers - Social Inclusion Initiatives

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the number of events that were organised for social inclusion week; if the list of events met the criteria as set out in the national strategy; the number of local authorities...More Button

Two social inclusion weeks were organised under the Irish programme to mark the 2010 European Year Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The main week took place from 17th to 21st of October and wa...More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Industry

Was asked: his plans to develop rural tourism in view of the need for support in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a range of programmes and schemes to assist and support community, local and rural development. This includes programmes and activities supportive ...More Button

Written Answers - Social Inclusion Initiatives

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the progress made to date in regard to the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion; the number of social inclusion projects or strategies reached since this Government took ...More Button

Combating poverty and building an inclusive society are key priorities for the Government. The overall goal of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, published in 2007, is to reduce the number...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Responsibilities

Was asked: if he has any new plans or supporting programmes to existing plans to further promote a fair, tolerant and caring society; if he has, through our membership of the EU, the Council of Europe, the UN a...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs was established in March 2010. When announcing the decision to assign new responsibilities to the Department, t...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the total budget by his Department, for each of the past three years, for the Traveller policy division; if all funding was drawn down in each year; the headings under which it was drawn down; and if...More Button

Was asked: the basis on which he proposes to have administrative efficiencies in his Department leading to savings of €10 million in 2011 and €18 million in a full year; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

I assume the Deputy is referring to the savings outlined in section B.17 of the Summary of 2011 Budget Measures. The basis for these efficiencies is set out in greater detail in the recently published...More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: the extent to which he has put forward proposals likely to positively impact on the present economic situation or assist in a national recovery programme; if he will set out the principles of any suc...More Button

Was asked: his proposals for any changes in legislation or emphasis on any perceived need for legislation which might have the effect of the creation of opportunities for those throughout the urban and rural co...More Button

Was asked: his priorities and objectives to support and encourage community based effort throughout the country in view of the likely need arising from the economic situation; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: his priorities and objectives under the RAPID programme for 2011 and subsequent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his spending intentions under the CLÁR programme in coming year and over the next four years having particular regard to the needs of the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his plans to utilise community effort to generate economic revival over the next four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the main areas of expected expenditure by him over the next four years with particular reference to the need to generate economic growth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has carried out an assessment of the emerging needs of urban and rural communities with a view to how best to address such issues in the ongoing economic situation; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: the way he proposes to assist community groups involved in local employment generating projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 54, 62, 352 to 357, inclusive, and 361 together. As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates and administers a range of schemes and programmes that support t...More Button

Written Answers - Equality Issues

Was asked: the measures taken in Budget 2011 to tackle discrimination and safeguard equality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Community Development

Was asked: his plans to develop the Ministerial Council on Integration; if he has had meetings with other Government Departments regarding the development of integration; the result of such discussions; and if ...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language

Was asked: his plans to develop the Irish language in an organic fashion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the discussions he has had with the Department of Education and Skills regarding simplifying the grammar of the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 59 together. As the Deputy is aware, further to a Government decision in late 2008, my Department commenced a review of the Caighdeán Oifigiúil (Official Standa...More Button

Written Answers - Forbairt na Gaeilge

Tuigim ó Fhoras na Gaeilge go bhfuil dul chun cinn sásúil á dhéanamh maidir leis an bhfoclóir leictreonach Béarla-Gaeilge. Is é an staid reatha ná go bhfuil Céim a hAon — céim na Pleanála agus an Dea...More Button

Written Answers - Severe Weather Events

Was asked: if he is involved with other Government Departments in relation to the current weather conditions and the effects such conditions may have on those living alone and those living in rural areas; and i...More Button

My Department is represented on the Inter-Agency Group on Severe Weather and is presently working with other Government Departments and agencies to assist and support communities across the country, i...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Development

Was asked: the steps he is taking to support local enterprise start ups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) represents a substantial investment in rural areas and has a significant role to play in sustaining and creating rural employment. The main objectives ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: his views on the review by Waterways Ireland of the land lettings in an area (details supplied) along the Grand Canal; if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of the families affected by this...More Button

I am informed by Waterways Ireland that it is currently reviewing land lettings in an area concerned along the Grand Canal as part of the pro-active management of property in its care. Under the revie...More Button

Written Answers - Anti-Poverty Strategy

Was asked: if he is satisfied with the progress made to date regarding the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion; the number of social inclusion projects or strategies reached since this Government took off...More Button

Combating poverty and building an inclusive society are key priorities for the Government. The overall goal of the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion, published in 2007, is to reduce the number...More Button

Written Answers - Drugs Task Forces

Was asked: his plans to assist community organisations involved in the fight against drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has assisted or proposes to continue to assist various groups in County Kildare involved in combating drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 351 and 358 together. As has been previously outlined to the Deputy, the majority of expenditure allocated to community groups through my Department for drugs initiati...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments

Was asked: the total number of applications for grant aid or other assistance received by him from groups or persons based in County Kildare in the past 12 months to date; the extent to which he has responded p...More Button

Was asked: the total number of applications for grant aid received in his Department under the various headings in the past 12 months; the extent to which he has met such requirements over the period; and if he...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 359 and 360 together. As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a range of grant programmes and schemes, details of which are available on my Department’s w...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money, under each heading, spent by him on refreshments for meetings and functions, including sandwiches, teas and coffees, and bottled water, in 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 in tabul...More Button

I assume that the Deputy is referring to the amount of money spent directly by my private office on refreshments for meetings and functions within the specified timeframe. I am informed that €184.50 ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices

Was asked: the location of all Údaras na Gaeltachta premises, the size of these premises, when they were last occupied and by which company. More Button

Due to the volume of information requested by the Deputy, I have arranged for the details which have been provided to my Department by Údarás na Gaeltachta to be forwarded directly to him.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Appointments

Was asked: if he will list all public appointments since 22 November 2010; in each case the remuneration both in salary, expenses and any other forms of compensation associated with each such appointment; the l...More Button

Was asked: if he will list all public appointments that he is due to make between 14 December 2010 and 28 February 2011. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 364 and 365 together. I assume the Deputy is referring to appointments made to State boards/agencies funded from my Department’s Vote Group. I can confirm that no ap...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the North-South co-operation heading, the reason there is a 6% decrease in the 2011 budget as compared to the 2010 budget. More Button

Was asked: the equality heading, the reasons for a 9% decrease in Budget 2011 as compared to Budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons, under the disability heading, there has been a 13% decrease in Budget 2011 as against Budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons for the reduction in the Gaeltacht and island development heading of Budget 2011 as against Budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason for the changes in the rural development heading of Budget 2011 as against Budget 2010 under each subheading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons, under the tackling drugs use heading in Budget 2011, there is a 7% decrease as against Budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons, under the developing communities heading of Budget 2011, there is a 16% decrease in costs as compared to the 2010 estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reasons, under the administration heading of Budget 2011, there is a 15% increase in costs as compared to the 2010 Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 366 to 373 inclusive, together As the Deputy is aware, in the current economic circumstances, we are faced with difficult decisions. The Government has considered a nu...More Button


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