Ahern, Dermot

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 725 No. 2
Unrevised

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Order of Business

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 9c be agreed to”.
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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. a5 be agreed to.”
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EU-IMF Programme of Financial Support: Motion

Question put: “That the words proposed to be deleted stand.”
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Question put: “That the motion be agreed to.”
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Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill 2010: Second Stage

Question put.
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National Minimum Wage: Motion (Resumed)

Amendment put.
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Question again put.
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Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill 2010: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Remaining Stages

Question put.
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Multi-Unit Developments Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Order for Report Stage

I move: “That Report Stage be taken now.”More Button

Multi-Unit Developments Bill 2009 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages

I agree with Deputy Rabbitte that it is important to pass this Bill, and I accept that time is short. Given that we are coming up to Christmas and that there is a short term after that, it is importa...More Button

I have sympathy for the point Deputy Rabbitte made with regard to the retention and I have considered the matter carefully. However, all the advice I have received is that it could be the source of c...More Button

I may end up simply repeating myself, save to say that I have sympathy with regard to the retention issue. However a problem arises in the case of an apartment block with many units. If a retention ...More Button

I move amendment No. 3: In page 5, to delete line 16. These are drafting amendments. As the Leas-Cheann Comhairle indicated, this is a large group of drafting amendments that arise from earlier amend...More Button

I move amendment No. 4: In page 5, line 37, to delete “shall be considered” and substitute “shall be regarded”. This is a drafting amendment.More Button

I move amendment No. 5: In page 5, after line 47, to insert the following: “(6) Subject to any order made by a court pursuant to section 21, nothing in this Act relating to— (a) the obligation to tran...More Button

I move amendment No. 6: In page 6, lines 3 and 4, to delete “comprising 2 or more units but less than 5 units” and substitute the following: “comprising 2 or more residential units but less than 5 res...More Button

I move amendment No. 7: In page 6, to delete lines 5 to 10 and substitute the following: “(2) Where— (a) all the units in a multi-unit development are residential units, and (b) the structure, or that...More Button

I move amendment No. 8: In page 6, to delete line 13 and substitute the following: “(a) residential units in the development, and”.More Button

I move amendment No. 9: In page 6, lines 15 and 16, to delete “by such commercial units and units” and substitute “by such commercial units and residential units”.More Button

I move amendment No. 10: In page 6, line 20, to delete “be considered” and substitute “be regarded”.More Button

I move amendment No. 11: In page 6, line 34, to delete “of the development” and substitute “of the mixed use multi-unit development”.More Button

I move amendment No. 12: In page 6, line 44, to delete “a unit in a multi-unit development” and substitute “a residential unit in a multi-unit development”.More Button

I move amendment No. 13: In page 7, lines 5 and 6, to delete “in the unit being transferred” and substitute “in the residential unit being transferred”.More Button

I move amendment No. 14: In page 7, line 8, to delete “and” and substitute the following: “(c) a certificate from a suitably qualified person that the relevant parts of the multi-unit development have...More Button

I move amendment No. 15: In page 7, line 16, to delete “requirements, and” and substitute “requirements,”.More Button

I move amendment No. 16: In page 7, line 18, to delete “concerned.” and substitute the following: “concerned, (iii) the release to the developer of monies held by the owners’ management company where ...More Button

I move amendment No. 20: In page 7, line 26, to delete “common areas of a multi-unit development” and substitute the following: “relevant parts of the common areas of a multi-unit development”.More Button

I move amendment No. 21: In page 7, line 29, to delete “of the said lands” and substitute “of the land concerned”.More Button

I move amendment No. 22: In page 7, to delete lines 30 to 33 and substitute the following: “(b) to transfer all rights necessary to enable the owner of each residential unit to enjoy the quiet and pea...More Button

I move amendment No. 23: In page 7, line 36, to delete “of the units” and substitute “of the residential units”.More Button

I move amendment No. 24: In page 7, line 39, to delete “the unit owner enjoys” and substitute the following: “each owner of a residential unit in the development concerned enjoys”.More Button

I move amendment No. 25: In page 8, line 14, to delete “to the units” and substitute “to the residential units”.More Button

I move amendment No. 26: In page 8, between lines 17 and 18, to insert the following: “(8) In this section— “suitably qualified person” means a person who is a member of a class or classes of persons ...More Button

We have to go back to the Seanad with any amendments that we make here, so I would think it will be shortly after that.More Button

On Committee Stage I amended section 8(3) to require that unit owners must provide the owner-management company with relevant contact details. I understand the motivation behind this amendment but I ...More Button

I move amendment No. 28: In page 8, line 19, to delete “of a unit” and substitute “of a residential unit”.More Button

I move amendment No. 29: In page 8, line 22, to delete “relating to the units” and substitute “relating to the residential units”.More Button

I move amendment No. 30: In page 8, line 31, to delete “to the units” and substitute “to the residential units”.More Button

I thank you, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle and Members on the other side of the House for their work on this legislation. It was difficult legislation, from my point of view. While I was the sponsoring Mi...More Button

That is all past me, unfortunately.More Button

Written Answers - Legislative Programme

Was asked: when the Mental Capacity Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As stated in my response to Question No. 213 of 10 November 2010, the Government Legislation Programme indicates that the Mental Capacity Bill is expected to be published in this Session. The Bill wi...More Button

Was asked: if he has brought the Legal Services Ombudsman Act 2009 into effect yet, and if not, when he plans to do so More Button

The position of Legal Services Ombudsman will be filled early in the New Year through an open competition conducted by the Public Appointments Service. The competition was advertised on 19 November, ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment

Was asked: the reason a €20 million computerised finger-printing system acquired to detect immigrants illegally claiming social welfare is unused four years after its installation in the Garda Immigration Burea...More Button

The Automated Fingerprint Identification System is integrated with the Garda National Immigration Bureau Information System, and 48 units have been installed nationwide to record fingerprints as part ...More Button

Written Answers - Criminal Prosecutions

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 17 November 2010 when the information he requested to be furnished by the Central Statistics Office to this Deputy will be received; and if he will contac...More Button

The Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, is responsible for the compilation and publication of crime statistics. I am informed by the Central Statistics Office that, in resp...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the progress made on the drafting of the Legal Costs Bill and the Family Law Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The details of my proposals for a Legal Costs Bill are well advanced in my Department in line with a commitment in the Government Legislation Programme, the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014 and the Pr...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 95 of 24 November 2010, the number of internal competitions that have taken place in the past six years to fill posts in visa offices abroad; the date they were ...More Button

My Department’s Human Resources Division has held some 75 competitions for promotion or other assignments over the past six years, including six external competitions under its recruitment licence. I...More Button

Written Answers - Public Service Recruitment

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to reports that legal advice has been provided by the Civil and Public Service Union that grades represented by that union are legally unable to perform duties of immi...More Button

Provision is made at section 3(1) of the Immigration Act 2004 for the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to appoint such and so many persons as he or she considers appropriate (referred to in the Act...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training

Was asked: the number of gardaí, in rank order, at present stationed in the Garda training centre in Templemore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have sought the information required from the Garda Authorities and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as it is received. More Button

Was asked: the number of student gardaí currently undergoing training in the Garda training centre in Templemore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have sought the information required from the Garda Authorities and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as it is received. More Button

Was asked: the number of civilian staff currently employed in the Garda training centre in Templemore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have sought the information required from the Garda Authorities and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as it is received. More Button

Written Answers - Garda Recruitment

Was asked: when recruitment will commence for gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The moratorium on recruitment and appointments continues to apply to An Garda Síochána with provisions for exceptions following agreement with the Minister for Finance. The purpose of organising a re...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Training

Was asked: his plans for the Garda training centre in Templemore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Garda College in Templemore continues to provide both in-service training for serving members and training for recruits and it will continue to fulfil this important function. More Button

Written Answers - Visa Applications

Was asked: the context of refusing international student visa applications, which occupations are not considered relevant to learning the English language; the previous educational or employment backgrounds whi...More Button

I can advise the Deputy that, in considering a visa application, the purpose of which is to study English, a visa officer would not generally consider the occupation of an applicant in isolation as a ...More Button

Was asked: if a visa may be refused on the grounds that documentation supplied is out of date if the delay incurred is as a result of processing an application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In assessing a visa application a Visa Officer takes into consideration a number of factors before arriving at a decision. Each case is essentially considered on its individual merits, the onus resti...More Button

Written Answers - Asylum Support Services

Was asked: if he will confirm that neither he nor any agencies funded by him have any involvement in providing accommodation for clients at an address in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statem...More Button

I refer the Deputy to Question No. 177 of 07 December 2010 and the Written response to that Question. If the Deputy can provide more information I would be happy to investigate the matter further.More Button

Written Answers - Prison Building Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the new prison at the Thornton Hall site in north County Dublin; the original site purchase cost of same; other costs spent to date; the cost of the recent contract for a perim...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the development of the new prison campus at Thornton Hall, Kilsallaghan, County Dublin is now proceeding on a phased basis. Phase one, which is currently in progress, comp...More Button

Written Answers - Public Order Offences

Was asked: the legislation that covers the area of verbal abuse and harassment; if there are any penalties for persons responsible for the repeated verbal harassment of their neighbours; if any specific provisi...More Button

Section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 provides for the offence of harassment. Subsections (1) and (2) states: “10.—(1) Any person who, without lawful authority or reasonabl...More Button

Written Answers - Substance Misuse

Was asked: the reason for the delay in implementing the ban on the below cost selling of alcohol; his plans to implement the ban; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In March 2009, the Government agreed to include alcohol in the National Substance Misuse Strategy and a Steering Group was subsequently established under the aegis of the Departments of Health and Chi...More Button


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