Order of Business

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 744 No. 2

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The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  It is proposed to take No. 16, Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2011 [Seanad] — Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 3, Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) and Remuneration Bill 2011 — Order for Second Stage and Second Stage; and No. 4, Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011 — Order for Second Stage and Second Stage. Private Members’ business shall be No. 21, Debt Settlement and Mortgage Resolution Office Bill 2011 — Second Stage (resumed), to conclude at 9 p.m. today if not previously concluded.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  There are no matters to be put to the Dáil. Has Deputy Martin a matter which is in order on the Order of Business?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I do. With regard to the announcement the Taoiseach made yesterday on the Order of Business, as with most things announced by the Government, his claim of radically opening up the budget process falls apart under even the most basic examination. The Taoiseach said the budget and the White Paper will be published exactly as before, and the departmental spending Estimates will be published almost exactly as they were last year, including the provision of four-year plans.

One major question arises from the business of the Dáil, namely, how the overall taxation and spending limits will be set. The Taoiseach said yesterday these will be agreed on Tuesday but withheld until after the Dublin West and presidential votes. The Taoiseach spent last month denying that anything would be withheld. Will he explain why this is happening? Can he also explain the absurdity of the fact——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  We do not explain on the Order of Business; we ask questions.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I am asking why we are expected to debate and vote on exact spending limits in a few weeks time but we will not be allowed to see the result of the spending review until 1 December.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  The Deputy did not hear me.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  It is plainly ridiculous. If the comprehensive spending review has any substance——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Sorry, Deputy. Did you hear me?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  ——we are entitled to see it before we vote on how much spending there should be.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I ask the Deputy to respect the Chair. He knows the Order of Business. It is not a matter for speech making.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The Taoiseach spoke at great length on this yesterday on the Order of Business.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  He was replying to a question. I cannot control the length of his replies.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  You can. You are in the Chair.

[339]The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I thought Deputy Martin would welcome this series of opportunities for everyone here, including the Opposition Members, to have their say. I cannot recall saying we were going to publish this on Tuesday. The original intention was that the first announcement would be published at the end of October. As the Deputy is aware, we have to wait for the figures to come in.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  It was to be Tuesday.

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen  Zoom on Barry Cowen  We have to wait for the votes to be counted.

Deputy Dara Calleary: Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  We have to wait for Dublin West.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I did say it could overrun into the first few days of November for that reason. The Estimates will be published on 1 November and they will go straight to committee before the budget so people can have their chance to debate this.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  What about a copy of the spending review?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  It never happened in the Deputy’s 14 years in government — not beforehand. He will have more information than he will be able to deal with.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  We will not.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  We had this for years — big budget day and no information. It is all about availability now.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams  Zoom on Gerry Adams  Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur faoi reachtaíocht atá geallta ag an Rialtas. I want to raise a question on promised legislation. Ar dtús, caithfidh mé a rá go bhfuil mé an-sásta a chloistáil, a Cheann Comhairle, go mbeidh tú ag cur béasa ar Theachtaí. The Government has committed to introduce legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence and threatened violence to provide protection for the victims, yet this has now been replaced with a review. When will this legislation be introduced? Does one imply from the fact it has now been reduced to a review that the 38% increase in the number of women and children unable to access refuges last year is not an urgent matter?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I appreciate the importance of the issue Deputy Adams raises. The Minister for Justice and Equality wrote to Deputy McDonald of Deputy Adams’ party on 4 October. She had raised on 28 September on the Order of Business a question concerning the Government’s intentions on domestic violence legislation. The Minister pointed out in the letter that the commitment in the programme for Government is to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of that, including domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation, in a way that provides protection to victims.

The Minister made the point that in the meantime the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 has widened the protections that are provided for in the Domestic Violence Act 1996 as follows. First, there is no longer a minimum required period of cohabitation before one of a cohabiting couple may apply for a safety order, whereas previously the applicant was required to have resided with the respondent for at least six of the previous 12 months. Second, same-sex couples now have the same access to the protections of the Domestic Violence Act as opposite-sex couples. The relevant provision previously referred only to couples living together as husband and wife. Third, the scope of section 2, which specifies who may apply for a safety order, has been broadened to enable a person to obtain a safety order against a person with whom they have a child in common. These are the three issues referred to by the Minister for [340]Justice and Equality in the letter to Deputy McDonald on 4 October in respect of the legislation on domestic violence.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams  Zoom on Gerry Adams  My question was when the promised legislation will be brought forward. The Minister, Deputy Shatter, also said he had to re-examine the legislation because of the EU-IMF priority. Is the Government giving greater priority to the EU-IMF diktat than to the plight of, in the main, women and children?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  We answered questions yesterday in the House about the pressure on the Parliamentary Counsel and the drafting situation. Some 30 Bills are listed for production in this session, some very complex and lengthy, including the legal services Bill of more than 300 pages. That legislation will not be produced in this session but that does not mean the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Government are not focusing on the importance of the issue the Deputy raises.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  I welcome any informed debate on the budgetary process but not the manipulation of that to hide from the people before the Dublin West by-election and the presidential election the real truth of the savage cuts the Taoiseach is promising. He promised, and the Minister for Finance promised earlier, that this would be published in October. I ask the Taoiseach to publish now and to bring forward the date from that which he indicated yesterday.

By the way, it would perhaps do us all a favour in getting the media to pass on the real concerns and issues facing our people and away from this tiresome parade of personalities and vision makers that passes for a presidential campaign, which fills newspapers endlessly.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  We will if the Deputy will shorten his speech.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  In regard to specific promised legislation, what is the publication date of the local government (charges) Bill to impose an annual household charge?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  On the latter question, that will be in this session. On the first point, there is no manipulation of the budget going on here. The condition signed on for with the memorandum of understanding is for a debt reduction to 8.6%. The details of how this will actually be achieved have not been worked out yet and cannot be worked out until the figures in respect of the self-employed, corporates and growth projections are clear.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Yesterday, the Minister for Health confirmed to a number of us that he is to privatise the management of a number of hospitals in the west and mid-west. Obviously, this raises some very serious issues. Is it the beginning of a path towards the privatisation of the health services generally? When will the appropriate legislation be brought before the House to confirm the process which is under way to privatise the management of these hospitals?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Is there promised legislation?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  No legislation is promised.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Thank you.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  On the same issue, I must have missed the passage of the privatisation of public hospitals——

[341]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  No, you did not miss anything that relates to the Order of Business.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  ——because I have not seen it before the House. The Taoiseach will recall that in the previous Dáil there was very strong opposition from all parties to the privatisation——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Sorry, Deputy——

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  ——and co-location proposals of the former Minister and Government, yet——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Will the Deputy please respect the Chair and resume his seat? This is totally out of order as there is no promised legislation.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  It is absolutely out of order. We are privatising public hospitals’ management——

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  No legislation is necessary.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  ——and there is no explanation, let alone justification for what is happening.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  The Deputy has had his say. I call Deputy Durkan.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  I raised an issue on which I seek a response from the Taoiseach.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I might have one word in response to the Deputy’s question. No legislation is required as temporary contracts are issued that are approved by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. For many years, the position has been that there have been trolleys in hospitals. However, in Tallaght Hospital, for instance, the other day there were no trolleys in evidence for the first time in many years. Moreover, the cost base actually is moving down.

Deputy Robert Troy: Information on Robert Troy  Zoom on Robert Troy  They were sent elsewhere.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  The Minister has——

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  It was proper management.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  ——taken short-term contracts.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Is this a Labour Party initiative?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  There has been proper management to look at the cost structure of hospitals and it already is paying dividends.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  The privatisation of hospitals.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Clearly, the Taoiseach is confirming that privatisation works.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Has the Deputy no regard for patients?

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Is it the case that next week——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I call Deputy Durkan.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  ——nurses will be provided through agencies——

[342]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  The Deputy should resume his seat.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  ——and that all nursing care will be privatised?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Does Deputy Dooley hear me?

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Moreover, the word “temporary” is absolute nonsense.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Can the Taoiseach confirm this?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Rubbish.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Once it is in, the Government will hold with it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I call Deputy Durkan.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  What of the problem in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Deputy Dooley does not want any change. He does not want reform.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I ask the Minister to desist. I call Deputy Durkan.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Does the Minister confirm there is agreement with the Labour Party that the delivery of health care is to be privatised?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Rubbish. Moreover, the Deputy knows it is rubbish.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh  Privatisation by the Labour Party.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Deputy Durkan should proceed. Deputy Dooley should resume his seat.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  In that case, the Minister should explain what is happening. The Government is doing it through the back door.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  There is no——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Deputy Dooley, I will not call you again.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh  This is privatisation by stealth.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  A Cheann Comhairle, this is outside the scope of the Croke Park agreement.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The Deputy is not interested in——

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  On promised legislation——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Minister——

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  This is an attack on the Croke Park agreement.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  ——change or reform.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  What of University Hospital Galway? On how many other hospital sites will this happen?

[343]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I ask the Minister not to answer the aggro. I call Deputy Durkan.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  The Minister should explain that to his backbenchers.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  What a shame on the Labour Party to be absolutely complicit in this.

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen  Zoom on Barry Cowen  That is new Labour. The Labour Party is gone.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Deputy, please.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  On promised legislation, what is the current status of the proposed national vetting bureau legislation? What progress is expected and can Members expect its implementation within a reasonable timescale?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Thank you. That is grand.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Another accurate question from Deputy Durkan.

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen  Zoom on Barry Cowen  A good deflection from Deputy Durkan.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I can tell him it is being worked on as a matter of priority and will be introduced this session.

Deputy Willie O’Dea: Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  The Deputy has been active since the change of Government.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Does the Deputy never attend his parliamentary party meetings?

Deputy Simon Harris: Information on Simon Harris  Zoom on Simon Harris  As the Taoiseach is aware, when it comes to helping vulnerable people to interact with our judicial system, we still operate under draconian legislation dating from 1798, namely, the Lunacy Act, with its insulting terminology. The programme for Government and the legislative programme contain a commitment to the publication of capacity legislation. Can the Taoiseach confirm to the House when he expects the publication of that Bill?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Is legislation promised?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I believe Deputy Harris is referring to the proposed mental capacity Bill, which will be published early next year.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  As the Taoiseach is aware, the national review panel for investigation into serious incidents and child deaths produced its report yesterday. It highlighted some very serious inadequacies in our social care system. I believe the report merits the allocation of time in the Dáil to discuss it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Yes. That is grand.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  I ask the Taoiseach to set aside time in the Dáil in the near future to debate this serious matter. In addition, yesterday——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Thank you, Deputy. The first thing he should do is ask his Whip to raise the matter.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The Government orders time.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  The Taoiseach is not here to——

[344]Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  I also have an addendum in respect of the Order of Business yesterday, when the Taoiseach indicated that the national review panel was set up in response to the publication at a press conference held last year by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, of the details of a named person and regarding the investigation into how that person’s death came about. The Taoiseach should correct the record of the House because the review panel publication yesterday makes clear the six cases involved were dealt with anonymously and in an appropriate manner.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Sorry Deputy, this is not on the Order of Business.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  No, but I seek a correction of the debate on the Order of Business yesterday.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  No.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  The Taoiseach indicated the review panel was set up in response to the reckless action of the Minister, Deputy Shatter——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Thank you, Deputy. Please resume your seat.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  ——which must be corrected because what was set up was a thorough establishment of——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Sorry Deputy, not on the Order of Business.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue: Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  I refer to a thorough establishment of the position by the HSE and the Taoiseach needs to correct the record of the Dáil on that matter.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  The Deputy might try to table a parliamentary question.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The Deputy seeks a correction of the Dáil record.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I agree with the ruling of the Ceann Comhairle in this regard and if the Deputy raises this issue with his Whips, who are responsible, I see no reason Members cannot have a debate on this matter at an appropriate time. Before Deputy McConalogue entered this House, Deputy Shatter persistently pursued the issue of the death of children in care. While the criteria set out are very broad, it was following the unfortunate and tragic death of Tracey Fay, which Deputy Shatter raised in this Chamber numerous times, that this review came about.

Deputy Jim Daly: Information on Jim Daly  Zoom on Jim Daly  I refer to forthcoming legislation, namely, the temporary partial credit guarantee Bill. The Taoiseach is aware that small and medium enterprises continue to struggle to access credit and this is an ongoing problem. On a day like today when job losses are making headlines, it is important to maintain one’s focus and I seek an update from the Taoiseach in this regard.

Deputy Robert Troy: Information on Robert Troy  Zoom on Robert Troy  It was to have been brought in last September.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I assure Deputy Daly that this is a matter of priority for Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. I expect that legislation to be published in this session.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Does Fine Gael not hold parliamentary party meetings any more? As it got the room, it may as well make use of it.

[345]The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  It is a matter of a tender process for the structure of a partial loan guarantee scheme that is so important for the Government.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Fine Gael is making no use of the parliamentary party room. Would the Chief Whip not provide this information to the lads at parliamentary party meetings?

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  The Deputy should speak up. I cannot hear him.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  I will talk to the Chief Whip afterwards when it will be easier to get to him.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  Sorry, we do not have chats across the floor here. Thanks a million. Speak through the Chair please.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Hear, hear.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I call Deputy O’Dea.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  We discuss what to do for the country after Fianna Fáil’s time in office.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  God help us.

Deputy Willie O’Dea: Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  I wish to raise two legislative items. First, the Government has stated the personal insolvency Bill is central to solving the problems of distressed mortgage payers. When exactly will it be published, as their situation is worsening on a daily basis? Second, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation yesterday announced a major overhaul of competition and consumer law. When will Members have sight of the Bill to provide for this change, namely the consumer and competition Bill, in order that the Minister will have an opportunity to announce this again?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I expect the personal insolvency Bill to come before the Government next week. The consumer regulation Bill to which the Minister referred yesterday is due early next year.

Deputy Niall Collins: Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins  Did the Taoiseach mention a date for the publication of the local government (charges) Bill and when will it be taken in the House?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I did not mention a date but it will be published and taken this session.

Deputy Niall Collins: Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins  There is no date.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  No.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  After the election.


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