Gilmore, Eamon

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 747 No. 1

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Leaders’ Questions

I also said at that time and throughout the summer that the Government has been conducting a comprehensive review of expenditure across all Departments. As part of this exercise, I reviewed the diplo...More Button

The total savings are in the order of €1.2 million. I acknowledge and I agree with the Deputy that it is important to maintain diplomatic relations with the Holy See——More Button

——and diplomatic relations are being maintained with the Holy See. I also agree with the Deputy that it is important to respect the position of the Catholic Church in this State and that is the reason...More Button

Deputy McDonald asked whether the Government had considered the impact of the reforms to frontline services which the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, will announce t...More Button

That is why we are undertaking to reform our public services. Those reforms will be announced later today by the Minister. They will involve a reduction in the number of——More Button

——public servants which will be done through the mechanisms provided for in the Croke Park agreement, in other words, by voluntary arrangements that have already been negotiated and provided for.More Button

In addition to believing in public services we also respect public servants.More Button

That is why it is so wrong for the Deputy to come to this House and name individual public servants who do not have the opportunity or the privilege she has of responding to those allegations.More Button

That shows disrespect for our civil servants and I ask the Deputy to desist from doing this.More Button

In the first place, there will be an adequate staffing level. I reiterate, the quality of the service to be delivered to the public has been at the centre of decisions on re-organisation and reform o...More Button

Our public servants do a good job. They have been the subject of ballyragging for far too long——More Button

——sometimes in the media. The Deputy cannot point to a single occasion during the time I sat on those benches when I attacked public servants, individually or generally. I respect public servants a...More Button

What we need is a better, more efficient and focused public service and that is the nature of the reforms the Minister will announce today.More Button

The answer to the Deputy’s question is that I am working with adoptive parents and families that are seeking to adopt children through the intercountry adoption method. The Minister for Children and ...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the adoption arrangements have to comply with the Hague Convention. The arrangements that apply in individual countries have to be consistent with the Hague conditions and arr...More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. 15a, Access to Central Treasury Funds (Commission for Energy Regulation) Bill 2011 [Seanad] — Committee and Remaining Stages; No. 16, statements on the 2010 annual report of...More Button

I can confirm that the budget will be announced in the House. I can also confirm that the Government is announcing details of budgetary and expenditure matters and matters relating to public service ...More Button

That was not done by the previous Government because it did not address those issues in time.More Button

That is why we are in the fix we are in now.More Button

I had prepared quite an extensive reply in anticipation that somebody on that side of the House might have thought that yesterday’s meeting was important enough to raise on Leaders’ Questions. I would...More Button

Part of my success was an ability to ask the questions that were the important questions of the day. How all three managed to get through Leaders’ Questions today without asking a question——More Button

I have the reply here. I am sure the Taoiseach would be quite happy to give a response to Deputy McDonald if she manages to table a parliamentary question by the time the Dáil convenes next week.More Button

I understand that was a Private Members’ Bill and it is not on the Government list.More Button

I join Deputy Wallace in congratulating the Irish soccer team on qualifying for the European championships. It is great for the morale of the country. It shows how much times have changed around her...More Button

——but to have it in June. Unwittingly, Deputy Wallace might have stumbled on an issue which will find considerable support on the Government side. The Government will make a considerable effort to k...More Button

The companies Bill is a major piece of legislation and of consolidation work. I think there are approximately 1,200 heads for that Bill. The expectation is that it will be brought forward around the...More Button

I do not have any difficulty having the issue debated in the House and reminding the Deputy that the guarantee, which was a bad decision at the time, was introduced by his Government and that we are s...More Button

The Government is very conscious of the extent to which 200,000 employees in the State are legally exposed as a result of the decision of the High Court to strike down the system of joint labour commi...More Button

The European Communities (amendment) Bill is being prepared in my Department and I hope to have it brought forward before the end of this year. I understand the Minister for Education and Skills inte...More Button

The Minister for Social Protection has a commission which is examining a range of issues, including that raised by the Deputy. I am not sure when it is due to report but a programme of reform has bee...More Button

The Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Deputy Brian Hayes, is working on the legislation in question. My understanding is he wants to introduce it in the House this side of Christmas, if...More Button

Second Stage of the Water Services (Amendment) Bill was completed in the Seanad yesterday and Committee Stage is scheduled for next week. When it has completed all Stages in the Seanad, it will come ...More Button

Not everything in a newspaper report will become legislation. There will be a social welfare Bill after the budget which will give effect to the measures contained in the Budget Statement.More Button

While the Keane report is being debated in the House, the Government is also considering an implementation plan for measures to deal with those who are facing difficulties with mortgage arrears. I ex...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: if he will provide a list of the private rental properties leased by him; the location of each property; the annual value of each lease; if each lease is subject to an upward only rent clause and the...More Button

All rent commitments relating to properties in the State occupied by the Department of Foreign Affairs are discharged by the Office of Public Works. In addition, 110 properties are rented by my Depar...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of former Secretaries General in receipt of public sector pensions whilst currently employed in a public body and/or State agency. More Button

There are no State Agencies operating under the aegis of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There are three advisory committees and one commission operating under the auspices of my Depar...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the names of agencies which provide staff for the public sector; the services they provide; the cost to the State of those services; the numbers of staff they provide; and if he wi...More Button

My Department has some contracts in place for services such as IT, cleaning and security. However it does not employ agency staff in Ireland. In addition, a small number of our Missions abroad engag...More Button

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