Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 757 No. 1

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Referendum on European Stability Treaty: Statements

I am pleased to have this opportunity to inform the House that the Irish people will be asked for their authorisation, in a referendum, to ratify the European stability treaty, the so-called fiscal co...More Button

Putting in place this credible commitment to responsible budgeting will be key to keeping interest rates low and unlocking credit availability for investment and job creation. Lower interest rates al...More Button

Leaders’ Questions

That is my intention, yes. Tomorrow, in fact.More Button

We will have pre-European Council statements tomorrow.More Button

We will extend that.More Button

I meet people from the north west regularly. They are consistent on a strong programme of issues that should be addressed in the north west which have been neglected for many years. Both parties in ...More Button

The Minister for Health was in the north west for the past two days. He met with a range of personnel from the medical profession from a number of centres in the region. As I said, the Government is...More Button

The Government is fully intent on implementing its programme for Government which is very clear on this matter.More Button

Tá a fhios agam go maith céard atá an Teachta ag rá. Tá sé fíor gur labhair mé amach faoi struchtúr NAMA le fada. Tá a fhios maith aige freisin go bhfuair an tAire Airgeadais eolas agus comhairle fa...More Button

As I said to Deputy Adams, the Minister for Finance has received some advice on the improvement in the situation in so far as NAMA is concerned. I remind him that it is important for the construction...More Button

Deputy Finian McGrath is aware that there have been no cuts in headline rates of social welfare payments. The Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, undertook to draft the strategy on disability l...More Button

In any event, the Minister is in the concluding stages of presenting the strategy on disability which will point out the pathways to the future in so far as the principle of looking after persons with...More Button

Deputy Finian McGrath will be aware that the domiciliary care allowance has been in place for some years. He is also aware that it transferred from the Department of Health to the Department of Socia...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Official Engagements

Was asked: the details of the issues he discussed at the meetings and-or bilaterals he had when he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his attendance at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the 25-29 January 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More Button

Was asked: the bilateral meetings he held at or on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the issues he raised at the World Economic Forum in Davos on 25-29 January 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, together. On foot of an invitation from Professor Klaus Schwab, I travelled to Davos, Switzerland to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic...More Button

It was actually my first time to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. I found the whole thing very interesting in the sense that it was a gathering of quite influential world leaders in business...More Button

No, I do not. I made my point already. Perhaps the Deputy does not move out of Dublin as often as he should because if he did so he would be aware that thousands of people came home from work in the...More Button

Where are you launching that?More Button

Does the Deputy not know Castlebar?More Button

That is correct.More Button

I certainly do not, and I said clearly in my state of the nation address that the people were not responsible. The people were the victims. I never said that all of the people went mad borrowing. I...More Button

I stand over what I said in my state of the nation address in terms of the people not being responsible. Many people became victims of an incentivised scheme where they were seduced into borrowing ea...More Button

The record is stuck.More Button

That cuts no ice here. Some of these international audiences are not aware of the history of the historic party of Fianna Fáil. It was important to explain the context in which this property collaps...More Button

Perhaps he should travel out from his lair in Dún Laoghaire and go to meet the people.More Button

He would find that the pragmatism of the people is very clear.More Button

They know how these problems were caused and know what it takes to sort them out and are prepared to do that. If Deputy Boyd Barrett were speaking to any of those serious businesspeople considering i...More Button

He should be very careful of that.More Button

I was not able to attend many of those discussions which took place in break-out rooms. I participated in a panel discussion about the European issue with the Prime Minister of Finland and a represen...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will report on the costs of the communications section in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The cost for the communications unit in 2011 was €221,340 with €98,579 being a direct cost to my Department and the balance being paid by three other Departments. The cost for 2011 represents a reduc...More Button

The editor of www.MerrionStreet.ie is an assistant principal officer in the Department of the Taoiseach. Two editorial assistants work on the site as well. One is an executive officer recently recru...More Button

I believe I have given that to the Deputy. If that is not it, I will provide an update for the Deputy. The editor is an assistant principal officer. Two editorial assistants work on the site as wel...More Button

I spent a few years at that, I must admit.More Button

It is about quality information, not propaganda.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Interdepartmental Committees

Was asked: the number of occasions that the Economic Management Council has met since the Christmas recess. More Button

Was asked: if the Economic Management Council has any plans to meet again with the Irish banks. More Button

Was asked: if the Economic Management Council has met recently. More Button

Was asked: the number of times the Cabinet committee on climate change and the green economy has met in the past year. More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the meeting between the Economic Management Council and senior executives in the Irish banks on 21 February. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 to 12, inclusive, together. The Economic Management Council has met eight times so far this year, most recently on Tuesday, 14 February. Since the Economic Manageme...More Button

It is important to distinguish between a meeting of the Economic Management Council, EMC, and a meeting between the council and a group or organisation. The EMC is a sub-committee of the Cabinet. Es...More Button

Of course we raised the question of distressed mortgages with each of the three banks. They have set out their strategies, which are parallel to the decisions taken by Government but these strategies...More Button

The Deputy is absolutely upfront here. Umpteen cases of people who cannot access credit — they have been turned down by their banks — have been brought to my attention. When they are asked about mak...More Button

There was a meeting today, actually.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government is directly responsible for the issue of climate change. The Minister announced last November, in conjunction ...More Button

Deputy Higgins is actually putting forward a proposition which is unusual for him.More Button

I thank him. As regards the mortgages situation, I have responded to questions from Deputy Martin and Deputy Adams. I refer to the range of issues in the Keane report, the consequences of the passag...More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. a8, Finance Bill 2012 — Financial Resolutions; No. 8, motion re membership of committee; No. 13, Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad] — Second Stage (resumed); an...More Button

Deputy Martin will recall that on my return from the EU Council meeting where the text of the treaty was agreed, I advised the Cabinet the following morning and the Tánaiste wrote to the Attorney Gene...More Button

I agree with the merit of the Deputy’s proposal. The Lisbon treaty was discussed at a special sub-committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Paschal Donohoe and good work was produced.More Button

I have not decided the date yet.More Button

I do not have the details of that legislation to hand but I will respond to the Deputy’s question. I understand that with 434 ink cartridges it is possible to produce 3 million letters. The Deputy m...More Button

I understand Deputy Ó Snodaigh——More Button

No, that is not promised. The social welfare and pensions Bill will be published in this session.More Button

There is no legislation promised. It is something the Minister of State, Deputy Kelly, wants to bring in. If legislation is required, it will be brought in. I am sure it will be of great value in K...More Button

Between septic tanks and scrap metal, Deputy Mattie McGrath is doing well these days.More Button

I understand that. That is a Friday matter.More Button

The Minister will be before the House with the regulations very shortly.More Button

Beidh an tAire ag teacht isteach go luath leis na coinníollacha.More Button

I cannot give the Deputy a date in respect of the second Bill. I do not have any difficulty with the Chief Whip making arrangements for a discussion here on the question of the national children’s ho...More Button

The issue of self-employed people is one which the Minister for Social Protection is considering. It is not possible for me to give the Deputy an answer in respect of the content of the Bill but it i...More Button

What was the last question?More Button

It is due in this session. A great deal of work has been done on it. I expect the Deputy will see it in a matter of weeks.More Button

Written Answers - Official Transport

Was asked: the cost of the Attorney General’s car in the period relating to 1 June 2011 to 31 December 2011, to include mileage and car related expenses paid to the AG; and salaries paid to civilian drivers and...More Button

I am informed that the Office of the Attorney General paid no costs in relation to mileage or car related expenses in respect of the use of the Attorney General’s car during the period 1 June 2011 to...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Records

Was asked: if he will introduce physiological audit management procedure, to record gambling-related deaths here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the cost of lump sum severance payments and pensions of those leaving his Department through retirement or other grounds; and the loss of pension levy and superannuation from employees leaving his De...More Button

Three members of staff will have retired from my Department before 29 February this year. The estimated cost of lump sum severance payments and the annual cost of pensions for these members of staff w...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information

Was asked: the number of freedom of information requests received by him in 2011; the number of requests for which a search and retrieval fee was sought; the maximum fee sought by him in respect of a request re...More Button

My Department received 98 Freedom of Information requests in 2011. Search and retrieval fees were sought in respect of eleven requests, the highest being €282.99. No requests were withdrawn as a resu...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Transport

Was asked: the cost to his Department of the senior Minister’s car and that of the Government Chief Whip in the period relating to 1 June 2011 to 31 December 2011 to include mileage and car related expenses pai...More Button

Was asked: the amount of mileage clocked up on a monthly basis for which expenses were claimed for all Ministers attached to his Department since March 2011; the amount claimed in mileage expenses on a monthly ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 116 together. I have been supplied with a Garda car under the Ministerial transport scheme and do not use a private car for official purposes. There has been n...More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Staff

Was asked: the location and grade of all public servants within his Department or related agencies who, while not having reached the minimum retirement age to avail of cost neutral early retirement, will benefi...More Button

Three members of staff in my Department are retiring in February 2012, comprising one Principal Officer, one Executive Officer who work-shares and one Head Services Officer. All of the officers conce...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide the total amount each Minister, junior Minister and senior civil servant has spent on entertainment expenses since being appointed in the case of the Ministers and junior Ministers...More Button

The following table details the amount spent by my Department on entertainment expenses on behalf of the Government Chief Whip, Minister of State for European Affairs and myself from March to December...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Advertising

Was asked: the number and cost of advertisements placed in national newspapers for job vacancies in the civil and public service in the past 12 months; the number of new entrants recruited from the process; the...More Button

Two Assistant Secretary vacancies in my Department were advertised in national newspapers by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) in the last 12 months. The cost of the advertisements were borne by ...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if any State board appointees have volunteered to waive their fees or expenses; the names of such persons; the corresponding savings to the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Members of the National Economic and Social Council are not paid fees in respect of their membership of the Council. Members of the National Statistics Board have not volunteered to waive their fees ...More Button


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