Gilmore, Eamon

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

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Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Order for Second Stage

Tairgim: “Go dtógfar an Dara Céim anois.” I move: “That Second Stage be taken now.”More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage

Tairgim: “Go léifear an Bille an Dara hUair anois.” I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” I wish to share my time with the Minister of State, Deputy Creighton.More Button

Ireland is a good country with a proud people and it will recover. The past three years have tested us, our democracy, our values and our determination, but we have not been found wanting. This is b...More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

The Deputy’s party voted for that.More Button

Has the Deputy heard of the euro?More Button

Sinn Féin said that about every treaty.More Button

Is it also a treaty for bad weather?More Button

Sinn Féin supported that decision.More Button

Written Answers - Overseas Development Aid

Was asked: the position regarding the amount of aid given by Ireland to Malawi in 2010 and 2011; what the money was spent on; the way it was spent; if it was audited and the results that were obtained. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the amount of aid given to Uganda in 2010 and 2011; what the money was spent on; the way it was spent; if it was audited and the results that were obtained. More Button

Was asked: if there are any concerns regarding the use of Irish aid in Malawi or Uganda. More Button

Was asked: if he is considering any changes in Irish aid policy towards Malawi or Uganda in view of the concerns regarding the use and destination of that aid and in view of changes by other countries in simila...More Button

Written Answers - Equality Issues

Was asked: the failure of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, for the first time in its history, to adopt agreed conclusions during its March 2012 meeting, the reason such agreement could not ...More Button

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global policy-making body on gender equality and advancement of women. The theme of the 56th session of the Commission was “the empowermen...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives

Was asked: if he is aware of the concerns expressed by Irish non-governmental organisations including Christian Aid in relation to the revisions to the accounting and transparency directives currently underway ...More Button

In November 2011 the European Commission published proposals for a revision of the EU Transparency and Accounting Directives. One of the aims of the new proposals is to improve transparency among EU m...More Button

Written Answers - Passport Applications

Was asked: if the passport service is currently examining proposals to develop an on-line system for the renewal of passport applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Passport Service is considering the feasibility of developing an online system for the renewal of passport applications. However, on the basis of the preliminary examination to date, I understand...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme

Was asked: if he will review the last Government’s decentralisation policy as it affects the offices of his Department, with a view to relocating back to the capital those sections of the office that have been ...More Button

The Headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently divided between Dublin and Limerick. The majority of the officers assigned to the Development Cooperation Division which ma...More Button

Written Answers - Passport Applications

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 117 of 27 March 2012, when the person (details supplied) may make an application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In my reply to Question 117 on 27 March, 2012, I stated that applications, made on behalf of the person in question, were refused under the Passports Act 2008 on the grounds that he is not an Irish ci...More Button

Written Answers - Parliamentary Questions

Was asked: the number of written parliamentary questions replied to from 1 January 2012 to 31 March 2012; the number of these that were answered in full; the number that related to issues where details supplied...More Button

I have answered a total of 355 Parliamentary Questions during the period in question. A large majority of questions are of a non-personal nature and relate to the main policy areas that my Department ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, the names and salaries of all his special advisors including special advisors of Ministers of State and any salary increases they have received since they took of...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide, in tabular form, details of all salary increases for special advisors requested by him or any Ministers of State in his Department; the names of the advisors and the amount reques...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 62 and 63 together. The names and salaries of the Special Advisers appointed to my Department are set out in the table below. The figure for Ms Jean O’Mahony includes...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the amount paid by his Department to mobile telephone companies for the past five years; the name of the companies used; the criteria used in deciding which mobile t...More Button

My Department avails of the Mobile Telephony Services Framework operated by the Department ofFinance. Under this Framework, as the most economically advantageous response received, O2 was awarded the...More Button

Written Answers - Human Rights Issues

Was asked: the murders of Manuel Ruiz and his son in Colombia, if he will call on the Colombian Government to take immediate and effective measures against attacks on persons defending land restitution in the C...More Button

Was asked: if he will call on the Colombian Government to immediately instate measures to guarantee protection of Manuel Ruiz’s family currently displaced from their land; if he will call on the Colombian Gover...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 66 together. I would expect the Colombian government, no less than any responsible government, to fully investigate the abduction and apparent murder two of it...More Button

Written Answers - International Agreements

Was asked: the reason Ireland is not a signatory to the new multilateral initiative, the open government partnership scheme of which 54 countries have become partners including the latest member Trinidad and To...More Button

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an ad hoc international initiative which was launched in 2011 and which is overseen by a multi-stakeholder International Steering Committee involving Brazil, I...More Button

Written Answers - EU Presidency

Was asked: the current state of preparations for the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2013; the priorities that have been identified to date; the engagement that has taken place ...More Button

Was asked: if, in the planning of Ireland’s holding of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2013, consideration is being given to holding events outside Dublin, in regions su...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 and 76 together. Preparations for Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2013 are continuing and are on track. Ireland’s...More Button

Written Answers - Election Monitoring

Was asked: if he will send election observers for the elections due shortly to be held in Serbia and Armenia; if so, the number of observers for each election; the selection criteria being used to select observ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the number of members that have joined or left the Irish overseas election observation panel for each of the past four years; if there is an upper age limit to be a member of the roster; and if he wi...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 60 of the 22 March 2012, the progress he has made on reviewing the working of the election roster and in preparing proposals on the future membership; if the exi...More Button

Written Answers - Diplomatic Representation

Was asked: if he will request the release of an Irish citizen (details supplied) in Sri Lanka. More Button

As I confirmed to the Deputy on previous occasions, my officials remain in close and direct contact with the wife and family of the person mentioned by him and they liaise directly with her on any req...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts

Was asked: the number of contracts that were issued to consultancy firms by his Department in 2011; the number that were issued in the first quarter in 2012; the cost of each contract and to whom they were issu...More Button

My Department is responsible for two Votes: Vote 27, International Cooperation and Vote 28, Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Department is very conscious of the need the achieve value for money and is ...More Button

Written Answers - Human Rights Issues

Was asked: if he will provide an update on steps he is taking to support the people of occupied Western Sahara; in particular if he will take steps to raise the on-going human rights abuses in the territory, in...More Button

Ireland continues to support the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara, and the continuing engagement of the United Nations in the search for a political solution in the territor...More Button

Written Answers - Passport Applications

Was asked: if a mechanism exists to notify passport holders that their passport expiry date is approaching; and, if not, if consideration will be given to implementing such a procedure should the technology or ...More Button

A passport reminder service is available on the Passport Service website www.passport.ie. The reminder service sends an e-mail, to those who have registered, three months before a passport is due to ...More Button

Written Answers - Middle East Peace Process

Was asked: if he will actively support the peace process initiated by the United Nations Arab League Envoy, Kofi Annan in Syria. More Button

I wholeheartedly welcome and support the UN-Arab League Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan. It offers the only realistic basis for resolving the current crisis in Syria and bringing the unacceptab...More Button

Written Answers - Diplomatic Representation

Was asked: if he will provide an update on Ireland’s relationship with the Philippines. More Button

The key distinguishing feature of Ireland’s bilateral relationship with the Philippines is the extent and contribution of the Filipino Diaspora in Ireland, many of whom are employed in health care rol...More Button

Written Answers - Overseas Development Aid

Was asked: if he will provide an update on Ireland’s 0.7% in overseas aid and its current position. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the Ipsos-MRBI poll showing that notwithstanding our economic difficulties 80 percent of people here still want Ireland to deliver on this promise to spend 0.7% of ...More Button

Written Answers - Diplomatic Representation

Was asked: the position on the closure of the embassy in the Vatican and its impact More Button

In November 2011, the Government announced its decision to close Ireland’s resident Embassy to the Holy See, along with our Embassy in Tehran and our Mission in Timor Lester. This decision, taken with...More Button


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