Harte, John Jack

Thursday, 9 July 1987

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 116 No. 16

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Labour Services Bill, 1987: Committee and Final Stages.

I move amendment No. 1: In page 5, subsection (1) (f), line 4, after “groups”, to insert, “, voluntary organisations,”. This calls for the inclusion of voluntary organisations so that they can form pa...More Button

I am satisfied with the Minister's reply as it is clear that in some respects and in certain circumstances there would be a role for voluntary organisations. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I move amendment No. 2: In page 5, subsection (1) (g), lines 14 and 15, to delete “in a state that is a member of the European Communities” and substitute “outside the State”.More Button

It seems to me that the technological improvements will proceed at an even faster rate. Inevitably that will result in growth in urban population and in unemployment. Simultaneously the safety valve...More Button

I certainly do not think it would be the job of this body or its subsidiary to place people in employment. I would like to eliminate the apparent confusion here. If that were the case we would all be...More Button

I move amendment No 3: In page 5, lines 16 to 23, to delete paragraph (h) and substitute the following paragraph: “(h) to collect, collate, prepare, publish and distribute such data and information in...More Button

I move amendment No. 4: In page 5, subsection (4), line 38, after “State”, to insert “or citizens of the State”.More Button

I move amendment No. 5: In page 5, subsection (4), line 38, after “of”, to insert “, or wish to avail of,”. Non-residents would have the right to avail of the service and that would have been written ...More Button

I move amendment No. 6: In page 6, subsection (1) (a), line 47, to delete “An Foras” and substitute “the subsidiary”.More Button

I would like to make a few points. In regard to amendment No. 7 the only way that the subsidiary are empowered is to operate outside the State?More Button

Does that mean by implication that they cannot operate inside the State?More Button

That clarifies the position. This particular group of amendments were put down because people are very concerned, in general, about the way the other bodies functioned before this proposed merger. Na...More Button

I move amendment No. 9: In page 11, subsection (2), line 47, after “General” to insert “(or to such auditors as he may direct)”. The concern in this amendment relates to the question of one State body...More Button

I thought you were going to contradict Senator Hillery.More Button

I will not be moving amendment No. 10 but it is important to explain the context in which it was put down. As I understand it subsidiaries enjoy limited liability. This is important in the context o...More Button

I move amendment No. 11: In page 12, subsection (1), line 9, after “Oireachtas” to insert “and the Committee of Public Accounts”.More Button

It seems to me that this might give the Minister a little more protection than he has at present. We are talking about expenditure that is not approved. The Minister should think seriously about thi...More Button

I move amendment No. 14: In page 12, subsection (4) (b), line 32, to delete “other than” and substitute “including”. I have been looking at this amendment while sitting here and I am not quite happy t...More Button

It seems to me that the people who have to work the agency are being asked to tie their hands to a great extent. There will certainly be occasions when they will have to impart information. Under the...More Button

The term itself is too broad. The word “confidential” would narrow it down. There is the fear, as I said, that public representatives may be unable to get access to information because the people the...More Button

It is reported in the newspapers that the Cabinet are discussing further cutbacks and there is a possibility that by the power vested in the Minister by this Bill he will very shortly find that there ...More Button

The question is one of the accountability and to enable people to have proper access. We will have to overcome the problems we had with other agencies where there were a substantial number of complai...More Button

I move amendment No. 20: In page 16, before section 28, to insert a new section as follows: 28.—For the purposes of processing a complaint by a person against the actions of An Foras, the First Schedu...More Button

I move amendment No. 21: In page 16, before section 28, to insert a new section as follows:More Button

I move amendment No. 22: In page 16, before section 28, to insert a new section as follows: “28.—An Foras shall, at such times as, and in respect of every period to which, subsection (2) of this secti...More Button

If the Minister does get around to detailed planning he might advise FÁS because they will not be communists, they will be good working socialists. I would like to thank the Minister for his reply. I...More Button

I would like to support both Senator Kennedy and Senator Manning's amendment. I hope that the Minister in the course of his reply will not be thinking strictly in terms of the ratio of disabled peop...More Button

I move amendment No. 25: In page 18, between lines 9 and 10, to insert a new subparagraph as follows: “(7) In appointing the ordinary members of An Foras, the Minister shall have regard to the necessi...More Button

I am a very simple minded fellow. I detect that the Minister is going to apply the principle of the Employment Equality Act in a training agency and that he will discriminate in favour of women. I w...More Button


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