O'Rourke, Mary

Friday, 26 June 1998

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 156 No. 6

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I note all the amendments tabled by Senator Costello and two of his colleagues. He was not here yesterday — I know he was busy with other matters — when we discussed on Second Stage how many distinct...More Button

I have shown I am.More Button

It was longer than that.More Button

They had spoken.More Button

I do not intend to have a plan because that is Stalinist. I do not intend to specify that companies must behave in the same way. That approach is daft.More Button

Each company has strengths and weaknesses, different markets, types of employment and outlook. Some are better than others, some are more protected and some are subject to EU directives and legislati...More Button

We discussed this before and I noted the point the Senator is making. We approached the Attorney General for legal advice on this issue as it provoked a great deal of debate on Committee Stage. The ...More Button

It would have to be referred to the Oireachtas so the legislation could be amended or a new Bill initiated.More Button

I asked about that this morning. There was a competition between the banks and the Bank of Ireland was chosen. The Competition Authority agreed to the Bank of Ireland having a monopoly. The concess...More Button

As the number of passengers has doubled since the first tender in 1993, I would be open to discussing the matter with the Minister, Deputy Harney, as the Competition Authority is within her area of re...More Button

The discrepancy in charges, if it exists, is not my business but the Senator was right to bring it to my attention so that it would be addressed. The point Senator Ross made yesterday was timely. My...More Button

We had a fair debate on this matter on Committee Stage in the select committee. Senator Costello wants to delete the subsection. Section 24(2) prevents anybody taking the company to court for not purs...More Button

A key purpose of the Bill is to normalise Aer Rianta's position as a stand alone commercial semi-State company. This amendment would prevent or limit Aer Rianta's scope for normal commercial action. ...More Button

Sometimes I am accused of being too intrusive in the business of semi-State companies. On other occasions I am told I am too distant from them. I know that in politics one cannot please all the peop...More Button

Senator Costello is correct. When this point was discussed on Report Stage in the Dáil, I undertook to speak to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and report to the Seanad. The amendme...More Button

I said I have spoken to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and she has confirmed that she would gladly agree to such a request.More Button

I am sure we will inform them. The request must come from them and I will pass it on to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. We will ensure they are aware of the mechanism. It can be d...More Button

Section 30 provides for the submission of the company's annual report to the Minister and that it would be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas for the information of Members. The proposals in th...More Button

As it is being discussed at present it would be incorrect for me to put the matter into legislation. I understand the Senators' point. I took office a year ago today and there was a report from a se...More Button

Aer Rianta obviously has regard for safety but the Irish Aviation Authority is charged with implementing safety measures at airports and has statutory responsibility for the regulation of air safety i...More Button

Deputy Yates proposed a similar amendment to this one on Committee Stage in the Dáil. We brought it to the parliamentary draftsman who redrafted it in more legal terms. The amendment addresses the g...More Button

I thank Senator Costello for his remarks. He and I once fought on different turf.More Button

I thank Members for a fruitful debate on the Bill. It was interesting to listen to the various points of view expressed. Like the Leader of the House, Senators Liam Fitzgerald, Costello, O'Dowd and ...More Button

Adjournment Matter. - Rent Subsidy.

I am responding on behalf of the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs, Deputy Dermot Ahern, who is away. I listened carefully to Senator Costello's contribution. The Senator deals with a...More Button


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