Burke, Paddy

Thursday, 22 November 2001

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 168 No. 15

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Order of Business.

I support Senator Manning's call for a debate on the Eircom debacle. Will the Leader indicate on the Order of Business when he will allocate time for this next week? I also support the calls for the ...More Button

Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, 2000 [ Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil ] : Report and Final Stages.

I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I also welcome the conclusion of this Bill for a number of reasons. I see that all the amendments were agreed in the Dáil. The Bill is amended, rightly, t...More Button

Youth Work Bill, 2000: Report Stage.

Like Senator Henry, I ask the Minister of State to accept this amendment. I have been contacted by the National Youth Council of Ireland in relation to this. The Minister of State should accept the am...More Button

Youth Work Bill, 2000: Committee and Remaining Stages.

Vocational education committees are made up of teachers, public representatives and representatives of outside groups. Does the provision mean that the chairman and-or vice-chairman could be a represe...More Button

Vocational education committees will decide the size of the youth councils. Section 22(4) states that “as far as practicable, at least one-fifth of the membership of a Voluntary Youth Council shall co...More Button

This section allows the Minister to make a grant available to vocational education committees or voluntary groups. It would be much better if the Minister said that a youth grant would be given to voc...More Button

Yes, but is this not the type of red tape found in every Department? Would it not be much simpler if the Bill stated that grants would be sent to the vocational education committees? Various groups co...More Button

In my view, it creates red tape. It also means that the Department can distribute funds in any direction it desires. The removal of part of this section to enable grants to be paid to vocational educa...More Button

This section may allow a Minister to create a slush fund. Various groups will have to bypass the vocational education committee and apply directly to the Minister. I am not speaking of the Minister of...More Button

That may well be, but this is a different era.More Button

It is right that that should be the case as this Government has more money in its coffers.More Button

I thank the Minister for introducing this legislation. It is long overdue. I wish him well with it. It is good legislation and it puts all the youth organisations on a proper footing. I compliment the...More Button

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