Ahern, Noel

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 191 No. 14

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Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2008: Committee Stage (Resumed).

We had a reasonable discussion on this amendment. It instructs port companies to furnish a statement annually regarding the current or expected number of employees. The amendment will change the req...More Button

While I thank Members for their comments, they are reading something into the provision that is not there. The amendment has been proposed so that the number of full-time employees working at or expe...More Button

No. We are discussing full-time workers directly employed by the port, not subcontracted employees. The amendments set out the different methods to elect or nominate the worker director, namely, an ...More Button

This issue was touched on previously. A couple of expert reports produced during the past seven or eight years have recommended that local authority members do not serve on the boards of commercial p...More Button

It is not but it is a political commitment.More Button

It is a political commitment and my boss, the Minister, Deputy Noel Dempsey, has made that clear as well. It is not in the Bill but an intention is there.More Button

Like the rest of us, I have many. That is the way life is. It is a political commitment that is not in the Bill. The fundamental reason for the change is that ports are now commercial companies and...More Button

It is not the intention to include such a provision in the Bill. I will see what guarantee can be made or how we can firm up what we are saying to help the Senator believe our commitment. I can refl...More Button

This technical amendment revoking a statutory instrument is consequential to amendment No. 4.More Button

The marine survey office has advised that Norway and Iceland should be included in this provision as they implement EU legislation in this area.More Button


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