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Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (16 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the opportunity to speak to the Bill. I welcome the Minister's presence in the Chamber. I welcome the Bill as part of the Government's programme to reform State agencies and to merge those deemed suitable to be merged, leading to better value for the consumer and the taxpayer. However, it is important that we evaluate what the Bill will do for the consumer. Consumer protection is...

Topical Issue Debate: Fish Quotas (15 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. I agree with the sentiments he expressed and I share his disappointment. The European Commission sacrificed sustainability for expediency in the context of the agreement that was reached. Unfortunately, the UK authorities were blinded by the offer of 30 pieces of silver for short-term gain. The point I really wish to get across is that the...

Topical Issue Debate: Fish Quotas (15 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Ceann Comhairle's office for selecting this topic for discussion and the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, for coming to the House to respond to it. The background to this issue rests with what I would describe as the jewel of the crown of the Irish fishing industry, namely, the mackerel fishery, which is worth more than €100 per annum to the State and the industry. ...

Order of Business (10 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: When will the health (transport supports) Bill will come before the House to provide for the restoration of the mobility grants to the disability sector?

Topical Issue Debate: Schools Anti-Bullying Procedures (9 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: With the co-operation of the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I propose that the issue be deferred. As it is a technical fisheries issue, I ask that the senior Minister deal with it.

Topical Issue Debate: Schools Anti-Bullying Procedures (9 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: Yes. I mean no disrespect to the Minister of State present, but the issue demands the presence of the senior Minister because it is a technical fisheries issue.

Order of Business (3 Apr 2014)

Noel Harrington: Will the Minister indicate when the Workplace Relations Bill, to provide for reform of statutory workplace relations bodies, will be introduced in the House?

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: They do.

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I will begin by declaring an interest; I am a postmaster based in a stand-alone post office in Castletownbere in west Cork. Since I became a postmaster in 1992, I have been a member of the Irish Postmasters' Union and I compliment the union on bringing this campaign to the Dáil and to Government this evening along with the many postmasters and postmistresses throughout the country. I...

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: -----that I submit only a half of them do if the pattern is similar to that of the general population. If it is similar to that of general population, only half of the Members of this House would access their social protection business in post offices. How many of the Members access their utility bills in the post office? If the pattern is similar to that of the general population, it...

Post Office Network: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (26 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I call on all Oireachtas Members to lead by example and access the post office for their business. I am pleased that An Post has again won the social protection contract for another five years. It is imperative that postmasters, An Post, the Government and the public step up to the mark and support the post office. An Post management also needs to come forward to support the sub-office...

Roads Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome this Bill and I am pleased to speak on it. It is a confirmation of general Government policy to consolidate many of our State agencies where it makes sense to do so. I stand to be corrected but I believe that since this Government came to office we have abolished approximately 40 agencies to save costs. That is prudent governance, and I welcome all those moves. This is a welcome...

Topical Issue Debate: Marine Resources (18 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the Minister's proposal for allocating extra quota over the next six weeks. Fishermen do not want to go cap-in-hand to anybody. It is a proud industry, albeit a difficult one, and they do not want to look for funding. However, most of them are now living on credit and the goodwill of businesses in their areas. We need to have a debate on the fish assist scheme because it is far...

Topical Issue Debate: Marine Resources (18 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the funding allocation the Minister announced recently which will go a long way towarding repairing many of the piers and quays and harbour infrastructure damaged and also the €1.5 million in funding announced to alleviate the losses incurred by some inshore fishermen through the loss of shrimp and lobster pots and other gear. I am pleased to report that in the past day or...

Recent Flooding: Statements (12 Feb 2014)

Noel Harrington: I am very pleased to be able to speak on this very serious issue. There is no better day than today to speak about flooding and the threat of flooding. I welcome the funds allocated this week to alleviate much of the damage done before the new year and since then. Much of that money was requested and all of it has been granted to local authorities and other agencies to deal with the...

ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (23 Jan 2014)

Noel Harrington: I propose to share time with Deputies Frank Feighan and Anthony Lawlor. I welcome the publication of the Bill and I acknowledge the presence of the Minister in the House. Prior to the sale of Telecom Éireann, as it was, it was no secret that we had the cutting-edge technology of the day. It was the leading information technology network in Europe. If the network had been allowed to...

Order of Business (22 Jan 2014)

Noel Harrington: A commitment was made in the programme for Government on the sea fisheries and maritime jurisdiction (amendment) Bill. As it relates to a European directive which makes it very urgent, is early publication possible?

Recent Severe Storm Damage: Statements (16 Jan 2014)

Noel Harrington: The brunt of the recent storm was experienced first on the south-west and west coasts. West Cork was probably one of the first areas to feel the impact of the tempest and it did not get away lightly in the context of the damage that was done. The damage resulted from a powerful combination of strong winds and particularly high tides and tidal surges. These coincided with what might be...

Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second Stage (15 Jan 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the Bill and welcome the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. My first point is that the betting and gaming industry is big business, and one that has changed fundamentally. To give an example, the small town in which I live in west Cork had no bookie's shop for some 80 years. In the last decade, a bookie's shop opened and created two jobs, and many things changed...

Forestry Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Nov 2013)

Noel Harrington: I congratulate the Government on being able to remove Coillte from the list of State assets that the previous Government agreed were to be sold. This decision was not only welcomed by me but by the thousands of my constituents who wanted our forests and their lands to remain in the ownership of the State and its citizens. Our forests do not only provide wood but immense pleasure to millions...

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