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Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Missions Participation (10 Jul 2014)

Noel Harrington: 9. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of trade missions undertaken by his Department since 1 January 2013 including those organised by the Industrial Development Agency Ireland and Enterprise Ireland where there was an involvement by companies based in west Cork; and the benefits accruing to these companies and the west Cork region as a result of those trade...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Missions Participation (10 Jul 2014)

Noel Harrington: I tabled this question because of the frustration many people feel. Cork is a large county and west Cork suffers from having the city in the same administrative area. When the IDA and Enterprise Ireland present figures, they present them for the whole county in the round. Cork city attracts a lot of investment and often west Cork does not attract the same attention from Enterprise Ireland...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Priority Questions: Trade Missions Participation (10 Jul 2014)

Noel Harrington: The reply identifies the problem. Each of the companies the Minister mentioned is based in Cork city. West Cork is the size of a mid-sized county. Using Cork-based figures does not give the same appreciation of the challenge we have in attracting Enterprise Ireland industrial and commercial activity to an area the size of an ordinary county. The figures mask the reality or make...

Electoral (Amendment) (Hours of Polling) Bill 2013: Second Stage [Private Members] (4 Jul 2014)

Noel Harrington: I thank Deputy Andrew Doyle and commend him on putting forward this Bill on polling times, as giving certainty to voters on the issue is very important. I use the opportunity to mention in particular those who do not work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including many people in rural areas and especially in summer. For example, those in the farming sector essentially work from dawn to dusk and may...

Valuation Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] (4 Jul 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome Deputy Cowen's Bill which results from the frustration of many people about the inflexible and hard regime that the existing rates legislation imposes on many voluntary organisations, clubs and social structures. During the more than 12 years I spent as a member of a local authority, not a week went by without a debate about how rates were being imposed and dealt with in each of...

Order of Business (5 Jun 2014)

Noel Harrington: What is the progress on the sea fisheries and maritime jurisdiction (amendment) Bill? We were promised it this term and it is very important Bill for the fisheries industry.

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (5 Jun 2014)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014. In discussing the Bill, one of the more important tenets to consider is how we can help people trapped in options where even if they are offered work, it would make little or no benefit financially to take it up. I realise the offer of work may not come as often as I would like. I would have preferred more...

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...

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