Dáil debates

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

  • Prelude (0 speeches)
    Chuaigh an Ceann Comhairle i gceannas ar 10.30 a.m.
  • Leaders' Questions (174 speeches)
    Prior to the 2002 general election, the Taoiseach and the current Minister for Foreign Affairs promised that a CAT scanner would be delivered to hospitals in Dundalk and Monaghan. On my way here...
  • Ceisteanna — Questions (0 speeches)
    Official Engagements.
    • Official Engagements. (37 speeches)
      Question 1: To ask the Taoiseach if he will a make statement on the outcome of his meeting with President Hosni Mubarak. [42604/06]
  • Visit of Slovak Delegation (1 speech)
    Before continuing with questions, I wish, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Members of Dáil Éireann, to offer a céad míle fáilte, 100,000 welcomes, to Mr. Pavol Paska, Speaker of the...
  • Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) (10 speeches)
    We welcome the delegation from the Slovak Republic. Irrespective of what happens elsewhere, how soon does the Taoiseach think there could be a referendum on the constitution in this country?...
  • Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31 (4 speeches)
    Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31.
  • Order of Business (32 speeches)
    It is proposed to take No. 23, statements on the European Council in Brussels and No. 4, Finance Bill 2007 — Second Stage, resumed. It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders,...
  • European Council: Statements. (45 speeches)
    I attended the European Council in Brussels on 14 and 15 December. I was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Dermot Ahern. The conclusions of the European Council have been...
  • Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) (0 speeches)
  • Priority Questions (0 speeches)
    Decentralisation Programme.
    • Decentralisation Programme. (10 speeches)
      Question 104: To ask the Minister for Finance the timetable to which the Government is working in respect of the decentralisation of State agencies; if it includes an examination of the business...
    • Economic Competitiveness. (16 speeches)
      Question 105: To ask the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the recent warning by the Central Bank of the risk posed to the Irish economy and its competitiveness by...
    • Credit Card Debt. (10 speeches)
      Question 106: To ask the Minister for Finance his plans to control the degree of credit card debt, which is double the 2006 level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4305/07]
    • Public Service Contracts. (8 speeches)
      Question 107: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will require all agencies with capital projects of over €30 million to publish the cost-benefit evaluation before committing to proceed with...
    • Tax Code. (6 speeches)
      Question 108: To ask the Minister for Finance the existing available tax reliefs and the estimated tax foregone in the most recent annual period from which information is available. [4209/07]
  • Other Questions (0 speeches)
    Tax Code.
    • Tax Code. (19 speeches)
      Question 109: To ask the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the criticism of the Revenue Commissioners by the Irish Taxation Institute; and if he will make a statement on...
    • House Prices. (29 speeches)
      Question 110: To ask the Minister for Finance if he has assessed the affordability of house purchase for young families in view of the 40% increase in the cost of mortgages in the past 12 months...
  • Adjournment Debate Matters (1 speech)
    I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Breeda Moynihan-Cronin...
  • Finance Bill 2007: Second Stage (Resumed) (87 speeches)
    Question again proposed: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."
  • Finance Bill 2007: Referral to Select Committee (1 speech)
    I move: That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Finance and the Public Service, in accordance with Standing Order 120(1) and paragraph 1(a)(i) of the Orders of Reference of that...
  • Private Members' Business (0 speeches)
  • Health Service Reform: Motion (Resumed) (69 speeches)
    The following motion was moved by Deputy Twomey on Tuesday, 6 February 2007:
  • Adjournment Debate (0 speeches)
    Accident and Emergency Services.
    • Accident and Emergency Services. (2 speeches)
      I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the issue of health care in Louth. The Government has a policy of investment and reform in our health services and that is a policy I endorse. I want...
    • School Completion Programme. (2 speeches)
      I appreciate the opportunity to raise this important matter this evening. The sense of despair I have every time I arrive in this House to raise a delayed school building project is matched only...
    • Educational Disadvantage. (2 speeches)
      I am grateful for the opportunity to raise this extremely important matter and I welcome the Minister of State. I am very concerned about what is happening in Mayo, which seems to have been...
    • Bridge Collapse. (2 speeches)
      I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this matter. Last Thursday at 11.30 a.m. Ballinagar Bridge, Lixnaw, County Kerry, snapped in the centre and collapsed when a truck weighing...