Dáil debates

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

11:00 am

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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It is proposed to take No.18, statements re Lá na Gaeilge; No. 19, statements on European Council, Brussels; and No. 3, Euro Area Loan Facility (Amendment) Bill 2012 - Second and Remaining Stages.

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that in the event a division is in progress at the time fixed for taking Private Members' business, which shall be No. 50, motion re turf cutting, the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. and Standing Order 121(3) shall not apply and Private Members' business shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 90 minutes; the proceedings in respect of No. 18 shall be brought to a conclusion within 25 minutes and the statements shall be made by the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, who shall be called upon in that order and who may share their time and shall not exceed five minutes in each case; the proceedings in respect of No. 19 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 85 minutes and the following arrangements shall apply: the statements shall be made by the Taoiseach and by the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, who shall be called upon in that order and who may share their time and shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case; a Minister or Minister of State shall take questions for a period not exceeding 20 minutes; and a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to make a statement in reply which shall not exceed five minutes; and notwithstanding the Order of the Dáil of 6 March 2012, the proceedings on Second Stage of No.3 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.15 p.m today, and the proceedings on Committee and Remaining Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.30 p.m. today by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in respect of amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Finance.

Private Members' business shall be No. 50, motion re turf cutting (resumed), to conclude at 9 p.m. tonight, if not previously concluded.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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There are four proposals to put to the House. Is the proposal that the Dáil shall later than 9 p.m. tonight agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 18 agreed to?

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Bhí mé ag lorg níos mó ama inné. Tá 20 nóiméad ann, nach bhfuil?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Cúig noiméid.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Tá cúig noiméid do na ceannairí agus is féidir le daoine ama a roinnt más mian leo. Más mian leis an Teachta go mbeidh níos mó ama ann, is cuma liom.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Bhuel, d'iarr mé níos mó ama inné ach níor tháinig aon rud ón Phríomh-Aoire.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Séard atá i gceist ná go mbeadh cead ag níos mó.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Drochmheas ar an nGaeilge atá ann i ndáiríre mar bhí Teachtaí ag iarraidh labhairt.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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An bhfuil an Teachta ag iarraidh go mbeadh níos mó ama ag Teachtaí eile? Is cuma liom más mian leis go mbeadh leathuair an chloig eile le fáil do na Teachtaí áirithe.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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An bata mór arís.

Photo of James ReillyJames Reilly (Minister, Department of Health; Dublin North, Fine Gael)
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Deputy Mattie McGrath should stick to the bogs.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is that agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 19 agreed to? Agreed. Fourth, is the proposal for dealing with No. 3 agreed to?

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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Ní aontaíom leis sin. Is trua nach bhfuilimid ag déanamh an ghnó don chuid seo den lá as Gaeilge chomh maith. An rud i bhí i gceist i gcónaí ná go mbeadh an lá iomlán as Gaeilge agus tá súil agam an bhliain seo chugainn go mbeimid ag dul sa treo sin agus go mbeimid ag taispeáint samplá don chuid eile den tír. Táim i gcoinne an mholta atá i Riar na hOibre mar tá guillotine i bhfeidhm. Níor chóir go mbeadh a leithéid i bhfeidhm agus ba cheart go dtabharfaí níos mó ama go ndéanfaimis cinnte de. Faoi láthair, in ainneoin nach bhfuil leasuithe ann ar Chéim an Choiste no ar Chéim na Tuarascála, ní bheidh aon am chun déileáil in aon slí leis an Bhille má tá an vóta ag an am atá molta anseo, 7.15 p.m.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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Ba mhaith liom tacú leis sin. Ceist thromchúiseach atá ann do na daoine atá ag fulaingt i láthair na huaire faoi pholasaithe déine atá á gcur i bhfeidhm. Dá bhrí sin, ba cheart go mbeadh a dhóthain ama agus tá sé náireach go bhfuil an Rialtas fós ag úsáid, ar feadh bliana anois, an guillotine seo a chuir siad ina aghaidh chomh mór sin nuair a bhí Fine Gael agus Páirtí an Lucht Oibre sa Fhreasúra.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Tá an Dara Céim an-fhada, leanfaidh sí ar aghaidh go dtí 6.45 p.m. agus níl leasuithe ar bith curtha síos. Beidh am ag Teachta ar bith labhairt faoi. Tugadh am do Bhillí anseo le déanaí agus nach raibh urlabhraithe ar bith le fáil chun leanúint ar aghaidh. Bhí ar an Phríomh-Aoire deireadh a chur leis na díospóireachtaí.

Question, "That the proposal for dealing with No. 3 be agreed to," put and declared carried.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Mar is eol don Taoiseach, i gclár an Rialtais, tá an-chuid reachtaíochta agus an-chuid gealltanas foilsithe. Ó thaobh oideachais de, ar fud na tíre, tá daltaí ag fanacht ar na cártaí tuairisce faoi choinne na réamhscrúduithe atá déanta acu. Sa Dáil seo, is cosúil nach mbeidh aon chárta tuairisce d'Airí an Rialtais, cé gur gheall an Taoiseach go mbeadh. Gheall an Taoiseach ar "The Late Late Show" le Ryan Tubridy go raibh an Taoiseach i ndáiríre go n-éiseofar cárta tuairisce do gach Aire. Ca bhfuil na cártaí tuairisce? Beidh na hAirí ag dul thart ar an domhan anois agus bheadh sé i bhfad níos fearr dá mbeadh na cártaí ag na hAirí roimh dul thar lear. Gheall an Taoiseach go mbeadh an cártaí tuairisce ach níl siad le feiceáil ar chor ar bith.

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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Cá bhfuil na hAirí?

Photo of Dinny McGinleyDinny McGinley (Donegal South West, Fine Gael)
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Tá siad ag obair.

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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Tá siad go léir sa chúinne.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is not in order on the Order of Business.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Gheall mé go shuífinn síos le chuile Aire agus Aire Stáit le dul fríd na pointí a bhfuil siad ag déileáil leo faoi phlean an Rialtais agus tá sin déanta agam. Suifidh mé síos le gach Aire agus gach Aire Stáit maidir leis an chuid den chlár a bhaineann díreach lena n-aireacht.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Tá díomá an domhain ar Ryan Tubridy. Bhí an Taoiseach ar "The Late Late Show" agus gheall sé i ndáiríre go mbeadh na cártaí tuairisce ann.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Agus dúirt mé-----

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Tá Ryan Tubridy ar buille.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Dá mba rud é go raibh an Teachta ag éisteacht leis an rud ar fad-----

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Ceann buí.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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-----is é adúirt me le Ryan go mbéinn ag suí síos le gach Aire agus le gach Aire Stáit i leith an chuid den chlár a raibh baint dhíreach aige nó aici leis. Tá sin déanta agam.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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That too.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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It was an oral exam.

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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B'fhéidir go bhféadfadh Sinn Féin tacú a thabhairt don Taoiseach mar chigirí. D'fhéadfaimís na cartaí tuairisce a mharcáil.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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An Teachta Adams ag dul timpeall na tíre.

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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Tá a fhios againn gur mharcáil mhuintir na tíre carta tuairisce an Teachta Martin, ach sin scéal eile.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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A Sinn Féin inspectorate to terrorise the nation.

Photo of Robert DowdsRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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An inspectorate for dumps.

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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Inné, rialaigh an Chúirt Uachtarach go raibh alt 29 de Acht um Chiontaí in Aghaidh an Stáit ag teacht salach ar an mBunreacht. Fuair an Chúirt nach raibh gardaí neamhspleách agus iad déileáil leis an gceist faoi chuartú ar theach shaoranach. Cén chéim a ghlacfaidh an Rialtas chun déanamh cinnte de go bhfuil gach uile phíosa reachtaíochta ag luí leis an mBunreacht agus le cearta saoránach a chosaint maidir le próiseas dlí. Ba chóir don Rialtas an deis seo a ghlacadh Acht um Chiontaí in Aghaidh an Stáit a chur ar leataobh.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Ní thuigim go díreach céard atá i gceist ag an Teachta. Cén alt den mBunreacht a bhfuil sé ag caint faoi?

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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Rialaigh an Chúirt Uachtarach go raibh Acht um Chiontaí in Aghaidh an Stáit ag teachta salach ar an mBunreacht.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Ní fhéadfainn cur isteach ar chinneadh na Cúirte Uachtaraigh. Léifidh mé an cinneadh atá curtha amach ag an Chúirt go cruinn agus tabharfaidh mé freagra don Teachta faoi céard atá le déanamh de bharr an chinneadh atá déanta ag an Chúirt Uachtarach. Níl sé léite agam go fóill.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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Chomh fada is atá 440,000 duine dí-fhostaithe, ba cheart neamhní mór a thabhairt don Taoiseach féin maidir le marcáil.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy should note that we are on the Order of Business.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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Maidir le reachtaíocht atá geallta, tá ceist agam faoi dhá Bhille, agus creid nó ná creid níl aon Ghaoluinn curtha orthu fós. Is iad an Treaty Establishing the European Stability Mechanism agus an European Communities Act 1972 (Amendment) Bill. An bhfuil siad siúd réidh? Cathain a bheidh siad ag teacht os comhair na Dála? Nach bhfuil sé fíor go gcaithfidh siad siúd a bheith tríd an Dáil sula bhféadfaidh an reifreann dul chun cinn, mar go bhfuil an comhshocrú fioscach bunaithe ar an rud seo?

The two items of promised legislation are the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism and the European Communities Act 1972 (Amendment) Bill. An bhfuil siad réidh, cathain a bheidh siad ag teacht agus an gcaithfidh siad a bheith glactha ag an Dáil sular féidir dul ar aghaidh leis an gcomhshocrú fioscach? De réir mar a thuigimse, caithfidh.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Beidh an European Communities Act 1972 (Amendment) Bill ag teacht isteach i rith an tseisiúin seo. Tá sin leagtha amach ag an Rialtas. Maidir leis an Treaty Establishing the European Stability Mechanism, sílim go bhfuil Gaeilge curtha ar an gconradh. Níl sé agam anseo.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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Níl.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Caithfear próiseas a chur i gcrích. Caithfear Bille reifrinn a chur ar fáil agus a fhoilsiú, coimisiún reifrinn a bhunú agus cathaoirleach air a ainmniú. Caithfear an Bille i leith fiscal responsibility a fhoilsiu i dtreo is go mbeimid in ann díriú isteach ar na nithe dlithiúil a mbéadh brú orainn iad a chur i gcrích chun go nglactar leis an gconradh go bunreachtúil ag muintir na hÉireann. Tá an Rialtas ag díriú isteach ar an bpróiseas sin faoi láthair. Ag an chéadh chruinniú eile den Rialtas, Dé Máirt seo chugainn, beidh sé níos soiléire céard go díreach atá i gceist leis in bpróiseas sin.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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An gcaithfidh an Bille dul tríd an Dáil sula rachaidh an reifreann ar aghaidh? An bhfuil sé sin fíor?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Má ghlacann daoine leis an gconradh beidh a fhios acu go díreach céard iad na nithe a bhéas san mBille faoi fiscal reponsibility. Beidh a fhios ag gach duine má ghlacann siad leis an gconradh céard a bhéas sa dlí go díreach.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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A Cheann Comhairle, níl mórán Gaeilge agam anois agus dá bhrí sin caithfidh mé dul ar aghaidh as Béarla, le do thoil.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Tá a lán Béarla ag an Teachta.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Deputy Mattie McGrath should stick to septic tanks. When he has polluted all the wells in the country, he can then talk.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputy Durkan should proceed to ask a question.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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I wish to refer to a serious issue relating to promised legislation. I have repeatedly raised this issue in the House in recent years. I refer to the ever-increasing incidence of violent crimes resulting in death. The previous Administration promised quite an amount of legislation in respect of this matter. The current Government also promised legislation on the issue but I accept that it has not had much time in which to put the latter into operation. Would it be possible to bring the criminal justice (miscellaneous provisions) Bill before the House for discussion at an early date?

I suggest that future Friday sittings of the House be devoted to debating urgently required legislation in respect of crime and organised criminality in particular.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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The Deputy did not support the legislation which was before the House on Friday last.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Will Deputy Mattie McGrath please desist.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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The scrap metal merchants should be moved to one side for the moment.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The criminal justice (miscellaneous provisions) Bill will be introduced later in the year. I am not in a position to provide an exact date for its introduction.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Ar maidin, chualamar tuairisc ó na meáin go raibh daoine ina lui ina gcuid gluaisteán thar oíche i gCorcaigh mar go raibh siad ag iarraigh fáil isteach go dtí taispeántas ar fostaíocht thar sáile. Mar gheall ar an slad a rinne Rialtas roimhe seo ar an eacnamaíocht, tá daoine ag fágáil na tíre. Tá an fhadhb chomh mór agus a bhí sé ón am a tháinig an Taoiseach in Oifig.

Is í an cheist atá agam ar reachtaíocht, cad é an reachtaíocht atá an Rialtas ag tabhairt chun tosaigh chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar fhadhb na dífhostaíochta agus na himirce-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is not promised. The Deputy should confine himself to questions on promised legislation.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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-----go háirithe ó thaobh an Bhille atá geallta ar an bhanc straitéiseach infheistíochta. Cén uair a bhéas an Bille sin curtha os comhair na Dála? An bhfeicfimid airgead suntasach curtha isteach san mbanc sin le hinfheistíocht a dhéanamh i mbliana, le cúrsaí fostaíochta a bhisiú sa tír?

Ó thaobh Bhille na Gaeltachta de-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Go raibh maith agat.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Maidir le Bille na Gaeltachta, atá thíos ar an gclár oibre, inné tugadh le fios ag an Aire Stáit, an Teachta Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich, nár bhuail an coiste Rialtais atá ag déileáil leis an nGaeltacht agus leis an nGaeilge ó bhí Mí na Bealtaine na bliana seo chaite.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy is completely out of order.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Cén uair a bhéas an Bille sin curtha os comhair na Dála? Tá sé beartaithe ag an Rialtas, rud a chuirfeadh deireadh le daonlathas ó thaobh na Gaeltachta agus Údaras na Gaeltachta de, gan ligint do toghcháin Údaras na Gaeltachta dhul chun tosaigh mar a bhí geallta agus raibh Fine Gael ag iarraidh nuair a bhi siad sa bhFreasúra.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Tá freagra tugtha ar an gceist seo ag an Aire Stáit, an Teachta Mac Fhionnlaoich. Tá plean leagtha amach ag coiste na Gaeilge ón bhliain seo chaite agus tá an t-Aire Stáit ag cur an phlean sin i gcrích.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Ní raibh cruinniú ann ón 19 Bealtaine na bliana seo chaite.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Ciúnas, más é do thoil é.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Tá a fhios ag an Teachta go ndeachaigh cinn Bhille na Gaeltachta os comhair an Rialtais cupla seachtain ó shin. Tá an t-Aire ag obair ar sin. Beidh sé foilsithe nuair a bheidh sé réidh. Tá an t-Aire ag déanamh an obair air faoi láthair. Maidir le hinfheistíocht, tá níos mó airgid i Vóta an Aire Post, Fiontar agus Nuálaíochta ná mar a bhí ariamh cheana. Mar a dúirt mé leis an Teachta Ó Máirtín, tabharfar an Bille isteach anseo taobh istigh de chúig nó sé seachtain. Baineann an Bille le creidmheas agus solúbthacht do comhlachtaí beaga maidir le airgead agus creidmheas a fháil le haghaidh infheistíochta agus postanna a chur ar fáil. Beidh seans ag an Teachta labhairt ansin.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Cén uair an mbeidh an reachtaíocht a bhaineann leis na bainc anseo?

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Ní bheidh sé anseo go luath.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Ní feidir liom dáta deimhneach a thabhairt don Teachta don Bhille sin. Ach maidir le infheistíocht, táimid ag déanamh tréan iarracht go dtabharfar an dá Bhille isteach chomh luath agus is féidir ionas gur féidir creidmheas a chur ar fáil do comhlachtaí beaga. Gheobhaidh mé freagra don Teachta faoin Bille infheistíochta.

Photo of Robert DowdsRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour)
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Beidh fadhb mhór i dtaobh bailiú bruscar i mBaile Átha Cliath theas ag deireadh na míosa. Maidir le tarscaoilte bruscar, an bhfuil aon reachtaíocht le teacht ón Rialtas i dtaobh sin?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Níl. Baineann seo leis an chomhairle contae nó leis an chomhairle áitiúil. Tá díospóireacht ag leanúint ar aghaidh ar sin. Tá na bin waivers seo leagtha amach ag na comhairlí áítiúla ar fud na tíre le fada agus is dócha go ndéanfaidh an comhlacht faoina bhfuil an Teachta ag caint an rud céanna.

Photo of Joe O'ReillyJoe O'Reilly (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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Is iontach an rud é go bhfuil muid ag déanamh iarrachta inniu imeachtaí an lae a phlé trí mheán na Gaeilge. Is maith agus is fiú é sin a dhéanamh. Cathain a mbeidh an Bille foilsithe don reifreann airgeadais? An féidir leis an Taoiseach geallúint a thabhairt don Teach nach bhfuil aon rud sa chonradh airgeadais a chuirfidh isteach ar shaoirse na tíre seo chun scéimeanna nua do jabanna a chur ar bun agus go mbeidh seans againn jabanna a fhorbairt taobh istigh den conradh nua?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Ní chuirfidh an reifreann airgeadais isteach ar an bplean Rialtais ar chor ar bith. Tá a fhios ag an Teachta nach gcuirfidh an conradh isteach orainn mar tír ach go mbeidh muid i gclár le dhá bhliain. Ní bheidh cosc ar an Rialtas leanúint leis an cineál infheistíochta atá á dhéanamh aige agus ó thaobh jabanna a chur ar fáil. Ní bheidh laghdú ar bith maidir le sin de bharr an conartha seo. Níl a fhios agam go díreach cathain a foilseofar an Bille. Mar a dúirt mé, caithfear an Bille a chur ar fáil ar dtús, an coimisiún a bhunú agus an próiseas a leagan amach. Nuair a bheidh an Bille réidh agus glactha ag an Rialtas, tabharfaimid eolas don Teach láithreach.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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Mí Bealtaine, b'fhéidir.

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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Bliain ó shin, nuair a cuireadh an clár Rialtais le chéile, thug an Rialtas geallúint go ndéileáilfeadh sé go práinneach trí reachtaíocht le cúrsaí a bhaineann le siopaí agus gnóthaí. B'shin an cheist faoi athbhreithnithe ardaitheacha amháin ar chíosanna, upward only rent reviews. In ainneoin go ndúirt an tArd-Aighne nach raibh reachtaíocht cuí sa chás seo, toisc go mbeadh sí ag teacht salach ar an mBunreacht, an bhfuil sé i gceist ag an Rialtas athrú bunreachtúil a dhéanamh i bhfoirm reifrinn. Os rud é go mbeidh pobal na tíre ag vótáil i reifreann eile, an féidir leis an Rialtas an deis sin a thapú chun a dhéanamh cinnte de go dtiocfaidh athrú ar seo ionas nach mbeidh aon reachtaíocht ag teacht salach ar an mBunreacht, go háirithe mar tá a lán siopaí agus lucht gnó i gcruachás faoi láthair.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Bhí sé ar intinn ag an Rialtas sin a chur i gcrích, ach de réir an t-eolas a fuair an Rialtas ón Ard-Aighne, ní féidir é sin a dhéanamh. Níl sé i gceist againn go mbeidh aon reifreann ann faoi sin.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Cá bhfuil an reachtaíocht maidir le HIQA a gheall an Taoiseach anuraidh? Tá súil agam go gcuirfidh an Rialtas HIQA amach ar an mbóthar ag lorg suímh nua do ospidéal na bpáistí. Trasna na tíre, HIQA is frightening people and much damage could be done.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We do not want to frighten the life out of people.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Cad é sin?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We do not want to frighten the life out of them.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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No. Tá súil agam go mbeidh an Bille seo ag teacht go luath.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Níl a fhios agam cén Bille atá i gceist ag an Teachta. Tá neart Billí le teacht ón Aire Sláinte. Cén Bille atá i gceist ag an Teachta?

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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An Bille a bhaineann le HIQA.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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HIQA.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Ní féidir liom dáta a thabhairt don Bhille sin.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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There is no promised legislation.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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There is no promised legislation.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Could I ask-----

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Geallúintí briste.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Considering the Government's failure to support the Scrap and Precious Metal Dealers Bill introduced by Deputy Mattie McGrath, has the Government any promised or proposed legislation to deal with this?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy should put down a parliamentary question on that.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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It has some precious metals.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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I want to hear if there is promised legislation.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy cannot have this on the Order of Business. It is only for promised legislation.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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I am asking if there is promised legislation. If the Government was so intent-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is there promised legislation?

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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No.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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-----on ruling Deputy McGrath's Bill out of order, does it have its own proposal?

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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Mattie did not even appear for the vote.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I call Deputy Dooley.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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So there are no proposals.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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There is no legislation promised at the moment. The Deputy can put down a parliamentary question.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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Tá mé in sa bhád céanna le Deputy Durkan agus b'fhéidir mar sin go leanfaidh mé ar aghaidh as Béarla. Last week the Minister for Transport published the Booz & Company report commissioned by the Government to consider the future ownership and management structures of the State airports. The publication has caused great concern among the people who work in the various airports, as well as the business and tourism industries surrounding those facilities. There has been nothing further from the Minister on how quickly he intends to proceed with the options outlined in the legislation. Will the Taoiseach give us some indication on when he proposes to bring appropriate enabling legislation before the House to give effect to one or other of the options outlined in the report?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy is aware of the Booz & Company report and what it recommends in respect of Dublin, Cork and Shannon. These are serious matters and the Minister is in a process of consultation. I suggest that if the Deputy speaks nicely to the Ceann Comhairle, he might allow a topical issue and the Minister could give a direct reply. I will have an answer sent to the Deputy when I get an opportunity to the speak to the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, who is considering the matter now.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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I wish to ask about two items of legislation. When can we expect the valuation (amendment) Bill? There is a commitment in the programme for Government to establish a strategic investment bank, which would require legislation. I notice there is nothing current or for further contemplation in the legislative programme about a strategic investment bank. Is it the Government's intention to go ahead with this and does the Government intend during its lifetime to establish a strategic investment bank? If it does, when will the relevant legislation be brought forward?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The valuation (amendment) Bill is due this session. The Deputy is aware of the setting up of the strategic investment fund by the Government, which is the precursor to the issue raised by the Deputy.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Deputy O'Dea asked about an investment bank.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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I asked two questions and the Taoiseach answered the first. Will he answer the second question?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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We have set up the strategic investment fund, as the Deputy is aware.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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No, I asked about the strategic investment bank mentioned by the programme for Government.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I am telling the Deputy we have set up the strategic investment fund.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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I am not talking about the fund, I am talking about the bank.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I cannot give an accurate date with respect to the strategic investment bank proposal.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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Is it the intention of the Government to establish such a bank?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy will have to-----

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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Does the Taoiseach intend to establish one? It is a "Yes" or "No" question.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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We intend to fulfil the programme for Government.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I am only in the business of promised legislation.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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It is promised legislation.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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It is promised.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Taoiseach has said nothing is promised at the moment.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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I want to know. It is a very reasonable question.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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He has just answered the Deputy.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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The Government has promised to establish a strategic investment bank. There is a simple answer to the question. Does it intend to go ahead with the bank? Is the answer "Yes" or "No"?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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We intend to fulfil the programme for Government-----

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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So is that a "Yes"?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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-----and as part of that we set up the strategic investment fund.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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That is not a strategic investment bank.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Take it out of the programme so.