Dáil debates

Wednesday, 10 October 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. a13, motion re membership of committees; No. 4, Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2012 - Second Stage (resumed); and No. 16, statements on philanthropy and the arts (resumed). It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that No. a13 shall be decided without debate. Private Members' business shall be No. 63, motion re agriculture (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 is one proposal to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with No. a13, without debate, agreed to? Agreed.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I am unsure whether the Taoiseach read the Irish Examiner this morning but there is an interesting headline: "Child benefit scare tactics 'hit economy'". It refers to and accurately reports the comments of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Leo Varadkar, to the effect that the various kite flying exercises that have gone on have damaged consumer confidence to the extent that it has gone down ten points.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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This is the Order of Business, Deputy.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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He refers to comments in terms of child benefit cuts, cuts to the disability allowance and the property tax.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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This is the Order of Business.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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My question relates to forthcoming legislation. We understand from another report that Ministers were discussing bringing forward the date of the budget because, without question, what has been going on in recent weeks is damaging consumer confidence and jobs. Can the Taoiseach confirm the date of the budget and when the finance Bill will be forthcoming? I realise he is consulting with the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, but the Minister was clear yesterday in the Dáil about the damage Ministers are heaping on the economy and the damage Ministers are doing to consumer confidence by the serial leaking and kite flying. I have been on the doorsteps talking to people about the property tax-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Sorry, Deputy, this is the Order of Business.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I am asking about the budget.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We are not talking about the budget. We are discussing promised legislation.

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

Photo of Ray ButlerRay Butler (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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He is asking about kite flying.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I want the time for the resolutions and the finance Bill. Can we get confirmation of when the budget will happen and when the finance Bill will occur?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I am glad Deputy Martin has been on the doorsteps. Let me confirm that the Government has not considered the question of child benefit. The Government has not considered the question of disability benefit. The Government has not considered the question of property taxes.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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What is it doing?

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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Has the Government considered anything?

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Does the Taoiseach not believe the Minister, Deputy Varadkar?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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That is in the newspaper. I am telling Deputy Martin what is the story. Ministers have not discussed-----

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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The Taoiseach should answer the question.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Would you mind, please? Plenty of other Deputies want to speak. Deputy Dooley, you indicated you wanted to speak. Would you mind allowing other people to speak? Thank you.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Let me give it here to Deputy Martin.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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He said it was probably due to Ministers and others talking about child benefit cuts and property taxes. That is what the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, said.

A Deputy:

Does the Taoiseach agree with him or not?

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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He said within one month it had fallen by ten points.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I see you. I hear you.

11:10 am

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Ministers and others, including Deputy Martin.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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He said within one month it had fallen by ten points.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Excuse me, we are not having a debate on the Order of Business.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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If Deputy Martin wants to talk about the Irish Examiner, it is fair enough.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Would the Taoiseach stick to the legislation?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I am confirming for Deputy Martin-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Would the Deputy put away his newspaper? Would the Taoiseach answer about the legislation?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Government has not discussed any of those issues and there is no change in the date of the budget or the finance Bill, as outlined by the Minister for Finance here on a number of occasions. What Deputy Martin is talking about is absolute fallacy.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I call Deputy Adams. Would Deputy Martin leave down his newspaper?

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

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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What did Deputy Martin have for his breakfast this morning? Would he allow Deputy Adams?

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I had a healthy breakfast.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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Weetabix.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Maybe he should go out and get breakfast then if he did not have breakfast.

Photo of Gerry AdamsGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein)
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Seo ceist faoi reachtaíocht atá fógraithe. I want to ask for an update on the progress of the health (Amendment) Bill to provide for free GP services. When will this Bill be published and when will it be debated here, and will the Government provide free GP care for claimants under the long-term illness scheme before the end of the year? What is the reason for the delay in bringing forward this legislation?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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It is merely the pressure of the line of legislation. The GP services Bill is scheduled to be published this session and Deputy Adams will have the opportunity to raise any issues he wants when it is published.

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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What progress has been made on the solas Bill?

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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We are all in the dark.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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That will be published this session as well.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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The lights have gone out.

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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When will the housing Bill be published? Would the Taoiseach agree that the social housing programme has pretty much collapsed, in particular, over the past number of months?

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Years.

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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Will the Government take any initiative next year to restore a reasonable programme of social housing?

When will Mr. Justice Finnegan's report on Priory Hall be published? A colleague asked about it yesterday. Priory Hall residents are deeply anxious to know what kind of resolution there will be about their homes.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I can confirm that the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, is working hard on the housing Bill. It will be next year before it comes in.

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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Today marks World Homeless Day and the Irish homeless football team is in the third round of the Homeless World Cup.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Hold on a second, for goodness sake.

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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I am just coming to the question. They are playing Scotland today and I am sure we wish them all the best.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We all wish them well. Now, would Deputy Ellis ask about promised legislation?

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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I am coming to that. There is a serious issue over homelessness. There are nearly 5,000 homeless on the list and there are 100,000 on the housing list. When will the housing Bill be brought before this House?

Photo of Tommy BroughanTommy Broughan (Dublin North East, Labour)
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The Taoiseach just said it.

Photo of Dessie EllisDessie Ellis (Dublin North West, Sinn Fein)
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I heard him saying that. I intended to ask that. Also, in the meantime, if it is not coming soon, can we have a debate on the issue of homelessness and housing because it is such an important issue?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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There is Private Members' time.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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There is Private Members' time. Deputy Ellis will be able to raise that in the general economic debate which will take place shortly.

Photo of Pádraig MacLochlainnPádraig MacLochlainn (Donegal North East, Sinn Fein)
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When will the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 be back before the House? When will the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012 come to Report Stage?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 is due back in on 5 November. I hope that that date can be adhered to. If not, we will let Deputy Mac Lochlainn know.

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

Photo of Pádraig MacLochlainnPádraig MacLochlainn (Donegal North East, Sinn Fein)
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What of the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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It is being worked on. I think it is due back from committee fairly soon. I hope it will be completed here before the end of the term.

Photo of Joe HigginsJoe Higgins (Dublin West, Socialist Party)
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When will there be a statement in the Dáil on the location and time cale for the children's hospital? Has the Cabinet signed off on that?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Cabinet has not signed off on it. I can confirm that the Minister for Health has reviewed the Dolphin report-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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It is a matter for a parliamentary question.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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-----and the Department has carried out its assessments.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Are there new criteria?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I would expect the Government to make a decision on that within the next two weeks.

Photo of Joan CollinsJoan Collins (Dublin South Central, People Before Profit Alliance)
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There have been reports in the media that the advisory group on the ABC case has completed its report. Has the Cabinet seen that and when will the Government bring it to the Chamber?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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It certainly has not been presented to the Minister. I am not aware that it has been completed. Obviously, we will wait until it is presented to the Minister for Health to see what it contains.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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As the Taoiseach will be aware, the mortgage crisis faced by approximately 160,000 households in this country is one of the most pressing issues facing this country. In the context of the Personal Insolvency Bill coming back for its final Stages, will the Taoiseach release the information that Mr. Simon Carswell of The Irish Times indicated the Government was refusing to give out-----

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

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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-----about banks lobbying the Government-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Would Deputy Boyd Barrett resume his seat?

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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-----on the Personal Insolvency Bill before we discuss the final Stages?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Would Deputy Boyd Barrett please respect the Chair and resume his seat? I ask the Taoiseach not to answer somebody who is totally out of order. Deputy Boyd Barrett should respect the Chair. When I stand up, the Deputy is supposed to sit down. He is totally out of order.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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I was only asking for information on property legislation being discussed.

Photo of Séamus HealySéamus Healy (Tipperary South, Workers and Unemployed Action Group)
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The Government is proposing to introduce unfair and anti-family water taxes. Recent reports suggest that as many as one third of connections cannot be metered and will be the subject of a flat tax. Similar reports, or maybe the same reports-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We are talking not about reports, but about promised legislation.

Photo of Séamus HealySéamus Healy (Tipperary South, Workers and Unemployed Action Group)
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I am getting to it.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Please get on. I have a list of Deputies waiting to speak.

Photo of Séamus HealySéamus Healy (Tipperary South, Workers and Unemployed Action Group)
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Some of the reports suggest that Bord Gáis will not be able to meter these connections before 2014.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is not a matter for the Order of Business.

Photo of Séamus HealySéamus Healy (Tipperary South, Workers and Unemployed Action Group)
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I am asking the Taoiseach when will we see the water services Bill so that we can clarify these reports.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Deputy Healy will see that Bill this session.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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In July, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Varadkar, announced that he would provide an additional €36 million to the CIE group of companies to assist in the protection and retention of services. Today we understand that he has changed his mind on that.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We understand what?

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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If I could get to it, today we discovered that he has changed his mind on that. He is now suggesting that they sell assets or that they borrow money.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We are not dealing with debates.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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It is effectively selling the bus to pay for diesel. There is, on the schedule, the transport (CIE borrowings) Bill. When does the Minister intend to bring that before the House?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The transport (CIE borrowings) Bill is down for publication this session.

Photo of Ray ButlerRay Butler (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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When is it expected that the criminal justice (proceeds of crime) Bill, to strengthen the powers of CAB in forfeiting the proceeds of crime, will be published? Naturally, one of the big issues would be the smuggling that is having a significant effect on this country.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I can confirm for Deputy Butler that the proceeds of crime Bill is the subject of discussions with CAB. It will be next year before the Bill is published.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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I hope I am in order this morning.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I hope the Deputy is.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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I want to ask the Taoiseach, under the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012, about the serious erosion taking place here in the proposed legislation in relation to the Veterinary Association of Ireland. Its members have given good service to the community and farming practices and they are being undermined here.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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To which legislation does Deputy Mattie McGrath speak?

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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The Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I thank the Deputy. What of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill?

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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There is a serious diminution of their situation.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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There is no need to expand.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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There will be more quangos and more lay-people, animal rights activists and others, interfering here whereas the veterinarians are qualified and have given good service.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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The Bill is expected to go to the Select Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine next week.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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By the way, Deputy Mattie McGrath is entitled to attend that committee.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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I know that. I was there this morning.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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On a matter that another Member and I have raised on many occasions-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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If somebody else has raised it, there is no point in Deputy Durkan raising it a second time because he will get the same answer.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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The important part there is I have a unique way for raising this question.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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That is a given.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I know Deputy Durkan has, very unique.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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It relates to organised crime, which I have raised on many occasions when I was sitting over there, as the Ceann Comhairle will recall because he supported me in that.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputy Durkan should have a chat with Deputy Butler who has already raised the matter.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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I want to ask if it might be possible to introduce the legislation that is most likely to impact in a really negative way on organised criminal activity because the carnage continues.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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What Bill?

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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The carnage continues, as it did when I was sitting over there.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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What Bill is Deputy Durkan talking about?

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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There is a variety of Bills and I will not-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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It is only for the Taoiseach's sake.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Wait for a second, I do not propose to read them all out but there are many of them. They have been sitting on the Order Paper for at least five to ten years.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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This is the Order of Business. Deputy Durkan is supposed to be asking about promised legislation. Would he tell us about the Bill?

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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This is a matter for the Order of Business.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Be fair.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Promised legislation.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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This is a matter for the Order of Business.

It is because of the negligence of the previous Administration-----

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Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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The Deputy is only wasting time.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Will Deputy Bernard Durkan please resume his seat, co-operate with the Chair and adhere to the rules applying to the Order of Business, which require Deputies to ask when promised legislation is likely to be brought before the House?

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary South, Independent)
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Just like I did. Did Deputy Bernard Durkan see what I did?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Will Deputy Bernard Durkan please tell the Taoiseach what Bill he is talking about?

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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I will not repeat what I said.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I hope the Deputy will not.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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He has forgotten it already.

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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The criminal records information system Bill has been promised for some time, with other similar legislation, the introduction of which is hugely important. Is it intended to expedite the processing of this legislation through the House in order that we can make a real impact on the criminality taking place?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I can confirm that the heads of the criminal records information system Bill were cleared in April, but it will be next year before the Bill is actually published.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Regarding the proposed new housing agency, will it be funded properly in order that local authorities can purchase-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is the subject of a parliamentary question.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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No, it comes under the housing Bill.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We do not discuss the contents of Bills on the Order of Business. We only inquire when promised legislation is likely to be introduced.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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I want to know if local authorities will be funded in order that they can buy properties currently for sale at very affordable prices.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Deputy should table a question to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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In that way, they would be able to provide housing for those on housing waiting lists.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Has a housing agency Bill been promised?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Yes; it will be introduced next year.

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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The programme for Government promised reform of local government. We have a situation where 235 staff of local authorities are being paid in excess of €100,000 and there are 203 directors-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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We are not having a debate on that matter now.

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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Will the Taoiseach confirm that there will be measures in the-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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No, not on the Order of Business. What legislation is the Deputy inquiring about?

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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Before the summer recess we were promised legislation, but we still have not seen it.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Will the Deputy please resume his seat?

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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The Ceann Comhairle did not ask Deputy Bernard Durkan to resume his seat.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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He did, actually.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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This is codology. Every single morning this happens. Deputies know exactly what issues they are entitled to raise on the Order of Business and I ask them please to do so. However, we do not want speeches.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The Ceann Comhairle did ask Deputy Bernard Durkan to resume his seat and the Deputy sat down.

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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He did not.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The Deputy can check the record.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I am fed up having to ask Deputies to stay quiet.

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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The Ceann Comhairle is very one-sided.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputies should stick to the rules of the House. If they do not like them, they should change them. I have to apply them.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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Deputy Niall Collins should withdraw he remark made.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputies can table parliamentary questions, raise Topical Issues and attend committee meeting, but they should not use the Order of Business every single morning to raise issues that they should not. I have to cut them off when they do so, even though I do not want to do so.

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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My question is very relevant.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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No speeches, please.

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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I did not receive an answer to my question.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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I do not know the legislation to which the Deputy was inquiring.

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Given the abuses at all levels within the body politic, can the Taoiseach give us a more definite date for publication of the registration of lobbyists Bill?

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I believe it will be published next year. We will not get to it in this session.

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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Deputy James Bannon can take another chill pill in the meantime.

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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Will the Dolphin report be published in full? Can we have a debate in the Dáil on the proposed location of the new children's hospital and the detail of that report?

Primary legislation is required to abolish the 50 cent prescription charge. As the Minister has made a commitment in the matter, will the Taoiseach indicate if the required legislation will be published in the near future? The Minister made the promise in March 2011 to abolish the charge.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I will have to get back to the Deputy on the legislation to which he refers. The Dolphin report is in the hands of the Minister. When the Government makes its decision, there will be an opportunity to have a full discussion in the House. Clearly, the report can be published at that stage.

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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First, I express my disappointment that Deputy Micheál Martin did not have a copy of the Evening Echo when he was canvassing in Rathgar last week. I am glad he was canvassing there and not in Cork-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Will the Deputy please get on with it?

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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Is Deputy Jerry Buttimer questioning the editorial content of the Evening Echo?

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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I am aware of the reaction Deputy Micheál Martin received when he was canvassing in Rathgar.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I was in Ranelagh actually.

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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On the Irish Aviation Authority Bill, the Dublin Airport Authority has written to Cork Airport seeking redundancies. Obviously, there is huge concern in Cork regarding the airport-----

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is the Deputy asking about an aviation Bill?

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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It is important that we allay the concerns of workers and recognise that Cork Airport is a hub and a gateway to the south. When will that legislation be brought before the House?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is a Topical Issue matter.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I can inform Deputy Jerry Buttimer that discussions and consultations on the Irish Aviation Authority Bill are ongoing. It will be next year before the Bill is published.

Photo of Peter MathewsPeter Mathews (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I hope I will be in order, a Cheann Comhairle.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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So do I.

Photo of Peter MathewsPeter Mathews (Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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I am learning the rules slowly. Regarding Bills in preparation touching on the security of citizens, gangland crime, the proceeds of crime and so forth, I ask the Government to consider the possibility, if not the necessity, of providing for the visible arming of the Garda Síochána. The news today that a 16 year old boy was shot at 9 p.m. is yet another example of the problem. We are seeing it day by day. With such a move we would have manners and decorum on the streets.

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That sounds like a Topical Issue matter to me.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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It does, a Cheann Comhairle. I regret the incident in which a 16 year old boy was shot and I hope he recovers fully. The changed rosters after discussions within the Garda Síochána have meant a greater level of activity and greater visibility on the streets, which I welcome. The Minister for Justice and Equality is concerned, as is the Garda Commissioner, about the ongoing level of violent crime on the streets of Dublin, in particular, and every effort will be made to deal with it effectively.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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Will the Taoiseach confirm that the Thornhill report has been with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government since June? Has the Minister read it yet? Has he passed it on to the Cabinet and when will it be made public?

Photo of Seán BarrettSeán Barrett (Ceann Comhairle; Dún Laoghaire, Ceann Comhairle)
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That is not a matter for the Order of Business but the subject of a parliamentary question.