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Finance Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: One of the ways in which the Bill protects the less well-off in society is by creating a fairer tax system. The Social Welfare Bill made significant improvements to social welfare payments, including pensions and carer's allowance, among other measures. The Finance Bill aims to reward those at work. It does so by giving increases in personal tax credits and tax bands to ensure that low...

Finance Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: The old system has been replaced by an exemption of €125,000, a 7% rate on the next €875,000 and a 9% rate on sums above that. A measure which is often overlooked but which will create more flexibility for individuals is the reduction in the stamp duty claw-back provision for new residences and for first-time buyers from five to two years. The Bill also prioritises the environment....

Finance Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: The Opposition would have been only too glad to have been able to court the Green Party but, again, they were unsuccessful. They have not come to terms with that fact. The Bill will make the business expansion scheme more accessible for recycling companies and also provides for a reduction in the VAT rate applicable on certain supplies used for the agricultural production of biofuels from...

Health Services: Motion (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: I want to share time with my colleagues, Deputies Finian McGrath and Michael Lowry. I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on this issue. I am glad this motion has been brought before the House because it gives us the opportunity to take stock of the measures that have been taken in the provision of health services. The motion refers to a number of issues, including...

Health Services: Motion (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: ——and then the Opposition would do their bidding. Clearly this is where we have arrived at and I suppose that is for the Opposition to deal with.

Health Services: Motion (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: The issue of cystic fibrosis is a priority for the Government. Additional funding of €6.78 million has been spent on the services since 2006 arising from the recommendations of the Pollock report. This helped in the appointment of 44 additional staff throughout the country. Before Joe Duffy and even the Opposition were aware of the issue, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health and...

Health Services: Motion (Resumed) (6 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: ——together with the HSE, met the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland last September to discuss infrastructural deficits. Therefore, we are well aware of the difficulties. There is no magic wand. There is a long way to go. The built infrastructure has serious deficits which are being addressed. We have come a long way in terms of the multidisciplinary teams that are required and we...

Overseas Missions. (19 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 113: To ask the Minister for Defence if he will report on his recent visit to the operation headquarters of the EUFOR CHAD/RCA; his discussions with a person (details supplied ); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6307/08]

Overseas Missions. (19 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: I know the Minister has had discussions with Lieutenant General Nash. Will the Minister outline what the force commander views as the main threat to Irish troops? Is the Minister reassured and satisfied as to the safety of Irish troops? Last week, the Minister met with the noted Darfur human rights activist and EU peace prize winner, Salih Osman. I am interested in his comments on that...

Written Answers — National Monuments: National Monuments (19 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 147: To ask the Minister for Defence the position regarding his proposal for a national memorial to commemorate deceased members of the Defence Forces who have died in service; when he expects this monument to be ready; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6306/08]

Written Answers — Architectural Heritage: Architectural Heritage (19 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 692: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans, in view of recent reports of maintenance work being carried out on Dublin's Georgian street-scape to have Georgian Dublin listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; if, in view of same reports, he will accelerate the process for listing Georgian Dublin as a UNECSO World Heritage Site; and if he will...

Student Support Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Feb 2008)

Chris Andrews: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak on the Student Support Bill 2008. As the Minister of State has heard from previous speakers, this Bill is broadly welcomed. I also welcome it. It will streamline the student grant scheme by providing a statutory framework for the replacement of four different schemes operated by local authorities and VECs with one unified system. Having...

Anti-Social Behaviour: Motion (4 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: I am thankful for the opportunity to speak on an extremely important issue. First I express my sympathies to the families of the two Polish men murdered recently in Dublin. Their parents lost these two sons to emigration less than a year ago, which must have been difficult for them at that time. To bring their children home in a box must be particularly traumatic and my sympathies are with...

Written Answers — School Enrolment: School Enrolment (4 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 437: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the number of students enrolled in each national and private junior school in Dublin south east as of 30 September 2007. [9177/08]

Written Answers — School Enrolment: School Enrolment (4 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 438: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the number of students enrolled in junior infants in the 30 national schools and six private schools in Dublin south east as of 30 September 2007. [9178/08]

Written Answers — Education Welfare Service: Education Welfare Service (4 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 440: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the number of private schools the National Educational Welfare Board assessed in 2005, 2006 and 2007; and the number of private schools that contacted the NEWB in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in Dublin south east. [9196/08]

Written Answers — Legal Support Services: Legal Support Services (4 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 473: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will establish a service to legally support Irish families who have lost loved ones abroad and find themselves unable to meet expense and layers of bureaucracy that they face in trying to access justice abroad in view of the closure of the trial of a person (details supplied). [8801/08]

Written Answers — Citizenship Applications: Citizenship Applications (11 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 477: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of the application for naturalisation by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10391/08]

Written Answers — Citizenship Applications: Citizenship Applications (11 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 479: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of the application for naturalisation or residency of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10409/08]

Written Answers — Visa Applications: Visa Applications (11 Mar 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 483: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the status of the application for a spousal visa by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10425/08]

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