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Irish Economy: Motion (Resumed) (25 Sep 2008)

Chris Andrews: I thank Deputy Calleary for sharing time with me. I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this important debate. It is important to state at the outset that Ireland is part of a globalised economy. Everybody, including the dogs in the streets, know this. Our position in that world is affected by what happens in the United States of America. The only people who do not...

Irish Economy: Motion (Resumed) (25 Sep 2008)

Chris Andrews: A lack of confidence in the US market has undermined confidence in Ireland and the wider economy. One has to look no further than the situation that arose with Northern Rock, which was well capitalised, to see the real impact of a lack of confidence in the market. Customers lost confidence in that bank and the rest is history. Some commentators and members of the Opposition speak about the...

Irish Economy: Motion (Resumed) (25 Sep 2008)

Chris Andrews: We also have the ECB, and the Department of Finance oversees matters. Clearly, the Irish model is significantly different from the American model. I read recently that 24% of mortgages in the US are sub-prime in nature, while in Ireland it is less than 3%. Ireland's difficulties are not the same as those of the US, but the lack of confidence has had a major impact on us. Years ago it used...

Broadcasting Bill 2008 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (8 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: I do not have any quotes to match those so I will stick to the basics. I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on this Bill, which had over 420 submissions during the consultation process. Notwithstanding the comments of Deputy Higgins, it is a positive Bill which will clearly change the shape of broadcasting in Ireland. Some of the main points may not address the concerns...

Broadcasting Bill 2008 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (8 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: I hope it will have a large audience. Although "Oireachtas Report" is a high quality production, it is shown at such a late hour that only insomniacs and political anoraks watch it. People are sometimes right to accuse Members of living in a bubble, especially if we believe many people watch "Oireachtas Report". The programme should be moved to a slot earlier in the evening or presented...

Financial Resolution No. 15: (General) Resumed (21 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak on this budget. I believe it is the first of a number of difficult budgets because clearly matters will not improve over night. The situation in the globalised world in which we live today, as in Ireland, is pretty severe. Despite the difficult economic circumstances in which we find ourselves, Ireland today is in a much better place than it...

Financial Resolution No. 15: (General) Resumed (21 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: How much of it is spent?

Army Barracks. (22 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 42: To ask the Minister for Defence the situation regarding the married quarters at Cathal Brugha barracks, Dublin; if he will report on the meeting held with the residents on 23 September 2008; the options available to the existing residents; his plans to achieve a solution favourable to all concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34616/08]

Army Barracks. (22 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: The decision to allow the residents to purchase their homes represents a welcome step forward in addressing their concerns. Will the Minister confirm that he will be in a position to allow them so to do? Is he confident he can resolve this issue without the need for the families to be dislocated?

Army Barracks. (22 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: Is the Minister saying there is no problem in principle with these people purchasing their homes?

Written Answers — Overseas Missions: Overseas Missions (22 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 40: To ask the Minister for Defence if serving Irish members of the Defence Forces will be serving with either the EU or OSCE cease-fire monitoring mission in Georgia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34615/08]

Written Answers — Care of the Elderly: Care of the Elderly (23 Oct 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 99: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will be reached on a home care package in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2. [36720/08]

Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (12 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to speak on the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. Reading the Bill, one would be forgiven for being unaware of the extreme difficulties faced by the economy. When one takes into account that more than 75% of funds in the recent budget went on health, education and welfare, one can see that the Government is committed to showing...

Written Answers — Social Welfare Benefits: Social Welfare Benefits (12 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 239: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount of money paid out in children's allowances in 2006 and 2007; the amount of that figure, in the same period, paid out to families of non-Irish nationals; if it is possible to ascertain the figure for children's allowances paid out to parents working here whose children are not resident here; if so, the amount paid out...

Gas (Amendment) Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (19 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: I welcome the opportunity to speak. The purpose of the Bill is to increase the statutory borrowing limit of Bord Gáis from €1.7 billion to €3 billion. I wholeheartedly support its speedy passage through the Dáil. Bord Gáis Éireann has clearly performed very strongly in 2007 and revenues were up 10% on 2006 figures to €1.2 billion. Connections to the gas network have grown from...

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (20 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: I am pleased to get the opportunity to speak on the Bill which is a milestone in terms of how older people are dealt with by the State and will have a significant impact on them. As we get older, our health becomes more important to us and we begin to appreciate what we had. I notice a group of young people in the Visitors Gallery today. Many of us look enviously at the health and fitness...

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed) (20 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: The Minister, Deputy Harney, stated: We are making fair what has been unfair. We are making consistent what has been haphazard. We are making sure what has been in doubt. What has been unsettling will be reassuring. What has been unclear will be clear. I commend the Bill to the Dáil.

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2008: Second Stage (Resumed). (25 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: I am delighted to have this opportunity to speak. If anybody remained unconvinced that we live in a globalised world, they now realise we are part of something bigger than just a country alone. In many ways we are like a little ship bobbing on very stormy waters. Unfortunately we are being thrown around because of our dependence and interaction. We are more exposed than other countries...

Written Answers — Departmental Properties: Departmental Properties (25 Nov 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 194: To ask the Minister for Finance if the regulations governing Iveagh Gardens could be reviewed in view of a number of recent incidents of local children being ejected from the park for playing football in the recessed area which was originally formally laid out for tennis and bowling courts. [42592/08]

Written Answers — Hospital Services: Hospital Services (2 Dec 2008)

Chris Andrews: Question 204: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the position with regard to the plans for St Luke's Hospital, Rathgar, Dublin 6; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43539/08]

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