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Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Noel Harrington: The sea-fisheries (amendment) Bill was on the programme for Government but it will not be seen through at this stage. There were some difficulties about it raised with the Attorney General. A court decision was recently taken which essentially throws the enforcement regime in the fishing sector into disarray. On the eve of the general election, there will probably be a vacuum between now...

Topical Issue Debate: Inshore Fisheries (20 Jan 2016)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Minister of State for her response. I note that what was not read into the record from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine's report to the Dáil was the establishment in the near future of a mutual fund based on funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EMFF. I congratulate the Minister on achieving a €240 million fund for the fishing sector...

Topical Issue Debate: Inshore Fisheries (20 Jan 2016)

Noel Harrington: I was referring to the Department's own harbours.

Topical Issue Debate: Inshore Fisheries (20 Jan 2016)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, for attending this afternoon to address this topical issue. I also thank the Ceann Comhairle's office for selecting this matter. It is topical and is causing some distress for the inshore fishing fleet throughout the country, in particular those along the south-west coast who have been hit extremely hard. The Minister of State will...

Flooding: Statements (13 Jan 2016)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the opportunity to speak this evening on the flooding that has hit this country extremely hard in recent months. I compliment the response of the State agencies, the Department, the Defence Forces, the local authorities, the Civil Defence and the countless volunteers throughout the country in towns and in the countryside who have worked to tackle what has been a national emergency....

Ramming of Garda Vehicles Bill 2015: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: It gives me pleasure to support Deputy Griffin’s Bill to make it an offence to ram a patrol car. We live in a changing society. Decades past, the gardaí were respected and their authority was not questioned. That sadly has changed and criminals ignore the authority of a garda and will do anything they can to avoid arrest. More Garda activity now takes place in patrol cars....

Topical Issue Debate: Flood Prevention Measures (8 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: I also thank the Minister of State for his response. I welcome the €5 million package specifically for business that have been affected. It is unprecedented in the State and a positive development. I ask the Minister of State to refer again to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the need, as these schemes are being rolled out, for greater proficiency within the...

Topical Issue Debate: Flood Prevention Measures (8 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Ceann Comhairle's office for selecting this issue. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Harris, and I thank him with regard to events over the weekend. One of his officials was in west Cork in the late hours of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday morning monitoring the situation, which was very welcome. The Minister of State is here representing the Minister, Deputy...

Leaders' Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: A question, please.

Leaders' Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: Will there be a question?

Leaders' Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: To stir it up.

Leaders' Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: Can we have the Deputy's script please?

Leaders' Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Noel Harrington: Can we have the script?

Leaders' Questions (25 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: The economy.

Topical Issue Debate: Fishing Industry (11 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: I very much welcome the Minister's response. We are not trying to unwind the landing obligation or the discard ban. It is difficult, but there is no turning back and this is the reality which must be dealt with. Throwing fish back is abhorrent to fishermen; what they do is catch fish. They are not there to throw them back and they do not want to throw them back. They would wish to have a...

Topical Issue Debate: Fishing Industry (11 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: I thank the Minister for his ongoing commitment to the fishing industry, particularly in light of the last capital plan. There was a very welcome announcement for ports such as Castletownbere. I also welcome his ongoing commitment to providing coastal areas throughout the country with capital support, in conjunction with local authorities, to allow for investment in piers and quays along...

Social Welfare Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed) (4 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Social Welfare Bill and join with other speakers in congratulating the Tánaiste and the Minister of State, Deputy Kevin Humphreys, on their very effective stewardship of the largest spending Department in the Government in the past number of years. It is important to reflect on where we were four or five years ago when we assumed office. The...

Social Welfare Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed) (4 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: Ireland is one of the fairest countries in the world in terms of wealth equality for two reasons. One is that we have the fairest and most progressive tax system in the OECD, which is recognised independently by the OECD, and the second, and the reason we are here today, is that we have this social protection regime. In particular, I welcome the increases in the State pension for those over...

Social Welfare Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed) (4 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: The family income supplement is one of the most progressive payments that the State has in its social protection arsenal, for want of a better word. I welcome the ongoing increase in the number of families which have claimed the family income supplement over the years. Up to 50,000 families now claim it. That is a positive policy in terms of social protection in that we are supporting...

Leaders' Questions (4 Nov 2015)

Noel Harrington: The Deputy raised that before. Will he ask something new?

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