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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety (17 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: 605. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 525 of 3 December 2019, if chickens being conveyed from poultry farms to slaughter houses can be considered within the exemption referred to in the reply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53080/19]

Estimates for Public Services 2019: Motion (12 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I thank the Deputies who contributed to the debate. I regularly attend Question Time with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Donohoe. I read all of the parliamentary questions that come in from other areas. Every day, a new demand for spending is made in the House. In one day, the demands made in just one group of parliamentary questions clocked up hundreds of millions...

Estimates for Public Services 2019: Motion (12 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I apologise for being delayed in getting to the Chamber for the debate on this motion. The Revised Estimates Volume 2019 sets out total net voted expenditure for the year of €53.9 billion. On budget day, the requirements for a number of Supplementary Estimates for 2019 were set out in the 2020 expenditure report. The total amount proposed in respect of substantive Supplementary...

Credit Union Restructuring Board (Dissolution) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I thank all Deputies and members of the Opposition for their support of the Credit Union Restructuring Board (Dissolution) Bill 2019. I wish to reinforce some of the comments made by Deputies. The Credit Union Restructuring Board, ReBo, which was established under Part 3 of the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012, has completed the performance of its functions...

Credit Union Restructuring Board (Dissolution) Bill 2019: Order for Report Stage (10 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Pyrite Remediation Programme (10 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: 658. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if Limerick City and County Council will be included in the pyrite remediation scheme; the eligibility criteria for same.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51182/19]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Planning Appeals (10 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: 668. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of decisions to grant permission to construct one-off houses that were subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanála by county in 2016, in tabular form; when the decision to grant was subsequently withdrawn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51367/19]

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (3 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: This is a serious debate.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (3 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Deputy can mention "Love Actually" now. All of his buddies in the Fianna Fáil tent.

Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: Motion [Private Members] (3 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: The houses were delivered by the people in Australia.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Safety (3 Dec 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: 525. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if drivers who transport livestock are exempted from the need to take breaks under tachograph rules and regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50268/19]

Seanad: Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (28 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: The proposed Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019 has three Parts. The first Part contains the Short Title and commencement and definitions section. The second Part is to make amendments to the legislation governing the Tax Appeals Commission, primarily to implement recommendations of an independent review carried out in 2018. The third Part relates to the...

Seanad: Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (28 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: No.

Seanad: Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (28 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: As soon as we get this done.

Seanad: Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (28 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I thank all Senators who have engaged with the Bill. Senator Conway-Walsh is right that there will be a further opportunity on Committee Stage. In the context of the appeals that were closed between 21 March 2016 and 29 October 2019, the total number was 3,750, involving a quantum of €1.3 billion. As of 29 October last, the amount of money still in dispute with the Tax Appeals...

Seanad: Finance Bill (Tax Appeals and Prospectus Regulation) Bill 2019: Second Stage (28 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: It is great and is a sign of things to come. With regard to the question on the Apple tax appeal, I am not going to refer to an individual company but I would point out that is not a matter for the Tax Appeals Commission but is an EU matter. I am sure that if there are specifics the Senator wishes to raise with the Minister for Finance at another opportunity, he would be delighted to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Insurance Costs (27 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: First, I apologise for the absence of the Minister of State, Deputy D'Arcy, who is responsible for this area. I am a neighbour of Deputy Michael Moynihan's and many of the issues to which he has referred are familiar to me. I know that this issue concerns him and he has raised it previously. I will ask the Minister of State, Deputy D'Arcy, to correspond with or meet the Deputy about it. ...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Insurance Costs (27 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Topical Issue the Deputy submitted was fairly broad, and therefore the response is also broad and does not address the Deputy's specific questions. I will provide him with answers on the timeframe for the replacement of the book of quantum, the current status of the European Commission of investigation, and the dawn raid issue. I do not disagree with what the Deputy is saying about...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (27 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: Cuba and Venezuela are bastions of democracy.

Migration of Participating Securities Bill 2019: Referral to Select Committee (26 Nov 2019)

Patrick O'Donovan: I move: That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 149(1).

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