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Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Revenue Raising Proposals: Minister for Finance and Revenue Commissioners (20 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: Several views on the USC have been expressed. It is quite wrong to bundle together people’s views on its abolition versus its reduction or phasing out. The total overall tax rate on employment in this country and the level at which it kicks in are very high. Something has to be done about that. Will the Minister comment on the benefits of a reduction in USC and the principle of...

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Revenue Raising Proposals: Minister for Finance and Revenue Commissioners (20 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: There was a whole area concerning the thinking on capital gains tax or inheritance tax which was not answered at all.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Current and Capital Expenditure: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I have one question to start with. While the increase in expenditure is to be warmly welcomed, the key thing about it is looking at it in the context of demographics. In terms of demographics, how much additional expenditure, both on the capital side and the other side, will be available on top of the expenditure for what we really need to address? How much will be available to grow...

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Current and Capital Expenditure: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I will come back in later.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I thank the delegates for attending. I wish to refer to one or two points on which Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring commented. She outlined the split between the figures of 20% and 80%, as she saw it, and then spoke specifically about the timelines. Obviously, an effort was made to tighten them. In how many of the cases in the 20% and 80% categories would Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring describe as...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I thank Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring for what was a very comprehensive answer in which she outlined the reasons, but it was not actually an answer to the question I had asked her. I asked specifically whether she had numbers for me in the 20% category which she has highlighted and the 80% category, in respect of which the commission identifies a timeline issue associated with how An Garda...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I appreciate that. I would like to go back to another aspect of the general tone of Ms Justice Ring's contribution. She spoke about the complaint procedure that applies when somebody is dealing with a shop manager about a person who has been rude to him or her. I appreciate and fully accept that it was an analogy. The problem with that analogy is that members of the Garda are in a very...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I take it that the Chair wants to let someone else in.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (21 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I thank the Chair.

Road Traffic Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I welcome the opportunity to speak on this Bill. I wish to discuss a number of issues but there is a limited amount of time to do so before the Topical Issue debate. First, I welcome the overall thrust of the Bill, particularly with regard to the ability to change and adjust speed limits. I come from the local authority background of South Dublin County Council which is a very proactive...

Road Traffic Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: Before the debate adjourned I spoke about my key view that, in welcoming the Bill, I support the concept that the final decision making on the introduction of speed limits for an area should be vested in the members of the local authority. It is devolving decision making down to the level which is most accurate and beneficial for making such a decision. There is an aspect to the...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: National Women's Strategy (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 102. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the position on the preparation of the new national women’s strategy. [27639/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Children First Guidelines (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 131. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures to be rolled out to ensure the implementation of Children First guidance in schools as provided for in the action plan for education; and if it is intended that all school staff will receive training in Children First. [27632/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Children First Guidelines (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 132. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans regarding the provision of additional support to the professional development support for teachers, PDST, to support the implementation of Children First in schools as provided for in the action plan for education. [27633/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Children First Guidelines (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 133. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans regarding the introduction of compulsory Children First training in teacher training colleges and for newly qualified teachers as part of their induction training. [27634/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Stay Safe Programme (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 134. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the staffing in place to support implementation of the revised Stay Safe programme; and if there is a dedicated national co-ordinator in place. [27635/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Child Protection (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 135. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a single dedicated national co-ordinator in place to oversee implementation of all child protection requirements for schools. [27636/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Teacher Secondment (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to extend the period of secondment to PDST and other support services to ensure that the services retain experienced staff to provide the highest quality support for schools and to support the implementation of the new Action Plan for Education. [27637/16]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: 137. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase the number of women entering apprenticeships. [27638/16]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality: Policing Authority: Discussion (28 Sep 2016)

Colm Brophy: I would like to focus on a few areas. The establishment of the authority is very welcome, as is the attendance of the witnesses here today. We are now nearly at a point where we as a committee should be considering a six-montly type process where we would get an update and have this type of exchange to track back on many of the issues that Ms Feehily has highlighted today. As so much of the...

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