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Advice to Dissolve Dáil: Announcement (1 Feb 2011)

Brian Cowen: Mar a dúirt mé inné, níl sé i gceist agam seasamh don Dáil sa toghchán atá ag teacht. Is le meas agus le buíochas a sheasaim romhaibh inniu, le meas ar an obair a dhéantar sa Dáil agus orthu siúd a dhéanann an obair sin agus le buíochas don tacaíocht agus cairdeas a tugadh dom le linn mo 27 bliain anseo. Thosaigh mé sa Dáil sa bhliain 1984, tar éis báis m'athair. I rith...

Written Answers — Passport Applications: Passport Applications (27 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: On 21 January, 2011, the applicant wrote to the Department to cancel his application. This has been done and passport fee is being refunded. The Passports Act, 2008 requires, inter alia, that before issuing a passport to a person, the Minister for Foreign Affairs shall be satisfied as to the identity of the person. Documentary proofs in respect of identity are required for all passport...

Written Answers — Proposed Legislation: Proposed Legislation (26 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: No legislation is being contemplated or proposed within my Department at present.

Written Answers — Proposed Legislation: Proposed Legislation (26 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: No legislation is currently being contemplated or proposed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Written Answers — International Trade: International Trade (26 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question 317 answered on 25 January, which is outlined as follows. The Government has consistently supported the right to self-determination of the people of the Western Sahara. Ireland has not taken a position on the future status of the territory, so long as that status is decided in a genuine exercise of self-determination. At present, the Western...

Written Answers — Passport Applications: Passport Applications (26 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: An application for a passport from the person concerned was received in the Embassy in Canberra on 24 January, 2011. The application will be processed as soon as possible and subject to it being in order, the applicant could expect to have his new passport in approximately 3 weeks.

Written Answers — State Bodies: State Bodies (25 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The number of bodies within my Department's remit has been reduced from five to one, resulting in a reduction in budget allocations of €3.45m or 60%. The total Separate programme funding for the work of the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership and the Active Citizenship Office ceased in 2009. The separate Offices in these areas have been discontinued which has given rise to savings in my...

Written Answers — State Bodies: State Bodies (25 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The National Economic and Social Development Office is the only agency under the aegis of my Department. As it is a non-commercial semi-state body the questions as to turnover and losses do not arise.

Written Answers — Departmental Appointments: Departmental Appointments (25 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The term of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) ended in summer 2010. The Government decided to change the composition of the NESC to reflect changes to the structure of social partnership, most notably the addition of the Environmental Pillar, and to increase the number of independent members of the Council. The National Economic and Social Development Act 2006 specifies that...

Written Answers — Departmental Expenditure: Departmental Expenditure (25 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The table details mileage payments made annually to staff in my Department from 2007 to date. Year Amount 2007 â'¬46,812 2008 â'¬52,357 2009 â'¬44,548 2010 â'¬37,557 2011 â'¬676

Written Answers — Public Sector Staff: Public Sector Staff (25 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: My Department's policy is not to seek replacements for staff availing of maternity leave or other similar types of short term leave such as annual leave or sick leave. In the context of the moratorium, where necessary, responsibility for the work of officers who leave and are not replaced is dealt with by way of reorganisation and restructuring of work allocations and staffing. My...

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