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Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: That is the politics as usual we are getting from the Labour Party, but people are not buying that, much as the Deputy thinks they are. People are not buying it.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The lads are back on side today, are they? Do they agree with it today.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The lads are back on side having had a chat about it on Tuesday morning. Is Deputy Kenny back on side? Is he going with it?

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I could not agree more with the Deputy. I knew the day would come when Deputy Kenny would realise that a no confidence motion in this Government was ill-timed and ill-judged.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I will tell Deputies one thing, they are worth it. It is worth coming in here for half an hour.

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The final comment I want to make to Deputy Gilmore is that the only person who ran away from anything this week was himself, by not appearing on "The Frontline".

Termination of Ministerial Appointment: Announcement by Taoiseach (19 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: With regard to the dinner in Druid's Glen, it was not inappropriate for me to sit and discuss the economy or economic issues with the people who are in business or who are economic advisers in their own right and have economic consultancy firms. I would think that is not an inappropriate thing to do. What has proven to be a problem in terms of perception is that we are now projecting back...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, together. As the Deputies are aware, the core focus of the renewed programme is to stimulate sustainable economic recovery and job creation. It sets out the agreed areas of focus for each individual Minister whose duty it is to ensure that those commitments within their particular portfolios are implemented. As I have stated on many...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: As for the first matter, I indicated late last year that much advanced, detailed and good work has been done regarding a proposed wording for the children's referendum. As the Deputy noted, this was brought to the attention of the Cabinet and approval was given for the Minister of State, Deputy Barry Andrews, to speak to spokespersons from other parties in the House and then to proceed to...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: On when the referendum will be held, I have to await the advice of the Minister of State concerned based on the discussions he has had in the past number of weeks with his colleagues in the House. When he reports back to Government very soon it will enable us to make a judgment as to the best way forward. On the second matter, in Ireland, compared on a pro rata basis to other countries,...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The relevant Minister will have to take up some of the representations received in respect of individual cases. I hope ways and means will be found for those in need to be accommodated. Pursuing public service reform is about making sure that we release moneys, to the greatest extent possible, to the areas of the public service which require resourcing in addition to what is already being...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: Prior to Christmas it was decided that having completed the budgetary process and introduced and enacted the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, a parliamentary schedule for this term, setting out the legislative priorities, would be issued. The Deputy will have a copy of that to hand. Those are the issues we want resolved and dealt with in this term. Other parts of the programme...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: It is unlikely, because of the term the Government has lasted, that it will be possible to complete that aspect of the programme. I do not accept for one moment the pejorative term used by Deputy Gilmore with regard to the filling of State boards. He is a person who often comes into the House and speaks about the need for proper corporate governance and the need for boards to act...

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I was convinced that such a precedent could never be repeated by a Fianna Fáil-led Administration given the predilection of predecessors to do what they did. I am sure it was an oversight on their part. It may be as simple as their not having looked at the dates. I am sure it would not have attracted the criticism I received were it an oversight. It was certainly seen as a major-----

Programmes for Government (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: It is a great one to throw back at Deputy Gilmore, given his indignation on this. Sontes in glass houses come to mind when the Deputy raises questions like this. However, it is important for the Deputy to make his point. It is a fair point. I am of the view that in appointments to State boards one must appoint people with the required skill sets and who are capable of making a good...

Written Answers — Ministerial Appointments: Ministerial Appointments (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: I did not make any appointments to State boards, agencies, quangos, bodies, or authorities within the aegis of my Department between 14 December 2010 and 13 January 2011.

Written Answers — Ministerial Staff: Ministerial Staff (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table. Name Title Annual Salaryapplicable2009€ Expenses Claimed2009€ Annual Salaryapplicable2010€ Expenses Claimed2010 Annual Salaryapplicable2011€ Expenses Claimed2011€ 1Oliver O'Connor Special Adviser 177,547.00 0 156,241.00 0 0 0 Brian Murphy Special Adviser 137,737.00 0 132,687.00 0 132,687.00 0 2Declan Ryan Special...

Written Answers — Official Travel: Official Travel (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The table below details all foreign travel by me from 1st January 2010 to date. Costs in respect of the Government Jet are not included as they are paid by the Department of Defence. 14 January - Meeting with Prime Minister Brown, London Mode of Travel Government Jet Car Hire € 370.45 25 January 2010 - Meeting with Prime Minister Brown, London Mode of Travel Government Jet Car...

Written Answers — Official Travel: Official Travel (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: There were a total of 157 foreign trips made by officials in my Department. The breakdown requested by the Deputy is not readily available. The table details the total cost of foreign trips made by the Taoiseach, Ministers of State and officials in my Department from 1st January 2009 to date. Foreign Travel Costs 2009 2010 2011 Air Travel* â'¬115,354.11 â'¬56,036.00 0 Hotel...

Written Answers — Official Travel: Official Travel (18 Jan 2011)

Brian Cowen: The table below details hotel accommodation within the State used by me on official duties during the years 2009 to date. Date Name of Hotel Purpose of Trip Cost 18 March 2009 Park Inn, Shannon Airport Return flight from Washington to Baldonnel was diverted to Shannon Airport at 12.30am due to weather conditions. â'¬101.23

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