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Topical Issue Debate: Road Network (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I am responding to the Deputy on behalf of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, who regrets that he cannot be here this afternoon. The most extensive impact of the weather to date in the transport sector has been on the road network through both pluvial and fluvial flooding. This has caused serious disruption to daily life in many areas and has led to the...

Topical Issue Debate: Road Network (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I will convey the Deputy's concerns to the Minister. I advise that she write to him outlining the details of what is clearly a very inferior road which is having a huge effect on the lives of people in the local community in different ways. I will be happy to convey the Deputy's sentiments to the Minister. He asked me to do so.

Topical Issue Debate: Roads Maintenance (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I am responding to the Deputy on behalf of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport who regrets he cannot attend. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities' own resources, supplemented...

Topical Issue Debate: Roads Maintenance (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I certainly will convey the Deputy's sentiments to the Minister and I am sure he will see the record. I suggest the Deputy write to the Minister on this matter, which affects various local authorities throughout the country. It may involve a change of policy and direction in future.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Site Acquisitions (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: On behalf of the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, I thank the Senator for raising this matter. The Department of Education and Skills is aware of Meath County Council's plans to develop a linear park in Ashbourne.As outlined by the Senator, the proposed park includes a portion of land alongside the Broadmeadow River which is in the Minister's ownership. As the...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Site Acquisitions (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I will convey what the Senator has said to the Minister. The Minister and the Department should be thanked for the major development that is going on in Ashbourne at the moment. Many communities in the country, no doubt, would envy such development that is there in terms of school accommodation. I am glad there is co-operation between the Department and Meath County Council.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Medicinal Products Expenditure (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I thank the Senator for raising this issue. Decisions on which medicines are licensed for use in Ireland and which are reimbursed by the taxpayer are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds by the HSE on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmocoeconomics, also known as the NCPE. The NCPE is a team of clinicians, a pharmacist, a pharmacologist and statisticians who evaluate...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Medicinal Products Expenditure (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I will convey the Senator's concerns and his suggestions to the Minister. I am sure the Senator will also write directly to the Minister on this matter as well.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Motor Insurance Coverage (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: I thank the Senator for raising this current and relevant matter. The Minister for Finance is responsible for the development of the legal framework governing financial regulation and is concerned that there should be a stable insurance sector and that risks to policyholders and the wider financial system are limited. He is aware of reports on the increasing cost of motor insurance....

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Motor Insurance Coverage (14 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: As I said, the ability of the Government to influence insurance pricing is limited, as insurance companies are required under European law to price in accordance with risk. Neither the Minister for Finance nor the Central Bank of Ireland has the power to direct insurance companies on the pricing or provision of insurance products. In that sense, obviously, the Minister is restricted in...

Flooding: Statements (13 Jan 2016)

Jimmy Deenihan: In the few minutes available, I will try to outline as much as possible the effects that the recent flooding had in my county and to sympathise with many people who have been affected by flooding all over the country, especially in counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Limerick and Clare. We have certainly seen an unprecedented level of rain. Last month was the wettest December in history, or...

Topical Issue Debate: Health Care Professionals (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue and apologise for the absence of the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar. Protection of title is a core function of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council. It is vital that when people access health services that there be no ambiguity about the profession and the competence of the health service provider they are attending. The system...

Topical Issue Debate: Health Care Professionals (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: This may be the Deputy's last contribution in this Dáil, given that he is not seek re-election.

Topical Issue Debate: Health Care Professionals (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I will certainly convey his sentiments to the Minister. This is an issue about which I have spoken in the past and in which I have an interest. I appreciate the fact that the Deputy has raised it in the House and received some clarification on it. I will convey his concerns to the Minister.

Topical Issue Debate: Middle East Issues (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I remind Deputies Crowe and Ó Snodaigh that the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and his Government colleagues are willing to move on early recognition of Palestine if it is concluded that it can be helpful and the time is right. The Minister made this very clear in last year's Dáil debate, when he outlined the factors that would guide that consideration. The Minister is...

Topical Issue Debate: Middle East Issues (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: The achievement of a sovereign Palestinian state, recognised not just by Ireland but by everyone, including Israel, has been a major foreign policy objective of the Government since it took office. It is something we seek to achieve in reality, not just in words, and all of the Government's actions in relation to the Middle East conflict are directed to that end. The Minister for Foreign...

Pre-European Council: Statements (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I am pleased to conclude today's debate on the forthcoming meeting of the European Council. As the Taoiseach has mentioned, I will focus my remarks on energy union and climate change. The European Council is expected to encourage swift delivery of the legislative package needed to advance the energy union project, as endorsed last month by the Union's energy Ministers, and to welcome the...

Seanad: Commencement Matters (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: Yes, the second Commencement matter.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Rural Social Scheme Administration (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I am taking this Commencement Matter on behalf of my colleague, the Minister of State, Deputy Kevin Humphreys. Senators will be aware of the many communities in rural areas that benefit from the services supported by the rural social scheme, RSS, and the positive impact that the scheme has had on the livelihoods of farming families and the social fabric of communities along the western...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Rural Social Scheme Administration (16 Dec 2015)

Jimmy Deenihan: I will do that for the Senator.

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