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Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (28 Jun 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: .... It is clear that this will not happen under the current system. The system from which it originated does not have the necessary inputs. Change will only happen if we inject more diversity into the appointments process. Over the years, there has been a fair amount of unease among the general public regarding the level of political influence and control over this process. That is a...

Priority Questions: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (20 Jun 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Michael Ring, on his appointment and wish him the best of luck-----

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Appointments Service (23 May 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: 374. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to address capacity issues at the Public Appointments Service. [24581/17]

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Údarás na Gaeltachta (23 May 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: 388. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason it is outside of the statutory remit of the Public Appointments Service to manage the recruitment of a CEO for Údarás na Gaeltachta; the person or body that is responsible for the filling of this vacancy; the supporting legislation for this responsibility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24580/17]

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (10 May 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: 176. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the monitoring committee of the Action Plan for Rural Development has been set up; when the group will meet; the persons appointed to the group; if the monitoring process for the action plan has begun; the priority actions and milestones that have been identified for the first six-month segment as outlined in the action plan...

Rural Equality Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (4 May 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: ...and it has not yet told the WDC exactly what it is looking for it to do in the future. Mr. McGuinness's statement cannot have been easy, especially given that he is a friend of the Taoiseach and was appointed by the Taoiseach in 2012. Níl sa phlean gníomhaíochta d'fhorbairt tuaithe a fhoilsíodh ag tús na bliana ach bileog de shean-bheartaithe, gan breis airgid...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: Crawford Art Gallery: Chairperson Designate (26 Apr 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: We thank Ms McHugh. We can see from her CV that she is very busy. The Crawford has a long and proud history in Cork. Often people are appointed to boards and it is rubber-stamped and ignored by committees. This committee believes it is important not to do that but to invite in the new chairpersons so we can build a relationship with them and get a better understanding about their specific...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: Crawford Art Gallery: Chairperson Designate (26 Apr 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: We look forward to spending many hours poring over the catalogue. Again, we thank Ms McHugh. We will sent a letter to the Minister noting that we have had the opportunity to discuss Ms McHugh's appointment with her. We wish her great luck in her new role.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: National Museum of Ireland: Discussion (11 Apr 2017)

Peadar Tóibín: ...at setting up a museum council and a communication forum, recommends that the existing management committee be replaced by a management advisory committee, and that an implementation officer be appointed. Could the witnesses tell the committee what progress has been made on those recommendations?

Written Answers — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Arts Council (27 Oct 2016)

Peadar Tóibín: ...she is satisfied that the mandate for the Arts Council is being fulfilled with regards funding, developing and promoting Irish traditional music, in view of the fact she has responsibility for the appointment of 12 members and a chair to An Chomhairle Ealaíon; and if she is satisfied that representation at board level has the necessary expertise in the art forms of traditional music...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht: Irish Film Board: Chairperson Designate (28 Sep 2016)

Peadar Tóibín: ...to each of the different sectors. The Waking the Feminists campaign was very important in terms of bringing the issue of gender diversity in the arts to the fore. Another very important issue is socioeconomic diversity. When I was appointed as my party spokesperson for this area, I tabled several parliamentary questions to try to get a good understanding of the delivery of our services...

Hospital Emergency Departments: Motion [Private Members] (14 Jan 2016)

Peadar Tóibín: ...some cases their lives will be shortened as a result. The waiting lists contain shocking figures. There are 68,000 people on inpatient waiting lists and 385,507 people are waiting for outpatient appointments. A total of 20% of the State's population has no medical cover whatsoever. Budgets for disability services have been reduced by €159 million. One in three ambulance...

Defence (Amendment) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Second Stage (15 Jul 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: ...in 1976, he has had a distinguished career and he was awarded the distinguished service medal in 1994 in recognition of the role of his ship, the LE Orla, in detaining the Brimedrug smuggling yacht. His appointment signals the importance of the Naval Service to this country and island nation. This can be most clearly seen in the fantastic work that the LE Eithne, a ship which Rear...

National Minimum Wage (Low Pay Commission) Bill 2015: Report and Final Stages (9 Jul 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: I move amendment No. 47:In page 8, between lines 28 and 29, to insert the following:“(d) 3 members shall be appointed from among persons, who in the opinion of the Minister, are low paid workers, who have an understanding of the socio and economic impact of low pay on individuals and their families, including access to social goods, equality of opportunity and living standards.”.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Contractors (16 Jun 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: 720. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide, in tabular form, the number of audits the Contractors Administration Services has conducted since its appointment; the names and locations of the publically funded school building projects where irregularities have been uncovered; if a report has been forwarded to National Employment Rights Authority on each occasion; if a...

Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015: Second Stage (10 Jun 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: .... The Government has taken an extraordinary length of time to commence the Construction Contracts Act 2013. How far the Government allowed the construction industry to collapse into chaos is an incredible indictment. It took two years for the Bill to pass through the Houses and a further two years for the appointment of a cathaoirleach to the panel of adjudicators, as required under...

Draft Commission of Investigation (Certain matters concerning transactions entered into by IBRC) Order 2015: Motion (9 Jun 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: ...in any other sphere the deeply improper relationship between Blackstone, NAMA and the Government. In November 2011, the Taoiseach met with the head of Blackstone, Steven Shwarzman, and his associate, Gerry Murphy. The Government appointed chair of NAMA's advisory board sought to appoint Gerry Murphy to the board. This appointment did not come to pass when Deputy Adams pursued the matter...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Construction Contracts Act 2013: Chairman Designate of Panel of Adjudicators (26 May 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: ...in his new role. It is obviously a role we have been awaiting in the Oireachtas for many years given the length of time it has taken to go through the Houses of the Oireachtas and then for the appointment to be made. I am not sure Professor Bunni can help me, but I would be interested to find out whether advertisements have been made for the panel of adjudicators and when those positions...

Independent Planning Regulator: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (13 May 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: ..., terms of reference for a panel of planning consultants to carry out independent reviews of six local authorities, including my own in County Meath, and a completed tender process to select that panel of consultants. Letters of appointment were ready to be issued to members of the panel. A great deal of work was done on this issue right up to the drafting of letters of appointment of a...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Construction Contracts (13 May 2015)

Peadar Tóibín: 41. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the chairperson and panel of adjudicators, as provided for in the Construction Contracts Act 2013, have been appointed. [18380/15]

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