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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

The Central Bank Consolidation Bill is promised legislation. Given the attitude of unregulated third parties now in the market in enforcing debt collection and repossessions, will the aforemention...More Button

State Pension (Contributory)

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the progress that has been made in addressing the issue where women are deprived of a contributory pension having retired from the workplace while raising their families or owing to the marriage ba...More Button

Water Services Bill 2017: Report Stage (Continued)

Amendment No. 19 has been ruled out of order on the basis that it is not relevant to the provisions of the Bill and represents a potential charge on the Exchequer.More Button

I did not make this declaration. I am reading what is in front of me. I do not have any authority to change it, I am sorry to say. I would love to oblige the Deputy but I cannot.More Button

  Amendment No. 19 not moved.More Button

Amendment No. 20 has also been ruled out of order.More Button

This is something I learned many years ago, when I brought forward what I thought were very useful and progressive amendments and I was very disappointed to find that if they put a charge on the Ex...More Button

In actual fact, I am paining along with the Deputies.More Button

  Amendment No. 20 not moved.More Button

Amendment No. 21 has been ruled out of order on the basis of a potential charge on the Exchequer.More Button

It has been ruled out of order because it impacts on the time in which legislation might be introduced or postponed which, in turn, would have an impact on revenue. I am sorry to say-----More Button

I want to be helpful to the Deputy and I do not want him to be out of order for too long.More Button

The Deputy might resume his seat so that we can move on to the next amendment. He can be out of order for a minute on the next one as well.More Button

No, in actual fact I would prefer the Deputy to resume his seat now. I will entertain him further later on. He is entertaining already but he is still out of order. I know the Deputy wants to be...More Button

-----which he can do with very little effort.More Button

I am so sorry. It really hurts me to say this but the Deputy is going to have to resume his seat.More Button

I know it hurts him; I can see the hurt in his face.More Button

The Deputy has made the observation already and it is still out of order.More Button

I ask the Deputy to resume his seat now. His imagination knows no bounds.More Button

The amendment is out of order, sadly.More Button

  Amendment No. 21 not moved.More Button

Amendments Nos. 22 to 32, inclusive, have also been ruled out of order.More Button

On the basis that it involves a potential charge to the Exchequer.More Button

I will do my best to explain it again.More Button

Obviously my explanation has not been adequate to date but-----More Button

I did not make the ruling but I have a long history of putting down amendments to Bills. Once one wanders into the territory of -----More Button

-----reducing a period within which legislation will be introduced-----More Button

-----one is automatically impacting on revenue and one is also out of order. I am sorry to have to say that but the Deputy knows it himself.More Button

I will say it slowly.More Button

If the Deputy resumes his seat, I will explain it.More Button

If the Deputy resumes his seat, I will explain it.More Button

Any time that a Member makes a proposal by way of an amendment that impacts in any way on the finances of the State or on revenue, incoming or outgoing, that is out of order.More Button

The Deputy is a very nice guy and I love listening to him but, sadly, he is now well out of order and he is going further out of order.More Button

It is here in black and white. Will the Deputy resume his seat?More Button

It impacts on revenue. Anything that impacts on revenue is out of order.More Button

Thank you very much, Deputy.More Button

  Amendments Nos. 22 to 32, inclusive, not moved.More Button

Amendment No. 33, which is in the names of Deputies Bríd Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Eoin Ó Broin, Ruth Coppinger, Mick Barry and Paul Murphy, imposes a potential charge on revenue and...More Button

  Amendment No. 33 not moved.More Button

There will be no "big Phils". Everyone has to be addressed by his or her position.More Button

I remind Members that we are on amendment No. 34, in the name of Deputy Catherine Murphy. It arises out of committee proceedings. The amendment is quite clear. It proposes to replace a section w...More Button

Amendments Nos. 35 and 36 are related and may be discussed together.More Button

Amendments Nos. 37 and 38 are related and will be discussed together.More Button

Does Deputy Boyd Barrett wish to speak?More Button

If everyone is very co-operative we can finish the Bill tonight. It will take a little imagination.More Button

The Deputy should not be fatalistic.More Button

One can never tell.More Button

Carer's Allowance Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which applications for carer's allowance are approved or disallowed in the first instance; the extent to which such cases are reversed on appeal; and if she will make a statement on t...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the steps that have been taken by his Department to advance construction of a new 24 classroom permanent school building (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

Third Level Scholarships

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the funding or scholarship options available to persons that have been awarded a place to study at a university (details supplied) for one academic year that have lived and worked here preceding th...More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the eligibility for an Irish passport of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the success or otherwise of Operation Thor across the four policing districts of the Dublin north central Garda division throughout 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Immigration Status

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress to date in the determination of an application for stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when a decision will be reached in respect of de facto partner immigration permission in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress to date in the determination of an application pursuant to section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999, as amended, in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a state...More Button

Hospital Appointments Status

Asked the Minister for Health: when a procedure will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if an alternative general practitioner can be arranged in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Care Packages

Asked the Minister for Health: if a home care package can be facilitated in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: when fibre optic high speed broadband will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Exceptional Needs Payment Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which community welfare services are readily available to meet the needs of those in society that may ordinarily have had no reason to call on the social services but that may due to ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if provision will be made whereby emergency payments are made available in cases of extreme hardship by way of an exceptional needs payment or otherwise; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of applications for exceptional needs payments received by her Department in each of the past 12 months to date in 2017; the number approved, refused and pending, respectively; and if sh...More Button

Social Welfare Code Reform

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which the self-employed can qualify for various social welfare supports now and in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Appeals

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if adequate resources are in place to ensure minimum waiting times in respect of decisions on appeal with regard to various payments; if every effort is being made to reduce such waiting times to t...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the progress to date in the determination of an application for carer's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); when a decision will be reached; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which State pension contributions will be enhanced in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Delays

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if the appeals in respect of various decisions in regard to payments made by her Department are dealt with expeditiously; if payment will continue while the case is on appeal; and if she will make ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which she will review the current system used in the calculation to entitlement to contributory old age pension to address the imbalance whereby persons with fewer contributions can r...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of applications received for the contributory old age pension, jobseeker's allowance and benefit, non-contributory old age pension, disability allowance and benefit, invalidity pension, ...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the applications for various social welfare payments which are most commonly refused on application and referred to appeal or oral hearing; the number of cases subsequently rejected or approved on ...More Button

Community Welfare Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which community welfare services remain readily accessible in all areas throughout County Kildare, with particular reference to meeting out-of-hours and emergency needs when necessary...More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which she has examined issues preventing or discouraging persons that are unemployed from obtaining employment; if she has examined various schemes available to her department with a ...More Button

Unemployment Levels

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which she continues to monitor the age profile of persons who have been on the live register long term, with a view to initiating measures to address the issue; and if she will make a...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of persons in receipt of rent support by county and local authority area; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which current rent supports are available and adequate to meet the housing needs of those in danger of becoming homeless under various circumstances; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Social Welfare Code

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the extent to which her Department interprets cohabitation, having particular regard to the number of persons who deny cohabitation in the true meaning of the word; her views on whether an assumpti...More Button