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Fleming, Sean

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Is the Minister, Deputy Bruton, the leader?More Button

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

We will not waste any time. My views are well known. I expressed them last night. I am pressing the amendment.More Button

I move amendment No. 2:

    In page 12, line 40, after “device,” to insert the following:

    “and includes a transcript of phone calls to and from a landline or a mobi...More Button

    I move amendment No. 3:

      In page 16, between lines 35 and 36, to insert the following:

      “6.—A committee conducting an inquiry established under this Act shall con...More Button

      Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

      This indicates that the head of the Oireachtas has formed a strong prior view that an issue of collusion arises. It was the Taoiseach who raised that issue. I am of the view that the conversation...More Button

      The matter does not stop there. The main party in Government has been producing and circulating to all its members documents relating to the roles played by Fianna Fáil and the former Anglo Iris...More Button

      The actions of the Taoiseach and his party should be a source of concern to the Minister. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, contributed to scuppering the referendum on the p...More Button

      The Minister would, if he could accept these amendments, be in a position to put up some small defence when a case is brought before the courts regarding why this legislation should not be used i...More Button

      It is not acceptable to state that this is a matter for the Oireachtas to decide upon because the Taoiseach controls the Oireachtas. We witnessed what he did yesterday when members of Fine Gael ...More Button

      I will be concise and to the point. The Minister's final remarks let the cat out of the bag about this inquiry because he was responding to the remark about what happened after the night of the gu...More Button

      I agree with the Minister about institutional bias. Of course, we can impeach a President or a judge. We are not inherently biased except that the Taoiseach demonstrated inherent bias and abuse...More Button

      I will finally move on to remarks made by Sinn Féin, whose spokespersons said we were offended by this. I am putting this on the record because I have refrained from saying it before in connecti...More Button

      I move amendment No. 4:

          In page 16, between lines 37 and 38, to insert the following:
        “(2) A chairperson of any committee established un...More Button

        Where was Deputy Donnelly last night?More Button

        Thank you.More Button

        Very well.More Button

        It was done without this legislation.More Button

        There are new amendments.More Button

        Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

        Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

        No IndicatorVoted No More Button

        Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages

        I move amendment No. 1:

          In page 3, line 23, after "approval" to insert "and includes service of the national debt".
        I welcome the opportunity to ...More Button

        I am sure the same treaty obligation put an obligation on EU institutions, yet consider the discussion we had in recent months about agreeing its budget. The European Parliament gets to discuss th...More Button

        In respect of payments to the ESM, I know there are very large amounts of money but I suspect that very few members of the public are aware that those payments are going through because they are ...More Button

        The Minister understands my point. He will probably not accept these 13 amendments. He did not accept them on Committee Stage and I do not expect him to accept them here. It is a point we will...More Button

        The Minister refers to international obligations and legally binding agreements. In respect of the promissory note, every known agreement that we draw down is always subject to renegotiation if ...More Button

        Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

        The Minister stated the various items I have mentioned in amendments Nos. 1 to 13 are matters which the Oireachtas has decided by law are to be paid. If the Oireachtas can decide by law that they...More Button

        Thank God for Europe and the six pack because they are forcing us to do something which is right. It is an indictment of the Oireachtas and all of us that if we were left to our own devices, we ...More Button

        One reason we had to bring it forward was for the shared services programme because the budget figure last year was not big enough and we could not spend too much this year. The system is up and r...More Button

          Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

          Amendment No. 2 not moved.More Button

        I move amendment No. 3:

          In page 3, line 23, after "approval" to insert the following:
            "and includes payments to PSE Kinsale En...More Button

              Amendments Nos. 4 to 13, inclusive, not moved.More Button

            I move amendment No. 19:

              In page 4, line 34, after "concerned." to insert the following:
                "The Ministerial expenditure ceiling ...More Button

                Depending on the winters. I have seen crossovers between capital and current expenditure, which is not meant to happen. Even where there is no crossover within a Department, what it considers cap...More Button

                From an overall public expenditure and policy point of view, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform should produce a schedule or other document, backed up by way of regulation, that sets...More Button

                I picked the date of 15 September because it was one month before the annual budget or thereabouts, providing time to examine the ministerial expenditure ceilings and the amounts of capital and c...More Button

                Are they not fixed for three years?More Button

                I am not sure of the percentages. Taxation probably came in in terms of the overall output.More Button

                On the expenditure side, there was €1 billion but we will not go there again. The Minister might clarify one small item. He said that the expenditure ceiling will be laid before the House, but ca...More Button

                So it is just part of the documentation.More Button

                When the Minister said it was laid before the House, I thought we could see everything.More Button

                No.More Button

                  Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

                I move amendment No. 23:

                  In page 5, between lines 12 and 13, to insert the following:
                    “(11) The Minister shall set out by way of regulation t...More Button

                    I move amendment No. 24:

                      In page 5, between lines 12 and 13, to insert the following:
                        “(11) Any Government stimulus package or infrastructure...More Button

                        It was new money but less money is being spent on capital expenditure purposes compared to the previous year. In the way these things come out, however, one often thinks otherwise. The Minister m...More Button

                        We did not get a full reply to the current versus capital expenditure issue, so perhaps the Minister can spell out the differences between those two areas. He might give some thought to how best...More Button

                        As regards that issue, stimulus packages should be done by way of regulation. Sometimes we get the public relations announcement but it could be three years later before anything happens. Some ...More Button

                        The Minister might be able to help me as this is the third time I have asked this question. If he does not have the answer, perhaps he can send it on. We are talking about current versus capital ...More Button

                        I tabled this amendment because I felt it would be helpful to Opposition spokespersons to know what is capital expenditure and what is current expenditure. As an Opposition spokesperson, I would...More Button

                        I move amendment No. 26:

                          In page 5, line 28, to delete "endorse" and substitute "give its opinion".
                        We had an extensive debate on this issue on C...More Button

                        Fine. If that is the legal Parliamentary Counsel's opinion, then the Minister should send him or her on a English course. What is provided for in the Bill is not plain English. We are all compet...More Button

                        To remove doubt, the amendment seeks the substitution of the word "endorse" with "give its opinion" so that the Bill will read that the fiscal council shall give its opinion as it considers appro...More Button

                        From what document was the Minister reading?More Button

                        I bow to his or her superior knowledge of the English language.More Button

                        Yes, in the interests of clarity.More Button

                          Question, "That the words proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

                          Amendment declared lost.   More Button

                        I move amendment No. 27:

                          In page 5, between lines 38 and 39, to insert the following:

                          "(d) the Minister shall, by way of regulation, provide on an a...More Button

                          It would be helpful if the Minister could circulate that note to Members tomorrow. The Minister stated earlier that a reconciliation can be done.More Button

                          Will it be done and, if so, where will it be done? Will it be done this year or will it be next year or the following year before it is done?More Button

                          How long after budget day will it be done?More Button

                          Will it be contained in the budget documentation?More Button

                          Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

                          Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

                          Student Grant Scheme Administration

                          Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his response to the latest OECD Education at a Glance report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

                          Central Bank of Ireland Investigations

                          Asked the Minister for Finance: the procedure by which companies with registered offices in the British Virgin Islands can obtain tax clearance certificates to be awarded contracts by public bodies and Government Departments here...More Button

                          School Accommodation

                          Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: when a third level higher education grant application for 2012-13 will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) as a dependent student, in view of the fact that they were deemed not a...More Button

                          Public Procurement Regulations

                          Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if there is a requirement in the tendering process documentation for the National Lottery Licence for the successful applicant to be a registered company here; if companies whose registered offices...More Button

                          Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his views on public bodies granting contracts for works to be carried out here where the companies registered office are in the British Virgin Islands or in other jurisdictions thousands of miles a...More Button

                          Mobile Telephony

                          Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when a companion travel pass will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

                          Health Services Issues

                          Asked the Minister for Health: the cost of care for public nursing homes for 2011 for each of the nursing homes in the country; the average weekly cost per patient in each of these nursing homes; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

                          Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 225 of 8 May 2013, when the information requested will be supplied by the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button