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Bruton, John

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 Nbr. 3

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Food Imports.

Was asked: the total value of food imports during 1995; the five main products and their total values during this period; and the five main countries supplying food imports.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transport Costs.

Was asked: whether subsidies and grants related to island produce will take account of the additional costs of transport.More Button

Northern Ireland Peace Process: Statements.

I thank the House for affording me the opportunity to make this statement. I also wish to express my thanks to all those who made it possible — The Tánaiste, who has been working with...More Button

The agreement reached in London today between Prime Minister Major and myself provides an historic opening for peace and reconciliation. It provides, for the first time, a fixed date for all-party...More Button

There is, therefore, now no vestige of argument for the continuation of IRA violence, just as there has never been any moral or political justification for it. I call on the IRA to accept the will ...More Button

Today's agreement gives everyone a chance to resolve their political differences by political means. We have an opportunity, in the intensive period of consultations which the Tánaiste will...More Button

I call on the Unionist parties to respond generously to this process. For our part we offer them generosity, in a way in which it has perhaps never been previously offered. There can be no agreem...More Button

This Government's primary objective since taking office has been to achieve a comprehensive political agreement which would allow the peoples of these islands to live and work together in peace and...More Button

In the period up to 9 February, when the IRA revoked its cessation of violence, a great deal of progress had been made. The two Governments had for the first time ever provided, in the Joint Frame...More Button

Last November, the two Governments agreed a joint firm aim of launching all-party negotiations by the end of this month. We also put in place a process — the twin track process — to ac...More Button

Very considerable progress was also made in the discussions in the political track, involving an unprecedented degree of contact between the two Governments, separately and together, and the politi...More Button

The IRA's resumption of violence on 9 February, with all its terrible consequences in terms of loss of life and grevious injury and suffering, some permanent, was a major blow to our hopes for real...More Button

The priority of the Government in the past two weeks has been the restoration of the IRA ceasefire and the establishment of a specific date for all-party negotiations on a settlement. We have rega...More Button

The joint communiqué which Prime Minister Major and I agreed in Downing Street today represents a further milestone in this ongoing work and provides, as I have already said, an historic ope...More Button

First, it reaffirms the commitment of the two Governments to work for a lasting peace and comprehensive settlement based on the principles set out in the Downing Street Declaration and the Joint F...More Button

The communiqué agreed between the British Prime Minister and myself is designed to move the entire peace process forward decisively. It creates a priceless opportunity to recapture the peac...More Button

For Sinn Féin and the IRA, this is a moment in time which may not be available to them again soon — if ever. All that has to happen, for Sinn Féin to become a full participant ...More Button

I say to them openly and frankly: “Do not close this space for hope. Build on the opportunity inherent in it. Take the next vital step in building a lasting peaceful settlement by restoring the c...More Button

In paragraph 6 of the communiqué, the Irish and British Governments have committed themselves irrevocably to the commencement of all-party negotiations on 10 June. It is made equally clear...More Button

The intensive consultations and elective process, now provided for, will be undertaken in the period between now and 10 June. Inclusive negotiations will then be convened to address comprehensivel...More Button

During the ten day period beginning on Monday next, the two Governments will conduct intensive multilateral consultations with the relevant Northern Ireland parties. The purpose of these consultat...More Button

The test of broad acceptability requires political acceptance. The test of an appropriate mandate demands that it offers a direct and speedy route, without preconditions, to all-party negotiations...More Button

The Prime Minister and the Taoiseach agreed that an elective process would have to be broadly acceptable and lead immediately and without further preconditions to the convening of all-party negoti...More Button

The second purpose of the intensive consultations with the parties which will commence on Monday next is to reach widespread agreement on the basis, participation, structure, format and agenda of s...More Button

Regarding participation in all-party negotiations, both Governments are agreed in paragraph 5 that Sinn Féin participation is dependent only on a restoration of the IRA ceasefire. I regard ...More Button

On the question of how talks will be structured, much work remains to be done. While the practical considerations of this remain to be agreed, there is much to build upon. The lessons of the 1991...More Button

The format for negotiations is a matter on which each party will, undoubtedly, have its own view. The overriding objective should be viability in order that the prospects for reaching a comprehen...More Button

On the question of the agenda for all-party negotiations, the British Prime Minister and I agree that it should be comprehensive. In that regard, the issues identified in the Joint Framework Docum...More Button

The third purpose of the intensive multilateral consultations with the Northern Ireland parties relates to the question of the holding of parallel referendums, in Northern Ireland and this jurisdic...More Button

The British Prime Minister and I are confident that the consultations on all these matters, which will begin on Monday next, will offer a fair and acceptable basis for the launch of all-party negot...More Button

It is clear that the timespan just outlined for the intensive consultations with the Northern Ireland parties is very short. A determined and committed effort is required of everyone involved to e...More Button

There has been an emphasis in comment in Westminster and elsewhere on the problem of decommissioning. I understand this, but let us not forget that addressing the decommissioning of arms is one o...More Button

That important point should be reflected upon in Northern Ireland and the neighbouring jurisdiction. These two processes complement one another: a process of meaningful negotiation complements and...More Button

It is important that people debating this issue should recognise that what we need to achieve is a positive complementarity between these two factors, where the process of decommissioning reinforce...More Button

It is the intention of the British Prime Minister and myself that all our contacts and meetings will act as further steps on the road to the commencement of all-party talks on 10 June. This mornin...More Button

In today's communiqué the two Governments have created a political means and a firm guarantee whereby the overwhelming wish of the Irish people, expressed in the cry for peace last Sunday in...More Button

I express my thanks to all involved on behalf of the Government in this exercise. I also express my thanks and appreciation to the British Government, and to the British Prime Minister, John Major,...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Studies.

Was asked: the total number of studies undertaken by his Department or by an agency under the aegis of his Department; the number of matters that he or the Minister(s) of State at his Department have referred...More Button

The only information not given on the matters raised in a series of past questions i.e. Questions Nos. 55 and 56 of 13 December 1995, Nos. 1 and 2 of 18 October 1995, No. 40 of 27 June 1995, No. 57...More Button

1. An OECD Country Review of Local Development in Ireland;More Button

2. Report titled “Electing the President of the Commission” on possible options to enhance the democratic accountability of the European Union;More Button

3. Three matters referred to NESC for study:More Button

(i) A report on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the OECD Jobs Study and the EU White Papers, Growth, Competitiveness, Employment and Social Policy.More Button

(ii) A series of reports outlining the economic, social and demographic profile of Ireland in the year 2000 and beyond; andMore Button

(iii) A strategy document, as an input to the negotiation of a new national programme to cover the years 1997, 1998 and 1999;More Button

4. Two matters undertaken by the CSO:More Button

(i) ESRI Regional Accounts ProjectMore Button

(ii) CSO/Revenue review of the Intrastat;More Button

5. A report being prepared by the Working Group on the Job Potential of Childcare.More Button